Written by: Joanne Swensrude
If you’re a home-based entrepreneur with school aged children like I am, you may be sad to part with the warm weather, but can’t help envisioning having those precious daytime hours to yourself again.
Technology plays a huge part in our house and even helps keeps us organized.
Online School Resources
Your school’s website usually has school supply lists and calendars listing school holidays and PD Days. If you know well in advance when your children will be off school, that helps you plan your own schedule.
Some school boards have a system where you can log in and see homework assignments, interim marks, attendance records and class newsletters. Edmonton Public’s is called SchoolZone.
Email and Texting
I keep in touch with my children’s teachers through email. I find it works well for me and the teachers an and staff appreciate this method of correspondence. And if you’ve put your job title and business name in your signature at the bottom of emails sent to teachers, parents, etc., there’s a little bit of free advertising. I get plenty of my business from contacts I make through my kids.
If you haven’t joined the world of texting yet, prepare to be reconnected with your child. You can text them little messages such as, “I’m parked at the back of the school” or “don’t forget to bring home your gym clothes”. Know that there may be certain rules for texting at school though, the last thing you want to do is get your child into trouble!
If your child needs help throughout the year writing a paper or with a specific subject, the internet can help. There are a wide variety of websites designed just for this purpose.
Brush up on Microsoft Office
If you haven’t invested in Microsoft Office, it’s definitely time. Many folks have these programs, but only use a fraction of the features. It also might be appropriate to get some refresher training that you can not only use in your business, but you can pass onto your child so they can get that honours mark. Don’t assume that because they are “the new generation”, that they automatically know the ins and outs of everything computer related.
Online Meetings (Skype, Goto Meeting)
Skype and Goto Meeting are programs used to have online meetings without leaving the house. This can be handy if you’re dealing with child care issues or simply don’t need to drive all the way across town for a face to face meeting. Skype is free and easy to use. All you need is a webcam and microphone or headset. If you travel, this is a must. The quality of those phone calls home goes way up when you can actually see each other.
This is by no means a complete list. Google is your friend and remember to share useful websites with others.
Joanne Swensrude, mother of 3 amazing daughters, has owned and operated Know it Sooner Computer Training since 2006. She has a passion for watching people’s faces when they discover the power they have at their fingertips.