For those who are unfamiliar with the acronyms SAHM and WAHM they stand for Stay At Home Mum and Work At Home Mum. Throughout this piece the acronyms will be used.
I've been a stay at home mum for quite a while now. Doing the whole mum thing, you know; washing, looking after the kids, entertaining, carpooling to various things and running errands, etc. I thought it was time that I did something for me to wriggle out of that 'Just A SAHM' label. So I started a business. It's something that I have dreamt of since I was 15, this is me contributing to my family in a useful way. So here I am sharing a handful of tips to go from SAHM to WAHM (I'm still learning too though!).
Find your why.
Before you decide to make the transition from SAHM to WAHM you need to be clear about why you are making the change. Finding this will be the main motivator for you to succeed. I think that if you don't have this it's going to be very hard for you too keep going.
My why is that I want be around for my boys, I want to be able to be there when they need me and to be able to bring some extra income in to give them bits and pieces when they would like it. As much as I am doing this for them I am doing it for myself as well, I have wanted to have my own fashion brand/store since I was 16 years old, so this is also about me getting back to finding myself and doing what makes me happy. And that is essential. You need to be passionate about what you do and it has to make you happy. It is that passion and happiness that will shine through and invite your clientèle to your business.
Set a routine.
I think that this could be one of the most crucial parts in paving a way to success for a WAHM. We have routines for getting the kids ready for whatever in the morning, we have routines for sending them off to sleep at night, routines are not just for kids or for dances they are a tool that can help make everything just flow smoothly. Isn't that what we all like? A day that flows and isn't stressful and infuriating.
Now I'll be the first to admit that my routine still has some kinks in it and quite frankly, isn't as regimented as I would like. Your routine doesn't have to be regimented FYI, I just feel less stressed if that's how everything is. It's like the saying "Everything has a place and everything in its place" it's calming for my anxiety that there will be hardly any surprises. And I say hardly any because you know, life happens.
To start fleshing out what you would like to do with your routine, I'd suggest writing down the activities that are already happening on a regular basis. For example swimming lessons, school, extra curricular activities, etc. Then I'd add in the ideal times that you would like to work, any social activities and anything else you can think of. And there you go, you have a routine.
Plan, plan, plan!
Like with having a routine to be a WAHM, planning is extremely important. I generally do my planning on a Sunday night in a small planner that I bought from Fashionary.com. There is something about just setting out the goals that you want to achieve in that week on a visual basis that motivates and keeps you on track. My routines and my planning go hand in hand and are written together. Just because I just feel that writing both out and being able to look at them is less stressful.
I separate what I want to achieve in that week into 3 or 4 categories depending on how ambitious I feel. I start with home targets, which is pretty much chores that I would like to get done that week. Then I move onto work targets, I never put down more than 3 targets. Any more and then I think you are looking to stress yourself out unnecessarily. I aim to tick one task off in each category, if I tick more that's fantastic.
I know there are some people out there who can plan months in advance, that doesn't work for me, so I only plan from week to week. The best thing you can do is find what works for you and give it a red hot go.
I hope this helps out my fellow mums or even people wanting to work from home. I'm still learning and finding better ways to adjust to the lifestyle change. If you have any tips or tricks please do share, I would love to hear them.