One of the best things about working at home can also be one of the most difficult things about working at home. Namely, the fact that your children are there with you. During the school year, it is possible to work your schedule around school. Summer time can be a challenge though. Here are some tips to make it work.
Lay Down The Law
You will need to sit down with your children and discuss the reality of your situation. This means that they need to understand that you need to get some work done and that it means that you will all have to work together to make this happen.
Set Some Ground Rules
You will also need to set some ground rules for your children. For example, when you are on the phone, your children are probably talking or trying to get your attention. You need to agree on a hand sign or other way of communicating that this is an important phone call and you need quiet.
Get The Kids To Help
Sometimes, the best way to stay on track of your work commitments and keep your kids busy is to get them to help you. For example, they can sort or file papers. A teenager can also organize your office or do some light cleaning. This is a great way to do all those tasks that you have been putting off.
Take A Break
If you have young children, you may need to take the summer off or you may need to decrease your workload. Think very carefully before doing this however as your clients will probably find other vendors to take their accounts. This means that when fall arrives and the kids go back to school, you may have a difficult time jump starting your business.
Hire An Assistant
If finances allow, you may want to hire an assistant to help you with your business. This means that you can devote more time to your children. On the other hand, you may just want to hire one of your teens to help. This is a win/win situation as your teen will be getting experience and you will have help.
Hire A Child Care Provider
Depending upon your business, it may take too much time to properly train someone to assist you with your business. In that case, you may want to hire a child care provider to assist you with your children.
Working from home sometimes means that you will have to hire a babysitter. An easy way to contact any babysitters in your area is doing a quick people search.