ARTICLE OF THE WEEK:
Summer Sanity for Moms Juggling Home-Based Career
� 2005 by Lesley Spencer, MSc
Courtesy of the
The relaxed pace of summer is
peeking just around the corner. And it is definitely welcome to many of
us, but the challenge and sometime stressful moments of balancing
motherhood and work is not always so welcome.
Like much of motherhood,
being flexible is key and planning in advance is a necessity. To help
you make this summer the best it can be with as little stress as
possible, here are my tips for balancing your many roles during the
-- If you don�t have a
laptop, now is a great time to consider getting one especially with
wireless Internet connection. You can work just about anywhere with your
laptop and wireless connection. That means portability to work in any
room in your home as well as work at locations in public with wireless
connection � coffee shops, public parks, airports, shopping areas,
skating rinks and more.
-- Take convenience a step
higher and make your laptop your desktop computer by using a docking
station. A docking station allows you to still use your monitor and
keyboard like a desktop without the hassle of using two computer and
transferring files and emails back and forth. Laptop prices have dropped
dramatically and some laptops are as low as $500 while docking stations
start around $60. Now may be the time to make your business work around
your busy life more than ever.
-- If you know your workload
is going to be overwhelming, start planning now what you can delegate.
Perhaps, it's time to hire a Virtual Assistant to help you in your
business. There are many talented, capable VAs who can do anything from
word processing to data entry, to answering calls to respond to email to
much more. You can search for them and other talented home-based moms in
a variety of professions at:
-- Technology is a great
thing. Look into what you can automate in your business. Perhaps you can
set up autoresponders when someone purchases or requests something from
your website. A few sites that offer automation solutions include:
Even with more portability,
moms need some time to work, relax, rejuvenate or just catch a breath.
So what to do with those sweet cherub-like children squealing and
-- Check out the summer camps
in your area. These days there are camps for just about everything from
sports to art to acting to science. Check your local parenting
publications. Many of them have summer camp guides.
-- Kid Swap? No, this isn�t a
bad, new reality TV series. It�s an opportunity to pre-arrange some play
date exchanges with your trusted friends and neighbors. Kids get to play
and have fun and moms get an opportunity to catch up on work or find a
little time for relaxation.
-- Consider a Mom�s Helper.
They can be great playmates and keep your kids occupied while you work.
You may hire someone once a week, every morning or whatever your
schedule and work requires.
With a little planning and
forethought, you can make this summer not only less stressful but
actually enjoyable and fulfilling. Take time now to get yourself ready.
You and your kids will be glad you did.
Lesley Spencer is founder and president of the HBWM.com, Inc. Network
(coming soon!). She has a Master's Degree in Public Relations and has
been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, Wall Street
Journal and USA Today. She has been working from home for over 10 years
and has two children ages 10 and 8.
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