10 Significant Advantages of Being a Work-at-Home Mom
10. Sick Days: Children are little cute walking sponges for any germ that happens to be floating through the air. Work a “normal” job and your boss and the HR department start to wonder if you are faking the tenth sick day in a row.When the kids are sick and need to stay home I don’t have to call my non-understanding boss and plead for a day off. I help my child get as comfortable as possible and then set up office close-by so I can do mom things and work things while they sleep. I vary my schedule so when she falls asleep, I work. Sometimes, this means I’m working at 2 a.m. to get project work done on time.
9. Calamity Days: Because theses days are not called snow days anymore. “Calamity Days” cover snow, freezing temperatures, too much rain, boiling hot temperatures, water leaks at the school, and more! Recently, we had several days where the kids were out of school. While it isn’t ideal to run a business with kids racing around the house and after the six days home from school due to a holiday weekend followed by a series of snow days — it is manageable. If I was working a full time job, I would need to find childcare which would be an added expense. (I’ll be the first to admit, I dreamed of sending them to childcare by the TENTH day home.)
8. You Dictate Your Workday: The hardest part of the day is figuring out the parts of the day. At the playground, I’ve been known to dictate copy while pushing a swing. I’m thankful I have a career that is flexible in when and how I work. I get easily distracted so I break my work down into chunks. Those chunks add up quickly to huge projects completed before or on deadline. And, since I work in sections, I don’t have to have enormous expanses of time to get large volumes of work completed.
7. Mommy’s Office and Child’s Office: When the kids were little, I set up a second “office” in my office. That way I could keep my stapler, tape, scissors, pens, and highlighters! Plus, they would happily pay games, color, or craft in their office — where I could see them. Which any mom who has experienced the “TOO QUIET” moment knows is golden.
6. No Travel Unless I Want To: I used to have a job that required me to travel frequently. About once a month, I would be required to spend 4-6 days away from my kids. When I was back at the home office, I was gone from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.. So working from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is nothing compared to that hell. Now, I go to conferences and speak at conferences that I want to go to.
5. Executive Mandates: When the first snow day of the school year occurred, I made an executive decision that sledding followed by hot chocolate and hot Krispy Kreme donuts was much more important to do that day than editing a report that wasn’t due for a week.
4. Slacker Days: During summer and winter break, I scale back on my workload and we spend time hiking, swimming, playing board games. When the kids decided they wanted some time to read or go hangout with friends, I work on finishing projects, entering accounts receivable/payable, cleaning off my desk, and sending marketing emails.
3. Daily Exercise: It is impossible to stay home with your kids and not get daily exercise. Plus, getting up and going to a long walk in the morning helps get your blood flowing and your brain working so the rest of the day runs smoothly.
2. NAPS! NAPS! NAPS!
1. Dress Code: I work with clients who I have never met. I’ve no idea what they look like and I doubt they could pick me out of a line-up. Therefore the dress code varies from shorts and a t-short to jeans and a t-shirt. Shoes are non-existent, Merrell’s, or this really comfy pair of house slippers that keep my feet nice and toasty in the winter.
You’ve to work as a stay at home mom and work at home mom. You just don’t need to work the “traditional” way.
You can slide work into the cracks and crevices of the day, even if that means working in the middle of the night. By staying focused on what you need to do next and having a solid time schedule of when projects are due you can manage working from home.