Ever since I began my work from home journey a year ago, I have been met with an even mix of support, skepticism, and opposition. While most of the people in my day to day life are supportive, there are a few who aren’t. I have heard it all, and honestly I just let it roll off, but sometimes it can get just annoying. If you work from home, I am sure you have heard it, and if you want to work from home, you may have been told the same things. “Those aren’t ‘real jobs'”…” All you do is sit at home all day”…”I wish I could do nothing all day”…”Why do you need help around the house, you don’t really work”. Oh and there are more, but I am here to end this now!
Work From Home Mom Life
Being a work from home mom, is not as glamorous as some would make it out to be. Seriously, I wake up early, go to bed late, survive on (often cold) cups of coffee, and try to keep everyone on schedule! Now yes, being able to work from home has been a blessing in many ways! I am able to be there for my kids on a day to day basis, save a ton of money on daycare costs, and my schedule is flexible. It is a wonderful path that I have chosen for myself, but I won’t let anyone tell me that I don’t work hard. Working from home is a balancing act, especially for moms. We have to balance out play time, nap time, snacks, lunches, school, oh and we have to work as well. I try my best to have a good work from home schedule, but we all know that sometimes things don’t go as planned and kids want to do their own thing!
being a work from home mom can be unpredictable, and luckily my job allows me a lot of flexibility. Even so, it is a real job, and one I have to put in hours for in order to get paid! So to all the naysayers out there, I would like to say that I do work. I work hard, and I love it.
Why I Work From Home
My work from home journey started when I was unable to find work in my field ( legal) due to a few different reasons. For one, I had just completed my Master’s Degree. I kept hearing from potential employers that I was over educated for the position. Then the ones who would make an offer, would offer numbers so low that it would not be worth it to put my kids in daycare. So after a lot of frustration, I decided to make my own way in this world.
Yes, It Is A Real Job
The biggest thing that I hear, is that I don’t have a real job. Well, I guess that means the taxes I pay aren’t real either? That money in my bank account must also not be real. In fact, I don’t have just one real job, but multiple! Now yes, there are a lot of scams out there but that is why it is important to do your research. After what seems like forever, I found quite a few places that hire work from home positions that are perfect for moms.
I personally work doing web search evaluation. While it is flexible, I still have weekly hours that I have to meet. There are taxes withheld, I am paid a set hourly rate, and I get PTO. So I would say that is a real job. There are quite a few companies that hire for web search evaluation. To me, it is the perfect at home job for moms. It does not require set times to work and does not need a quiet environment. If you want to learn more about web search evaluation and the companies, you can head on over here.
I Also Side Hustle
So on top of my Web Search Evaluation job ( which is 19 hours a week), I also side hustle. I like to have multiple streams of income. My main side hustle is with a company called Leapforce. I do about 1 hour of work a day for them as an independent contractor. They pay monthly, but do not hold out taxes. That means I have to hold my own and report it at tax time. Other than them, there are a ton of other side hustles that I think are perfect for moms as well.
Oh, And I Run This Blog
I have spoken about it in the past, but I also make an income with this b log. Mostly from creating sponsored content that brands pay me to create. Yes, my blog is also my job. I promise, it is not just some little hobby. This is, I think, the most “controversial” of my jobs. It is the one that gets the most flack, and least understanding from a lot of people.
So many people think that blogging isn’t really a job. It is a hobby, but you don’t make real money doing it. Well, I promise, the money I make is totally real! Check my one year income report if you don’t believe me. Blogging is fun and I love it, but it is also a lot of work. For my non-blogging friends, I want you to just understand that I write, promote, edit, photograph, edit photographs, film video, edit those, create graphics, pitch brands, talk to clients, and so much more!
By The Way, I have Young Kids
On top of all of my work from home jobs, I am also the mom to two young kids. My daughter will be in Kindergarten this year, and my son just turned one. Being a stay at home mom alone can be exhausting! I still have to do all of my mom duties, and all of my work duties, in the same 24 hours that everyone else has.
Can it be hard? Yes! But is it rewarding? Totally! I would recommend anyone, mom or not, who wants to delve into working from home to do some research. Make sure you have a good company. Then just go for it! Forget the naysayers and live our dream!
Jessi is a working mom to two living in Central Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies but decided to make her career in social media marketing and content writing. When she isn’t cooking up something new in the kitchen, she is traveling with her family and looking for new adventures!