It’s Wifey Wednesday over at To Love Honor and Vacuum. I was excited to participate in this weeks discussion since I follow this blog regularly.
All over the internet and TV we hear about Stay at home moms. These wonderful women work hard to keep their family together by raising the children and keeping the house together. I most definitely salute them. But what is not spoken about as often is women who work out of the home and still do the same jobs as a stay at home mom minus the children. I am one of these women….a Work At Home Wife!
There are both positive and negatives of working from home. Although the positives overly outweigh the negatives. The negatives (although few) still exist. Let’s start with the positives. I love working from home. I don’t have to commute, I work on my own schedule, and I can get some household chores done during the day while I work. I am able to stop at the store to pick up items for dinner during the day, and that is a blessing since the grocery stores in Long Island are horrendous on the weekends. The other weekend I had to run to Target on a Saturday and was horrified about the crowds. There is no way I’d be able to keep my sanity if I had to shop these store on Saturdays all the time. I can definitely admit that it makes it easier for me to get what I like to call my “wifely duties” done earlier in the evening. Without a commute, when I am finished with work I can clean/straighten up and start dinner so it’s hot when my husband gets home.
The downside to working from home is in itself working from home…Although I supported myself long before I was married, and have been rather successful at my job, some forget that I actually have to do work. You can’t lie in sales, and if I don’t make the sales I don’t make the money. People sometimes take for granted that I am home. Some will ask favors of me during the day that they would never ask someone who worked outside of the home. They figure…hey…she’s home she can do it. To be honest, sometimes I can…I just hope they realize that if I decline it’s because I actually have work to do! As much as I love being able to do the household chores, I also hate it. There really isn’t much of an excuse for me not to…If both my husband and I were working outside of the home then I would be inclined to ask him to share some of the burden. But how can I? Throwing a load of wash in during the day doesn’t take much time…and should I wait for him to cook dinner while I sit on the couch? Probably not. So I don’t have much of an excuse.
All in all I feel that working from home has allowed me to be a better wife. I also know that in the future when we have children that it will be a blessing that I am able to contribute financially to our family, as well as be in the home for our children. (Even though secretly I want my job title to be STAY AT HOME MOM) So a work at home wife I will continue to be….and for that I am thankful.
Thank you fo rcommenting Sheila! I love to read your blog and enjoyed participating. Thanks for that post. I am sure once we have a family i t will be much tougher to juggle, but I believe I will still see it as a blessing. It looks like you have a lot on your plate but handle it well!
Thanks so much for participating in Wifey Wednesday! I’m a work at home mom, too. I write from home, and plan my speaking engagements from home, while I homeschool my kids. I love my business, but more importantly, I love the freedom to make a home for my family.
But it is hard to coordinate everyone’s schedules, and still feel like you’re doing WELL at any one role when you feel pulled in different directions.
The cons you mentioned won’t change when you have kids-they will just be enhanced. You sound like you have a good handle on the benefits and challenges of working from home and I agree with you- I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
I am stay at home wife too. It is a hard road sometimes, but I love it. Happy Wednesday!!
I work out of the home also but um, my son goes to daycare. Eeeek! I am a leasing agent and wouldn’t get anything done, my poor baby. lol Not only am I a ‘work out of the home” mom, I am a single mom so there’s no hubbie to have to please..you know, no having a beer, dinner and the remote ready when he comes home. It’s kind of nice. Sorry, I had a jaded moment 😉
there are lots of Work At Home programs out there. some programs are scam. I only stick to making blogs and monetizing it with Google Adsense.
Me and my girlfriend are into this Work At Home programs by selling affiliate products online, we also maintain an online store ,