"Working around children: Management tips for home business moms"Women who run their own home business and are also moms need to find a balance between the two roles that they play. Being a stay-at-home mom is a full time job in itself and to run a business at the same time takes good management of your time.
Depending on the ages of the children, a woman who wants to be a success in her home business needs to consider hiring some help in order to be able to prioritize. Having help with caring for your children is really no different that the mother who works outside of the home and has her children in daycare. It is impossible to run a home business and tend to the needs of your children at the same time. It short-changes your children and your business.
Your home office should be an area that is off limits to your children so that you can accomplish the work that you need to get done without interruption. Having someone competent to supervise and care for your children will allow you to focus on your business. You still have the luxury of being close by in case of emergency and also to check in on them when you need a break from your workday.
Depending on what kind of a home business you are running, your child care needs may vary. If your children are in school, having someone who can drive them to and from school and then keep the children occupied after school until your workday is over can help you to remain focused on your home business. You should also have someone who can take care of them if they are ill.
If you have an infant, you should definitely have someone who can be at your home for the hours that you have put aside to work. Babies can be demanding and with no one to relieve you, your business will suffer if you are sidetracked by a fussy infant.
The luxury of being your own boss means that you can often decide how many hours a day you will put into your business. You have the power to be flexible unlike many working women who have jobs outside the home. You need to be disciplined and take your business seriously.
Many women learn how to balance motherhood and their careers. Managing your time when your work is running your own home business is no different. Have a reliable plan for your children and you can run your business without feeling guilt.