As I move forward in this mothering adventure and as my social circle continues to expand with mothers of children of all ages, one question comes up again and again:
What can I do from home?
Those asking (and answering) this question are usually trying to find a balance between giving the kids time while continuing to grow their brain and hopefully their careers as well. Well after working from home for over 4 years now I can tell you that there are endless opportunities out there but sometimes they’re as difficult to find as getting 8 hours of sleep.
Working from Home Success – How to Find It
So, there’s no one single secret in making it work. It’s a combination of factors that in all fairness is different for everybody. You have to find the formula that works for you. That said, there are a few lessons I’ve learned that really made it work for me:
- Believe in yourself and don’t give up easily. It’s a journey making working from home successful – just like any other job or career.
- Take yourself seriously. If you don’t, nobody else will.
- Never downplay your ability and skills just because you “work from home”. It doesn’t make you any less qualified then somebody else.
- Be realistic in what you can achieve in the number of hours you work. Working from home means you won’t get 8 dedicated hours to work.
- Set working hours. If possible without your kids around. If not, that’s okay too. You need to figure out how you’re going to find time to concentrate
These really are just the tip of the iceberg. There are entire books written on the topic but follow the 5 tips above and you’re going to have a great start.
Where to Find Projects
If you’re just starting off on working for home you’ll probably want to get relatively short term freelance projects. These will help you get a feel of what it’s like freelancing, working from home and also help you build a client base. Below’s a summary of some of the better known online freelancing websites and the types of jobs that you can most easily find on them. It’s definitely not an exhaustive list but it’s a good start.
Now for those who know Etsy, it sort of stands out from the rest because it’s not a “job posting board” like the others. But I added it because even though the competition is huge (where isn’t it?) it’s an awesome place for someone truly dedicated to start an income stream through crafts made from home. You simply cannot read a “work from home” book/article/post without thinking of Etsy.
These are just a few of the opportunities out there. If you’re starting off as a work from home mom you’ll have to first prove yourself to you and then to everyone out there. There are a ton of factors to take into consideration – the work environment you set up for yourself, the schedule you maintain, the types of jobs you’ll take on, whether you need to find projects online or you have a strong network of people. These are all things you want to think about. But I guarantee that with a little planning and a lot of hard work you’re going to be successful.
You have it in you. Just give it some time and effort.