As work at home parents, our biggest challenge is finding the right balance between work and our families. Juggling the demands of our home-based businesses and raising our kids is tough, and many are finding it hard to juggle these two competing priorities.
As a home business entrepreneur, your work place is but a few steps away from the family space. Learn how you, a homebiz parent, can cope with the challenges of working a stone throw away from your kids and spouses.
Here are some strategies on how to juggle your home-based business and raising kids at the same time:
- Keep the right perspective and understand that relationships are the most valuable aspect of life.
- Develop a business mindset and treat your work with value and respect.
- Make your kids understand the importance of your business, and how it contributes to your family.
- Get your family’s commitment and discuss why you started working from home.
- Set a schedule for your work, and try to keep regular working hours for your business.
- Set a schedule for your family, dedicating time exclusively for interacting and playing with your kids.
- Given that set schedules do not often work, be flexible with your business schedules and family time.
- Set what you want to accomplish during the day, as the faster you can do your work, the more quality time you can spend with your kids.
- Consider the needs of your kids, as there may be times your kids really do need you — even if you’re still in your “work hours.”
- Consider scheduling work on a staggered basis, allowing you to take a break more frequently, and spend that time with your kids.
- Discuss how to handle vacations, as sticking to a work schedule can be difficult when the kids are at home.
- Wake up early and try to start working before the kids start to wake up.
- If walking up early is not an option for you, then be prepared to work late.
- Stick to an early bedtime schedule for the kids so you can have more time to do work in the evenings.
- Decide on a family routine that will work with the whole family — and stick with it.
- Set up a dedicated home office in your home to help set clear boundaries between your family and your business.
- If you need to work but don’t have anyone who can watch the kids, share your home office with your kids where they can play, color and paint.
- If possible, get a babysitter or a nanny can give you time to work on your business, while making sure that a responsible adult is watching over your children.
- If you cannot get childcare for your kids, organize a little play date group with your friends and other parents in the school of your kids.
- Keep your weekend free for your family and find a fun activity.
More Readings on Balancing Family and Working at Home:
- How to Balance Life and Work
- 25 Ways Work at Home Parents Can Balance Work and Family Life
- 25 Ways Work at Home Parents Can Balance Work and Family Life (Part 2)
- Work-Life Balance: Tips From Successful Small Business Entrepreneurs
- Entrepreneurship and Work-Life Balance
Recommended Books on Balancing Family and Working at Home:
- Balancing Work and Family
- High-Wire Mom: Balancing Your Family and a Business at Home
- Parenting and Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career
- Life Matters: Creating a dynamic balance of work, family, time, & money
- The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success
- Stop Living Your Job, Start Living Your Life: 85 Simple Strategies to Achieve Work/Life Balance