An article about the best tips from successful work at home moms!
Being a WAHM is hard work, especially if you are brand new! So what’s better than receiving tips from successful work-at-home moms? One thing I love the most here at WAHMLife is that we are all going through the exact something, we are just all in different stages of the process, Isn’t that cool?
Sharing tips and stories from another entrepreneur work at home mom can really help us get on the right track. Maybe there will be some advice that you never heard of before!
Whether you are considering starting your own business, need some help navigating the choppy, uncertain waters typical of entrepreneurship, or are simply looking for some fresh inspiration, these hard-won pieces of advice will be sure to come in handy. Here are some amazing tips to help become a successful work-at-home mom!
Tips from successful work at home moms.
“Don’t feel like everything has to get done all at once. Building a business takes time.”
“Just because you are a stay-at-home mom, doesn’t mean you can’t get a sitter or nanny to help out so you can work on your business.”
From Laraleigh over at AllenBServices
“Get funding to start & grow the business faster and easier .”
From Tamara Lopez
“Set a daily to-do tidying list
This is going to be the group of tasks you will complete each day. They are small, easy to do and prevent workload build-up.
Dishwasher load & unload – run it twice if needed, it’s more efficient to run your dishwasher than to hand-wash. Just don’t let those dirty dishes pile into the next meal’s dishes.”
From The Planning Mama, read her article for more cleaning tips!
“My tip is having a space that is your “ office” no matter where or how big, and to let your family know your working hours. Establish and keep to them so your work doesn’t consume all your time. You’ve got to be able to put it away just like you would leave a physical work environment.”
“My non-negotiable is my morning routine. Yoga, coffee, journaling/meditation all before my fam wakes up! If my mindset and energy are right my kiddos & husband feel it and everyone is happier and more aligned! This habit makes our mornings flow with more ease, patience & joy!”
“The second non-negotiable is to create a plan and block my time. I categorize my time and think of it as energy. I block my time into these 4 categories and my day is aligned and reflects what matters most in my life:
Invest time in my business & clients
Invest time in self-care & personal growth
Invest time in my marriage
Invest time with the ones I love most (kids, family, friends)”
From Megan’s Yoga Tribe
“Some advice to those starting out….it won’t go as planned but it’ll still be ok. I had a grand vision in my head. I’d be so organized. I’d keep life and work moving all at once. Ha! A year into it, I’ve learned a lot. Each day is new. The work will always be there, but so will your family. Unplug sometimes – otherwise, you can always work. Just remember that if it feels like you can’t be great at everything at the same time..you’re right. Be great when you can, suck when you need to, and always give yourself grace. Cheers! “
“Your reputation speaks for itself”
Do good work, partner, and empower those around you, and you will be fine. If you do good work, people will come back, people will refer.
From MelindaLericos who is a therapist.
“When first starting out, pick a quitting time and stick to it! When you work for yourself, it’s easy to just “keep working.” Don’t. Treat your business like a true 9-5 and set realistic boundaries so you don’t lose yourself.”
“Struggles- COMPARING! Stop comparing your blog to that blog or your Instagram to her Instagram. Be real and be you. People appreciate authenticity.”
-Michelle Dudas, favefamilyrecipes.com
“1) my advice is to stay consistent no matter what. If that means you only have time to get one piece of content out once a week, then do that. Instead of posting every day for 3 weeks and not being present on your blog for the next 3 weeks. Consistency is key!
2) my struggles are trying not to do a million things all at once, making sure I take the necessary time off my laptop to have family time and to close out “work” when I need to!
If at all possible create a space for work and have a functional and realistic schedule. It’s so important to disconnect from work when you’re off the clock and give your attention fully back to your family. They need you. Truthfully I am still working and perfecting this.
Also, in the midst of meeting your work and family needs don’t forget to self-care. We give our best when we feel our best.”
From Rachel Childers at MindBodySoulandFamily
“Time blocking has saved me! The addition of having a kid’s workspace next to mine also made a huge difference. I have a few games, coloring books, and projects for schooling they only get to work on during certain times. It keeps it fun and gives me a chance to focus when I need to while keeping them busy. “
“Decide early on what is non-negotiable. Do you never work before your kids leave in the morning? Is supper with the whole family a priority? Does your phone get shut off during bedtime?
Whatever you decide is your priority and absolutely non-negotiable: decide, declare it, and stick to it.”
“Don’t take on more than you can handle. It’s so easy to say yes to all the offers that come your way, but when you have a family as well, it’s better to concentrate on a few things and do them well, than overcommit and end up either letting a customer down or letting your family down.”
Successful work-at-home moms sure do have a lot on their plate! There are several hats that have to be worn when you are working, being a mom, and being a wife! These tips from successful work-at-home moms will help you along your journey as a working mom. You will be able to work calmly and collectively knowing these amazing tups from successful work-at-home moms!
More tips from successful work at home moms.
“If you have a really little one, giving them a “task” or certain toy they only get during “work time” they can feel like they are helping, and you get some peace while doing your work.”
