Being a WAHM – work-at-home-mom – has its perks. But it also has its challenges – and lots of them. Many of us struggle on a daily basis with balancing being a mom and a business owner. So we asked Erin of Erin Leigh Studio to give us her tips for balancing work and home.
1. Set aside office hours with uninterrupted work time. Two days a week I have set aside to work on my business. I try not to do other things such as cleaning, laundry or grocery shopping. I also use nap time to answer emails and edit photos.
2. Don’t be afraid to get help with your kids. The best thing I ever did was send my son to daycare two days a week. This has helped tremendously. I’m able to schedule newborn sessions on these days, as well as, do photo editing. You can hire a nanny or even a neighbor kid to come to your home and watch your kids.
3. Schedule at least 1 weekend off a month to spend time with family. If you don’t schedule family time, you’ll end up working every weekend and your kids and husband will not be happy with you.
4. Limit your time on social networks. There’s nothing worse than having time to work and then realizing two hours have gone by and nothing has been accomplished. I try to tell myself that once I get a certain task done, I can get on Facebook or Instagram for a few minutes.
5. Write down and schedule goals for each day. Every day I write down what I want to accomplish or what I need to accomplish. I also use Iris Works to remind me of all the tasks/goals due each day.
Do you have any tips for WAHMs? Share them with us in the comments below.
Erin Ostgulen is newborn and wedding photographer based in Kansas City. She opened Erin Leigh Studio in 2010 and loves photographing all those important moments in your life. She also loves creating parties, invitations and more for her Etsy Shop, Erin Leigh Design. She’s the mom of a 2 year old boy named Luca, who is into everything these days. She enjoys hanging out with her husband, son and two dogs when not capturing photos of her clients. Erin’s work has been featured in many publications such as The Knot, Borrowed & Blue, Eco-Beautiful Weddings and more.