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Pros and Cons of Stay at Home Mom Jobs

Updated on February 26, 2014

If you're looking for stay at home mom jobs then you need to read this first!

I'm about to show you the good and the bad things about of stay at home mom jobs and how to be successful at these jobs.

By the end of this article you will be ready not only for your new job, but also for success.

The Pros

When you think of working from home it sounds kind of appealing, doesn't it? And it really can be a dream lifestyle. I mean, you are your own boss... no one is going to tell you what to do! You don't have to slave away at the bidding of someone higher up on the food chain. And guess what else... you can't be fired! So it doesn't matter if you mess up; just move on and try not to mess up again.

That's really the beauty of it all. You do what you want to do with your job. You do what you think will make your life and your family's life better.

You get to see the progress from all your work and you have no one to thank but yourself. Sure, people will still try to give you input on what you should be doing, but you're in control! You can take advice or you can ignore it... it doesn't matter either way because you make the choices.

And you decide when things get done. If you can't get to something at the moment then it's OK to push it to the back burner until you can get to it. You set your deadlines, your hours and you can take as many vacations as you want. You can even take breaks all through the day if it helps you work better without getting burnt out. And you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to start work unless you absolutely want to!

The Cons

Ah, but there is a dark side to stay at home mom jobs! You see, there are always two ways to look at things and you'll usually see them in a way based on your personality or just how things are going for you that day. So if you're an optimist, then the pros are going to look like pros to you. But if you're a pessimist then some cons might pop up because of said "pros". Like if being your own boss means no one tells you what to do, then are you really going to do anything? Do you have the motivation to keep chugging along, especially if you make an expensive mistake?

I mean what if you really wanted to do something with your business but it turned out to be a complete waste of time, even though you really love it? Is it making your family's life better if you spend so much time on it and really don't produce any results? And when you make a mistake like this then you have no one to blame but yourself! Because hey, maybe you ignored some really good advice or took advice from someone who didn't know what they were talking about.

And what about those days when you just don't feel like working? Sure, you can decide not to work at all but guess what... you make no money! And if you keep putting off work or don't put enough time into it then you're sure to fail. Doing little things here and there in between tasks on FarmVille isn't going to get you anywhere. You didn't earn that lifestyle... yet!

The Path to Success

If you want to live your dream lifestyle then you need to look at BOTH the pros and cons through the pessimistic and optimistic points of view and then plan out how you're going to navigate your business. Yes, PLAN! You're the boss so you set the rules, but you need to know what you plan to achieve and how you plan to achieve it. So set goals for yourself and then outline tasks you can do to reach those goals.

And always track your results so you know what's working and what isn't. Some things might work but don't produce the same results as other things you're doing, so you can save time and make more money by dropping the subpar tasks. And pay attention to how your work is affecting you and your family and then modify your WORK in order to improve your lifestyle. Your life doesn't interfere with your work, your work interferes with your life. Life is going to go on no matter what, but you can change aspects of your job to make life easier.

And above all, you need to set some type of schedule for yourself. When is the best time for you to get work done? When are you the most productive? How long can you work, non stop and still be producing good results? Answer those questions and then pick the most favored time of day for you to work and promise yourself that you'll work for the set amount of time you plan out. Plus you'll want to keep your goals printed out and up on the wall near you; the things you are working toward in your business. You can glance at them daily and then look on your computer for task lists that you've typed up in an order that's going to help you achieve each goal. That way you know when you should be working, for how long and what you should be doing in order to reach your goals.

Stay at home mom jobs have been proven to be some of the best jobs if you plan in a way so that the pros are always pros. So be optimistic but plan out your business so that your optimism isn't squandered. Now you can succeed where others fail!

Which Stay at Home Mom Jobs are YOU Interested In?

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      Haley 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Great motivational piece. I'm an optimist, so I actually tend to not pay attention to less than awesome things, so tracking my progress would help me focus on what works, and what doesn't. Voted up and useful.

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      Nordy 6 years ago from Canada

      Great hub, lots of good advice, thanks very much!

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      Ben Guinter 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks Hello, hello, I'm glad it was easy for your to absorb!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Very well worded and clearly written. Well done.

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      Ben Guinter 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks for reading Becky!

      That's true JT, it's good advice for any venue of self employment.

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      This is great advice foro free lance writers as well.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is very good advice and so true. Thanks for sharing, it will help many people to weigh the pros and cons of working out of the home as a stay at home mom.