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Finding balance between family and business is the key to real success.

Work at Home Success -- How do you measure the success in your life? As a home-based working mom itís so different than the outside corporate world. I know for me, one day it can be a call from Borders that they are accepting one of my books, where another day it can be that I finally got my 5-year-old to go on a field trip at school. The last two she had missed being too scared to attend and instead spent the day home, sick. Both days, I consider huge successes! Both days, I felt a real winner!

It can be the little things such as a day we get all our work done while attending a sick child, or the opportunity to drop everything to drive down the street to see your daughterís newest boyfriend. Success. Thatís what we are trying to achieve in our home-based business.

So how can you achieve this success for your business and family? How can you make more good days than bad? Here are some tips: I hope they help you as much as they help me.

Start Early: I find that by getting up an hour or so before everyone else, I can accomplish so much more. That allows me the extra 10 minutes of devotional time, a few minutes to enjoy my coffee alone, and then time to dig into my work. I usually save my peak work for this time as this is truly when Iím at my best.

Regroup and Rebalance: So often home-based moms feel overwhelmed and unable to accomplish anything because of this. Try breaking it all down, take a day or two to write down how your typical day goes. What can you change to make it better, to make it work? Often when itís down in writing, itís clearer to see where changes can be made. Try to lump together tasks and delegate any tasks you can. And above all elseóAvoid Guilt!! All guilt! Even the guilt you put on yourself.

Eliminate time-robbers! We still have to cook dinner, (I tried, it didnít work!) but I donít have to talk to my friend, who doesnít work, for 45 minutes during my workday. Say No!

Also, with my kids I found some of the work I actually could take outside or in another room. Thereís no rule that says I have to work at my desk. Perhaps you can create different workstations around the home. Be creative.

Shortcuts To Success: What can you do to make your business run smoother? Constantly be thinking of ways to improve upon your business. Organization is naturally a big one. The more organized you are, the better youíll be at many things.

Another shortcut for me was to create different books of materials that I frequently used so I didnít have to reinvent the wheel each time and it was right in front of me. Thus, I created different 3-ring binder books of marketing letters, press releases, etc - anything that I frequently use and would save me time. Think about things that you can do for your business. Things that you use often, that you could print out and possibly make a collection of, and then look to as a resource. Or what other time saving tip could you think of that would help your business?

Focus on Success: Continue to see yourself as a success and focus on your goals. Success is within your reach when you continually focus on your goals, both for your business and your family.

Author Information:

Diana Ennen, Author; Virtual Assistant the Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA, and Words From Home, Start, Run and Operate a Successful Word Processing Business available at  She also does publicity and book marketing and has published the science fiction thriller, Sledgehammer by Paulo J. Reyes, M.D.


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