“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” Donovan Bailey, Olympic Athlete
I believe that if possible, the best gift you can give your baby is to work at home. You could either work remotely for an employer or run your home business.
After my baby girl was born in July 2012, I knew that there was no way I was going to work outside the home. I was determined to figure out a way to work successfully from home.
Here’s what I learned from my personal experience working from home for 5 years.
Non-Phone Related Jobs Are Best For New Moms: The types of work at home jobs that are ideal for new moms are administrative assistant jobs, research, writing, editing, data entry, bookkeeping. Pretty much anything non-phone related involving using your laptop.
A job that involves frequent conference calls with your team members is not going to work if you do not have a relative or babysitter to watch your baby while you go to a quiet space to take the conference call.
Neither direct sales over the phone, nor customer service jobs work well for moms with babies or toddlers
Specialized Skills or Hobbies Are Great For Converting To A Home Business: If you have a specialized skill or professional, you can turn that into a home business and set a work schedule on your terms. This means that you can spend as much quality time as possible with your baby during the day and get most of your work done when your baby sleeps for extended time periods.
You can also create a home business around a special creative talent you possess, or a hobby. For example you could use your sewing skills to alter clothes that you purchase from thrift stores and sell online. Just like Nasty Gal, the online fashion boutique that Sophia Amouruso founded 10 years ago in her tiny San Francisco apartment.
The Top 3 Sources For Finding Mom-Friendly Work at Home Jobs: Websites like hiremymom.com, flexjobs.com and Virtual Vocations are excellent resources that you can use to find mom-friendly work at home jobs across a variety of skills.
I sifted through several websites to find a list of legitimate websites for finding work at home jobs. These resources are also perfect if you need to obtain part-time remote work to bring in cash while you work on building your dream business.
Strategies Moms Can Use To Make The Most of Her Time With Baby & The Most of Her Time Working
Starting out working from home with a brand new baby, I lost a couple of jobs because they involved being on the phone. In addition, I found myself taking phone calls in my clothes closet, or the bathroom because my baby was either making loud happy sounds, or on the verge of crying. I had to find creative ways to get off the phone quickly so that I could tend to my crying baby.
When I was on a client call, I often muted the phone while I was in the same room tending to my baby. Then I would quickly run to another room to continue the conversation if my baby was too loud. I always kept an eye on my baby. Video monitors come in very useful for this.
Being on client calls plus tending to my baby was exhausting so I only focused on getting work where I could communicate to clients via messenger or emails, and the occasional phone calls.
Maximize Your Daytime Hours With Your Baby: Instead of working in the morning after baby wakes up, spend 2 hours of quality time with baby besides changing diapers & feeding your baby. Play with your baby. Keep baby happy.
Use the Pomodoro Method of alternating between working for 30 minutes and spending 30 minutes with your child. When you’re working, put your baby in a swing with a mobile on top to keep her/him mesmerized. You can also lay your baby underneath a gym with dangling toys, or in a play pen with toys to keep baby occupied for extended time periods. Mix and match different toys and stimuli to prevent baby boredom.
I found that during the day, the maximum number of productive hours I could realistically work is 2 hours. Working in increments of 15 to 30 minutes enables you to spend as much quality time as possible with your baby plus get some work done.
Work while baby naps: When your baby takes two to three 30 minutes to an hour naps, use that time to work. If you are extra tired because of staying up late with the baby, take a 30-minute nap while baby sleeps.
Rely on Relatives or Paid Babysitters When You Must
There are times when you are going to need several hours of focused time to complete projects that your clients want a quick turn around on. Arrange for on call babysitters, friends, or family members to watch your baby while you work on urgent projects.
Even without deadlines, getting 2 to 4 hours of focused time to work on projects without resorting to screen time for your baby or toddler is a big challenge. From time to time you can use the barter system. Network with other work at home moms or stay at home moms where for one day of the week they can drop off their babies with you for 2 to 4 hours of alone time in exchange for your doing the same with your baby.
I have found that early in the morning while baby sleeps, and evenings when a spouse or friend can help, are the best times to get work done. If you are a night owl like me, you will find yourself working well past midnight.
When my 5-year-old was a baby, whenever she napped I used that time to work.
I live in an apartment so I found the living room to be the most productive location, as you can watch your baby play on the floor, in their swing set, or in their playpen while you work.
Working at home with a baby is extremely challenging because you are conflicted between spending quality time with your precious angel and your need to focus on doing an excellent job so that you can keep a client or employer happy.
The good news is that it’s possible to have the best of both worlds – spending extra quality time with your baby plus working from home. You need an extremely organized system to pull it off. You also need an extremely flexible schedule plus help from friends, relatives, and babysitters for you to complete critical work projects, take phone calls, or be on team conference calls.
If you are a work at home mom what system do you use to stay on top of it all?
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