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9 essential steps for a home business that works

Many moms dream of starting a home business.

A home business provides a tremendous sense of accomplishment, a valid reason to wear pajamas after noontime, and best of all, the chance to earn income while staying home with your children.

Over the past decade, I’ve started three businesses with three kids in tow. And while I’ve learned that a running a home business while raising a family isn’t for the faint of heart, I’ve also learned that if you keep your eyes (and mind) wide open about what it takes to make a home business work, you’ll succeed.

So here are nine essential steps that’ll help you make your home business work.

1. Find Your Why

Before you throw yourself into a home business, know why you want to do this. You might think the reason for starting a home business is money or so you can spend more time with your family, but there’s often more to it than that.

Think long and hard. Why do you want this beyond the money? Do you want to feel proud? Do you want something just for you? Do you want to contribute to the household finances – or maybe contribute to changing the world?

There are hundreds of reasons why moms start a home business, and some aren’t always obvious. But it’s important to discover your true reason for wanting a home business, because knowing why you do will really help keep you going during those tough days. And even better, you’ll reach your true inner goal faster.

2. Create A Business That’s Right for You

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Pick a business, any business. Right?

Wrong. Pick a business that’s right for you. You don’t want to wake up a year later and suddenly realize you hate what you do.

To find the business that’s right for you, consider your work experience, your natural talents, your personality, your children and most importantly, your passion. Consider questions like:

Work experience:

What jobs have you worked in? Which positions have you held? Which did you enjoy most? Could you do any of those jobs from home?


What are you good at? What comes naturally to you? Is it something you could turn into a money-making venture?


Are you an introvert or an extrovert? A leader or a follower? A team player or a solo worker? Which home businesses let you be who you really are?


Do you have toddlers at home? Are your kids older and in school for most of the day? Are you an empty-nester? The age of your children is usually in direct proportion to how much work time you have each day. The younger they are, the less you have.


Have you ever heard the saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow”? It’s true. What stirs your passion enough to make you so excited about your day that you’d WANT to start working even before you’ve had your coffee?

If you need a little help thinking up some home business ideas that might suit you best, check out these.

3. Get Family Support

For any home business to be successful, the whole family needs to be on board and rooting for it to win. So sit down together as a family and talk about your new business.

Explain to your partner and children why you want to start a business. Ask for their support. Speak openly about the changes it may bring to your family and its current dynamics.

Let your family know that your office door is always open if they really need you. Also let them know that while you’ll need to spend time growing your new business, they’ll always be more important to you. And show them you mean it when you…

4. Build a Family-centric Calendar

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A successful home business is built around your family activities, goals and dreams. It’s not there to interfere with your life – your business is supposed to make your life better.

That means if you know your family life schedule first, you know which blocks of time can go towards your business and fit best with your schedule. I’ve found that the simplest way to keep track of family life is by creating a Google calendar, plotting it out as far in advance as possible.

Google calendar is my favorite tool because you can:

  • Keep track of family (and business!) events, appointments and activities all in one place
  • Access your calendar from your home, your cell phone or your laptop for those times when you’re on the go
  • Share your calendar with other family members like your partner so everyone’s on the same page
  • Quickly create recurring events, like ballet lessons on Saturdays or school pick-up on weekdays at 2pm
  • Get reminders by email or text (or if you’re like me, both) to help you stay on schedule

In fact, a Google calendar makes it so easy to make your family priority number one, and it helps you see the time that you have left to…

5. Make a Schedule You Can Stick To

The number one reason moms start a home business is so they can spend more time with their family. But spending time with their family is also the number one reason moms close their home business.

Why? Because without a solid schedule in place to keep everything on track and organized, a home business becomes the biggest time suck there is — which leaves you literally no time at all for your family.

That’s why it’s so important to create a schedule and stick to it.

Try to imagine an average day in your new business, along with everything you’ll need to do to market and promote it. Some typical home business to-do’s include:

  • Checking and answering email
  • Packing and shipping orders
  • Tracking down receivables
  • Networking on social media
  • Creating products or content
  • Training and supervising employees

Think about how much time these activities might take. They can fit well within your family schedule, absolutely (I’m proof of it!), but you need to be realistic about how much work you can take on and what type of business you should start. Be realistic and when in doubt, overestimate the time each task might take.

