The Real Truth About Being A WAHM
I have been working from home since 2004. I did have a few years off but started again in 2009 and have been working as a WAHM ever since.
Being a WAHM is one of the hardest things I have ever done. But why? Shouldn’t working from home be easier than working outside of the home? You get to be home. You can work in your PJs right?
The reality is, being a WAHM is a big job. You have to work on your own business or work that you have to do, you have to be in charge of the kids, you have to be in charge of the home. Being a WAHM is hard work. Here is why…
You have work you have to do
I know, this is obvious, right? But as a WAHM, you will have things you have to do. Either you will have a due date, I have them for the posts I write for other people. Or you will have things you need to do every few days, like write a blog post. As a WAHM I need to be organized. If I don’t write down everything that I need to do, I will forget something. Talk about embarrassing when you get an email from an editor wondering where your post is.
You have work you want to do
When you work for yourself there are a lot of things that you will want to do each day that doesn’t have to be done on that day. This is what is so challenging about working from home. This is why I have to turn something I want to do into something I need to do. For example, when I came up with the idea for this blog, I knew starting this was something I wanted to do. For a while, that was all it was. So I kept putting the blog off. Once I scheduled in launching this blog as something I needed to do, I was able to get things done to get ready to launch.
You have to balance work, home, and kids
There is laundry to do, and dishes, and a blog post to write and homework to help with and t-ball to get to and you really want to watch that new Netflix show to unwind. How do you find time for everything? How do you balance living like this? Finding balance is hard and not everything gets done that you want to get done every day. I feel like I am always trying out a new system to get through everything. And as the years go by I think I get better and better at this balance thing.
You have to say no
This one is hard for me. If someone asks to go to lunch, I can be free about my schedule because I work from home. The problem is, I really shouldn’t be so free about my schedule. Things come up and if I am not saying no I will have all these work hours go out the window because of other plans. This fall I have a more strict schedule which I am excited about. There will only be one day a week I can go to lunch or make appointments. I have to stick to this schedule as much as possible in order to get everything done and take my job as a work at home more seriously. I also want to be done with work by the time my kids get home from school.
When you work outside the home, your business might be closed on holidays. Not the case when you work from home. You could work through every holiday. It’s hard to agree not to work all day when you work from home and you could just go into your office and work for a few hours. Weekends are another time where it can be difficult to let go and take some time off. I decided a few months ago that I need to take the weekends off, as much as possible. I need time to deep clean the house, spend time with my family and relax a little bit. This new schedule has made working from home a little easier for me but staying away from my work during the weekends can be difficult.
Working from home is going to be different than you think it is.
Working from home can be hard and stressful at times. On the other hand, working from home can be a great way to make a living and I am glad that I have been able to do so over the years. I am hoping as time goes on and my income grows I will be able to get better and better at balancing work and home life. I think that is an important part of making the work at home life work for you.