Are you wondering if being a work at home mom is really worth it?
In this article, we are going to go over some of the perks of being a work at home mom.
While driving my son to daycare this morning, I noticed him entranced by the lake with all the beautiful colors.
I thought to myself how much I would love to just pull over and sit with him to enjoy this amazing sunrise.
But of course, I couldn’t.
Because, like every other day, I was rushing to get to work, and sunrises with my son were going to have to wait.
This is my reality: My time isn’t my own.
Moments (yes, there are lots of them) like this remind me why I’m working on having my own business working from home. Being my own boss means I’m in charge of my own time.
If I want to go watch a sunrise with my son, then I can. If I want to travel to the beach before Labor Day weekend to beat the crowds, then I can. I don’t have to worry about asking for too much time or using my sick days.
Do you ever feel like your life is dictated by your job, and you just wish you could do what YOU wanted to do for once? To just enjoy life and slow… down.
But it doesn’t seem possible. You went to college, and you have this great paying job. You couldn’t just stay at home with the kids. You can’t afford that. Right?
But what if you could? What if you could work from home and make a full-time income? What would life be like? Going from working a secure job with benefits to working at home for yourself can be really scary but totally worth it.
To encourage you to start dreaming of what your business could look like, here are 4 amazing aspects of being a work-at-home mom that should ease your concerns.
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You Own Your Time
Every day you drive to work to make someone else money.
That sounds crazy when you say it out loud, but it’s true.
At least eight hours of your day is spent doing whatever your boss requests. You have to arrive when they say, and you can’t leave until you’re given the ok.
If you want to get paid, you’ll show up when they tell you, and the rest of your life has to fit in around the edges. When you work for someone else, you don’t own your time.
For me, this has been very apparent this year.
My son was sick for about a week, and instead of being able to focus on his care, I found myself worried about the number of sick days I had left to take.
Of course, my son matters more but we still have bills to pay, so an already stressful situation became even more tense.
I can’t even imagine what I would’ve done had I been an hourly employee.
During this whole thing, I couldn’t help but think that if I worked for myself, then I wouldn’t have to ask for anyone’s permission to simply take tend to my child.
My son’s sick? Then I would work around that. I would be home with him, taking care of him and not feeling nervous about time off of work and the repercussions of that.
Imagine a life where you are in control of your own time.
If you want to go to the grocery store in the middle of the day because that’s when they mark stuff on sale, then you can.
If you need to stay in bed all day because you’re sick today, then you can.
That’s what owning your own time would be like.
Effort Equals Success
Growing up, we’re told that if we get a college degree, then we’ll have a decent job that pays well, and we’ll be set. We’ll have enough money to get a house and a car and support a family.
And that happened. I got my degree and my decent paying job. That was it, right?
Work for the rest of my life until I could finally retire?
What I didn’t realize was how stifling a corporate job would really be.
I mean, how many times have you worked on nights and weekends and never gotten extra pay?
Salary is great because you have a guaranteed amount of money, but it sucks because you have a guaranteed amount of money. You’re basically capped at that amount. It doesn’t matter if you spend more hours on your job or work harder at it.
The amount of money you get won’t change.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s the beauty of our world today. The internet has changed everything.
You can have your own business, working from your home, with very little capital required, and make a living for yourself.
The best part is that your effort equals success. The more hours you put into it, the more money you make.
So in theory, the sky’s the limit. You don’t have to stop at $50k if you’ve figured out a way to knock that out of the park. Just go for it. If you have found that you only need to make $30k to live a happy, fulfilled life, then you can decide to put in the effort that yields that for you.
For me, this has been my ebay business.
I can work when and where I want to. My favorite thing about having an ebay business is that if I work harder on it, then my sales, and thus profits, increase. If I need to take some time, then my sales will decrease but I know why and how to fix them.
When you own your own business, the more you put in, the more you get in return.
You get to be the one to raise your own kids
Having to work a 9-5 typically means that your children are either in a daycare or taken care of by a nanny. Either way, your kids aren’t being raised by you; their own mother.
This can put a lot of stress on a parent.
You have to make sure that the stand-in mom (aka sitter) is going to treat and teach your child the way you would. But it will never be just like you.
Recently, this has really come to the forefront of my thoughts with my toddler as he has developed these dramatic tantrums and just general signs of aggression.
When I think on it, this past year his daycare situation was inconsistent with four different people watching him.
It must be like he is always changing homes or something. After all, he is in daycare for at least 9 hours each day.
As a mom, this breaks my heart to think about. I should be the one that my son sees the most. I should be playing peek-a-boo and reading him books; not someone else. Having a business that I run out of my home will allow me to be the one that raises my son, but it doesn’t mean daycare is bad. This will depend on your values and family situation.
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You can travel wherever, whenever.
Within reason of course.
You have to have the money to travel places, but you definitely have the time if you own your own business. You don’t have to ask for time off. You’re the boss.
If you have the right kind of business, then you wouldn’t be losing money either. Set up your business to be relatively passive and it can work for you.
Trips to the beach would be seen as trips rather than vacations because you don’t need a vacation from living your life. You could travel to see family more and allow those relationships to further develop.
This one is huge for me. My family lives about 5 hours away, and with work, it is hard to make it over there more than a few times a year. Due to the distance, it’s harder for my son to get to know my side of the family. If I was my own boss, then I could go visit more often and allow my son to actually develop relationships with his entire family instead of half of it.
Being able to work from home would be a dream come true for me, and I’m sure there are moms out there that can resonate with this.
Just being able to own your time and live life at the pace you want is HUGE. This kind of life would allow you to focus on things that mean the most to you and get the most out of life.
I mean how nice would it be to just have the time to organize that hall closet that has turned into a place to pile random stuff?
Working from home allows you to own your own time, work to provide for your family, be present to raise that family, and live life to the fullest doing what God has called you to do.
I hope this encourages you to start your own business. To finally do what God is calling you to do and quit your job to pursue being an entrepreneur full-time.
It can be a scary process because of all of the unknowns, but you don’t have to do it alone.
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