Guest Post: Working from Home with Children

by Notorious Spinks on 07.25.2012

Work at home mom Make a dedicated office space. If you’re working from home full or part-time, it is best to have
a dedicated work space. You don’t need to spend a lot of money building an extension to your house or
remodeling your garage to accommodate your office, but you should have some sort of desk space.
This space should be in a place where you can concentrate, whether for work or phone calls. However,
you should see this as an opportunity to make an office you could actually work at. You can do this quite
cost effectively by combing through sites like eBay or Etsy with online transportation marketplaces, like
uShip, who always have reliable transporters looking for good courier jobs.

 

Set boundaries about when you are working and when you aren’t and stick to it.
One of the major benefits of working from home is that should a situation arise you can be flexible. That
said, it is best to set up a schedule and timetable, just like you would do in the office. One of the greatest
difficulties of working from home is telling yourself to stop working. Therefore, it is best to define when
the work day starts and ends. This will give you and your family structure throughout the day and ensure that you have enough time to dedicate to both work and play.

Know other places in your neighborhood — and get out the house!
We all need a change of scenery from time to time. Chances are there are a good number of great
secondary places where you can get your work done beside your house so make a conscious effort to
get out and work someplace every now and again. Your local library or coffee shop will likely have free
wireless and space for you to spend a few hours.

Working from home can be a game-changer enabling you to spend more time with your family and more time “at work.” In order to manage personal and professional commitments however, you do need to be hands-on in your approach. Don’t use working
from home as an aid, use it as a tool.

Hope these tips help you manage your day or help you transition to your work at home status.

If you work from home, what methods do you use to manage your time wisely? Did you encounter any challenges?

~Amar Patel

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Rachel @ Following In My Shoes August 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

I have the dedicated space but I am BAD about setting time boundaries.

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Monique (@MamaRvThereYet) August 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I have a hard time working from home with my kids here. They want to talk to me haha! And to think that I want to go on the road next year which means I’ll be back to working from my “home” with my kids in the next (or same) room! I’d better get a plan together now.

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Amanda August 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I’ve been contemplating becoming a stay at home mom and doing part time work from home…so these tips are great!

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Crystal August 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

The boundaries are hard for me. I tell myself I’m going to put my work away at a certain time, but it always spills over.

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RJ July 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Working from home is hard, but so worth it!

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Penelope (NYC Blogger) July 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I work from home but I haven’t succeeded here yet :-/

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Jenn July 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

I too have a time limit problem. Probably since my work is done whenever I can grab a minute or my toddler is entertaining herself. It will be easier to have an actual schedule when she is older…I hope.

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Tammy July 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

I have trouble setting time limits to when I work.

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Theresa July 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

Working from home is hard, but it can be done!

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Tricia Nightowlmama July 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm

so hard to work from home when u have children setting time aside is the hardest part

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MomStart (Ashley) July 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Very good tips… I REALLY need to set some time boundaries and schedules.

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debra p July 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I think a dedicated workspace is really important as well as time set aside. Lately I haven’t been able to find enough of that time.

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Anne - Mommy Has to Work July 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I really need to make a special place for me to work!

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Stefanie July 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I agree with the dedicated space.

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Jennifer July 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

I work from home and it’s SOOO hard. Every day is a challenge.

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Stefani July 29, 2012 at 1:05 am

I work from home. Although I love what I do, sometimes things can get rough when you have all the kids home and you need quiet time.

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Courtney July 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Thanks for the tips!! I’m dreading going back to work after maternity leave..

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Kathleen July 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Great tips! I have been working from home for the last 7 years and definitely use some of these.

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Emily @FamilyNLifeLV July 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

It is great to know other places in the neighborhood to work while your family can play!

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Toni @ A Daily Dose July 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

These are wonderful tips. It’s so hard for me to find quiet during the summer but all is well during the school year.

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A Time Out for Mommy- Elaina July 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

Being a WAHM, it is SO hard to find quiet time to get adequate work done!

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HilLesha July 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Great tips!

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Billie July 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I definitely need to set a schedule for working and tell Facebook to leave me alone for awhile.

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Lolo July 27, 2012 at 1:27 am

I would love to be a work at home mom!

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Colleen July 26, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Great tips, I have the option to work at home occasionally but I find it hard to do with the kids home and the less restriction on my internet.

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