Having children and working at the same time can be hard, not only do you miss out seeing them for a large part of the day, but if you need to get a baby sitter, it can also be expensive. However, if you already work from home or have the chance to work from home, there are a few errors to avoid, so that you can still work properly and manage your kids, the following list is not a complete list but should help you get started:
- Make the perfect office. Sounds obvious but given the chance to work from home you need a good desk and chair, you need to be comfortable! Working from home gives you the opportunity to have a desk and chair combo that you want and will be able to work from. Use sites like eBay in partnership with shipping sites you can find cheap couriers (handy hint you can try using the courier services of uShip).
- Childcare shouldn’t be a no-go. If your work is really demanding and requires a lot of concentration and focus, then turning to childcare shouldn’t be an ignored option. By sending your child to daycare they will be plenty stimulated, active and will learn important social skills and it will be educational for them. There are many benefits to daycare (at the very least you will have some time to work on your business without interruption)
- Help yourself by getting the kids to work for you- Whenever possible, you should try and get your children involved in your work. Explain what you do, and let your child take part in what you do and help you out. Through doing this they will in the end form an understanding and appreciation of your work and want you to succeed.
- Effectively and efficiently use naptimes. Get the most important work done when the house is quiet because your children are asleep. Try to work right through nap times. You can also get a significant amount done if you wake up an hour before your kids and work then or if the idea of waking up early sounds too ‘extreme’, work for an hour after their bedtime.
- Call for reinforcements. It really helps to have a supportive partner. My husband is an IT person, so we take turns working at the computer while the other looks after our little girl. Alternatively take the kiddo outside, or take her to a park, or read to her, while the spouse does some work.