Saturday, April 5, 2008

How to Stay Confident in Your Decision to be a WAHM

There’s no denying that there will be times when you will question your decision to be a work at home mom. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal and it happens to everyone at some point in his or her career.

The key to making certain that you remain confident in your decision to be a WAHM is to carefully consider whether or not working from home is the best choice before you embark on your journey. You should also be prepared for off days, times when you don’t earn as much money as you thought you would, and plain and simple bad days. We all have them, and I can guarantee that at some point, you will too. However, the key to your success is in remembering the positive aspects of working from home and staying committed to your goals.

First, you should create a business plan. In fact, you should have a business plan before you ever leave your current job and begin working from home. You should also have a realistic understanding of how much money you expect to earn during the first year of your business.

The number one way to lose confidence in your success as a work at home mom is to come to the realization that you aren’t making as much money as you thought you would. Careful consideration and planning should go into your choice of a work at home career and you should plan ahead for days when you find your business isn’t as prosperous as you would like it to be.

You should also make sure that you have enough money in savings to carry you through the early part of your work at home career. By knowing that you have your finances secure, you can concentrate more fully on your business without feeling the effects and stress of financial pressure.

When your business plan is set, and you have enough money in savings, it is much easier to remain focused on your decision to be a work at home mom. Though there will be times of change in your career, as long as you are goal oriented and successfully meeting your goals, you can encourage yourself and remain positive through the hard days of your career. By taking the time to set your plan and make daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly goals, you will find that you will remain focused and confident in your decision to work from home.

It is important that married women have the full support and confidence of their husbands before beginning to work from home. It can be very detrimental to your success if your husband begins to lose faith in your ability to work from home.

Before you make the decision to leave the workplace, you and your husband should discuss how you will handle the financial aspect of your work from home career as well as how you will balance the responsibilities of family and work. With the support of your husband, family, and a great business plan, you’ll find that it will be easy to stay confident in y our decision to be a work from home mother.

Marcia Chumbley is a work at home mom and grandmother in Minnesota. She is the owner of a Christian Work From Home Moms website at Faithful Grannies bringing generations of Christian Work From Home Moms, Grandmothers, Parents, Boomers and Families together while providing resources, inspiration and affordable advertising while balancing the work at home experience. She holds a degree in Business and is a CMOM.

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