Moms, what are your tips for an at home business?

Here are a few things I've learned over the last 9 years of working from home:

- Make a schedule and stick with it. For example if you want to work 9-5, then do it and stick to that schedule or the business could quickly overtake your life. However, for the first year or two it may take more than 8 hours a day to get everything up an running depending on the nature of your business.

- To get new business or clients it takes constant marketing. Do a little bit every day or one day a week focus on marketing.

- When you first start a business don't expect to make money right away. It takes time and a lot of hard work.

- Make family a priority.

- Involve your family as much as possible.

Do you have any tips of your own?

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
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    03/25/14
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    03/25/14
    8Theresa Gould
    Blogging is fairly easy to get into. It's making money that takes time because you have to have traffic and a following. Pick a domain name, buy it, set up hosting, if self-hosting, as it is better, but you can start with a free blogger site. Start writing and adding new content.
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      03/25/14
      Beth
      These are fantastic tips. I opened up my own business 2 years ago and have been doing it since. My biggest struggles are staying organized and remembering not to take on more than I can handle.

      I've made big progress in the staying organized category. I took the plunge and got myself a very fancy, very expensive planner... but it has been worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY.
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        03/25/14
        I want to work at home but haven't got that opportunity yet. Looks like a good thing to mom's you can watch your kids
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        03/25/14
        Beth
        It has some major benefits, but also some major drawbacks ;) I hate that my kids tell me "Mom, can I borrow your phone, I need to do some work" because that's what they hear from me so often. But I do love that I'm home with them and know they are being cared for the way I want them cared for... even if I have to look at my phone throughout the day ;)
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          03/25/14
          evelyn palos
          i really want to work at home !!! i need ideas too! this are great advices
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            Melissa Middleton
            I used to tutor (in my home and outside) before I got married. I enjoyed tutoring (1st grade through college level) because it was rewarding to see my tutees excel. That was the only personal business experience I have had. I do miss it but now having a young infant, it would be difficult to continue it. I would love to work from home. We do not have daycares here, and I do not trust too many others, especially strangers, to care for my son. Any ideas?
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              03/26/14
              A schedule is important although ... I have picked up hours here or there off schedule if time permits! It is great to be able to have flexiblity
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                03/26/14
                4Jenn
                My biggest problem is finding clients
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                04/01/14
                8Theresa Gould
                Have you tried attending networking events through Meetup groups or the Chamber of Commerce?
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                  03/26/14
                  Vicky
                  My husband and I ran a Sign Shop out of our home for a while. We had a set schedule, but would still accept orders 24/7, we just wouldn't work on them unless it was within the schedule limits. Some were upset that we didn't work on Sunday, but a couple churches we did work for didn't mind it. Marketing was a little bit difficult, but we discovered that if we frequented family sports bars, we could get to know a lot of the people in the area and got a lot of our work through that. Also, competition. Typically, a person, or other business in our case, would prefer to go to an actual store to get something done. You need something that attracts them to your home business, we looked into prices in the area, and worked out a price scale that was lower than the shops, without cutting too far into our profits.
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                  ***Baby Team Leader Moms.com*** I have been married for over 20 years. My husband and I have eight children ages 18 down to 4 years old. We use to live in Chicago but now live in Canada. I own www.FaithandFamilyReviews.com.