Being a work-at-home mom is one of the most challenging yet rewarding roles that many women have these days.
It allows you to work from the comfort of your home, which comes with a ton of benefits by itself, while also having more flexibility to be available for your children.
Being a work-at-home mom isn’t for everyone and not everyone can be a successful work-at-home mom. Therefore, today I wanted to share with you some tips for being a successful work at home based on my experience of doing so for a little over a decade.
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Schedule out your days
The number one reason that people fail to make it as a work-at-home mom is due to not scheduling out their days AND actually following through with their schedule.
Understandably, if you have younger kids, your schedule has to work around their schedule, but when they are younger and home full time, it’s even more important to schedule out your days, especially if you’re not going to utilize any sort of childcare.
Since I now have an infant in the mix, I typically work during her naptimes and in the evenings once my partner is here and can handle childcare. I also like to start my day off before she gets up so I can catch up on emails that came through overnight and if I don’t finish up work during the day I’ll work after she goes down for the night to make sure all deadlines are being met.
In addition to scheduling out work-related tasks, I also meal plan to make sure the older kids are eating well-balanced meals and to limit how much ordering out we have to do. I even schedule household chores such as cleaning and laundry so no tasks get left out.
Yes, it’s a lot of work, but in the end, it makes the household run smoother, I’m able to put off paying for childcare right away, AND I’m able to get to see my daughter experience her firsts and meet milestones.
Overall, without some sort of schedule in place, you’ll never be a successful work-at-home mom because something is going to end up getting neglected whether it’s your work, chores, or kids.
Always be willing to expand your skillset
There are so many moms who want to work from home so they can have more flexibility to stay at home with their kids. Plus, there are people who want to work from home in general.
Therefore, it’s important that you’re able to stand out from the competition.
This means you’re always going to have to be open to expanding your skillset.
When I first started working online back in 2011, it was as a freelance writer and survey taker.
Over the years, I’ve learned an assortment of skills so that I can now offer virtual assistant services and even customer support.
I do love writing, which is why I run this blog, but when freelance writing full time I was becoming burned out often because I was being forced to write about topics that just weren’t interesting to me to bring in an income.
These days I mostly do virtual assistant and customer support work with a few freelance writing assignments on topics that I enjoy writing about. If needed I could also go back to writing full time or with the skills I’m always gaining as a virtual assistant I could specialize in something entirely different.
The bottom line, always be open to learning new skills, as it not only helps you increase your income, but it helps you stand out among the crowd so you can land the jobs that you actually want to do.
Utilize multiple sources for getting leads
If you’re under a contract or work a W2 job from home, you probably don’t have to do much (if any marketing). However, if you’re a freelancer, you should always be marketing as a client could drop you at any time.
Once you are making a comfortable income and aren’t in urgent need of increasing your income you can put your marketing on autopilot and have your leads come to you.
There are plenty of ways that you can get leads. For example, networx reviews make it seem as though Networx is a great source for gaining leads depending on the type of work you do. Other options for getting leads include social media, leaving your website link in forum signatures that you’re active on, and of course word of mouth referrals.
Adjust your goals monthly
If you want to be a successful work-at-home mom, you’re going to need to adjust your goals more than just once a year. Ideally, you’ll adjust them on a monthly basis.
These goals can be as simple as signing on x amount of new clients per month or more complex as only spending x percentage of your profits on business expenses.
I recommend adjusting your goals monthly so you can see which goals are being met and make them more challenging as you hit each milestone.
Understand it’s not going to be easy
Being a work-from-home mom isn’t going to be as easy as some like to make it seem. You still have to handle all of your normal mom duties (unless you get childcare), household chores, and somehow manage to work successfully.
You will still need to get dressed each morning, you have to be very dedicated to making it work, AND you have to be a master multitasker every day.
It’s definitely not going to be easy, but it is a very rewarding experience.
You can be a successful work at home mom
Anyone can be a successful work-at-home mom. I’ve covered the basis for doing so in this article today.
Freelancers have a little more flexibility than W2 at-home workers, but both will require organization, dedication, and determination on your end.