Working from home doesn't solve all your work life balancing issues, and learning how to generate income without sacrificing family time is important. Now more than ever, you have to make sure that your work doesn't take control of your life and prevent you from doing what you probably came home to do in the first place: spend more time with family. Here are some proven ways that moms have been able to keep their commitment to putting family first:
Set Proper Working Hours
Work time should rarely spill over into family time. If that's happening more often than not, you've got a problem and you need to make some adjustments. Start by looking at your work hours. They need to revolve around your family's schedule as much as possible, and not the other way around. For example, if you have an infant, your working hours should be during naps and sleep time. If your spouse works a night shift and is home during the day, then your working hours should be primarily at night when he's working, or during the day when he's sleeping for his night shift.
Adjusting your work hours may take sacrifice on your part, especially if you're not a night person or a morning person, but your body and mindset will adjust to it. Like many moms, you'll learn to generate income during times that don't conflict with your ability to be available and of service to your family on a daily basis.
Choose the Right Job or Switch
A major reason why you may not be able to generate income without sacrificing family time is due to the work at home job you've chosen. For example, launching as a home based answering service is not a good idea for a mom with toddlers or an infant. That mom must be available during business hours to answer calls, which means she will most often have to sacrifice family time. Jobs that require you to be at your desk during certain work hours are in general not the right fit for work at home moms.
If you're looking for a business idea, choose one that allows you the freedom and flexibility to tend to needs of your family. It's never too late to change what you're already doing. Learn how to generate income by working differently, doing the same work at home job you're used to. If that doesn't work, then consider making a switch.
Work Together as a Family
Family time is not restricted to games and other recreational activities. There's value in spending time together, learning new skills and training your children to work. Make a list of all the business tasks you accomplish daily and assign some of them to your children. You'll need to train them in it, but in time, they'll be your most loyal helpers. Families who launch a family business spend an incredible amount of time together and are strengthened in the process. Perhaps it's time to consider an entire family venture, with you running it, if and until your spouse decides to participate full time.
Make the decision to generate income without sacrificing family time, no matter what. Use your creativity and entrepreneurial drive to make it happen, using some or all of these suggestions.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.