Do you ever wonder why there seem to be so many people who work from home, yet these jobs are so difficult to find? Is there some secret club?! Let’s rewind 10 years. Working from home was practically unheard of. There was a choice before or after your maternity leave; give your 2-week notice or come back to work full time. I chose to give my 2-week notice after my maternity leave ended. No, I didn’t do this to spite my boss or take advantage of my employer. I loved my job. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but that didn’t seem to be a feasible option for our family at the time. I needed to contribute financially. I had daycare set up. Once my daughter was born, however, and I had 3 weeks left of leave, my heart did something funny and my gut told me no. I spoke to my husband about it and he fully supported my decision and a possible path for an opportunity fell in my lap.
I am happy to see more flex jobs and job sharing out there; new mom or not. Many employers believe in better work/life balance. I missed this window, but it makes my heart happy to see that it’s coming around. I have to admit, I’m a tad bit envious of those working mommas who work in the office a few days a week and home a few days a week, but I’ve come to accept that that wasn’t in the cards for me. That wasn’t the path I was given. The path I was given is what I want to share with others. I can’t count the number of times I’ve received an email or text or private message asking me about my work-from-home job experiences. I’ve read countless Facebook discussion posts asking for guidance to find work-from-home opportunities. My goal is to help others who feel as helpless as I did to find a window of opportunity. In the following posts, I’ll take you on my journey and hopefully guide you to a trustworthy work-from-home path.
First, you must understand that there are several schemes out there. Be smart and if something inside you questions it, don’t do it.
Next, it isn’t for everyone. You will have to make sacrifices. You have to be able to prioritize and work independently yet still manage to be a mom at the same time. You will be interrupted. Your patience will be tested. Once you figure out a schedule that works, I guarantee you something will change. For example, your little one used to take a 3-hour nap which is the time you set aside to work. All of the sudden, nap time is no more! You decide you’ll get up early before everyone wakes up. Once you sit down at your computer with that cup of coffee, your child’s “mom is up” radar will go off. You decide to work at night after everyone is asleep; your baby decides now it’s a good time to teeth and is up all night, your child surprisingly wakes up with a stomach bug, or your child has a nightmare and needs consoled. There will always be obstacles. You will be tired, but what mom isn’t?! There will also be rewards and those, my friend, make it all worth it.
Finally, you won’t make a lot of money, but you will make enough for it to matter. You might make enough to pay a monthly car payment, credit card, school loan, grocery bill, and/or activities your child will eventually get into. Those activities can become quite the expense depending on how many children you have! Keep in mind this is flexible work and you don’t have to work a tremendous amount of hours. Most of these jobs are part-time and when you’re trying to be a work-from-home mommy, part time is enough!
Stay tuned. Coming up: Career Step.