Moms' Guide To
Starting An Online Business by Pamela Heywood
Starting a small business online can
be an ideal way for moms to combine providing for the family's needs
with being there for the kids.
Moms' biggest challenge to starting
an online business will be distractions that make it harder to stay
on track with the many tasks necessary for the development of your
Oh, I'm sure time and money will be
in short supply too, but it will be the multiple demands on the same
time that will likely cause you the most difficulty.
But those same skills you already use
to balance the household priorities are really the same ones you'll
use to organize your business workload.
You're already a BIG step ahead of
the rest of us disorganized people ...
You already know everything there is
to know about making lists for everything, synchronizing schedules,
using wall planners ... and still what can go wrong, will!
Take into consideration that
managing with baby, who probably takes naps during the day or
whose cradle you can rock with one foot, while you type with the
other (hands already full!), may be easier than working with
toddlers around that you dare not take your eyes off for a
Having them play at your feet
isn't an option. I know of one lady whose two year old
granddaughter chose the very moment she got to the download page
for a purchase to hit the OFF button on her computer. You may
still need some help with childcare if you are ever to get
Older children, on the other hand,
make very good website testers. If they can find their way
around, it's probably reasonable to hope grown-ups can too!
Listen to their uncomplicated ideas. Involving them in your
business will help them understand the sacrifices that need to
Your situation will be unique and
no-one can tell you how to organize things in the best way to suit
your family, but do try not to rely on waiting for when the kids go
to bed to start work. You will probably be exhausted and not
at your best for making business decisions or reading complicated
instruction by then.
As a "kid" whose mom does
work, both outside and from home, I will tell you that I don't think
I was ever harmed by it. In fact, just from them seeing what you do,
you teach your kids a lot of values that will help them become
better at taking care of themselves as adults.