I have a playroom set up right next to my office, so the kids are within sight and I can talk with them while I'm working. This works well for us. I've been a WAHM since my DS was born, so the kids are used to the arrangement. I can usually work about 2 hours before they start to go stir crazy. The 4 & 2 yr. old entertain each other. And they baby plays with the older kids until she starts to fuss, and then goes into the sling or backpack. I will admit that it's difficult for me to make phone calls. I have an online retail biz, and use e-mail as often as I can. If I do need to phone a customer, I tell the kids that I need them to be quiet for a few minutes, and close the door. I'd have a really hard time running a phone based business with kids around. I'm sure it could be done, but not with my kids!!!
I'll also add that in my experience, having a supportive spouse has been invaluable. There have been times when DH has really stepped up to the plate and done more than his fair share around the house & with the kids because I've been overwhelmed with orders. Anything you can do to convince your partner that your business venture is worth supporting is a good thing. When you said
|when DH came home or was home on wknds, it was hard to get him to help.|
all I could think was how hard it would be to be in that position. Your DH is a parent just as much as you are... sometimes it's important to remind them of that!