Being a stay at home mom can be very rewarding but also very challenging. There are many women who become bored sitting around at home all day, and while the kids can certainly keep you busy there are times when you find yourself with little to do because the little ones have gone to sleep or they are at nursery.
Something that can make life even more difficult is if you are strapped for cash as a stay at home mom. Raising a family is expensive and most parents could do with additional income to help with the financial side of things. However, going out to find a job is not an option if you are a stay at home mom with family commitments. One thing you can do, however, is consider one of the many stay at home mom jobs that will enable you to stay busy, earn money, and look after your family.
Some of the Jobs You Can Do from Home
As a stay at home mom, there are various jobs that you can do from home. The great thing about these job options is that you can do them all in your own time, so you can work around your existing schedule and family commitments.
You can do these jobs in the evenings and at weekends when you have more time to yourself. In addition, you can do them all from the comfort of a home office and earn a very good income into the bargain.
One of the jobs you can consider as a stay at home mom is offering web design services online. This is something you can do remotely, and you can offer your services to clients around the world. In today’s digital era, website design services are very much in demand, so you should find an excellent demand for your services.
You can look forward to putting your creativity to good use while also making very good money doing something that you can work on from home and in your own time.
Another option if you want to work from home as a stay at home mom is to offer online writing services. Many businesses and individuals are keen to find good content writers for blogs, articles, marketing materials, and more.
If you have a flair for writing and you are good at research, this is a job that you can do from home and in your own time. Again, you can earn very good money doing this and you should never find yourself short of clients.
One other option to consider if you want to work from home is online selling. Over recent years, more and more people have taken advantage of the popularity of online shopping by setting up their own online retail venture. You can set up your own site or you can operate with the help of tools such as eBay stores. Either way, you can make a very good income by doing this.
What are the Benefits of Working from Home
As a stay at home mom, there are many benefits that you can look forward to when you set up a venture from home. First off, you won’t have to worry about the expense and hassle of arranging childcare for your little ones, as you can work from the comfort of your own home.
This can save you a lot of money and time as well as stress, as it means you can continue raising your young family yourself while also enjoying the opportunity to make decent money and keep yourself busy once the kids are asleep or at school. Another major benefit is that you get to enjoy total ease and convenience when you work from home.
You don’t have to worry about travelling to and from work, which saves you time and enables you to eliminate the need for travel costs.
In addition, you can set your own schedule, so you can work at the times that are most convenient for you and fit your work in around your childcare and family commitments. You can also look forward to the ease of working from the privacy and comfort of your own home, which makes it far easier and more convenient to earn money as a stay at home mom.
Another thing to consider is your future. Even if your kids are still very young, at some point they will be heading off to school leaving you at a loose end. If you have already established a part time stay at home business that you do in your spare time, you can expand this and turn it into a fulltime venture when the time comes. This means that you can hit the ground running once your kids are at school and you can start working fulltime and earning even more money without the hassle of having to apply for jobs and try and get back in the saddle.
As your own boss, you will find that operating a business from home is the ideal way to juggle raising a family and earning money. You won’t have to worry about what to do if the kids are ill or you cannot go into work for any reason because you are your own boss. As long as you keep your clients informed, you can take time off as and when you need to, which is something that is crucial for the parents of younger children who are often prone to illness or accidents.
With so many benefits to look forward to, it is little wonder that so many moms decide to set up their own venture at home in order to earn money while their kids are growing up.
With advancements in technology, this is something that has become far easier and this means you can look forward to making decent money while also raising your family. Moreover, this is something you can then turn into a fulltime career once the kids are a little older.
Sweaty Palms & Weak Responses
Early spring 2018, I walked into the building of a startup accelerator program I had been accepted into. Armed with only confidence and a genius idea, I was eager to start level one. I had no idea of what to expect, but I knew I needed help. Somehow with life's journey of twists and turns, this former successful event planner was now about to blindly walk into the tech industry and tackle on a problem that too many women entrepreneurs had faced.
I sat directly across from the program founders, smiling ear to ear as I explained the then concept for HerHeadquarters. Underneath the table, I rubbed my sweaty palms on my pants, the anxiousness and excitement was getting the best of me. I rambled on and on about the future collaborating app for women entrepreneurs and all the features it would have. They finally stopped me, asking the one question I had never been asked before, "how do you know your target audience even wants this product?".
Taken back by the question, I responded, "I just know". The question was powerful, but my response was weak. While passionate and eager, I was unprepared and naively ready to commit to building a platform when I had no idea if anyone wanted it. They assigned me with the task of validating the need for the platform first. The months to follow were eye-opening and frustrating, but planted seeds for the knowledge that would later build the foundation for HerHeadquarters. I spent months researching and validating through hundreds of surveys, interviews, and focus groups.
