A dear friend, former fellow church member and Queen of WAHM (work at home mom) stuff, posed this challenge (and contest)...write about why you love working from home, as a "booster" for us WAHM's that get, well, a little discouraged, or stressed out at times - yes that happens when you work from home - to help remember why we LOVE working from home. Here are my reasons:
I am new to the WAH world, currently working on opening my "doors" to my new Virtual Assistant Business June 1 (just 5 days away!). But, I've been "working" from home (not getting paid yet - mind you) since about March; building my website, etc. So this is a perspective from a new WAHM.
I love it because I get to spend that precious time with my husband and kids that one misses out on when they work in the corporate world. Along with that comes the flexibility. I have to have a flexible schedule, and working from home allows that option, where in the corporate world one is pretty much stuck to the demanding hours of the business; you have to schedule your appointments, etc. around the company. As a WAHM, I get to choose when I work.
Another reason I LOVE being a WAHM, is because I determine my success! I am my own boss and if I need raise, I just work a little harder to get my name out there more, get another client, add another service, or whatever it takes. If I need a vacation, I can choose when to take it, and I can take my work with me (although I don't recommend that unless it's absolutely necessary!) If I need a break, I take one, for however long I need to get refreshed. And most importantly I get paid what I feel I'm worth and what the job is worth.
As Kelly mentioned in her blog, NO pantyhose!!! That's probably my favorite part; I can sit in my pj's all day if I want; I can wear my hair the way I want and I don't even have to put on makeup if I don't feel like it that day. (Although I usually get dressed in at least jogging pants and a t-shirt, put on a little makeup and throw my hair up in a ponytail so I don't feel like a scrub all day...just so ya know!)
And the best part of WAH is...I have "met" so many lovely people on-line so far! It's amazing the comradery that develops in the on-line WAH community! If you are new to WAH, like me, I encourage you to join Mom MasterMinds. There is a wealth of invaluable information there that no WAHM should be without. Another great place to meet other on-line mom's is Mom Bloggers Club. Those are just two of the places I recommend, but that will get you started. If you are a seasoned WAHM, then please leave comments or suggestions for us newer ones.