The Balancing Act

Some days being a single-parent can be exhausting, ok let’s face it most days it is beyond exhausting. Instead of doing the regular motherly duties, you’re taking on the role of both parents. There’s no one there to give you a break when you’re on the verge of pulling out every last hair on your head, if you’re sick, you have to come into work anyway, if you have a splitting headache and you can barely see straight you’ve got to pick yourself up and do it anyways because your kids are depending on you to take care of them. … Continue reading

Dads and Home Based Business

Father’s Day is in just a few days, and I would like to discuss some of the ways that dads contribute to home-based business success. Some dads are home-based professionals. Many men enjoy the freedom that comes with entrepreneurship or home-based work and they often achieve professional goals that far exceed what they had imagined. Some of these dads are also stay-at-home dads, balancing fatherhood and work while building close relationships with their children. It is also important to note that stay-at-home dads provide valuable support to their wives or girlfriends in their careers whether the women work outside of … Continue reading

How Your Child’s Temperament Affects Your Home-Based Business

Quite a few home-based professionals work from home so that they can care for their children. Balancing a home-based business (or two) with one or more children is certainly not an easy task. Many factors contribute to whether it is going to work or not on any given day, including what kind of work is on your plate, how many children are home with you, the ages of said children, and perhaps most importantly the temperament of the children. If you have kids at home then what I’m about to say may seem quite obvious. If you do not have … Continue reading

HBWM.com, An Online Resource For Home-Based Working Moms

As a home-based professional, I am always on the lookout for resources that are designed specifically for people that work from home. Today, I came across a good online resource for moms that work from home. Home-Based Working Moms (HBWM) is a web site that has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top ten websites for working moms. The Home-Based Working Moms web site is an online community where moms can learn and share information about home-based business as well as network with each other. Membership to the site is free. Lesley Spencer Pyle, the site’s founder, … Continue reading

Appreciate Working from Home

Last week I was reminded of one of the great benefits to working from home. I live in Wisconsin and we got hit with a wallop of a blizzard that went from Tuesday evening until Wednesday. I couldn’t believe what I woke up to Wednesday morning. My van was completely buried, our alley had four feet high snow drifts and the side door to our house was unreachable because it was snowed in. It didn’t take long for my husband to discover he wasn’t going anywhere. He tried to leave for work but our alley prevented him from even getting … Continue reading

Balancing Workload during the Busy Holiday Season

Balancing your workload during the busy holiday season can be a real challenge. I don’t know about you but I have had a long list of things to do: shopping, baking, and decorating. Well, the list was longer but I will stop there. Just before December hit I made arrangements to take time off from my main source of income, writing web content. I have it set to be off the entire week my children are off from school. I still didn’t know how I was going to squeeze in everything else until then. But then my workload was reduced … Continue reading

Working At Home Provides Parents With Needed Validation

If you are a parent, you probably have spent at least some time interacting with other parents that have children that are about the same age as your children. Sometimes these interactions are positive, and sometimes….not so much, thanks to a phenomenon called “mompetition”. Mompetition is a negative type of social interaction among parents of young children. It involves comparison and one-upmanship, boasting and judging. Before I became a parent, I knew that conversation among parents often involved comparisons of their children but I did not know to what extent. I do not think that it is something that you … Continue reading

Juggling Working and Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a full time job. However, it doesn’t pay the bills so often homeschooling parents both have to work. Living on one income was a sacrifice many homeschoolers made in the name of educating their children at home. It was the “price” of homeschooling. However, in today’s economy living on one income with the cost of homeschooling is becoming increasingly more difficult. In many homes the parent responsible for homeschooling is getting a job or starting a business. Adding a job or business to homeschooling a family can be overwhelming and throw things off track. How do you cope? … Continue reading

Staying Productive While Working from Home

I have quickly learned over the past several months that being productive while working from home doesn’t exactly come easily. It really does take a lot of discipline and drive to be able to work at home and stay productive. One of the most important ways you can, however, is to separate your work space from your living space. I do understand that this is not possible for everyone but if you can make it work, you should. The ideal situation would be that you would have a room entirely dedicated to your work. I have a room I work … Continue reading

Pairing Work and Homeschooling

Our fall schedule appears to be exploding, and so is my head. I’ve come to a realization that this is sometimes why people put their children in school: school is at one location and at a specific time. That seems so easy. Really, it’s not so bad. I’m just trying to wrap my head around our first official year of home learning, and my brain is exploding. That is all. At times like these, I wish I was a work at home or stay at home mom. However, I know that every life has different challenges. Stay at home moms … Continue reading