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Do you want to work-at-home, but are unsure how to make it all work? Or perhaps you already started a work-at-home job, but you are struggling to juggle it plus housework, family relationships, and still having a bit of time to refuel yourself.
Don’t despair–there are things you can do that will set you up for work-at-home success. I too was once a young mom desperately wanting to stay home with my children, but knowing that I too had to work somehow if our family was going to get out of debt and stay out of debt. I knew the answer was a work-at-home job, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to juggle it. How did I work, keep our home from looking like a cyclone hit it, keep meals on the table that didn’t always come out of a paper bag, and still have time for my children and husband?
After all, my primary desire for becoming a stay-at-home mom was to spend more time with my kids. If I took on a work-at-home job, how did I do that without sitting them in front of a screen for hours while I tried to get my work-at-home and homemaking tasks done?
The answer came from my favorite source of information–books. I read dozens of books on homemaking, time management, housekeeping, goal setting and I took notes. When I applied what I learned I discovered that I could carve out enough time to work two to three hours a day even when the kids were very little to work at home for pay (because as we all know moms at home are always working whether they get paid or not).
Now that my children are 15 and up I have much more time on my hands to work for pay, do household chores, spend quality time one on one with each child, date my hubby, and dabble in my favorite passions such as running and knitting. And I have the books I read over the years to thank for that (well that and the fact that older children can pitch in with housework a lot more than younger children and they sleep through the night)!
My hope is this list of books will help you too to organize your days in such a way that you find you can work at home without your home life becoming overwhelmingly chaotic.
15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success
This book will help you hone in on the one goal “thing” you need to keep above all other goals in order to make the most impact in your home-based business.
Although written many years ago the time management wisdom in How To Handle 1000 Things at Once is still relevant in today’s world. In fact, this is one book I re-read every few years because each time I do I glean a few new skills that help me juggle all my different mom hats a bit better.
This book helped me dump a few things off my to-do list that really were unnecessary. It also helped me realize I needed to delegate house cleaning tasks to my kids more than I already was. I don’t think that was a side effect the author thought of when he wrote Essentialism, but it was what I ended up doing as a result of reading the book and doing so gained me hours to work on my business and taught my kids some valuable life lessons.
I just recently finished Start With Why. The book is filled with inspiring stories of great business men and women and how their approach to business is what made them successful. Learn to answer why instead of how and watch you and your customers become inspired.
Learning the story of Crystal Paine and how she began blogging thinking she would just make enough to cover a few living expenses and ended up creating one of the largest blogs in North America will inspire you to realize that you might be small now, but with hard work and a “stick to it” attitude your business could grow bigger than you ever thought possible.
Just because you are both a stay-at-home mom and a work-at-home mom doesn’t mean you don’t have time to spend on yourself. In fact, if you want to do both roles well you need to make time to refuel your tanks so you can help refill theirs with attention and love. However, making time for you isn’t as hard as you might think. The book The Fringe Hours will show you precious minutes each day you are probably wasting that could easily be turned into personal refueling time.
Guilt can make us say yes so often that we end up filling our days with tasks instead of cuddles with our little ones and errands instead of work. The Best Yes will help you set the right priorities for you and your family and set firm boundaries around them.
Warning: some of the language in How To Talk To Anyone is outdated. However, the tips are a goldmine for those who struggle to start meaningful conversations with people who could have a positive effect on your at-home business. How To Talk To Anyone will help you start conversations with potential customers as well as your fellow work-at-home coworkers. And oh, how we need to talk to others who do that same work as us–it keeps one sane.
Meal time happens three times a day, and snacks happen two to three times a day–all that meal prep and eating can take up a huge chunk of our days. Minimize that chunk by implementing the meal planning ideas found in Plan It, Don’t Panic.
The more things we own, the more time we spend maintaining them, cleaning them, rearranging them, and so on. Reduce your stuff and you will gain time to work. The book Clutter’s Last Stand will inspire you to toss, toss, and toss some more.
Cleaning routines can cut your time spent cleaning drastically. First, you don’t have to spend time thinking about what needs to be done because it is just part of your routine to do it. Second, it doesn’t take as long to clean when things are being cleaned regularly. Use the book Sink Reflections to create cleaning routines for your home. Don’t forget to get those kids helping you with them!
Most people know how to set a goal, but few know how to break it down in a way that can help them achieve it. If that is you, read 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life and learn how to break your business and life goals down into manageable chunks.
Are you trying to figure out why you always quit on your goals? Then 5 Habits Of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit should be on your reading list. Figure out why you quit all the time and how to stop doing it.
People remember business owners and workers that went above and beyond what was expected. Learn how to implement wow factor into your business with Fred 2.o.
One quote that has stuck with me from this book for over a year now is “You get further with relationship than interruption.” Are your business tactics interrupting your customer’s day or are they building a relationship? If you are not sure, read Permission Marketing.
I divided up the book list into elements and struggles of work-at-home moms so you can pick a book from the area you are currently struggling with most at the moment. So pick out your title and start tackling your work-at-home problems–you’ve got this! Apply what you learn and watch your work-at-home success grow.
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These two video driven courses will help you better manage your days! They help me find an extra half an hour.
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