Work/Life Balance Strategies for the WAH Mom
There is nothing more rewarding than raising your children, so you feel pangs of despair when your spouse tells you the household budget is too tight. You have to go back to work, at least part-time, and the thought of leaving your children for even a second devastates you. Thankfully, you can work at home. You just need to be disciplined.
Set Parameters and Stick to Them
Many people find great success working at home, but don’t be fooled by the online promises of quick and easy cash. This is never the case. Self-employed individuals have to work as hard (if not harder) than those employed by another, so it’s crucial you set parameters for your work-at-home business before you begin. Make certain you understand the money-making potential of your proposed stay-at-home job and how much work it will take to make maximum dollars. Can you make $100 a day in four hours? Probably not, unless you can write technical manuals or white papers.
Once you find a good fit for your knowledge and skill set and figure out how much you must work to make the additional income your hubby says the budget needs, set office hours and stick to them no matter what. If you need to work two hours a day five days a week, set aside that time and work during it – every single day. The quickest downfall of self-employed individuals is they do not stick to a schedule because they don’t have to. You’d be surprised how much you don’t work if you don’t have “office hours.” Things always get in the way, which brings you to the next discussion.
Another downfall work-at-home entrepreneurs face is interruptions. Not only do the kids constantly vie for your attention, it’s also easy to get off track when your mobile or landline rings, when someone comes to the door, and when your neighbor thinks you have the time to stop what you’re doing and visit for a few minutes. When you head into your workspace, turn off the kids, phones, doorbell, and friends. You are working and you cannot be disturbed. If your children are too little to leave you alone for an hour or two throughout the day, you might have to find another budget solution.
Make Certain You Treat Your Business As a Business
Don’t lose money making money, either. Even work-at-home businesses are entitled to tax deductions and insurance coverage. You might think you don’t have anything to claim or insure, but you do. Your office space, equipment, supplies, and any driving you do for your business are all tax deductible. Your office equipment, even if it’s just your laptop and printer, should also be insured. Should they be damaged or stolen, you’ve just lost your ability to make that extra income your family needs. You can save on business insurance by bundling the coverage with your homeowner’s policy.
Don’t Forget About You
Finally, you may have noticed the title of this blog post discusses work/life balance, but so far, the post has only talked about work. Being a stay-at-home mom is hard enough when it comes to getting that crucial me-time. When you add a few hours of work a day to your schedule, you are going to find it even harder to get that quality relaxation time you need. Don’t stretch yourself as thin as your budget. When you schedule your work time, also set aside me-time. If this means your hubby has to tuck the kids in bed each night, so be it. You need to stay in tip-top to remain Super Mom.
You can work at home to bring in extra income. Just make certain you treat your home business like a brick-and-mortar business. This is the only way you’ll be successful in your WAH venture.
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