Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Things To Consider When Working At Home



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For many mothers especially those who have young children working at home, is a blessing in disguise. It allows them to earn an income, but still be able to spend quality time, raising their children. For those mothers who have been laid off due to the global recession it is a great way to be able to handle all the fiscal, educational and family needs.

Types of work at home jobs

There are many opportunities on the internet for work at home moms. They range from customer service and support, technical support, order processing, blog or article writing, proofreading and editing documents, translating documents, transcription, web research, internet marketing, sales, data entry email response handling, business services, multimedia jobs, programming jobs, web and software development. The list goes on and anything an employer would have done in a traditional brick and mortar office; a work at home mom, with the right technologies can accomplish them at home.


There are a few considerations and distractions that can occur at home. These are things that can interfere with the quality of work. Things like disturbances from the children, television or the temptation to not prioritize work tasks over things that you have to do at home. If working at home is to be a successful venture, then it will require organization, discipline and consistency. There are practices that you can put in place so that you can get your daily job done and still have a separate time to do the mom stuff.

Things to do to organize your time

First, get organize; this requires that you make a list or schedule and execute it. There is no manager standing over you and micromanaging everything that you do at home; ensuring that you do your work. So, you have to do this yourself. You will need a timer. Your schedule should have designated work hours and once the timer goes off everyone, including the children, will be aware of what comes next. Because, they know when you finish working, they will be respectful of your work time and space.

Many young children have nap times so use this time to get some tasks done for work. Older children might have TV time, or homework time; these times should also be taken advantage of by a work at home mom. The other parent, who is the dad, can have scheduled times when he takes the kids of your hand and this will give you another time slated to work. In order to accomplish this transition smoothly, the list should be printed and placed in your working area and also in the common family area, like the kitchen on the fridge. This way everyone is aware of what is on the schedule.

Use written communication vs. telephone calls

If you are in a living situation where there is a lot of noise then you need to be creative in how you communicate with your clients or employers. That means using written or text mediums to communicate. That means using email, instant messengers or Skype. If you must have telephone conversations or video chats; you should do this when the children are having a nap, your spouse has them or they are doing their homework. Ensure you communicate the importance of them being quiet. If you happen to be disturbed, simply reschedule the call for another time. Things happen!

What to do when you have too much to do

This is often a common problem. These solutions can be simple so do not be overwhelmed. First thing to consider is hiring additional help. You have several avenues to explore; that includes friends, family or online assistance. You might also look into getting a nanny for those more hectic summer and holiday school break periods. If you are limited on funds then enquiring of other work at home moms how they manage this issue. You will surely get some insight from them. If they are close neighbors, you could babysit for each other. You can discuss these time management problems with your husband and have him assistance you more on the weekends or after work.

There are many chores at home that need to be done by a work at home mom. This includes ironing, cooking, laundry, doctors’ appointments, taking the kids to school and many more. All this will require great time saving strategies. Do your laundry early in the morning or late at night throughout the week. You can do one load at a time. For cooking, slow cookers or baking meals will be very beneficial. You can scout the internet for either quick meals or healthy meals that can be prepared using a slow cooker. In terms of cleaning, do one room a day; you will notice that the job gets done and is more manageable.

Work at home moms do not have to be overwhelmed and stressed about how to manage their time, work and children. The tips above will help you transition more smoothly and be more efficient.

17 comments:

  1. thanks for the great tip. I am not working from home, but basically, the information is helpful. I want to start a part time work at home as soon as possible.

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  2. Thank you for the tips as I am just starting to work from Home. God bless

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  3. I am a stay at home mom and is working online part time. yes time management is very important on working at home.

    Marms

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  4. One needs to learn to draw the line at home. Sometimes, its a struggle to work at home because your kid is there wanting your attention. You just need to be really good with time management.

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  5. I am actually jotting down to do list everyday just to manage my time

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  6. nice tips....keep it up....and keep updating...

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  7. Quite a lengthy post but has tons of bright and useful tips.

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  8. Most of the time i failed to organaize everything. Thanks to the post, It reminded me to make changes.

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  9. someday when I have my own child, i will choose to work at home so that I can take care my family too

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  10. I have a high respect for working moms. I can't really imagine where your super powers are coming from juggling work and family! Wow! I have 4 nephews and nieces, whenever I take home some work and they are in my house I can't seem to concentrate and will call their moms to pick them up... Hehe.. I have so much to learn! Hope to have kids soon!! ;-)

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  11. I love being a WAHM. Yet I still choose jobs/tasks that do not hold my time. I just accept tasks that require me to finish on a certain deadline but don't expect me to be in front of the computer from a certain time for several hours.

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  12. Wish I could do that too. But I'm easily distracted by everything. I can't see myself working at home. I will end up sleeping or watching TV the whole day. Haha. But great tips you shared here. :)

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  13. That's obviously correct: organization, discipline and consistency are basic approaches to make things done effectively.

    Two-thumbs up for you!

    Gil Camporazo of RandomThoughts!

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  14. the main thing with working online is do not get into all sorts of making money online try concentrating on items that will make you money more.. unless you are an outsourcing firm.. hahaha thanks for the tip

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  15. Awesome ideas!!! I love the post.

    Lioness- Following Back

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  16. mom working at home is already making trends for mothers who don't want to leave home and want to spend quality time with their kids..

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  17. I have been working at home for several months now and I must admit that I have not yet mastered the art of multitasking house chores, kids time, and work. Glad that I have my husband beside me for support.

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