First of all, if you’re a work at home parent–particularly if you’re a parent of young children–you have my admiration.
I have an even greater admiration for you if you’re doing something entrepreneurial like creating and building your own business because I know just how painful that can be.
I know how time consuming, how emotionally and physically draining it can be.
I also know that it takes massive persistence and resilience to get up and keep going after the many setbacks you have doubtless encountered.
Getting the balance right between family life and work while you’re working at home can end up breaking your business (or employment), your family and sometimes it can break you.
Regardless of how you’re doing it, working at home can be hugely challenging but, if you get it right, hugely rewarding!
My Definition of “Work at Home”
I’ve billed this site as a survival guide for work at home parents so I guess I’d better define what I mean by “work at home”.
When you think of a work at home parent (usually shortened to WAHM or WAHD for Work At Home Mom (Mum) or Dad) you probably think of someone who either has a regular job that permits them to work remotely, i.e. away from their office, or maybe you think of someone who has their own business such as writing, copy writing or graphic design.
When I see the term WAH, I know that I picture someone doing work online from home, probably from their kitchen table with small children at their feet (probably because that’s how it is for me!).
Maybe you also imagine that when you work at home money is the primary motivator, but actually, it doesn’t have to be.
In my definition I’d like to include those who are working on their own stuff, perhaps studying academically or enhancing their skills through study, and also those who homeschool their children.
I definitely include those people who are taking the entrepreneurial route and have yet to make the breakthrough. Building a viable business can take years of unpaid work, but it’s still work!
The difficulty there is that other people (especially those closest to you) often don’t see it as work, because work brings in money–and if you’re not bringing in money you’re just playing at it while you get over your midlife crisis.
I also include people with obligations beyond the home, paid or unpaid:
- Non profit
There are all kinds of ways to work at home and I’ll get into those later but I want you to know that my main focus is on those who are taking the entrepreneurial route because that’s where my experience comes from.
OK, so that’s not exactly a concise definition. I’ll work on that and come back to it.
I’ll probably update this page over time until I get my definition right because I definitely don’t want you to feel excluded. If you work from home in any capacity there will be something on this site for you as I develop it.
Do you work from home? What do you do and how do you cope?