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WAHM: Pros & Cons

I am thrilled to introduce you to Alyssa from Life From My Laptop with a guest post for us. She is not only a wife, mother, teacher, and blogger, but also an author. Her book, Faith Leaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Passion, Purpose, and Profits, is an excellent resource and available in print or for Kindle. Her article today serves as an introduction to our new series about Work At Home Moms. Links to her social media accounts are at the bottom of the post, so be sure to connect with her there.

I have been a work at home mom for 8 years.  I began working from home around the time my second child, my daughter, was born in 2007.  I desperately wanted to be home with my children so I had quit my part-time job in ministry, but soon learned we could not do without my income.  This led me to look for a way to make money from home.

Like most people, I scoured the internet for days and came upon many, many options; however, I knew that 99% of them were scams.  Just prior to having my daughter, I had spent a couple of years working in a direct sales business part-time, which did not go well, so I knew that was no longer an option for me.

For me, the perfect work-from-home opportunity sort of “fell in my lap”.  I had been a blogger for almost a year and had reached out on an online mom forum to other moms who already worked from home to find out how I could do so as well.  I was contacted via telephone by another mom who hired me to ghostwrite blog posts for her.  This led to other clients and, ultimately, a full-fledged business.

Over the years, I have worked from home with a preschooler and a newborn, a preschooler, a toddler and a newborn, and, finally, three school aged children. Each of these ages has their challenges and working from home is the same way;  there are both pros and cons.

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Pros of Working From Home

Flexibility – One of my favorite parts of working from home is the flexibility it brings to your lifestyle.  You don’t have to answer to someone else when you want to do something with your family, if you have a sick kid, or if you yourself are ill.  You can work when you want and how you want.

Growth –  Working from home has allowed me to grow as a person and to also grow my income over time.  Often times in regular jobs there are limitations to how far you can be promoted or if you can even move up the ladder at all in terms of position and pay.  As a work at home freelancer who owns my own business, I am able to decide when I can promote myself or give myself a raise.

Being With Your Kids – If you are a mom, working from home gives you the opportunity to never have to put your kids in daycare.  Some days you feel like you could pull your hair out and wish they were in daycare, but most days you are fully aware of the incredible blessing it is to be able to be there for them 24/7.

Cons of Working From Home

Sporadic Income –  The biggest challenge for me in working from home has been the roller coaster that the way I am paid has put me on.  Now, because I am a freelancer, my income is based upon when I have clients and a full workload versus when there are dry spells.  There are work from home jobs -such as working for a call center- that will allow you to have a steady income more like a “real” job.

Isolation – Even if you are an introvert, working from home can feel isolating. For many years, I stayed at home with my children all day without ever seeing other adults.  When they entered school, at least I was able to chat with their teachers or other parents in the pickup line, but working from home can feel like you are on an island all alone.

A Messy House – I realize this won’t be a problem for everyone, as some people are naturally good housekeepers, but for me I get so caught up in my work that my house tends to go by the wayside.  Ultimately, it’s about the fact that when you work from home, unless you are really good about doing so, there will be no clocking in and clocking out; you’ll feel like you’re always “at the office”.  It is important to set boundaries and priorities in order to get everything done and not to be constantly tied to your work.

Readers, remember to get your copy of Alyssa’s book right away: Faith Leaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Passion, Purpose, and Profits. Be sure to pend some time on her blog and connect with her on these social media channels:

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