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Old 15th August 2006, 06:06 PM   #1
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Found this great article today and thought I'd share it with all of you:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/...320636,00.html

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Old 15th August 2006, 07:21 PM   #2
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Thanks sannwood!

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Old 15th August 2006, 07:43 PM   #3
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I'm a big fan of Entrepreneur magazine but this article really rubbed me the wrong way. I get the impression it was written by someone who sees kids as an annoyance to be overcome.

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A lot of people, especially young moms, decide that they're going to quit their jobs in corporate America and work from home in order to care for their children and save on daycare expenses.
Um, no. The moms and dads that I know who've decided to work from home didn't do it to save on daycare expenses. That's silly. They did it to be more involved in the lives of their children. A decision that they know will mean sacrifices.

Oh, and the "especially young moms" comment stuck me as really condescending and I'm neither young nor a mom. I do have young kids though.

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But in reality, if you're serious about running a homebased business and earning a decent income, you're going to have to make arrangements for childcare in or outside the home. Otherwise it becomes too distracting.
Rubbish. I'm serious about our homebased business (it's 10 years old this year) and I've yet to make arrangements for childcare. I mean, if you are going to put your kid in childcare, what's the point of working at home??

I work from home so I can be involved with the lives of my kids and so they can be with me. I mean, if author of the article sees kids as such an annoyance, then she's the type of person that should NOT work at home.

If you are serious about running a homebased business and being involved in the lives of your kids you need to learn to become really flexible and work in bursts. Expect a lot of interruptions and plan to work when the kids are napping, before they get up in the morning, after they go to bed, while they are playing with friends, etc. Also, learn to work with distractions because kids are naturally loud.

The article does make some good points, and maybe I'm just Mr. Grumpy today, but it really bugged me overall.

Thanks for posting the article link, Staci. It's good for me to get worked up once in a while.

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Gonna have to back up Robert here... while there are some good bits of advice in here and much of it applies to how I worked at home BEFORE I had kids, it's simply not realistic, or...well...very nice...when it comes to working at home with kids.

So, point by point, and maybe it's my pregnancy hormones, but here we go...

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Even my own children know that if they want me to do something for them during working hours, they have to put it on my to-do-list or it will never get done.
Ouch. Seriously. If my kids EVER think that my job is more important than them, then I'm doing something VERY wrong in my life. Yes, my kids know that mommy can't always come play with them, or that sometimes "I'll be with you in a few minutes" really means "you need to wait a few minutes"...but if my kids need me to do something for them, I'll do it. My kids come before my job, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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A lot of people, especially young moms, decide that they're going to quit their jobs in corporate America and work from home in order to care for their children and save on daycare expenses. But in reality, if you're serious about running a homebased business and earning a decent income, you're going to have to make arrangements for childcare in or outside the home. Otherwise it becomes too distracting.
Uh huh. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

I know a LOT of work at home moms and work at home dads. I don't know a single one that decided to work at home to save on daycare expenses. What a bit fat load of horse hockey.

When I quit my job to stay home, I voluntarily cut my salary by 66%. It took me three years to work my way back up to what I was making prior to being home. I didn't start working at home to save money, I started working at home because I believe that no one can raise my children as well as I can and I was willing to make the financial sacrifice to make it work.

In fact, I can't even remotely see how working from home with full time childcare is any different from working in an office. If you're going to hire a nanny or baby-sitter for six hours a day, why not just go to an office and not have to deal with the distractions of being at home?

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Hopefully by now you're making as much, if not more, money at your homebased business than you were at your former job. If you aren't, begin by setting a goal to bring in the same amount of income you were, and slowly raise the bar to increase your income by a couple of thousand a month.
Dunno, but this one hits me the wrong way too. If my primary goals are "make more money" then again, I'd feel like I really need to reevaluate my life and my viewpoints. My primary goal is to build and raise a strong family and to make enough money to pay the bills. Making more money is always nice, but it's hardly a goal of mine.

Now, I will say that the sections on "taking time out for good behavior," "be a jack of all trades," and "network" all have VERY good advice in them.

I will say that I found this kinda funny...

