5 Strategies for Prospering as a Work-at-Home Mom

One area of the economy that is growing is the freelance economy. A significant portion of this economy is made up of young mothers who have decided to put their children first. Full-time jobs often don’t provide the flexibility required to properly take care of a child. Rather than deal with it, mothers have decided to take a stand by going into business for themselves.

This isn’t always easy. There are a range of obstacles you’ll have to contend with when becoming a work-at-home mom. In this article, we’re going to discuss five of the key strategies needed to prosper whilst working from home.

  1.  Make a Place

You should carve a designated workspace out for yourself. This must be somewhere where you’ll do nothing other than work. You need to do this because it physically and mentally separates you from work. It’s vital that you make this distinction so you can concentrate on your latest project.

  1.  Chunky Working

Naturally, you’re going to have to juggle the responsibilities of taking care of your children and work. You don’t have to complete all your work in a single session, like you would with a normal job. Break up your time into chunks and work when the kids have gone to bed or when they’re at school.

Figure out at what time of the day you’re most productive and work around that. Only you know when you’re more likely going to produce your best work.

  1. Change the Way You Role

There’s nothing that sends a freelancer into a frenzy more than someone inconsiderate who doesn’t understand that you actually do have a job at home. If you’re going to be working and taking care of the children, you need to have a serious talk with your family. They need to understand that when you’re working they can’t disturb you for anything other than the emergencies.

It may also mean altering your routines. For example, your partner may have to shoulder some of the household chores for a change. It’s all about changing people’s perceptions of you and what you do.

  1. You’re Going to Screw Up…Badly

We always want to be perfect. When we decide to transition from the corporate office to the comfort of our own homes, we’d like to think the transition will be easy and perfect. This isn’t the case and it never will be the case.

Don’t be so hard on yourself because something is going to go wrong. An emergency dental appointment might appear, or someone might fall ill. These things will hurt your ability to work. It’s easy to beat yourself up, but the best freelancers simply adapt to the situation instead.

  1. Pay Attention to Yourself

Your health is the most important aspect of yourself. Without your health, you’re going to impede your ability to work and take care of your children, therefore defeating the point of becoming a freelancer in the first place.

Without the strict schedule of a steady and stable job in the city, it’s easy to develop unhealthy eating and sleeping habits. Always prioritise your own health before anything else. You’re your most powerful tool, and if you’re laid up in bed you can’t do much.

Managing life as a freelancer with a child is about being organised and flexible. To an outsider, it might look like you’re hanging on for dear life, but experienced freelancers are always in control. Understand that it might take some time to get used to, but in the long-term you’re going to reap the benefits of being a professional freelancer working from home.

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Xperience Days Review (Yorktown Virginia Sailing)

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that I am a work-a-holic. I rarely get out to do things because of work and school. So, when I say that Xperience Days was looking for reviewers I thought this would be the perfect chance for me to take some time off and get out and do something fun.

What is Xperience Days?

Xperience Days is one of the sites that have a lot of different experiences for you to do. They have classes, sky diving, sailing, and so much more. The activities range in price but from the one I chose to do I can tell you it is definitely worth the money.

My Review

I chose to go on the Yorktown Virginia Sailing experience. It is $70 for two people but the experience lasts for a little over two hours. I was super excited once I had been booked for the experience. However, once I arrived at the dock I became a little nervous since I have not been on a boat since I was a kid and the waves were making it rock back and forth. However, to my surprise the ride was super smooth the entire time. There were three people working on the boat and they were all very friendly and accommodating. They shared background about the boat, background about the Yorktown area in general, and they even had food and drinks available for purchase. Not to mention the fact that when leaving the dock they even allowed volunteers to help raise the sails. This part was super fun and both I and my significant other participated as you can see in the photos. The best part was the weather was absolutely beautiful. This was the perfect day to go sailing. It was first time being on a sailboat but I can definitely tell you it will not be my last. We had a blast. If you ever want to do something different I would definitely recommend checking out Xperience Days to book something fun.

Photos From The Experience

The boats that were on the dock when we arrived.
The boats that were on the dock when we arrived.
The boat that we sailed on
The boat that we sailed on
Me raising the sails.
Me raising the sails.
My significant other raising the sails.
My significant other raising the sails.
A great view of some of the historic houses in Yorktown.
A great view of some of the historic houses in Yorktown.
A great view of one of the historic bridges in Yorktown
A great view of one of the historic bridges in Yorktown
The captain of the sailboat
The captain of the sailboat

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Comment Starter Giveaway Event

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For All of the College Students

If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I am a college student outside of being a mom and working from home. Recently, I ran across this cool site called CampusBookRentals.com and I figured I would share it with you all since I know some of you are also college students too.

Benefits of Using CampusBookRentals.com

  • Save 40-95% off of bookstore prices
  • Free shipping both ways
  • The ability to highlight in textbooks
  • Flexible renting terms
  • They donate a percentage to Operation Smile
  • Many More!

Utilize Their RentBack Program

Let’s face it we all have purchased books for school full price only to be stuck with them sitting around in our closets because the buyback programs don’t even want to provide us with half of the money back that we spent on them. However, with RentBack.com you can make more money off of your textbooks. RentBack.com is a new program that allows you to rent out your textbooks to other students. This means you can make 2-4 times more than you would selling your book back through any of the buyback programs. So, why not check out CampusBookRentals.com today and start saving and making yourself some money!

Health Plan For Work At Home Individuals

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