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Transitioning from a Stay at Home Mom to a Work at Home Mom

You can do it and meet your goals!

I decided when I was about six months pregnant with my fifth that I really wanted to start a blog. I felt a little crazy, but also like this was the right move for me. I am a writer in my heart and I haven’t had an outlet to write since college. And I graduated in 2010 so it’s been a while.

The timing wasn’t quite right for me last September. I was rundown from being big and pregnant and just tired all the time. I did a lot of research but I didn’t create a whole lot of content. It wasn’t until my new baby was about five months old that I felt I had the energy and time to finally start my blog and really give the attention it needed to be successful.

Here are a few tips that helped me make the transition from a stay at home mom to a work at home mom, and I think they will help you tremendously.

1. Don’t start anything until you are ready to give your whole heart.

Nothing is more discouraging than starting something half heartedly then failing. Make sure that your follow through is strong. Don’t give up, and don’t start until you have that attitude. I learned this the hard way by starting when I wasn’t ready. I spent six months thinking that I had failed, when I hadn’t even really begun.

2. Set achievable goals every morning.

It really doesn’t matter what you’re doing, whether your blogging or making crafts to sell on Etsy, you just need to make goals and meet them every day. This will encourage you to keep going and give you a feeling of accomplishment. The best way to do this is to have a notebook and create a list of five things you want to accomplish. It will surprise you how much you can get accomplished and how this will help you feel satisfied with your work at the end of the day.

3. Work while your kids sleep, eat and are distracted.

Being a WAHM is challenging and it’s even more challenging when your kids are small and needy. But the times they don’t need your attention are the times you can get work accomplished. If this means getting up early or staying up late then you just have to deal with being tired. If you are reading this then that means that you have already made up your mind that it’s worth it.

4. Get Hubby on your side.

This is one of the most important things on this list that will help you succeed. If your hubby isn’t supporting your decision to work from home, then your failure rate will rise exponentially. If he is questionable, just remind him of the main goal. Is it to have more money for family fun, are you in need of a new car, do you want to save for a down payment to your dream home? If he can see the dream then he will be your biggest encourager.

5. Always think of the prize.

Like I’ve already said, you are doing this for a reason. Are you paying off old debt, trying to get a vacation funded, or you want extra money for groceries? Whatever it is, keep it in your mind. If you have a prize then the work becomes easy and fun.

6. Make your environment tidy.

If you are one of those people that can work efficiently with a house that’s a disaster zone you can skip this step. But for me, I need a tidy house to work in. That doesn’t mean I deep clean before I start my work day, but it does mean I tidy the kitchen, living room and dining room. On average this takes me about thirty to forty minutes. I hate housework that’s looming, so this really helps me work without worrying about my house.

7. Last but not least, I get ready for my day.

I don’t dress up, but I also don’t work in my PJs. I know the appeal of working at home is that I can if I want, but seriously, I need to take myself seriously and that means at least taking a shower and getting half way put together.

You can work from home, and you can be successful. I hope these tips help you and good luck!

If you have tips that help you, be sure and share them in the comment section.

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1 thought on “Transitioning from a Stay at Home Mom to a Work at Home Mom

  1. These are all great tips! I’m going to start making a list of five things I want to get done each day. And I definitely relate to working when they sleep and usually after they’re in bed. 🙂 I’m trying to still carve out 1-2 evenings for time watching a movie with my husband.

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