Mommy Masters welcomes Ryan Currie, who shares great tips for mompreneurs.
Being a mom is the hardest job in the world…everyone knows that! But combine the responsibilities of motherhood and entrepreneurialism? It’s a recipe to quickly becoming overworked, overstressed, and overextended. The toughest part of all is figuring out how to find the time to work on business while staying home with the kids, but it can be done!
Here are seven ways entrepreneurial stay at home moms can carve out time for work…
1. Nap Time is Your Best Friend
Depending on the age of your kids, naptime is your best friend. If your little one(s) are going down for an hour or more of naps each day, plan around this time! Forget the laundry, the cleaning, and the chores and focus all of your attention for their entire nap on work – you’ll get more done in a chunk of time than spreading yourself out throughout the day.
2. Give the Kids a Project
Kids love to help and if possible, engage them in your work! If you run an at-home business that makes product, for example, have them help you count the shipping boxes or organize piles of supplies. If your business isn’t something the kids can assist with, give them a project to do for a half-hour block while mommy works on her project. Kids love scavenger hunts, bathing the dog, coloring pictures, and even coming up with a play they can later perform for you.
3. Hire a Babysitter
There may come a time when you realize you need to bring in some outside help! Think of a babysitter as an investment in your business, and one you’ve got ultimate control over. Maybe you only need someone to watch the kids for two hours every afternoon, or perhaps you just need one day a week you can go to a coffee shop for 8 hours and plug in. Figure out what works and talk to your accountant about writing the expense off on your taxes!
4. Share a Nanny
Likewise, it may be a smart idea to share a nanny with neighbors, friends, or other entrepreneurial moms. Your kids will get valuable socialization time and everyone shares the cost. Also a good idea? Sharing mommy responsibilities with someone you know – maybe they watch the kids every morning but you do all the activity shuttling or babysit for them every Friday night. It’s all about trade offs.
5. Give Dad Some Solo Responsibilities
Particularly if your husband works outside the home, why not use those precious hours when he gets off work to dive into your own business? Talk to him about taking on all the responsibilities between, say, 5-8pm and what it would mean for him to get some alone time each day with the kids. Bath time, dinner, and getting them set up for the next day is the least dad can do to pitch in when you’ve been juggling child care all day!
6. Pay Someone to Take on the Little Things
Just like hiring a babysitter, paying someone else to do some of the “chores” that eat up your free time during the day might be a smart investment. Pay to have your laundry sent out, a food delivery service bring in dinner, or even a housekeeper to keep the place tidy. Every minute you don’t have to spend on “stay at home mom duties” is a minute you can spend working, and that’s probably worth it.
7. Enroll the Kids in an Activity
Your kids may be able to benefit from some time spent outside the home and you’ll love the work time it provides. Activities like an art class, a sport, or even a music program are great for your kids’ enrichment and you can carve out time to work in the car or even a nearby coffee shop. Carpooling with another mom in the program is a great way to stay at home (at least half the time) while the kids are involved!
It’s not impossible to work from home and take care of the kids, but it does take some planning. Learning how to manage your children’s needs and your businesses requirements is half the battle but you’ll never regret spending so much time with your little ones even if it means a little less time on the business.
Ryan Currie is a product manager at BizShark.com, with 5 years experience in online marketing and product development. In addition to web related businesses, he also enjoys the latest news and information on emerging technologies and open source projects.
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