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Are You a Brand New WAHM?
If you've just started working at home or just become a new mom that already was working at home – then this section of MoneyMakingMommy.com is for you.
Becoming a new WAHM is not as easy as many women envision. Some think it will mean more free time and less stress. I personally found out it was less free time and more stressful. You're on your own and there is no IT department, there is no accounting department to guide you with taxes or should you incorporate. You have to teach yourself whatever it is you might need to know. Of course you can take classes and tutorials -but again, more of your time. It truly isn't more home baked goodies and a super organized and clean house. I wish I could say it is – but in my 12 years of experience as a work at home mom…it goes down more like this…
When you're first starting out, especially if you're trying to create your own business, you are so engrossed in learning whatever you need to learn. For me, it was web design…and then it was SEO and then it was php and then it was accounting, incorporating…and the list goes on and on.
And the more successful MoneyMakingMommy.com got, the more pressure, stress, time commitment and continued learning curve I had to deal with. In my 30's it seemed a lot easier. I had more energy, which I needed because my kids were younger. Now, in my 40's – my kids are older (which means they are in school and that is a huge help), but pulling all nighters and dealing with perimenapause — it's harder on me physically. First tip to any new WAHMS of any age – take care of yourself. Working at home with the kitchen close…means snacking, sitting at a computer is bad for your back and metabolism. You've got to keep moving and you've got to treatexercise like brushing your teeth.
[ad#MMMArticles336x280]Another really important part of your life that you don't want to neglect once you become a WAHM – your network of friends and family. Clubs and community involvement. It's all important. You won't realize it when you're eating, breathing and sleeping your home business, your kids, your home, your yard, dinner prep….etc – but you'll begin to become more and more reclusive. It happens. This can lead to being lonely and even anxiety.
Being your own boss is wonderful, working at home and being able to be with your kids is such a blessing. But I guess my point is — bottom line – it's work. Any job is work. You gotta try and find balance. Otherwise, it's like a monster that will leak into every aspect of your life. Tame that beast before it gets out of control.
WAHM Experience Passed On
So as a work at home mom that's been in these trenches for 12 years – it's my true hope to create a section on my site dedicated to helping new WAHMs because I remember those days oh so well. I can already tell this will be one of my favorite sections of the site. Helping other women avoid the mistakes I made and learn a better WAHM path is my hope.
I experienced a lot of heartache, disillusion and health issues on my path to becoming a successful WAHM. I'm not sitting around feeling sorry for myself. That's just never been my nature. BUT – it hasn't been an easier road. And I think that's where the disillusion came in. I thought finding work would be easy, creating a website would be easy, balancing my work and home life – piece of cake. I also thought there would be TONS of me time and less stress. But it's quite different and managing it all can prove to be monumental if you're not prepared.
MoneyMakingMommy's biggest tips right off the bat for New WAHMs:
1. Keep a regular schedule. Just as if you had a job outside the home. Meaning – have a regular bed time and work hours.
2. Don't eat all the chocolate pudding and Oreos because they are there and you're stressed. It's easy to walk in the kitchen
and grab food for soothing but don't do it. Keep regular meal times and healthy snacks on hand.
3. Invest in an ergonomic set up if your new WAHM career means sitting at a computer. Get the very best you can afford and
take stretching breaks.
4. Exercise. OMG – get off your butt. If you don't know it already – Sitting Can Kill You
5. I used to run on caffeinated coffee with sugar. It's a mistake. Ditch sugary drinks and caffeine.
6. Get out of the house – often. Join a club, bible study, PTO – something that keeps you around people and socially active.
7. Find a way to manage your stress. Pilates, relaxation techniques, walks, massages….whatever – but get your stress under control.
Keep these tips in mind when you start out and you'll be on a better path than I was when I started. Much better. Keep the “work at home monster” tamed!
Below are the topics I want to touch on, but if you have any suggestions please feel free to contact me and let me know what you'd like to see here. And if you'd like to submit an article that might be helpful you are certainly welcome to as well.