Working from home

@MrsBee (13)
United States
July 20, 2008 12:57pm CST
Hi, I am a wife and a mother of to young boys,and I work from home. I am finding it hard to stay in my office and get a large amount of hours in for work,I get paid by the hour ,so it is affecting how much money i make. I was wondering if anyone had tips on managing time or any other tips for me on this subject. I just feel like i want to go out into the rest of the and see whats up all the tie having trouble concentrating,any tips? Thanks.
4 responses
@bizmom24 (163)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Hi, I too am a work at home mom, with 4 kids, and the oldest being 20, and other ages are 13,15 and 9 yrs old.so mine are a little older, but I work during the day on the computer, and then when they go to sleep, so not sure if that will help, you might get less sleep but for me, it's the only time I have and sometimes I don't get that, I just have to do what I can do when I can do it, I don't get paid by the hour, my work from home jobs are when I want to, how I want and where I want to, this allows me to work from home at my home, or at my moms home or early in the am or late at night,I have even worked at least as 15 minutes a day. so that's the only difference. what is it that you do? if you don't mind me asking. Bizmom24
@MrsBee (13)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I work for a baby website verifying leads using a viop headset , threw my home pc.basically (warm telemarketing)
@MrsBee (13)
• United States
29 Jul 08
what do you do?
@bizmom24 (163)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Hi, I'm an independent distributor for a few companies online, I started 1 a few years ago, and enjoyed it, and from there I went ahead and joined a few more, so now i have several. one is mineral make-up another is for kids one is for home decor and another gift wrap and there's a few more. I enjoy it and it lets me work when i can or want to. I enjoy it. Bizmom24
@apwahm (13)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I'm a work at home mom as well and I have had similar issues in the past. I have 3 boys, but only my 2 yr old lives in the home all the time. Here are some of the things I have done in the past to help allow me more time with my work: 1. Start the day at least 30 mins before your children get up. In the mornings before your children get up and before you start your workday allow yourself time to prepare for the day. Shower, get dressed and put on your makeup just as if you were going to work outside the home, this helps put you in the mind set for work. 2. Do any chores you have for the day before you start working, this way you are not thinking of all the things you need to do around the house while trying to work. I load the dishwasher at night and start it when I get up in the morning. I also put on the first load of clothes. You can always put the dishes up again and change th laundry over when you break for lunch. 3. Spend time with your children when they wake up, be sure you've tended to their needs first. This will not only cut down on the amount of time they spend interrupting you but it will also ease your mind while you are working. 4. Set aside specific hours that you are working and only work those hours. Be sure the rest of your family understands your schedule and to keep interruptions to a minimum. One of the hardest obstacles to overcome is your family not considering your work to be a job. You may need to hire a sitter for part of the day, maybe just a teen to come to your home for a few hours a day, or a family member. 5. Do not answer the phone or email unless it is work related during your business hours. A lot of time is wasted by friends and family wanting to chat because they don't realize that even though you are home you are working. 6. Take a full lunch hour and schedule breaks. Scheduling a lunch and other breaks will give you time during your workday to spend with your kids and will cut down on interruptions. This also gives you a chance to take care of things that pop up through the day. I hope these tips help.
@MrsBee (13)
• United States
21 Jul 08
thank you very much those tips sound great and very useful i will start those tomorrow,they say it takes 21 days to form a nw habit so i will try it thank you.
21 Jul 08
this is a very nice tip. I benefit from your response. I will also start it tomorrow. I'll note this one. Thank you very much!
• United States
20 Jul 08
It would be hard to work with two young boys at home demanding your constant attention. What kind of work do youdo? I would love to work from home. I wish I had some tips. May be some of the time have them in room with you and have them watch a movie. Take your breaks and take them outside for some fresh air.
@MrsBee (13)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Thank you for your comment , while they are not really demanding my time its more me trying to see whats going on,my husband is home watching them, its more me wanting to give them attention. lol. I work at home as an independent contractor, for a website, verifying information for a lead generating company.
@zeenat1 (25)
• India
20 Jul 08
your first responsiblity is your home and specially your sons,if u will go out for work,your sons and their studies etc.will affect more,so its better to stay at home,manage some time for work for "earning from home".