There are a lot of great things about owning your own business and being a work-at-home-mom, or WAHM. However, like many things in life, it is not as easy as it may seem. Before giving notice at your regular job and diving into a new life as a Mom preneur, it is important to take an honest look at yourself and decide if you have what it takes to be a WAHM. With this in mind, consider the following points.
You’ve Gotta Be Disciplined
Yes, being a WAHM means that you will have a certain amount of flexibility in your schedule, and this is definitely a wonderful thing. The flip side to all of this flexibility is that sometimes it’s hard to be disciplined to get everything done. To be a successful WAHM means being very organized and capable of planning things out in advance. It also means sometimes saying “no” to your friends who want to go out to lunch, your teacher friends who need you to help with a class project and your kids who are begging to go to an indoor play place. If you find that it takes you three hours to complete a one hour project at home, being a WAHM might not be for you.
You Don’t Mind Being Busy all of the Time
One of the good things about a traditional 9-to-5 job is that most days, when you leave the office you leave your work behind. As most WAHMs know quite well, you are always looking for pockets of time to work. In some cases, this might mean rising with the chickens, burning the midnight oil, hitting the computer while waiting for the water to boil to make spaghetti for dinner and sneaking in a few work calls while the kiddos are watching TV. While this ability to adapt and get stuff done at odd hours is an amazing trait shared by many WAHMs, it can also lead to a sense that you are never quite caught up. If this sounds like something you can handle, then the Mom preneur lifestyle may work for you.
You Don’t Mind Taking Risks
Mom preneurs tend to share some personality traits in common. Amway’s Global Entrepreneurship Report found that people who own their own business are perceived as “avid learners who strive for success.” Unsatisfied with the idea of working for someone else in a building 20 miles from home, the report notes you are likely to enjoy taking risks — at least to a degree — and that you have a non-traditional way of thinking. If this sounds like you, then you probably have what it takes to be a WAHM; but if you prefer a more definite work and payment schedule, then owning your own business might not be ideal. As a side note, working for a company like Amway is a great way to test out the entrepreneurial waters; it offers the flexibility that WAHMs are craving while still getting to work for an established company.
You Are Content to Be By Yourself For Much of the Day
When you work in an office, interaction is usually a cubicle away. But being a WAHM means spending a great deal of time flying solo in your home office with no coworkers in sight. Granted, you’ll still have human interaction in the form of phone calls and meetings with clients, but some moms find that they miss the camaraderie and companionship found in a traditional office place. If you are very social, you might want to reconsider being a WAHM. But if you are able to put your nose to the proverbial grindstone and don’t mind being alone for much of the work day, you will probably be successful as a Mom preneur.