Owning a home based business will give you the freedom to live your life on your own terms, and can be a fun way to build your skills while earning money…
Having children can mean your career changes. While some women will return to work after maternity leave and get right back to reaching the goals they have set, for others their priorities change- and that’s fine. As a new parent, you might prefer a role that’s less stressful with less demanding hours, even if it means not taking another step on the career ladder. Others might choose to take a break from work entirely for a number of years to focus on raising their children. However, there is a third option which could allow you to ‘have it all’, and that’s working for yourself. Doing so allows you to be completely flexible, you’re the boss so you call the shots. You can work around your childcare duties, and often it’s a fun way to build your skills while earning money. But how exactly can you go about it? Read on to find out.Owning a home based business will give you the freedom to live your life on your own terms!Click To Tweet
Work out what your business will do
Your first step is deciding what your business will do or sell. Have a think about your skills and interests here, if you do something that’s meaningful or interesting to you it will be far more enjoyable. Love to bake? Perhaps you could take a couple of cake decorating courses and launch your own bakery business where you bake cakes for special occasions. If you love to be out in the garden, could you propagate seedlings to sell- or grow edibles that you could turn into jam or chutney? Any kind of craft or talent could be utilized if you go about things in the right way. If you don’t have the right kind of skills, buying and selling always works well. Instead of simply buying in bulk and selling for a profit, is there something a little extra you could do? Perhaps you could buy gift, pampering and beauty products and package them into baskets to sell as hampers? These kinds of things sell especially well at Christmas but will do well during the year when people are searching for birthday, anniversary, Valentine and mother’s day gifts. Regardless of what you choose, you’ll need an SEO company to help market your business and spread the word, and a good quality website. Set up social media accounts linked with your company too, ideally using the same username. You can build up your business from there.
Set up your home office
Working from home requires you to have your own workspace. This prevents you from getting distracted and keeps your home and work life separate. When you’re storing stock, important documents and have your equipment needed for work it’s always useful to have this away from the normal family areas to help you stay organized. Don’t scrimp on your desk or chair, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting here so you need to be comfortable.
Decide on your working hours
Finally, the great thing about being your own boss is you can work when it suits you. However it’s worth having some working hours in mind to keep you on track. Even if you’re not always able to stick to them, knowing roughly what you should be doing can be helpful. When you do work, go to your office instead of answering emails in bed or typing up work during family time. It prevents you from becoming overworked and the boundaries between work and home from becoming too blurred.