By Denise Willms
Work at home moms often begin to work from home with the idea that they'll have more time to spend with their children. What they often discover instead, though, is that they end up with less family time. In fact, even the time they used to religiously set aside for their children isn't as meaningful as it once was.
How does this happen?
What many moms don't realize when they start a work at home business, is that running a business can take twice as much time (or more) than going outside to work. You don't have to spend time doing your hair and makeup in the morning, or commuting to your workplace, so you do save time there. However, you now need to market your business, do your bookkeeping, network with others in your industry, maintain your website, and still find time for the revenue-producing activity of your business.
Each one of those jobs could be a full-time position all by itself. In addition to all this (and probably more) you have the incredible responsibility of mothering your children. Most moms already know that's much more than a full-time job.
Unfortunately, you still have only 24 hours in a day in which to get everything done, and you have to go to sleep sometime.
When I began my career as a work at home mom, I resisted the idea of using childcare for my young children. After all, I had chosen to work from home so I could be with my children. Why would I send them somewhere else? My children, though, changed my mind. They began asking to go to Grandma's house when I had to work or had an important project to finish.
Reluctantly, I gave in. What I discovered though, is that when they were out of the house, I was able to be much more productive in those few hours each day. When they came back home, I was able to devote my full attention to them and was a better mother.
Not everyone has a grandparent living nearby, but you probably have many affordable childcare options available to you. You could consider putting your children in preschool classes a few days each week, a daycare or a dayhome.
You could also look for a mom with young children or a retiree who would love to spend a few hours with your children each day. Another option is to find a mother's helper, a pre-teen or teenager who comes to your own home each day after school to look after the kids.
Using childcare while I worked at home is something I never really got used to, but I know that my children and my business both benefited from it.
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