How I Make a Full-time Income from Home with NO Childcare
Making a full-time income from home with no childcare sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it? That was always my dream. I used to envision what my life would look like when I was a freelance writer on my drives to the hospital when I was working as a nurse. At the time it seemed so far away, but looking back once I got serious about the goal, things fell into place pretty quickly.
While I'm incredibly proud of what I've accomplished and now feel called to share what I've learned with fellow mamas, I need to add a word of caution. I used to wear my income as a badge of honor. I thought that because I was making more than I did as a nurse while staying home with little ones, volunteering at school, cooking dinner, and doing all the things that I had MADE IT.
Here's the Truth
I put ridiculous expectations of myself. If I wasn't hitting my income goals while also being the perfect stay-at-home mom, I beat myself up. I wondered what I was doing wrong. I fell asleep every night ticking off a list in my head of all the tasks I still needed to complete.
So while the whole no childcare thing is right for our family right now, that doesn't mean that it will be forever. There is nothing wrong with getting the support you need. Skip the guilt and shame. You deserve to go after your goals, and if you need to spend a little cash to do so, then you are WORTH IT!
Here's what's been working for me and my family...
Put Down Some of the Plates
If your goal is to replace a full-time income from home, then something has to give. Maybe you decide not to care about having a sparkling clean house right now (*raises hand), maybe you start ordering out a few nights per week, or you trade babysitting with a trusted friend?
You can do it all, but not all at once. Decide what's important to you right now, and let some of the other things slide. Don't give yourself 2 full-time jobs.
Once you decide what you're willing to set down for now, decide on some goals. What is your income goal? Write it down every single day. Then plug working times into your weekly calendar. Wake up an hour earlier if you need to (just doing that is life-changing).
Figure out what your hourly rate needs to be in order to hit your goal. For example, if you want to make $4,000 per month by working 10 hours per week, then you need to be making $100 per hour. This will help you decide what types of jobs and clients to take on.
Stop the Busy Work
When you're a solopreneur, there are so many moving pieces to your business. Sitting down at your desk means you could write a blog post, tackle your inbox, create a new program, apply for jobs, make connections on LinkedIn, and on and on.
Get clear on the most important tasks that move your business forward. If you're a freelance writer, that means writing and pitching, day in and day out, rinse and repeat. The rest is just extra.
As a work-at-home mom to 2 kiddos (almost 3!), time blocking is my BFF. Every Sunday I sit down with my calendar and make a plan for the week. I know when I am pitching new clients, researching articles, writing outlines, creating first drafts, and editing my work.
This saves so much time and mental energy, which is critical because of that whole no childcare thing :) Every time I sit down to work, I know exactly what to do. I get the most work done in the mornings - this article was super helpful for finding my productive times.
Ask for Help
This tip may be the hardest for you to implement, but without it, working from home won't be worth it. You need support. We're not meant to do this alone.
Ask your mom or family friend to help out for a few hours. Join a gym with an awesome childcare area. Have a movie afternoon so you can get some work done. Join a supportive group of mamapreneurs. Make sure you're taking care of yourself first, then your business.
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