The ABC’s of Working from HomeBy
Any mother can tell you how exhausting juggling family, home, and a 9 to 5 job. When spending too much time in an office job, your family life suffers. This is because you tend to miss out on the memories and your children growing up. In addition, some jobs require a lot from you in terms of long hours, out of town trips, and sometimes working on weekends and holidays. It is for this reason that a growing number of parents are all for working from home.
It is usually a terrifying experience leaving a solid source of income into a world of the unknown but you must look at it as a chance for growth and being your own boss. In fact, working from home trains you on time management. The great thing is that you now have the ability to juggle family life, errands, and your home office in a flexible manner. Working from home can have its disadvantages because you may be distracted by the kids when they cry or when company unexpectedly stops by. The trick to handling this is to train the kids to keep away from your home workspace within set hours and informing family and friends of days you can avail yourself socially.
The key to success in working from home is balancing work and home. It is not always easy but with time, you can definitely handle and enjoy both. One of the things you can do is to create a timetable for each day and how you intend to have family time, do your chores and errands and when to buckle down and get some work done. If you are doing work that excites you and requires flexible time to handle it, then it means you will have more time for other things in the home and about town.
There are many things that one can do to ensure work at home success. You must ensure that the work you do is not a scam. You can choose sites such as Elance or Freelancer to select assignments that are in line with your skill set. If you have chosen to become a consultant in a given field, working from home means that you will save money on office space or equipment among other bills. This means that you will achieve success faster and no your own terms and still make time for yourself and your family.
As a parent, you must be honest with the person giving you work from home assignments. This means that if you are unable to work on a given day, work on a plan with them to make up for lost time or request for time off. As a parent, you know that a lot of things can come as a surprise such as a school meeting, attending your kids’ games or even unfortunately taking care of a sick child. Also, you must agree before the assignment on payment plans among other logistics which will ensure the work goes smoothly. At the end of the day, having that extra time with family makes working from home well worth it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pebbles Jacobo, A&P Virtual Enterprises, began working from home as a VA (Virtual Assistant) several years ago. Jacobo enjoys working with clients in various fields, but specializes in working with Christian speakers, authors, and ministries. Connect with Pebbles on Facebook and Google+.