Do you find it easy to be a work at home mom? (The words “easy” and “work at home” should be illegal to use in the same sentence, right?!) There are so many things I wish I’d known starting out. In case nobody told you, I will. Maybe it will help make someone else’s journey a little easier along the way.
The list could go on forever, but here are some of the highlights I’ve learned since being a work at home mom:
- It’s not as easy as it sounds. There is no clear definition between work and home, so responsibilities are constantly pulling from every direction. When I’m doing one, I feel like I should be doing the other. It’s helped me to time chunk and establish clear time boundaries for each.
- People will assume you have plenty of free time unless you make it clear otherwise. Learn to evaluate every invitation, offer, situation, and request before you answer. Be up front about your responsibilities – don’t pretend you can do it all.
- Something’s gotta give. Every time you commit to something, you have to give up something else. Be sure it’s a good trade-off.
- Keep your family’s best interests first. The work will always be there…the kids won’t.
- It’s okay to say No. The world won’t come to an end and things won’t fall apart if you’re not available every time. That goes for both work and social requests.
- It’s okay to say Yes. Risks can be a good thing. Try new opportunities, explore different options, meet new people, and put yourself out there. You’ll never know if you don’t try.
- Your work may need to adjust based on the season your family is in. Not all work at home gigs are right for every season.
- Being a work at home mom is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself for the long haul and be patient if the jobs or answers don’t all come right away.
- Maybe it’s not for everybody, and that’s okay. For me? It’s super hard work but totally worth it.