Running a business from home can be an incredibly rewarding experience. This applies whether you are running a lifestyle business or starting a new business that you want to expand. When you are a parent, however, running a business from home presents particular challenges.
An example of these challenges is being able to quickly switch between parent mode and business mode as this can be surprisingly stressful. It can also seem like you never have enough time to deal with everything you need to.
So, how can you operate more productively so you can make a success of running a home business while raising children? Here are seven tips.
1. Make Sure It’s the Right Time
This particularly applies if your children are very young as they take up more of your time. Specifically, you will have to think about childcare arrangements, something which is more difficult when your children are too young to go to school. A supportive partner can help make it possible, or you might choose to delay starting your home business until your children are a bit older.
2. Create a Separate Workspace
One of the best ways to ensure you remain as productive as possible when running a home business is to have a workspace that is clearly separate from the living areas of the home.
This doesn’t just benefit your business – it benefits your family life too. This is because your family will also be more comfortable when they know the boundaries.
3. Consider Hot Desking
Even when you have a separate workspace at home it can often be worthwhile to have the option of being able to work somewhere else. This might only be for a day a week, but you will see your productivity improve by doing so. You can do this by sharing office space, an option which is low cost.
This will give you the added benefit of working close to other entrepreneurs and business owners. Many people enjoy the camaraderie aspect of this, but you may also get advice that will help your business, new customers, and more.
4. Deal with Distractions
Distractions will inevitably happen when you work from home, but you should minimise them as much as possible. A good starting point is talking to your children, so they understand the importance of not causing an unnecessary distraction. They need to know who they can go to when you are working, of course, but they will disturb you less when you explain things to them.
It is also important to plan and follow a schedule. For example, do you only work when the children are at school, or can you work later in the evening when they go to bed? Also, having a schedule means your children know when you are working and when you are free.
5. Divide Your Time Properly
When creating your schedule, make sure you plan your time properly. When working from home, it is all too easy to end up working when you should be spending time with your family. Try to avoid this as much as possible.
6. Plan and Manage Your Time Carefully
Once you have a schedule in place, you should try to follow it as rigidly as possible. This will ensure work doesn’t encroach on family life as well as ensuring you maintain a high standard of service to your clients.
7. Use Software to Save You Time
Tools that help you plan, automate manual processes, and generally make you more efficient are essential when working from home. This could be cloud accounting software, project management apps, to-list apps, cloud computing solutions, and more. In other words, let the software do the work so you don’t have to.
Do you need more help or advice with your business? Contact us at Gilroy Gannon today.