Once you know how many hours you will need to work each day, get out your Google family calendar and find the biggest blocks of uninterrupted time. Make those your “office hours.” Then, break down your office hours into small chunks with corresponding to-dos.

Here is an example of what your office hours and to-dos might look like:

  • 10am – 10:30am: Check and respond to email
  • 10:30am-11am: Check and respond to @ replies on Twitter
  • 11am-12pm: Pack orders, print shipping labels and schedule pickup with UPS
  • 12pm-12:30pm: Lunch

Treat your office hours as sacred, barring any family emergencies, of course. This will maximize your productivity and help you keep family first.

6. Build a Realistic Budget

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A home business without a budget is a money pit in the making. Before you spend a single cent on your business, figure out what you’ll need to buy, how much it will cost and where the money will come from.

Some examples of common business expenses might be:

  • Business cards
  • Domain registration
  • Website hosting
  • Printer ink and paper
  • Shipping supplies
  • Computer

Do your start-up costs have you seeing red? Don’t panic. You can usually lower or eliminate your expenses by getting a little creative.

7. Have a Full Stomach

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I’ll bet it wasn’t built on an empty stomach, either. Problem is that most home-business owners skimp out on meals regularly – and then grab a bag of chips when they suddenly realize they’re starving.

To have the energy it takes to work hard on your home business, you need to eat, and eat well. Make a regular, healthy breakfast and lunch a sure thing by eating simple, wholesome meals or preparing meals the night before.

Start the day with a quick and simple breakfast like:

  • Greek yogurt with granola and honey
  • Trader Joe’s frozen oatmeal (just microwave and eat!)
  • Protein-packed hardboiled eggs, a few slices of turkey bacon and melon chunks
  • Cereal with berries and milk

And for lunch, brown bag it. You probably already prepare a lunch for your school-aged child, so why not pack yourself a lunch while you’re at it? Easy peasy.

8. Take a Break

Photo by Jen Murray

You deserve a break. Today. Tomorrow, too. And the day after that. Because when you’re running a home business and raising a family at the same time, it’s easy to get burned out fast.

So take fifteen minutes (more if you can) every day to do something just for you.

Here are some ways you could spend your break:

  • Laughing your head off with a friend (my personal favorite)
  • Sipping a cup of tea in front of the fire
  • Getting a back scratching from your kids
  • Take a cat nap
  • Having a dance party in your kitchen
  • Reading a magazine that’s not work or parenting related
  • Doing a lap around the block
  • Relaxing in a candlelit bubble bath (stop laughing, it could happen!)

Do everything you can to make sure you maintain a healthy balance between work time and “you” time – it’s the best way to stay happy, rested and refreshed.

9. Set Your Quitting Time

Speaking of time, you might not punch a card at the end of the day, but you should still have a quitting time. When you run your own business and work from home, it’s very easy to just keep going until you have to stop.

But as Tsh says, you need to stop working so you can spend time with your spouse, recharge your batteries, enjoy some adult (or alone) time, and get adequate rest for tomorrow.

Not setting boundaries around your personal time and allowing your business to creep into those hours is a fast path to frustration, exhaustion and a resentful feeling.

But when you set a quitting time, stick to your guns and guard your personal life, the business doesn’t own you – you call the shots.

Oh, and that’s a last great point: Remember that you’re in charge of your home business. There’ll be days where you feel like it’s running you (and probably in circles, too), and those are the best days to remind yourself that you’re the boss.

You get to say no. You get to say not now. And you get to say yes – to your family, yourself and a great business that succeeds!

What kind of home business are you thinking of starting?

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  1. Christian

    Great thoughts. The quitting time thoughts are really important. It seems that I’ll just sit down and work, and work, and work some more; all-the-while forgetting what time it is. It’s awful. I need to be better in that regard. Thanks for helping to remind me.

