Maintaining productivity as your family grows
Ashley Cowles et al, Netherlands & United Kingdom
Parenthood not only turns your private life upside down; it can also greatly affect your business. Whether you work from home or in an office, you’ll find yourself facing a number of different challenges: dealing with sleep deprivation, restructuring your workflow, dividing your attention between your clients and your family, safeguarding your productivity, minimising distractions, etc.
So how do you get your business (and your sanity) back on track after such a momentous life change? And how do you make sure your already established business stays on track as your family grows? By asking your fellow SENSE members for tips and tricks, of course! Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, or are expecting your first addition to the family, there’s plenty of helpful, hands-on advice to go around.
During this panel discussion, SENSE members with children of various ages will share their own experiences and offer some practical advice on how to balance effectively freelance work and the different aspects of family life. Naturally, audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute their own stories.
About the presenters
Simon Adams is a translator, editor and content writer. He lives in Utrecht with his wife and their infant daughter.
Claire Bacon is a former research scientist with professional qualifications in copy editing and medical editing. She edits research papers for non-native English-speaking scientists and is the copy editor for the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. She publishes a monthly blog to help her clients with their research writing and is a member of the SENSE content team.
Curtis Barrett is is a part-time university lecturer and full-time editor living in Bunnik with his wife, three children of ten, 13 and 15, and a high-energy Labrador retriever.
Lloyd Bingham translates from Dutch, German, French and Spanish into English and is based in Cardiff, Wales. He and his wife have an 18-month-old daughter and a six-month-old son. A freelancer for four years before his first child was born, he has been learning how to juggle babies and business ever since.
Ashley Cowles is a copywriter and editor who works mainly in marketing for tech and innovation. She lives in Utrecht with her husband and their two children, aged two and four.
Cathy Scott is a copywriter, editor and translator living in Maarssen, north-west of Utrecht. She works for advertising agencies and direct clients. Married to a Cloggie, she has two horse-mad daughters, aged 11 and nine.