Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) August 08, 2012
In an interview today, Australian author and Mumpreneur, Fiona Lewis has spoken about the importance of work from home mums to develop the right mindset. She has used the media excitement surrounding the 2012 London Olympics as an example of how distractions can impact productivity.
“Running a home business, particularly an online business, can be very rewarding for women who want to achieve a work-family balance that is both flexible and profitable” said Ms Lewis. “However, two of the biggest obstacles to work from home success are procrastination, and discipline – and both come back to having the right mindset.”
Traditionally, people who go out to work have discipline imposed upon them by their employers: they have start and finish times, scheduled lunch breaks, along with goals and targets that need to be met. Ms Lewis said that different types of constraints often apply to work from home mums.
“Mothers who work from home don’t have regular ‘office hours’, but instead they have the flexibility to work around school and child care drop off/pick up times, housework, cooking, homework supervision, play time, and their kids’ extra-curricular activities” she said. “While these commitments are often the reason behind their home business choice, they essentially breaks their working day into small chunks of business time.”
“Now add to their regular daily commitments the distractions of the media excitement that surrounds such events as the 2012 London Olympics, and quality business-focused time diminishes” she said. “Here in Australia, the Olympic coverage is 24 hours a day, it dominates every news broadcast – and like other Aussies, I love to watch great athletes achieve their dreams.”
“If there is a sport that you want to watch live, then by all means go for it” she encourages. “But don’t have the television on all day and night watching the same events, wins, medal ceremonies, wrap ups, over and over again.”
Mums who work from home online, perhaps more than others, she believes, need to develop and foster a mindset that is conducive to productivity and growth. This includes having a dedicated work space (not, she says, sharing the kitchen table!), and deciding when to accept personal visits and phone calls.
“My mentoring students often tell me that because they work from home, friends and family feel that they can visit or phone whenever they like – more distractions. I’m not saying that these people should be ignored, but rather that they be given guidelines as to when you are free to chat” said Ms Lewis. “Be disciplined enough to have your answering machine switched on if necessary, and return calls when you are ready to do so. You are running a business, not a hobby, and it should be treated as such by you, and those around you.”
Often the reason for succumbing to distractions is procrastination, believes Ms Lewis. “If you are facing a particular challenge, or having a mental blank, it is often easier to take your mind elsewhere, rather than persevering in finding a solution.”
Ms Lewis is conducting a series of one day workshops in Australia throughout August. Information on her online business mentoring can be found at Mentoring Mums Online.
About Fiona Lewis
Fiona Lewis is an Australian mother of three, who, even as a school teacher, found that balancing the demands of a young family with that of a profession to be a challenge. When a family tragedy placed even more importance on her earning ability, she knew that something had to change, dramatically.
As a lover of technology, Ms Lewis combined this passions with high level training from proven online business specialists, to create her own successful digital marketing consultancy. This work-from-home model is one of those that she discusses in her book Mumpreneurs Online Exposed.
First published in 2011, Mumpreneurs Online Exposed, explores ten proven e-business models that can be explored to create financial security in a work at home situation. With the input of acknowledge experts in the niche areas of social media marketing, online content creation, selling on ebay and affiliate marketing, this book has become the impetus for women around the world to explore the opportunities that the internet has created for them.
About Mentoring Mums Online
Launched in April 2012, Mentoring Mums Online is a private membership site created by digital marketing specialist, Fiona Lewis, to provide expert online business guidance to members – in a friendly and relaxed virtual environment.
Members are encouraged to ask for help whenever they encounter road blocks in the creation and growth of their online businesses. With the support and input from both fellow members and niche experts, topics that encompass Management to Mindset and Gadgets to Google are explored.
Membership includes a 12 module ‘fast start’ program for beginners.
Fiona Lewis reveals more about Mentoring Mums Online at http://www.mentoringmumsonline.com
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