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Becoming a Work At Home Mom-Consider the Drawbacks Before You Decide

Updated on April 16, 2012

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While making the decision to work at home is becoming one of the fastest growing trends today, many wahms jump head first into the idea without taking proper consideration of all of the drawbacks involved. Many people may very well be suited for working from home, still others can find the transition a little difficult to adjust to. Working from home does have its many benefits but knowing the drawbacks and preparing for them can help make your decision a little bit easier.

Drawback #1-You May Need to Change Career Choice

If you presently work in a medical environment or in a job such as a police officer, the ability to transfer to a work at home position may not be a possibility. Sales and administration careers are well suited for transitioning into a working from home position. Creative jobs such as design and writing are also suitable career choices for wahms. For those of you who have jobs that you can not so easily switch over from, you will need to think long and hard about other career choices you may have the skills for.

Drawback #2-Can You Afford the Switch?

While it is true that many moms decide to stay home so they can save on child care costs, there are also other costs that will arise that need to be paid. One is insurance. Most employers pay a big percentage of health insurance coverage. You will need to look into what the cost would be for you to pay on a policy on your own. You must also be an excellent bookkeeper if you decide to work from home so you can accurately keep track of all income and expenses. If you have never prepared you taxes on your own, this would be a good time to look into how to complete them for both personal and small business.

Drawback #3- Can You Handle the Responsibility of Child Care and Work at the Same Time?

It is nice to be able to stay at home and spend time with your children while still being able to make money, but working at home with children running and screaming is not always such an easy task. You will need to learn how to schedule your time around naps, and late at night when the children have gone down for bed. Having a family member available to watch the children if you need to be on an important call or have a deadline to meet is a super help. Working from home with older children is often much easier as they are not as demanding although they can have more after school activities they need transportation to. You will need to be extremely
organized in order to balance both family life and work.

Drawback #4-You are Your Own Boss and Need to Stay Motivated and On Track

This may or may not be a drawback depending on the type of person you are and how you prefer to work. Wahms are responsible for the complete running of their business. You do not have a boss telling you what to do or motivating you to stay focused. You need to be able to set up a schedule, know what you need to do, and get it done. If you spend 2 hours goofing around on Facebook or a game site, or chatting on forums, you will be at risk for missing deadlines and losing clients or job contracts. Going into a room where there is no outside distractions such as a tv or a pile of dishes to look at will help you stay concentrated on the tasks at hand for the day. Self-motivation and discipline are the keys to work at home success.

Drawback #5-Can You Handle the Isolation?

Not everyone can take the hours of being alone that are often required for work at home jobs. Some people find that working at home alone can be frustrating or lonely. People who suffer from symptoms of depression should maybe not think of working from home where they can end up feeling withdrawn and sad. Doing what you can to combat the loneliness is vital for any wahm's success.

Once you have taken into account all of the drawback of working at home, you may decide that working at home is not right for you. However, with the growing number of wahms deciding to work from home, there are more resources available for those who would still like to try. As long as you understand the realities of the work at home lifestyle and take steps to address each issue, with a soid commitment you should have no problems finding success.


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