Is it your dream to start a work-from-home (online) business while you homeschool your kids? Running your own business at home means no one else dictating your schedule, so you can have the flexibility you need to prioritize your family. But is it right for you? How will a work-from-home business flow with your homeschool? Here are some things to think about before you jump in.
Are You Self-Disciplined?
One of the biggest challenges of working from home while homeschooling is holding yourself accountable. If you decide to spend hours scrolling through your Facebook feed every day it will eventually affect your productivity and profitability. Being a work-from-home homeschooling mom requires self-discipline. On the other hand, some moms discover that they thrive when they get to set their own agenda each day.
Can You Find A Healthy Work Flow?
Homeschooling moms who are new to working at home often struggle with finding and maintaining a good work-life homeschool balance. If you don’t leave work at the end of the day, you might be tempted to keep working, especially when there are many things to do. You also might face interruptions from your kids, spouse, or personal life while working.
The best way to confront this challenge is to acknowledge what a challenge it is, so you can take steps to overcome it. Create a separate space and boundaries for your work at home. Set a work schedule and let family members know you’re busy during this time. You will have to learn how to manage mom guilt to be productive during your dedicated time. Resist the urge to check email when you’re not “on the clock” and turn off notifications. These are just a few things you can do to help maintain balance.
Working at Home Can Be Lonely
Many homeschooling moms who work from home find it can get lonely at times. You lose the commute and the hassles of working at the office, but you also lose social contact. However, there are some ways to cope with this, such as scheduling social time, joining online communities, business masterminds, or taking breaks to talk with friends or family members.
Are You Willing To Make Adjustments In Your Homeschool?
If you find it challenging to make time for your business while you homeschool, you may want to adjust your homeschooling style. Many homeschooling mompreneurs choose not to have a traditional approach to homeschooling. There are different ways to homeschool that will give you more time for your business without compromising your children’s learning. I’ve listed a few examples below.
- Self-Directed Learning
- Online Learning
- Self-Paced Learning
- Unit Studies
Set Your Homeschool Up for Success
Do You Have A Dedicated Space?
One of the main reasons businesses need a physical location is the production and storing inventory. If you’re going to sell physical items through a home-based business, you’ll need someplace to keep your stock, and that place might be the corners of your living room!
On the other hand, you will need far less space if you’re offering online services or selling digital products. You can sell digital products such as eBooks, or you could sell the products of others through affiliate sales or drop shipping, where they handle storage and delivery for you.
The Challenges of Running Your Own Business
Starting your own work-from-home business while homeschooling presents many challenges. You have to have an entrepreneurial spirit and keep everything positive. There are many moving parts to running a business, whether from home or not. However, you can learn the skills you need to run a business if you desire to do it.
Do you want to learn more about starting a work-from-home business? Check out my course, Start A Work-From-Home Business While Homeschooling, which teaches you how to start a business that gives you the flexibility to homeschool. At the same time, you gain lifestyle and financial freedom from the comfort of your home or wherever you have an internet connection. https://kimbrame.gumroad.com/l/businessstartupcourse