It works for plenty of parents right around the world, and chances are if you’ve been seriously considering the option for yourself, it may just work for you too.
Working from home affords many benefits, because you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a satisfying career while also being a stay at home parent. There are however, many things you’ll need to consider before taking the work from home plunge and making it work for you.
So here they are: things to consider if you think working from home might work for you
- To work from home as a boss or employee?
These days with technology the way it is and flexible workplaces becoming more common, there are plenty of work from home options available. Do you want to start your own business or do you want to work for a boss? You need to decide which option you want to pursue first and foremost.
- What sort of work do you want to do?
Choose to do something that really excites and interests you – something you are passionate about. There are a million and one things you can do from home – anything from selling items on eBay, child minding and ironing, through to Avon, professional consulting, administration, design and writing.
- What is your ideal work from home day?
Success as a mum working from home relies heavily upon your organisational skills and time management. Write down what your typical, ideal day will be like when you are working from home. This helps you determine what work you need to do for your work, and also for your home and your family. Be realistic in determining just how many hours you really can work, because you’ll find yourself busy.
- How will you keep your kids entertained?
If you have school aged children, it will be relatively easy to work your day around school drop off and pick up times. Likewise, it will be much easier taking care of a newborn baby, than it will be keeping toddlers entertained and amused at home while you work. Are your kids easy to entertain or will they require lots of interaction with you to be happy? Think carefully about how you will deal with these issues, because it will determine how many hours you can realistically work.
- Do you need help with childcare?
In assessing your timetable and your children’s needs, you will be able to determine if you will require assistance with childcare. Start perhaps with one or two days of childcare per week and as your workload increases and your success increases, you’ll be able to increase your child’s days in childcare. Of course, it’s entirely up to you just how much help you would like.
- How do you cope with working alone?
Working from home can be a lonely experience, so how will you cope with spending days with very little or no adult interaction? You will need to factor this into your work from home plans, and create outlets for you to get the social interaction with others, if you need it.
Working from home can really be a beneficial and rewarding experience for both mums and their kids. By taking all of the above points into consideration, you’ll be helping yourself get the most out of your experience.