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Friday, August 7, 2020

Parenting, the pandemic, and starting a small business: What’s it really like? #StartUps

So what’s it really like balancing a business with being a new dad?

According to Coleman, it requires teamwork, efficiency, and flexibility. 

“It’s all about having a great team around you,” says Coleman. Coining the phrase “it takes a small village to raise a child”, he explains that “it couldn’t be truer when you’re trying to grow your business, be a good boss, and be a present dad and husband.”

However, even with all the additional help onboard, when it comes to balancing a new business with being a parent to a small baby, Coleman says that efficiency is key. “If you want to be home for bathtime, you have to focus on the job at hand in the office. I had to learn to delegate more, too.”

Flexibility is also an important part of the Snaffling Pig culture. As working dads themselves, both Coleman and his business partner Udhi make sure the team has the same flexibility as them when it comes to prioritising family.

Coleman has never advocated a “culture of presenteeism” at Snaffling Pig, while he and Udhi “wanted to get away from the whole ‘first one in, last one out’ culture”. 

He goes on to say that they’ve had “people bring their kids into the office on occasion,” while he also fully supports employees working from home when necessary. 

In fact, Coleman says that “lockdown has been a revelation in terms of just how effective remote working can be.” He also thinks that “more small businesses will review their flexible working policies in the future.”

via by Aimee Bradshaw, Khareem Sudlow