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Debate: Can you be an entrepreneur and a parent?

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 16-09-2013

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With the internet making it far easier for entrepreneurs to stay in control of their business ventures from home, an increasing number of people are juggling their working life with life at home.

Indeed, it’s this ability to juggle multiple tasks that can set the most successful of entrepreneurs apart from the rest. The simple answer to the question of whether you can be an entrepreneur and a parent is yes. Here, we look at a few tips to help you succeed in doing so.

 

Avoid having to multi-task

The balance of working at home does of course require you to juggle tasks but that needn’t mean doing things simultaneously. As a recent Guardian article points out, the best way to work from home is to separate your tasks. You might find it easier to set aside certain periods of time for certain tasks – so spend an hour working before taking another hour to take care of your kids.

Use good software

Part of being able to work successfully from home is the ability to make use of key tools. When it comes to your finances, for example, it can help to consider a sage accounting solution. This will allow you to manage things easily from one place, freeing up time to take care of the things that matter.

Create a dedicated work space

It can be easy for work and play to blend into one another, preventing you from dedicating yourself to either one fully. The simplest way to take care of this is to create a dedicated work space. Be sure to create this space away from other distractions, letting yourself know that the space is for one purpose and one purpose only.

Take steps to make your work space comfortable as well as distancing yourself from the rest of the house. Consider using room separators if you don’t have a spare room. It might also be useful to use headphones to block out any noises coming from the rest of the house.

Make a daily schedule

It’s easier to take care of your separate tasks if you have a clear idea of what exactly you need to do. Each day, you can begin by making a schedule which includes everyone of your tasks; relating both to the kids and to work. This schedule will not only help keep work and play separate but will also help you to stay on top of tasks.

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