When my daughter was born, I knew I wanted to stay at home. I was able to stay at home for five years and loved early minute of it. Now that she is in kindergarten, I’ve taken a job outside of the house. It’s bittersweet to saying goodbye to being at home.
While the steady paycheck is really nice, I miss the freedom that comes with being at home. The weekends are full of errands, shopping, laundry, and cleaning – all the tasks that I could do at my leisure when I was working from home.
I joke that being a mom is the toughest and most demanding job I’ve ever had. There is no time off and you are on-call 24/7. Still it’s my favorite job and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
There is no time off when working from home. You are constantly thinking about ways to make money. Most of my work from home was freelance writing. I spent more time looking for work than doing that work. If I ever go back to working from home, I will do writing for fun and something else for money. The big pro and con to working from home are the same – you are responsible for your success. Some days may be great; other days may have you looking through the classifieds for ‘a real job.’ You have to take those good paydays and stretch them out through the bad ones. Some gigs may pay on time while others a little slower. You have to be prepared for the ups and downs.
Right now I am happy to enjoy a regular paycheck. I do dream of owning my own business and know that I have a lot to learn before that can happen. I guess there is no time like the present to get started.