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Working With Children At Home

cryingbabyMany moms decide to become Virtual Assistants because they don’t want to leave their children all day long at day care, or they can’t find jobs that pay enough to afford appropriate day care.

Fortunately, being a VA is a good decision for a lot of moms. I managed to raise three children as a Virtual Assistant, working remotely from home as a single mom. I also went back to college and earned a Bachelor’s degree. So, I know it can be done. But, it can be very difficult at times.

Be Realistic About Billable Hours

As a mom you have some priorities that are different from other people, so it’s important to be realistic about the time you’re going to have to spend with your children. Get out a calendar and look at your day, mark the times you must be with your children without any other help and assume you probably aren’t going to get much work done during those times. Of course, it depends on your children’s ages. If they’re from 0 to 4 it’s going to be really hard. After age 4 it starts getting easier.

Expect Late Nights & Early Mornings

When I had small children I worked after they went to bed, and early mornings. I could usually get another couple hours in during nap time. I could average five billable hours a day doing this. But, these strange working hours severely limited the type of work I could do, so I had to be realistic when taking positions ensuring they were not dependent on me being available certain hours. Once my children were in school all day it became a lot easier, except for the year I home-schooled them.

Remember That This is a Business

This is the hardest part about being a VA and a Mom, you have to remember that you are a business owner and people who hire you do not want to hear that you can’t get something done when you said you would due to your children being sick, or having to do anything with your kids. It may sound heartless, but it’s not. It’s business. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Give realistic due dates and time lines for the work you accept always factoring in that something bad might happen. You should avoid being late as often as possible, then if you do have to be slightly late, by a few hours or a day at some point due to a real bona fide emergency they’ll be accepting.

It will be hard at times to stick to your promises. You still might miss something important in regard to your children because you have to work, but it will be worth it because you can mostly organize your business around the needs of your children. You have to remember that this is a business, and as such you will have to work hard to succeed. Over the years I’ve learned that the idea of balance is not really possible. Sometimes family will take priority and sometimes your business will take priority. This is OK because after all, your Virtual Assistant Business is what’s going to afford you the opportunity to provide a real future for your children.

Other Related Blog Post: Keeping Interruptions to a Minimum as a Virtual Assistant

About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website http://www.barrypublishing.com.

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  1. I don’t know how women with kids can work at home. I have trouble getting stuff done with just my husband around. Regardless, you make some good points – especially about being aware of how many hours you can reasonably bill in a single day.
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    • It’s not easy, that’s for sure. I can remember when my daughter Alexandria would just start crying when I walked near my computer. But, I knew it was the best choice for me. No way could I have afforded child care for three kids.
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