Working from home can be hugely rewarding as a career option from the get-go, but deciding to work from home when you’re a Mom is one of the best decisions you could make.
It’s important to firstly mention the overall advantage of working for yourself: you can do what you love. Imagine being able to do exactly what you want to do; something you love, something you’re good at, something that gives you joy. Imagine turning your hobby into a viable business doing something like becoming a freelancer.
They say that if you do something you love, you never work a day in your life. Working from home and starting your own business means you’re the boss and you decide what projects you complete
On to the subject of location independence, this is the most obvious draw for anyone to start their own business or start working from home, especially moms who have to juggle work and family. Why not combine them into one easy role?
You can literally work wherever you want. You can manage your emails and clients while you’re waiting to carpool your kids from school, go out and have lunch time meetings with clients where you choose, complete that important report while grabbing coffee. With the power of the internet and mobile phones you can manage your entire business from the couch – with your feet up and a glass of wine. You can even work from the beaches of Thailand as a digital nomad or wherever else takes your fancy.
Do other moms work like this?
In my job I’ve dealt with a lot of freelancers, as well as business owners who work from home. A larger majority than you might think are stay at homes moms who have decided to start working. Often they’re highly skilled and don’t want leave the work force of stop doing a job they love because of a family.
If you have something that your passionate about, or something that you’re naturally good at such as graphic design or copywriting, but want to spend quality time with your kids, then a working from home role is perfect for you.
What sort of things can I work as?
One of the top location independent jobs I find moms doing is as an online virtual assistant. The concept of the role is simple and may be something you’re familiar with or even something you worked at before you left work. Just like a normal assistant, the role is to answer emails, organize files and make appointments – the best thing? You can work from where ever you want.
The advantage of virtual assistants for employers is mainly that of location; it often cost extra to give an assistant a workstation at an office; your employer might even also work from home and so can’t legitimately hire an in-house secretary. For you, this means booking a plane ticket for someone while you’re making dinner, and then adding the details to someone’s calendar while you sit down in the evening.
The location independence of a stay at home job isn’t the only attraction – often working from home will yield the same wage for similar work within a company. It may even be slightly more because you charge for the service, but there are no overheads. You get what you deserve. There can also be tax advantages.
In this day and age, working from home as a mom can not only be a viable career path, but it can also be a hugely rewarding role. The independence you have, both in what you work on as well as where you work means that you have such a larger majority of free time to spend with your family. You can work for yourself and get paid for what you do in addition to still being there at all times for your loved ones.
If you’re looking for a career change or looking at getting back to work, then working from home is for you.
Read my article about working and parenting on the move here.by