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Mom Entrepreneurs – Easy Solutions to 3 of the Most Common Problems of Running a Business from Home

Susan L. Reid

Being a mom entrepreneur and running a business from home is more popular now than ever.

With rising gas prices, long commute times, and wear and tear on the family, mom entrepreneurs opting to stay at home while raising their families just makes sense.

The problem is that the freedom, flexibility, and convenience associated with working from home is easier said that done. Balance can be difficult to achieve, isolation tough to deal with, temptations greater and distractions endless.

BalanceWhen this happens, both home and business suffer. Productivity falls off, arguments increase, children act out, and moms who would rather run their business from home so they can be near their children, are forced into returning to the tradition work world in order to help support their family.

It breaks my heart when I see this happen, especially when I know it doesn’t have to be this way.

If you’d like to avoid this happening to you, here are easy solutions to three of the most common problems associated with running a business from home:

Three Most Common Problems and How to Fix Them

1. Dealing with isolation. Being a home-based business owner means you don’t have much opportunity to socialize around the water cooler, walk down the hall to collaborate with colleagues, or brainstorm ideas with other professionals. Plus, except for trips to the grocery store, picking up kids from after school activities, you don’t have much time to yourself.

Solutions: Remember to take breaks throughout the day just for you, not for doing laundry. Go for a quick walk to revitalize. Line up a babysitter and attend one professional event a week. Join and take part in a forum.

2. Make-do office space. One of the problems with running a business from home is that there often isn’t much space in your home to dedicate to your home business. As a result, you make-do with working from a desk in a bedroom, the kitchen table, or living room couch. This leaves you open for constant interruptions.

Solutions: Your home office needs to be a designated place just for work. Preferably a room with a door. If possible, keep the door closed when you are working and closed when you’re not to insure that your business life does not spill over into your private life and vice versa.

3. Everything in one location. If you are used to working outside the home, bringing your business into your home can be an incredible challenge. Where there used to be a separation of work and home, now it’s all under one roof. Here you do it all: eat, sleep, play and work. Temptations are greater and distractions endless.

Solutions: Decide what your business hours will be and stick to them. Work out your schedule with your family in mind, and display it prominently outside your door. Clearly indicate when family time is. Also school events and family outings. Since you’re so used to doing house related things when you’re at home, making a schedule will help organize your time and control your temptations and distractions. Collaboration

No matter how long you’ve been a mom entrepreneur, chances are you’ve run into these problems. Running your business from home takes organization, discipline, and dedication. The good news is that now you have three solutions to the most common problems associated with home-based business ownership.

These solutions will help you get control of your day and make running your business from home a smart decision for your entire family.

Copyright © 2008 by Susan L. Reid

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Dr. Susan L. Reid is a business coach and consultant for entrepreneurial women starting up businesses, and is the award-winning author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Journey to Business Success. If you are ready to take the first steps in owning your business, then get instant access to your own free PDF copy of “Doing What You Love: Multiple Streams of Passion” at 

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