Are you thinking about working from home? For those ready to get out of the office and into a comfortable chair at home, it may be worrisome to make that official move. However, working at home has its advantages. Depending on the type of job or business you run, you may find yourself wondering why you waited this long.
The Business Owner at Home
While working from home has key advantages over going to another location, it still requires protection for the business owner. You will need professional indemnity insurance and perhaps a business license. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce to determine what requirements you need to fulfill. You still remain responsible for your business. Many will need business insurance, too.
Once you meet them, consider the following advantages of working at home. It may be easier than you think to make the switch.
- No longer paying for gas or waiting in traffic are definite advantages to working from home. This can be a time and a money saver for you. You no longer are giving up a commute time from your free time.
- You have more freedom to work the hours you want. Keep in mind that most who work from home do put in the same hours, depending on the business, but doing so throughout the day rather than all at once can be helpful.
- You are closer to family when you work from home.
For those who are considering whether or not to work from home, keep these advantages in mind. Prepare yourself for any challenges that may occur, but focus first on organizing your business so you can work from the comfort of your home.
Working from home is an option for some parents. In recent years, the use of home offices or self-employment is on the rise. For many reasons, parents choose to stay home with their children while generating some form of income for the family. This can be difficult, and the right circumstances must be created to become a successful at-home employee.
For some families, one parent is able to watch the children while the other parent works from home. If working schedules allow, this balance can be the best one for both the working parent and the children. Spending one-on-one time with the other parent is actually beneficial, and no payment is needed for a babysitter.
Some parents are able to choose their own hours if they work from home. Writing, photography, and medical transcription are just a few career options that utilize home workers. Because of this, workers may do their jobs after children go to bed or, for very young families, when the kids are napping. This is a preferred option because it frees both parents to do individual duties. It can also be a good choice for parents who have the same working hours.
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Another option, hiring a babysitter, is for parents who must work full-time from home and do not have friends or family to help supervise the children. Due to the kids’ high activity levels during the day, someone might be needed to help prepare meals, play with the children, and keep noise levels down for the working parent.
Overall, working from home with children can be challenging, but its benefits can be great as well.
A major challenge that working parents must address is how to balance both time and relationships within the family.
In this multi-tasking era, it is an ever-increasing struggle to give all the necessary time to work, family, extracurricular activities, and simply spending time with one another.
Ideally, families should eat dinner together with each person getting the opportunity to share information about their day and anything else on their mind. Even if nothing particularly significant is said, it gives each family member a mindset that there is a set time where everyone will be together and thoughts can be shared.
For many families with hectic schedules, both for the parents and the children, even having a meal together is not feasible, but there should be a set period where the family is together to share. It may make everyone feel more comfortable to have it wrapped within another activity, whether it is dessert or a board game or some other activity that family members enjoy doing together.
One relationship that often gets overlooked in the midst of busy schedules and child-rearing is the married couple or partners. It is imperative that no one in the family lose their individuality or their connection to each other member of the family. One simple way to ensure the couple of quality time together is a “date night” or even just a dinner out together without the children. Whatever the cost of hiring a babysitter, it is well worth it to continue to foster the relationship of the parents.
Work and activities outside the home will always take up a great deal of time in a family, but it is critical for everyone’s well-being to continue to nurture each relationship within the family and as a whole.
If marriage is about teamwork, nothing illustrates that more than parenting, especially for working parents of multiple children.
For those days when the children have school, nothing works better than a set morning routine. In general, the couple works best when one person consistently does the same thing each school day when work schedules allow.
For example, one person may be in charge of waking the children up and making sure they get dressed while one partner is getting ready for work. While the other partner then gets ready for work, the other partner can take care of feeding the children breakfast and preparing their lunches. Of course everything is based on the start times for work and school, but ideally consistent start times will bring a consistent routine that is beneficial not only for the parents, but for the children.
For other areas of daily living, a routine is still helpful when possible, but naturally limited by extra-curricular activities and work schedules. Here, the key is for both parents to be actively involved in all areas of raising the children, whether it is bring them to events, working with them on their homework, putting them to bed, or just spending time with them.
By switching off which parent does what, the children become more accustomed to the routines and what they need to do rather than which parent is with them at the time. This can also be effective when neither parent is home and a babysitter or other family member is in charge.
There are numerous challenges to be working parents and many unforeseen things will come up, but there are strategies to make daily life more manageable.