On Being a WAHM (Work At Home Mum)

I have been working in the digital marketing field for almost 15 years now. How time flies! (I can still remember that first job interview.) I spent the first 8 years of my career working with an international software company, and after that I took the plunge and became self-employed, a ‘solopreneur’, to focus on some projects I had already started, and grow my online business: working with clients and building my online portals.

Throughout the last 6 and a half years, I have always worked from home. It was a major shift from working full-time in an office with colleagues, to my own desk at home! It was exciting and daunting at the same time. But 6 years down the line, and two babies later, I have learnt a lot (from my many mistakes, and successes) about how to work from home, as a mum!

I had my first child in 2014, and my second one in 2016. Of course keeping up my full-time self-employed work from home, while taking care of two children under 3, brought about some major challenges. The whole experience has made me throw away everything I ever thought I would do while working home with children, before I had children. Reality is a whole other story, as I’m sure working mothers will understand!

I can work whenever I want; my hours a flexible, which means I can be home when the kids come home from pre-school… I can stay home when the kids are ill and need me by their side. I can take them to the park in the afternoon. My husband works weird shifts, so I can also adjust my hours to fit his so we can make the most of our time together as a family. This is why I work from home.

What does this have to do with your business? If you are a work at home mum, I would like to share some of my experiences and tips, to help you be a better WAHM.

If you’re thinking this might be the right choice for you and your family, there are several important things to consider. Your motivation, mindset, and sheer will to succeed will make or break the success of your business. Obstacles will come up, challenges will have to be overcome, and you’ll face interruptions on a daily basis. You must be willing to handle these in the best way possible if you want to succeed.

Planning ahead and keeping some proven strategies in mind as you face the day-to-day challenges will help make your work-at-home adventure more pleasant and rewarding for everyone involved.

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