Lately, the people in my personal life have been asking a lot of questions about what I do and when I’m going to go back to work, especially since my husband and I are nowhere near as financially stable as we were when I was working 70 hour weeks.
Of course we are not as finacially stable as we were when I worked 70 hours. That’s a lot of freaking hours. Not only that, but we’ve got a sweet, strong-willed little babe that requires things that we didn’t need before.
But, being able to stay home with Delainey was a big goal of ours and so we make it work. We make it work as I record podcast episodes with Mickey Mouse Club House in the background. We make it work as he wakes up at 4 a.m. to go to work and I’ve only just gone to bed at 2 a.m.
We make it work. We put in the work so that our girl can have a parent at home with her. We put in the work so that my business(es) will grow. We put in the work and we will see the results.
I’m not one of those 18 months as a freelancer success stories. I’d love to be, but I just passed 18 months last week 😉 But seriously, I kind of finangled my way into virtual assistance, freelancing and starting Shield Sisters Initiative.
There was a lot that I didn’t know and there is still a lot that I can improve on. There were a lot of free resources out there jamming up the traffic lines and giving me certain expectations. There was also a velcro baby who only let me work after she went to bed for the first year and a half of her life.
I know I’m not the only one, and I know that so many moms out there are like BUT RAEWYN, WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE? HOW CAN YOU WORK SO MUCH? And my favorite questions; HOW CAN I GET STARTED?
Work at Home Mom Schedule
8 am Wake up with the babe & watch cartoons
9 am Breakfast & work or podcast episodes
10 am Activity (we have gym, library or swim)
12 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Baby nap time
2 pm Work!
4:30 pm Wake up the little babe
5 pm House work and dinner prep
6:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Bedtime Routine
10 pm Iman wakes me up to work, spend time together and pamper myself
1 am Bedtime!
My schedule is not typical for many work at home moms. Many people are able to have a nanny or mother’s helper, but we have crazy dogs so it isn’t feasible. Some people have daycare or preschool days, but it’s very expensive here in Southern California. I average 5 hours of work a day. I also do my best work at night, which is why my work schedule is in the night, which does cause some problems when she is having sleeping issues.
How Much Work Do You Have to Put In?
The beautiful thing is you really only put in as much work as you want to! I run two businesses, so I’m putting in a LOT of work. I’m in hustle mode, but I don’t anticipate being here forever. I am working on funnels and automation so that I can have more time for other things. I tried to do coaching hours, but with Delainey around and unpredictable, it’s not feasible for me right now. This summer, I am focusing heavily on revamping things and fine tuning things and finding something for Delainey to do during the day that will allow me more free time and her more socialization.
So, whether you’re doing this at night after your day job or you’re jumping right in, it’s really about how much time you want to give to yourself. But don’t forget that self-care time!!
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