Okay, so you have made the plunge and you are working at home finally. So where do you go from here? I wanted to go through some of the best tips for working at home and getting your life on track, while your office is sitting in your home.
Schedule: One of my best tips is trying to get into some sort of schedule. You do not have to have a perfect schedule and not even one that you do every day, but you should at least be consistent with everything you do each day. If you have kids, then they need some type of consistency. Making sure they eat around the same time and take a nap at the same time each day will really help everyone stay calm throughout the day. Kids love knowing what they are doing next.
You may be exhausted from a busy schedule so far. Now it is late in the week and you are thinking about shortcuts or slacking a little. This is never a good idea for work at home mothers. You are setting an example for your kids and never settling for less than your best even when it is hard, is a great example to set. Plus, if you always give it your all, you never have to feel regret if a projects does not turn out as if you hoped. It is always best to stop and take a break than continue and look for ways to work subpar. You will feel better about your work and it will show. The following tips will help you always do your best.
One of the great things about being a work at home mom is just spending time with your children. This is truly a luxury many moms that have out of the home traditional job simply do not have. This is the main reason there are more and more WAH professionals: Family. Mothers and fathers that are out of the home and have to rely on daycare and babysitters miss out on most of their children’s first milestones, such as walking and their first words. In addition, the cost of childcare has not gotten any cheaper even though the economy is poor. So, when you combine the two, many mothers are left with only one logical option and that it to work and be at home with their children.
One of the worst misperceptions is that work at home mums do not have fun. That is not true at all and we do have fun. Most of the fun is spent with our families because this is the sacrifice we make for working at home. If you are a mother and you work at home, then you probably work at home to sacrifice for your kids and family. It does not always have to be about your family and sometimes it needs to be about you.
Have a Night with Girlfriends
One of the most important things a work at home mom can do is check every detail of the contract before finalizing it and starting the work. You will save yourself a lot of problems if you make this a regular habit. There have been many women left with no recourse after completing a project and the other party did not pay. You will not only be out the money promised, but out the time and effort you spent on it, which could have been used on another legitimate project. So you yourself a favor and continue to read on for some helpful hint to make contract finalizing second nature.
Working at home comes with one big built-in problem. That is being at home where you are comfortable. This means it is a lot easier to feel tired or lazy on some days and as you are well aware, this can bring a halt to your whole day. Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do at home, that may not necessarily be done in a normal office or workplace setting. These easy to follow tips and tricks will help you with energizing yourself through exercise and events while working at home.
Stretch It Out, Before You Fall Out
As a work at home mother you have to do it all or at least try to do it all. You are the supervisor, cook, housekeeper, personal shopper, child caregiver, taxi driver to your kids, and a contractor. If you stop for even a moment to think about it, you become overwhelmed. This anxiety can become even more pronounce when there are big projects due that coincide with life events, such as your child’s school play or ball game, a wedding or anniversary, or even an illness. These things can through your entire work at home world into a spin. However, there are a few preemptive steps you can take to lessen your stress and anxiety, should something come up.