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So You Want to Be a Work-at-Home Mom?

Krista has been a freelance writer since 2013. She lives in South Alabama with her husband, 2 dogs, & 2 cats. She loves learning and writing

Since the start of the pandemic, more and more workers (especially moms) have transitioned to working from home. More and more moms are wanting to spend more time with their children, but unfortunately in America, it takes two incomes to sustain a household- so the WAH industry is booming. However, making the decision to transition to a WAH career isn’t always easy. There are several things you need to consider:

Advantages & Disadvantages of a WAH Career

This is not a decision that can be taken lightly. You need to understand that there are many benefits to working from home: you don’t have to commute, you can set your own hours, you can be there when your kids need you, and more. Of course, there are also some disadvantages, the primary one being isolation. Many women enjoy working outside the home so they can get social interaction with other adults. Also, it can be hard to find work/life balance when your office is in the home.

Financial Impact

One of the major impacts that transitioning from working outside the home to working at home can have is financial. For example, let’s say you have a high-paying full-time job and you’re transitioning to a part-time work-from-home position so you can care for your child. There will be a major impact on your finances. Of course, if you’ve been paying for childcare, you can remove that from your expenses, so the cut in pay may not be as drastic as it might seem.

Consider what you were making and what you were paying for childcare- then determine how much you’ll make with your WAH job. You may be making as much or more with part-time work as you were with your full-time job, making this transition a good one in regard to your finances.

Many women find that being able to be there and raise their own children instead of paying for childcare is one of the major benefits of working from home. There are many perks to being able to raise your own child while still contributing to the family income. After all, children grow up quickly and being able to stay home is one of the primary reasons that women choose to make this transition.

Qualities that You Need to Be a Successful WAHM

In order to be successful with your new WAHM career, there are several qualities you need to have. You might want to consider these qualities before you make this transition to be sure that this is the right decision for you.

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Two Categories

When it comes to WAH positions, there are two categories: independent contractor for a particular company or work for yourself. Either way, you are in charge of your schedule, and you’ll need to be a self-starter and self-motivated, able to work without having someone standing over you making sure that you get your work done. Even if you go to work for a company, you are in charge of setting your own schedule and making sure that you meet deadlines without supervisors checking in on you.

Time Management

In order to be successful in a WAH career, you need to practice good time management skills. When you’re working from home, you will be faced with challenges. First of all, you have work that you need to get done. However, you are sitting at home in the middle of chores that always need to be done. When you focus too much on either one, the one that is not getting attention will get out of control. However, practicing good time management will help you tackle these challenges.

Conclusion

The decision to transition from the corporate world to a WAH career is a major decision that requires a lot of thought. If you’re considering making this transition because you want to be able to take care of your kids at home instead of sending them to daycare or because you want to homeschool, you need to take the time to weigh the advantages and disadvantages for your family.

You will also want to discuss this decision with your partner to ensure that it’s the best decision for your family. There are lots of resources you can find to connect with other moms who have made this transition so you can learn more about the realities of this decision.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Krista Mounsey

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