If you're new to the "work from home" scene, you'll quickly realize that managing family and work life isn't easy. Whether you own a home business or work for someone else in a telecommute position, there are always distractions at home to lure you from your work. If you have small children, you'll find yourself constantly tending to their needs while trying to work as well. You might feel torn between your children's needs and work, and you'll end up neglecting one or the other. Let's explore some ways to beat stress while managing your work and family life.
Find a Reliable Sitter
Perhaps you wanted to work from home so you can save money on daycare. If this is the case, you can likely find a sitter that will stay with your children on a part time basis. Even if it's just a few hours per day, you'll likely achieve more during those few hours than while wrestling between family and work for eight hours. For small children, consider having a sitter stay in your home as you work privately in your office area. The sitter can tend to your children's needs while you work and only call on you if there's an emergency. This enables you to stay home with your children while still working set hours in a home office setting.
Try a Flexible Schedule
Many work from home jobs or businesses allow for flexibility in your hours. You can work whenever you want as long as you accomplish the necessary tasks. Try completing most of your work during early morning hours or while your kids are in school. Set your alarm clock for 4:00am or 5:00am and plug away at your work tasks while everyone else is still sound asleep. You'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish during those early quiet hours. If you aren't a morning person, maybe you'd prefer to work late night hours after everyone else goes to bed. Then you can tend to your children's needs during the day without interfering with your work.
Have a Separate Work Area
Create an office area in your home that is off limits to others while working. Even if it's just a cubicle area in the corner of your bedroom, you need a space specifically for your work. Let your family members know that you need time to work without distraction. This will ultimately allow you to have more time with them, because you're able to accomplish more in a short amount of time.
Hint: Be sure to take a break every couple of hours and spend about 15 minutes with your children. This will give them something to look forward to without feeling ignored.
Learn to Earn Money from Home - Try a Business Mentor
Home business tips are available 24/7 on the Web, but a personal mentor can actually show you what will help your specific home business. Mentors can offer one-on-one counseling and outline steps to help you run your business more efficiently. Find a mentor that has worked from home for years in a business similar to yours. Ask how he/she makes money from home while juggling family and home life. Find out all you can and follow their lead...especially if they are successful. Keep an open mind and be willing to change any areas that could be hindering your success.
A mentor might also be able to help you earn extra money if you're having a difficult time earning a full time income. Maybe you're right on the edge of quitting your job, but still need to earn extra money to make ends meet. Your mentor can offer fresh, new ideas and home business tips to help you increase profits. Then you'll be able to take that giant step of working from home on a full time basis.
To work from home and be a success, you must have self-discipline and perseverance. Home businesses and even telecommute positions require hard work like any other job. No business runs itself. You must take the initiative to promote, build your website, offer friendly customer service and stay up to date on current market trends in your line of work. Use these tips to make the most of your "work from home" experience. Don't be a hermit...get out there and meet people in related fields. Learn to earn money from those who have already paved the way!
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