Creative Child Care for Work at Home Mom’s

child careIf you are a work at home mom (WAHM), you probably became one so you could spend more time with your children. However, there will most likely be times in your business when you will need to arrange for childcare. The following are some creative solutions to your childcare dilemmas.

If you just need an occasional sitter, try setting up a “child care group” with your friends and neighbors. Each woman can designate a time frame on a certain day of the week or month to be “the sitter”. Any of the Moms in your “child care group” who need a sitter that day can drop their kids of at the “designated sitter’s” house. The children will get to play and interact with one another and each Mom can get free childcare on an “as needed basis”.

Check with your place of worship as they may offer a “Mom’s Day Out” type of program where you can drop your children off for a few hours per day, a couple times per week. This may be a free or low-cost service. Also, check with local library as they may have “story hours” where you can drop your children off and the librarians will read the children a book and after the book is read, the children can participate in a craft, game or activity.

If you just need some “quiet time” to do some work, you can hire a neighborhood teenager to come over and play with the kids while you are tucked away in your office. You will have some uninterrupted “work time”, but will still be there in case ‘something comes up’. If you have regular meetings that take you away from the house, check with friends and family to see if they can help out by watching the kids. Offer your product or service in exchange for their time. They may jump on the offer!

And don’t feel guilty if you need to put your children in daycare part-time. Yes, you may have had every intention of working at home in order to spend time with your children, but, there may be times when your business will need your total focus. By taking that time and completing your business tasks, you will be able to focus 100% on your children during family time.

Do you have another creative way to find child care for your children, let us know, we all need the help sometimes!

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Outsourcing for the Work at Home Mom

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It is tough being a work at home mom, raising kids, cleaning house, running errands and keep your home business running.

You might want to consider outsourcing some of your activities. If you find that you are spending too much time on responding to email, returning phone calls, or updating your website, hire a virtual assistant to do those tasks for you.

This will free your time up to work on your business, and by spending more time on the parts of your business that actually bring in money, you will be able to increase your profits.

I use oDesk for my outsourcing needs.  I love them.  Their platform is easy to use and they have thousands of people looking for work.  You can name the price you want to pay your virtual assistant and then people apply for the job you post.  I have never had a bid too low that someone capable was not willing to take a job I posted.

It really is easy hiring a virtual assistant, and had I known just how easy it was I would have done it years sooner. Finding a Virtual Assistant on oDesk will change you forever, trust me on this one. I could not live without mine and the other people I frequently use to do the jobs I do not want to do any more.

Go check out oDesk you won’t be sorry!

Have you ever outsourced work before? Do you use a service? Tell everyone if you have a tip to outsourcing or have a service you love.