The rate of people working at home is higher than it has ever been. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 40% of the work force will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors and solopreneurs. With people who are freelancers, entrepreneurs, telecommuting or otherwise, working from home allows for great flexibility. If you have kids it gives you the ability to work and take care of children at the same time! What convenience! However, that convenience also brings hurdles, especially in the summer. Here are some strategies to work efficiently with kids in the house.
Set expectations: Children need attention, and if you are home they will expect it. However, you must work. Children appreciate structure; let them know what you will be doing and what you need from them when working from home.
Understand your schedule: Working at home with kids is different than working in an office with adults. If you go in with the mindset that you need a 7 hour stretch of work, when the kids come calling it might make you irritated. Understand and set expectations for yourself that you might need to attend to the kids more often than you would like.
Take kid breaks: If you were in an office, you might take a coffee break or talk with your coworkers. Schedule short breaks throughout the day to play with your kids. This will reenergize you and let your kids know you have not forgotten about them.
Work odd hours: You’re working from home; this gives you the flexibility to work different hours than the typical 9-5 work day. Working when the kids are asleep or occupied will allow for fewer interruptions and you can get more accomplished.
(This post originally appeared on Freelance Push)