March 16, 2017 Ashley Brown

How being a remote working mom gave me the career I always wanted.

“She designed
a life she loved”

– Unknown

There are many reasons why working from home is becoming a more common business practice. It kills the daily commute, saves organizations thousands of dollars in operation costs, and remote work increases employee happiness and retention.

However, for working mothers like myself, it goes beyond saving a few dollars and not having to hear your co-workers sing off-key every day.

Working from home allows me the chance to manage the different parts of my life in equal balance. I don’t have to leave my kids in daycare, I don’t miss out on any important events like school galas, and I can slot my work in around my kid’s schedules instead of the other way around.

If you are a mother like me, or you are worried about what will happen to your career when you do fall pregnant, this post is for you.

Why Mothers Should Consider Working from Home

I know I am not the only woman that wants to be at home raising their children while simultaneously building a career. It is a hard decision that many women must face in today’s economic climate. In a study by Pew Research Center, 51 percent of women said being a working mother made it harder for them to advance their careers.

The working structure that many businesses still cling today is archaic. It has not evolved to meet modern women and their families needs. Although I believe the work/life balance is an unachievable utopia, I do think that working from home gives mothers the ability to create a space where they can manage the different aspects of their lives and be present in all of them.

When I found out I was pregnant, I did not want to give up my career. I liked working, I found it fulfilling, but I also wanted to be there for my child. I was not ready to decide which way path to follow; ultimately, that is how my business She Implements got started.

 

How I Started Working from Home

Before I founded my own business from my living room, my husband and I were on the verge of financial ruin. Struggling to stay out of overdraft, raising three children we had to lean on our community and neighbours to help us with food, shelter and security during a hard time, that all changed when I met this web developer.

He opened my eyes to earning a living via the online world with his digital nomad lifestyle. He didn’t need to go to an office every day and supported his lifestyle with just his laptop and a Wi-Fi connection.

It wasn’t long before I became his virtual assistant and this started the stepping stone into me realising, “Hey, I can work from home while raising my children.”

The freedom that came with the ability to do what I want, work when I need to and play with my kids was monumental. It didn’t take long for me to realise that being a virtual assistant could bring in more money than I anticipated, that it could be something I do for other people.

Today, I am running a half a million-dollar business, and I aim to get to the one million mark by the end of this year.

 

What I Want for Other Mothers

Just because we have children does not mean we should stop advancing into what we want to become. My goal is to help empower women, so they don’t have to choose their family over their careers or Visa Versa. I want to help other mothers rise and achieve what I have.

There has never been a better time to seek work from home opportunities. The market is open to it; there are websites like PowerToFly that are specially geared towards finding remote work for highly skilled women. It is the perfect way to still contribute to the household expenses, maintain your insanity and continue climbing the career ladder.

I know this is cliche to say, but if I can do it, anyone can do it. I knew nothing about earning an income online before I met that web developer. The knowledge he imparted onto me changed my life, and I want to do the same thing for other women.

If you are thinking about working from home, go for it. Jump in with both feet and see where it takes you. I was able to fulfil my dream of staying at home and advancing my career, and if you aren’t prepared to give up one or the other, my reality can be yours as well.

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