It officially began on Friday. My kids are home for their summer break from school. And many who live in US probably beat us to summer vacation, as many schools around the country have been out for weeks.
For me, this is a fun time. Due to the way I have set up my business, I have the freedom of flexibility – so I can enjoy this summer with my kids. And more importantly, my business still makes money, even when I work less.
If swimsuits, play dates, and coloring have invaded your workspace this summer, you can not only survive, but thrive (meaning make money!) this summer season, like I do.
Here are my tips:
- Plan. Plan. Plan. As the old saying goes: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Make a plan on what you want to accomplish for the next couple of months while the kids are home. Of course, keep this realistic! And also plan your children’s days too. That way EVERYONE know what to expect.
- Put them to work. You want your kids to respect your work time? Then show them why its important by hiring them to do things in your business. For the littlest ones, it could be putting things in file folders or binders. For bigger kids, it could be helping you wish people happy birthday on Facebook or doing some research. And yes, PAY THEM for the work they do!
- Find some quiet time. I’m an early riser anyway, so I wake up about an hour before the rest of the house does and uses the time to get things off my plate (answering emails, sending directions for my team, etc). Find time when the kids are not around to get those daily tasks off you list.
- Bring the work with you. If you can, bring a laptop or other work with you to the playground, the pool, etc.
- Think about childcare. Even if it’s once a week, find a babysitter or another mom to help you. It can even be a childcare swap. We’re lucky, as one of our girls’ teachers is available for sitting. It makes everyone happy.
What are some of your strategies to work while your kids are at home?