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My Mum’s a Work at Home Mum – Whatever That Is!

What’s a WAHM? – Work at Home Mum.

Work at home mum
QUESTION: What is a WAHM?

ANSWER: Work At Home Mum.

 

QUESTION: What is a WAHM? Is it…

Is it the opportunity to do something where you get to use your creative talents, writing skills, job experiences, or your passion?

Is it quality time away from the day-to-day responsibilities to your kids, husband, home?

Is it the satisfaction of doing something for yourself that provides fun, a feeling of accomplishment and income for your family?

Is it a flexible job that can be done anytime from home (or anywhere)?

Is it control of your own finances (not dependent on spouse’s income)?

And most of all… is it the chance to be there for the kids when they need mum?

ANSWER: Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes.

I love my business, and the fact that I’m a WAHM, even though my children are in full time day care, I have the flexibility of running my own schedule. So I’m there when my clients need my, I’m there when my kids need me, and I’m there when my husband needs me.

Is this something for you? Maybe…

Working at home takes a certain set of personality traits. So anyone considering a work at home endeavour should take a good look at their own personality before getting started working at home. And while one doesn’t need to possess all of these personality traits when you start, you’ll need to work on developing them.

Organised. Most companies have built-in organisation systems that we don’t notice, i.e. payroll policies, requisition forms, schedules, filing cabinets, etc. But a work at home mum must put her own systems in place (unless part of a franchise group like ours). If you find it hard to stay organised either at the office or at home, bringing the two together will not make it easier.

Independent. Independence means not needing constant feedback from your boss or client. Working from home an be very isolating if it’s just you and your computer most of the day. Are part of Miss Efficiency Bookkeeping you work independently, but you do have the backup and support of the rest of the team which is great peace of mind!

Disciplined. The motivation to keep bringing in new clients and revenue is the key to long-term success. This takes discipline.

Flexible. Flexibility is one of those personality traits we can appreciate in others more than we may like to cultivate it in ourselves. Most of us prefer to reap the benefits of someone else’s flexibility. But flexibility must go both ways. A work at home mum may need to work weekends or late nights. Being flexible about hours can be a necessity. But this works both ways – you may like to collect the kids from daycare early and spend the afternoon in the park. Your schedule can be flexible enough to accommodate this.

Assertive. And though one does need to be flexible, on the other hand, working at home can mean working around the clock if you are not assertive. Set yourself up for success by being clear with clients when and how much you will work. On the flip side, learn to say no to family members who will take you off task. Your “work at home ground rules” will help all of you navigate a the conflicts that arise between work and home.

Focused. Working at home leaves you open to many distractions. For the work at home mum, staying focused on the task at hand is key. And who most often distracts you? The kids, of course. Deciding whether outside childcare is needed is an important first step developing a work-at-home career. However, maintaining focus amid distractions is a constant, with or without child care.

Multi-Task. A mum’s natural ability to multi-task can be a double-edged sword. She needs to know not only how to multitask but when it is appropriate.

Effective at Communicating. Work at home mum’s rely on email and phone, and so good writing skills and phone presence is key. The rapid communication of email is what allows many people work at home, but email has its problems too. Unlike face-to-face or phone conversations, clarifications and questions are often left unsaid in email. To minimise this, learn to write effective emails. Make mental check lists as you read emails. And if you don’t get answers via email, pick up the phone and call.

Personable. It may seem like working from home means you can stay at home and be a grump in your lonely home office. But, in fact, being out of sight makes friendly communication with clients and business colleagues even more important. Remember the saying: Out of sight, out of mind – don’t risk being forgotten. So keeping clients and business colleagues in the loop with friendly emails and phone calls. Also an outgoing personality makes networking easier, a particularly important skill for every business owner.

Do you fancy being a work at home mum?

If so, complete our Initial Enquiry Form for more information.

Being a work at home mum is truly rewarding, and this could be just the thing you’re looking for!

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