In all the excitement about – whoop – SNOW, have you stopped to wonder what snow days can mean when you are self employed?
Yes, we know, who doesn’t love a bit of snow? That cool blustery wind, making snowmen and snow angels. I admit that I love a snow day as much as the next person. It helps that many of my greatest times (my wedding and bringing Fizz home) have been followed by a snow day.
That was until I started to work for myself and became reliant on outside childcare whilst I worked.
Today I have lost three working hours because there is a snow blizzard and my child is at home with me. Don’t get me wrong I love my child, but I want our quality time to be just that – not full of me worrying what part of my life will be impacted by the having to meet a deadline.
Today I have three SEO (search engine optimised) pieces to write for a company. They are due with the client before Monday morning, and usually in today’s three hours of work I would have completed them and have them on their merry way. However here I am child at home, with work to do and resorting to the other baby sitter (i.e the TV).
The snow doesn’t just mean business impacting on my home life.
There is a financial loss when having a child in childcare and snow being on the way. Regardless of whether you work for yourself or another company you lose pennies. Hard earned pennies that you can sometimes barely justify spending. I am fortunate that Fizz has her 15 hours a week term time allowance but still this morning in financial deduction is approximately £26.50. When our household budget for weekly food is £50-£60 then you can put in context how this actually affects your purse without actually getting something tangible for the cash.
So really how does the snow day affect you and your working life? Are you making the most of your lost pennies by making snow angels today?