how to become a wahm (work at home mom)

Thanks to the Internet, there are a multitude of ways in which women who want to stay home with their children, yet also bring in some bacon, can.

After my first daughter was born, I went back to work straight away and was straight up miserable. Though I enjoyed the adult interaction, I hated being away from my little girl. After my second daughter was born, it didn’t make sense for me to go back to work because my salary was not enough to make it financially worthwhile. So instead we: cut costs, Steve got a higher paying job, I may (or may not) have won some money, and ultimately we just decided to “make it work.”

The catch was that living where we live, where the cost of living is so high, we have needed some additional income, so I began finding freelance work. I fell into a lot of it through happenstance, and the rest, I created for myself.

Thus, I became a WAHM (work-at-home mom) and though the WAHM gig has been the most challenging thing I have ever done, it has been the most worth it.

Tonight, my friend and fellow blogger, Chelsea of BreezyMama.com, and I will be joining Catherine Garcia on the NBC show California Nonstop to talk about ways in which moms can work from home.

TOP 3 WAYS TO BECOME A WORK-AT-HOME MOM:

1)   WRITE – Content on the Internet is where it’s at.

  • Start your own blog & make money on advertising and/or sponsorships. Income from blogging may not allow you to retire young, and it may not happen overnight, but, many moms & dads are making money through blogging. It also opens the door for the next item on my list…
  • Write for an existing site. There are many magazine style parenting sites that pay their writers via click throughs or a per post rate.
  • Write for a corporation. Many companies are adding a blog tab to their website and need content providers. You can get paid as a consultant on a flat fee per post or charge an hourly rate.

2)   CREATE & SELL – If you create it, they will come. If you are a crafty, creative person, try selling your own handmade goods online. There is a huge market for it, and now with social media, there are many ways to get your products out there.

  • Online marketplaces like Etsy.com and so many more are a perfect place to start (click here to see Mashable’s list of Ten Great Websites to Buy Handmade Goods).
  • Build your own site to sell your wares. Check out this amazing jewelry by Lisa Leonard of LisaLeonardOnline.com. Her company has blossomed over the past few years, and she has been able to do it all from home. Or, if you don’t want to make the goods yourself, but you have the know HOW, you can . . .
  • Sell DIY kits. My girl, SheyB, gave up her business of making camera straps because she was taking too much time away from her kids, so now, she sells the DIY kit so people can make the straps themselves. Genius!

3)   TELECOMMUTE—Some companies are opening up their consciousness to the concept of telecommuting (many have been doing it for years). If/when you get knocked up, try pitching it to your company and seeing what happens. The worse they can do is say no. The best that can happen is that you can be in pajamas on your next conference call and Barney becomes your best friend.

TOP 3 WAYS FIND WORK FROM HOME WORK:

1)   ONLINE JOB SITES:

  • FlexJobs is an online job search company that specializes in flexible, telecommuting, part-time and/or freelance gigs.
  • MediaBistro specializes in creative media gigs and has an entire section for freelancers.
  • Craiglist. Though you may have to sift through some weirdos on Craigslist, I have several friends who recently found their current jobs via postings on Craigslist.

2)   SOCIAL MEDIA: You know those little icons that are taking over the world? Well there is a reason Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, are so popular. Social networking is nepotism’s second cousin. If you’re not directly related to someone, then the next best thing is being friends on Facebook or sitting next to them at a ConVis mixer, following up on LinkedIn and then shooting them your resume “in case something comes up.” Boom. Done.

3)   CREATE YOUR OWN: Dream up a telecommuting/project-based job, based on your skill set, and pitch it. I did this with a former place of employment, without them even asking for it, they bit the hook and hired me.

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Being a work-at-home mom has it’s unique challenges, being constantly being torn between the computer and the kids. Aside from a few hours when both the kids are accounted for at their new school, I must find creative ways (many of which involve the TV) to keep them busy while I work. Guilt piles up, like that stack of unopened mail that taunts me from across the room; seems like the words guilt and mom go hand-in-hand, but that is fodder for a different post.

For now, tell me how you do it? Are you a WAHM? What ways do you do you find your work? What are your challenges and perks?

Tune into Channel 107 on Cox Cable or Channel 253 on Time Warner tonight at 7:30pm to hear more on this subject.

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5 Comments

  1. 1
    Ali says:

    Great post, Mary! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. 2
    Chelsea says:

    Looking forward to discussing this topic further with you!

  3. 3

    I am a work at home mom! It is challenging, but we manage to combine caring for our daughters and producing a quality monthly magazine plus video and graphic design jobs as they come in. I couldn’t do it without my hubby, a work at home dad!

  4. 4

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  5. 5

    i need help affording a car?

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