The more digital we get as a society, the easier it becomes for people to work from home and, not only that, but it is becoming more common as more companies realize they can save a lot of money by filling and creating telecommuter positions. In fact, according to Forbes, in 2013 1 in 5 Americans worked from home. Though, it's anything but glamorous, working from home is a great option for moms that want or need to make an income but would also like to or need to be home with the kids. But before you jump into being a WAHM (Work At Home Mom), here are a few things to consider that can help you decide if it's right for you.
1. Can you multi-task?
I know, I know, you're a mom. Dumb question. Not entirely. Here's the thing, it's one thing to multi-task housework and mom work and it's quite another to multi-task something that requires a big amount of mental energy and focus and mom work. If you need to be in a zone to work on projects then that's something to really take into account. That's not to say you can't be a work at home mom but you may need to structure your day so that you are working only when the kids are in bed (which will most likely cut into your sleep or leisurely activities) or perhaps you will want to plan to hire a mother's helper.
2. Can you manage yourself well?
Working from home requires a great deal of self-discipline and good time management skills. Even if you are not self-employed, it is likely that you will not have a whole lot of oversight and it's important that you are self-motivated enough to get your job accomplished.
3. Can you handle limited adult interaction for the better part of the day?
Some people need to work with other people. If a life without breaks at the water cooler or the Keurig (or wherever people hang out these days) brings tears to your eyes, then you may not enjoy working from home. Or you will have to make sure to schedule in plenty of social interaction throughout your week.
4. Do you (or can you) have the necessary space to work from home?
Having a designated area that is set up for optimal efficiency is an important piece of the work from home puzzle. If you don't have adequate space (or equipment) it will only cause frustration.