Being a work from home mum can be hugely beneficial but often feel like a juggling act. With your days spent organising childcare whilst running a home as well as a business. It may seem enticing to work from home, with no commute and no boss to answer to but there are plenty of challenges too, such as productivity, isolation, motivation and simply avoiding the distraction of being at home. This article covers some basic tips on how to be successful and productive as a work at home mum. By following these simple steps you’ll be well on your way to running your own business.
Make the most of online resources
When you work for yourself, it’s important to be motivated and a self-learner. You’ll need to learn new skills, be flexible and challenge yourself. However, it’s also important to understand where you can save time, as you simply can’t do everything. One way to save time is to invest in online accounting software, as this can help you to keep on top of your earnings as well as receipts, invoices and payments. If you research online, you’ll even find some websites offer a handy invoice template, which instantly helps your business to come across as more professional, whilst also streamlining your payment processes.
Know your limits
When you first start out running your own business, it’s very difficult to turn work down. However, it’s very important to set your limits – you simply can’t do everything. It’s great to be busy but you need to make sure you are being productive and producing work to a high standard. After all, you want to have repeat clients and often successful businesses are initially grown by word of mouth, so you need to give each customer your full attention. You must also remember that the whole point of working from home is to give yourself the flexibility to choose your working hours and be able to spend more time with your family. To be able to juggle family and work life, it’s crucial to be organised, know your priorities and your boundaries. Using a daily to-do list is a simple but effective way to manage everyday tasks and responsibilities.
Find your support network
Make sure you have time to socialise and interact with like-minded people working in a similar environment to you. Working from home can be isolating, so it’s important for your mental health and wellbeing to stay connected, whether that’s virtually or face to face. By joining online platforms and groups, you’ll create a virtual support network and have a permanent source of advice, help and support. You’ll also keep up to date with your industry as well as new tech developments that could save you time and (your business) money going forward.
Take time to disconnect
Make sure you give yourself important downtime and switch off from your technology. Whether that’s walking your dog, going for a run, reading a book, or having a coffee with a friend, take some time for yourself. Do whatever you need to recharge and re-energise.