More and more families require two incomes to survive. Many families would prefer to have one parent stay at home with the kids, but just cannot afford to have one parent not working.
One way many families have found to work around this conundrum is to opt to have a work-at-home parent instead of a stay-at-home parent. Many businesses are giving employees the option to telecommute; new businesses tend to favor telecommuting quite heavily over the traditional office. Once you throw all the freelancing websites into the mix, you will find that there are a plethora of opportunities that will allow you to work from home.
But finding the job is only half the problem. Once you have that job, how can you balance it with watching the kids? It won’t be easy, but it can be done. Here are a few tips to make it work for you.
Depending on the jobs you take, you might have the ability to flip your hours from the average 9-5 to something that better works for you. This might mean getting up a couple of hours before the kids and getting in some work and then waiting until your partner is home for the evening to finish the project. Or, you could sneak in a few hours at nap time as well. Essentially, you work your job around your family, not your family around your job.
Children thrive on routine, so this tip works in multiple ways. First, you will always know what to expect, and you will be able to fit in your work as needed. Second, your children’s behavior will improve as they fall into the routine.
Spending money to make money? Sometimes you just have to. However, mother’s (or father’s) helpers are a cheaper option than most. These are just teens and college students looking to make a few bucks in the afternoon while making it easier for you to concentrate. Let them entertain the children while you work.
Keep these three tips in mind as you start working from home. Remember, it may be tough at first, but give yourself time to fall into the rhythm of it.
Do you have any tips to add?