Building a work-at-home business is the best of both worlds for many moms. And for good reason: it gives you the freedom and flexibility to design a lifestyle business around your growing family instead of trying to parent around the traditional 9 to 5 corporate schedule.
Starting a work-at-home business was always part of my parenting plan, but unlike many of my mompreneur peers, the preneur part came first. In some ways it made it easier, but in others, it made it a lot harder. In the end, the struggle was worth it.
No matter which came first, working at home just makes sense for many moms (and here’s why):
#1: Design the Ultimate Flexible Schedule — Building a business allows you to set a schedule that works for you AND your family. Depending on your needs, you may need to hire staff to handle the frontline customer relations, be selective about the projects you take on as a solopreneur or create a business that allows you to work whenever, wherever.
#2: Waste Very Little Time on Commuting — Being a work-at-home entrepreneur means you don’t have to waste hours a day driving to and from work. Instead, you can get the kids ready for their day and stroll into the office a mere moments later. Of course, it’s equally important to put some ‘distance’ between yourself and the office when you close the virtual door at the end of the day.
#3: Capitalize on Household Deductions — Depending on how you structure your company and manage your personal finances, there are many household bills that can now be deemed corporate expenses and written off against your profits, allowing you to retain more of your income.
#4: Benefit From Productive Downtime — Working from home means that your morning coffee break can include throwing a load of laundry in, tidying the kitchen or organizing the pantry instead of gathering in the lunch room to complain about the latest corporate policy. Just be careful that these productive task breaks don’t turn into a form of distraction.
#5: Become a Strong Role Model for Your Kids — Locating your office in your home means you can share your work life with your family. It means you can both involve them in what you are creating and teach them a few important entrepreneurial skills along the way.
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