I love the freedom to be able to work from home and be a full time mommy! Yes, sometimes it is frustrating, but so is having a 9-5 job. Actually having a a full time job is much more frustrating because not only are you a full time worker, you also are a full time mommy and wife. There truly is not time to get everything done and so many things fall by the wayside. Working from home allows so much freedom, flexibility, and the ability to not miss any of your child's firsts. Although working from home does present it's own challenges, and in this post I will discuss some.
- Focused Time. This was the first problem that I encountered when I started my home business. Because my little one was at a crawling and into everything phase, having focused time when he was awake was impossible. Also, during his wake times I wanted to be fully present and focused on him. This is one reason I chose the online company Empower/Ipas because I could work from home during nap times and still make enough to replace my former income. So my focused time was during his morning and afternoon naps. This also meant that I had to plan my day accordingly. I couldn't be out of the house all day and let him just sleep on the go because this was the time I chose to be focused. Sometimes, we are out all day, but this is not the norm. Anyways, this makes for a very cranky baby in time. My focused time was planned, and I committed to having it every day because we all know that consistency is the key to success. The second thing that I did with my focused time was make of list of what I needed to accomplish during this time. This list was things that I could not do with divided attention. The list helped me to concentrate, stay focused, and get things done. It is easy to get lost in checking emails, fixing a random problem, or enjoying all the Facebook updates. For this reason, I keep myself on track because I easily get lost doing other fun things and therefore waste my time. Whenever, I feel myself drifting off, I ask myself if this is on my list; if it is not, I forget it for the meantime. I know that sounds crazy, but it really helps me.
- Multi-tasking. This last month my little one switched from having two naps to one. This is great, but it also meant I had to change things up a bit. Instead of having four hours to work, now I only have two and a half at best. So multi-tasking came into play. Our company has eight core commitments that I have to do every day to succeed. Two of these are listening to an Inner Circle audio and reading for fifteen minutes a day. Both of those, I do with my little one awake. While I make breakfast, I put out a note pad and a pen and listen to my audio while my little one plays in the sink or some other kitchen activity. Later on in the morning, we have book time. I read to my little one every day, but our book time is different. My son and I both cuddle up on the couch with books and our water bottles, and we read for thirty minutes. As long as I give him plenty of books to look at, he does very well sitting during this time, and he learning the ability to sit still and focus, which is a total plus. Because I work part time, these are the only two things that I need to multi task. At times, when my husband is home, I will watch a training video while I fix supper, it just depends.
- Time in General. This is a problem that I hear often, no time to have a home business. Honestly, I do not allow myself to have this problem. I know this sounds odd, but I am very strict with my time, and I take the time to prioritize. All my household chores are spread out through the week, and meals and outside activities are planned. This may sound difficult to do, but it is not. I downloaded a home notebook from Pinterest, filled it out, and up date it as needed. I rarely do last minute activities, and I allow some things to stay undone until I can fit it in. I am not a super mom, I chose which things are most important to get done for the day, and I do them. This may mean that my house isn't a Martha Stewart house, but I am okay with that.
- Space. Having a dedicated area to work in is very important. In our other home, I made a little space on our kitchen bar where I kept my tablet, a note pad, and pen. I kept sticky notes and other office supplies within arms reach. Already having everything set up and within reach saves me time every day.
- Learning Curve. If you are coming from a traditional 9-5 job like me, there will be a learning curve. One of the first things I learned is changing my mindset from employee to boss. I had to start finding solutions to my problems and become my own problem solver. It was no longer asking questions, and waiting for someone to tell me how they wanted it done. This was a whole new ball game. Not only did I have a mindset change, I had a skill set change. I am newbie to the internet and social media world, so I had tons to learn. Just learning the difference from a webcast and podcast. What tools to use to do a video. How to do a screen share. Lots and lots of learning! But honestly, I have an advantage most people don't have. I was not thrown into a business and told to make sales. Empower provides products, mentors, and webinars that literally show you step by step how to be successful. If I have a problem, I don't have to search Google, I am given tons of answers within my team as well as the Empower products which literally answer any question you can possibly image. So yes, I had a steep learning curve, but never once was I overwhelmed because I was given the needed tools to succeed and could take it step by step. These are some of the challenges I faced when I first started my home business and how I managed to overcome them. If you are interested in learning how to market your business or just want to take it to the next level, click here to view the Empower products. I promise they are a game changer. If you are just interested in finding a home business to join, I would love to have you on my team, just click the yellow button below. :)