Balancing family time with work time?

The life of freelance artists is one that doesn't involve a set structure or daily routine. If you're blessed to have your family you know how those, "You're alway working," conversations go. Most people are happy to enter a corporation, work from 9-5 and then enjoy their off time as leisure time. Only issue for us Guaprunners is our off time is usually brainstorm time, accounting time, public relations/social media time, and pretty much every other department a usual corporation has a whole other team to care for. Building a business and a dream takes a village only issue is usually when you're starting out all you got is yourself. 

So... what's so difficult about existing within a schedule when you set you pretty much set up your own work times? Well personally I deal a lot with a constant rush to get my clients what they need as quickly as possible. Doors close on Sunday? Yeah right, I've started my past two Christmas mornings by editing videos. Why? I don't know. I could just tell my clients, "Hey I'm off right now won't be able to turn in your project anytime soon. But I never had the capacity to do so. If my job at McDonalds taught me anything it was that I never want to go back to the regular American workforce. 

I wasn't working at a company like Google, Nike, or Apple but I hated the idea that no matter what I did I would always be a simple fry cook. No matter how much knowledge I had about social media, visual imaging, or anything of that sort I was never gonna rise above the position I was predetermined to fit into. 

Being your own boss, however far you go is utterly up to you. Want to make more money? Work or produce more. Want to become a new version of yourself, say a graphic designer? Do it. No one stops you from being who you want to be but yourself.

With that being said, being your boss doesn't mean only bossing up on your business but in every aspect of life. Great movies say it over and over but heres a quote from The Godfather: "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man." Ignore the masculinity here and take these words of wisdom from one of cinema's biggest bosses for what they truly are. Here are 4 ways to improve your work/family balance: 

1. Create your own hours of operation.

2. Connect with your family during your family time.

3. Don't be afraid to say NO. 

4. PUT FAMILY BEFORE WORK!