Did you know that 62% of stay at home moms contribute to their household income? Similarly, women make up 40% of new entrepreneurs in the U.S. Working from home can be very beneficial for your family. You get to spend more time with your children. You can also help your family with extra income. It can also be stressful because your workload increases. You can’t always focus on one thing at a time.
If you have never worked from home before, it can be a big challenge. I am sharing with you 10 things that you need to know before you decide to take the leap into life as a work at home mom.
Here are 10 things you need to know about working from home when you’re also a mom:
1. Housework often gets overlooked.
As much as I don’t like to admit this, it’s true. It is very easy to let that slide or to let anything else slide, to be honest. Since we have to be a nanny, housekeeper and employee/owner all day, every day, it is easy to neglect something.
2. Work-at-home moms tend to neglect their health.
Going to the gym on a regular basis is hard unless you have an already established habit of going and childcare. If you are trying to get your business off the ground you may not want to spend the money on a gym membership. Maybe you’re not the gym type.
You don’t have set breakfast and lunch times so you forget to eat. And you forget to drink enough water.
3. You are the only person who can enforce work schedule boundaries.
With most day jobs, the office opens and closes at the same time every day. Sometimes you have to stay late, but in a lot of cases, your employer compensates you for it.
When you work for yourself, there is no one to make you get up and get started on time. There is also no one to keep you from staying up all night working.
4. Interruptions can sabotage your work hours.
Unless you are a teacher or daycare worker, you may not be able to handle constant interruptions. The younger your children are, the more attention they will need.
They have needs but they also have questions, lots of them. They also expect you to feed them at least 3 times a day ;).
5. Learning to adapt can be a very valuable trait.
You have to be able to adapt. Be open to the idea of working at odd times during the day. You have to be willing and able to fit in work when you can.
Choose the work that best fits that time of day and your current activities. This could be while you wait in the car line at school, in a doctor’s waiting room, or anytime you have a few minutes to spare.
6. You will have to ask for help.
A work at home moms will have to ask for help. You are not superwoman, and you cannot do it all. Having one free day a week to work on your business can make all the difference in the world.
You will have to be ready to get rid of distractions and clutter for that day. You have to crank out the work and be super focused on what you have to finish.
You may have to hire someone to clean your home. You may have to hire a sitter. You may have to hire a virtual assistant or a graphic designer for your business.
7. Feeling overwhelmed or isolated in a common occurrence.
It is easy to get overwhelmed when you have to fill all the shoes at home and in your company. If you write out a list of all your responsibilities, you can feel buried by the weight of them.
It is also easy to lock yourself in the house and never come out. Because you don’t have coworkers, there will be fewer adults to interact with. You will have to schedule a time and place to meet up with friends. You may also want to schedule play dates for your kids.
8. Personal development is often overlooked.
There are no required personal development seminars when you work from home. There are plenty of ways to improve yourself or learn a new skill. You can find lots of resources online, or you can travel to an event.
The difference is that you are having to seek them out. You have to make yourself go to them and arrange childcare. You have to pay for them.
Investing in yourself can be the best investment you can make in your business. You have to get out there and make it happen. No company email is going to tell you when to go and where to show up.
9. Self-discipline is essential.
Self-discipline is what this all hinges on. Not everyone can work for themselves. Some people are not designed for it. They work better with people around them to talk to and communicate with.
You have to want this to work, or else it won’t. Be determined to make it work and make money doing it. Otherwise, it’s just not going to work.
When you work from home, you report to you. There is not going to be anyone else there to manage or supervise you. There will not be anybody there to expect a job to be complete to or hold you accountable.
10. Being a work at home mom has many challenges. It’s also very rewarding.
If you’ve managed to hang in there with me through the other 9 points, don’t let them scare you. Working from home is not impossible. You can do it.
It will cause you to grow as a person, and you will build character along the way. You never know what can do you can do until you do it. You will look back at how far you have come, and you will be amazed at your progress and accomplishments.
Best of all, you will have spent more time with your family that you would have if you were working outside the home. You will make memories. Your children will see their mom set goals and make them happen.
You will set an example of hard work and dedication. They will gain valuable skills by being in an entrepreneurial environment. They cannot get that in a college class.
My girls already understand the concept of buying low and selling high. They know that condition can affect value, and they are only 5 and 8.
They see their parents work hard, and they know that we take care of our customers if an issue arises. I haven’t taught them any of this. They have learned it by observing and asking questions. Your children will do the same.
Be encouraged, mama. You can do this!