My first weeks of being a WAHM
The Working Mom
During those 14 years I’ve missed quite a lot.
- Vanessa’s first recitation of the alphabet.
- The first time Sabrina sat up.
- Sabrina’s first time crawling.
- Vanessa’s first ice cream cone.
- Chaperoning school trips.
- Daily convos on the way home from school.
- Several award ceremonies.
- Damian’s “Firsts” until the age of 2.
- The first time Natasha crawled.
- And, sadly, many others.
I use to envy stay-at-home-moms. Especially the one that were able to work from home.
Now? Now I envy those moms who successfully work from home.
Don’t be envious. Not in the least. These first weeks working from home HAS NOT been filled with “make my own hours” or”play with the kids when I want and work when I want”. Not at all.
Starting your own business from home is very much like starting any business. Long bloody hours.
I’ve spent a lot of time in this little home office of mine. So much so that I want to install a mini fridge, a coffee maker and a toilet. One of my clients produces custom digital wallpaper and I’m thinking of finding something scenic from Fotolia.com and asking my client’s shop to print the sucker for me. I’ll have the illusion of a bigger room and something prettier to gaze at than these four walls when the wheels are turning in my head.
Along with the long bloody hours is the must need to get organized. To schedule my time. To put a huge bloody calendar on the wall to tell me what I need to do every damn day, cause I swear, if I was just a tiny bit more organized, I won’t feel guilty or overwhelmed after taking a play break or my lunch break with my kiddos. I know it’s possible cause there are awesome WAHMs on twitter that ARE doing it! If I was just a bit more scheduled, I could actually start designing my business site. You’d think that was the first thing I would have done, but since I got my first clients so quickly, I’ve been armpit deep in their website stuff – the stuff that pays right now, ya’ know?
And then, then there’s the loneliness. Sitting in this little office of mine, with no co-workers to harass gets boring and lonely. I’m actually happy for the days when I can pull on something other than pajamas and head out into Manhattan to meet with my clients.
Things I need to get my ass in motion and do:
- Get a big bloody calendar
- Look for an application that tracks my time.
- Get a bluetooth so I can BS with friends when I’m doing the tedious-mechanical-no-brainer stuff.
- Get a mini cooler with ice for bottled drinks (hello? new business, no $$ for a fridge – but yes I have money for a bluetooth)
Other than that . . . I’m doing pretty damn well. Well enough that
I’m thinking of sharingI’ve decided to share my journey on this blog. You know me, I like sharing. So as I go, resources I come across or hurdles I tackle or just crap that bugs me or stuff that’s just plain awesome, I’ll share. I’ll share for those moms who aspire to work from home. And if you’re one of those moms, sign up for an email subscription or the RSS feed, this way you’ll know when I have something new to share. And if you have burning questions, ask. I may not have the answer now, but hopefully I will soon or I’ll point you to wherever I find it. Just leave a comment, I won’t forget you.
If you’re a WAHM who’s sharing too, please let me know. I’ll happily follow the pros. Seriously. No, I’m not kissing ass. Seriously. WAHMs rock!
Oh! If you’re a SAHM and a full-time student, getting your education online. I’d love to know what you do for organizational management and inspiration? How do you take classes from home while managing the home and the kids?
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