  2. Nadine Malys

    Thank you, I have been wanting to start up something from home for what feels like a life time now (my babies are both now in school which helps things) and suddenly of late all these signs are presenting themselves to me and leading me to believe that this is the year to begin, after reading your post I am inspired and believe you have given me the insight to develop my interests into a fun and forfilling working from home career, yes.. yee haa finally…. my point is that I wanted to express my gratitude, what a wonderful help you have been, sincerely thank you x Nadine

    • Heather Allard

      Thanks, Nadine. Glad you enjoyed the post!

      Wishing you much success with your home business.


  3. Julie

    Oh this absolutely a fabulous read. Thank you so much!

    • Heather Allard

      Thanks, Julie! 🙂


  4. Kate

    This is a very timely and hugely helpful read for me this morning. I’ve been working on a business plan for a home bakery for a few months now and you’ve brought up several points that I hadn’t considered (or at least considered to any great length) that I nonetheless realize are very important. The printable blog business plan published yesterday was also very comforting. Somehow this blog always “knows” what I need to see – thank you!

    • Heather Allard

      Thanks, Kate.

      I’m glad this post was helpful for you – I realized most of these things when I was knee-deep in my new business, so I’m glad to help light the way for new business owners. 🙂


  5. renee @ FIMBY

    Our family is about to embark on work from home together lifestyle. The amount of work & trust that goes into something like this somedays feels like nothing short of monumental.

    Tsh, I notice you have a new tag here. Looking forward to these posts.

    • Heather Allard

      Good luck to you, Renee! Wishing you much success as you embark on your new family business.


    • Tsh

      Yep – I’m super excited Heather will bring this new dimension and topic to Simple Mom on a regular basis!

  6. Rashmie

    I have a work-from-home business and I could not have written it better.
    All the points that you have made are so intrinsic to having a successful and happy business from home.

    • Heather Allard

      Thanks, Rashmie.

      Glad you enjoyed it.


  7. Tricia

    This is a great post – I am in the process of re-launching my freelance copywriting business. I struggled for a while before I realized that I really wanted to work with small businesses that focus on Eco-friendly, sustainable products and services. These are the people I relate to, who inspire me. And once I figured that ou, the money really does follow! It’s a win-win: my clients get to hand off things like social media and blogging projects, and I get to be on the front lines of the latest developments in the green movement!

  8. Emily

    My husband and I would love to start a home business. The tips in this post are fantastic, I’ll definitely be bookmarking it for future reference! Thanks!

    • Heather Allard

      You’re welcome, Emily. So glad you enjoyed the post!


  9. Amy

    Thank you for this post! I recently left my office job for work-at-home freelance writing, and I’ve been having trouble juggling work and home. Lots of early mornings, late nights and working whenever I can (while doing dishes, laundry and potty training!) Your advice makes me realize I MUST set my quitting time and take breaks – for the health of me, my family and my work. Thank you again!

  10. Sara

    Thanks for this advice! I’ve been working on following a business plan for a market garden/farm down the road. So far it has been exciting for me to check things off on my list. It is difficult to make a daily schedule, because some seasons are busier than others, but since we unschool, living according to the liturgy of the earth rather than a face paced schedule is a reachable goal. I absolutely had to find something to get me out of the house and into the wider community, and this has always been a passion of mine.

  11. Megan @ Faith Like Mustard

    I owned a photography business for five years (I worked only on location, so it was home-based). It was both exhilarating and exhausting! I can not stress the importance of a business plan and budget. Also, if you can designate a particular place for working, that helps keep work separate from life. I found that running your own business can be completely time consuming; you have to be VERY structured and know when to say “enough is enough.” Scheduling set working hours is really helpful (though not always practical when you have little ones underfoot).

  12. karen

    Another awesome article by a home business guru. The article struck many nerves but #9, especially!

    Thanks Heather!

  13. Tara Gentile

    Heather, I’d like to add to point 4 & 5 –

    I think it’s very important to take your family’s needs into account AND to create a schedule that works for you BUT I think a lot of moms get off track thinking that a business can be built without inconveniencing anyone around them.

    A lot of husbands think that too. Not helpful.

    To build a successful business, I think there are times when the biz has to come first. When schedules get a little weird. And when husbands have to step up their game.

    There will be growing pains at first, sure, but not accepting that reality up front will cause more tension than necessary. It’s a give & take – make sure you’re taking as much as you’re giving.

