Balancing Act

If you're a homebased entrepreneur, chances are you're balancing business and kids, and that's no easy task.

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To help keep everyone happy, try these suggestions:

  • Establish rules and boundaries-and keep them. Make sure your kids know your work is important and when it is appropriate to interrupt.
  • Get your kids involved when it's possible and appropriate. They can help unpack boxes or attach labels and stamps.
  • Create enough activities to keep them busy-and quiet. Set up a desk for hem near, but not necessarily in your office, so they can play business while you do it for real.
  • Hold a reading or writing contest to keep them quiet during work hours. Make sure the winner gets a fun reward.
  • Take a 15-minute break every hour or two to check in with them and start them on a new activity.

Excerpted from Get Smart: 365 Tips To Boost Your Entrepreneurial IQ

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