What’s It Like To Be A WAHM? 5 Tips To Help You Get Started

For those who are wondering what WAHM stands for, it’s Work At Home Mom. This term works if you’re employed at an office and telecommute. But if you have your own business, are a freelancer and get paid for your services per project, per month, etc., then the better term would be Work FROM Home Mom. Personally, I prefer the term Work From Home Professional but WFHP doesn’t work as well as WAHM so maybe Online Professional would be better, especially since not all of us are moms and there are men and dads among us. This article is for those that have decided to be their own boss.

Now that we’ve gotten through the definition of terms, what IS it like to be a WAHM, WFHM, WFHP, or Online Professional? Well, as with any profession, calling, or vocation, it takes a certain type of person to be able to work from home, not constantly supervised, and yet get projects/jobs done on time.

Here are the character traits you MUST HAVE to work from home:

  1. Discipline
  2. Self-reliance
  3. Troubleshooter
  4. Patience
  5. Reliability

DISCIPLINE
This is the most important thing you must have if you work from home because you need to pace yourself since no one will be breathing down your neck all the time as you work. Without discipline, work will never get done on time.

SELF-RELIANCE
Since you’ve eliminated your boss, HR, supervisor—probably why you opted to work from home in the first place—you need to be able to do everything on your own.

TROUBLESHOOTER
An office setup would have maintenance crews, technicians, etc. You need to be all of that. If you use computers, and something goes wrong, you have to deal with it. Utilities and such are all in your department. You’re a one-woman/man show.

PATIENCE
As mentioned above, you’re a one-man show. As such, you’ll need to patiently sort through a job or project on your own. You will be doing everything to do with the project so patience is key.

RELIABILITY
Yes, you’re your own boss. Yes, you command the ship and steer it wherever you want. Yes, you can give yourself a raise and decide whether or not to give yourself a holiday. BUT, you still need to get work done, and you still need to communicate with your client and let them know what’s happening to their project. Being your own boss doesn’t mean you don’t have responsibilities. On the contrary, it’s not an exaggeration to say that you perform a job that normally takes 3-4 people to do. Clients need to feel that they can rely on you to see a job through and even come back to fix a few problems that might crop up after.

If you have all of the above, jobs/projects will not be hard to get because clients tend to make you their go-to person every time they need a job with your skill set done. They know what to expect when they deal with you. They also tend to refer or recommend you to their friends and colleagues.

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If there’s anything you’d like to clarify or if there’s anything you’d like to ask about today’s article, please post it below and I’ll be more than happy to respond.

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