I hear from a lot of women who want to transition from Working Moms to Work at Home Moms. And to be honest with you, I am not an expert on this.
Yes, I do own a business. And I am fortunate to work with some really great clients. And while I am always happy to try to assist other moms in reaching their goals, I always feel like I am not qualified to offer advice.
I work just a few hours a week. I only work during nap time, weekends or when my kids are in bed. And I by no means earn a fulltime income because at this point I do not want to work full time hours. Being at home with my boys is number one for me. Period. That's where my heart is and that's where I want to be.
However, I feel blessed to have planted the seed of a business to grow as my boys grow.
But here are some topics and ideas I give people when they email me and ask me about how and why and when I started my business.
1. Realize first and foremost that you can't do it alone. I started with a vague plan, but also the realization that I can't do this without help from God... and my husband.
2. Find your niche. Sit down with a pen and paper and figure out what you are good at and what you love.
Are you web savvy? There are a lot of businesses out there who need web managers. I have met lots of clients who need someone who works exclusively with Word Press and are looking for people who can keep their web sites running.
Or maybe you have some graphic design experience. Could you spin that into a money making opportunity for yourself?
3. Stay focused. Man, there are a lot of distractions out there. And it is so hard to stay focused on YOUR business. It is so easy to compare yourself and your business to those around you.
Imagine you are an Olympic swimmer. Does it do you any good to look at anyone else while you are swimming? No. Stay in your lane, look at what’s in front of you and keep moving forward. Don’t get distracted by what is going on the other lanes. If you’re trying to work from home with small children you have enough on your plate without worrying about what everyone else is doing.
4. Understand that time management requires a learning curve.Managing a small child or children and a business can be tough! But you can do it because I have done it and I am the most disorganized person in America.
So tell me, are you a work at home mom? Do you want to be one? What tips would you add to the list?