working from home

How to Grow Your Business and Take Care of Your Family

Building a business from home can make you feel like you're constantly making choices. Choices like:

  • Should I clean out the dishwasher or write this blog post?
  • Should I throw the clothes in the dryer or finish this e-book?
  • Should I just go to bed for once or finish this book?

It's not an all or nothing arrangement, but it can sometimes feel like it. We have to make choices and a lot of the times, when we choose our work, we feel GUILT. We feel selfish and we feel like we're neglecting everyone by sitting in front of the computer. 

I don't feel guilty anymore. But, I used to. Here's why:

  • I didn't have set hours
  • I didn't have a structured plan
  • I had no boundaries with what I was creating

By not setting my hours I was working like a mad woman. From the time I was let off from my full-time job I was in my office working away. I was only taking breaks for dinner with the family and kiddo "emergencies." My only trigger to stop working was bedtime. On weekends I did the same thing. I worked. All. Day. 

What the heck was I working on? EVERYTHING! I was creating random content, hosting webinars, creating Facebook ads, networking, creating sales funnels, and a ton of other busy work. I had zero structure. If you asked me what I'm working on that week, I would have said, "everything!" Makes me cringe. 

When I finally SET MY HOURS and started to really think strategically on what I wanted my business to do for me the next year...well that's when shit got serious and the light finally appeared. 

It was such a relief to have a PLAN and to know exactly what I was going to focus on for a year. A year! That helped me zoom in and get into more detail about what I will do quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily. 

So, now, when I get off work from my FT job I'll play with my daughter for a bit, clean up the kitchen, maybe call a family member for a quick chat, and then off to work I go. Let me tell you, this system has completely cleared my brain fog. I finally know EXACTLY what I have to do. If I get done early with what was on the agenda, great! I'll either move the next days up and get ahead or I'll just pat myself on the back, close the office door, and go enjoy my family.  

Be sure to get the planning system that I've created to help you do just this! 

How to Work From Home and Accept the Interruptions

I sometimes feel like people don't understand what we, as moms, go through in our daily lives. We are always in "mom mode." We always have our mom caps on and we're usually thinking ahead and trying to predict the future. I have yet to master that part. 

Now, throw in creating and building your own business, while staying home, all on top of your other responsibilities, it can definitely seem like a lot and can get quite overwhelming. 

I created a workbook that will save you so much time! If you're a mom and you work from home-you need a plan and you need something you can stick to. This workbook will walk through the same process I use to go from an idea to planning out each hour of my work day. It's something you'll refer back to and print over and over again because it is just that useful. 

It can be very exciting to start an online business. At first, you're gathering up as much information as possible on Pinterest, you're reading blog posts, listening to podcasts, and making a ton of notes (and work) for yourself. You're basically running off of adrenaline at this point. 

Then a kid gets sick or something unexpected happens in your family and everything has to be set aside. You feel like such a failure for not giving your new baby (your business) the attention it deserves. You make a promise to yourself that you'll get back to it when you have time. 

After a week or more goes by you're either going to do one of two things. Dive right back in or find another reason to not move forward. You may have a perfectly legit reason for not moving forward at the time, but more than likely you're scared. You ran out of steam and you're not sure how to get it back. 

This is why we need to have a plan mom. Because it happens to ALL OF US. When I found out I am having my third baby this fall I was completely floored. This was not written down in my planner! Once I accepted the fact that things will change again this coming Summer I knew I had a really good reason to get my shit together and become a master of time management and planning ahead. Strategically. 

I've not only cut down on my hours, but I've planned out the next year. Because I have to. I really don't want to be laying in the hospital bed thinking, "oh shoot! I forgot to publish and promote my new blog post!" That's just not going to happen. When that new baby comes I will be able to know the wheels are turning without me. 

This is not only how I plan for big life events, but I also plan my days this way. Because, like I said before, I have no clue who is going to wake up sick today. I have no power over what my 2 year old will think entertainment is on a Tuesday afternoon.  And I have no clue if my 7 year old just needs some mom time or would rather hang out in his room when he gets home. I don't know. And that's OK. 

What I do know, is that I will plan to work on my business from 1-5 every week day. I do know that I have a  weekly blog post, a weekly podcast, client work, networking, marketing, and creation to be done. And I do know that I have a theme for each month so I'm not struggling with writers block. I also know that if my husband wants to take us all out for supper on a Friday, I will more than happily shut my laptop and get the kids ready because I can wake up early on Saturday and get some work done too while everyone is sleeping. 

My biggest tip for working from home is to not be so hard on yourself and set boundaries. As I said before, I have set hours. That's that. If you haven't implemented this into you day, DO IT. I can't tell you how much more productive I've become after knowing I have an hour to get this done.