Many women dream of working from home so they can spend more time with their children, reduce commuting expenses and make some extra money. Running a business from home seems to be the perfect solution to a common parenting dilemma. Moms are natural multitaskers, so they often assume that it would be easy to run a home business. However, there are a few important questions every mom who is considering starting a home business should ask herself:
Do you have a space in your home for an office?
The space doesn’t have to be huge, but it will need to be big enough for a desk, computer, file cabinet, office supplies and any other materials needed for the business. A private room with a door is ideal. When you work at home, it is important to establish boundaries. No matter how much space you have, it is important for your family to know that you are working when you are there.
How will you work with your children in the house?
When children are young, they often take naps during the day and go to bed early. Older children are in school for several hours during the day. Moms who work from home usually schedule their work hours around their children’s schedules. Some moms pay a babysitter to care for their young children a few hours a week while they meet with clients. Working at home with children requires a lot of organization and sacrifice.
Can you afford to start a business?
Many home businesses can be started without a lot of money. Running the business, though, can be expensive. A website, marketing and supplies all cost money. Most new businesses do not make money for the first few years, so you will need a plan to support your business until it can support itself. Many families cut household expenses during the early stages of a home business. It is important to have the entire family on board if they are going to have to give up some of their luxury items until the business makes a profit. Running a business from home can be an exciting and financially rewarding endeavor with proper planning. It is important to take your home business seriously so your family, friends and customers will take you seriously. Many moms operate successful businesses from their homes. Children can great resources and may have great ideas for your business.