Working from home may give you the flexibility you need to schedule around carpool and school activities, but it is no substitute for childcare. If you have small children, plan on hiring a sitter or utilizing a daycare service at least part of the time. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, consider having a sitter come to your home to watch the kids. Make sure, however, that both the sitter and the kids understand that you are at work.
Set realistic expectations for your children. Remember, they are kids—not miniature business professionals.
Learn to live with the certainty that occasional noise and interruptions are inevitable. At the same time, minimize their effects on your work by physically separating your office from areas of the home where your kids are used to playing or hanging out. If you plan to set up shop in the corner of the game room, for example, you are likely in for trouble. You want your own space—make sure your kids have some too.
Try setting regular office hours so that your children understand when you are available and when you are not.
Finally, involve your kids in your business. It is an effective and rewarding way to help them understand that you are more than just a mom or dad—you’re an accountant, architect or attorney too.