Anyhow, I'm still very new to this whole work-at-home-mom stuff. I'm sure you can find more seasoned professionals out there, but here you'll learn with me, a rookie Work-at-Home Mom (or WHAM), as green as green can be!
Maybe I'll make the banner green--to symbolize my newness at this as well as what we all hope to earn! What do you think?
If you're considering starting your own small business or otherwise earning money from home, I have a few key questions for you to consider. Answering them will help you get focused so you can succeed, with the minimal amount of disruption to your family life, possible. This is not a test: No answer is "wrong." The point is to help you evaluate your reasons for and goals in working from home. Next week, I'll give you some tips based on your answers.
1. Why do you want (or need) to work?
- I just want to fill my time, beccause I'm bored and/or lonely at home.
- I feel feel unfulfilled or embarrassed being "just a mom."
- I want to help save for college or other long-term hopes.
- I desire to afford some extra luxuries, like manicures, vacations, and "toys."
- I need to make money to help make ends meet, pay for basics like gas and groceries, and keep (or get) my family out of debt.
- The cost of daycare and other work-related expenses would make outside employment financially unwise.
- I want to better prioritize my family and home.
- Flexibility with scheduling is important to me, or necessary for my situation.
- I think I might be able to make more money or "easy money" from home than I could in the work force.
- Yes, I have a specific amount of money I need to make each week or month, right now.
- Yes, I have an amount in mind I'd like to eventually earn each week or month or year.
- No, I don't have a goal in mind, but I need to make as much money as I possibly can.
- No, I don't have a monetary goal, because I'm more interested in pursuing career goals or building my own brand or reputation with something I like to do.
Well, if you are an aspiring or struggling to get focussed as a WAHM, I think considering your answers to the questions above can be a help. (My husband and I have been discussing these issues and fine-tuning the goals we have for our family.) Like many other freelance writers I've "met" lately, I'm discovering that there's more work out there than I can take in with the time I have. (If you lack writing training but think you might want to give it a try, check out this post of mine.)
Well, nap time is never long enough, so I must bid you adieu. I hope your Mother's Day is a little more relaxing than mine was, last Sunday, but either way, this is
reminding you that the days are very long, but the years are oh-so-short! (But not as short as nap time, so bye-bye!)