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About Ariel Kostrna

I absolutely love helping people grow! One of the best ways I can do that is by sharing things that I've found helpful, in any area of life.

Working at Home with a Baby: Where to Start

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Ariel Kostrna

I absolutely love helping people grow! One of the best ways I can do that is by sharing things that I've found helpful, in any area of life.
Ariel Kostrna
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When you hear “work-at-home mom,” what image comes to your mind? Is it a relaxed woman in comfy sweats drinking a hot cup of coffee and closing her laptop after an hour of good work to get her peacefully sleeping baby?  Or is it a frazzled woman with a milk-stained shirt trying to balance a wailing baby on her hips while buttering toast, all while on a phone call with a client?

Every working mom has to find the careful balance of mothering, working, and the rest of life on the side—but the dynamic certainly changes if she’s working from home.

While many mothers dream of working from home with their little ones, it’s often much more of a challenge than they anticipate. In the next several months I’ll be posting a series of articles of things I’ve learned as I try to navigate this new season of life.  I hope to answer a few of your questions, as well as offer some tips I’ve found helpful as a new mother of a 7-month-old who’s working from home.

So where to start? Well, right at the very beginning: making the decision to be a work-at-home mom (or WAHM in internet lingo). Obviously, a lot of us can’t work from home for one reason or another. I feel extremely blessed to be a virtual assistant who can both be at home with her son and have the creative, lucrative outlet of work. If you have a job where you can work virtually, I’m talking to you! And if you’re not sure, please talk to your boss about it. Chances are, they may be happy to try to facilitate you working from home for at least a couple days a week, if you present your case with confidence. A good boss will realize that your level of satisfaction directly affects your work performance.

Freelance-type work (like being a virtual assistant) is ideal for the WAHM. That’s because your work hours are extremely flexible (which is a very good thing, because most often you work when baby sleeps!) So if you fit in that category, you’ve already got a great start. But even if your hours are set, don’t despair! Our next post is all about scheduling.

I actually pursued working as a virtual assistant for this exact reason. Many years before I ever got pregnant, I jumped at the chance to work for AVA Virtual Assistance because I knew that I’d want to be able to work from home when I had a baby. And now that I have one, I’m really glad I did!

But how to make it work once you’ve established that you will indeed be a WAHM? That’s what we’ll start on next time. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Are you currently working at home? Planning to? How and why did you decide to be a WAHM?

Audrey Isbell Interviewed by Robert Plank on “Marketer of the Day” Podcast

Our founder and owner, Audrey Isbell, was the guest on Robert Plank’s podcast “Marketer of the Day” on May 29, 2018. Listen to the episode below!

Get More Momentum, Increase Your Revenue, and Grow Your Business Through Delegating with Audrey Isbell.

Audrey Isbell from AVA Virtual Assistance is an International Speaker and the Author of “100 Simple Truths all Virtual Assistants Should Know”. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified in Social Marketing and valued for her business consulting and project management contributions made to business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.

In today’s episode, Audrey talks about why your business needs to scale using a virtual assistant. She also goes into detail about the types of virtual assistants you should look into (generalists vs. specialists) as well as how you can make money becoming a virtual assistant if that business path suits you.

Listen to the episode here:

Visit “Marketer of the Day” Podcast here.

The Perfect Music for Working

When it comes to either working in silence or with music, everyone is different. For specific tasks that require high concentration, music can be a hindrance rather than a help… but we’ve found that most of the time, music boosts our productivity and helps us be more creative!

Here at the AVA office, we’ve been rocking out (er, I mean working) to the Jazz Groove. This is a fantastic, FREE online station with two different channels (in case you’re not a fan of a song, you can switch to the other channel) of jazz music. But it’s not just any jazz music, it’s the perfect music for working. The Jazz Groove mainly consists of non-intrusive tunes that lift your mood but aren’t distracting. About 90% of the songs are purely instrumental, but there is song with a vocalist occasionally—which we don’t mind at all (especially if it’s Ella)!

If any of you out there are like us, you know the difference between real jazz and elevator jazz. The Jazz Groove is 100% real jazz! Give it a listen and you’ll see what we mean.

In case you’re wondering, we weren’t “sponsored” to promote them or anything… we just couldn’t help sharing! We sincerely just love that the folks who run this site are providing quality, delightful jazz music without ads. Oh yes, I didn’t mention that… there are no ads! This is also a huge perk, because an annoying Pandora ad can totally throw you off your focus.

So what if you don’t like jazz? Well… then we can’t be friends. Just kidding! (kind of 😉) Actually, we truly hope that you find a station that plays the music that you work best with, whatever floats your boat! The most important thing is that whatever music you listen to reduces your stress, boosts your mood, and gets you humming your way through your work day!