WAHM -Work At Home Mom, this is what I was for three years. Now am I a WM - Working Mom? Or a Mompreneur? Am I a WMM? Or, since I am not full time and I do work remote for part of the work week I guess that would make me a WAH&WMM.....oh gosh, my head hurts.
Now that I do spend part of my time outside of the home a good caregiver for my children is key.
Working Mom's, whether it is out of the home or out of an office both work - and both need caregivers or daycare, or babysitters. Having run a business out of my home without ANY childcare help, I know it is close to impossible, and very un-fulfilling. Working Mom's need a good support system to succeed in life and in business.
Tonight at dinner, my son brought up a Nanny we had for all of two weeks-almost 3 years ago. I hired her when I was running the business out of my home, I was the only employee. She seemed like the perfect fit, we Nanny shared with another family. I liked her on site, she was soft spoken sweet and kind, very grandmotherly. Strangely enough, my son did not like her - mind you he was four, but he liked EVERYBODY. We ofcourse found this out later.
Week Two....Not so good
She decided, she needed a raise. She thought I would cave. Her boyfriend thought she was worth more money. I said good-bye and spent the next 6 months without any help. It was hell. And Christmas was horrible - lots of TV, lots of take-out, lots of lack of sleep. I did learn a valuable lesson though, running a business is tough, entrusting your children with someone that is not loyal or does not want to really be there - unacceptable.
Today we use a college student, part-time, she is wonderful, the kids love her. The money we spend is well worth it.....so that in our free time we are able to spend it with our kids. Whether you run your business in your home or out of the home, a great support system is key.
I never worry about my children's well being while I am work. When starting a business you have to think about these things......