The kids are out of school and you hear the pool calling your name… but your home business still needs as much of your attention as ever. Here are six tips work-at-home moms and dads can use to keep their businesses running smoothly over the summer months.
Summer is one of the most difficult seasons for entrepreneur moms.
Juggling work with kids who need extra attention and outside playtime can make for some stressful days. You want to have fun, but you also know that the demands of business require your attention. Here are a few tips that will help you get through the summer and stay sane in the process.
1. Look for ways to add passive income
Spend the time to create that ebook or program that runs without you. Another way to create passive income is to get more involved in affiliate programs. Find programs that fit your audience and then offer these great products to them. They’ll thank you for it, and you’ll make a little extra cash.
2. Enjoy your freedom
In this day and age you can work almost anywhere. So, this summer don’t stay inside — hit the park and bring your laptop.
Head to the beach and write or proof documents there. Be sure to keep a running list of documents that you’ll need access to or take advantage of an online document service such as Google Docs so that your files can be reached from wherever you are.
3. Keep marketing
The summertime can make you want to kick your feet up and relax, but don’t get lazy — and don’t believe the hype. Yes, it can be slower in the summer, but it doesn’t have to be. You can be out there marketing and growing your business while others lose ground.
4. Prepare for summer storms
Make sure you have backups of everything. Consider an online backup system in addition to flash drives. If you live in a state that’s prone to storms (such as Florida), consider a generator in case you’re without power. Make sure you print out important contact information such as client information, passwords, etc.
5. Balance your schedule and rely on your to-do list
Prioritize the work that needs to be done. Keep in mind that, as with many work-at-home moms, your kids will be around more. Even if they’re older kids, this can difficult, and you can lose your focus. But proper planning can help. So, start the summer off right by scheduling out your days — allowing some flexibility — and getting things done.
6. Treat yourself to training
Summer is a great time to get the jump on extra training or attending networking events to grow your business.
Since many businesses do slow down in the summer, many offer incentives and discounts. Find a program that fits your budget and schedule and go for it!
These tips will help you enjoy your summer and get things done.
Jill Hart and Diana Ennen are the co-authors of So You Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom. Jill is the founder of Christian Work at Home Moms www.CWAHM.com and loves to help women find success from home. Diana Ennen is the President of Virtual Word Publishing, www.virtualwordpublishing.com. Diana has worked from home for over 25 years and is passionate about PR, publicity, marketing, and helping others start their own virtual assistant business. Article is free to be reprinted as long as bio remains.