Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Making Working From Home With Kids Work

First: Working from home is not a substitute for childcare.

Looking after young children is a full-time job, so if you already have another full-time job, trying to mix the two together can be extremely difficult. While working from home does remove your daily commute, working while your kids are asleep really isn't effective or efficient. It's hard to manage your kids and focus on work. For this reason you might consider finding a daycare center or nursery that fits your schedule. This will give you the time to focus on work, without distraction.

Second: Make an office. 

If you’re going to be working from home then it is best to make yourself a dedicated work space (even if it just a desk). You don’t need to spend a lot making your office, but you should at least have some sort of desk space. This space should be in a spot where you can concentrate on your work. You can set up an office and do it quite cost effectively by combining sites like eBay and Craigslist with online transportation marketplaces, like uShip, who have thousands of reliable transporters who are looking for courier jobs all the time.  

Third: Set boundaries.

One of the major advantages of working from home is that should a situation arise you are able to be flexible. That said, you should still set up a timetable, just like you would do if you were in the office. One of the greatest difficulties when working from home is telling yourself when its time to ‘go home’ and stop working. It is always best to define when your work day starts and finishes.  This will give you and the family some structure to your day and ensures that you have enough time to dedicate to both work and play.

Fourth: Know where else you can work in your neighborhood. 

We all need a change of scenery every now and then. Chances are there are a large number of great "secondary offices" where you can get work done ( even at your local library) so make an effort to get out and work someplace else every once in awhile. 

Separation of work and life is not easy. Working from home can be very beneficial enabling you to both spend more time with your family and more time "at work." But, in order to manage personal and work commitments you need to be ready to adapt your approach....

Guest Post By Amar Patel

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14 comments:

Shannon Romein said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for these great insights. Being a WAHM is something I've thought about but I know it would be a challenge as well

Courtney B said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i work at home, and i watch my daughter. it's for sure hard... thanks for the post.

Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Working from home is hard because everyone thinks you are always available to drop everything and do stuff for them.

Terri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are excellent points! In my adventures of working at home, if I don't get "it done" before the kids get home from school - forget it!

Closer to Lucy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I work harder from home than I ever did in a job outside of the home....juggling around the clock!

Grace said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

All sound like great suggestions.

Beeb said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

As someone who works at home, I can relate to this!

Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I can relate. Working from home has a lot of challenges and it is hard working around my kids.

Daisy TrendyMomReviews said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great tips!

Sandy VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It is so difficult no matter what. A moms work is never done. If you can find a good day care, it's a great idea just so you have some "me" time for a couple hours. Otherwise, there is no "me" time.

debra pauley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

sounds like a great suggestion.

Gail Gray said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Interesting article! I work full-time in the computer software industry, but 2-3 of those days a week are working from home. I find I get more done on those days -- fewer distractions and it's much quieter. My problem is knowing when to quit, so your "Set Boundaries" advice is very sound.

Michael Corbett said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Barracuda.

Carolyn Colley said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

A full-time job & then some, I comment anyone who works from home and takes care of the kids too. I don't think I could have done it.

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