It can become a bit daunting when running a home-based business plus balancing life issues. Your schedule will not only belong to you but also of your family. Personally, I like to think that working from home has become a blessing in disguise. For example, things like picking up my daughter from gymnastics or my son from a guitar lesson allows me the flexibility to do so without having to make other arrangements.
The hardest part in the beginning of my business venture was requesting respect for my business hours. It was a challenge to figure out setting apart business and family time. Boundaries had to be met for both situations.
Below is an infographic with the 3 simplest ways to balance family and business:
1. Setting limits
Setting rules can help your family understand that you need time and space for your business tasks. Rules, however, aren’t the magic solution, especially for small children. When your 1-year-old wants her mommy, the fact that you are on an important phone call isn’t going to change her needs. However, having reliable child care is one way to carve out the quiet hours you need. Other options can be a visit to the library when you have an important conference call. Setting these type of business expectations for your family to understand is important.
It’s important to try and figure out what works best for your business and your family. Test out different schedules and before you know it, you’ll have a routine set up.
2. Be flexible
Having a smart phone, fax machine, printer, shredder and Internet service allows me the flexibility to get my work done. I can do all of my tasks without having to outsource any of it. Find what type of flexibility makes your job easier to do. If you do have to outsource part of your work, make sure all of your requirements are put forth before completion to avoid repeat visits to outside resources.
For the first year, I was putting in 12- to 14-hour days, six days a week, and by Sunday I was a total wreck. That was only because I needed to find my groove on how to balance work with family life. Now, I don’t put quite as much time but I do know how to manage my time. I’ve been able to accomplish time management with the help of my family. Setting business boundaries, managing my business and personal time has worked wonders.
Every family is different, and you may need creative solutions to accommodate your family’s schedule while maintaining your own personal work time. But you must work with your family, not against it, to strike the right type of balance for everyone involved. Implement the “The 3 Simplest Ways to Balance Family and Business” above and you’ll be on the right track.
Now it’s your turn. What are other simple ways you balance family and home based business? Please share your comments below.
About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog, The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom and biz owner at Books About Me. For additional powerful business articles and Internet marketing tips for maintaining a lucrative home business subscribe to her newsletter.
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