The most important full-time job you’ll ever have is being a parent. However, even if you’ve decided to be a stay-at-home mom, that doesn’t mean that you can’t cash in on your knowledge by working from home. Still, it’s very important that you weigh and analyze all the pros and cons of becoming a home-based freelancer. Things can never be absolutely perfect, and as a mom, you will still have plenty of responsibilities.
1. You’re always at home
Obviously, as a stay-at-home mom, you understand that you have to be at home to look after your kids. However, when you add a freelance job to that, things can suddenly become more obviously… lonely. You will be in the company of your kids of course, but if you’re someone who’s used to having a professional mindset where there are plenty of other people involved, your freelance journey may feel too isolating in the beginning. Basically, you won’t only be a stay-at-home mom, but a stay-at-home employee as well. The combination of the two can become a bit overwhelming sometimes. Since your home is now your new office, you should start thinking about investing in office furniture like chairs that will support your back during those long work hours. Consider checking out high quality in ergonomic chairs that are in your budget range.
2. Freelancing is a job!
A lot of people, and not just parents, can have a misconception about freelancing. Since you’re allowed to work remotely, whenever you’re available, it feels like a freelance job is not a “real” job. But it definitely is. You still need to provide quality work and meet all the deadlines. With that said, you have to consider how much work and what kind of work is best suited for you, not just in terms of your skill set, but your availability as well. If your kids are still very young, you may not be able to juggle your work and parent responsibilities as well as you may have wanted to. Therefore, you need to schedule and organize yourself before jumping into the workload.
3. The matter of organization
Speaking of schedules and organization, one of the most problematic things associated with freelancing is undoubtedly the lack of time and too much time. Confused? Well, the whole point of a freelance job is to work in your own free time. You’re not bound by work hours. However, even as a stay-at-home mom, you should be. You should decide on your own work hours, and include all the possible interruptions when you may have to cater to your kids. Time management is the hardest bit of freelancing but it’s also the most important. If you don’t do this for yourself, you’ll soon feel overwhelmed, tired, drained and confused, with your productivity reaching rock bottom. This is why it’s so important to plan in advance, and have as much work done as possible when things are going smoothly at home. Also, designate a time frame for your freelance work. That way, you’ll be able to deal with unforeseen circumstances that are bound to happen (when you have kids to take care of) better and more efficiently.
4. Find what works for you best
There are various ways to make money online, but you have to do your research well. Obviously, you can make and sell stuff, do online marketing or content writing, work as a programmer or graphic designer, etc. However, you don’t always need such a specific skill set to succeed. For example, you can make money simply by partnering with companies that will pay you to complete online surveys or watch certain videos. And if you like spending time on social media, you can even make a deal with someone to post interesting and valuable content on their behalf.
5. Stay prepared
Of course, you can never be 100% prepared for things that may happen, but if you want to be a stay-at-home mom and still work as a freelancer, you should do your best to make things easier for you. In that respect, meal planning for the whole week can be a great way to save time and stay on top of your game. Moreover, just as you would organize your work schedule, try to organize other chores as well, such as bathing the kids, shopping, etc. Your mom responsibilities won’t end no matter what you do, and if you want to enjoy and thrive in your freelance career, you definitely need to do your part on creating as much order as possible. After all, things will never be 100% perfect or go completely according to plan.
As you juggle your family and professional life when staying at home, you still need to think about yourself. Don’t let yourself get burned out, and make sure that you have some personal “alone” time every day, even if it’s just 15 minutes.