Find out how you can be a work-at-home mum by putting these helpful tips into practice.
It’s not easy being a mum — especially one who decides to stay at home fulltime. In fact, it is one of the most difficult, heart-wrenching, rewarding and wonderful things you’ll ever do.
These days though, the added economic struggles are more difficult than they have been in past generations, making the decision to be a stay-at-home mum tougher than ever.
Thus, in many cases, the desire to stay at home with your children isn’t an option unless you can do something to supplement your family’s income. Thankfully, because of modern technology, becoming a work-at-home mum is more possible now.
Before you take the leap and explore the world of a work-at-home mum though, you’ll probably want to take into account your family’s financial situation.
Check your finances before you become a WAHM
When you make the decision to be a work-at-home mum, one of the first things you need to do is decide how much you need to make. It is important to look at this realistically. You most probably won’t need to make near as much as you would working outside the home since you won’t have the following expenses:
- Professional wardrobe (though you’ll still need a few ‘grown-up’ clothes of course)
- Commuting expenses (Or petrol expenses if you have a car)
- Vehicle maintenance and upkeep will be less costly
- Meals eaten outside the home
Of course, you might need to make enough money to justify the time and effort you put into working, and to cover some of your household’s expenses.
Alternatively, if your family can get by on just your spouse’s income, you can set aside your income as a work-at-home mum for the future — e.g. for ‘rainy days’ and vacations.
When checking your finances, it’s always best to include your spouse — the both of you should be on the same page when it comes to this, especially your decision to be a work-at-home mum.