Posts Tagged: working from home
The Working from Home Lament
I’m meant to be working
I’ve so much to do
But the beds all need changing
And I must clean the loo
No longer is a 9 to 5 in an office cubicle the standard blueprint for the working day. More and more, the option to work on our own terms from our own homes is becoming a viable and attractive alternative. This is a particularly appealing option for new parents, who are looking for a way to juggle their working lives with running a family.
In this economic climate, it’s become increasingly necessary for many families to have both parents earning regular incomes – or in the case of single parents, often the only option is to work. At the same time, full-time child care is incredibly expensive, and means you’re not spending as much time with your children as you might wish. Working from home allows for a compromise between work and parenthood, and if done right can create a happy medium between job satisfaction and family responsibilities.
Many professionals today work solely or part time from home. Years ago, this would not have been as easily accomplished as it can be today, thanks to the smartphone. By integrating computer capabilities with a mobile device like an iphone 5 from www.dialaphone.co.uk, smartphones are the perfect tool for working from home. Not only are they convenient to use wherever you are, they are very portable and simply to access. There are many things that make the smartphone an ideal tool for working from home.
In a previous life (ie. before I got married and had the children), I was an accountant, and worked in the Corporate Finance department of a UK Plc. The company was going through an aggressive expansion, and I got to see first hand how mergers, and takeovers are done in the corporate world.
The job was not really me, and I was quite glad when I left it and walked away from the corporate world. But now I come to think of it, it is amazing what I learned, which I am now using to great effect in the way I do business.
Guest blogger Naomi Richards is a Life Coach for Children. Here she explains how she organises her time with her own children and her clients.
I don’t think it is possible to have it all when you are a working mum especially when you are very passionate about the work you do and even more so when it is your own business.
Most women choose a job that fits in with the hours their children are at school or nursery. Me, I decided not to go down that route. I work when my children are asleep at night and at the weekend. Consequently I am nurturing my children most of the day and being the best mum I can be and then at night I become the ‘The Kids Coach’ – a life coach for children – who works with other people’s children helping them overcome their emotional and behavioural issues.
Now I know that at least half of you are thinking I may be suffering some sort of delusion or mental breakdown; how can she possibly be cheering the school holidays? The other half know why. It’s quite simple: I love being with my children and the whole reason I was a stay at home mum and am now a WAHM is for this very reason.
No, my children aren’t saints, and no my work doesn’t stop and the work/life balancing act doesn’t go away or fit in with school holidays perfectly. However, as ‘my own boss’ I can decide when to log on, I can decide when to work and I can forward plan so that anything major does not clash with my children’s holiday time. I took those decisions because I wanted to be with my children; 90% of the time it is a fulfilling and brilliant job – and 10% of the time it isn’t, but then nothing in life is perfect!