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Mommin’ is tough, no doubt about it.
But, what’s even harder is trying to find the time to make money from home while still taking care of your kids.
The good news is that it can be done if you know how to get creative.
Here are 6 ways to find time to work from home while still keeping the kids happy and the house running.
#1 – Stay Up Late
Once the kids go to bed you’re probably ready for a little you-time. You just want to veg out in front of the TV or relax with a good book and a glass of wine.
The problem is that it’s also one of the best times to actually get things done.
With the kids down there are none of the distractions (except maybe your husband) that are happening the rest of the day.
So, if you want to get ahead and start making some real money from home as a stay at home momma, you’ve got to use this time wisely.
Try setting a timer for 60 – 90 minutes and making a commitment to work on money-making projects until it goes off. After that you’ll rest even better knowing that not only are your kids happy, you are getting closer to your goals.
#2 – Work During Naps
If you’re kiddos are still nappers, you probably hear the Hallelujah chorus playing the second their heads hit the pillows.
But, instead of using this time to clean, do laundry or the million other things that go into running a house, dedicate it to work that will bring money in.
You might get less done and your house could be a little messy for a while but it will be worth it in the long run.
#3 – First Thing in the Morning
This is the opposite of #1. Instead of staying up late, you get up early before the kids are awake.
In the early hours, your house is quiet, you’re rested from a good night’s sleep and your creative juices can really flow.
Take advantage of it and use the time to create the work at home income you’ve been dreaming of.
#4 – While Your Kids are Busy
This can be hard if your kids are younger, but as they get a little older (for me it was once my daughter turned 4) they are able to play on their own or with their siblings for longer periods of time.
Set them up with a game, colors, silly putty or building blocks and let them play.
You can be in the same room or even the next but still focused on your work. You won’t be able to get everything done this way but you can fit in small blocks of work throughout the day.
#5 – While Your Kids are Out
One of the best ways to grab some time to work is by trading childcare duties with another mom with the same goals as you.
You can give each other blocks of time or even alternate days so that each of you has time to work to build an income for your family.
You can also send the kiddos with their dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles or other family members for planned outings during the week to allow you the time you need to reach your dreams.
#6 – When a Sitter is Over
If all else fails, hire a sitter for a few hours per day or week, whatever your budget will allow.
You may even be able to split the cost of care with another mom to make your money stretch further.
Other Tips to Make It Work
While all of the tips above can help, the biggest thing to remember is that nothing is perfect all of the time. You have to give yourself grace and allow yourself to be perfectly imperfect.
As long as you remember that it’s always a work in progress and you don’t give up, you will reach your goals.
And, remember to be present in the moment.
When you are able to spend time with your kids, be with them completely and leave work behind.
Because, after all…
Aren’t they the reason you wanted to work from home in the first place?
Use the tips above to find the time to work from home as a stay at home mom and let me know what works for you. If you have any other ways you fit in time to create an income from home, I’d love to hear about them.
Want to learn how you can create an income from home? Check out our post – 5 Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Moms that Really Work.
Or, to get more advice, here’s our roundup of the top 6 blogs that teach you to make money from home.
And as always, I wish you a strong family, optimal health and smart incomes.