One of the biggest issues that many moms face when they decide to make their home do double duty by housing their family and their business is finding ways to keep the two spheres separate. Even if you have a dedicated home office space you no doubt notice work-related items filtering out into the rest of the house (and vice versa) as you try to keep up with both your clients and your kids. And splitting time between the two pursuits can be extremely tricky, not just on rare occasions when the kids are sick and need your undivided attention, or when a deadline for a big project is looming, but on any average day where you have to juggle the demands of your job with the schedule for feeding and playing with your children. However, there are some guidelines you can follow to keep the tasks, responsibilities, and spaces associated with your work and your family separate, even when you’re a work-at-home mom; here are a few to consider.

The first thing you should probably do is try to create a dedicated work space in your home. It might be difficult to have a home office with a door for a couple of reasons. The first is that you need to keep an eye on your kids throughout the day, even if you’re trying to multitask and get some work done at the same time. So a room that is cut off from the rest of the home, while ideal for most home-based businesses, won’t work for a mom who happens to bring in an income even as she stays home to raise a family. Secondly, you simply might not have an extra room available for the purpose. But don’t fret; you have a couple of options either way.

If you have the space available to create a dedicated home office you should think about allocating a portion of the room for your kids. If you have a craft table in the room or a television with headphones, your kids can stay in eyeshot without unduly distracting you while you work. Having this quiet time can be beneficial for everyone and you never have to let the kids out of your sight. The same goes for situating your desk in the living room or play room. Just be careful, when mixing work and family in this way, to ensure that everything stays in its place. Moving your work setup to the kids’ table can not only spread clutter, but you could end up with glitter and glue on your laptop or a final product for a client.

Of course, the ideal situation is to have not only a separate space for your work material, but also a schedule that ensures there’s no overlap between work and family time. It can be hard to manage when your spouse is at the office all day, but whether you get up early, work while the kids are napping, or hand them off to your partner when he gets home so you can dedicate a couple of solid, uninterrupted hours to your job, there are ways to work it out. And it will get easier once the kids head off to school. So for all the moms looking to monetize a blog, manage a real estate website like Movoto, engage in medical billing and coding, or provide remote virtual assistance; keep in mind that there are ways to keep work and home from interfering with each other. And they can help to ensure that you don’t let one affect the other, even when you work at home.

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