A Guide to Making Work-From-Home Work

Most people with children say they prefer to work from home so they can be there for their families. And it’s true that working at home gives you a better work-life balance and time to be more available for your kids. However, even though you may be working from home, you are still working. So here are some tips from BabyFlix to make things a little easier.

Get Some Help

Even when you have a baby and they sleep longer hours, you’ll still have feedings and diaper changes that work on their schedule and not yours. You have several options for part-time child care in your home. College students have a more flexible schedule and are always looking for extra money. Care.com is another resource and you’ll be able to see their background checks and references too.

Set Boundaries

If you’ve got help in the house, either a spouse working a separate shift or a childcare worker you’ve hired to stay with your toddler or pre-schooler, they will invariably want to come to your home office with a problem or to share something or just because they want to see you.

If you create a boundary between work and home, it will make it easier for them to understand that your office is for work only. This will take a lot of patience on both your parts, but eventually, they’ll catch on.

Plan Independent Activities

First, Brit+Co has some ideas that your kids can do on their own while you’re busy that don’t involve buying toys like, giving them your Tupperware and letting them sort them by size and color. And Flex Jobs says don’t worry about letting them use electronics when you need to keep them busy and distracted. Learning games or kid-focused television, and movies, are fine for limited periods, so let them enjoy them without feeling guilty.

Dressing the Part

Another great benefit of working from home besides the extra time with family is that you can dress to be comfortable. That doesn’t mean you should be in a robe and slippers all day, but you don’t have to fill your closet with an office wardrobe either. Leggings are both comfortable and can be stylish with a nice top they make the perfect outfit for online conferences. Comfortable bras are a must, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty too. Shop online and save yourself a trip traipsing from one store to the next.

Expand Your Options

Working from home is a lot more freeing than being confined to an office, but nothing offers the freedom of being your own boss. If you feel like you don’t have the necessary know-how yet, going back to school is a great place to start. And if you want to study from home and learn at your own pace, here's a good option to teach you more about the business world, and how to make your dreams a reality.

Once you’ve got a workable idea, write a business plan that will be your blueprint for how to move forward. Take advantage of online resources, like a business plan template. Score is another great resource for learning how to get your own business off the ground with loads of resources. In terms of marketing you can create a logo quickly with a free logo maker online. Even if you’ve never done anything like that before, you can create custom logos through a library of templates, fonts, colors, and images.

Make Sure Your Kids Still Come First

Ensure your children have quality time with you, and you won't feel as much pressure. This can include being available for bedtime every night, having your children help with simple chores while you're working in the kitchen, and planning some new experiences together so you have something to look forward to. If you’re divorcing, this means your children will require even more of you. This is where professional assistance can be invaluable. After all, the problem isn’t divorce – it’s how you divorce.

Getting help, treating yourself to comfortable clothing, providing distractions, and creating boundaries can all help make things work for you and your children. And if you’re ready for a change, try going back to school or starting your own business to put yourself back in the driver’s seat of your career. But most importantly, making sure your children are always your first and primary responsibility and getting some outside help with a divorce from a professional will make your work from home with your kids the best years of your life.

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