If you said that raising start up is hard, wait until you have kids. I am telling you that raising kids is more difficult.
I was quite afraid actually having kids. It’s human being with big responsibility. Running startup might only end up at running out of money and I can go back to work anytime. But raising kids is totally different. I have to sacrifice my time, my energy even my body.
It is a serious consideration.
It all needs commitment, consistent, and collaboration with my partner. Fyi, my husband is also startup founder, and yes, we both are risk taker. We have no stable income, no financial guarantee, nothing like employee.
As founder, we can hire people (if we had enough fund) and handover some work like customer support, admin, and social media. We don’t need to do all by ourselves. We can train those staff with our standard procedures. Comparing to raising kids, it’s still easy. Seriously, I am not joking. I have been running own startup from zero until now with more than 100k monthly visits. I know exactly how it feels to set up own web, look for user and approach investor.
When I know I was pregnant, I keep doing my work (nothing’s gonna stop me). Until I have been selected into startup incubator (I was 6 months pregnant at that time), the investors asked my plan after having birth. I understand that they might worry that I would quit startup and be full time mom. I told them basically that this is my passion and I will keep doing it with or without them.
Raising kids is even more difficult. I have sleepless night changing nappy. I have to stay alert every hour even every minutes when my baby awake whether to feed or just to cuddle. Sometimes, my babe is crying loud. No one can understand except his own mother. With the mother instinct, I can recognise slowly but sure my baby cries and know how to soothe him.
And now, imagine what I am currently doing : running startup, Student Job and raising my newborn son, Alvaro, in the same time.
And I said to my self : Why Not ?
Fortunately, woman are great multitasking. We can switch from another task to another one easily. We can also do more than one task in the same time. It allows me to keep doing my work and taking care of my son.
People might think why I don’t give up my job and focus on my baby. I just can’t leave my babe only with my family or the nanny since he is newborn and needs breastmilk (I am expecting to have at least 1 year breastfeed) and there are some task that I need to do by my self as founder.
I wanna see my startup getting bigger across nation wide and also (of course) I don’t wanna miss watching my son growing up. I am willing to do both and to put in effort.
Having baby is teaching me to be extremely organized. I enjoy what I am doing and nothing’s gonna stop me.