First things first, go you! Looking for a home/web based job is HARD so make sure you don’t put yourself down. This is the hardest part of it and something I’m still working on.
I decided a few months ago that I wanted to transition to be a stay at home mom once our little one comes HOWEVER due to student loans and regular bills I still need to create an income. I’m still in the very beginning stages of switching to a WAHM (work at home mom) but I know it will be worth it when I don’t have to choose between spending time with my children or working on getting that promotion. I have been apart of the corporate world for several years now and at first loved it!! I liked the pressure, the long hours, constantly learning something new and interacting with like minded people. At the end of the day though, nothing was mine. I didn’t own any part of it. I realized I was working my butt off so someone else gets the big house with the fenced in yard and can afford to take family vacations whenever they want. Guess what? I want that too!! So I started my journey to becoming a WAHM and this is what I’ve learned so far. (Fun fact, I’m still on that journey and it will probably take me a few more months till I work out all the kinks)
#1 It is going to take time so don’t stress. Like I mentioned before don’t put yourself down. I know we all probably have read some of the same post or blogs about the people who went from making $0-$10,000 a month their first month and that’s really awesome for them but bad news. You’re not them. I’m not them. They’re damn lucky they are them.
#2 Look for VA jobs, (Virtual Assistant) I personally signed up with Up-Work and they have lots of job listings. Right now my biggest issues is I’m still working part time at my current job so I can’t give the 100% yes on my availability. I know this is hurting my chances but I also need steady income since we have a little one on the way. If you are in the same boat I’m in don’t worry, soon you’ll find the perfect fit and cant ditch your corporate job and know you’ll be creating enough income for you and your growing family.
#3 Realize that you wont get every VA job you apply for and be okay with that. I have applied for numerous online jobs now and the typical response is this. “Another freelancer was picked”, “You are over qualified”, “You don’t have the required qualifications we were looking for”. Yes at first it sucked, I didn’t understand how one person said I had too much and the next said I had too little. Eric was and still is great with this. Every time I tell him I didn’t get the job he simply tells me “it’s okay sweetie”. And he is right, it is okay. I’ll find a good niche sooner or later.
#4 Enjoy that first yes. One of my articles got picked up at a freelance company and I was beyond excited. This was after I had heard several no’s and was beginning to think we would have to live out of a car in order for me to stay home with the kids. When I got the ‘yes we want this article’ e-mail I had the biggest smile on my face the rest of the day.
#5 Realize that first yes doesn’t mean big bucks. As I mentioned above my article got picked up, what I didn’t mention is they paid me three bucks for it. Did it sting a little? Yes. Did it take away from my article getting picked up? No. I realize I’m joining in with a big crowd of Freelance writers and that they have been doing it longer than me.
I could go on and on with everything else I’ve learned so far in my few months of trying but the biggest thing I’ve learned is don’t give up. If this is truly what you want know that it will be hard and you will get frustrated and turned down and get 100 no’s but when you get that yes its worth it and soon you’ll get your big yes!
I’ll keep writing about my journey into becoming a WAHM but if you have any tips or tricks please share!