Working from home is one of the greatest blessings in my life. I get to make a few dollars here and there and still manage my household as best I know how. In these days we live in, it’s hard for a woman to be a “stay at home.” It can cause a lot of financial stress and bring a lot of judgment from those close by for why she’s not working.
One of the things I’ve heard most recently is, “Doesn’t it bother you working from home and getting interrupted all the time?” By “getting interrupted,” they mean, having the kids pull me away from work or the work search.
Honestly, “getting interrupted” was one of the reasons I CHOSE home profession! And furthermore, I do not consider it that at all. For me, I am able to lay aside work for a few minutes, or even hours, to tend to my most important job of all. Being a mom and wife.
I CHOSE Working From Home
No, I may not have as much money as someone who works a full-time job. But neither do I have to leave my children with someone else who cares for them in my absence. I don’t have to leave my grown disabled son at an adult daycare. Nor do I don’t have piles of laundry or dishes waiting on me when I walk through the door.
I get to be at home and take care of several things, all from the comfort of my home. And I think that’s worth way more than anything I’m missing out on by working from home in the first place.
I set my own hours. I both accept and refuse clients. Some jobs I know I’ll be good at, and some I know I won’t. There’s no point in undertaking, for example, a writing assignment when I know I have no experience in the subject matter. It really does make a difference! Yes, I could research. But some topics are so far out of my scope of knowledge, I wouldn’t even know where to start looking.
God Continues To Make A Way
I guess I’m old fashioned, but I’ve always believed a wife and mother should be able to stay at home. I’ll not even undertake the ridiculousness of the debates revolving around “gender roles” or “feminism” or anything of that nature.
I base my desire for working from the home from the Scriptures. This, in my opinion and in my lifestyle personally, is not a debatable subject matter. Now, having said that…
I believe God opened up the avenues to allow me to be here with my children while my husband works. And I believe He made it possible for me to wear a variety of hats, all while being right here at home. I contribute to the financial stability of our family, I homeschool our daughter and care for my autistic son. And I manage the household and everything that goes along with it.
The fact that God gave me a mind to be frugal is an added bonus! We are to be good stewards of this earth, there is no doubt about that. So
Working From Home Isn’t For Everyone
If you’ve ever considered working from home, I say go for it! However, be aware of what you’re setting yourself up for long before you ever take the dive! I did not, so not only did I have to learn along the way, I feel like I didn’t make as much money in the first couple of years as I probably could have.
You’ll definitely need a bank account, if you don’t already have one. I did not have one. Nor did I want one. Once you start working online, however, that’s the only way you can collect your money. Few are the establishments that actually still send a paper check.
You’ll also need to understand a LOT more about taxes. From which receipts to save for exemptions to filing and paying quarterly taxes, it pays to have “tax people” who can help you. I have one particular accountant that I go to anytime I need assistance and it has saved me countless times!
You’ll also want to make sure your equipment is up to par. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to access a platform, your mobile banking info, and more because you’re working on outdated equipment! I highly recommend upgrading to a new or newer laptop or desktop computer, as well as Wifi internet inside your home, if you don’t already have it.
Lots More Advice Available
This is by no means an extensive tutorial on how to work from home. I have only been in this business less than five years myself, so I wouldn’t even attempt that!
However, there are TONS of resources available out there if you know where to look. You can join Facebook Groups (choose the closed ones for best results) and join blog email lists for those that send out related email blasts.
I do have one word of advice to offer, and you’re likely to hear it again as well. If you’re told you have to pay to be “put on a list” or to receive work, be VERY cautious! Many of these are scams and you’ll wind up losing all your money and never have a thing to show for it.
My best advice? Pray. God has opened far more doors for people than any human ever could. Chances are, He will continue to do so! Network with people from your home church, Mom’s group, or any place where you trust the people. And most of all, enjoy what you do!