Understand the challenge

It is not an easy task to turn a parent on time and the effort required to run a business. That is especially true when your children are young – the first years are when children need the most attention.

If you want your home business to be successful, it requires careful planning, hard work and the right attitude.

So here are six production tips,

  1. Find the right time

Managing children and managing are two different things. Both can be stressful but in different ways.

Managing a business requires analytical behavior, strategic and rational thinking. Caring for children also requires a measure of strategy, of course. But it is usually a free-form behavior, with less focus on the targets and deadlines.

Switching between the two perspectives can be exhausting and stressful. So in some cases, it may be best to postpone starting a new business until your children are older.

Many successful entrepreneurs take a break to focus on their young children for the first few years. After that they return to the world of work – refreshed and ready to succeed.

If you find yourself feeling discouraged and wanting to return to work, that might be a good thing for you. And if your children are happy to be cared for by others, then this is less likely to cause them distress.

If you are unsure, start small until you are sure you can balance the needs of the home-based business with the needs of your children.

  1. Press distractions

You will be distracted while working from home. You may be putting a finishing touch on a business proposal when your son comes in with a gashed knee. Or you may be renewing your accounts when your daughter opens the door and asks you to help color the picture.

Understanding that such possibilities can arise helps you to prepare for it:

  • Block times in your work schedule when your kids are away. Use this time to do detailed work that you need to focus on.
  • Have a list of short, simple, administrative tasks that can be done while your children are around. This should be a task that does not require much thought.
  • Get shared office space if your budget and time allow. If nothing else, going out of the house and going to the office can make you feel more professional and help you stay focused. And there is the added benefit of meeting new contacts.
  1. Spend your precious time effectively

There will be times when your business needs you, and times when your children need you. It can be tempting to think that your business is very important, but that is rarely the case. Emails can be labeled “Urgent !!!” but in the long run they are not as important as your children’s growth.

So be fair. Divide the time between work and family, and stick to this. The separation itself will depend on your goals, but here are some suggestions:

  • Work from morning to school until late in the afternoon, then stop.
  • Do not work on weekends.
  • Maybe work overtime when your kids are in bed – but don’t make that a habit.
  • Remember to take appropriate breaks during the day.
  • Don’t forget to make time for the family holidays.

This can be seen as a limitation of your business. But it is important to create separation rules and stick to them. Otherwise, it is very easy for your business to absorb all your time.

Running your own business is not the same as building.

  1. Be your project manager

You can get a lot done in a short time. It all depends on how well you handle it:

  • Use a project management tool like Basecamp to simplify customer management. This can help you reduce the unorganized flow of information and make it easier to control.
  • Set timers for each activity and take a break when the timer ends. For most types of work, it is difficult to maintain a firm focus for more than 35 minutes at a time. Taking short, regular breaks will help you become more productive.
  • Keep everything customer-related in one place, separate from other functions. This will help you to create a clear, uncluttered space.
  1. Create a consistent plan for your business

Running your own business is not the same as building. Both are important, but once you have achieved a certain operational burden it is easy to overlook the business development.

So choose one day a week to work (not internally) on your business. In other words, you can spend that day:

  • planning social media marketing
  • blogging
  • Follow up on sales leads
  • Chating or communicating with new potential customers
  1. Automate your workload as much as possible

Computers are designed to make working life easier. With the right software, you can automate some work to run your business.

  • Regular email responses will allow you to respond quickly to customers while thinking of a more detailed response. Saying “Thank you for your inquiry, we will get back to you in the next 48 hours” will make new potential customers feel loved.
  • Use cloud-based software to save time and effort. If you use secure data storage software online, you will make your life easier. Low IT costs, automated upgrades, personalized data backups – all help save time.
  • Change management tasks. There are some things every business needs to do, including managing wages and tax calculations. Find the right calculation software and you will be able to do most of the work. That will leave you free time to focus on building your business.

Learn from friends and family

If you want to make the most of your situation, it helps to learn from people who have been there before. Fortunately, there are a lot of parents living at home who have written about their experiences.

You can learn from them. Find out what they did right, what they did wrong, and what they recommend to other entrepreneurs.

A simple web search will bring many examples. Most of them are women because mothers are more likely to be parents living at home than men. Heather Crabtree has free resources to help entrepreneurs simplify their plans. She is a mom who understands how challenging it can be to run a business and a household at the same time.

Always remember that you’re not alone. If you get stuck with any aspect of running your home-based business, it’s easy to reach out for advice. Make the most of all the resources available – then you’re much more likely to succeed.


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