Born in London, I currently live and work in Accra, Ghana. I am a writer and creative entrepreneur.
Essential tips for work at home moms
Essential tips for work at home moms
Not all moms want to leave the house for work. When you are home with your kids, it can seem like there is no time to do anything else. But in reality, working from home gives you plenty of time for everything! Here are a few essential tips that will help make your work life as a mom more manageable and more productive so you can have it all.
1. Set a time each day to work on your business
First and foremost, make sure you set aside time each day to work on your business. Many women try to do everything at once. Rather than setting priorities and working on their businesses in small increments throughout the day, some moms tend to do it all. Why not schedule a time each day to work on your business? If you are so busy with life that you cannot see straight, mornings might be the best time to get some work done. While everyone else sleeps and you have some quiet time, use it to work on your business. If you need the alone time in the morning, then be sure to set that time aside first thing in the morning before anyone else is up to reduce distractions from life.
2. Know what you're good at and focus on that
Focusing on one area of your business is the best way to grow. You have a business because you already know how to do something better than others. Find what makes you unique and focus all of your energies on improving that skill set while outsourcing everything else. There are many businesses out there, but if yours is not the greatest at one particular thing, focus on the things you are best at and outsource everything else.
3. Be realistic about how much money you want to make
It's helpful to have a vision of the future when it comes to your business. But for that vision to become a reality, you need to be realistic about how many hours you can put into your business each week and what profits you want to make every month. If working from home is going to be anything resembling a full-time job, then you need to start treating it like one. Be realistic about your business model so that it is something you can build upon month after month rather than a source of frustration and disappointment.
4. Accept the fact that it may take months or years before you see any progress
Like any other business, working from home takes time. You can't just set it up and hope for the best. It can take months of work before your efforts even begin to pay off, so be prepared to put in the hours. If you are ready to work hard for long periods with no guaranteed return on your investment, then a work-from-home business can be a great place to start. The reason for delays may include that the company is not profitable yet, or you have not yet established credibility within your field. Either way, work at it regularly and put in as many hours as possible each week.
Eventually, you will start to see results.
5. Find ways to have fun with it
Working at home can be very challenging, especially if you have a family. One way to keep yourself motivated and on track is by finding ways to enjoy your work. Maybe there are aspects of the business that you want more than others, so spend more time on those tasks and fewer hours doing the things that seem like chores.
If you are having difficulty with consistency, finding ways to have fun with it is essential. No matter what it is, find some way to infuse a little bit of fun into your work so that you can look forward to working on your business again tomorrow.
There are many ways to have fun with your business. You could write about aspects of life as a mom, making sure you appeal to all sorts of moms out there. You could be informative, you could involve comments from your readers in the post, or you can instruct others on how to do something "mummy-related" that is useful and fun at the same time. What matters most about having your own business is that it makes you happy.
Running a business can be a gratifying job for a work-at-home mom. It often takes some time to get things off the ground, but if you're willing to put in the hours, there is a good chance that your business will eventually become successful - and you'll be surprised at how quickly it can happen.