Posts Tagged: working from home
The Working from Home Lament
I’m meant to be working
I’ve so much to do
But the beds all need changing
And I must clean the loo
No longer is a 9 to 5 in an office cubicle the standard blueprint for the working day. More and more, the option to work on our own terms from our own homes is becoming a viable and attractive alternative. This is a particularly appealing option for new parents, who are looking for a way to juggle their working lives with running a family.
In this economic climate, it’s become increasingly necessary for many families to have both parents earning regular incomes – or in the case of single parents, often the only option is to work. At the same time, full-time child care is incredibly expensive, and means you’re not spending as much time with your children as you might wish. Working from home allows for a compromise between work and parenthood, and if done right can create a happy medium between job satisfaction and family responsibilities.
In a previous life (ie. before I got married and had the children), I was an accountant, and worked in the Corporate Finance department of a UK Plc. The company was going through an aggressive expansion, and I got to see first hand how mergers, and takeovers are done in the corporate world.
The job was not really me, and I was quite glad when I left it and walked away from the corporate world. But now I come to think of it, it is amazing what I learned, which I am now using to great effect in the way I do business.
Guest blogger Naomi Richards is a Life Coach for Children. Here she explains how she organises her time with her own children and her clients.
I don’t think it is possible to have it all when you are a working mum especially when you are very passionate about the work you do and even more so when it is your own business.
Most women choose a job that fits in with the hours their children are at school or nursery. Me, I decided not to go down that route. I work when my children are asleep at night and at the weekend. Consequently I am nurturing my children most of the day and being the best mum I can be and then at night I become the ‘The Kids Coach’ – a life coach for children – who works with other people’s children helping them overcome their emotional and behavioural issues.
Now I know that at least half of you are thinking I may be suffering some sort of delusion or mental breakdown; how can she possibly be cheering the school holidays? The other half know why. It’s quite simple: I love being with my children and the whole reason I was a stay at home mum and am now a WAHM is for this very reason.
No, my children aren’t saints, and no my work doesn’t stop and the work/life balancing act doesn’t go away or fit in with school holidays perfectly. However, as ‘my own boss’ I can decide when to log on, I can decide when to work and I can forward plan so that anything major does not clash with my children’s holiday time. I took those decisions because I wanted to be with my children; 90% of the time it is a fulfilling and brilliant job – and 10% of the time it isn’t, but then nothing in life is perfect!