Wednesday, July 11, 2012

EveVenture is THE Summer Time Management Answer for Moms

Summertime is a great reminder for me of just how much I love working from home with EveVenture! Scheduling business appointments around family summer fun is such a huge blessing.

It's especially important for Work At Home Moms to have clear, focused business goals and a daily action plan during the summer so that September doesn't roll around and leave you feeling guilty and puzzled at where the time actually went.

I think it helps to visualize that your work at home business is very much like a traditional brick & mortar business such as a donut shop, hair salon, dry cleaner, or ice cream shop. That helps to put in perspective that consistent work hours are what keeps any business open and profitable.

Here are the top 4 tips that have helped me with summer time management:
1.   Personally communicate the priority of your business to each family member individually.
When you work at home, you are sacrificing family time right in front of your children. They need to know why you are doing that in order to support you. How you communicate this obviously varies based on the age of your kids. Here are some ideas:
a.   Future goals…Share your vision of what your work from home is going to create for your children in the long-term. Is it a trip to Disney? Is it a solid college fund? I believe we need to share our dreams and goals with our kids & family and help them learn how to dream and set goals as well.
b.   The Now…Do your kids know about the immediate benefits of your work at home as well? Examples that even very little children understand include the lights, the A/C, food, toys, etc. "We are able to have these things because Mommy works from home."
c.   Rewards… Can you build in rewards for your kids when you reach your goals in your work at home business? These could be daily, weekly or monthly goals. Working from home is a family effort, so why shouldn't the whole family reap rewards for each milestone of success? 

2.  Set hours and stick to them as if your life depended on it.
Established, consistent business hours are the difference between a work at home hobby and a work at home career. Determine the activities that are most critical for your success and get them on your daily calendar. Be sure not to let your feelings dictate your hours. 

And, b
e sure that you honor your hours the way you want your family to. I find in my family that consistent rules are MUCH more easily enforced (i.e., we go to the pool each day at 2pm when mommy wraps her her business calls, etc.). When your hours are haphazard, you can inadvertently create a situation where your kids are hoping for your appointments not to show up just so they can get you to the swimming pool faster. Help give your kiddos clues that success is a good thing! We all need to be routing for successful, effective appointments throughout the work day.

3.  Schedule Everything.
Taking a shower, giving the kids a snack, handling mail and bills, spending time with your spouse, conducting business calls, etc. wear so many hats throughout just one day! When you work from home, in order to figure out how things will actually fit into your day, you've got to schedule it all in and actually write things down in your calendar that you may have never considered scheduling before.

4.  Clearly define your non-negotiables.
What needs to happen in your day for you to feel like you are really living? What are the things that absolutely must happen?
a.   Is it spiritual growth? (like the concepts presented in the book Ordering Your Private World)
b. Is it family dinner time or bedtime stories with the kids?
c. Is it working out?
d. Is it a weekly date night with your spouse?
I love the concept of the "Big Rocks of Life" by Stephen Covey. This concept helps your prioritize and schedule the most important things to you.

-Mary Lee

Friday, March 16, 2012

EveVenture Promotes Home Safety Awareness for Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24, 2012)

National Poison Prevention Week is a great reminder to think about what you really have in your home and how it may impact your own health and that of your children.

In his book What's Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World, author McKay Jenkins strives to push us to a new state of awareness about our water, our bodies, our homes and our yards. He suggests the following:
"Rather than mindlessly reaching for a product, we might...pause, just for a moment, and ask: What do I know about this product? How do I know what I know? Who told me? Can I believe what I have been told, what I think I know? A pause at that moment is critical, because it offers the chance to replace mindless action with conscious choice and genuine responsibility. No longer am I automatically, unthinkingly filling my shopping cart. Now I am mindfully choosing this, or choosing that, or choosing nothing at all. There's power in that pause."
At EveVenture, we promote poison prevention by helping consumers get the harsh chemicals out of their homes and start using effective, efficient products that outperform mainstream grocery store brands without any harsh or caustic chemicals. We believe poison prevention goes beyond keeping chemicals locked up and away from young children.

Just take a look at the Seasonal Spring Tips on the Poison Help web site. You'll notice those tips contain references to the hazards of windshield wiper fluid, baby oil, furniture polish, pesticides and more. It's time to take that pause that McKay Jenkins suggests...a pause to know that prevention can go a step beyond locking up those harsh chemicals. The best prevention may be replacing harsh chemicals with alternatives so that your family is never exposed to the risk in the first place.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

EveVenture Provides Homeschooling Parents With Balance & Financial Security

According to the Heritage Foundation, "Homeschooling may be the fastest growing form of education in the U.S, " with a 74% increase from 1999 to 2009. This dramatic rise in homeschooling has created a whole population of brave, independent, and very busy homeschooling parents who are seeking a flexible way to prioritize their children's education and still help contribute positively to the family's income.

EveVenture provides a work at home environment where homeschooling parents can thrive. Key features include:

  • Flexible Scheduling - EveVenture business partners are able to navigate the tricky scheduling of academics, museum trips, homeschool co-op events, private music lessons, and more. Homeschooling parents are prioritizing family first and scheduling their home business around their homeschool itinerary.
  • Personalized Business Plans with Supplemental & Career Level Income Options - It's not a one-size-fits-all world. At EveVenture, we help every member of our team create a personalized business plan that is all about realistically achieving your own personal goals.
  • Team Support - Taking that step to work for yourself requires courage and self-confidence. Combine that with a group of people who genuinely care about you and you have a recipe for success. We help our team of independent contractors with fabulous online resources in our Members Center, Team Training Center, and Social Media Center.  Better still, we provide personal mentoring and a broad support team of experienced individuals who are there to guide you in Getting Started and staying on track for achieving your personal goals.
  • Concise Getting Started Training & Ongoing Continuing Education - New team members can dive right in and complete their Getting Started Training in 2 hours or less. And we complement the personal mentoring you receive with LIVE team-wide trainings available Monday through Thursday each week in conjunction with mentoring via Social Media as well.
  • Time Leverage Tools - You will be able to manage your business time in small units of broken time OR larger units of focused time based on your personal preference. Our EveVenture Overview calls are offered multiple times daily throughout the week to empower and equip you to be productive at home and in your home business at the same time.

The motivation, discipline, and drive that make homeschooling parents so successful as teachers are also tremendous business assets in working for yourself from home at EveVenture.