How To Go From Stay-at-Home Mom to Work-from-Home Mom

Congratulations to all you stay-at-home moms!  I take my hat off to you.  Seriously.  Every day, you hold down your household, take care of your family (and in some instances, parents, too).   You rarely get time to yourself and you still soldier on, putting others before yourself.   That's some dedication right there.

But...

there might come a time when you need to/want to work at home.  Maybe taking care of your family isn't as fulfilling as it used to be.  Maybe you find yourself in a position where you have to bring in an income.  Maybe you want to build a business, something you want to pass to your family.  Maybe you just want to do something different.  First off, that's okay.  There's no need feeling guilty about wanting to be a work-at-home mom.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get down to business.

Like anything in life worth having, trying something new won't be easy.  Making the transition from stay-at-home mom to a work-at-home mom can be scary.  But you can make it less scary if you do a few things first.  So here we go:

You've gotta talk to your spouse/significant other/family about making the transition.  

Sit down and have an honest conversation with whoever you need to talk to about how you're feeling and what you want to do.   In order for you to move forward, everyone important in your life has got to be on board or it's going to be an uphill battle.  If your kids are old enough, discuss it with them too.  Your working from home might mean dinner could be cereal or sandwiches while you work.  I'm really not kidding about that. They may have to help out with more chores because you need the time to market your business.  It's better that everyone know ups front what changes might affect them.  Get their blessing first and you'll feel so much better.

You've gotta be honest with yourself about what you can and can't do.

I didn't do this when I started out and it resulted in a hot mess.  Have a hard talk with yourself about what type of work you want to do.  I know phone work is all the rage but seriously, can you truly do a good job at it if you've got a toddler at home during the day?  Imagine trying to take or make calls and trying to "shush" your child.  Not gonna work.  If you have responsibilities like a child at home during the day or taking care of a loved one, save yourself the headache and honestly identify what will work for you.  Maybe freelance writing.  Or graphic design.  Something that can be done when the baby's asleep or later in the evening when your house is quiet.  You get the picture.  Be honest.

You've gotta have the confidence that you can do this.  

If you don't believe that you can manage working from home, who else will?  As a mom, you've got mad skills that you use daily to manage your home that can easily be transferred to running a business.   Most stay-at-home moms have a knack for organizing, a skill highly favored when it comes to working from home.   Take some of those hard-earned skills and run with them.  Planned an event at your kids' school?  You've got event planning experience.  Helped your pastor prepare a Powerpoint presentation?  Boom!  We'll go into how to package those skills to present to potential clients in a later post but for now, make a list of all of those super duper transferrable skills you've got.  And trust me, you've got 'em!  Run with them and turn it into a money-making work at home machine.  Create a resume that highlights these skills and start applying on job boards.  You can do it - rah rah!  You've got a cheerleader here (raising my hand).

"But I don't have any experience.  I don't know where to start looking for a job."

Okay, stop right there.  Get rid of the defeatist attitude.  That's not going to help you -- at all.  Fear will stop you dead in your tracks if you let it. If you truly don't know how to get started or you're afraid (that's okay), try volunteering your awesome virtual assistant services.   If you're in the market for starting a career as a virtual assistant, my good buddy Gina over at Horkey Handbook is offering a free virtual assistant course.  Free, I'm telling you.  So there's no excuse.  There's no better time than right now to take this phenomenal free course.  Yep, free.

So, there you have it.  Still feeling like you can't do this?  Connect with me here or and we'll talk.  Sign up for my newsletter where you'll get tips you can use. You're not in this by yourself.  Take care and see you soon!

 

 

 

Regina Lewis

Regina's passion is helping a new generation of virtual assistants launch their new business or take their business to the next level.  When she's not working at the local ministry, blogging or tinkering with Squarespace, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching "Downton Abbey" to the point that it irritates her boys and people-watching from her front porch.