Time for a new tip...
I previously wrote an article about managing your time while working at home. This seems to be difficult for many people when trying to work at home with family responsibilities as well.
So this here is part two to that article...
I have been working at home for about three years now ever since my son was born. In my opinion, it is the best thing that anyone could imagine! Why would you want to go out to work in that daily commute when you could be home with your family, while bringing in an extra income?
It may sound easy to be home, but it can become very challenging. How can you manage to build your business, while still being able to focus on the children?
I have found that you have to plan ahead. You must have things available for your child to do so that you can focus on your work.
But you also need to separate work from family so that you spend quality time with them.
Decide what your priority is for the day. How much work needs to be done? Plan the number emails you will send out or the number of ads you need to post or the number of people you need to talk to per day. Once this is accomplished you can relax and spend quality time with your family.
But how do you know the amount of work to be done in order to have a successful home business? It is recommended to do a minimum of five hours per week. To me this is not enough to be successful, however.
I would suggest a minimum of ten to fifteen hours.
Think about it though, fifteen hours a week compared to forty hours at a regular job outside of the home...and you are with your family!
Working online especially can be very time consuming. So be careful!
You might focus on work for two hours at a time or even one hour at a time. Then spend an hour with your child. When you are making meals or doing the laundry be sure to include your child in these tasks, as they will feel proud to help, if they are younger that is...lol.
That way you are spending quality time, while getting chores done as well. Multitasking...as we like to say!
However, when your child is sleeping or at school is the most opportune time to get work done of course.
Play a game; colour; read lots of books; go to the library...
Remember, just because you have the opportunity to work at home, you are doing this for your family, so don't take the time away from them that they deserve!
Are you looking to work at home and be with your family? Do you miss those precious hours at home with your loved ones? Feel free to ask for advice...
Are you currently working at home, but need help or support? Please ask me for help as well!
Jill Ann Bromwich
Wise to Working at Home