The ATA Chronicle - March/April 2021 - 18

HOW
TO

BUILD
RESOURCEFULNESS

AS A FREELANCING PARENT

There's no doubt that
combining work with
parenthood is
a challenging task,
but the life of a
self-employed
parent is definitely
more intense on
every level.

By Dorota Pawlak

18

R

unning a freelance
translation/interpreting
business is like running
a marathon. And when you
add family responsibilities,
raising children, or dealing
with a global pandemic, you
can end up with an extreme
ultramarathon-turbulent,
ruthless, and unpredictable.
How do you stay calm and
resourceful enough to make
it safely to the next control
point and enjoy your run?
To adopt the right strategy
and reach the finish line,
you'll first need to define
your biggest hurdle. Every
freelancing parent may be
on a different phase on their
quest for harmony, so let's
analyze three key common
challenges to help you build
your resourcefulness from
the right components.

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Challenge #1:
Transitioning from
a Freelancer to a
Freelancing Parent
This might be the toughest
transition in your freelance
career. There's no doubt
that combining work with
parenthood is a challenging
task, but the life of a selfemployed parent is definitely
more intense on every level.
Lack of security tied to fulltime salaried employment,
limited or almost nonexistent
maternity leave, and doubts

about how to keep both your
clients and family happy may
all be reasons for a constant
headache and emotional
rollercoaster long before your
child is born.
These challenges only
multiply when you try
working at the same capacity
as in your pre-parenthood
days. Your energy,
productivity, and ability to
focus seem to shrink every
time you sit at your desk.
Your thoughts run to your
sleeping baby or-if you're
lucky-to your childcare

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