Real Jobs for Enterprising Moms
START WITH WHY
As a mom, you have more than enough on your plate to make for a full day, every day. So if you’ve made the decision to add to that plate with full or part-time work from home, there are solid reasons behind it. Earning an income from home is not easy. You’ve got to be dedicated to making it work with your schedule and careful not to become imbalanced. Making more money sounds good until the pursuit of it begins to create more problems than it solves. Knowing exactly why it’s worth it to take this journey will sustain you during those late nights/early mornings, interruptions, sick days, pushed back deadlines, and all the other bumps in the road.
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ESTABLISH NON-NEGOTIABLESPerhaps the first thing I learned after I became a mom and made friends with other mommies is to always confirm plans the day of, even if they’ve been confirmed before because you never quite know what to expect with young children. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on my way out of the door when someone has vomited, filled a recently changed diaper, spilled the contents of their sippy cup all over their clothing, or needed to be nursed again. Life with young children can be unpredictable at times (Okay, ALL the time). If you want to be successful with your work at home venture, you have to figure out 1) when you can realistically work and 2) what you absolutely must accomplish each day. Items on your to-do list that must be done daily at a certain time are what I consider non-negotiables.
My non-negotiables are:
-spend time praying and studying Scriptures
-quality alone time with my husband
-writing 2 hours at a time
There are other important things that I do daily such as cleaning my home, marketing my business, meeting up with friends, spending quality time with my children, and eating dinner with my family, but I don’t consider these things non-negotiable parts of my schedule because I can be flexible about when I fit them into my day.