How to make the most of your time when you work at home

mom with three crazy kids shoppingTime is money right? You either have enough money and very little time or you have an abundance of time, but lack money. The trick to living well is finding a balance between these two things: time and money.I really feel like working at home is that balance we as moms need. It just makes sense. If you kids get sick, you have an appointment or need to run errands, you can. When you own your own time it becomes so much more valuable and you become so much more productive.

I wanted to show you how I make things work as a stay at home and work at home mom. It’s not always easy and some days I feel like there are not enough hours in the day, ever feel that way?

I have two boys, one is in pre-school, which has weird hours. Hello, 12-4? This might be the weirdest school schedule ever, but we make it work. My other son is 2 1/2 so he is home all day. I also have my own school work to do (finishing my B.A. in Business/finance). So here’s a break down of how I make it work. This may or may not work for you, but it might help give you a general idea of how you could work around your daily life.

Typical day

Wake up at 7 (sometimes a little later depending on how my night went and how long I worked)

funny coffee cup

*****must have coffee*****

Then (assuming boys are still sleeping) I get to work. I jump online. I check both email accounts. Check on my blogs, check ebook sells. Jump on Pintrest look for some pins. Check my other social media accounts and work on some posts and writing assignments.

lady with computer

Apply for freelance work, send emails, add affiliate links to websites, work on ebook, Ebay, Etsy (a couple times so week depending on how busy my shop is), do some listings, check fiverr (I sell gigs on here and I hire exclusively on here) super cheap work done like editing or graphic design. I do all my own writing as of now. Which is getting difficult and time consuming but I won’t hire out for this unless I have to.

(two hours work)

I jump online for about 2 hours then I get ready, make breakfast around 9-10. This is when boys wake up. We eat, get showers, get ready for the day, come back down stairs and then I will jump back online for a few minutes and boys will watch cartoons. (2-4 hours work done in morning)

I then drop of my oldest son at son, then run errands, if I have packages going out I mail those, go to the grocery store ( about twice a week),go to the Dollar Tree ( I find myself there a lot for office supplies, cleaning supplies or things like paper towels, shampoo, etc. or even snacks. On Mondays I try to make it a habit to going thrifting for re-sell items (more on this later)

about 12:30 -1 make lunch, or my youngest son and I grab lunch on the run if we are in a huge hurry (I know I get the mother of the year award for that one right? Eating in the car). Ideally my younger son lays down for a nap for a couple hours when we get home. (two hours work)

I clean up the kitchen, straighten the downstairs then work on up-stairs, run a load of laundry then I get back on the computer to get more work done.I just started a youtube channel so I will do videos a few times a week. At some point I find time to edit them….eventually. Some of the videos I do are Dollar Tree and thrift hauls, I make money making videos about re-selling, home business ideas as well as parenting, lifestyle videos, beauty products hauls and reviews.

Then around 3 I start thinking about what I’m making for dinner and maybe desert. I will go ahead and prepare some of it, then do a few things like put away laundry and straighten rooms and wipe down bathroom, take out trash, etc. Then I go pick up my other son at 4. I get home, finish up dinner, we eat and during the summer we go for a walk on the trail near my house or the park. We spend some time as a family watching a movie or playing a game or work on homework a few nights a week.

After the boys go to bed,which lately has been the most challenging part of my days.I swear if I had half the energy they have I could get so much done, do kids this age ever get tired I wonder?

So about 10ish I will work 2-4 hours. Sometimes from 10-12 or even til 2 sometimes. I love this period of time because there are no distractions like the phone ringing or mom I need___. No knocks at the door or mail deliveries, just peace-and-quiet.

So that’s my typical day seven days a week. I should add that twice a week I have to work on coursework too so at night I have to put work aside and do school work about four hours a week. Which isn’t too bad….I make it work.

Looking at this is eye opening because I am putting in more time than ever. About 50-55 hours a week but I have never wanted to work so much. Working for your own cause and your own dream makes you more motivated than ever. A lot of what I’m doing now is to building passive income. Knowing later I won’t have to work as hard and my family will have a good foundation to build on makes me keep going! More on making passive income later and why it is so important to your future (and breaking free of the paycheck to paycheck cycle) in a post to come.

I make less money now and no money from this blog as of yet, but I also have less expenses than when I was working so financially it makes sense. My monthly income is around $1700- $2500 when I factor in everything like tax refund, financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc. I feel like I’m living reasonably well, my expenses are only around $1300 so it works.

Since I’m home more I spend about $200 less on gas (I now spend $50 a month on gas) and I eat lunch at home most days, so that saves about $100 a month. I don’t have to buy special clothing so that saves about $100 a month and I have coffee at home. I was spending about $5 a day on lattes. This saves another $100.

So $500 right there saved by working from home.

Could you find a way to make an extra $500 a month to be a stay at home mom?

More on this subject to come.

I might do a youtube video on this subject soon. Be sure to follow my youtube channels…mommiesfrugalfinds and mommas2monkeys

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