Collaborative Post¦ Running a business is hard. Running a business from home, when you are a mum short on time can seem almost impossible. Yet, some things can make your life a little easier. Just read on to find out what they are.
Help around the home
Whether it’s a cleaner or some help with the childcare, having some additional support around the home can be very advantageous for a busy mum running a business. After all, no one would expect you to take care of the kids while you were in the office, so why should it be any different when you are working from home?
Of course, it may be the cost of recruiting some help that may stand in your way. If this is the case, speak to trusted family members to see if they can offer any support while you are getting your business off the ground. You can also pay them back later.
Another essential you will need as a busy mum running a business from home is some great accounting software. This is because using accounting software means you will be able to quickly and easily manage income, expenses, and cash flow in real-time. Thereby making your life much easier and freeing up your time to dedicate to other important business tasks.
A great internet connection
It may sound simple, but if you are going to run a successful business from home, a better than average internet connection is vital. This is because you can waste far too much time when the internet is down, and it can lead to delays in deliverables, missed meetings with clients, and times when your customers can’t get hold of you.
With that in mind, finding reliable providers that offer fast internet is vital. Be sure to check the speeds they offer in your area, and check that this is what you are getting on a day to day basis.
A space all of your own
Last of all, one of the most important things you will need to run a successful business from home is a dedicated office space. I know this can be something of a challenge when you already have a home full of nappies and toys, but it really will make all the difference.
First off, if you have your own space to work you will be able to close down your computer and shut the door at the end of the working day. This can help you to shut off from work, and be present for your family, not to mention get some much-needed relaxation when the kids are in bed.
Secondly, by having a dedicated working space it’s much easier for everyone else in the family to understand the difference between when you are available, and when you are busy with work. This can help when your other half or childcare provider is taking care of the kids as they will know not to disturb you when you are in that space.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.