This is the Next Top Coach show where I answer your questions on starting and growing a modern online business.
Today's question is from Christina who writes:
"Hi Jane, I'm a mum currently studying nutrition. When I finish my studies I'd like to start a business and work from home. Do you have any tips on working from home and how to work from with young kids. Christina."
Over the years I've been asked this question a lot because I've often said that I started my business when I became a mum and with this one on my lap from my kitchen table.
There are some things that you need to be aware of when you work from home. Here 3 challenges that are common when you work from home and how to overcome them:
1. Not having tech help.
If you are transitioning from a corporate role you are most likely used to having an IT department on hand to call upon if something goes wrong. However if you are working from home, you might not have that.
What this means is that it can be frustrating if something techie goes wrong or if you don't know how to do something and there is no one around to help.
To get around this I recommend doing two things. First of all, become resourceful. This means learning how to troubleshoot a problem.
Often working out how to do something or fix an issue can be found on YouTube University which you tend to become very familiar with when you work from home, OR the help desk or knowledge base of the software you are using.
2. Not being able to work uninterrupted.
Here's the reality. If you have small children you will mostly likely need to get use to working in small bursts of time.
Sometimes it's not ideal but I suggest just accepting it as the way it's going to be for a while.
I was able to get better at working in small bursts of time and also got used to working with noise around me because I often worked while my son was with me. And it the end it worked really well.
For some people that might not work, you might find that you work better without your children around. Well, I should say that I probably would have worked better without being interrupted and without my son around, but there wasn't opportunity for me to do that – so I accepted it and just made my circumstances work.
I also want to mention that don't expect for people around you to necessarily support you with working from home or working from home with kids especially when you are trying to get something off the ground.
I recommend you just do what you believe is best for you. In my own case. I have a vision and a goal and I was going to play by own rules and do what I thought was best, not what other people thought was best. And it worked out!
3. Feeling isolated.
When you work from home it can be isolating. I have certainly experienced this at times. In fact it took me quite a long time to adjust from working from home and not being around people.
To deal with feeling isolated or lonely, I suggest joining or becoming a part of a mastermind or a business group. I actually met several my now friends by doing an online program. These relationships started online but then moved into the in person. I can't stress enough that you do want to surround yourself with other people who are on the same journey as you because it can really help.
And on that note I recommend checking out my private membership community, The Next Top Coach Club which is a special place to get support and education as you go about building your online business.
I hope you have found these 3 tips useful. I wish you great success working from home!
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