Work at home moms (WAHMs) are taking back control of their life, health and wealth. I jumped on the bandwagon as well. It’s funny now that I think about it. Many people, and by people I mean co-workers, would raise their eyebrows in amazement. Once they learned that I was leaving my supervisory position in a growing company. They were shocked that I was just going to quit, stay at home and work on my businesses. I don’t think they were shocked that I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I’m sure they were wondering how on earth I could afford to quit my day job.
I wasn’t thinking in terms of what I couldn’t afford. I was too busy trying to figure out HOW I could afford to be a work from home mom. Staying at the company just wasn’t an option for me. They couldn’t pay me enough and trust me, it wasn’t much. I was tired of supporting my babysitter, working for all of my creditors and not investing in myself. Even with a full-time income, I STILL was in the red at the end of every month. Talk about motivation. It just got to a point where I started to wonder. Why on earth am I dragging myself out of bed early in the morning, waking my baby from his sleep, dragging him outside in the nasty Chicago weather, driving 30 minutes out of my way to drop him off at the sitters, to go to work and be chained down to a desk for nine hours, sitting, sedentary, gaining weight, getting the life sucked out of me so that by the time I got home I was too tired to do anything, such as cook, clean or exercise. Why? Because that’s the norm. Because of the “good benefits.” That’s what everyone else does. I finally woke up and said this isn’t the life for me.
By reading this article you will understand why so many women choose to be work at home moms. You will gain insight to the reasons that drive this lifestyle choice and be able to make a decision for yourself. Moms are tired of being torn between the corporate world and family life. Especially in this economy, many moms are realizing that it’s just not worth it to be away from their kids 50 hours week, slaving away at a company and only barely able to make ends meet at the end of the month. You will finally realize how valuable your time really is and be ready to take charge of your life.
Why join work at home moms?
There are several reasons for choosing the WAHM lifestyle. An obvious reason is to spend more time with your children. Many moms deal with guilt for leaving their child at the daycare or the babysitter every day. They also feel regret for missing those milestone moments-the first crawl, the first word or the first step. Being a work at home mom provides tons of flexibility. You can spend as much time with your kids as you want and not worry about missing those precious moments. Another reason is to achieve work life balance. When you work full-time, you undoubtedly spend more time with your co-workers than your family. If you’re sitting all day, sedentary, then it’s even worse. Why? Because you’re not getting enough exercise. Most likely you’re too tired to work out or cook by the time you get home. You want to spend whatever little time you have with your family before bedtime. Remember your health is critical for living a well-balanced life. It often suffers the most because you’re too busy taking care of everyone else. The last major reason is to create financial wealth. This applies to the work at home moms who are actively building their own businesses. Being a wage earner alone is not enough to become financially independent or wealthy. You must become a business owner, an investor or both to achieve this goal. Building a home business in addition to working your job is a safe way to pursue financial freedom. Eventually you will not have to depend on your job for income and you can make the transition to full-time business owner.
Fear of the economy is not a reason to hold on to your job.
Most people are clinging on to the ancient concept of job security. Unfortunately it’s an illusion and this is why so many people are devastated when they lose their job involuntarily. Work at home moms understand that there are no guarantees. In this tumultuous time, the average person thinks that finding a stable job is hitting the jackpot. Yes, having income is a good thing-especially when you don’t have any. However, thinking that the economy is too fragile to venture out on your own to create your own income is absurd. Now is the time to become a business owner. You need to be responsible for creating your own financial security. No one else will do it for you. The company that you work for will not do it for you. Stop depending on that 410k or pension. It just may not be there when you need it the most. You need to be 100% independent of earned income. In other words, if you depend on employee wages at all, you need to wean yourself from this income stream over time.
Time is the only thing we get a set amount of everyday. Is subtracting 10 hours daily from your time really worth it? Life is too short to not do what you love and be surrounded by people you love every day. Most people do not LOVE their job. They hold on to it for daily survival. Survival is just existing. Survival is not living. If you want to truly live, then you need to do your life’s work. Your life’s work excites you to the point where you can’t sleep at night. You look forward to doing it when you get up in the morning. You will do it for free because you love it so much. Work at home moms experience this joy daily and you can too.
Our time is precious. Many work at home moms recognized this and decided to take back their time. They don’t want to be told when to punch a clock or eat lunch. They don’t want to choose between overtime and their child’s soccer game. At the end of the day, it’s just not worth it to spend all of that time outside the home, away from family, not doing what you truly love. There are plenty of reasons to become a work from home mom. By now you should be able to identify yours.