5 tips on How to Be a Successful WAHM
How To Be a Successful WAHM
Have you been looking into becoming a full-time Work-At-Home-Mom, instead of dealing with the 9-5 Monday through Friday grind and missing your children? I don’t blame you, I did the racket of dealing with a boss who was unsympathetic to the fact that I had children at home that occasionally needed my attention. After tons of write-ups for being a few minutes late to work because my 2 year old just couldn’t be ripped out of my arms as I was dropping him off from daycare, or a badly-time diaper explosion, or the dreaded pull-over puke experience, I admittedly started looking for better ways. When I was reprimanded for taking yet another sick day because my toddler had another virus (how DARE he get sick so many times!) I mentally threw in the towel and used every extra second of my time researching how to get out of the office and into a HOME-BASED office- with no boss breathing down my neck. It is possible, read this report on how to become a WAHM here.
So once you get up the guts to fire your boss and become a WAHM, how do you juggle the needs of your little one with the needs of your fresh new business? Is it even possible? Yes, millions of moms have done it and would not change their decision for a second.
Here are a few tips to help mompreneurs have the best of both worlds:
1. Find the right job:
Some people are lucky enough to have a boss that will allow you to telecommute, or do data-entry at home on specific days. There is a great book, 4 Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferris, that gives tips on HOW to talk to your boss about working from home. If that is not a possibility in your line of work, then you need to find a business to do that WILL allow you to work from home. For help finding the right business for you, read this report.
2. A Different Perspective:
Most people think of work hours as 9-5, Monday through Friday. A WAHM’s work hours do not fit into those parameters. You may work from 4 am- 5am, and then not get back to work until the 10am nap time. Maybe you can squeeze in 15 minutes of work while your little one is exploring the new fuzzy toy you picked up for just that reason. Working at home is still that- work, there's just no boss telling you what to do and when to do it. (There might be a tiny tyrant telling you what he wants, but guess what- you can take a break whenever you need to. )The key to success is having the motivation to work on those “off hours” when Baby might be asleep or otherwise engaged. Early mornings, nap times, and late evenings are prime time for working without distractions.
3. Your Own “Office”
You need a space that is reserved for work time. This is so that your mind is ready for work when you enter the space, and your mind can turn off when you leave the space. Some are lucky enough to have an extra room into an office, and set it up just like any professional space would be. However, if you don’t have that capability, your “office” doesn’t have to be large- it could be a tiny corner of your dining room, a part of your basement, even a desk in the hallway will do. You need a physical space devoted to work. At the end of each work day, close the office door (literal or virtual) and don't open it again until the next morning.
4. A Reasonable Schedule and Business Plan
Plan out your schedule and stick to it. Not only a daily schedule, but a weekly, monthly, and even yearly schedule. What tasks need to be daily, and what can wait until the weekend? DO NOT do “home tasks” or chores on “work” time. Leave the dishes in the sink and the laundry in the basket. If your scheduled your self to work during nap time- you go to your office and get to work. The chores can wait. Think about it this way- if you were in an office, they would have to wait.
Also think about a business plan. Where do you plan to be in your business in a year? What are the steps you need to get there. Writing this down and having it visible helps you stick to your plan. Make sure your plan includes the time you WON’T work. That way your mind puts away work for the time you are spending with your baby or family. The beauty of being a WAHM is being able to take vacations and have “off” time.
5. A Support Network of People
You will need time away from the baby at some points, just for your sanity’s sake. And also to get a few hours of work finished with no interruptions. For this reason, you need to set up a network of people who can and will take baby for a few hours here and there. If your husband works days, ask him to hang with the baby alone on the weekends for 3 hours each day so you can do some work. If he works nights, maybe he is able to take the babies when you have phone interviews or pressing deadlines. Another great idea is to do swaps with other moms, or hire babysitters/mom’s helpers to fill in during busy times. Baby’s retired grandparent might be willing to take him or her for a few hours each week. Don’t forget that a new toy can often create a few quiet minutes in a crunch, so keep a secret stash of exciting new discoveries.
A support network also includes people who support your business. Sit down with your husband, family, friends, etc. Tell them this is how you plan to make money AND stay home. Explain that you’re not just sitting around all day watching t.v. No, the dishes or laundry may not get done- they wouldn’t get done if you were at an office either. Ask them not to expect you to drop everything at a minute’s notice for any request. Perhaps give them your schedule, so they know when NOT to disturb your working times.
With these 5 simple strategies in place, you can go from being an office mom to a Work-At-Home-Mom in no time. It is possible, millions of moms have ditched the office and high-heels to be at home with the best co-worker in the world- their own child. This is how moms everywhere are living the best of both worlds and raising children that they actually like.
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