Things You Should Know About
Work At Home Parent
Many people stuck in
cubicles dream of working at home - after all, who wouldn't want to wake
up at noon, work in their pajamas, and make tons of money. Those of us
who make working at home work for us, however, know that the reality is
often much different than the image projected by many advertisers. If
you're considering a
work at home career, there are a few
things you should know before you get started, especially if you have
children at home.
at home is WORK!
home will be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding
things you've ever done. You'll have to set your own schedule, adhere to
your own deadlines, keep track of your own books. You'll wear many hats
- accountant, manager, marketer, and parent - often several hats at the
same time! Organization and dedication are key elements of success, but
so is the ability to survive on far too much caffeine while meeting a
2. Time Management is Essential
If you are a work at home parent, managing your time wisely is key. If
you work at home and parent at the same time, managing your time wisely
is essential to survival. You'll become an expert at multitasking (a
word which, in this case, means the ability to answer the phone and feed
your children cheerios at the same time). You'll learn to work in small,
manageable chunks of time, wherever they can be found. In short, you'll
become a master juggler, managing both your personal and professional
lives at the same time.
3. Focus is Key
Although there will be days when it will seem impossible, the ability to
focus really is important. This means setting limits with your spouse,
children, and neighbors about when you're available to meet their needs
and when you're working. This balance is different for everyone. Some
people work well at home with a desk in a central location, allowing
them to tend to family needs while working. Others work best in their
own office, far from prying toddler fingers.
It's your new career - you make the calls. Don't be afraid to set limits
on phone calls and visits, as well. Avoid allowing your friends and
neighbors to take advantage of the fact that you work from home - you're
a professional, not a fill in babysitter or chauffeur. Make working at
home work for you by following these easy guidelines.
work at home parent
I can tell you first hand that
I wouldn't have it any other way!