Working from home while caring for toddlers can be an extreme challenge. Trying to find the time to work on your business, without depriving your toddler of the love and attention they need can be hectic. Often times, work at home moms find that either their toddler is spending too much time in front of the TV or that the business is neglected. So, how do you get your business thriving while still being a good mom?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. Nap time 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.Set business ground rules and share them with your kids.Your kids need to be aware that you operate a home-based business and know how to act accordingly. Set out basic rules that will allow you to operate your home-based business as professionally as possible, such as how to answer the telephone, how to answer the door, and how to act when clients are around. Include rules that will help make the time you spend working on your home-based business more productive, such as not touching Mommy's desk or not interrupting Mommy while she's in her office.However, from both a business viewpoint and from the human relations viewpoint, it's best to have a clear understanding with each of them as to what kind of things they will and should do (answer the phone, open mail, pack and ship merchandise, etc.) and what they definitely are not to do (make payments to people without your authorization, make agreements, deals or contracts without asking you). Such advance agreements can avoid a lot of aggravation and make everything go much more smoothly.Include your kids in your home-based business.No matter what kind of home-based business you run, there's something your kids can do, and making your kids a part of your home-based business can be a great opportunity for you to spend more time with them and teach them things such as handling money. For instance, one home-based business owner I know takes her age 7 and 9-year-old kids with her when she goes around replacing the products in dispensing machines, and has them count and organize change. If your kids are working in your home-based business, I believe you should pay them. This is not only a great way to teach your kids the value of labor, but can be a business tax deduction for you as well.Find creative ways to combine your home-based business and your kids.If the client is agreeable, for example, you could hold a business meeting at MacDonald's, for instance, or some other restaurant that has a play area for kids. If a client is coming to meet with you in your home, perhaps she could bring her children so your kids could play together while you meet. Take your kids with you when you go to buy more office supplies or run other business-related errands.Give your toddler his own office.Most moms find that their toddlers want to be like mom as much as possible. So, set your toddler up with a table and chair next to yours. Make sure you have good office supplies for them. A coloring book, a few sheets of paper, crayons and a pencil are basic essentials. If possible, an imitation computer and play phone would be ideal office equipment. Then sit at your desk and work beside your child. Remember that a toddler requires a lot of praise, so be sure to look over at your child's work and compliment it from time to time. Also keep their attention span in mind. Keep your child's office time limited to a half-hour and only do this once a day. It keeps your child from getting bored with the "game". Be sure to reward your child for working and allowing you to work with some quality time afterwards.If you have two or three kids with age range of 3 to 5, you will definitely be up to your neck. While often restless and cannot stay put for a minute, it does not mean that toddlers cannot be trained to cooperate with you while you are working. I know of a friend who was able to manage these coyotes perfectly during their supposed office hours.My friend installed three tiny office desks beside her own office desk. These tiny offices were complete with a toy telephone, bunches of coloring books, Nursery Rhymes, Bible Stories, Childrens Picture Books, a generous stack of writing paper. Their snacks and beverages are prepared and kept in the refrigerator for them to go and pick it up whenever they are hungry. When mom is sitting at her desk working, the kids are instructed to work silently at his or her own desk. Everyone must show the assignments to mom during breaks. Breaks are timed every hour, to allow the children time to play with each other and with Mom. After two weeks of firm implementation, the children automatically reported to their own little office space after breakfast and everyone silently did their own share of what mom has assigned them to do.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 TEENSWe 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.INFANTSInfants 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.Nap time 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.TODDLERSDevelop a routine with your children for meal times, nap times, 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 CONCLUSIONI 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!Scheduling daily time with the kids will help you remember that your kids are just as important as your home-based business activities.
Many people are looking to create additional income online, but they are not necessarily ready to start one of the work at home programs available. Many have not worked any of the programs that are offered such as Data Entry, Online Paid Surveys, Rebate Processing and Processing Emails for money or one of the many others. It may be that they just don't feel they have the skill sets required or they feel the task required is outside of his or her comfort zone.I decided to do some research on the web to see if the was something available that would meet most peoples comfort zones and skill sets. I felt if I was to have success that I needed to identify tasks that the majority of people do monthly. They are as follows: * Grocery Shopping. * Driving a Car. * Cleaning. * Other products and services shopping.The above items are just a few of the many tasks that most people perform monthly. There are many others that we may do every other month such as go to the movies, travel etc.Now, wouldn't it be great if there were a way that we could make money and / or save money while performing these tasks? We do it anyway so what the heck. I know, you are probably thinking like I am when it comes to things like groceries that it would mean changing products.When doing my research I looked for programs that offered opportunities encompassing all of these thoughts. I was surprised that I was indeed able to find companies that allowed me to save and make money at the same time. One example of programs you can find when researching yourself is as follows: * Grocery Savings, Coupons for products that you use shipped to your door. * Discounts on flowers, gifts, automotive products and more. * Vision discount plan. * Travel discounts on planes, hotels, condos and cruises. * Low priced shopping network. * Roadside assistance. * $25,000 identity theft protection. * Full family legal plan.This is just an overview of what you can find access to. Many of us use all of these things. If we are using them anyway then why not save money when we purchase them? If we save $300.00 a month on products we use then that leaves $300.00 we can spend elsewhere. That's a pretty nice deal.What I liked is you can access these things over the Internet and use the same stores, in most cases, that we already use.I recommend that you use a website like mine, but not necessarily mine, that has done some research for you or be prepared to do the research yourself. It is very important.Many of the programs I found offer the ability, once you feel you are benefiting from the programs, to share the idea with others and make an additional commission. You can't beat that. It's you choice whether you do that or not. You are not forced to do so. This is another important factor for me.Why not give yourself a chance, save some money, use the services and take the first steps to changing your lifestyle. Later you may choose to try one of the many "work at home" programs. Please feel free to read both this article or one of my many others by visiting my link in the resource box below. I always enjoy getting emails pertaining to my articles or my site. Your feedback is important to me.I wish you the best at whatever you decide to do.
