For me, being a mum is the best job in the world. No other job pays you in kisses that feel like a million bucks, nor do they demand you be at performance-best in the wee small hours. Sadly, for most of us, being a mum is a non-paid, kind of voluntary position. Sometimes we might depend on the ‘other half’ to keep us in wine and shoes at the weekend, and we might bemoan the fact that we used to have our own money. Hell, isn’t that one of the reasons we go back to work? We want to re-gain our independence and keep ourselves in wine and shoes, thank you very much. So what do we do when, like me, we want to have our own money AND stay at home with the kids?
We become a WAHM, of course.
It’s not easy. Firstly, the jobs aren’t exactly hanging around on trees waiting for us to pick them. Nor are they all possible to actually do whilst the kids are around your feet. I know of mum friends who have started up child-minding businesses, which was a first thought for me, actually. But then there was the course, the paying for the course, the Ofsted registration, the fact that you have to work longer hours to accommodate parents that go out to work…and other people’s kids, etc etc. Child-minding is a fantastic thing to do but with a baby? I think that’s too much.
So what else is there? Blogging, of course, can bring in some pennies, but if you really really like wine and shoes, it isn’t going to bring in much. Working from home for call centres is another option, and one that I know a fellow mum blogger has recently started to do. Needs must. And without being flippant once more, sometimes needs are actual needs, and not just wine and shoes.
If you have younger children, like me, working as a customer call operative is not really an option. Yes, the head-set they provide would enable me to breastfeed whilst working, but it’s not very professional when your toddler tells you he needs a poo and his genitals are sticking out of his jeans.
You could deliver leaflets or catalogues. You could write a best seller. You could take part in some paid surveys. The latter being a fairly interesting option actually. This article I read claims that there is a very large market for WAHMs right now (probably due to the fact that childcare costs are so extortionate, but that’s a whole other post!) and there are real opportunities to earn some extra money from home. With kids round your feet.
Me? I’m freelancing and finding my feet that way. But to answer my question: can a SAHM become a WAHM? Well, if you want it badly enough, then yes.
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