As seasoned veterans of the work from home and stay at home mom game, we know that finding the balance of family life and work is the number one challenge for women today. We have friends who work outside the home and friends who stay at home without a secondary job. Whether you are thinking of leaving the corporate work world in favor of a job at home, or if you are thinking of working from home for the first time, it is best to do plenty of research first so that you know what to expect.
Below we have listed some of the rewards and problems associated with working from home.
Rewards of Working From Home
- Satisfies Our Role as the ‘Mom’
Let’s be honest, women fight for equality in the workplace, in society, and across the globe in many different cultures, but the bottom line is that once we have children we are forever more ‘mom’. This is a coveted role! You will have more expected of you than ever before and fulfilling these demands have scientifically proven benefits for your children. When you can find the balance of working from home and filling the needs of your family, you have truly discovered the best of both worlds.
- A Different Kind of Stress
It is undeniable that there will still be stress as a work from home mom. Most of this stress will come in the form of finding the balance of work and quality time with your family, and a lot of stress will come from setting boundaries with your children so that you can work. But when compared to the stress that other moms face with juggling a fulltime job, a boss, schedules, pick up, drop off, household duties and a million other items, the stress is significantly less.
- Support System
Women have an innate sense of the importance of a ‘tribe’. We flourish when we have a support system that we can talk to. Women who work outside of the home often find this system from their work colleagues. For good or bad, the people we work with usually become our friends. The reward of working from home is that we have more time to choose our support system. Time is spent with people who share common interests and not necessarily interests that have anything to do with work.
- Ditching the Daycare
Eliminating the cost of daycare is huge. According to babycenter.com The average cost of center-based daycare in the United States is $11,666 per year ($972 a month), but prices range from $3,582 to $18,773 a year ($300 to $1,564 monthly), according to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. Parents report higher costs – up to $2,000 a month for infant care – in cities like Boston and San Francisco. These numbers are reported for a single child, with multiple children in daycare the costs become enormous.
While you might make little to no money when first starting your business from home, simply eliminating the cost of daycare can be a lifesaving change for most families.
Problems of Wоrkіng frоm Hоmе
Problems of working from home are subtle. They are usually not what you expect either. When you are first debating the idea, you may have some notion of what can go wrong (like less money, less adult stimulation) and you have probably already thought of solutions. So, let’s look at problems that will be small but no less troublesome.
Everyone understands why they have a manager at work right? Because it is the manager’s job to keep you working and on task. When you are home alone, with screaming children, a dirty floor and piles of laundry staring at you from the corner, the discipline to stay on task and work is quite hard. It would be much easier to jump in the car and go to the park, grab an ice cream to soothe (your nerves) and the children, but this is not possible. The discipline to keep working when the mom duties are pulling at you proves to be the downfall of many Mompreneurs.
If you knew it was going to take 5 years for your business to be successful, would it be worth it to you? Personally, knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel might keep most moms going. But the initial phase of any business is not this clear cut. Gratification, success, profits are not guaranteed in the beginning and this is sure to cause most moms a lot of stress. We have found that a daily planner, like this one, is helpful to use as a reminder to take it one day at a time.
We can’t promise that the early years of building your business while growing your family is going to get any easier, we can promise that you are on the right track. According to money.cnn.com The number of Americans working from home has soared 41% in the last decade.