Advertisements for MLM leads seem to be everywhere. Companies are offering you sure-fire ways to get all the MLM leads you need to generate a money making business. Yet, how do you know that those MLM leads are quality leads? If they are not the best quality, do you have what it takes to make those leads work for your business? If you are concerned about the MLM leads you may get from another company, you might want to consider generating your MLM leads on your own.Generating your own MLM leads means that you are going to be able to tailor your leads to your specific MLM business. This means that you will not be paying someone else to generate a list of leads that may be rather generic. By generating your own MLM leads you are assured that you will be getting a list of quality MLM leads that will probably do your business a lot more good that any company promising you a large list of leads that may not be geared toward your MLM business. Also, by generating your own list of MLM leads, you know that these are people that want to hear about your type of business, so you can develop your sales pitch to fit your MLM leads specific needs.One of the reasons developing your own list of MLM leads means that you will get better quality leads is because you are getting MLM leads that will be more responsive. Leads vendors tend to develop generic lists of MLM leads where those people may end up being contacted by dozens of MLM marketers, plus they may not be new leads. Therefore, if you generate your own MLM leads, you should be able to contact the people right away, meaning your idea is fresh in their minds, which leads to a better response rate.If you work on tailoring your MLM lead generating page on your website just right, you will get MLM leads in a way that allow you to respond right away while tailoring your sales pitch to what the person is looking for from your business. Asking the right questions so that you know exactly what people are looking for when you contact your MLM leads is imperative to the success of your business. If you are considering creating your own MLM leads, make sure you carefully develop your MLM lead page.So, what do you put on your leads page to allow you to tailor your pitch? Develop some questions that you would want to ask of your MLM leads before you call them. Make sure the questions allow you to sort your MLM leads easily, so that you can qualify and disqualify your MLM leads in a simple manner. Do more than ask for a name or number by adding a comments section. This way, your MLM leads have a chance to tell you about themselves, which allows you to have a little background when you call them on the phone.If you are on a budget, both time and money, generating your own MLM leads can be a way to save on both. The small investment of time in developing your MLM leads page will be a time saver when you gather quality leads. You will save time in sorting your MLM leads while avoiding time-wasting phone calls to bad or generic leads. You will also be able to avoid paying someone else to gather leads for you that may not be of the same caliber of those you could do yourself.Getting your own MLM leads takes just a little work, but when done right can lead to your ability to generate better leads for your business. Taking a little time to do some research into the questions you want to ask from your MLM leads will save you a lot of time and money in the long run, creating a more effective business.
It is often very difficult to find a good daycare center where you can leave your children while you go to work in the office. Besides, even the best daycare center in the world is really not substitute for the nurturing and caring atmosphere of the home. If you are one of those young parents who are faced with the dilemma between working in the office and caring for you children, you might want to settle this dilemma once and for all by setting up your own home business. A good home business such as selling wholesale beauty products will allow you to stay at home and care for your children while earning money at the same time. Yes, it is not easy to set up your own "wholesale "beauty products" " business but the good news is that if you work hard and put your heart into the business, you will soon be earning enough money to keep your family comfortable.Getting StartedLike in any other types of business, starting your own wholesale beauty products business can be very challenging. To keep you in the right direction, you should come up with a good business plan. A good "business plan" is your road map. No, you do not have to be a business expert to come up with a good business plan for your wholesale beauty products business. With some research and a lot of creativity on your part, you will be able to come up with a good business plan.As part of your business plan, you should be able to identify good sources of wholesale beauty products. You must have at least two sources of wholesale beauty products. Why two or more sources? You must always have a back-up if you are engaged in business. A back-up source will ensure that you will have a steady supply of wholesale beauty products. Besides, having more than one supplier can be good leverage in bargaining for better prices and terms of payments. Another thing that you should pay close attention to when making your business plan is your pricing. Always remember that if you are to survive in the wholesale beauty products business, you should come up with a good price for your products. Note that most customers are interested in low cost but high quality products so study your pricing careful. Get the prevailing market prices of the products that you are selling and then try to find a way to come up with a better price without compromising profit.
