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How to Manage a Work-at-Home Business During the Holidays

manage your work at home business during the holidays

It’s that time of the year again. Yes, the holidays are officially here and as a work-at-home parent, chances are you’re getting a little overwhelmed at the thought of running your business while baking, shopping, decorating and entertaining. Can you manage a work-at-home business during the holidays? Does the thought itself leave you feeling exhausted?

You’re not alone.

As someone who’s worked out of home for the last 5 years, I have been there, done that. More than once.

However, over the last few years, I’ve put together a system that helps me stay on top of holiday planning and managing my business, without losing my sanity in the process. I’ve shared how I keep a peaceful but productive home during the holidays year but today, I wanted to talk about managing a business {or two!} while having fun during the holiday season.

Here are tips that have helped me manage a work-at-home business during the busy, stressful holidays:

1. Plan, Plan and Plan

Yes, this is where your planning takes prime importance. Plan for the holidays and list out EVERYTHING you need to do, whether it is related to the home or the business.

From writing down your decorating schedule to noting down appointments and client calls for the next 60 days, make sure you do that.

Doing so will help you to see at a glance your schedule for the next 2 months and also, take on projects accordingly.

Helpful tools: 15 Free Printable Christmas Planners and ListPlanIt’s Holiday ePlanner

 2. Automate As Much As You Can

I know, I know. Automate? But isn’t business about personalization and customer engagement? It is. However, you can automate things and still retain that personal touch. Some ways in which I automate during the holidays is:

  •  Write blog posts in bulk and schedule them into my dashboard.
  • Write and schedule social media updates.
  • Set up autoresponders or canned responses to answer frequently asked questions, such as media requests, guest post pitches and interview requests.

While all these tasks are automated, I do pop in for 10 to 15 minutes every day to deal with comments, replies, mentions and further questions.

Helpful tools: For Twitter, I use Tweetdeck. Facebook has it owns in-built scheduling feature. For Pinterest, I use PinGraphy{here’s my post on how to schedule pins using this tool}. For the blog, I use my blog and marketing calendar to plan out topics and activities.

 3. Delegate and Drop

In my post on business-building, I spoke about outsourcing your stress. That becomes all the more important when you have holiday planning to do as well.

Decide what you can delegate or outsource and free up your time for activities that fill you with joy. For instance, if baking is out of the question since you’ll be travelling, With budgets being tight, this can just be a temporary arrangement to help you manage holiday stress and run your business.

Do away with activities that leave you feeling sapped of energy, overwhelmed and on the edge. This goes for holiday-related activities too.

Helpful tools: Your network. Who can you outsource your holiday stress to? A friend who bakes beautifully may want to take over the stress of holiday cookie swaps. A husband who’d love to decorate the front yard without your supervision. A neighbor who’ll be happy to take the kids caroling. And, Me. **laughing** Seriously, for delegating business-related, social media and blogging activities, I’ll be happy to help you out in many ways**smiling** Here’s how we can partner and reduce your holiday stress.

4. Keep it Simple, Sweetie

Finally, keep things simple. The holidays are not about the perfect tree or the biggest sales. The holidays are about family and fun. Whenever you feel the urge to pile more things onto on already overflowing plate, ask yourself if it would leave you feeling content, peaceful and most of all, happy. If the answer is no, let it go.

Helpful tools: A Simpler Season by Jessica Fisher and 100 Days to Christmas by Jennifer Tankersley to help you have a stress-free, simple yet sweet holiday season.

Managing a work-at-home business and having fun during the holidays does require a bit of planning and preparation but at the end of the day, it leaves you with that lovely, warm feeling of being fulfilled and content.

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 How will YOU manage your work-at-home business during the holidays? Share with me in the comments.

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Prerna


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Comments

  1. Prerna, once again you have offered us Mom-preneurs realistic tips to make the holidays a time to look forward to. I definitely plan to print out these great resources and share the post with fellow moms in business. Question: Do you have any tips for dealing with vendors/manufacturers to keep up with products being shipped on time? I often have alot of stress during the holidays regarding this process and I know it is not one I can automate. You can send me a reply to my email: info@cuddleskidsbedding.com…any tips are welcomed!

    Thanks again,
    Cheryl
    Cuddles Kids Bedding Boutique
    http://www.cuddleskidsbedding.com

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Cheryl, thank YOU! I am glad you found these resources useful.. Regarding your question, while I don’t have an answer since I don’t deal with vendors.. BUT I will ask a few mompreneurs who do and see what advice they offer, and will email you ASAP.. Thanks again, Cheryl!

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