The Journey to be a Happy Work at Home Mom
So many people have stated that they wish they could work from home. I hear this all of the time when someone asks me what I do for work. My reply for my professional occupation is usually “I am a freelance writer. I get paid to write, basically.” While this holds true there are many other things I do from home. Most recently, after Mike got hurt we launched a few membership websites that have grown tremendously and we are adding to those with a new platform releasing this year. I personally do mostly get paid to write with the addition of being an assistant to a few other bloggers who hire me to do social shares for them.
It’s often difficult to explain just what I do as a work at home mom because I have so many different forms of revenue. As a work at home mom since 2008, with the exception of that one year I went to work outside of the home, I have learned quickly that you cannot rely on one avenue of income for business or you will not succeed. I have watched Shark Tank for years and most recently was introduced to The Profit, each of these shows will help entice the average person who wants to work at home on how to be successful. I utilize shows like Shark Tank and The Profit to learn about ways to increase revenue and maximize my business efforts without putting in too much time.
My life as a work at home mom hasn’t always been easy, the road has been bumpy and at times I was extremely broke. My three children have had to learn to love it when money is there and learn to be accepting when the money isn’t there. The three kiddos, mostly my first born child, have grown up in an environment where her wants were not always something I could purchase. I personally feel that kids raised by a work at home parent tend to have a higher gratitude towards money earned through hard work. I see this type of mentality from kids across the board with my online community of parent entrepreneurs. The kids of us work at home parents tend to have a different perspective on future success and a higher opinion of their parents as they see how hard the parents work to put food on the table and bring them to cool events.
My life as a work at home mom has allowed me to be present for my kids, even now my freshman first born child at age 14 talks with me, laughs with me and we have a close bond. My sons are 10 and 8 and often can be easily distracted off video games or YouTube to spend some quality time with their Mama. The bond a family has when the parents work at home is amazing, albeit not easy! I have always been a hard working individual, but after becoming a mom I knew there had to be a way to make money for supporting her while also being present to experience all of those first moments. Granted I was a single mom for most of my first born child’s life and had to place her in daycare for nearly three years or more of her beginning years, which means I did miss out on some firsts and other moments, but I wouldn’t trade what I did to get to where I am now for anything.
The life of a work at home mom is challenging and rewarding all at once. When the money is great, the happiness is there. When the money starts to dwindle, you wonder how you can be proactive next month to make the money last longer. As my man and I work together in this New Year, we have quickly learned to master our skills in a way that sets us up with a residual income to pay our household bills and in turn we get to spend more quality time with the kids. The life of a work at home mom isn’t easy, at first, but if you stay focused and work your butt off – eventually your life becomes something that humbles you beyond measure and makes you both a better parent as well as a better individual.
If you are interested in working from home, start putting together your list of skills and then keep your eyes out because I will be publishing a book soon that will help you all learn how you too can work from home and be happy!