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Should I Work at Home ?

 

 

As you look into your child’s eyes, chances are the thought of donning a suit and returning to the office is a little staggering. Staying at home and working at home can prove to be an incredible experience for you and your little one. It can, however, also be a nightmare in the making. It all depends on how well you and your family can handle the transition. Some women and their families thrive better when work stays at work. Others shine in the home business setting. No matter what path you choose, as long as it works for you, it is perfect!

 

So, how can you go about determining if working at home really is your cup of tea?

 

First off, you’ll want to examine your financial situation. To successfully launch a career from a home office, it can help to have a little bit of breathing room financially. Keep in mind; however, by staying at home, you will also save yourself a little bit of money.

 

Beyond the dollar issues, there are questions you will need to ask of yourself and also your spouse and family members. To make a real go of a home business or moving your full-time career into your home, you are going to need to have the right personality to pull it off. Plus, you will likely need some serious support from family, as well.

 

Let’s take a look at a few of the things you’ll want to consider to help you decide if working at home is for you.

 

Exploring The Financial Side Of Things

Working at home can prove to be very lucrative for many mothers. It might, however, require a little time to get a steady cash flow going. With this in mind, there are a number of things you’ll want to examine before deciding to dive in with both feet. Should you discover the timing isn’t quite right, don’t worry too much. You can still work on a home-based business on weekends or at night and try to build it up quickly so you can stay at home full-time in no time at all.

 

The basics to consider with finances include:

 

  • Your Monthly Budget
    Take a good hard look at your monthly bills and just how much of a contribution you make. Do remove things from the budget that won’t be in place any more, such as childcare and commuting expenses. Now, keep in mind it can take a little time to build up a business enough to cover bills and other expenses. If your contribution is imperative for your family’s bottom line, check your savings. Do you have enough to cover your contribution for at least three months? Six or 12 would be even better. Is this base covered? If it’s not, consider transitioning into full-time, at-home work as you build up a nest egg to cover yourself. Getting on a slow and steady path in the right direction beats not getting on the path at all! With a little time and dedication, you can make the dream happen.
  • Your Anticipated Additional Expenses
    Starting a business at home can cost you in upfront capital. In addition to making certain your family is covered financially during the transition, you will need cash for setting up an office, buying equipment, advertising, getting licensing and perhaps insurance and so on. It is possible to obtain a small business loan for these things and also to help cover you during the startup months. Keep in mind, however, that this will start your business out in the red. Sometimes it’s just better to save up and open the books in the black.
  • The “Red Zone” Estimation
    Although you won’t be able to plan out exactly when your business will start making money to the day, you can put together a fairly sound estimate. Be realistic here and do anticipate at least a three-month period for a good build up. This will help you determine how much padding you need in your bank account to remain comfortable as you build your business.

 

The financial side of things can be a very big consideration when you choose to stop working in an office and transition into your own business. Do make sure you have your bases covered. Some of the options that can help you include loans, grants, savings or even just starting out as part-time with the business in order to build it up. Money, however, isn’t your only concern to deal with.

 

The Self Personality Test

Working at home is perfect for some people, but just not right for others. Either way, it’s perfectly okay as long as you know where you stand. You can be an excellent mother and work outside the home. For some people, working in the home and trying to parent full-time just doesn’t work out for the benefit of all involved. It all comes down to personality.

 

So, do you have what it takes to make a go of a home-based career? Ask yourself these questions and do answer honestly:

 

  • Am I Self-Disciplined?
    Working at home is still working. Add in a baby, a toddler or a small child and the job becomes two-in-one for certain. To pull off a business or even to take your full-time job into a telecommuting setting, you’ll have to have discipline. If you’re the type that tends to stray when a boss isn’t looking over your shoulder, leaving the workaday world behind might not be for you. There are ways to overcome this obstacle, but a little self-discipline will be needed first.
  • Can I Stand Not Having The “Adult” Interaction?
    Working at home does mean spending a lot of time with little people. Some mothers thrive in both jobs when they keep them separate. The truth is work-at-home moms often lack in communication time with adults. For some, this is no problem to overcome. Others, however, discover that dealing with clients on the phone or via e-mail just isn’t enough adult interaction.
  • Am I Motivated Enough To Pull This Off?
    Working in an office setting tends to be motivating all on its own. Even procrastinators can thrive in an environment where deadlines are set by others, work is overlooked and a paycheck is riding on performance. Working at home is truly a different ballgame. If you are motivated and have a track record for being a self-starter, you are likely to do well.
  • Can I Set Hours And Stick With Them?
    Working at home does present the danger of setting yourself up for working too much. It is often best to set “office” hours and stick with them. Of course, you’ll want to take time off occasionally to visit a park, see a school play and so on. That’s okay! The question is, can you stick with a schedule without a boss on a fairly regular basis?

Working at home sounds fun and rewarding. For many, it is. Others just find they do not thrive in this setting. Be honest with yourself and you will choose the right path to take.

 

Family First

When you choose to work out of your home, you are not the only one who will be impacted by the decision. Your husband, older children and anyone else living in the home will also feel the effects. For the most part, having Mom at home is a great thing. Families, however, will need to kick in and help. If they don’t support your decision, your business venture could be dead in the water before it even gets started.

 

So, what do you need from your family to make your home-based venture succeed? Make sure your family is willing to:

 

  • Help Out Around The House
    It can be very tempting for family members to leave everything for you to do just because you’re home. While they might have pitched in to cook, shop, do laundry and so on when you worked outside the house, this might stop if you don’t get proactive with establishing boundaries now. It is all too easy for spouses and older children to think that just because Mom is working at home, she’s always more available to handle other tasks. While it’s likely you’ll be able to do more if you can multitask well, you just won’t be able to do it all every day.
  • Stay Onboard
    Make sure you and your partner fully discuss the idea of working at home before you dive in. If you don’t have 100 percent support from your partner, you will likely fight an uphill battle. Make sure to discuss the situation with an open mind. If there is resistance, share your business plan, your budgeting and other backup materials. Chances are your partner will love the idea of your child not being raised outside the home. Just do make sure your partner is onboard and will stay that way.
  • Help Out In A Pinch
    Juggling home and office life is hard no matter what. If you’re running your own business, there are times when you will have to drop the proverbial ball on home duties, childcare or something. With this in mind, it can be imperative to your business and its chances for success that you have contingency plans in place for emergencies. Is your spouse willing to take a day off to watch a sick child if you have a big sale that needs to be made? Will older children or grandparents pick up a younger child when you just can’t be there? Make sure you have a good support system in place and half your battle will be won.

Working at home can sound glamorous and exciting. This is just not always the case. It can present a number of obstacles that must be overcome to ensure success. Before diving into this venture, you owe it to yourself and your family to really explore whether this idea is right for you. If it is, you can go full steam ahead into enjoying yourself as you earn money and soak up time with your kids, too.

 

The benefits of becoming a work at home mom can be rather amazing. If you desperately need more time with your children and want to be there for them, but you still have financial obligations to your family, this can be the best solution. Just do take the time to examine the situation closely.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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