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  1. I love your blog! And I’m seriously taking down notes from what you’ve written. I’m a new mom and also WAHM. Will definitely need this guide when my baby starts walking lol!

    1. Awe! Thanks so much Kristenn! I sincerely appreciate your feedback! I hope your transition goes well. It’s fun to work at home with your kids around and a little prep goes a long way – helping you to balance both work and family!

  2. Love this! I don’t have kids yet, but I definitely can relate because I work from home and have an 11 week husky pup who needs supervision 24/7 or else he gets himself into trouble lol. I couldn’t agree more with how important it is to create a schedule, find child (or in my case, dog) care, and have a special office space of your own. Awesome post Melissa! 🙂

    1. I hear you…I feel like I’m mom to our fur baby too!!! Thanks for weighing in! 🙂

    1. I agree! That’s is important. We’ve turned a bedroom in our basement into a second office for when my husband works from home. Thanks for chiming in!

  3. This is great! I work from home but tend to do it in the evenings, or during naptime when my little one is asleep. I also usually use my laptop and sit in the living room but really thinking maybe using my office and setting up the designated work area may be a good idea and more productive.

  4. I have no kids. However, I can definitely relate to setting a schedule. I recently fell out of having a schedule with the Holidays and I actually miss having my day scheduled.

  5. I almost couldn’t finish reading because of how cute those baby toes are!! I love baby feets! Haha! But yes, this is so important. Having kids in the mix is a big deal. Life gets a lot easier when you make sure you secure child care! Stuff happens!

  6. I’ve been working from home for the past four years, and one tip that I can say you must have is self-discipline to avoid distraction and focus on your work.

  7. It’s not always easy to work from home with kids around, but both my husband and I have been doing it for over a year now. Setting a schedule has been the most important for all of us. We have an office that we share (it’s big because it’s technically the formal dining room in our house) but it doesn’t have doors which is the only thing we wish we really had to shut out the noise.

  8. This post came at a great time. I’m now working from home due to failed back surgery and I really need for this to be a successful venture. I’m going to try your tips and see if they’ll help me out.

    1. Terri – I hope you recover soon from your surgery and I hope these tips help with working from home!

  9. For me, while working at home I try to set a time and date that I want my project to be up. I always try to give myself the weekend off at least twice a month.

    1. I’m going to work on more balance in 2018 and make sure I take Sundays off from blogging. I don’t want to get burnt out!

  10. GIRL YES!!! I have a few of these things in place as well so that I can work from home while also taking care of my home life and family as well. I have two employees and one of them also helps with the kids as well when I need it. It’s made all of the difference!

  11. These are all great tips! I work from home on my blog, but also work outside the home as a Nurse, I am always juggling something!!

  12. Schedules are so important. Proper planning is always my preferred method when dealing with difficult situations.

  13. These are great tips for working at home with kids. I love the part about self care. I am a firm believe in self care. I will have to remember these tips when I have children.

  14. Great advice! I’ve been a SAHM for 16 yrs and started working from home about 10 yrs ago. The 2 hardest things for me is setting a schedule (that we can stick too) and self care (time for me and only me).

  15. Unfortunately, in our current home, there isn’t a space that I can go to work, and get away from my kiddos, but I work mostly during nap time, so it has been okay so far. I have just recently started making sure that I get dressed every morning and it has made a huge difference! These are all great tips. It’s definitely a different animal when you work from home.

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