First things first:
Now with that out of the way… 😀
Once again, Janine is back! WOOHOO!!! I love her posts. I find them so inspiring! Today, Janine is kind enough to share with us some advice on getting started as a WAHM as well as on some of the things we may forget about in the beginning, like taxes!
So grab a green beer, and enjoy Janine’s post!
“Rome wasn’t built in day!” I heard this some many times over the years, but will be honest no truer statement can be spoken when one decides to become a WAHM. There isn’t one easy formula to actually becoming a WAHM. But when you do make this decision, you will learn quickly that you will have many options and probably be a bit overwhelmed, too. So, I will try to give you some pointers from what I have gone through from the beginning of my WAHM trek.
Where better to start than at the beginning. So when I first started this journey, I thought I would write for one site (Hubpages) and see where it took me. And at first this worked just fine for me, but then I yearned for more than that. I also tried my hand at content mills and this too left me feeling like I needed so much more. It wasn’t until, I began blogging that I found my true passion. This led me to writing an actual book. Granted even though the book is written I still need to edit and I am no where near done with that yet!
And even with blogging, I have tweaked my content, as well as advertising and even doing sponsored posts/giveaways. Trust me, I am still evaluating what works here and what doesn’t as I write this. The point is being a WAHM gives you a wealth of opportunities, but it also leaves one like I just stated constantly evaluating the job you are performing as in what you can do better and what might not be working at all.
Also, even though I write online there are so many opportunities and not just to write. I know many who have businesses where they sell a product or service, whether it be their own personal website, through Etsy or even on Ebay. The decision is yours, but make sure you are utilizing your best talents. If you are crafty, then you may very well want to do something that uses and plays on those talents.
The next thing you will definitely take into play is time management. If you are a parent like I am you will also probably have to work around your children’s schedules. Working online is not like working outside the home, whether you work in an office retail or any other place of business.
When you work at home, yes you can set your own schedule, but you may find that you are working many more hours than if you were just working a typical 9 to 5 job. Trust me, I have been there and I have had to learn how to balance my work and my life, too. And this too is still a something I quite frankly struggle with, because I am truly dedicated and love writing. However, I do constantly now remind myself to step away from time-to-time, because I have a life, too and I don’t want it to go on without me.
Another consideration being a WAHM is that you need to have some sort of book keeping to keep track of your income and expenses, too. I found great resources online for this here and modified it for myself. You don’t want to be caught come tax season with your pants metaphorically down!! I was able to purchase the book Your Blogging Business to help break it all down for me. And the best part it is deductible on your income taxes, because it is an expense. You may not be making much in the beginning, but still you need to start somewhere and this is a good place to begin.
There is probably more that goes into working from home, but these are the tips that come to mind for me that seem to be the essentials for anyone just starting this journey.
My final words are good luck and hope this has helped break being a WAHM down just slightly.