I can still remember that magic moment when I would hold my newborn baby in my arms for the very first time….
Nothing can compare with that special moment….
The bond between a mother and her baby is special and it does not die even as the child grows and becomes independent.
Many mothers face the dilemma of leaving their precious darling with a minder when maternity leave comes to an end. It is tough to go back to work and leave the sweet little angel at home with a minder the entire day. This is even more difficult if the little one has health challenges or special needs.
The economic times make being a stay-at-home mom the preserve of a very few. Even when the husband has a good job, it is still challenging for a family to balance all needs with one source of income.
I look back to my own journey. I got married a few months after graduating from campus. I had a good, stable job at the time. First came the relocations as my husband changed work stations. Then came the kids and the responsibilities that come with raising a young family.
I quit my job and became a full time stay-at-home mom. I took care of the kids myself and that is something I would never exchange for anything even if I could. The kids and I enjoy a very strong bond because I was the person closest to them from the time they were born.
Finding my way in the market place after raising the kids was however not a walk in the park. I had to work extra hard to get back on my feet. I was fortunate enough to have benefited from a lot of support during those days that included sponsorship to attend trainings both locally and internationally. That helped in a big way.
The gift of technology
Technology has made it possible for moms to enjoy the best of both worlds. Armed with a few working tools; a smartphone or tablet, a computer, Internet connectivity, a car that can move her around and a corner in her house; a mother can get to raise her kids and still build a successful career working part time from home.
What the working-from-home mom will need is to identify her niche and ensure to invest in acquiring the necessary skills and expertise. Coming up with a routine is also important to ensure that she gets her work done every day, more so when the children are little therefore requiring a lot of attention.
Having support systems/people she can work with and whose support she can count on is definitely helpful. Support systems include but are not limited to supportive family and friends, circles such as networking clubs or chama, coaches and mentors.
Ways that a mother can earn income working from home
- Affiliate marketing: https://www.susancatherineketer.com/2018/03/how-to-make-money-online-through.html
- Network marketing: https://www.susancatherineketer.com/2018/10/https-www-standardmedia-co-ke-business-article-2001298543-what-it-takes-to-be-a-network-marketer.html
- Being a consultant offering services in your field of expertise
- Building a career online: https://www.susancatherineketer.com/2018/08/the-internet-goldmine-online-work.html
A mother can stay home, enjoy witnessing every milestone her babies achieve, and still build a successful career from home.
Here is an article about my journey: http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/saturday/Work-at-home-queens/1216-2858100-126vawq/index.html