There are many small business owners with kids home out there who balance working during the summer months.
If you are one of these small business owners, then these tips are for you.
Children are the best part of the summer months, but work also needs to be done.
For the small business owners with kids home this summer, these tips are for you!
#1. Set a Schedule
The hardest thing about being a small business owner and a parent, is trying to juggle both tasks at once.
This is much easier when your kiddos are in school, because everyone has a set schedule to follow.
However, when summer comes around that schedule usually goes out the window.
Instead of letting it go completely out the window, it is important that you just make adjustments to it.
Creating a schedule will allow you to find the best time to get your work done, while also having activities planned ahead to keep the kids busy.
#2. Plan Meals
There is nothing more frustrating than being interrupted by the kids while you are working.
While there are plenty of reasons for the distractions, often times these interruptions are due to growling tummies.
Prevent this by having the next day’s meals planned out and even cooked ahead of time.
This way when the kids are hungry, they can simply pull out a sandwich from the fridge, or you can toss their food in the microwave for a few spins, and then get back to work.
#3. Plan Crafts
If the kiddos are old enough, plan some crafts, to keep them busy while you get some work done.
Write out some instructions if necessary, or just leave the supplies on the table.
You can even make the craft ahead of time, yourself, so they have an example to look at.
Just be sure to include clean up in your instructions, so you will not have as big of a mess to deal with, and to keep the kids busy a little longer.
#4. Plan Play Dates
Play dates are a great way to keep the kids busy and change things up a bit.
Pick some days to have the playdate at your home and days for the play dates to be at a friend’s home.
While you may not get any work done, during the play date, you are supervising you will have plenty peace and quiet while your children are at a playdate elsewhere, later in the week.
#5. Be Prepared to Work Late Occasionally
Working late may not be ideal for many, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
There will be days that no matter how detailed your schedule may be, your kiddos will not be cooperative.
If this is the case, enjoy the extra time with your kiddo and plan to get your work done once they are sound asleep, after wearing them out for the day.
It may make you feel better to know you are not alone.
There are many small business owners with kids home during the summer months making it work!
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