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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.
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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?

Seminar – Accelerate Your Business Success

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Audrey Isbell

Speaker and Author of "100 Simple Truths All Virtual Assistants Should Know"
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Is ‪#‎Business‬ a hot topic in your life? …that’s good, because your business NEEDS you, desperately! Here’s a great way to show it some love, come early February!

Business Success Seminar

Loren Fogelman Ashland, Oregon

Business Success Solution

How Goal Setting is Killing Your Success Achieve Success on Your Terms

Goals are not enough. Grasping the activity, the strategy and the tactics are vital. But high performing professionals who are seeking growth have a secret … and it’s frequently the missing piece to growing your dream business.During this action-packed session you’ll learn:

  • Why goals don’t stick and what you can do about it.
  • The ideal response when nothing seems to be working.
  • How failure leads to success.

Ryan Mallory Talent, Oregon

Oregon Marketing Pros LLC, Scanner Group LLC

Digital Leverage: Social Networking Strategies Revealed

Get insight to steps that aid success in leveraging the power of the Social Networking for your business locally and nationally. Understand the significance that Social Networks now play in modern business marketing, valuable tips to help you:

  • Plan to manage your social networks with ease.
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  • Advertise with less or NO paid ads – in BETTER locations.

Ingrid Edstrom Ashland, Oregon

Polymath LLC Bookkeeping

The Power of Purpose
Leading with Clear Intention

Why do you love what you do? Learn how to harness the power of your passion, and use it to connect with your team and your target market for more fulfilling and profitable relationships.

  • Start creating your Vision, Mission, and Purpose statements
  • Living your passion
  • Creating a unified team

Audrey Isbell Grants Pass, Oregon

AVA Virtual Assistance

Top Secret! Delegate Access Required

If you ever stop to wonder what you’re doing wrong, it’s because you haven’t stopped to wonder what you’re NOT doing right. Most entrepreneurs and successful business owners/managers fail to properly delegate the work tasks that are below their expert pay grade. Assigning work to others takes skill and practice, thought, and so much more. You have the ability to improve your own delegation skills by staying up to date with technology, psychology, effective communication techniques, and even mood control. Learn About:

  • The 3 Biggest Mistakes Made by Company Leaders
  • One highly overlooked component leaders need in order to delegate
  • Mode of Operation – How your own M.O. is hurting you

Mingle with a dynamic group of local business experts based in beautiful Southern Oregon, who are serving clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their business consulting has helped hundreds improve business performance. At this event they will speak with business owners, managers and salespeople wanting to better understand cutting edge, proven practices to achieve business success. This seminar is an opportunity to hear from speakers with many decades of combined business experience and meet other business people in the interests of networking after.

Get your ticket now, before they’re gone!