We understand how important family is for most women, especially if she happens to be a mom. Being a mother is perhaps the toughest job in the whole world and it takes strength of mind to be away from your little one for long periods of time. This is one of the reasons why more and more women are opting to work from home.
Work from home moms are a breed who take care of their children in just the way a stay- at- home mom does, but at the same time earns a fair share of money by working. In fact, work at home moms are so much in the news that they have a term for themselves: ‘WAHM’! So if you are a WAHM or planning to become one, there are things you can do to ensure your success.
Why Become A Work From Home Mom?
As mentioned earlier, mothers who hate staying away from their family consider working from home a privilege. Not only do they get to spend more time with their families, they can also work in comfortable surroundings. There are other reasons too. For new mothers with toddlers, it becomes difficult to leave their child home when no one is around.
Nannies and crèches cost money. For them, staying at home and taking care of their child, while at the same time earning money by working is the best option. Another reason why a lot of mothers prefer such work is that they know that motherhood is a full- time job. With workplaces that take up hours to commute to, it just makes sense to work out of the home.
At least a couple of hours can be saved on commuting times which can be used in much better ways, such as cooking a nice meal for the family or just reading a book. Also, the freedom that work-from-home jobs offer is great. Not only can moms work at timetables to suit themselves, they can do so in their pajamas!
Out of all the reasons, the most important factor that tilts the scale in the favor of work from home jobs is the saving of time. Most mothers just love the idea of having a couple of extra hours to spend on themselves.
Tips for the work from home mom
Have realistic goals
This is as important as deciding on a career. If you don’t have realistic goals you plan to achieve as a work from home mom, you are not going to succeed. Having a clear picture of what you want to achieve is important. Is it that you want to complement the family income or is it that you want to earn enough to take your family for a vacation every year? It also may be that you are a single mother and want to work from home to support yourself and your child. Whatever it is, having realistic goals is important.
If you are not organized about your job, you are going to find it difficult to work. A to-do list is a must. Everyday in the morning or the previous night, make a list of the things to do on that particular day. It should mention what work you want to get accomplished or how much laundry you have to do. You can write it down on a piece of paper. Doing things as listed and ticking them off is going to give you a sense of work done well and will propel you to be more productive. Since you are a mom, you must have hundreds of chores you need to get done everyday and if you don’t have a list, you are just going to get confused.
Arrange a home office
Being a work from home mom clearly does not mean that you have to work on your laptop at the kitchen table. You need to have a space for your home office that has the environment for garnering productively. Make sure that it is away from the television set and preferably in a room that you can have for yourself while working. If you don’t have a spare room, work in the bedroom in a space that is comfortable.
Decide on a time to work
This is extremely important. Work- from- home moms complain that they can never really get down to serious work because they always have something or the other to do. Don’t be that person. Tell your family what your work timetable is like and ask them to cooperate. Ask your husband to manage the baby (if you have a toddler), tell your older children to keep the volume down on the television set, etc. while you are working.
Set some time for yourself
Just because you work from home does not mean that you don’t deserve time to do your own thing. Spend some time everyday doing something you like, like listening to music, reading a book or just watching television.
Take care of yourself
You have to take care of yourself. As a mother, you need to have regular meals and exercise to keep fit. Remember, your family needs you. Eat well and try to be active.
Don’t go crazy working
A lot of work- from- home moms exhaust themselves by working too much. You have to understand that there’s only a certain amount of work you can do and there should be a limit. Don’t work yourself to the point of exertion.
Set ground rules
You have to have your family help you out if you want to be a success being a work from home mom. If you have teenaged kids, ask them to respect your work and help out with household chores. If your child is small, ask your husband to take care of her when you are working. Make life easier for yourself.
Being a work from home mom can be fun. If you are planning to take up the challenge of being one, make sure you have the clarity and goals to make it work.