Children in the Home Business Environment

Written by Stone Evans

Operating a home business is seldom easy and interruptions come in all shapes, sizes and forms.

Betweenrepparttar family, friends and neighbors who call or come by, andrepparttar 117023 telemarketers who insist on ringing your number offrepparttar 117024 hook, getting throughrepparttar 117025 workday can be a real challenge.

When you introduce children intorepparttar 117026 home office environment, your productivity and patience can be seriously tested.

For example, right now my three-year old daughter is pulling on my shirt and begging me to read her a story. Clearly, Im inrepparttar 117027 middle of something important here, but how can I say no to those eyes? Ill be right back...

Ok, that wasnt so bad was it? Shes happy, Im happy (having bonded with my daughter) and now Im back to continue my conversation with you :-) Whatsrepparttar 117028 lesson here? Flexibility is a major key to balancing your home business priorities with your familys needs.

I can tell you from first-hand experience that maintaining a deep level of concentration on work in a home business for long periods of time is next to impossible. Naptime does offer some reprieve, but any break fromrepparttar 117029 kids is usually short lived.

Even with older children, summertime introduces new challenges with kids running in and out ofrepparttar 117030 house all throughoutrepparttar 117031 day.

I would like to share with you some ofrepparttar 117032 tips I have discovered to help manage your home office with children in your midst. Since children of different ages pose different challenges, I will present my tips in terms of age groups.


We will look at older children first since they poserepparttar 117033 least challenge to our work productivity.

Children, who are old enough to understandrepparttar 117034 idea of schedules and chores, are old enough to understandrepparttar 117035 needs of your home business. Explain to your children that you do your work at home so that you can be near them when they need you. But also be sure they understand that you must do your work so that you will haverepparttar 117036 money necessary to keep your house, feedrepparttar 117037 family and to provide them with money for entertainment.

Once your children understandrepparttar 117038 necessity of your work, then outline a work schedule and explain it to them. Do make sure they understand that emergencies are definitely an acceptable reason to interrupt your work. Then make sure they understand that between hours x and y, you will be doing work --- and then hold them to respecting your schedule.


Infants will never understand your needs for work. But fortunately, babies do well under a schedule or routine. Instead of expecting your child to work around your schedule, schedule your work aroundrepparttar 117039 needs of your baby.

It is simple. Babies eat, sleep and poop. Sometimes they play. Fortunately, babies sleep more than they do anything else.

Naptime offersrepparttar 117040 best advantage for getting your work done. Get your baby into a routine of eat, sleep and play, and you will experience unexpected levels of productivity.

Networking Your Home Business within Circles of Influence

Written by Stone Evans

When you need an auto mechanic or an air conditioning repairman, where do you turn for help? Sure, some people turn torepparttar yellow pages. But most will turn to friends and family and ask if they know of anyone who can dorepparttar 117022 work.

The best place for your business to be positioned is to berepparttar 117023 business onrepparttar 117024 tips ofrepparttar 117025 tongues ofrepparttar 117026 people asked to make repparttar 117027 referral.


Preachers, funeral directors and people in a few other professions have learned "the 300 rule" through their own personal experience.

"The 300 rule" states thatrepparttar 117028 average person knows 300 people on a friendly level. Wedding planners tend to make reservations for 300 guests. Funeral directors tend to need to make room for 300 mourners. You getrepparttar 117029 idea.


Imagine your circle of friends, family and acquaintances, a.k.a. your circle of influence. Now, draw your circle of influence as a circle on a blank piece of paper.

Next, contemplaterepparttar 117030 people in your parents' circle of influence. Some people who know your parents also know you. Therefore, you will share some influence withrepparttar 117031 people your folks know. Now draw your parents' circle of influence on your piece of paper.

Your circle and your parents' circle will intersect in one area, althoughrepparttar 117032 larger majority ofrepparttar 117033 two circles will not intersect. If you are like most people,repparttar 117034 two circles on your page at this point looks very similar torepparttar 117035 MasterCard logo.

Now imagine drawing a page full of intersecting circles, each circle representingrepparttar 117036 circle of influence ofrepparttar 117037 people who are within your own circle of influence. Imagine trying to encapsulate an accurate rendering of where your circle andrepparttar 117038 circle of your friends will actually intersect.

Some circles will share a large area of space, while others will barely cover one another.

Actually, you can only imagine at this point what your piece of paper will look like. The actual layout ofrepparttar 117039 circles imagined in this analogy is simply too overwhelming forrepparttar 117040 mind to comprehend.

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