Excerpts: Full Article Written by Katie Roundy December 1, 2014
Picture this: you’re meeting with a potential teammate, and it’s going great. You’re about to introduce the completely diverting your attention. Sound familiar?
Running your own business can be tough work — especially if you have little ones around. But don’t despair; there are plenty of ways to get your kids involved or to work around them so you can have the best of both worlds.
Here are a few tips from other parents with businesses that will help you balance your work and family life:
1. Make a Babysitting Budget
Set aside a portion of each of your paychecks for babysitting. That way, you will have a guaranteed budget for someone to watch your children, and you can make the most of your working time.
2. Set Ground Rules
In order to run a business out of your house, you need to set a few ground rules. Let your children know how to act when you are on the phone or when there are potential teammates around. Show them how to answer the phone or the door and ask them not to play with your business supplies.
3. Get Them Involved
Get your children involved in your business. Let the younger kids help put together fliers and packets. You can even bring older kids along to meetings and presentations. They can help by demonstrating their love for USANA and our products. Let them be your businesses ambassador, or bring along a few books and quiet toys to keep them entertained.
*This is a great way to show other parents that it’s doable to run your own business with a family!
4. Take Advantage of Social Media
If you are a stay-at-home parent, be sure to make the most of social media. Contact your teammates through text message, email, or Facebook. You can also schedule online webinars for other stay-at-home parents, and tune in to all conference calls and training videos to stay in the know.
5. Plan Around Your Kids’ Schedules
Make the most of your kids’ downtime. Make calls or appointments during naptime. Schedule a meeting while your child is at school, music lessons, soccer practice, or on a play date.