First of all, what is a WAHM? A WAHM is a work at home mom.
Many working moms desire to be WAHMs because they believe this particular work arrangement will afford them the opportunity to have more flexibility and the ability to spend more time with their children. There are two types of WAHM moms: the employee and the entrepreneur.
As a WAHM myself I want to shed some light on the reality of this type of work arrangement. I am actually an employee, so my experience is different from that of an entrepreneur.
First, let’s tackle the misconceptions:
1. That you’ll have total freedom and flexibility
2. That you’ll be able to keep up with household chores throughout your work day
3. That you’ll have dinner ready when everyone returns home each day
4. That you’ll be more productive at work each day
5. That you’ll be able to catch up on your favorite soap operas or tv shows
And now, for reality:
1. If you’re employed, you still have a boss. And with that comes specific expectations and responsibilities.
2. You will most often not have time to tackle dishes and laundry during your workday.
3. You probably won’t have time to start dinner until your workday ends and everyone is already back home.
4. It is easy to become distracted by the thought of household chores and other responsibilities.
5. It can be a little lonely without co-workers nearby to bounce ideas off of and chat with.
But, don’t despair! There are some pros to being a WAHM:
1. No daily commute
2. No wardrobe worries
3. No meddling or nosy co-workers
4. No cubicle confinement
5. Flexibility to take a break when needed
6. Can listen to loud music for motivation
7. Close to school if kids get sick and need to be picked up
8. Flexibility to take kids to doctors’ appointments
Like anything in life, there are pros and cons. Deliberate carefully before making the decision to become a WAHM. It is not for the faint of heart.
I would love to hear from entrepreneur WAHMs to compare notes about misconceptions, reality and pros.
Until next time-
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (Proverbs 31:17 NIV)