Your Ticket To Being Home With The Kids
By GabriellaLassiter on September 13, 2013
Have you ever thought about becoming a Work At Home Mom (WAHM)? I thought about it long and hard the day I sat down and calculated how many students I had suspended, and how many had been arrested in just one week. When my daughter was born I took one look at her and knew that I had to figure something out fast.
Now back to my question. Have you ever dreamt of a job where you could spend time with your family and earn money at the same time? No, I am not trying to sell you anything. Just follow me for a moment. Most traditional jobs do not offer you the opportunity to spend more time with your family. Most traditional jobs have you stressed about finding daycare or freaking out because your child is sick and you have a major presentation that day. It should not be that way! What ever happened to family coming first?
Becoming a WAHM could be your ticket to your dream job. As with any major life change, you must first do your research. Here is some helpful information detailing what it is all about.
Over the past 20 years, more and more women have come out of the workplace and gone back into the home. The decision hasn't been an easy one especially if you are a single Mom. It became apparent a long time ago that men were the only ones being allowed to "have their cake and eat it too". They could pursue a corporate career and still come home in the evenings to the family. Yes, I know, respect, and appreciate that there are also a lot of Stay at Home/Work at Home Dads out there! :-)
Women with careers had a different path to follow. Besides working longer hours to achieve the same pay and credibility as their male counterparts, they also had to contend with the housework and the kids. After a long day at the office and doing the household chores, the kids sadly got what was left over which was usually a very worn out mother walking around the house mumbling something about "Me" time and throwing her hands up in the air.
Here is the good part. Things have really changed over the years, and it may have all started with telecommuting. WAHMs are proving everyday that women can contribute to the family financial situation AND nurture their families.
When you talk to your family about the possibility, you want to have an idea of the direction you will take. Then again, you may want to do your research and figure everything out first in the event your family is not supportive. Check out sites like WAHM.com, Working Mother and She Knows. com. They offer helpful hints to moms getting started with a work at home enterprise and also a network of opportunities for connecting with other WAHMs.
If your income has been a big part of the monthly family finances, then switching to a work at home enterprise will cause your finances to take a hit. Be sure there is enough financial cushion in your bank account to survive the first six months of your new career. It will take time to establish your business but the watching your children grow up and being around for those important milestones is priceless!
First, figure out your interests and skills. WAHMs can find business opportunities to work for someone else doing everything from audio transcription to writing articles to accounting. Be aware that there are scams out there! Just remember that legitimate companies looking for professionals will never ask you for money upfront.
Some WAHMs carve out their own niche and begin an online business. If you are skilled with crafting, you can create a website to promote your crafts and sell products on sites like ETSY.com. A blog is also another idea. Blog about your area of expertise and develop a following. Combine that with affiliate or search engine marketing to generate revenue.
Making it work
With a new career comes the issue of balance between home and work. Just because you are home doesn't mean you will not need help around the house or time away from the kids in order to work. You will also need to explain to your friends and family that you are not available to talk on the phone all day. Consider these tips for creating a balance:
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