For most work at home parents, the end of school signals anxiety and panic. Why? Most work at home parents use the time that kids are in school as time to get the stuff done for business. However, when school ends, parents now have to figure out how they are going to get their work done with the kids in the house ALL DAY long. Don’t panic. You don’t have to put your business on hold for three months. Here are some tips to help you stay on top of things this summer.
Okay if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you will know that I am a big advocate of outsourcing. Delegate tasks you either don’t have time for or aren’t good at. With the kids at home, you don’t have the time you used to have, but you still have the same bills you had when school was in session. Outsourcing will free up your time for more billable hours.
With time at a premium, you have to be more picky about the work you accept. If you know you finish some tasks faster than others, only take that kind of work during this crunch time. If there’s stuff you know you hate doing, you may have to decline those projects. If you have clients that you have to chase down to get your payment, you may want to stop accepting projects from them during the summer since you won’t have time to be a bill collector.
Find creative ways to keep the kids occupied while you are working. Are the artsy? Give them some arts and crafts projects to work on. Do they like legos? Get them a few lego kits and let them have at it. Of course if none of these work, you can let them watch tv for a few hours while you work.
Summer doesn’t have to be a time of angst. Summer can be productive if you put a few things in place to help keep things running smoothly. What are your plans to help keep your business running smoothly this summer? Leave your tips in the comment section.