Being a mom means being able to manage a host of responsibilities. But when you’re a work-at-home mom, it gets even more challenging.
So how do you survive? Here are some practical but effective tips for you:
Choose the right work-at-home-job.
It’s important that you find the work-at-home job that is the perfect fit for you. If you have a home-based job or business, the one thing that will be your stumbling block is the nature of the job you’re doing. Make sure it’s something you know, understand and have the right skills to perform competently.
Most work-at-home experts recommend that you begin your home-based business when your kids are older. That way, they are more independent and you donâ€™t have to split your time too much on doing house chores and taking care of them.
However, if your kids are still quite young and you want to start on your work-at-home job, do it part-time. Part-time work usually requires only a few hours of your time. It also won’t demand too much of your efforts so you can still perform your duties as a mom.
As your kids grow and as they become more independent, gradually adjust your work to fit the time you have available. Manage your time well because much of what you will be able to do successfully will depend on this skill.
If there’s one secret to how work-at-home moms survive, this is probably it. Having help around when you need it is key to your success, especially when you have to handle a lot of demands from your clients.
Help can come in many forms â€“ a nanny to help you with the kids’ needs, a small outsourcing firm to perform simple tasks for you or probably your spouse or older child to help answer the phone. If you’re overwhelmed most of the time, that’s a sign you need to unburden yourself and ask for help from a pair of extra hands.