BizyMommy: The Real Reason Moms Work at Home

By Liz Folger

A few weeks ago I posed a question in my weekly e-newsletter for work-at-home moms. The question I asked was, "Why do you work At Home? To be honest, I was a little surprised by the comments.

When you think of someone starting a home business, you figure they are probably in it for the money. The reason being, you see so many ads that scream, "Work-at-home and make $1000's of dollars a week doing nothing." So, of course, we just figure the person is probably in it for the money.

For me personally? I've been working at home now for just under five years. In that time, I started a home business biz via a business opportunity and failed within the first year. I then went on to write the book, The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To Making Money for the simple reason that I wanted to know how other moms out there were successfully running a business from home. From there my business has grown to a website, weekly self-syndicated column, e-newsletter and more books on the way. I'll be the first to say that I'm not in this for the BIG money. If I was, I would have quit about 4 years 9 months ago. No I'm here because I wanted to raise my children myself. I wanted to breastfeed for as long as I wanted, I wanted to take them for walks any time of the day, hear their first words, teach them to plant a garden and watch the seeds sprout. I wanted the opportunity to be a full time parent and I wanted a chance to use my own personal creativity.

Here's a few comments from other work-at-home moms on why they work from home.

"I work from home so I can be there for my three children and my husband. I have tried working outside the home and always felt stressed both at work and at home. I wanted to be able to do something for myself that didn't take away from my family."
~ Patricia

"It's one word, pure and simple, 'Freedom.' I don't work at home for the money, or because I hated my boss, or because I got fed up with corporate America. I do it because it's given me back my life. I own it. I run it. I am in total control of it. For example, the other day, my 15-year-old daughter had just gotten home from school. I, as usual, was at the computer. She comes into the office and states, 'I have some extra money, and there's a CD I'd like to buy. When can you take me?' Well, I looked at her, thought a minute, and said, 'Let's go now.'"
~ Kim Skinner, K & D Publishing

"I recently realized that my own answer has started to evolve. A year ago I would have plainly and honestly said 'To be home with my daughters.'" But a lot has changed since then. While that is still my most important reason, I would now have to add that I work at home because it makes me grow and stretch as a person, I can never get fired, the mistakes I make are MINE and I can learn from them and do with them as I please, because my success will also be MINE. I can learn from it and do with it what I please, because I am a positive influence on my daughters, because I can take time off to take my toddler to the doctor, or go help in my 2nd grader's class, or whatever reason I choose. Having my own home based business gives me strength, purpose, and a confidence I've never known before. And on top of all of that, I am blessed with the GIFT of being able to be home with my wonderful children."
~ Julie Frost

Liz Folger is a Work-at-Home Expert and author of The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide to Making Money from Home.

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