I recently gave birth to my second daughter.
Not only am I blessed with a loving husband and two beautiful girls, but I’m also so grateful that I get to do what I love while being present for my family.
I’ve been a web designer for several years now.
When I jumped on the chance of being a full-time mumpreneur, I was scared.
How was I going to juggle my family, my home, and my work?
It definitely took some time for me to gain the momentum of getting used to working from home.
But with the help of the following tips and must-haves, working from home is now second to nature to me.
I hope these tips can help you too, especially if you are a mum and if you’re going through a career transformation or looking to create a side income channel for yourself, especially since COVID-19 has changed how we work.
Tip #1: Have a routine
When we work from home, we often have this perception that we can just work whenever we want.
As much as I wish this was true, this is really hard to do.
Just like how we go to the office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., we should also have a “work” routine from home too. It doesn’t have to be the same set of hours every day, but you should set some time zones and break times accordingly.
For instance, my working hours are a few hours in the afternoon and a few more hours at night. I only take half an hour every morning to clear my emails – no client work. I also have different days for different tasks. Mondays are mostly for setting the week’s calendar and list of things to do.
Tip #2: Be adaptable
As a mother of two, I tend to work when my babies are taking their naps.
But sometimes I end up thinking about cleaning the house or washing the pile of dishes that I haven’t gotten to when they’re snoozing away.
At first, I used to be guilty about this. But now I just adapt and work around things.
It’s important to know that things change, routine goes out the window sometimes, and clients may ask you to help them with urgent work outside of your working hours.
The key is to be adaptable.
If your working hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, you can be flexible with your lunch hours if a client wants something urgent by 1 p.m.
If your child is unwell, you can focus on nursing him or her, and just take a few minutes to set up an autoresponder to inform your clients of your emergency break from work.
Another way you need to be adaptable is with your product or services. As freelancers or home-based businesses, sometimes certain types of businesses become saturated or obsolete. For instance, during COVID-19, a lot of event organisers saw themselves out of work. You need to be adaptable and come up with something quick to pivot into and start marketing from your home.
Tip #3: Digitise and automate
This is something that I noticed a lot of my fellow work-from-home peers do not focus on.
A lot of them still use paper contracts and invoices. Some even manually type out each invoice for every single client at the end of every month.
That is not productive!
If your business is home-based, then you need to focus on doing actual money-making work – especially if you are a solopreneur. You don’t want to waste time with all these menial tasks.
Digitise your paperwork – have online templates of your contracts and invoices.
Automate your business – send out automatically triggered emails to people who download your free lead magnets versus manually sending an email to each person who subscribes to your product or service.
Tip #4: Find your zone
I mentioned setting “working hours” for yourself earlier.
But more importantly, you need to find which working hours are suitable for you – which time slot is most productive for you to do work.
As a working mum, my working hours are dependent on my family.
However, I also sometimes prefer working at night because that is when my creative juices flow the most.
So I leave most of my administrative and research work for the afternoons, while I create my content for clients after my children are tucked in for the night.
I also think it’s crucial to have a working space set aside in your home.
Initially, I would work from the dining table, living room, on the floor, wherever. Now, I have a table where I do at least 80% of my most productive work.
Not only is this good for us to focus and go into “work mode”, it’s also good for our posture and overall mental and physical wellbeing.
Tip #5: Get help
A lot of work-from-home business people forget this!
If you can’t do something yourself, get help.
Aside from investing in learning material, software, and tools to automate or support your business, you should also invest in some help.
From time to time, I outsource some of my menial tasks to virtual assistants.
I also employ an editor to help me with some of my written content so I can focus on creating designs instead of wasting brain juice on something that I know is not my forte.
Outsource what is not your main work so you can keep creating amazing products and services that you are an expert in.
Have you found any of these tips beneficial? If you’re a home-based-business that needs help with designing your brand or your website, schedule a chat with me today.