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At the point when your business becomes so successful that you cannot efficiently work close together, start considering moving your office outside the home.
It reads to me as... "Congratulations! You've finally worked your way back into the position that you were so desperate to get out of in the first place!"

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It reads to me as... "Congratulations! You've finally worked your way back into the position that you were so desperate to get out of in the first place!"
LOL, good point.

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Ok....... I feel like a looser.
I grazed over the article made a post and WHAT just so happens that I commented on something I should've read word for word.

That'll teach me huh?

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Thumbs up Good tips on setting goals for yourself

Thanks for pointing out this article, Staci!

Regardless of the family piece, other parts of the article are spot on, such as the part about setting goals for yourself. That's crucial. I am Executive Editor for a blogging network (over 80 bloggers) and I can tell you that setting goals for yourself is one of the primary differences between those who are successful and those who just end up frustrated.

The fact is, we all have a different idea of the ideal working conditions.

Many of us WANT to work at home and think it is next to Nirvana.

Other people struggle mightily with it. Some people need the structure of leaving the house each day and going to an office, having co-workers and a boss, etc. Or at least, they've convinced themselves they need it, which amounts to the same thing.

So I think the article has a lot to offer. Glad you brought it up.

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I agree with Anita. I thought the article had some good suggestions regarding structuring your day, motivating yourself and time out for good behavior. It's easy to find yourself in front of your computer 10 hours a day and motivating yourself and remaining focused can be hard with numerous distractions.

However, I do not have children. But, if I did, I do not think I would hire an outside babysitter - so I do see how that suggestion may seem unrealistic and do agree that many people choose to work from home because they WANT to be with their children.

I thought the last suggestion regarding moving out of your home was funny, too. But hey. . .let's face it - if your business is doing well - and you have a couple employees working from your home (as the situation was described) - I could see expanding outside of the home and would definitely consider it - if that were the case. My home isn't big enough to handle a situation like that.

And it wouldn't really bother me to be in that situation again - BECAUSE I'M THE BOSS THIS TIME! Really different situation as opposed to being employed in an environment by someone else. So, as long as I'm calling the shots - I really don't care where it's from.

Glad to get everyone all fired up! Next post, I promise, I'll be more considerate of the parent's working from home!! But it was nice to hear everyone's thoughts on that topic - good and bad - so thanks to all for responding!

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I would agree on that last part, moving out of your home when your team expands... it's just like my current situation. I now have a separate home office to house my team of four with my home few blocks away. That way I can concentrate my work during working hours. Sometimes it's always a good point to acquire to normal office attitude towards home based businesses. But of course, hiring a babysitter for your kids is not a path I am going to follow. Besides I my wife takes good care of my kids, but I also wanted to be with my kids most of the time, but still need to produce Income for the family so I really bad need to create a schedule for family time and work time.

Oppss what I really like in Home Business is the flexibility of course. Whenever there is some important event for the family. You will never be absent! unless there is a so so emergency you need attend to, but as far as I am concerned, everything can be postponed with as long as your provide your clients with sensible explanation ang honest reasoning. Clients understands.

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However, I do not have children.
Yep, I do think that's a key point. Because quite honestly, before I had kids, I would have agreed with a great deal of the article...well really...I'd have agreed with pretty much all of the parts that didn't involve kids.

Also, no worries about firing us all up...sometimes we need a little firing up. It's good to debate!

I think there's also the reality that people work from home for different reasons. I think for the person trying to be an entreprenuer and trying to build their own business, these things are very true and very applicable. I just know that a lot of people that work from home do so ONLY to bring in some additional income. I think Robert and I both fall into that category, which is why we reacted the way that we did.

I know that personally, if I could "just" raise my kids, I'd be doing that...but, I need to have some income coming in, so I work. I just *happen* to have the absolute best boss in the world, so I have all the joys of flexibility and being at home with my kids with the bonus of a steady paycheck. Believe me, I know how amazingly blessed I am.

That said, I do have workaholic tendancies as that wonderful boss will testify. So, in my case, the "structure" thing is usually more to keep me from working myself to death than anything else. (Cept for when I'm pregnant...then I'm as lazy as a...well...really lazy person.)



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