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If children are used to your spending more time with them, try and involve them in some aspect of your business. Take them to post office with you to pick up your mail. Talk with them about school or other things that interest them while you're both in car. Ask them to drop mail in mailbox while you are cleaning out your post office box. Even a small amount of responsibility in your business builds up a respect for your work and they will give you more space when you need to take time away from them.
If your children are young - take a nap when they are a sleep and work long hours after they go to bed at night. If you work a full-time job, take some lunches by yourself and study your business-related materials. You'd be amazed how much research and new ideas you can come up with in 1 hour at lunch undisturbed over a peanut butter sandwich. Save money too! Carry a mini-cassette recorder or pad of paper with you every place you go. Write down ideas that come into your mind and review these ideas while eating supper or watching television. I'm sure you can find time to build your business - it just takes a little thought. It may not always be amount of time you want and need - but you can squeeze some time in somewhere. Just find out "what" method works best for you!
There are a lot of excellent books on market about managing your time successfully. Find one and read it. Your family, friends and other human relationships are very, very important to your mental attitude. Don't alienate them completely. Just find ways you can enjoy best of both worlds and everyone will be happy - including you and your business.
Some other ideas:
. If you are involved in mail order, start an adsheet for your kids or spouse. Involve them in their own money-making plan!
. Have a business name that includes names of members of your family. It will make them feel that they are an important part of what you're doing.
. Agree to give your family a certain amount of profits from your business.
. Set up a vacation fund or other goal that benefits your family!
Article by Jay Harris of IMI Concepts. Visit his website http://www.imiconcepts.com/directory.html