Who wouldn’t want to quit their day job and work for oneself? It’s the All-American dream; but what kind of things are there to consider before making this gigantic leap of faith into the unknown?
As a stay-at-home mom I have explored many avenues to help supplement the family income while balancing the art of being a successful homemaker. It is not an easy job. Ask around and most people will tell you that one of the hardest jobs on the planet is being a mom. Anyone who disagrees probably isn’t a mom. Add to that the expectation that moms of today can ‘do it all’ and you will be hard pressed to find a work-at-home mom who has all pieces of her life perfectly balanced.
While juggling the laundry and changing diapers I also spent many hours sewing my product and marketing it to the public. Did my home suffer? Of course. Did the laundry pile up? Definitely. But what I have learned (while juggling what seemed like insurmountable piles of laundry) is that I am not just a sweeper of dusty floors and a wiper of sticky hands, but a woman of many skills. Not only can I be a great mom but I can relish in the fact that I can also choose my future; there are options out there. Thanks to the power of the internet I can do it all. The kids go to sleep and the house gets quiet. That is MY time. That is my time to shine and share my passion and products online. Why do you think my email time stamps say 2 a.m.? (Popular to contrary belief it’s not because I preset all my messages to be sent automatically while I sleep).
While many moms fold laundry into neat piles and iron socks, I spend the morning digging through the laundry basket just hoping to find that matching pair. Why? Because I have decided to choose my destiny, and that has made all the difference. Cobwebs and laundry can wait. I’d rather spend time with my kids while they are little and work into the night hours controlling my own future. Some people think I’m crazy. But I digress and say ‘what does it matter if my table is a little sticky?’ I can stay home with my kids and pursue my own dreams at the time of day that works best for me and my family. Is life perfect because I have chosen to follow my passion and talents as a seamstress? Hardly. But life is enjoyable and the famous saying ‘do what you love and the money will come’ is always at the forefront of my thoughts.
Before we know it kids grow up and I don’t want to feel like I’ve missed a single moment. I make it to every Sports Day and Christmas Concert. It won’t be long now and they’ll be teenagers and won’t want me around! For the time being, because I work from home I can be involved in all aspects of my kids’ school and extra curricular activities as well as help bring some extra income into our home.
One of the biggest challenges is to find social networks to be a part of, both on and offline. It is far easier to get lost in the day to day work involved with a new business and housework that doesn’t seem to go away. By getting to know others who share similar challenges you grow a support group who can relate and perhaps even suggest ways to streamline things. Plus, it is inspiring to know that others are in the same shoes as you.
But more about forming great social networks later, I do have laundry to fold…