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With school holidays being only weeks away, many small business owners who work from home will have to balance childcare along with their business responsibilities this summer.

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With school holidays being only weeks away, many small business owners who work from home will have to balance childcare along with their business responsibilities this summer.

Below are some tips to help manage your time effectively and ensure that you get to spend quality time with your children whilst your business continues to flourish.

With an increase in the number of people working from home year on year, and over 4 million people running their business from home (stats from the Office for National Statistics), the number is set to rise considerably over the coming years.

Working from home definitely has huge benefits including saving costs on dedicated premises and no time wasted travelling to or from the office; however it does require skills managing time for those around you as well as yourself – especially when you want to spend time with your children, and as was pointed out to me the other day, you only get to spend 18 summers with your children whilst they are children – so make the most of every one.

Below are some tips to help with creating a work/life balance over the summer holidays.

1. Flexibility in your work schedule

If your children have commitments over the holiday period with summer clubs and camps, try to use this time to book work in your diary whilst they are busy. Alternatively split times with friends who are parents that could have your children over to play with theirs, and you could return the favour on a day when you don’t have so many commitments.

2. Set blocks of time

There may be times when you simply do not have the flexibility to get away from working. Explaining this to your children and setting them fun things to do which require minimal supervision from you will free up this time. Just ensure you have regular breaks to spend with the family during the day.

3. Can your children help?

Are there any jobs that your children can help with? Most children love to get involved in mum and dads work, so make the most of it, and get them to do some of the jobs that you have been putting off, leaving you to concentrate on what you need to get done.

4. Make time for the family

Being your own boss should get rid of the rigidity of the 9-5 routine – can you schedule work in early in the morning whilst children are either in bed (good luck with that) or eating breakfast/watching their favourite programmes, or alternatively after your children go to bed or are watching a film? This ensures you spend quality time with the family whilst choosing the hours you want to work.

5. Let someone else take the strain

Lots of businesses are outsourcing various office functions to enable them to concentrate on the core of their business. If you haven’t thought of doing this before, there are many companies that can help with tasks such as answering calls on your behalf, so you know you are not missing any important opportunities.

Pocket Receptionist, a live call answering service, is one such service that helps hundreds of businesses throughout the UK to ensure that they never miss a business opportunity.

A dedicated team of receptionists are ready to take your calls when you don’t want to or are unable to.

With calls answered in your business name, and information from your callers taken and sent to you in real time to deal with when you get a spare few minutes, you can be safe in the knowledge that your business is in good hands whilst you take some well-deserved time off.

If you wish to get cover in place from a professional company that ensure your business is their priority, then get in touch today – 0800 009 6555 or email [email protected]

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Sally is our Business Development Manager and data cleansing specialist. Sally has worked in the industry for over 3 years, and is happy to explore opportunities to see what will work best for your business.