Mothers who work at home (or WAHMs) are a growing population of working America. As more and more women want to spend time with their children and need to bring in an income, there has been a boom in the work at home industry.
There are many benefits to working out of the home. You can set your own hours, you don’t have to commute to work and you can be there for your kids when they need you. However, there are some downsides as well. The isolation of working at home can be an issue for some women. There are also challenges related to juggling work time and family time. It can become too easy to work every chance you get. That is why it’s very important to set business hours.
Some women see that raising their child without the use of daycare, whether or not they make a significant income, is worth the sacrifice itself. Children are only young once, and being able to stay at home with them is one of the top reasons that women choose a WAH career. I once read an article titled “18 Summers”. It was a real eye opener that shared the fact that we only have 18 summers to spend with our kids before they are all grown up and on their way out of the house or off to college.
Working at home normally fits into two different categories. You can either work as an independent contractor for a company or you can work for yourself. Either way, you are going to be in charge of your own schedule. You’ll need to be extremely self-motivated and work well without having a supervisory presence in your work environment.
Another important skill to have as a WAHM is time management. When you work out the home, you are confronted with two sets of challenges each day. You’ll be faced with the work you need to get done, but you’ll also be in the midst of your household, where there are always things that need to be done. If you focus too much on your work, your house will get out of control, and vice versa. Having good time management skills will help you have balance and be able to tackle any challenges of being a WAHM.
Making the decision to become a WAHM requires a lot of thought and consideration. If you are thinking about making this new transition because you are having a baby, or because you are tired of sending your children to daycare, take some time to write down the pros and cons. Talk things over with your family to ensure that you are making the right decision. There are plenty of resources online for moms who are looking to find out more about the realities of working at home. Once you’ve considered your position and done the necessary research, you’ll be better equipped to make the right decision. Good luck!