From Tara Taylor at TarablyInspired
“Planning, planning, planning. I carve out time each Sunday to plan the week ahead. What am I going to write about? Who is my audience? What are they specifically going to be interested in with regards to that particular topic? Then I brainstorm ideas of how to visually market it – whether it be Instagram posts, or stories, or Pinterest pins.
I then determine what my weekly deadline is for each item on my list. Without planning ahead, each week balancing my marriage, kids, household, and business would be utter chaos. Planning allows me to inject some structure into the frantic pace of our lives and into our home. “
“I would say that my biggest piece of advice as I continue to embark on this journey is to take it slow and steady. I make sure to dedicate at least 4-8 hours a day to my blog but in the beginning, I was barely putting my laptop down. I say take it slow and steady because you don’t want to get burnt out like I almost did.
I also recommend creating a group of other mompreneurs for support and advice because it’s hard and no one other than another mompreneur really understands. I also recommend doing a lot of stuff from your phone, for instance, I have a blog, and a lot of times I use voice to text to create posts while I’m doing other things and then I just have to edit the posts instead of writing from scratch. But so far it is 100% worth every second and I absolutely love it.”
“I have my desk set up near my kids’ playroom, so if there’s an opportunity, like if they’re playing independently, I can go do a few quick tasks while they’re occupied without sacrificing my attention too much from them! “
“I keep a to-do list like most moms, but I write my list in short 10 minute or fewer activities. This way I can squeeze an activity in between mom’s time.
I also love working at parks. Bring my laptop or tablet. We try out a new park once a week in the summer. My kids are engaged and active and I can usually get 30 minutes to an hour of work time. This is for any longer task I cannot complete in 10 minutes.
Finally, we store some homemade packaged meals, especially lunch. I can batch create breakfast, snacks, and lunch and some dinners once a week or every other week. My kids can just grab what they want or I can get it out for the younger ones. Saves me time from needing to make these every day. Just like batching content.”
From Creating Butterflies
“If you make calls via zoom, etc., use a background. This way when your inevitable kids wander into the room during a zoom call, they will not be seen. Invest in an active noise canceling headset so your meeting participants only hear you and not any background noise around you.”
“If you are self-employed work from home make sure you set aside time off. I am fortunate enough to be off a whole week every month. My husband with his previous job was off every Friday. You have no idea how much that helped our mental, emotional and physical well beings. And travel often!! Take vacations! I did not travel much before becoming a professional travel planner. I am prepping this week for my 4th out of 7 vacations this year. It’s been great for the whole family! Take that vacation time!
I set up a little “workspace” for my daughter next to mine. She does coloring sheets and painting while I work on my laptop. It helps her feel like she’s “working,” too!”
“If you’re putting pressure on yourself, you will make LESS impact. In fact, managing pressure is required in order to go from four figures to consistent four figures, to five figures, and beyond. We have a lot of reasons why this business needs to work: we need to pay bills, prove to our spouses that this is a viable business, replace our 9-5 income, and the list goes on. These reasons are important and impactful for your life – but you might be taking action out of the pressure you’re feeling – and that does not equate to clients (and therefore your bottom line).”
From Allison Nelson
“There are days where you are going to feel down, overwhelmed, and stressed. Remember that stress and worrying is harmful to your emotional and physical well-being. It also does not control the situation or the outlook of the situation. Control what you can and try to reduce your stress by going for a walk, meditating, listening to music, talking to someone, or any other activity that is healthy and brings you happiness.
Every moment of your life is meaningful in some way, whether or not you can see it at the moment. Life is short. Stay strong, be brave, be grateful, and love yourself. Do not be judgmental. You’ve heard it before. You don’t always realize what others are going through no matter how well they may portray their life. No one is perfect and no one is you. You are stronger than you can ever imagine, and you will be okay.”
From Erin Campbell
“Make your goals & schedule realistically match your season of life. If you’re a mom of a child or multiple children under 3, it’s not really realistic to expect to have 6-8 hours uninterrupted time to work on your business — unless you’re planning on daycare/child care. If you have kids in sports, then make sure you can be mobile with your business. Unrealistic expectations are the biggest source of frustration for most work-at-home-moms, and the easiest to solve.”
From Sara Wall over at XeraSupport.
“I involve my son in my business in age-appropriate ways (and communicate my responsibilities) so he understands why I do what I do. As he contributes in meaningful ways, I compensate him for his time. Doing this has helped him understand the type of focus/quiet time I need to do my job.”
“Discover YOU through the Enneagram to understand what you deeply desire and what you deeply avoid. Clarify your Core Values and what’s deeply important for you to have and to avoid. Understand Your V.A.K. Style and how you work and communicate best. Identify and work on your Strengths and understand what to do about your weaknesses. Define your Passion and Purpose and design the 10/10 life you would love. Know how to keep your Inner Tank Full of Life.”
From Laurie over at LauriCoaching.
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