Work at home mom (WAHM) life requires preparation. I thought I was but I actually wasn’t. I made a few mistakes along the way. The first mistake I made was quitting my job too soon. Now let me clarify. I do not regret quitting my full-time job at all. In fact it was one of the smartest decisions that I made. But I left a little too soon. I didn’t have a well thought plan. I didn’t replace my income first with business income, nor did I map out specific strategies to generate income. All I knew was that I had two businesses that I wanted to pursue-real estate and network marketing-and I planned to stay at home to work on them. I had about $6,000 between my checking, savings, and 401k and I left on a wing and prayer, banking on my business turning a profit in under three months. I basically bought my time. I felt that my time was too valuable to give to the company and it would be better spent developing my businesses.
Living off of one income and not knowing exactly when the business would turn around was stressful. I cannot express that amount of stress that comes with not having enough money. I believe the stress even showed up on my face because I had so many breakouts during that time. It was a lesson learned the hard way. Definitely character building, yet something I don’t advise any other aspiring work at home mom to do.
There was one good thing about me quitting my job, well actually two. The first was me getting time to spend with my son. That to me is priceless. And the second benefit was me getting time to immerse myself in my business. The time I spent studying, learning, and creating content was great. It probably would have taken me double the time to get things completed if I were still working a full-time job.
By reading this article you will discover common obstacles that WAHMs face. You will gain the knowledge necessary to make the work at home mom transition as easy as possible. You will be able to run a business from home successfully, without losing your sense of self in the process.
What are the main obstacles that WAHMs face? One main obstacle is not having a realistic perspective of work at home mom life. Prepare to work more than you did than when you were an employee. You work from the time your feet hit the floor in the morning until you go to sleep at night. There is very little rest in between. Between tending to children, doing household chores, and working on your business, you easily work a 12 hour day. Not only are the hours longer but you rarely have time for yourself, which can be a challenge. You definitely need to make it a priority to take time for yourself every day. It’s not all fun and games when you need to concentrate on work and you’ve had to deal with a screaming baby all day. It does wear on the nerves. Therefore you must take a little quiet time daily to renew your strength.
Another obstacle is not being organized. There is so much to do each day. It’s so easy to get sidetracked and not finish tasks on time. Make a schedule. Just because you’re not on your company’s time schedule anymore doesn’t mean you shouldn’t utilize one at all. Organizing your time will help to organize your life. The last obstacle is for work at home moms who are building a business. You must plan for the time between working on the business and generating income. First you shouldn’t leave your job until the business income exceeds your expenses. But if you have adequate savings or financial support from a partner and you leave before your income is replaced, then prepare for that delay. It takes more mental preparation than anything. It’s difficult to pour hours into your business without seeing immediate results. You have to have patience and faith that your vision will come into fruition and you will be rewarded handsomely for it.
Being a work at home mom is a lifestyle and you want to minimize setbacks while transitioning. Many women don’t realize how huge the adjustment really is. It seems very glamorous. You don’t have to get up and drive to work every day. You can see your kids all the time. But it really does take a very organized, patient, and goal-oriented woman to handle this way of living. Leaping from full-time employee to full-time work at home mom is difficult. It’s better to ease into your new role. Try working on your business part-time from home. And when sufficient income is being generated, then let go of the corporate job. Working a few days at home and a few days outside the home would be ideal. You can get a feel of what it’s like to work at home with many more distractions, before you make the full-time commitment.
If you fail to plan, then you will not be a successful home business owner. This goes for just about anything in life and especially business. You MUST have a detailed plan. It will not work unless you have one. If you haven’t picked a business yet then that’s the first item to plan. You must plan to target certain markets, you must plan how to market, you must plan how you will generate income, how much income and in what time from. Be realistic. Don’t expect to become rich overnight. And expect change. It’s OK to go a little bit off course. That’s the purpose of the plan-to steer you in the right direction.
The ability to run a business and a household successfully, all while keeping your sanity intact takes skill. Take time to prepare and formulate a concrete plan before you become a work at home mom. This will surely make the changeover less complicated. Apply what you’ve learned today you will be thoroughly prepared for work at home mom success.