Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sharing Time Between Your Toddlers and Business as a Budding Home Based Entrepreneur

Toddlers take a lot of energy and parents sometimes find it difficult to put in lots of hours at work when they have young children. If you want to operate your own business, it is going to take hard work to get it off the ground. However that does not mean you cannot find the right balance between your work and your home life.

Toddler - Wikimedia Commons CCA 2.0 Generic by Shaun Mitchem
Toddler - Wikimedia Commons CCA 2.0 Generic by Shaun Mitchem

Building a business offers several benefits to parents. For one, a business can grow to provide work for others. It becomes a source of income for the people who started it as well as employees who become necessary as the enterprise develops.

Women and men who grow a strong business can eventually sell it if they choose. The money that they get can provide income for their retirement or lay the foundation for them to make a new move in their lives.
When your toddlers are the reason why you are building your business, it is important to commit enough energy to it for it to be successful. If building a successful business will allow you to provide for your children, it is important to commit as much time and energy to the task as you can.

Establish what your priorities are in terms of building your business and determine how much time you can spend on each activity daily. For example, an immediate priority may be building your brand in the community. This means that you will need to spend time on activities that make people aware of the services you offer.

While there are certain times of the day in which you may naturally be more productive, toddlers sometimes demand more attention during these times. Your natural schedule sometimes has to be adjusted so that you work while your children are asleep. Even then, they may not sleep for hours at a time, so it is important to maximize whatever time you have.

Set tight deadlines for yourself in terms of what you hope to achieve and how quickly you need those things done. If you only have an hour to do something, make those sixty minutes count. Do activities that do not need as much concentration when family members are up and about.

It helps if you and your children's other parent still maintain a good relationship and they are willing to be involved in your child's life. If your former partner is able to help with the children at specific times, that will give you a little leeway to plan and work at specific times of the day, on some weekends, or on some days.

If all of the responsibility or raising your child rests on you, perhaps a relative or a friend can help watch your children sometimes, and you can watch theirs in return when they are busy. Members of your extended family, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles and other relatives may also be willing to help on specific days or at certain times of the day.

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