The Benefits Of Working At Home
Mar 25, 2012 The Work At Home Mum
Working at home isn’t all sunshine and roses by a long shot, but it can have some incredible benefits that many mothers wouldn’t trade for the world. The potential perks of making this decision can impact your life financially, emotionally and right down to the very relationships you hold dear.
Some of the most notable benefits of working at home include:
Saving money on daily expenses
If you’re leaving a job to work at home, you will have to offset the loss, but there are some instant savings that can be felt. Mothers who work at home often save a great deal of money on such things a childcare, commuting expenses, lunches and even dinners. After all, it is much easier to make sure a nightly meal is on the table if you’re around during the day to see that this is so.
Improved bonding time with family members
While scheduling can vary based on the business opportunity pursued, many work at home mums find they do have a lot more time to spend with their family members. Even while they are working, they can simply see family more and be more involved in their daily lives. This is a reward that can make the decision very worthwhile.
Potential reduction in stress
Keeping up with kids, a household and work will be difficult no matter what. Doing so with a job outside of the home, however, can be a stressful nightmare. Mums who work out of the house can experience a drop in stress levels when they get into the groove of actually “being there” to get things done. Tossing in laundry before starting a day’s worth of work, for example, can become second nature. So, too, can taking the time to greet little ones at a bus stop and so on.
The personal rewards
It doesn’t matter whether you launch a business that sells items through private parties or you go into freelance data entry, when you taste your successes they will be truly yours. Creating even a modestly successful at home business can be incredibly rewarding on a personal level.
While some businesses will be more flexible than others, most work at home moms find they are much more bendable in what they can and cannot do than they were when they worked outside the home. This can be an incredible perk for mothers who want to call the shots on when they work, what days they work and how long they put in.
Working at home can be terribly rewarding for women who give the prospect a serious go. The rewards of doing so can range from the financial to the very personal.
The Potential Pitfalls
Working at home can bear a number of rewards that make the venture extremely worthwhile. Mothers can thrive under these circumstances because the situation does give them the best of both worlds.
As fantastic as working at home can be, there are some potential pitfalls. Understanding what they are can prepare you to face them head on and win. While not everyone will experience the same cons working at home, some of the more common issues that could crop up include such things as:
A failure to balance
Some work at home mums have a little trouble getting into the swing of balancing career and personal life issues. Whether they spend too much time working or not enough, failing to strike a balance can have the potential to lead to disappointment in one arena, the other or both.
As was discussed earlier, some at home careers can be a bit lonely in the grand scheme of things.
While the whole idea of working at home very often involves having more time for the family, work needs to be on the priority list, too. This means there will be times mums just have to say no or go about their business even when a three-year-old is pitching a tantrum. The long and the short of this reality is that sometimes moms will feel guilt for not being there even when they are there.
In some areas of work, background noises found in a home can be a little embarrassing and may even come off as unprofessional. Talking on the phone to a client while a child has a fit or a dog barks loudly in the background just doesn’t “sound” as professional as many would like.
The danger of working at home often lies in not being able to “leave” work at the end of the day. With this in mind, many work at home moms tend to overdo to their detriment. While this might be great for the business, burning out can happen if anyone works around the clock and fails to unwind, relax and breathe once in a while.
Letting oneself go
While it is certainly nice to be able to roll out of bed in the morning and “report” to the office, this can be a double edged sword. It’s all too easy to still be sitting in that bathrobe at 6 p.m. on an ordinary Tuesday. This can have a negative impact on self-esteem.
While the pitfalls are very real, there are ways face them down and win. No matter the challenge, having a good plan in place for coping can make a difference.
While obstacles will stand in the way of any business venture, some of the hurdles for at-home businesses are a little different. There are ways to combat each and every one. When you have an arsenal of weapons at your disposal, you can clear the path to success.
These tips can prove very effective for helping work at home mothers face down and conquer any stumbling block that stands in the way:
Establishing set hours for most days
While flexibility is important, having a schedule that is stuck to on a regular basis can be, as well. When you put your foot down about working hours and try to maintain a schedule, it is easier to strike a balance that will work in your life.
Creating a home office
Even if it’s a closet that you stake out as your own, having a room with a door to retreat to for business calls and serious deadline work can be a lifesaver. By all means, get the laptop so you can work in the living room as your family buzzes around you, but have a haven to go to when it’s needed the most. Doing this, by the way, can even help on your taxes, so it’s smart from a few standpoints.
Having babysitter backups
If you’re going to be a work at home mom with young children, it is imperative to have sitters or daycare lined up for when it’s needed the most. It won’t matter if your business is sales related or service, there will be some days that you just cannot be available to your family.
If your children are older, an at home business can become everyone’s jobs. Assign children chores and tasks they can perform to help out. These can include business-related functions or even just putting the kids on dish duty to free you up to finish evening calls. A little work never hurt anyone and kids who pitch in to help make a family function well learn valuable lessons along the way.
Focus on the prize
Saying “no” to the third trip to the park during a sun shiny week can be hard, but doing so can be important. When your children see you working hard for your family, they can learn by example. Installing a strong work ethic early can put youngsters on their own path to success.
Establish a dress code
Deadlines aside, getting up and getting dressed for work even if you’re just moving from your bed to the computer is important. This can help you feel better about yourself and keep you motivated and projecting successful vibes in the process.