Taking the brave leap of faith required to start your own business and work from home can be a daunting prospect.
But once you’ve made the decision, found what makes you passionate, researched Small Business Loans and handed in your notice, it’s actually all rather exciting.
I’m not alone in being a mama who decided working for someone else just wasn’t working for me.
A lot of companies are very good at being understanding of a mother’s commitments. They offer flexible work, they get that kids are sometimes ill and they are understanding about the pressure it puts on us. But, they also get that working mamas know how to multi-task and hustle.
Sadly not all companies do get this, and so more and more of us are turning to self-employment, freelancing and setting up our own businesses.
If you’re wobbling over whether to take that leap into the unknown, I thought I would set out the pros and cons that I considered when thinking about turning my blog into a business.
Setting your own schedule
For me this is the biggest perk of all. I can decide when I work, which means I get to prioritise time with the kids in the day time.
Working from home also means you can fit chores and housework around your day-to-day responsibilities.
When it comes to the school run, the average 8am to 5pm working day doesn’t fit in with the usual school hours of 9am to 3pm.
Working for yourself means you can dip in and out of work as you please.
More time with the kids
This was a big motivator for me. I want to enjoy the early years with my children, because we all know how quickly that time passes by!
I think earning your first pound that was made off your own talents/skills/hustle is so satisfying. Building your own company or freelance work from scratch is hard work, but seeing it all come together is such a rewarding experience.
Saving money on childcare
With our nursery costing us £70 per day per child, this was a welcome expense to cut back on.
It’s no wonder that many women choose not to return to work when it doesn’t pay for them to do so.
Giving up evenings and weekends
If you want to spend more time with your kids, but you still have deadlines to meet, chances are you will need to make up those working hours at another time.
This usually means having to burn the midnight oil and snatching any time you can at weekends.
The juggle is a struggle
When you run your own business, it’s hard to switch off. Everything is your responsibility and so you will probably be thinking about work 99 per cent of the time.
Plus if you need to hustle to get your business off the ground, you may find yourself working more hours than when you were at the office.
You do need a little help
Although leaving a full-time office job to work from home might enable you to withdraw your kids from nursery, you still need some time to get stuff done.
Whether your other half pitches in, you have family nearby, or you have to keep two days of childcare per week, you will need a little extra help at some point!
Have you got your own business? Are you thinking about starting one? What’s your passion and how would you make it work for you? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.