The School holidays are here and I have come up with a list of 8 hot tips for business owners, like me.
I was wondering how I would get any business done while my three boys are at home. The eldest two are teenagers, so can mostly entertain themselves if I need to leave them to their own devices, but my youngest is only 10-years-old and will soon be crying ‘Mam, I’m bored.’
I have been planning ahead for the end of term for a couple of weeks, so here are my tips on how to keep up your business going while your children are at home. (This is as much for me as it is for you).
1) Enjoy spending time with your family, after all your children are only young for a short while. Book a holiday, after all you probably deserve one, and then block out all the days on your calendar when you will be away on holiday.
2) Make a ‘To Do List’ to prioritise what needs doing first and set yourself targets and deadlines to keep you on track.
3) Work out when you work best. If you are a morning person, get up early and work. If you work best in the middle of the day, ask your family to entertain themselves for a couple of hours. Tell them you will reward them later by taking them out and make sure you keep your promises or they won’t believe you next time. If you work best in the evening, ask your partner or friends or relatives to watch your kids while you work.
4) Manage your clients’ expectations by letting them know when things will be done. It’s better to do that now than have them complain when your work/service/product is late.
5) Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask your children’s grandparents, aunts or uncles to have them visit them for a few days or invite them visit you and take your sons and daughters on day trips.
6) Plan play days with friends. Ask your children’s friends over to play and quite often your kids will get invited to their homes on another day. Even better, arrange some play days with the parents of your children’s friends.
7) Invest in childminders and/or play schemes. You don’t have to do this for the whole of the holiday, but it might be worth it for short bursts in order to get your work done.
8) If all else fails, bite the bullet and don’t work in the holidays (ask WRITE WAI to help where possible). Just relax, have fun with your family and plan how best to get back on top of your business once your kids are back at school!