Friday, May 30, 2008

Work at home? Yes, I love it!

Being a WAHM of 5 is something I wouldn't trade for the world. It isn't something I've always been able to do though. When I was 20 I was blessed with my first child. I was also a Junior in college. Getting my BA and a good job to support my son was my main focus. I refused to be a mom who couldn't take care of her son. Upon graduation the pavement pounding began. I applied for every TV, radio, Newspaper and other media type job I could find. My lucky break came when someone I had met through my internship contacted me and offered me a fill in position at a local news/talk station. I started answering telephones & producing weekend talk shows. This then advanced to include some filing. Before I new it they needed some one to fill in in the news room. When my time was up I asked how much longer I should keep coming in the new director told me until they tell you not to. This lead to a full time job at the station and eventually a promotion to producer of the morning & evening drive time shows.
During this time I met my husband online, got married and had baby #2. I was a working mom, who was lucky to have her mother watching the baby so he didn't have to go into daycare. I loved my job, no let me rephrase that I sold my soul to my job. I would have done anything for that company. I wanted to be one of those ppl who retired from the company after 30+ years or whatever. My job rocked. However in exchange for my rocking job I missed my 2 sons growing up. Then in May 2000 my rocking job came to a halt. The company I work for had gone through many owners and we had just been purchased again. Time to clean house, I (un)fortunately was one of the many to be laid off. My whole world came crashing down. Within the last 4 years I had gotten married, had a baby, had both my father & grandfather died (w/in a wk of each other) and now lost my job. My job that was my life, ripped away. I was devastated. It was then I decided I would NOT work for another company. I was not going to put my heart & soul into someone else company who didn't even care about me. Plus I HAD missed SO much & it broke my heart that I had not been there.So I started my own company I did web designs for some radio people. This was a bad idea. I was already burnt out, plus I had all these stressers on me taking on a new business was not a good idea. I lost lots of sleep, money and time. Plus i ended up HATING web design. I would not touch a computer in a creative sense. In fact it took me a LONG time before I started designing anything.

In the fall of 2002 my youngest son (at the time) was going to go to preschool. This was going to be the opportunity for me to get a part time job, go back to school, something for me. Yet, that was not going to be part of the master plan because in the Spring 2003 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Approx 16 months later I had our second beautiful daughter. Well I was now definitely not going anywhere (especially after seeing how much of my paycheck would just go directly to childcare). Well we have since been blessed with baby boy #5, and I'm not going anywhere.

Why am I telling you all this? My twitter friend Melody @ Exposed, the Watkins Lady’s secret life! Blog Meme'd me. A friend of hers Kelley(“This Is Why I Love To Work at Home”) started this Blog Meme for WAHMs. So if you are a work at home Mom then tag, you’re next so join in the fun and tell us & don’t forget to link back to this page.

What about my answers to the question,"Why do I love working at home?"

Here you go:

  1. I set my own hours. If I want to go to the zoo w/ the kids I can. If I want to put off work until the kidlets are sleeping, not a problem. I love flex hours and I'm not going to get these many other places.
  2. I don't have to get dressed up. I can through on my jeans and tennis shoes and I'm good to go. NO dress code is great, especially when you want to sit in bed, typing on your laptop in your pj pants : ) (Guilty!)
  3. The money I make is not going to daycare. If I worked out of the home, it would be simply to pay daycare & not helping us get ahead. Seems pointless.
  4. I get to do something I love. I help people promote something they love - their business with my business. How great!
  5. I get to spend time with my family. I get to see the baby grow up, go on field trips and not have to take time off if someone is sick.
  6. My soul belongs to me. I devoted so much to the radio station, now the person who I answer to is me. All my hard work & devotion is for my family not the company store.
Now I'm going to tag 3 WAHMs first is my friend Stephani @ then WiseKaren @ verbatim and Tisha @ Go check out these 3 ladies wonderful blogs. I can't wait to see everyones answers.


Unknown said...

What an inspiring story!. It sounds like you've had a few hits and a few misses, but in the end you came out on top, further proof that the WAHM road was the right one for you! And to raise five children on top of that, you're some kind of super woman! This blog entry caught my eye in particular, and that being said, I wanted to run this by you...

I'm an official Microsoft ambassador and right now we're really trying to scale up our connections with influential bloggers like yourself. I'd love to share with you some of the stuff we've been doing in the last couple months to help women entrepreneurs; we're really committed to providing all the necessary resources to help women start, grow and expand their business.

We just wrapped up a women's entrepreneurial tour across the US; the response and turn-out was great!

I'd really love your take on these offerings we have right now; I would have contacted you via email but I didn't know which was the best way to reach you.

Thank you so much, I hope I didn't overstep my bounds by directly contacting you. Definitely get back to me if I’ve piqued your interest-- I’d love to share more info with you.

Official Microsoft Ambassador

Melody said...

Thanks for playing along I really enjoying reading your work at home Mom story.

Funny how when one door closes another one opens, it might not be what you planned but it often works out for the better.