When most of us dive into our first home business venture, we are filled with visions of wealth, comfort, security and freedom. We have a general idea of where we'd like to end up financially, and we work hard to get there. Some of us make it there quickly, while others may take a little longer. But at what point would we consider ourselves to be "successful?" Once we're earning a million dollars a year? Once we can afford that mansion we've had our eye on? Once we're wearing designer clothing? Of course, success means different things to different people.Perhaps to you, success means earning a little extra money to help with household extras. To me it might mean earning more. To someone else, success might have nothing to do with money at all. They might strive for professional or personal accomplishments. The meaning of success can vary from person to person, as can our beliefs about what it takes to truly be successful.I had an interesting experience last week. I submitted a request for work at home success stories to be featured on my website, and the response was quite surprising. Not one response. That's right, zero! I submitted this request to several popular work-at-home communities, and I purposely placed no restrictions on what "success" meant. I was quite surprised by the lack of response. Are there NO work at home successes out there? I don't believe that for a minute; I know there are many, MANY people working successfully from home. So why wouldn't they want to be featured? What could prevent them from believing they qualify as a "success story?"Income - Many of us don't feel "successful" until we're raking in massive amounts of money and can afford to buy whatever we want without glancing at the price tag. While money is certainly one measure of success, it isn't the only one. Most of us have an idea of how much we'd like to be earning from our "home business" es, but does it mean we're not successful until we reach that point? Of course not! We can be successful regardless of how much we earn. Just because you are earning $500 a month instead of $50,000 doesn't mean you're not a success. In order to earn $50,000, you must first earn $500!Status - If we haven't quite reached the "level" we're striving for in our home businesses, we may not allow ourselves to feel like a success. "Once I get 1,000 customers, then I'll be successful," we say. Or once we get 100,000 subscribers to our newsletter, or hire our first employees. Whatever status we're trying to reach, we place requirements upon ourselves and won't consider ourselves successful until we meet them. The problem with this is that home businesses (or businesses in general) are not static. We don't just "get there" and then call it good. We will always be striving to gain more customers, recruit more agents, sell more products, earn more money, set goals and reach them. We will always be pushing ourselves to do more, be more. This is a good thing!Perfectionism - We are so much harder on ourselves than we are on anyone else. Does one little thing keep you from feeling like a success? Perhaps you're earning as much as you want to with your home business, but there are also things you struggle with. Like organization, finances, or coming up with new ideas and seeing them through. Rather than thinking of yourself as successful, you allow those little things you don't do perfectly to hold you back. You berate yourself, "I would be successful if it wasn't for my messy filing system!" or "Will I ever learn how to do this right?" No one is perfect. We all have things we're good at, and other things we're not so good at. Accept that about yourself. It's really not important to do everything so perfectly. We can only do our best and have fun with it.Modesty - It's true that no one likes a braggart. Perhaps the people who read my request didn't want to appear boastful or conceited by submitting a success story. While modesty is a good thing, is it possible to carry it too far? Does being modest mean we can't take pride in our own accomplishments? Does it mean we have to hide our success? No. There is a very big difference between sharing our success and bragging about it. Braggers try to make themselves appear better than others and put themselves up on a pedestal, while people who share their success in a genuine way strive to inspire others. By sharing our successes, we encourage people to make their own success stories! We demonstrate that it is indeed possible to be successful working from home. What a gift that is!You may be surprised to learn the actual definition of Success: 1) a favorable result; 2) the gaining of wealth, fame, etc. Most of us use the second definition more often than the first. But take a close look at that first definition. A favorable result. How easy is it to attain a favorable result? Very! Just because your results may not be as large as you'd like them to be doesn't mean you're not successful. If you've attained ANY favorable results, you are a Success!The most important aspect of success is believing we deserve it. So many of us struggle with worthiness issues. Some of us were told as children that we'd never amount to anything; we internalized that message and continue to carry it with us to this day. Others might be afraid to try because we've never felt quite "good enough." As soon as we start working toward our goals, self-doubts come creeping in and our inner critic starts harping at us: "Who are you kidding? You don't have what it takes to be successful. Just give it up and get a real job!" So we sabotage ourselves, create obstacles to block our way, and continue our never-ending quest for success.The truth is, we will only be as successful as we ALLOW ourselves to be. The human mind has amazing power. Whatever we consistently tell ourselves is what we will create in our lives. If we don't believe we deserve success, we will avoid it (even though we trick ourselves into believing we're working toward it). If we tell ourselves we're not good enough, we will act in ways that prevent good things from happening to us. The good news is that this also works in reverse. If we tell ourselves we're successful, we will be. If we keep affirming that we're good enough, strong enough, capable enough, we will be. Think about the significance of that. It means it's ALL WITHIN OUR CONTROL. Whatever we want to be, we can.Don't be afraid to embrace your success, no matter how small you perceive it to be. Remember, any favorable result equals Success!