Sunday, October 08, 2006

How to Get Things Done Effectively with Your Home-Based Business

How to Get Things Done Effectively with Your Home-Based Business
Copyright © Monique Hawkins

Handling a home-based business and juggling with kids can be stressful. Sometimes, either the parents distract the kids to get some job done, or the kids distract the parents and make things a lot more difficult.

It is a challenge to keep the kids busy, especially if they are pretty young. The old tricks up on the sleeves sometimes won’t do any good. Children crave attention and that’s one thing that should be given to them by their parents, even when they have a work at home business.

Here are some tips to help make parents and kids take advantage out of each passing day when parents operate a home-based business.

1. Wake up earlier than the kids. This is the preparation hour, to assess the day ahead. A time for meditation and envision that the day will be great.
2. Enjoy wake-up moments with kids. It’s the time that kids will love kissing and snuggling with parents. It is a time for eating breakfast together. Presence counts at this young age they are in.
3. Keep them busy. Set a routine of fun things to do to keep them busy and inform them in advance about having to work.
4. Hire a sitter. Those that can afford a hired helper to attend to the kids at least a few times over the week can help give a moment of privacy to parents.
5. Work at flexible hours. Making goals, like working for 4-5 hours per day or while the kids are having their naptime or are blissfully playing.
6. Be flexible. Taking them outside allows them to be active while parents bring along their briefcases along to do some job done.
7. Give them tasks. Kids feel most important when they are playing “little assistants” to mom and dad. Stapling, clipping or cutting are tasks that they can manage to do. They will surely love to hear “thank you.”
8. Do some things after hours. Some of the private work can be done when kids are asleep. This will give an extra hour of peace and quiet.
9. Give them their needs at the moment. The choice to work home is the choice to be with kids. Be happy for the chance to give them a hug or a kiss.
10. Take pleasure in working and spending time with kids. The hard work is for them anyway.

It is important to give the children priority over a home-based business. Working at home means the choice of spending more time with the family. It is a waste to be stressed out by your business and family life. So structure, plan, and enjoy the opportunity to run a business from home!

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