When you operate an online store from home and your kids are suddenly out of school for the summer, you are probably facing the next couple of months with a bit of apprehension. You love having your kids around, but now there are a lot of distractions that can keep you from getting anything done.
Of course, how big of an issue this is for you, more than likely depends on how old your kids are. It’s a whole lot easier to stay on track when your kids are in middle school or high school than it is when they are in grade school.
So, what to do?
Find some balance
Accept that your schedule is not going to be the same as it is the rest of the year when the kids are in school. Take some breaks throughout the day to spend time with your kids. Once again, depending on the age of the children, you might read them a short book, play a game with them or take snack time together. If they are older, running them to the mall or taking an afternoon to do something together can give you some family time. Not only will this re-energize you when you get back to work, but it will make your children know that you’re not ignoring them.
Put your kids to work
A lot of children love to help mom and dad out around the office. Tess, a mother of three who often sells toys and puzzles, lets her two younger girls play with the toys and make sure they are in working order. Her son, a sixth grader also helps out by sorting items and finding the items that have sold and gets them ready to ship.
Enjoy the great outdoors
The invention of laptops and other portable electronic gadgets has made it super easy to create an office almost anywhere. Tim, a stay-at-home father often takes his kids to the park where they can play while he creates listings. He says that although he still keeps a watchful eye on his kids, he enjoys being outside and is often able to still get a lot done while his kids are playing.
Lower your expectations
Although you may think that you can continue to work at your usual pace even with the kids around, you need to accept the reality that you simply can’t. If this is your first summer with your kids home from school, lower your expectations and realize that you may be working less than you want to for a while. Once you are able to see what kind of schedule you will be able to have, you can then adapt a new routine to accommodate your kids being at home. In some cases, you may even find that splitting the shift and working in the morning and then again after your kid’s bedtime can help keep your business on track.