5 ways to a happy home business -- and kids
If you're reading this column, chances are you're giving serious thought to a home-based business. And it's likely you have children in varying numbers and sizes around that home.
By no means. I can attest to that. I've owned a home-based business for about 20 years and for more than half of that time I've had one (and, later, a second) kidlet in the work vicinity.
But that's not to suggest that children and home businesses fold together naturally. It takes some planning, flexibility and, perhaps above all, guidelines. Here are some tips to get you started.
Break the news that you're in business.
"You should cover everything from friends coming over during business hours to whether they can run the vacuum or the dishwasher," she says. "If you don't, these topics can flare up four to six months down the road."