I work from home and before I started it sounded like a perfectly easy and wonderful way to manage my commitments. It is great and I’m very lucky to have this option however, actually getting to a point where I use all my time effectively has taken some practice and I really wish I’d read these tips from Inge Woudstra, the founder of Mum & Career(http://www.mumandcareer.co.uk) at the beginning.
Top 4 things to do to make being a WAHM work
Many work at home mothers (WAHM’s) struggle to find a good balance: always working or always finding something to distract them from work. These are the top 4 things you can do:
1. Take yourself seriously
Show professionalism. Give yourself a well equipped work space and nice business cards.
Being serious also includes saying no to friends and family. Because you are at home, others often assume you have time for them or don’t mind doing something for them. Do not hesitate to kindly remind them you would like to say yes, however your work needs to be out of the way first.
2. Build your network
You can network anytime and anywhere. Tell everyone you know enthusiastically about your venture, ask others for business cards, give your own business cards away generously and…remember to follow-up within the next 1-3 days.
3. Bring structure in your life
Often you will only be able to dream of structure, as ill children or tight deadlines usually mess with your ideal routine. However, a routine gives something to aim for.
Do remember to schedule all your activities, including parenting and time-off.
When thinking about an ideal schedule it is good to know that each person is motivated differently. Ask yourself what works for you and what doesn’t. It often works very well to take notes for a couple of weeks about your productivity levels and try to find patterns. Then use your insights for your optimal productive schedule.
4. Never forget why you wanted to work from home
Chances are you were dreaming of spending more time with your children. Now it’s time to remember your priorities. Raising children is a real job, and it takes time, especially if you want to do it well. Remember professional nannies are paid for this job.
Many women find that even if their children are in school there are only about 16-24 hours left to work. If you feel you need more time, consider contracting out some of your jobs, finding childcare, teaming up with other parents for logistics or finding a cleaner could make a huge difference. You might even find your husband is willing to take up some of your jobs.
Author: Inge Woudstra, founder of Mum & Career. Mum & Career (http://www.mumandcareer.co.uk) is a not-for-profit web-community that shows combining career and children can be done. We offer much more expert articles, discussion, high-quality links and a women’s events listing and really are a first stop for professional working mums.