Lots of people work from home, which kind of makes sense until you throw 1 to 5 kids into the picture, at which point having a career from home seems like some utopian fantasy meant to sadden women like you and me. I’ll admit, having kids while working is not easy. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to have a normal job. But who said that what you have to do has to be normal? I’m in communication with moms around the country, many of whom have figured out ways to leverage skills they earned before they had children. With just a couple of hours a day, you can start to bring income into your home. Get really good at it, and you’ll have a career that you like better than the one you had before you had children!
1. It’s About Efficiency. You can’t watch your kids if you’re stuck at a computer screen all day. So if you’re going to have a career at home, you’ve got to find a way to either do what you do while watching your kids, or do your job quickly and efficiently, then watch your kids. I’m going to talk about the latter option. If you can write, create, freelance, or whatever you do really well, then you can conceivably charge a lot for it. This is about doing a lot of work very effectively, very quickly. People don’t mind paying you more than others, if the work you are turning in is awesome and arrives quickly. So focus on delivering an awesome product fast, and you’ll have lots of hours a day to reserve for your kid(s).
2. It’s About Finding Ways to Make it Work. The above option doesn’t work for everyone. Some people have kids at the wrong age or activity level to make it worth it. Some people just don’t work well in the manner that I described. For these, you’ve got to find ways to do work that involves your kids somehow. A lot of people solve this conundrum by starting a home daycare. A daycare operated out of your house is a challenge, but if it’s running right, you have the freedom to pay a lot of attention to your child, while getting paid to also pay attention to other people’s children. If you go down this road, make sure you pay attention to local and national regulations. You should also look into childcare management software that can help reduce most of your administrative work. SkyChildCare, for example, is free for home-based daycares and allows you to manage enrollment, schedule classes and collect tuition electronically. Once you’ve crossed your T’s and dotted your I’s, this is an amazing career for people who want to work, but not for the man.
3. It’s About Satisfaction, Not Money. Realistically, you’ll probably find it hard to replace the money you could earn at a traditional job. I sure did. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be way happier on this life path than the traditional career model. Who says we have to spend all of our hours trying to make as much money as possible? Don’t let that mindset keep you from enjoying a life at home, nurturing your precious children through the most magical years of their lives. Lots of people miss this stuff. Be glad you don’t have to, at whatever financial cost.