Every day I am inundated with questions from stay at home moms, who want to start their own businesses from home, but have no idea which business to start.
When a mom chooses to give up work and look after her kids full time, she can lack purpose and challenge. She loves being with her kids: but she also misses working at something that requires more brain power than preparing food or changing diapers.
Starting a business from home can be very rewarding, but also very hard.
Questions you should ask yourself include:
Why do you want to work from home?
What’s your personal/business goal?
How much to you NEED to earn?
What’s your passion? (This could be a hobby that you LOVE doing.)
Do you have a specific skill set that sets you apart from others?
How do you like to work? (i.e. As part of a team or alone?)
And perhaps most importantly:
Can you tailor your business around your family’s schedule?
Many women have visions of spending a little time working, then having the freedom to drop everything and tend to the children. But in reality it rarely works like this. Working from home requires you to be extremely organised and very disciplined. If you have childcare in the house while you work, you need to be able to close your ears and pretend you are not there. You need to be able to say, “Not now, mummy is working” when they come looking for you (which they will).
However, do not be put off.
Working for yourself and being able to be flexible with your family is one of the most rewarding things a mother can do. Every day when I wake up I am excited to start the day. I bounce out of bed on a Monday morning, eager to get started.
Running your own business can give you drive, determination and self-esteem.
Perhaps the most important piece of information I can give you is not to rush into anything. If you an afford a few hours childcare each week, then take advantage of it before you even have a business idea, to help you research and find one. When you have an idea, spend time researching your market and making a business plan. The success of your company is in direct proportion to the amount of time you spend planning it. Don’t be tempted to skip this step as it truly is one of the most important.