    That’s how you end up giving back more in the end.

    • Heather Allard

      Hey Tara,

      Great points! Thanks for sharing.

      And you’re right – moms will be much better off in the long run if they set realistic expectations about their home business at the get-go.


    • Tsh

      Good point, Tara. I shared something similar to this in the professional writer’s workshop at Blissdom, when several moms were concerned about writing instead of playing with their kids. While it’s important to interact, get some form of “floor time,” and otherwise put their needs first every day, it’s also okay — and healthy — for mama to work and for her kids to see her work. It’s beneficial for them to see mom be a grown-up, to work for both financial gain for the family and for personal fulfillment. It’s not going to hurt them for mom to be busy doing responsible, grown-up things at home while they safely and independently play. It’s quite a blessing we can do this from home, in fact!

      Thanks for sharing, Tara!

      • Maggie

        Tsh, I so appreciate your point about letting your kids see you as a whole being. I’ll bet that seeing their mother as available, and also responsible to other things (including their own personal fulfillment), helps to grow children who see themselves as part of, not all of, their mother’s life. In this way they can see themselves as part of, not the center of, the world at large. As a woman who is not yet (but will hopefully soon be) a mother, I am taking this seriously to heart!

        Heather, thank you for this great article. I’ve spent the last few months starting up a home-based business that will allow me to be present for the family we’re getting ready to grow. Your article helped me see where I am right on track, and where I have some blind spots to address. So helpful!

        • Heather Allard

          You’re welcome, Maggie. Thank YOU for your kind words – I’m so glad you enjoyed my debut article. 🙂

          Loved your Enter the Fallow post, by the way. I can so relate.


          • Lisa Littlewood

            Heather- a great article– I LOVE the idea of finding those chunks of time to create “office hours”…that is one thing I have not been good about doing when it comes to my writing…I definitely carve out time weekly, but it’s a little bit all over the place…to your point, there needs to be some organization and structure for this to work for EVERYONE in the family!

            Also, Tsh, the words of advice in regards to the children seeing you work…I struggle with that!! I have two small girls at home and I struggle, struggle, struggle with how much time I should be spending with them one on one vs. how much time for house management/cleaning vs. how much time for writing…I almost NEVER work on writing assignments while they are awake…

            I wish there were a magic number someone could give me…should I be focusing on my kids for an hour, two hours, three hours a day?!!! How much time to do kids need from their parents to feel loved, secure and cared for…sometimes I feel bad even asking the question…I think the biggest fear is that they will grow up and feel like we didn’t pay them enough attention…

            Anyway, thanks for the advice, words of wisdom and also to all of the great responses here!

  14. JessAnn

    I really appreciate this article this morning! I am currently going to school to become an elementary teacher, & I’m just not sure that that is what I really want to do. My dream is to have my own little craft shop, & I just don’t want to let that dream go! These tips are great & very helpful!

  15. Angela @ Homegrown Mom

    I just recently decided to treat my writing as a business, and since my kids are a little older now (7 and up) it is easier to take a couple hours to do that. I homeschool, and I’ve found that I have to get up early, otherwise forget it. I am glad, though, that I enjoyed every second when they were babies and toddlers, not something every mom can do. But if you don’t have to earn money, I would say wait as long as you can and do what you like as a hobby before trying to earn money. Those baby days go so fast!

    • Renee


      Totally agree with what you said here. I feel that only now that my youngest is 8 can I really take some time away from them to start investing in something else. Between homeschooling & homemaking I need to be realistic afterall about what I can give to a business – not much!

  16. Jeannette

    I’m doing some trials blog makeovers to see if I want to start a business in it. So far I think I probably will. It is definitely something that I look forward to when I wake up in the morning. I’ve never been a morning person, but I find that I am waking up with ideas swimming in my head and I want to get up and go downstairs to begin. These are some great tips to think about as I build my work schedule and model this week.

  17. Steph

    What a great list! It’s a lot to think about starting something from scratch… all useful ways to keep it in perspective and focused, especially #1… WHY? Thanks!!

