When you have kids and you want a home business, you have a choice. You can battle with your kids every step of the way as they vie for your attention and make it difficult for you to get anywhere with your business, or you can include them right from the get-go. All in all, the second option is the best. When you look at your kids as a business asset, you increase your chances of succeeding with your home business. Read on to learn how.
Begin by understanding that you are adding the home business to the life of your entire household. It should be viewed as a positive addition by all. Make up a schedule of your existing day and identify times in the day that you can devote to your home business without detracting from your home life. Look for areas of overlap when the activities your family normally participates in can be adjusted to include home business activities.
Have two home business settings. If your family is going to be involved in your home business, you need to have a community work area and a private work area. If you have the luxury of setting up a communal work room such as a den or crafts room, that is a great place for your whole family to meet and work together on projects. If not, use your kitchen table or living room and set up a specific cabinet or file system to store your home business paraphernalia out of the way when the family is not working on it. Keep your private work area separate for times when you need to concentrate. Consider providing each member of your family a private work area so that the concept of needing time alone to work undisturbed can be fully shared and appreciated by all.
No matter how old or young your kids are, you can devise specific home business related duties for each one. Think about this thoroughly in advance. Begin your home business adventure with a brainstorming meeting in which you explain your ideas for a home business and solicit input from all concerned. If there is a choice of businesses, you should begin with this. Once a business has been chosen, brainstorm on all the things that need to be done and allow kids to choose their duties. Understand that some of these duties may just be busy work, and sometimes the results will not be perfect. The point is inclusion, so be patient and appreciative of their efforts, even if you need to tweak a bit to make them usable.
For times when you really need time alone to work or to attend conferences or meetings, establish really exciting and interesting child care adventures for your kids. Avoid just dropping them off with a neighbor or leaving them with day care. If you are going to a conference, see if you can devise a field trip or day out for your kids that will add to their knowledge and help your business as well. Network with others in your home business niche to establish a sort of home school program for all kids involved so that you can share child care and create unique, specialized activities for all of your kids that will help them learn and grow as contributors to your home business.
Be sure to designate plenty of specific, non-home business family time when you and your kids and spouse can simply enjoy being together and having fun. Remember that adding a home business to your family life will bring fun, adventure and improved income, but it will also bring stress. Remember to reward your family members and yourself for your combined efforts by enjoying family outings, vacations and down time.