Plenty of moms want to manage their work lives around their personal ones. The thing is, many moms find it incredibly hard to have a full-time job away from home. Let’s face it: being a mom is already a job in itself!
The idea of working from home is increasingly becoming a possibility for many moms these days. For example, many companies allow their staff to work “remotely” from home. And some moms even step into the world of working in the gig economy. Of course, some moms want to launch a fully-fledged business while managing it and working from home.
If you fall into one of those latter two categories, you will no doubt have seen many blog posts online describing the many amazing benefits of working for yourself from home. But, how many have you read that describe the physical realities of working from home? Let’s take a look at what it’s like working from home, whether you’re doing some online gig work or running a company.
Things don’t always go according to plan
With all the will in the world, there is no practical way for everything to go according to plan when you work from home. Random disasters, distractions, and even illness will sometimes prevent you from completing things on your to-do list according to your schedule.
In a typical office environment, you could always delegate tasks to your colleagues if you need any help. But when you’re at home alone, the only person that can help you out is yourself!
You need to keep on top of your paperwork
One of the things that you’ll have to deal with in any business you run is paperwork. You’ll get invoices, receipts, contracts, and all kinds of other documents that you need to deal with each day.
Thankfully the days of needing a basement full of filing cabinets are over. That’s because you can scan in documents and store them digitally, either at home or in the cloud. And when it comes to contracts you arrange with your clients, you can even do that online too, thanks to a raft of contract management tools.
Remember not to destroy any paper documents without keeping a digital copy of them first. Especially when you need them as evidence for tax purposes!
You will find yourself working at unsociable hours
When you’ve got a family, it can often be hard to get any work done when they are at home at the same time as you. To that end, you’ll soon discover that “burning the midnight oil” is something you’ll need to do often.
Getting your partner, other family members, or even babysitters to look after your kids for a few hours each day is an option. But, there will be times where you must put your business on pause and continue with your existing full-time job: being a mom and juggling things around!
Working from home for yourself is entirely possible, and it can work – but only if you can find a way to make it work for you. The last thing you want to do is stress yourself out.
*This is a contributed post. While Amber did not write it, she has approved it for your viewing.