To each their own! I by no means think the stay at home moms out there need to try to work OR the working out of the home moms should feel like they need to quit and stay home.
This unique form of working from home while taking care of my daughter works for me and my family and our preferences. I just want to get the word out there for those that would prefer something similar but don‘t know how to go about it and make it work.
I have been working from home for over 10 years now. It started when I was prepared to leave a job that transferred me to Arizona so that I could return to Kansas City, and they offered to keep me on board with them and ‘work from home’.
I enjoyed it from the start. Working from home allowed me the chance to get things done around the house, or for me personally during down times of work (waiting on emails, return calls, etc.). This type of JUGGLING worked well for my personality.
After some time, I left that job but continued working from home with some clients of my own. I typed notes out for a physician, handled admin and marketing for a chef, and insurance filings for a psychiatrist. I generally referred to myself as a business assistant, helping those that didn’t need full time help, didn’t have an office, and handfuls of start ups.
Having control of the type of work I did along with who I was working for was liberating! I could be as busy as I could handle and adjust accordingly as life adjusted, as it often does….INSERT BABY.
I cut down on some work when I was pregnant due to my biggest symptom being exhaustion, took on some clients that were less stressful; managing a home estate and it’s employees, interior decorating, and even watched someone’s daughter a couple days a week-which was a great transition for me.
Most of my business work I have been able to do with my little one in tow. Being organized and prepared helps of course, and scheduling things around or during nap times is a must. I did shift a bit to some more personal assisting type of work along with business. I found that there is a huge need for other families out there working traditional hours that need some help keeping the laundry and dishes moving in the home, grabbing groceries, and running some errands. Even though I don’t care for doing some of those things for myself I have found great joy in helping others keep their homes running smoothly. (Getting paid for it helps!) And those are the easiest for my daughter to join me on.
I have some clients that have been with me for almost 10 years and I couldn’t make this work if it wasn’t for their open minds, confidence, and understanding! I am unbelievably thankful for the people I work for and the ability to spend the time with my daughter while fulfilling my personal needs to work.