Juggling parenting and being their own boss, meet Bridget from Parents in Biz
I’m Bridget Daley, I’m a mother of 5 children aged 26, 23, 21, 15 and 8 years old. I live in London with my partner and children. I’m the founder of Parents in Biz and the editor of the Parents in Business Magazine. I’m passionate about supporting parents in managing the business family tightrope. I enjoy spending quality time with my family, reading and binge-watching Netflix.
Tell us about your business baby
I created the Parents in Biz platform to support and equip parents with everything they need to manage the family and business tightrope. The type of parents we serve are parents who are running a business, self-employed and freelancing.
What’s your why?
My why are my family and my innate ability to use my skills and experience to support and help parents who are running a business. When I started to study and train to become a qualified counsellor, it opened my eyes to a whole new world and a new way of thinking and looking at life. When I set up my first business over 10 years ago, I was faced with challenges I had never encountered before, and there was not the support out there for parent business owners like there is now. This fuelled my desire to set up something to support parents; this was in 2015 and Parents in Biz went live in 2017. I love what I do and that it’s helping others.
What do you find the hardest bit about doing the juggle?
Throughout my business journey, my children have gone through all the stages of child development baby, toddler, pre-schooler, school age, teenagers, and young adulthood. And I can honestly say that each age stage has been hard and a juggle. My current juggle with my older children is supporting them through the journey of young adulthood, so it’s supporting them with career choices, relationships etc. These are a big issue for them so being a sounding being a reliable sounding board for them is important to me. My 15 year old is in year 10 so he is doing his GCSEs so it’s making sure I am available to support him he is a gamer so there are many battles about time management. My 8 year needs her parents and recently went through the experience of being bullied. So as you can see my juggle is a wide variety so allocate time for my self-care is vital as well as time with my partner.
Who’s in your support network?
My friends and family are great. My partner Anthony went self-employed 7 months ago it’s great because we work together and bounce ideas off each other, it’s really nice that we can both do the school run together.
If only you knew then what you know now…
Carrying out due diligence on any person and company that you plan to work with failing to do this can be costly, and I’m speaking from experience.