Tips for Working From Home in a Dropshipping Business with Kids
Working from home and being your own boss with an online dropshipping
business might be the closest thing to a perfect job you are ever likely to find.
But, just as with everything else in life, nothing is ever 100% perfect and working from home is no exception. This may be especially true during the Summertime when the kids are home from school.
No matter how much you love your children and how ideal an online dropshipping business is because it keeps you around the hearth and home instead of off and gone all day five days a week; having your little darlings under foot all summer can be, er….challenging.
If you aren’t in this place in your life right now, you may soon find yourself there. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2020 approximately 65 million Americans will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors or solopreneurs, and will make up about 40% of the workforce.
This doesn't include salaried employees who will be working out of their homes.
So, here are some tips on boosting your productivity during the summer vacation. These are equally applicable to anyone with young preschoolers who are home all of the time.
- Have realistic expectations. This is especially applicable if your kids are very young. let’s face it; there is no reasoning with a two year old. They don’t understand. What young children understand is getting their immediate needs met NOW. So, you can accept that there will be interruptions to your dropshipping work if you have small children at home. It isn’t a question of if you will have unscheduled interruptions, but when. If you understand this right up front, your frustration level won’t be as high.
- If your kids are older and able to understand your work schedule, set realistic expectations with them. Sit down and draw up a schedule that includes your working hours and times for extracurricular activities. Suggest some activities to keep them occupied while you are working. (Doing all of the housework, laundry and cooking would be nice, but don’t get your hopes up.) When they have a good understanding of when you can be expected to get out of your home office and do things with them---your summer should run a little more smoothly.
- Take some breaks to be with the kids. Cut yourself a little more slack during the summer if you have school age children who are home and take more frequent breaks just to drink a glass of lemonade with them or have a brief chat. The benefits to this can be twofold: you see your kids and they see you a little more often and you can check up on them, too, just in case they’ve decided to paint the house pink with purple stripes while you’re engrossed in your work. Kids are unpredictable. It pays to keep an eye on them.
If you use these tips effectively, you can successfully run your online dropshipping business and work from home, while still doing hands on parenting and spending quality time with your children!