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Home Business Articles - By Stone Evans

Children in the Home Business Environment
Copyright © Stone Evans, The Home Biz Guy
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Operating a home business is seldom easy and interruptions come in all shapes, sizes and forms.

Between the family, friends and neighbors who call or come by, and the telemarketers who insist on ringing your number off the hook, getting through the workday can be a real challenge.

When you introduce children into the home office environment, your productivity and patience can be seriously tested.

For example, right now my three-year old daughter is pulling on my shirt and begging me to read her a story. Clearly, I'm in the middle of something important here, but how can I say no to those eyes? Ill be right back...

Ok, that wasn't so bad was it? She's happy, I'm happy (having bonded with my daughter) and now I'm back to continue my conversation with you :-) What's the lesson here? Flexibility is a major key to balancing your home business priorities with your family's needs.

I can tell you from first-hand experience that maintaining a deep level of concentration on work in a home business for long periods of time is next to impossible. Naptime does offer some reprieve, but any break from the kids is usually short lived.

Even with older children, summertime introduces new challenges with kids running in and out of the house all throughout the day.

I would like to share with you some of the tips I have discovered to help manage your home office with children in your midst. Since children of different ages pose different challenges, I will present my tips in terms of age groups.

OLDER CHILDREN AND TEENS

We will look at older children first since they pose the least challenge to our work productivity.

Children, who are old enough to understand the idea of schedules and chores, are old enough to understand the needs of your home business. Explain to your children that you do your work at home so that you can be near them when they need you. But also be sure they understand that you must do your work so that you will have the money necessary to keep your house, feed the family and to provide them with money for entertainment.

Once your children understand the necessity of your work, then outline a work schedule and explain it to them. Do make sure they understand that emergencies are definitely an acceptable reason to interrupt your work. Then make sure they understand that between hours x and y, you will be doing work --- and then hold them to respecting your schedule.

INFANTS

Infants will never understand your needs for work. But fortunately, babies do well under a schedule or routine. Instead of expecting your child to work around your schedule, schedule your work around the needs of your baby.

It is simple. Babies eat, sleep and poop. Sometimes they play. Fortunately, babies sleep more than they do anything else.

Naptime offers the best advantage for getting your work done. Get your baby into a routine of eat, sleep and play, and you will experience unexpected levels of productivity.

TODDLERS

If you have a toddler running around the house while you are operating your home business, then you may find that your hair turning gray or disappearing altogether. But, gray hair is a sign of character, right. ;-)

I am venturing to guess that the person who devised the door lock for the inside of the house did so because he had toddlers in his own home. Inside door locks should only be utilized when you are making that important phone call and your toddler is screaming for your attention. At all other times, your door should remain unlocked with your door open.

Develop a routine with your children for meal times, naptimes, and play times. Work these times into your work schedule and adhere to them. If you fail to keep appointments with your children, your children will have less respect for your work and do more to prevent you from the completion of your work.

Don't be afraid to let your children sit in your lap while you are working. It helps them to feel wanted and it helps them to be a part of your daily life. There are times when it is okay for them to be sitting in your lap while you work, and at other times you need them out of your lap. Don't be afraid to tell them to get down and go play or read a book so that you can resume your work.

Permit your children to have their toys in your office. Often they will sit contently and play while you work. Just knowing you are near is enough to keep them happy.

Be prepared to take an hourly break to deal with your toddler. Try to do potty breaks at your hourly break and to do drink refills. This can help your child grow into a routine that will work well with your home business. At each break, spend a few minutes with your child giving hugs and kisses and talking with your child about what he or she wants to talk about.

Toddlers don't always do well with the routine, so be prepared to take a few minutes when needed to give the attention that your child so desperately needs in the moment.

IN CONCLUSION

I hope these tips serve to help you in the challenge of operating a successful home business.

My home business permits me to fulfill my financial obligations *AND* see my children grow up. I would never contemplate trading my home business for another kind of business. Even with the added challenges of dealing with toddlers in my home office, the upsides far outweigh the downsides.

Growing my own home business with children around has definitely given me a new respect for all people who successfully run a home business with kids in the work environment. I tip my hat to you... You deserve it!


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Feature Article: By Alan Mater, Site Owner

Feature Article: Create the Right Mindset to Succeed with a Money Making Home Business

Copyright © Alan Mater - ReplaceYourSalary.com

Alan Mater

There are many reasons to start a money making home business. Some for the extra money, others for the freedom. While the reasons differ, there is one thing that seems to always be true.

You must have the right mindset. No matter what your intentions are for starting your own home online business, without the right mindset you're setting yourself up for failure. Harsh, but true.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (http://www.sba.gov/starting_business/startup/areyouready.html), over 50% of small businesses fail in the first year and 95% fail within the first
five years.

This is very sad. It has nothing to do with not having the right intentions. You can dream big and have realistic goals that you want to achieve, but there is an underlying factor involved, and it is the key to your success.

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!" - Henry Ford

So many people go into business with the wrong mindset. Sometimes their goals are just plain unrealistic. For most though, they have a lot of doubt; they have a lot of fear of the unknown.

Fear is healthy, but it shouldn't stop you from accomplishing your goals. If you have the mindset that you want to succeed, then you will. If you have the mindset that you will fail, then you already have.

I started this website with a lot of unknowns, but that didn't stop me from accomplishing my goals. I take the doubt that I have and transform it into positive energy. I put that positive energy to good use. A positive mindset is a good mindset to have.

You can accomplish anything with a positive mindset. If you're looking to earn extra money from home by getting paid to take surveys, data entry jobs or start an online business, then what is stopping you? The only thing keeping you from your goals is yourself.

Do you have the right mindset?

When searching for a home business online opportunity or ideas to earn money with the internet, don't think that you can't do it or that you're not good enough. The truth is that ordinary people just like you are making a very nice income from the comfort of home.

The good news is that you can too. Just find the right making money online opportunity that will help you achieve your goals. With the right mindset, nothing can stop you!

About the Author:

Alan Mater is a freelance proofreader and an affiliate making money online. He is a proud member of the Plug-In Profit Site and is always looking to help others achieve success online. Sign up for his free newsletter and be sure to visit Alan's Home Money Making Blog.