If you're contemplating becoming a WAHM, take the time to start getting clients and to learn some important business skills before you quit your day job, and your business will likely flourish. Make the leap to working at home without any preparation, and you will likely find yourself struggling and perhaps even going back to work.
These four skills are beneficial ones to learn before you make the leap to working for yourself:
If you work a traditional 9 to 5 job, you are able to focus on work while you're at work. When you work from home, this all changes. You may have young children at home with you while you're working. You'll have friends and family who call or stop by. (After all, you're working at home, so you should have the flexibility to take a break and talk to them, right?)
You'll face many more distractions at home than you face at work. Before you become a WAHM, learn when your most productive work time is and take advantage of that time. Determine how many hours you'll spend a week working and how many hours a week you'll spend time with family. Read books and blogs to learn how other moms juggle working from home with child care and other household responsibilities.
If you work from home, your boss is likely yourself or your client. If you miss deadlines, you'll affect your professional reputation and lose jobs. Self-motivation goes hand-in-hand with time management skills.
If self-motivation is difficult, consider rewarding yourself. For instance, you'll work for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute social media break or you'll work all morning long and then take the afternoon to volunteer at your child's school.
What skills would you recommend someone learn before taking the leap to work from home?