There’s no doubt work-from-home moms are some of the hardest working multi-taskers on the planet. Whether you’re single, married or somewhere in between, a work-from-home mom’s job is never done.
From sun-up to sundown(and sometimes later), the line between work and family life is often a blurry and very fine line. And work trips and travel are no exception.
How does a mom with no regular childcare leave her children to go on a business trip? And how does she stick to her family’s tight budget?
Here are three business travel tips for the work-from-home mom:
1. Childcare Conundrums
Child care is probably one of your biggest concerns when it comes to corporate trips and business travel. To ensure that your kids are always well cared for, have backup (and perhaps even backup for your backup)when it comes to childcare when you’re away.
Whether it’s your husband, parents, in-laws or a hired sitter, there’s no more important decision than who looks after your kids with when you’re away. If you don’t have the luxury of family nearby, make sure to find a trusted sitter, nanny or daycare center that you feel comfortable watching your littlest loved ones.
2. Scheduling Snafus
There’s no doubt that once in a while you’ll hit a snafu in your perfectly scheduled day—whether you were stuck at a business lunch that ran late, or drove to a day-long meeting that led to a business dinner with no bedtime babysitter. These scheduling conflicts happen and it’s best to not let them get you frazzled. That’s why we suggested having a backup to your backup – for situations such as these. That way, when business calls, you’ll be work-ready and frazzle-free.
3. Bottom-line Blunders
There’s nothing worse than breaking the bank for the client that never was. From parking and gas to hotels and meals, find out if these often-expensive line items have to count against your family’s bottom line, or if you can expense them or charge the client. If you can (which is ideal), then be sure to save receipts and paperwork; either way, always keep your work and home finances separate.
Use different credit cards and bank accounts –this will help as tax season approaches and you strive to keep your home life and career happily divided. Also, be sure to budget for childcare and other business-and travel-related extras that can easily overstretch your bottom line and break your budget.
There isn’t much a work-from-home mom can’t do. From managing her household and raising her kids to climbing the corporate ladder as she builds her career, she not only can do it all, but can have it all, too! So, before embarking on your next business trip or corporate travel endeavor, be sure to properly plan and prepare for you and your family. Part of that includes making sure you have the affordable car insurance you need to protect you, your car and your bottom line. Find an insurance company you can trust and request a quote today to help you save more while traveling for business…or pleasure!
Do you travel on business? What tips do you have for other work-from-home moms?
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