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I Have Decided To Be A Work From Home Mum, Can You Give Me Any Advice On How To Stay Organized?
You have began your home based business quest and are now a work from home mum. Whether you are just starting out or have been building your business for awhile now, there are always tips you can use that will make you able to run your business more effectively. As you know, managing your home life and your business at the same time can prove to be chaotic and unorganized. Your business has needs, your family has needs and you are not quite sure how to keep the two separate from each other. If you have decided to be a work from home mum, you may be wondering if there is any advice on how to stay organized.
The first step in staying organized as a work from home mum is making sure that your work space is not in the same area that you take care of personal household issues. If you do not have an office space in your home to work out of then your work space should be set up away from the main areas of the house. By doing this, you will have a better chance of only putting things related to your business in your work space.
If you have just started your work from home mum business, you may not have a proper filing cabinet in your home. If you don't, a filing cabinet is a necessity if you are running a business out of your home. Piling things up on your desk or laying them down around the house are going to up the chances of important business documents becoming lost.
When most mums think about organization, they only think about the clutter on their desks or their work area. What about the clutter on your computer though? If you do not maintain a clutter free computer, than you are more apt to forget where you stored important files such as business contacts and customer lists. Many work from home mums use their computers for both home and business related purposes. If this is the case, designate special folders on your computer to just your business and remember to save your business documents to that folder.
The best tip to stay organized is to organize as you go. Becoming unorganized usually happens when you leave stuff to be put away all at once. By putting things in their place immediately after you are done with them, you will be able to find what you are looking for and find it in a timely manner. If you leave things around to put away later, the pile is going to keep building until you will not feel like putting it away anymore.
Since you are a work from home mum, you have children around as well. It is helpful to keep your business documents out of reach or locked up so that your children aren't able to scatter them. It will save you a tremendous amount of time if you are not constantly stuck organizing your documents repeatedly.
A few simple tips and you are well on your way to being an organized work from home mum. It may take a little time to find the organization that works the best for you but you will find it soon enough. Just remember to organize as you go and keep your work space clean and clutter free.