By Aurelia Williams
Work at home moms face challenges that are very unique. The
decision to work outside the home or stay with your children
difficult, with each option having advantages and
If you stay home you may lose income and you will lose
interaction with fellow employees, and if you work outside the
home you live with separation from your children and pay
caregiver expenses. Many women are choosing to work at home
finding the right opportunity is the first step in finding
success as a work at home mom.
You could use the knowledge and skills you have and become a
consultant, develop a career in design or writing, telecommute
to a job, or start a home-based business. The opportunities
It can be difficult for a work at home mom to balance home,
family, and career. Even if you are not a parent it is hard to
find time for a personal life when you operate a home-based
business. It is very easy to become consumed by your work when
you work from home and it can be a challenge to find time for
yourself and your family.
To successfully balance a home and career you must create a
work schedule. Decide what hours will be set aside for work
try hard to stick to that time-frame. It very beneficial to
create a boundary between work and home. Setting a work
schedule will give you a routine to follow.
To give yourself the opportunity to socialize and meet new
people, try geting involved with community or other volunteer
activities. If you do not get out of the house regularly you
may begin to resent your work and your family obligations.
During your workday, take short breaks to get up and move
around. A simple stretching routine or a short walk will do
wonders for your outlook. It will be necessary for you to
deliberately schedule time for personal activities such as
reading, picnics, or exercise. By adding these activities and
free time to your schedule you will ensure that you get some
much needed "mommy" time and that your family spends quality
time together. You will find that if your leisure and family
time suffer too much, your relationships will suffer as well.
Make time for the fun things and times shared with children
If you implement these ideas into your life as a work at home
mom, you will be better able to achieve balance between work
and your home life.
About The Author: Aurelia Williams is the mom of four busy
children, a Personal Life Coach
www.reallifecoaching.net/ and the owner of
www.reallifesolutions.net/ which is an informational
site that also offers products, articles and a great
newsletter. You can also hear Aurelia daily on the
www.wahmtalkradio.com show, she is the Resident Life