Especially if you work from home only part time, there may come a time when you have to take a break from running your business for a little while. Just such a thing happened to me this summer, when I found myself swamped by other responsibilities.
Besides my freelance writing business, I am also an after-school nanny, a job I took on nearly a year ago in order to ensure I had a "base income" I could count on. Often when you have your own business, especially if you are a writer or run a seasonal business, your income can vary quite a bit from month to month. With my part-time work, I know that even when I am having a slow month with my writing, I still have my nanny income.
During the school year, my nanny job only claims two or three hours a day, basically the hours between when the kids get out of school and when their parents get home from work. It's really ideal, because this leaves me plenty of time to work on my freelance work. Of course, when they were out of school during the summer, I was working a lot more -- at least twice my school year hours, and sometimes even more.
The result, as I'm sure you can imagine, is that I didn't have much time during the summer to do the things I wanted to do -- one of those being freelancing. So I had to pick and choose what to spend my remaining time on, and unfortunately freelancing was one of the first things to go (though I did try to keep up on my fiction writing).
Now that the summer is over and the kids are back in school, my schedule has returned to its normal, pre-summer state -- and I'm slowly getting back to normal in other ways, too. It's nice to have my mornings and early afternoons to devote to freelancing and other responsibilities once again.
What about you? Have you ever had to take a hiatus from running your business?