    • Heather Allard

      Thanks, Steph. Yep, knowing the WHY behind your business is crucial to its success. 🙂


  18. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    Thanks for this helpful post. #5 was especially helpful for me. I am normally a scheduled person, but since becoming a stay-at-home mom it’s been more difficult to schedule my days. Now that I am wanting to start a home business, having a schedule is even more important. So thank you. 🙂

    • Heather Allard

      Hey Maryea,

      It really *is* tough to schedule days with kids in tow, isn’t it? Sometimes, just making a list of your top 3 (max) “get dones” works too, especially with real little ones around.


  19. Carla

    So helpful and true, Heather! In 2011 I’ve decided to take my writing seriously and pursue it with passion. No time like now, right? I have a 3 – 4 hour stretch in the morning where I sit at my desk and I set my girls up with activities. Sometimes I worry I should be paying attention to them but it’s more for me than them. They don’t need me and really the best thing I can do is give them the example of their mother doing something that fulfills her and fills her with passion =) Looking forward to more of your great posts!

    • Heather Allard

      Amen, Carla!

      It’s so good for YOU to be doing something that you love, something that feeds your soul – and you know what? A happy, passionate mama is a good mama – so it’s good for your kiddos too! 😀


  20. Living the Balanced Life

    This is a great post for moms trying to get their business of the ground, or even contemplating a business. I love the first point, you WHY. I used to work for a company and managed hundreds of direct selling representatives. One thing we were taught to ask is their WHY for starting the business. The real deep down why. Because if the WHY is strong enough it will overcome any THING that comes along.

    • Heather Allard


      Knowing your WHY is a must for any business owner. 🙂


  21. Lindsey

    Agreed, agreed, agreed. I can wholeheartedly endorse Google Calendar along with you!

    The only thing I might add is to make sure you designate space to your home business, whether it is a desk in the living room or a closet for your supplies. It’s important to designate space for working, both for the physical aspects, but also the mental side-effect of saying that you have a space for your work. It helps solidify the idea and also keeps you on task when working.

    • Heather Allard

      You’re right, Lindsey!

      A designated work space does help – mentally and physically. Even better if it has a door on it. 😉


  22. Katherine

    So many of these points apply to me as a stay at home mom, as well! Scheduling, having a full stomach, keeping a budget– all part and a necessity of running the home:)

    Great post!

  23. Simone

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
    This is SO what I needed as I have just began my inspiring and family friendly freelance career from home.

  24. vivi b.

    these are definitely good tips! thanks, heather!

    • Heather Allard

      You’re welcome, Vivi! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂


  25. iit jee results

    fabulous post, Its helpful for all moms, all useful ways to keep it in focused .i love the point “YOUR WHY” because if why is strong it’ll overcome anything. thanks home business guru for your great advice. I really appreciate this article.

  26. Vicki R.

    Holy cow, this is probably one of the best articles I’ve ever read – chock-full of good-to-know info without being too wordy, suggestions I hadn’t considered & even links to follow-up for later. Crazy cool! Love the recommendation of following your passion – I’m nowhere near ready in my life to start a business, but at some point I can see it happening. You’ve given loads of us great food for thought – thx!!

  27. Roupas de Bebe

    I can say that the experience of working at home has greatly increased the quality of life of my family. I first started, and after the birth of my daughter fell in love with baby clothes. I started an online business with baby clothing made by designers. Then my husband came with me and today he works with me at home with website development. We like it because we shared our time with our daughter, and that have no value.

  28. Project GiveOpp

    Wow, great list of pointers. Running a home business is a great challenge and worth it. Love the “make sure keep your stomach full”– so true.

  29. Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids

    Thanks for this, there is a lot here I can relate to.

    As for my why – I started my blog at the beginning of this year to give myself a creative outlet and a break from my “mommy duties” as well as to build an online community of sharing parents.

    I’m finding my biggest struggle right now is making a schedule that works. I’m craving a routine but life is a moving target with two little ones. Their routines and activities are constantly changing so I’m learning to be flexible in my business schedule and goals.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

  30. erin @ exhale. return to center.

    wow!!! i needed to read this today. thank you.

    i’ve been working from home for a quite a while now (and in many ways doing very well for myself and our family) but reading this was such a nice refresher to remember why i’m doing what i’m doing and the things that help our days to run smoothly (points # 4, 5 and 7 really spoke to me!!)

    so nice to see you here heather!!


