I know, I know. Another 3 ways list thing?! Yep, sorry.
As any stay at home parent entrepreneur will attest to, it’s challenging to get work done when you still gotta look after the kiddos. So here are three ways I think stay at home entrepreneurs can actually get work done while the kids are awake.
1. Have twins (or at least more than one child around the same age)
The beauty of having twins, like me, is when they get old enough, they entertain each other. Now, if you can’t have twins (tongue in cheek), maybe you can have more than one child around the same age. And yes, those are my kiddos in this pic; they are now 19 months.
All you gotta do is keep a close watch on them (good luck with that). And when it gets really quiet, you better check and see what’s going on, because it usually means they’re doing something you don’t want them to do! Like, in my case, climbing over the pillow fort I built and muckin’ around in the changing station area!
2. Ring fence those jokers while you’re working
Some people might think this is cruel, but those people don’t have twins (or multiple babies) and aren’t hustling from home.
Here’s a pic of a major part of our living room that’s been ring-fenced. I find it effective to sit on the sofa and work while the kiddos play together, and with all those toys you see-lord knows they have way too many toys. I purposely didn’t straighten up the toys before snapping this pic.
3. Snacks and treats
If the first two things don’t work, you can always bribe them with snacks and treats…I guess. Of course, if you get a delivery from somewhere like associatedcoffee.com, there’s nothing stopping you from having a few treats to keep yourself going whilst you try and work too!
Good luck out there trying to get your hustle on and look after the kiddos at the same time!
As a stay-at-home entrepreneur, how are you getting work done when the kids are awake?