I never intended to work after my kids were born. At least not work that someone actually paid me for! Becoming a work at home mom has been a gradual process and one I’m still figuring out.
Today, Life as MOM contributor, Prerna Malik shares some of her thoughts on working from home.
- “Is working from home easy? “
- “Do you really work, work? Or is it just, you know, a pastime? “
- “Work-at-home moms have it easy. They stay at home and still earn. “
Yeah, I’ve heard every one of these at some point or the other in my 4 year WAHM life. There is a lot of ambiguity around a work-at-home mom’s life? What do they do? Do they really work?
Here’s a peek behind the curtain at what working from home is all about:
Well, working from home is just like any other job. You need to show up and you need to deliver, else you wouldn’t really be working for very long. Working from home involves juggling menu plans with client projects, balancing play dates with meetings with prospects, budgeting for office supplies along with groceries. Working from home means you spend time growing your business while enriching your children.
When you work from home, you learn to make sacrifices just as you do when you work outside the home or when you’re a stay-at home mom. Working from home means you learn to say, “no” and let go.
When you’re a work-at-home mom, you slay piles of laundry while thrashing out a business plan. You learn to network with other moms with businesses while chatting about play dates and preschools. Working from home means you plan date nights with your spouse while scheduling appointments with clients.
When you work from home, you learn to schedule deadlines, appointments and bake sales all in the same calendar. Working from home means being woman, wife, mom, home manager and entrepreneur, all rolled into one.
Yes, working from home is still…work. A lot of it.
But I’m sure if your question to a work-at-home mom friend will, “Do you enjoy it?”; the answer will always be , “Yes!”
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Do YOU have experience working at home?
Tell us in the comments how you balance work with home life.
— Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in parenting with love, being postively productive, and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her simple tips and easy-to-do ideas at The Mom Writes or follow her on Twitter.