Yes, The New Year. We all know what that means. A new year resolution. Are you already thinking of yours?
Most all of us are, so the answer is probably yes! Since we are all work at home mom’s I would like to talk about work at home business resolutions that I’m sure we all have one or two things we would like to change this year. I know I have many.
There can be plenty of things you might want to do to jump start your work at home business. Or maybe even simplify it? Here are some ideas for work at home mom’s to do if you are not already doing so.
I will promote my work at home business more online and off.
Offline: Mention my business to at least one new potential customer a day, giving catalogs if you have them.
Online: Network more, purchase advertising space. (if you never purchased advertising online before, a yearly spot is usually a great way to start and usually run around $10-$70 though it is not usually home page advertising but a whole year of potential customers seeing your ad is a great way to start promoting yourself online)
I will organize my work at home business and my time spent online and offline.
Plenty of us work at home mom’s whom are online find ourselves not very organized when it comes to what we will do online everyday. Working around kids you might find yourself either grabbing a hour here and there each day to jump online and then when you get off the computer you realized you might have answered a few emails and not much else.
So much for networking and organizing your business that day like you had intended! So to make sure you are using your time more wisely start making a schedule for the week. Writing down what you want to accomplish that day so you can check it off and go right to working on the next task right away. I have a card file with index cards on it, and I write down all sites I belong to that need passwords. Whether it’s just a fun message board I belong to, or my credit card sites I have the user names and passwords handy to look for quickly when needed. An index card file can be used for many more things, such as keeping list of customers, you can even write on the back there favorite product they buy so you remember to mention that ‘favorite lotion’, ‘favorite coffee’, ‘favorite note paper’ that they like to buy from you when you next talk with them or send them a catalog.
Organizing your time online and offline:
Do you grab a hour here and a hour there online that it makes you forget what you were trying to concentrate on?
Perhaps time slips away and you found you spent hours and hours online and now the look of your house is paying the price with dishes piled high and dirty laundry on the floor? Do you try and reply to emails with a baby or small child in your lap? All of the above? Yes, I can agree to that! I have done it all too.
Working at home and being a mom is another task itself to think of. You do not leave the house and go to work at have to worry about constant interruptions, house chores, or a child wanting to climb up on your lap as your trying to work. The whole reason for working at home is to be a work at home mom right? To be there for our kids when they need us, enjoy not having a boss and answering only to ourselves if we don’t get a task done each day because we were busy with the kids or whatever. I love being a work at home mom, but to be a successful work at home mom takes a little skill. You need to plan your time. I like to work late at night when the kids go to bed. This allows for a couple hours of working without having to stop for other reasons. I save the important things for that time. During the day, I might catch up on emails, update a few things on my site and smaller quicker and easier tasks. This might work for you, or maybe early morning is better, or while kids are at school if you have school aged kids. Whatever time that you know would be best for you to spend a couple hours of really working for your home based business. This is replying to emails, getting flyers made and ready if you use them, updating your site, delivering orders, placing orders, mailing out packages, etc. If you can set a certain time each day for your work, I am sure you will find it much more easier to accomplish more tasks each week and you will see the benefits.
The same can go for housecleaning too, I like to wake up and start cleaning the house first so during the day if I do jump online to answer emails I know I do not have other tasks waiting for me and it’s ok if I can get a few business things done during my kids nap.
Whatever your new year resolution may be this year, I hope you accomplish it!
Article Written By: Christina Lunceford, a work at home mom of 3 children. Visit her at MommyClassifieds.com and WahmArticles.com
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