Is it your dream to be a stay at home mom? Everyone will tell you that you have to make a lot of sacrifices just to stay with your kids. But what if you know how to be a stay at home mom and still work?
I’m one of those weird moms who not only is a stay at home mom, but I also work from home and support my family. It’s actually possible!
What Does It Mean to Work From Home?
Working from home means you can stay with your kids and still bring in an income. That’s exciting, but it isn’t always fun and games. After all, it’s tough to raise kids and make a living without having a break. Kids can be distracting!
How much you make from your work at home endeavor depends greatly on what you choose to do, how old your kids are, and how much time you get to actually work. The older your kids are and the more independent they are, the easier it is to squeeze in some extra time.
Build Your Own Business
One option for working from home is creating your own business. This can be online or offline, depending on what you’re interested in. For example, I run my own business as a freelance writer and work entirely online. My sister is an artist and creates beautiful pet and family portraits that she sells on and offline.
Look for opportunities in your existing interests and hobbies to see if you can start a business in any of these areas. What are you good at? Can you teach classes? Are you an amazing baker or cook? There are endless options when it comes to setting up your own business. The main issue here is startup money. If you don’t have any, you’ll need to focus on a business that doesn’t require a ton of startup money.
Work for Other People
Another choice is to find a job that allows you to work from home. Many jobs are telecommute-friendly and they can be ideal for those moms who don’t want to run their own business, but would like to enjoy a paycheck. Talk to previous bosses if you had a job that you could do from home. They may be willing to let you continue in that capacity.
There are also plenty of telecommuting jobs online and you can search for them on job boards. Again, there are endless possibilities here. Everything from data entry and transcription to teaching foreign languages is a possibility. The biggest downside to this is that you will have specific hours to work in many cases and you’ll have very specific workloads.
Getting Started Working At Home
First, you’ll need to decide whether you want to work for someone else or start your own business. You can sign up for my email to get a bunch of websites that pay moms who work from home if you want to start out that way.
Next, you need to figure out roughly how much time you have to work each day. You might need to streamline some things. For example, if you normally watch TV with your spouse at night, you may need to cut back or eliminate it all together. I tend to work on social media while we’re watching, since I can pay attention to the show and still get some good interaction in there.
How to Be a Stay At Home Mom and Still Work
It’s not easy to work from home when you have kids running around, but it is certainly possible. I’ve done it now for 12 years!
Everywhere you look, people will tell you to create a schedule and make it work. Unfortunately, if you have babies or toddlers, that’s not going to happen. They change their nap lengths, have colicky days, and basically mess up any schedule that you might try to enforce.
If you have a child who is perfectly fine on a schedule, then use that time and get organized! Otherwise, I suggest the following for finding time:
- During naps
- Swap babysitting with a friend (you take her kids one day, she takes yours another)
- Stay up late
- Get up early
- Find activities your kids can do on their own
- Work while they’re in the tub (in the bathroom, of course)
- Babywear while working
- Spend some intense mom and child time together, then take your time while they chill
You can make it work if you’re motivated enough, trust me. It may only be 10 minute increments throughout the day, but you can do it.
Another thing to keep in mind is that planning ahead will speed everything up. If you have a specific to-do list, you can just start right in working on the next item on the list. Otherwise, you’ll find that you just spend your time wondering what to do and trying to figure out what you need to complete a task.
Organization is key!
Not everyone will want to be a stay at home mom and still work. However, if you’re interested in doing this, now that you know how to be a stay at home mom and still work, I’m here to help! Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on working from home.