Working from home can often be seen as the holy grail, especially as a parent. You want to be able to be a little more flexible with your time to make the most of being a mom or dad, but in the same breath, you need to earn a living to pay those bills. Finding the right career or starting your own business from home, as so many parents have done in the past, can be the ideal option, but it does have some drawbacks. Making it work can be tough, but here are some of the options to consider to help you make it work and be successful for you.
Having a dedicated working area
The many gripe people have with working from home is the fact that you are never truly off the clock when it comes to working. Your work is there, after all. You can go back to it at any moment, and you may not know when to stop. Having a designated area to work can mean that you are less likely to merge your working life with your home life. Enabling you to step away, and enjoy family and home life without that constant pull. It will always be there, just less of a temptation.
Outsourcing and being strategic
It is also important for you to be strategic and consider outsourcing certain aspects of your business. After all, you cannot do it all. A great tip is to consider utilising service such as a managed helpdesk for your IT solutions, a social media manager that is freelance to help you stay present online, and a website developer to manage and create your online store and information.
Building up your digital presence
We have already mentioned social media, but as a home business, this could be one of the easiest ways that you can make your business known. It is important for you to have some sort of presence online, and so doing that can help you to build your profile and over time increase your sales and orders. It might be worth thinking about a captain and marketing exercise to help you make the most of what social media advertising can do for your business.
Change the scene
Working from home or having a business you run from home does not mean that you have to always be in the home to do business. It can be very refreshing to change the scene when it comes to your working environment. This might be using WiFi in a coffee shop, or attending networking events or heading to trade shows.
Time management hacks to work for you
Although you may feel like you have more of it, your time is still precious, and you need to make the most of it. This is when finding the right time management hacks and tricks that suit you and your personality, as well as your business, will help you shine. It could be blocking time to do certain things, or trying to use lists to help you stay accountable for what needs to be done. Find what works for you.
Let’s hope these tips help you to make a success of working from home.