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A lot of women these days have been thinking about becoming a work at home mom. This way they can still have a career and also stay home. Time was that women needed to choose between working and staying home, however now, especially with the Internet, this is no longer the way it is. Of course if you currently have a job outside of your house, you will need to consider a few things to see if it would be possible for you to become a work at home mom.
You may have a great idea for a business, or maybe you are looking for something to start right now. You may not have the confidence that you can actually make it work for you. How are you going to know if you are ready to start this endeavor? These are just a few things to think about before you start in a home based business, below are a few more things.
You need to think about your finances now, are you easily paying your expenses every month? And more importantly, if you leave your job to start your own business will you still be able to pay all of your household expenses with just your partners income? Don’t forget, you will not be making money immediately when you start, it will take a little time to get the money to start coming in.
In order to see if it is possible for you to afford to start being a work at home mom, the first thing you should do is to sit down and create a current budget for all of your current expenses This way you can figure out exactly how much money you spend ever month on your necessities Once you figure out how much money you will need to cover the basics, you need to figure out if your partners salary will cover the expenses while you are starting out. Or you may have a savings account, will that make up the difference?
If you did the math and your partners income will not cover the expenses and you don’t have enough money in your savings account to help cover the costs, you should think about continuing to work for the time being and start to bank as much as you can until you have enough to get started with your work at home business.
Now before you jump in and decide to start being a work at home mom, you will also need to figure out how much money it is going to cost you to start up your business. Are you going to be able to make the investment to get started? While your investments to getting started may be tax deductible, you will still need to be able to afford the investment to get started.
I am sure you may be thinking that it won’t be to hard to be a work at home mom. But you must remember you are going to be starting a business, even if you are doing this from home, it is still a business and it takes hard work and dedication to make sure you succeed. Also if you have children living at home, it can make things a little more difficult.
Are you going to be able to find room in your house where you will be able to work without being interrupted or disturbed? You also need to think about what you will need to do with your new business. If you are going to be using the phone a lot in your business, then you will need a quite place to get this work accomplished. Also if you are going to be working online or need a computer for your work, is there a computer that will be available when you need to use it? And also will you have your own work space or will you be using the kitchen table.
So you are going to need to secure a work space in your home, have access to a computer if needed and the silence that you may need if you will be using the phone a lot. Now you need to also think about your family obligations. Are you still going to have time to spend with your family or are you going to let your new business take over your life and end up working 16 hours a day simply because everything is right there in your home. Also who is going to take care of your children if they are not old enough to take care of themselves. Are you going to need to hire a baby sitter, or will you have the time to take care of the kids yourself. Also don’t forget about snow days and other days off from school.
Making the change between a mom who used to have a regular day job to being home all the time as a work at home mom, will have it’s difficulties. Even if you are already a mom who stays home with there kids and are just looking to start earning some extra money to help out with the bills, it may still be difficult.
You will need to think about the questions above before you decide to start being a work at home mom. One of the most important questions is if you think that you are ready to be a work at home mom. You will also need to know that some people will tell you that you can’t do it… don’t listen to other people. I am a strong believer that people can do anything that they put there minds to. But you also need to remember if you are looking to do this to spend some more time with your children and partner, then working all the time or sitting your kids in front of the TV, because you still have work to do, is not going to accomplish this.
To sum up, if you have been thinking about this for a long time you may already have all the information you need on whether or not your ready to become a work at home mom. You need to remember that making the transition can both be easy and difficult, depending on the home business your looking to start, and how much support you receive from your family.