I was dedicated to knowing and understanding the needs and challenges of my audience. I knew early on that having a national collaborating app for women entrepreneurs would mean that I'd need to get feedback from women all across the country. I repeatedly put myself on the line by reaching out to strangers, asking them to speak with me. While many took the time to complete a survey and participate in a phone interview, there were some who ignored me, some asked what was in it for them, and a few suggested that I was wasting my time in general. They didn't need another "just for women" platform just because it was trending.
I hadn't expected pushback, specifically from the women I genuinely wanted to serve. I became irritated. Just because HerHeadquarters didn't resonate with them, doesn't mean that another woman wouldn't find value in the platform and love it. I felt frustrated that the very women I was trying to support were the ones telling me to quit. I struggled with not taking things personally.
I hadn't expected pushback, specifically from the women I genuinely wanted to serve.
The Validation, The Neglect, The Data, and The Irony
The more women I talked to, the more the need for my product was validated. The majority of women entrepreneurs in the industries I was targeting did collaborate. An even higher number of women experienced several obstacles in securing those collaborations and yes, they wanted easier access to high quality brand partnerships.
I didn't just want to launch an app. I wanted to change the image of women who collaborated and adjust the narrative of these women. I was excited to introduce a new technology product that would change the way women secured valuable, rewarding products. I couldn't believe that despite that rising number of women-owned businesses launching, there was no tool catered to them allowing them to grow their business even faster. This demographic had been neglected for too long.
I hadn't just validated the need for the future platform, but I gained valuable data that could be used as leverage. Ironically, armed with confidence, a genius idea, and data to support the need for the platform, I felt stuck. The next steps were to begin designing a prototype, I lacked the skillsets to do it myself and the funding to hire someone else to do it.
I Desperately Need You and Your services, but I'm Broke
I found myself having to put myself out there again, allowing myself to be vulnerable and ask for help. I eventually stumbled across Bianca, a talented UX/UI designer. After coming across her profile online and reaching out, we agreed to meet for a happy hour. The question I had been asked months prior by the founders of my accelerator program came up again, "how do you know your target audience even wants this product?".
It was like déjà vu, the sweaty palms under the table reemerged and the ear to ear smile as I talked about HerHeadquarters, only this time, I had data. I proudly showed Bianca my research: the list of women from across the country I talked to that supported that not only was this platform solving a problem they had, but it's a product that they'd use and pay for.
I remember my confidence dropping as my transparency came into the conversation. How do you tell someone "I desperately need you and your services, but I'm broke?". I told her that I was stuck, that I needed to move forward with design, but that I didn't have the money to make it happen. Bianca respected my honesty, loved the vision of HerHeadquarters, but mostly importantly the data sold her. She believed in me, she believed in the product, and knew that it would attract investors.
From Paper to Digital
We reached a payment agreed where Bianca would be paid in full once HerHeadquarters received its first investment deal. The next few months were an all-time high for me. Seeing an idea that once floated around in my head make its way to paper, then transform into a digital prototype is was one of the highlights of this journey. Shortly after, we began user testing, making further adjustments based off of feedback.
The further along HerHeadquarters became, the more traction we made. Women entrepreneurs across the U.S. were signing up for early access to the app, we were catching investor's attention, and securing brand partnerships all before we had a launched product. The closer we got to launching, the scarier it was. People who only had a surface value introduction to HerHeadquarters put us in the same category of other platforms or brands catering to women, even if we were completely unrelated, they just heard "for women". I felt consistent pressure, most of which was self-applied, but I still felt it.
I became obsessed with all things HerHeadquarters. My biggest fear was launching and disappointing my users. With a national target audience, a nonexistent marketing budget, and many misconceptions regarding collaborating, I didn't know how to introduce this new brand in a way that distinctly made it clear who were targeting and who we were different from.
I second guessed myself all the time.
A 'Submit' button has never in life been more intimidating. In May 2019, HerHeadquarters was submitted to the Apple and Google play stores and released to women entrepreneurs in select U.S. cities. We've consistently grown our user base and seen amazing collaborations take place. I've grow and learned valuable lessons about myself personally and as a leader. This experience has taught me to trust my journey, trust my hard work, and always let honesty and integrity lead me. I had to give myself permission to make mistakes and not beat myself up about it.
I learned that a hundred "no's" is better than one "yes" from an unfit partner. The most valuable thing that I've learned is keeping my users first. Their feedback, their challenges, and suggestions are valuable and set the pace for the future of HerHeadquarters, as a product and a company. I consider it an honor to serve and cater to one of the most neglected markets in the industry.