Being a mother is such a beautiful thing. But being a mother who works from home and is building a business for yourself is not the easiest thing to do. When you have goals that you want to achieve and you have plans, sometimes having kids can make that hard to accomplish. So how does a mother do it? How is she making money working from home and maintain parenting? It all comes down to time management. Yes, time has to be used correctly or in a way that helps you get things done. Yes, children and babies need a lot of attention and giving them that can sometimes seem overwhelming and rough on the parent. So is there a real way to manage it all?
Yes there is. I am a mother of 2 and one on the way. I have been working from home since November of 2016. I began my journey after being laid off in October of 2015 so you can imagine what it was like being unemployed all that time, oh yeah I also was pregnant and due to have my daughter in January. And I was laid off from a good customer service job. I really did like that job, I was making $10 per hour and working full time. But because it was through a temporary agency, it was not a guarantee that it would last, but I did hope that it would. So then, I went to the internet to find a way to resolve my unemployment issue. In 2013-2015 I did look online for work from home, and I did sign up for different things that didn't make me any money because I really did not have an idea or understanding of what it meant to work from home online. So through that time, I have learned a lot through experience. So back to what I was saying, oh yes finding a solution to my unemployement issue. I went to searching online, Google, and different sites. I found some jobs that I could apply for, some I didn't get for certain reasons others I didn't qualify for. So I was on FB and I came across an ad offering work from home inbound calls. I figured why not? So I looked at the reviews and comments on it from other workers and saw it had some positive feedback. I applied and got the position. But because it was one of those jobs where you had to wait for a call to come in and work wasn't always available or calls were not always high. I never got any calls so I never made any money and I got tired of logging in to sit and hear hold music. So I quit. I let them know it just wasn't for me and they kindly removed me from the system, I was a freelancer so I wasn't an employee. So now I was back at the beginning having to search for something else. After I had figured out how to use Pinterest, I began using that search engine to look up ways to make money and I was shocked to see pins that actually led to articles that were helpful. I kept seeing about becoming a virtual assistant. I wondered what that was and went on the hunt to find my answer. I got a lot of information that was helpful. After learning more about it, I began to join FB groups that catered to being a VA and started learning more. I began asking questions and got some good feedback. A young lady reached out to me in a group and we set up a time to talk online. We connected pretty well and she began telling me more about her and what she does. She was willing to bring me on her team as a VA and I gave it a try. I helped a client do some work for her business. I did this for 5 months. And it was a nice experience. I learned a lot about myself in that time as well. I can still work as a VA if I choose to but my focus has shifted elsewhere until that time comes around again.
So how did I do it? How was I able to get work done and still be a mom? I will say it is not an easy task and it wasn't an easy task then when I had work to be done by a certain time. But luckily I have people in my life who support me and helped with babysitting and letting me have my space. But on the days that I couldn't get them to granny's or family, I had to work on getting up earlier than them to get stuff done. Most times it worked but many times it did not. So I had to work my day around the kids and try to get them settled. My home office is just a small desk in my front room, so that does help because we all can be in one space and I can keep an eye on them to make sure they are not getting into nothing, even though they still have their times of getting into stuff. Let's not talk about the time I went in their room to find about 4 eggs cracked opened on the floor or the time my oldest thought it would be nice to paint the wall with nail polish. Yeah, it isn't always a golden glittery day around here. I try to make sure they have what they need throughout the day, food, drinks, their favorite dvd, my tablet. My oldest loves to use my tablet to watch her shows but it doesn't last too long because once the battery dies there goes the whining and crying about how she can't finish her show. So it can get quite live around here.
Sometimes that makes it hard for me to complete certain tasks like writing a blog post, scheduling social media content for my pages, doing my freelance work, etc. I try to take advantage of their nap times, but most times I am tired too and want a nap. Coming up with a schedule may work but then again it may not. I try to stick to routines and stuff like that but I am just so random and spontaneous that it is hard for me to do so and I get easily distracted as well. So I just try to take advantage of the open time slots I have. Working from home isn't easy and it isn't for everyone kids or no kids. You have to have a certain mental state to be able to keep it up daily. Even though you may not work for an employer outside the home, you still need to be able to take breaks and give yourself that time to rest and relax. Being tied down to your laptop every day can get to you and begin throwing your days off balance. Just because you work for yourself doesn't mean you can't take a break or work how you want. It can be hard to transition from an employer to a freelancer or work from home mom or dad. I was always so tied to my work that I would forget to take a break and chill. Enjoy a movie, go for a walk. Because I was so use to having to be told when to take a break. It feels good once you break the cycle of thinking like an employee and acting like one from within your own home.
Being a mother who is working from home and working out plans to start businesses feels good. It is a good thing to know that I can take care of my family and still be able to spend time with them. I can choose my own way to work when I want to, and not have to worry about not having time for my kids. Employers have helped me over the years but it is now my time to do what I like and to be able to live the way that I want to. I love that I chose to be a freelancer and entrepreneur. I love that I chose to do what I like and what makes me happy. I love that I chose to go with it despite my fears and all of the scare tactics about scammers and being used online. I love that I took the plunge because now I get to enjoy everyday the way I want with a smile and the sound of laughter from my two beautiful princesses and soon to add a prince into it all. I just love being a stay at home mom and I have connected with other stay at home moms who help bring encouragement and motivation on this journey. It is good to know that even though we may be a misunderstood group of people, that we can come together and all enjoy doing what we like. And that is having the freedom to live and still be able to pay the bills. It is the best decision I have ever made. If you have ever thought of doing the stay at home parent and making money online, I encourage you to do it. You will be happy that you did. If you have not already, check out my work from home page under the free resources menu, so you can find work from home job leads. You can do it I know you can, you can be on your way to having the life and freedom you want, just stay focused and keep going.
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