Working from home can be challenging in itself, but when you add newborns and toddlers to the mix it becomes even more complicated! My mantra is, do what works best for your family and with four children what worked when I brought baby #4 home was a good routine! Need tips and ideas? Contact me! – Amber J Davis of Independent Director Thirty One Gifts
My daughter is five weeks old (I also have a 7-year-old and a 13-month-old, crazy I know!), so when I needed to get back into the swing of working, I needed a way to keep her from being poked and smacked by my 13-month-old. I instantly turned to our Moby wrap. She is against my chest, hearing my heartbeat, while I click away on the keyboard. My 7-year-old and 13-month-old? They can't disturb her! I have two hands and the sweet snoring of my newborn while I work! – Mandi Welbaum of mandimindingmoney.com
So true. When I finally got my daughter to nap in her cot and for decent periods of time I was getting so much done. Then at 12 months she started to transition to 1 nap and suddenly my 2.5 hours of work time a day dropped to as low as 45 minutes a day. I got desperate for daycare at that point because I just couldn’t manage to work and be a full time carer, especially because she can play independently very well, until she sees me at the computer!
The secret to such a transition: Get organized! Swap childcare with other parents, and consider joining or starting a babysitting co-op. Spread the word to nearby friends and relatives that you need childcare help. They'll probably appreciate the opportunity to do something concrete for your family – and help you launch your new career. If people ask, "What can I do to help?" tell them: Watch the baby for a few hours, prepare a meal, do the laundry.
Although babysitting is not a new business venture, the earning potential, as well as the technical aspects of the business have increased exponentially in recent years. Demand for qualified and reliable individuals to monitor and interact with children is growing daily. This service is generally provided either at the client’s residence, but can be offered in hotels, event venues, or in the babysitter’s home.
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Before I had the baby, I thought I had it all figured out. I'm already an excellent multi-tasker. I would work while the baby napped, put him in the sling or swing if needed while he was awake, and work at night if absolutely necessary. But I have a baby who doesn't nap much at all, doesn't care for the sling and by nightfall I am too exhausted to speak, let alone put words together for other people to read. On top of that, I've discovered that as a writer, working in bits and spurts can be very hard to do; when the words and ideas are flowing, it's not always simple to put it aside and pick it up again later.
People who love dogs and other people may be well-suited for owning a dog training business, as the work involves interacting with both dogs and their owners. Patience is another valuable attribute, because training dogs often requires repeating the same drill multiple times. Dog training businesses usually operate during the day, which can make it difficult to run a business while keeping a traditional day job.