Work at home mom tips
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At eight months pregnant, I decided to become a work at home mom. Talk about being crazy!
I decided I was going to help bring in a small income while being able to stay home with my daughter. Little did I realize that I would have a full-time business to run. I opened up my shop and received an order within a week. I was working on a custom order while in labor!
After that, though the balancing act had to begin. I had to figure out how to run a business while taking care of my new baby. River and I spent months figuring out how to make it work as she was ever changing in her first year and my business was growing in its first year.
We did it though and here’s how you can too!
1. Have a schedule
I worked hard to find a schedule that gave River the attention she needed while getting my work done. I didn’t keep strictly to my schedule because that’s not realistic with a kid, but I tried my best to make each day predictable. Children thrive on schedules just as much as we do. This also helped me keep a kind of “office hours” type thing going on, so I wasn’t working during family time.
Here’s what my schedule looked like, also try a planner like this one. It’ll help you keep track of important things and I personally like writing down my schedule.
7:00 AM I woke up and got breakfast
7:30 AM I worked out
8 AM I got River up/fed/snuggled
9 AM I start work
12 PM I got lunch for me and River
1 PM I put River down for a nap and went back to work
3 PM I got River up from nap and gave her a snack
3:30 PM I went back to work
4:30 PM We’d go to post office
5 PM I started dinner
6 PM I would get some cleaning done
7 PM River’s play time
8 PM River’s bedtime routine
9-10PM I spent time with Cody
2. Take days off
It was hard for me to take days off. My office was always right there and there was always some work that needed to be done, so I was constantly burnt out and wasn’t having fun anymore. I forced my self to start taking days off to spend with my family and myself.
I would leave the house and go somewhere fun with River or even just to my in-laws. This helped me from working when I should be relaxing and enjoying my day off.
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3. Saying no
I learned that my plate would become way too full and I would be drowning. Things can easily get overwhelming if you take on to much at a time and then it will be easier to fail at your job.
Say no to the things that you really can go without. I closed up shop several times because I couldn’t take on more work. The extra money would have been nice from the sales I missed out on but my sanity was left intact.
4. Ask for help
I asked my husband when I needed help with orders. He could do the simple tasks while I focused on the harder ones. I also asked for help around the house, just because I was home all day doesn’t mean I had time to clean the house or get dinner ready.
I decided to close my shop because I wanted to spend more time with River and we were trying to get pregnant again. Running a business was a great experience and learning opportunity for me.
5. Have patience
You will be interrupted five billion times before you can complete a task. I’m writing this one handed due to an upset little one. Just know you will eventually be able to finish your task. Even if it means you have to change two dirty diapers, fix three snacks and kiss a boo boo.
6. Hire help
This isn’t always possible if you’re just starting out, but eventually may be an option. Half a year into my business I hired a friend to help with the house cleaning and to watch River for a few hours a couple times a week.
This helped so much! I was able to focus purely on work and knew that my house was getting cleaned and my baby was being well taken care of. We have people watch our children while we’re working outside of the house, so I see no shame in getting help if you really need it.
Being a work at home mom isn’t easy!
But it’s doable and so fulfilling! I have never been more proud of myself! I ran my own business while taking care of a baby. Talk about a boss babe! You can be one too, It just takes planning, help from others and patience.