Posted on: 23 January 2017
Many women prefer to work remotely so they can spend more time with their children, but living the work-at-home mom (WAHM) lifestyle is far from easy. The opportunity to network with other WAHMs has many benefits whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional.
Start Strong As A WAHM
Many women have learned to juggle their job and being a parent, even when working from home creates unique demands. One of the major benefits of networking with other WAHMs is you know what to expect and can avoid setbacks, especially when your income is on the line. Many resources available for WAHMs include legitimate companies where you can find full-time, part-time, or filler work, and which companies allow background noise or require you to stick to a stringent schedule. These details can prevent you from applying for jobs that will not work if you have small children at home or your children participate in many activities that causes frequent changes to your schedule.
Collaborate With Others
Networking with other WAHMs can turn into strong friendships which may open doors for collaborations or other business opportunities. Since being a WAHM is popular niche, you and other women may want to take your skills and experiences and turn them into a profitable opportunity. A common path is blogging. You and your friends may each create a blog that is related to being a WAHM, but with a different spin. Your specialty might be saving money, while a different friend might focus on cooking from scratch with limited time. Since many women who are WAHMs, stay-at-home moms, or moms who work outside the home may find this information valuable, each person involved will have a broad appeal.
Find Local Connections
Just as you may build friendships through your online networks, some WAHMs find friends in their local area. Initially, this may be an opportunity to go out and enjoy the company of another adult, which can make spending many hours at home less daunting. Over time you may build a trustworthy friendship and both of you may be willing to watch the other person's children while the other one works. Since it is a mutual agreement, it is less costly than finding daycare or paid activities for your children each day and you can accomplish more work with fewer disruptions. Finding local, trustworthy friends may be especially helpful for single moms who may not have a partner to help or an extensive support system.
Although being a mom and working from home can be challenging, building your network can make the process easier. Networking with other WAHMs can open doors to new friendships and business opportunities and create resources.Share