    • Heather Allard

      Thanks so much, Erin! So nice to see *you* here. 🙂 Hope you’re well!


  31. priest's wife

    What a great post- I am forwarding it to some friends who are thinking of starting businesses- there’s a lot to think about

  32. Nan

    I had heard about Mogul Mom a few years ago and glad I saw this post! Great tips! I did one home party biz for 2 yrs and almost started another biz, then hit the big burnout wall. I thought I was organized, but really not. So I’m gearing up again to open in Sept when both kids will be in school – that makes a difference! signed up for MM emails! Thanks!

  33. Cassie

    Thnaks for the great post. Such good information.

  34. Elise Adams

    Thanks so much for a great, all-encompassing outline for a successful working-from-home business. And the discussion in the ‘comments’ so far has just added to the whole picture-thanks to everyone who participated 🙂

    I am in the process of starting my very own, from scratch, online business and sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all that I don’t know! I’m so grateful to Simple Moms and The Mogul Mom blogs for all the insight…I’d be lost without it!

    I love your points about EATING and TAKE A BREAK…it’s so easy to get super-focused and work straight through meals and even bedtime then I find myself unable to think or work the next day–NOT a recipe for productivity 🙂

    • Heather Allard


      So nice to see you here. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed my debut post for Simple Mom.

      Eating and taking a break are two things that I need to remind myself to do – every day! LOL. Seriously. 😀

      Wishing you much success with your new business!!

  35. Christine

    This article gives so many great points and it is all so well said! Thanks so much for your insight, Heather! 🙂

  36. Christa

    Excellent post. I have been building a business from home. It can get overwhelming at times. I appreciate the reminders of how to keep things in perspective. Thanks for the renewed inspiration. The taking care of “me” recommendation sometimes gets missed. Thanks again for the pointers.

  37. kirstie

    thanks so much for this post! i’ve already started my home business – unfortunately i leapt before i looked! but it’s never to late to start doing things properly and these guidelines will help!

    • Heather Allard

      Glad you liked it, Kirstie! And you’re absolutely right – it’s never too late to start doing things in a way that works better for you and your family. 🙂


  38. Cindy Luken

    Fantastic article. Thought you and your followers maybe interested in living example of what you have written about so well.
    I have a biz ‘in the making’ that shares online what I am doing each week to start, launch and run a home business. I set out what i wanted, how I got organised to find 15hrs pw, drew up a calendar and are now WIP on a business that is live! Tx Cindy

  39. Chris Whittington

    Hi Heather, what a great article!

    I know from experience that each of those steps is necessary when starting a business – especially when starting one from home.

    But I honestly think that Step 1 is the most important! Get your why in place, the true why, and the rest will follow. And make sure that everyone else knows your why too. People will do business/spend money because they like the ‘why’ and the ‘what’ will take care of itself.

    Thanks for the great read!

  40. Sarah, The Ohana Mama

    One of! LOVE you for this Heather! Great great post – I’m bookmarking it as a reminder and emailing it to friends. Mahalo!

    • Heather Allard

      Hahaha. Thanks, Sarah. 🙂


  41. Naji

    Nice post and I agree with you 100%. Just wanted to add a little something which I think is most critical and one which I learnt the hard way.

    When you start your own business (from home or otherwise) don’t forget your role in the business. I mean remember that you are an entrepreneur and that your primary role is tp grow your business. everything else comes second. By that I mean focus on outsourcing your tasks as soon as you can afford to do so and definitely don’t think that nobody can do it better. This way you’ll have lots more time to grow your business (make more money) and spend with your family (don’t forget why you started a home business in the first place).

    I think mindset is soooo important.
    Cheers 🙂

    • Heather Allard

      Well said, Naji. I totally agree.

      I always tell moms that “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” when it comes to DIYing every part of your business.

      And mindset is HUGE when it comes to business success – act like a business owner instead of a hobbyist and see the difference. 🙂

      Thanks for your comment!

