When I had my first child I felt I had to continue working as an art director for a university. It was a great gig, loved the job, great benefits, salary, security, safety. Then I had my second child 17 months later and knew I wanted to be at home with my kids. It was a very scary thought to leave my job. We were used to a 2-income family, could we get by??? The reality was, I knew it was more important for me to be at home with my kids, no matter what that would mean. My husband & I decided to take the leap and have me leave my job. As an art director/graphic designer, I did know that had the potential to build a business from home.. but knew I had a bunch of steps to take to make it a reality.
I had to just take it one step at a time, getting super organized, prioritizing my time and consistently moving forward every day.
- You have to be your own cheerleader. Being a mom first does not offer raises, promotions, airfare miles… any of the stuff rewarded to full time career moms. Our reward is our amazing children, who are happy, healthy, connected to us, balanced, successful, contributors to the world. I am by no means implying that as a work outside the home mom these achievements are not possible. I am just saying that these are OUR rewards.
- Time Management… you have to be disciplined. MAKE the time you need to succeed. Know your windows, know when you function best. Some of us work best in the morning, some of us are night owls. Carve out the time you need and make it a priority.
- Get Help… it’s ok to get a babysitter to help you make time to work. You also will need to surround yourself with people who are great at the things you are not skilled. Do what you do well, hire people who can help you. You might need someone to design your logo and website, or handle your social media. Think about the areas you can handle well, and get some help with the other stuff.
The Up Side:
- You are designing your life. You can be there to put the kids on the bus, and be there when they get home – if that’s our choice. You can be there for the school stuff during the day. You are choosing when to be with your family. You create your own hours for what works best for you and your family.
- YOU are in control of your destiny. You are working for your future and building the life you want to lead.
- You are (hopefully) building a long-term career in a business or industry that you enjoy and for which you feel passion.
- You will never regret choosing to stay at home and make that work for your family. Your kids grow up too quickly… enjoy every second, and plan for the future.