When you’re a stay at home mom, you do not have to be limited in terms of your financial independence. Of course, this is nothing new, and to suggest it is may well be patronizing to some. However, with more and more income schemes becoming available to those who may wish to stay at home for whatever reason, it’s important to attempt to put this into context for stay at home moms, who are often ignored in such discussions.
Choosing to stay at home to look after a child is commendable, but it does not always have to mean that your career is not important to you. Many advice websites will sadly sometimes ignore this group of people, but data from 2011 says that five million American women are indeed stay-at-home moms – so shouldn’t they be considered? Advice is better when it’s tailored. So, stop letting anything hold you back!
Find Space – Mentally and Physically
There are often some practical concerns when it comes to working from home as a mother, ranging from children getting in the way, through to having to ensure you have the time to pay attention to both. Try to have a separate room or even just a clear desk for “work” things, in order to prevent anything from interfering, either with your duties as a mother or with your tasks.
Taking short breaks in between any kind of activity is also advised. Playing games is proven to help concentration (which worryingly, is only said to last about eight seconds these days…). When you feel like everything is getting too overwhelming, don’t hesitate to give yourself a break. Just because you make your own hours doesn’t mean you should be exhausting yourself. Open up your browser and enjoy some mindless fun. Panther Queen is a slot which features an array of jungle animals (to take your mind off the fact that you’re Queen of your own jungle at home). You’re the boss, girl!
Use Your Skills
No matter what you were in your “previous life” before motherhood, the chances are that your opportunities for remore work are growing. Women with skills in a range of creative fields can easily find remote work in writing or design, sometimes even project management, transcription and typing. Those who have previously worked as assistants can migrate to remote assistant work.
One way of setting your own income is to consider combining motherhood and your work – have you thought about mommy blogging?
Not for you? You might think that it’s not possible for those who are used to working with people to translate our skills to the often isolated environment of the home to work in customer service, for example, but you’d be wrong. Some surprisingly big names – like Amazon – have recently started to take things digital for their reps, and it’s only a matter of time before others follow suit.
Name Your Price
Finances are important to you, or you wouldn’t be reading this. After all, your main aim is to take care of your family and provide for them (and hopefully have some left over for yourself).
There are tools out there which can help you work out how much you should be charging for individual, freelance projects. Don’t charge too much starting out, but don’t undervalue yourself, either.
Look online to see what others in your situation are doing. It’s also good to constantly look for work from a range of sources. Many websites designed for freelancers will sadly offer very low rates until you become established, but some online networking and reaching out to brands and past contacts can be a very good way of bringing in the higher-paying offers.
Working from home needn’t be full of frustration. In fact, it can mean financial security and independence for women who choose your situation.