  42. Scarlet of Family Focus Blog

    Thanks for a detailed article! Having a home business myself, I can say that passion, as you mentioned, can not be underestimated because you do spend so much time and you have to believe in what you do to be able to really pursue it.

  43. Marcia @ Taking Thyme

    I have a home daycare, my own 5 yr old that is homeschooled, and run a family owned travel business with my mom. I really wanted to sell on etsy, but discovered that really that needs to be my hobby. As my travel client base grows, and my son grows, I will decrease the number of kids I care for. Right now I use my early mornings, and evenings to work travel.
    Your points were wonderful! I need to remember to “close shop” and stay organized. Scheduling my time and staying focused is tough at times.
    Awesome post!

  44. Roiunlimited

    The tips you had described in your blog is really effective to set a new home business. Everything counts when you establish a new business like you financial position, family support, fame, etc

  45. Nicole

    All of the points you made are right on. I am still somewhat new to the home business field, to stay home with my children. As I read each one, I was thinking that each one has been stressed in my training with my company. Thank you for reinforcing these ‘must do’s for those of us lucky enough to work for ourselves.

  46. Tim Barnes, CLU

    After 23 years of being self-employed I read your post with the benefit of hind sight. I find wisdom in all your points but feel compelled to point out that one does not have to reach perfection in all areas in order to be successful. In an ideal world everyone would have the self-discipline required to balance home and business. Not every one does. I would encourage you to add another trait of understanding to your list.

    Just because you fail on one day or a family member expresses concern, you do not need to quit. Understand that you are human and will fail or disappoint someone else. If you understand that you will be able to continue to success even if you are not the “ideal” entrepreneur.

  47. Michael Hoppal

    I think these things are all so incredibly crucial to succeeding at working from home that they need to be drilled into peoples’ heads. The most important one, I think, is having the support of your family and friends. Sometimes it seems like it won’t make a difference, but whether they are very supportive or very opposite, it has a tremendous impact on how motivated people are through times of trouble.

  48. Krista

    Great Post! I am the worst at “Setting a Quitting Time” I always fine myself working in between taking care of the kids and way into the night with no set schedule and it does take a toll on me. Once again thanks for the excellent info now if I can just get myself to take the advice that would be great.

  49. Liz

    Hey Heather,

    All great tips for running a successful home business, unfortunately I’ve violated all of them at one time or another.

    Having a schedule and planning are really the core of making your business work but I think they’re tough things to manage. But if you can come up with a schedule you can work with, take time for yourself and have good healthy habits, you’re off to a great start.

    Liz 🙂

  50. Dave

    I’ve worked at home for almost 10 years now and must say that every single point on your list above, if followed to the tee, will help immensely! I have five kids at home (well, two are in school), but having the family on board with what your doing is Critical! Also, keeping to a schedule is something I’ve found is essential as well. The great thing is that if you know things are going to be happening in advance, you can arrange your schedule accordingly to fit it!

  51. Jill

    Really fab post that anyone thinking about setting up a business should read and anyone who already runs a business from home should take note of.

    You start off thinking a home business is the answer to the mommy work life balance and if you don’t do things like plan a budget and a schedule it can soon turn ito a disaster. And you can get so involved with it and try to work every hour possible that you forget that the reason you started was so you could have more family time! So quitting time and schedule is SO important!

  52. a free lance editor

    A very simplistic and informative approach you have given us here. It is really an advantage to follow these steps. I admire the one who made this possible for us to easily understand the said discussion.
    More power to your blog and future topics!

  53. Lisa

    Hi Heather!

    Thanks for these great tips for working from home! I know so many moms that will benefit from reading it. I love that you brought up family support. That is one of the most important things when you are work at home Mom.

    Getting the whole family in on what you are doing can make all the difference!

    Thanks again!

  54. Pixie Labels

    Some great thoughts in there. I’m just starting my home business – as in, it’s 4 days old! It is exciting to know that I’m happily setting myself up for success!

  55. Angie K

    Great article, and perfect timing. My last day at my “real” job is Friday. I’m starting a home based photography business (which is extra terrifying since I’m a single mom and have no fall back if I fail!)

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