Moving: Tips and Tricks for Saving Your Sanity
One of the best things about being a work-at-home mom (WAHM) is that, typically, you can work wherever you live. Most WAHM business can be conducted online—you are very rarely tied to a specific location. This does not, however, make the moving process any easier. In fact, trying to get your family ready to move piles a lot of pressure on to you and to your business. Here are some tips and tricks to make it easier.
1. Go on “Vacation.”
If your business is one that makes, sells and then sends things to people—go on “vacation.” This “vacation” should start a few weeks before your move and stop a couple of weeks after your move. This will give you time to set up a new mailing address (and potential virtual office) in your new town. You won’t have to worry about things getting lost in the mail or misdelivered.
NOTE: Publicize this vacation. Make sure that people know that their orders need to be submitted by a certain date and that you won’t be fulfilling orders until a certain date. This way you won’t have to deal with any complaints about order fulfillment taking longer than usual.
2. Hire Movers
If you can afford it, hire someone to help you with the actual move. There are hundreds of different moving companies out there to choose from. Find one that will help you pack up your home as well as loading and transporting your things from point A to point B. It probably feels like a luxury, but this is a luxury you deserve. It allows you to spend more time helping your family prep for and deal with the move.
3. Give Your Kids Some Responsibility
If your kids are school aged, it’s okay to ask them to sort through their things themselves (at least partly. You might have to help some). This way they are given a sense of control over the situation they wouldn’t have if you did everything for them.
Most kids aren’t going to be happy about the idea of having to sort through their belongings. They’re going to want to keep everything. To help curb this, give the toys and other belongings your kids are willing to part with to a local Children’s hospital or shelter. If your kids know that their things are going to go to kids who will genuinely appreciate them (instead of a trash can) they’ll be far more willing to part with things. Plus, it is a good thing to do for your community.
These are just three of the things that you can do to help your move go more smoothly both for you and for your business. Have you had to relocate while keeping a WAHM business afloat? What were some of the things you did to ease your stress and make the transition a smooth one?
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