If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed a trend toward a certain kind of post. A “3 Things You Should Know” or “5 Things About This Photo” style of posting that gives the reader a glimpse beyond just the filtered surface of the photo into what’s really happening behind the scenes.
To be honest, I like to keep my micro-content platforms..well…micro – so it tends to be too many words for me to jump on that particular trend. But I love the idea for something I’ve wanted to share here, some myth-busting of sorts, about my life as a work-at-home mom.
1. Your job must be for a direct-selling company
I get it. It’s hard to imagine a work-at-home job that a) doesn’t seem like one of those sketchy ads you see stuck to a telephone pole or b) doesn’t require you to sell make-up, kitchen items, home decor, or jewelry. Mine isn’t like that. I work for DaySpring as the Editorial & Marketing Manager for (in)courage. I have business cards with my name on them. I manage a team. We have meetings and presentations and annual reviews. I request vacation time and have sick days and benefits and a paycheck that goes into my account every two weeks. I report to a boss and work with an amazing team.
2. It’s just for fun/part-time
I love my job so much, so yes – it’s definitely fun. But this is my career – not something I do on the side. It’s a full-time job that includes travel. It’s been a big adjustment for me to realize that the work I do online – because when you manage a blog and social media, your day is spent online – really adds up to a big value-add at the end of the day. There might not be a pile of widgets to show you how hard I worked, or a stack of sales reports to show you how hard I hustled, but it’s all there, in different ways.
3. You do it so you can keep your kiddo at home
Nope. It’s not actually possible for me to get any work done when Madi is at home, so she is well loved at daycare by women who teach her more than I ever could. She thrives in that environment, and I work as hard as I do so she can continue to have that opportunity. This is where God has called me in this season, and because we approached this “yes” with prayer and open hearts, our family has peace about the decisions we’ve made.
4. You must miss working in a real office
Not even a little bit. Seriously. I’m an introvert and a creative, so large amounts of quiet time and the ability to do work without interruptions are my dream. I love when our team is able to get together in real life to work because we have a special dynamic, but in the day-to-day? I’ll skip the office politics and drama all day, every day, thank you very much.
5. You don’t “really” have office hours, so I can email you any time & expect an answer – even on the weekends
I take my job seriously. I love what I do, and I love to do it well. I pride myself on responding to people quickly, doing my job efficiently, and checking things off my to-do list. But I have office hours. I have to. It keeps my priorities in order, because the truth is? I could work at all hours, easily. But I’m not willing to sacrifice time with my family and time for myself. So when it comes to work? Feel free to email me after 5pm or on the weekends. Email never sleeps. But please don’t hold me to an expectation you wouldn’t have for someone who works in a more traditional office setting. I value my time, and I set boundaries so you can value it, too 😉
So those are the first five I could think of. Do you have other questions for a work-at-home mama? What do you assume my day looks like? What would you like to know about what I do (without asking me how to get a work-at-home job because I’ll be very little help there)? Ask away!