Considering becoming a work at home mum (WAHM)? Take it from someone who knows, while it may seem like a dream scenario, especially for those with children who aren’t yet of school age, there’s a lot about being a WAHM that just isn’t fun. See what I mean below where I weigh up the pros and cons of WAHM life.
The usual trappings
There are things about working from home that everybody can benefit from whether you’ve got kids or not. Essentially this all boils down to enjoying the freedom that comes with working solo (basically the opposite of everything I wrote about here).
The money you save
With the average monthly cost of full-time childcare in the UK close to £1,000 you can save a LOT of money by working from home. You also save on things like travel costs, lunches and work drinks.
The continuous work history
Let’s face it, despite so many employers promising that they’re ‘family friendly’ and offer flexible working options, taking an extended career break is not something that’s rewarded in the workplace. Being a work at home mum allows you to skirt around the issue of having a gap in our CV.
The example you’re setting
By working at home you’re showing your child that it’s possible to make a living without travelling to an office or place of business everyday.
The family time
While it may not exactly be quality time (see number one in the list of cons below), being a WAHM means spending more time around your children which can only be a good thing, right?
The mum guilt
It seems no matter how hard I try to escape it there’s always something or other that leads to mum guilt. Parents will know exactly what I’m talking about and there are few things that will make you feel guiltier than not being able to give a child your undivided attention when you’re at home.
The constant interruptions
Whether it’s preparing meals, changing nappies, running to the toilet, playing with toys, reading books or nap times you’ll need to continually stop working throughout the day. Depending on your child’s age the frequency of these interruptions will vary but you can bet they’ll be consistent throughout the day.
The lack of concentration
With all of the interruptions you’ll find it difficult to focus. With one eye on what’s in front of you and the other on your child it’s impossible to devote yourself entirely to your work.
The end of business meetings
Say goodbye to meeting clients, colleagues or friends to talk business unless you’re happy to take your child along with you. Depending on the level of formality you may feel comfortable to attend with child in tow (a casual lunch for example) which would be simpler if you had a sleeping baby in a buggy as opposed to a toddler who won’t sit still.
The noisy work calls
If meetings are now a no-no and you’ve chosen to make more business calls instead, be prepared for the person on the other end of the line to hear your child crying, shouting or shrieking with excitement in the background. It all comes with the territory when you’re a WAHM.
Are you a work at home mum? What have you found to be the biggest pros and cons?