As a work-at-home mom, I like the idea of finding ways to include my family in my home business. Children especially tend to get jealous when mom has to spend too much time doing work tasks. Finding ways to get the kids involved in mom’s home-based business encourages them to be excited about it rather than resentful.
So I’ve come up with a few ways to include your family in your work-at-home business that will not only keep you more connected but might give you more quality time together.
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This list, of course, will vary depending on what kind of business you have and also how old your children are. Remember these are recommendations, but you know the areas in which your family members excel and can adjust tasks accordingly.
10 Ways to Include Your Family in Your Business:
If You Have an E-Commerce Business:
If you have an e-commerce store, there are a multitude of ways your family can help out.
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1. Taking Photos
Whether you are creating your own products or selling someone else’s, you will need good photos for your e-commerce website. If your older child, husband, sister, mother, or any other family member is good with a camera, allow them to help you out. This is a task that you will constantly be doing, so whether it’s occasional help or on a regular basis, you’ll likely welcome it!
2. Creating Product Listings
Uploading pictures and creating your product listings is another job that can be assigned to a family member. You can write everything out yourself or if they are good at writing product descriptions, turn over the entire job!
3. Keeping Products Organized
Whether you have an entirely separate storage unit or you keep your products in a garage or spare bedroom, organization is essential to making sure your e-commerce business runs smoothly. Even elementary aged children can help mom organize the products for sale and help keep the area cleaned and free of additional clutter.
4. Packaging Products
When you have an online store selling physical products, packaging, and shipping is likely something you do on a regular basis. Let older family members help you pack up items, print out shipping labels, and even run orders to the post office if necessary. This can save you a ton of time and allow you to focus on other things besides running errands.
For General Home Businesses:
No matter what your business is, when you work-at-home there are certain things that every business has. If you have family skilled in any of the areas below, requesting their assistance might not only be a huge help to you but include them as a part of your adventure as well.
5. Organizing Your Work Station
Maybe you have a home office, or maybe it’s a creative space where you do your work. Either way, keeping it organized will help you stay on task, and things will operate much more smoothly. This is something that even younger kids can help with, even if it’s just sweeping or vacuuming the area and throwing away papers and garbage. Older kids or family members might help you get your desk or work area in order, filing papers, or bringing all of those empty coffee cups to the kitchen.
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If you have a numbers person in your family, you’re one of the lucky ones. Bookkeeping is a necessity for all types of business, even home-based businesses. This is one task I think many of us would gladly hand over if we had a family member to help us out, myself included. Luckily there are some excellent options out there in bookkeeping software that helps almost anyone keep their books like a pro.
If You Have a Blogging Business:
If you’re a blogger, you might be wondering how to get your family involved in your blogging journey. There are a few things that I have done personally, and my kids loved helping out.
7. Testing out Products
This is probably one of my kids’ favorite ways to help. Occasionally, I receive products to test out either for a sponsored post or to review on my website. My daughters especially love being able to try out different products, some that they had never heard of before. It’s an easy way for them to help, as they can give me their honest opinion of the product they use, and it’s fun for them to do.
8. Posting on Social Media
Posting on social media is something that most businesses do, but it’s especially important if you’re a blogger. Having your children, sister, husband – or whoever – do this can take a massive load off of a blogger’s shoulders, even if it’s just occasionally. You can even pre-write everything and show them how to post or schedule posts for you. This is a fun job for teens and one that they usually enjoy as most teens these days are social media experts themselves.
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9. Posing for Photos
My girls have been my photo subjects on more than one occasion. They pose with products that I review, as well as for articles I write. Some people have a real knack for staging photos. If your husband or kids fit the bill, photo taking will be so much easier with their help. Plus it’s something fun to do together.
Although I haven’t included my family in this area of my business yet, I know many bloggers who have family members or even close friends who write for their blog, some on a regular basis. I personally love this idea as it allows you to put out more content, especially if your loved one is a proficient writer whose work needs minimal editing.
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These are just a few ways you can include your family in your work-at-home business. If you have ideas of your own, we’d love to hear them! Please share them with us in the comments!
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Kimi Clark is a career stay at home mom turned writer and blogger for hire with a passion for business. She specializes in posts about writing, blogging, and entrepreneurship, as well as all things parenting and motherhood. Owner & Founder of The Mom Shopping Network, she helps moms find great tips, amazing products, money-saving deals, fun entertainment and what's trendy and hip for moms, dads, and kids! A devoted wife and mother of four, she loves the beach and NEEDS her early morning coffee.