Kids across the country are headed back to school and parents who stay at home are making the most of those few extra hours in the day to be productive at home. For many parents, the ideas of making a career level income and staying home with kids are contradictory. But EveVenture provides a unique solution to this dilemma, allowing parents to honor their priorities of quality time with family while still providing a reliable income.
Whether your kids are away at school during the day OR you still have preschoolers at home, here are some tips to help the work at home parent stay sane:
- BE CHOOSY. Your time is the single most valuable possession you have. You owe it to yourself to choose wisely when partnering with a company to work from home. So choose the best. BBB Accreditation is a must. Reputable references and honors are critical as well. Accessibility to real, live people who are there to answer your questions and help support you in your endeavor can make a huge difference.
- SET BUSINESS HOURS. We initially envision working from home in our PJs and loving the flexibility of working whenever we want. However, given the constant demand of meals, dishes, to/from trips to school and kids' activities, community involvements and MORE, it's easy for your work at home effort to start off as just a hobby instead of the real business that you dream it can be. Setting and keeping regular business hours plays a significant role in your success.
- KEEP IT REAL. Make sure the business you partner with facilitates a work/home environment that really matches your lifestyle. For example, do team conference calls allow you to mute and tend to family OR do you have to have the proverbial "hear a pin drop" type of silence during your business interactions? Especially for parents with babies and toddlers, does the work allow for broken time (instead of large chunks of dedicated business time)? I'm so grateful that the early days of my EveVenture business allowed for working in 10-15 minute increments throughout the day around my preschoolers!