This is a must read article for all mothers working from home. Sharon Davis has a hilarious way of expressing the ins and outs moms working from home face each day.
I recently heard a woman say that being called
a "work at home mom" was professionally demeaning. Being one
myself, my initial reaction was to agree with her. "That's
right, I'm a professional, I'm not just a bored housewife
dabbling with a hobby here," I said to myself.
Upon reflection however, I came to realize that
I disagree. Deeply.
Working out of your home while caring for
children makes for some unique (and comical) situations. If
you can't have a sense of humor about these things, then maybe
a field job is more your style.
But let's face it, just how professional can you
be when much of your work is done with a toddler on your lap?
And that is, after all, one of the great benefits of working
at home; you can consult with clients wearing bunny slippers
if you like. Who's to know? Sometimes we just need to keep
things in perspective. I know that the work that I do is top
quality, and I don't sweat what others think of my work
But I do wonder how that woman deals with some
of those little challenges that come with being a work-at-home
For example, maybe she feels that going out of
the house with soggy Cheerios stuck to her behind would be
professionally demeaning. She must have found a way to avoid
this. I should call her...
Not being able to locate a pen because they're
all in use fishing Barbie clothes out of the toilet. This
might be seen as unprofessional.
Or, while trying to convince a potential client
how you would be the best choice if he's looking for quality,
professional results your 2-year-old is proclaiming proudly,
"I went poo-poo Mommy!" over and over.
I've known others who have tried to mask their
true work environments using some creative metaphors. For
"As soon as my colleague completes his current
assignment" really means..."As soon as my 5-year-old is done
with his Mr. Potato Head CDRom"
"We'll be outsourcing
the finishing work" really means..."My teenaged daughter will
be earning her allowance by collating and stapling your
"I have an urgent matter to attend to" really
means..."My 3-year-old has been awfully quiet for the past few
minutes and she was recently asking for a haircut"
Does this mean I should lock my kids in their
rooms while I'm on the phone? While that can at times seem
like a perfectly sensible idea, usually basic time management
helps to avoid these situations. My view is that if a client
thinks that the quality of my work will be less just because I
have children, he can look elsewhere.
Maybe I'm shutting the door on some
business, but I refuse to have my children feel that they come
second. And I do, in fact, think of myself as a Mom first, and
a business owner second. Besides, I think that the day is
getting nearer that people really won't mind their projects
delivered with a few soggy Cheerios on them.
Sharon Davis is the Cereal Mom to two girls,
the owner of 2Work-At-Home.Com and the Editor of the
site's monthly ezine, America's Home. In her spare time she
reminisces about what it was like to have spare time.
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