9 Things I Wish They Told Me About Being a Work at Home Mom

9 Things I Wish They Told Me About Being a Work at Home Mom

Nine things I wish they told me about being a work at home mom. 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. - www.VAMomsNetwork.com

 

 

 

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Keep your family’s best interests first. The work will always be there…the kids won’t.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Maybe it’s not for everybody, and that’s okay. For me? It’s super hard work but totally worth it.

How about you, what do you wish you knew starting out as a work at home mom or VA mom? Is there anything you’re struggling with now? Leave a comment!


10 thoughts on “9 Things I Wish They Told Me About Being a Work at Home Mom”

  • 1
    rochefel on May 2, 2014 Reply

    I knew it wasn’t easy when I started but how I wish I had this list just to give me a head up. Now I’d have to share this to everyone, too! 🙂

  • 2
    VA Moms Network on May 2, 2014 Reply

    Thank you! Yes, it’s a challenge for sure but thankfully there is a lot more support available now! 🙂

  • 3
    Elspeth on May 2, 2014 Reply

    What great tips! Thank you for sharing them.

  • 5
    Kelly on May 3, 2014 Reply

    Just starting out. Will hang this list on bulletin board to remind me.

    • 6
      VA Moms Network on May 3, 2014 Reply

      Good for you, Kelly! Feel free to reach out if you need any support! I send out a weekly email with tips if you’d like to sign up. 🙂

  • 7
    Leslie on May 3, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Teresa! I will be entering this domain for the first time in a few months!

  • 9
    Joie Gahum on May 6, 2014 Reply

    This is my first try in staying at home, working online and being a mom. Though I could not claim that it’s full time because I have my aunt who helps me take care of my toddler because I am currently pregnant and about to give birth in a week or two. I guess it would be difficult at first to do everything all by myself, but if it means I get to be with my children and see them fall deeply in love with me as the days pass, I would endure all the hardships I need to endure.

    • 10
      VA Moms Network on May 6, 2014 Reply

      Joie, I’m so happy for you! Congrats on your upcoming baby! You are blessed to have family close by to help out. They grow up so fast; it’s most definitely worth it to be there with them and develop those relationships while they’re little. Please reach out if you need any support getting started!

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