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Moms Talk: Work-from-Home Moms

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Question: I work from home, and during the school year, it's manageable, but with the kids home for the summer, I fear I might lose my mind. The kids don't seem to understand that I have a "real job" and I'm afraid I'm not being very productive. Help!

Answer: Ahh, those "work from home" ads on TV and in the magazines make working from home seem so glamorous, but those of us who actually do know how difficult it can be to balance both mommy time and work time. Is your boss aware that your kids are home for the summer? Some bosses make it possible to have more flexible hours when the kids are home. If "office hours" are the same, try taking breaks throughout the day to do something special with the kids. Set a timer and say "At noon, we're going to bake cookies. Or watch our favorite sitcom we DVR'd together."  For younger kids, a plastic box full of special toys can come in handy while Mommy needs to make important phone calls. And if all else fails, do what I do and hide in the closet until little hands come knocking.

Karen Koczwara July 07, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Great ideas, Stephanie and Diane!
priscilla July 08, 2011 at 06:43 PM
how can i work from home without it being a scam....please im tired of people lying to me i just want a solid honest truth
priscilla July 08, 2011 at 06:44 PM
how can i work from home without it being a scam....please im tired of people lying to me i just want a solid honest truth
priscilla July 08, 2011 at 06:44 PM
how can i work from home without it being a scam....please im tired of people lying to me i just want a solid honest truth
Stephanie Nivinskus July 08, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Priscilla, I have been working from home for more than 10 years. You have 3 options: 1) start your own company 2) get hired by an existing company as a remote employee 3) "buy in" to an opportunity with an existing company & be a sales rep for them (although they will call it all kinds of different things...such as consultant, marketing director, etc.) The bottom line is that you are a sales rep for the product/service of your choice. If you choose to start your own company you will have ultimate authority & responsibility. If you choose to work as an employee you will likely have little authority although you will most likely have a steady paycheck. If you buy in to a company as a sales rep, you will basically be buying a "business in a box." The company will create/source the product/service so that you have something to sell. You will be responsible for selling it. Your success or failure depends completely on your level of commitment. Owning your own business is challenging. If you are self-motivated & willing to initiate conversations with people about what you have to offer & how you can help them solve a problem, & if you're tenacious & willing to hear the word "no" (possibly many times) without getting down, this might be a great option for you. I own my own biz now & also rep two "buy-in" companies now. I love it & I make good $, but that's because I do all of the above. I shoot straight. It's work. If you want to talk, email me: stephanie@impressionsoncall.com

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