It’s the dream for many people to work from home, be it running your own home Internet business or telecommuting for someone else.
They imagine the freedom, the comfort and convenience of only traveling from one room to another to “go to work.”
While most people who are successful at this endeavor will tell you of many benefits, they also recognize the challenges.
If you are a mother with children at home while you work, you know that balancing both work and family can be even more difficult.
For Those Who are Pregnant or Have Young Children
As the article, “Why Choose Surrogate Motherhood” mentions about surrogacy, you don’t have to put your life on hold if you work from home while pregnant. This is also true for those who are having babies they plan to keep.
As long as you get the job done, you can work whenever you feel like it. This often makes getting through a difficult pregnancy a little easier.
Finding the Balancing Act
Once you have a baby, you have to learn how to balance being a mother with being a businesswoman.
Even though little ones sleep a lot, they also have demands. As you learn your baby’s routine, you will want to establish a work schedule that fits around it.
For instance, if your baby regularly sleeps for several hours in the afternoon, that may be the time to schedule phone calls or web meetings with clients to be uninterrupted.
Other than those special meetings, you usually don’t have to worry about noise and interruptions.
On the other hand, you do have to plan for work time as well as time to handle administrative tasks. Don’t overlook the idea of hiring a babysitter occasionally to give you time for work.
You can take your baby to someone’s house or have them come to your home while you shut yourself away in your office.
When You Have Older Kids
Life should get easier when your kids are in school, but this is not always the case.
While you may have several hours that you can work while they are away, you may also have to make adjustments when you need to work after school. And then there are those unplanned snow or sick days.
Do you postpone a meeting at the last minute or try to get through it even with the kids at home?
The answer will often depend on your situation, but remember that the same thing could happen if you worked in an outside office.
One of the biggest issues for moms who work at home is trying to achieve separation of work and home life.
It is not enough to just balance it. You must also separate your time so that everyone knows when you are being a mom or a boss.
Set rules for yourself on when you will not work. It also helps to have a specific work place that is not your couch or chair.
Once you walk away from that area, you are finished working.
Being a work-at-home mother is not the same thing as being a stay-at-home mom.
It has numerous benefits for both you and your family, but it also comes with its own set of challenges.
Recognize them and make a plan to deal with them and you will enjoy a successful career and a fulfilled life.
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About the Author: Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including business and families.