Those sweet faces belong to my kids.
Those sweet faces can also make it crazy difficult to run a business. I mean, they’re 5 and 3. It’s kind of their job to need you All.The.Time.
The #1 question I get from women is how do you start/run a business with two little kids. The short answer is ‘with a ridiculous amount of planning, and copious bottles of wine.’
Here are 2 of 4 ways you can work from home with toddlers and actually get things done.
1. Use those naps and quiet times to do work, not dishes—or laundry, or mop, or clean the toilet, or prep for dinner. Schedule other times for those things (or, someone else to do them during nap and quiet times if you can). If your kids don’t nap, introduce them to quiet time. In their rooms. Don’t come out unless you have to pee or you’re on fire. This will take some training if your kids aren’t used to it, but it’s totally worth the 2 hours of quiet.
I try and keep work during this time to things that aren’t as big of a deal if they’re interrupted, or can be fairly quick if I need them to be
Some things to do during naps/quiet time:
-30 minutes of social media and relationship building
-Planning for the week or month ahead (set goals, y’all!)
-Client calls (schedule them ahead of time for no more than 30 minutes)
-Plan and/or write blog post
2. Ask for help—I know. Nobody can care for a child like his mama. But if you’re going raise your other child (i.e. your business) then you might want to think about parting ways, even just for a few hours so you can get the work you couldn’t get to during naptime done. Neither my parents nor inlaws live nearby and anyone else I would trust with my kids has little kids of their own. Here’s who helps me out
-the husband. He’s awesome. If you’ve got a mate who’s supportive of your entrepreneurial drive, get him/her to watch the kids. And those household chores you shouldn’t be doing during naptime, get him/her to knock out some of those things too.
-preschool. My kids are in preschool 3-4 days a week for 4 hours each day. This.is.HUGE! No, it’s not free, but consider it an investment in your business. Finding a preschool through a local church is pretty inexpensive compared to a private institution. Don’t have the extra cash, coax that supportive mom, uncle, or brother to invest in your business by helping with childcare costs if they can.
-mom’s morning out. Dude, these are everywhere. Just Google it along with your city and see what comes up. It’s pretty much an off-site babysitter for your kids that allows you to get stuff done. If your city doesn’t have one, start your own with a friend who also has kids. It can be as frequent as you want and far cheaper (or potentially free!) than part-time preschool.
It’s totally possible to work from home when you have small children. Come back Thursday for the other 2 ways.
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