The benefits of working from home have attracted an increasing number of mums as they turn from corporate employees to Mumpreneurs. Flexible working hours, potential for limitless income and guilt-free work are just some of the important advantages of work at home mums. But like most work options, a home-based business has its own share of challenges
Attitude towards work: A home-based business is often regarded as a hobby rather than as a serious job or occupation. Friends and family take the work flexibility to mean having more time to spare for telephone chats, extended lunch hours, and longer vacations.
This attitude can make it extremely difficult for Mumpreneurs to focus on their home-based business unless they practice time management. Mums still need to establish regular hours of work, set time limits for telephone conversations and involve the entire family by talking about work occasionally.
Unrealistic expectations: Mums who work at home are often surprised to find their weekends gone as work may spread out over the weekend. Others expect their home-based business to yield huge incomes immediately. New Mumpreneurs who are eager to make it big right away, seize every opportunity and promise to deliver within a short period.
Truth is, a home business still goes through a learning curve and incubation period just like any other traditional business. Focus and constant efforts at getting the business off the ground will eventually yield all the positive results that have made working from home popular.
Blending work and home activities: Young children require much more attention than older ones making it a challenge for working mums to juggle work and family life. Delegating simple tasks to other members of the household can help mums balance work and home responsibilities while still finding personal time off to recharge and unwind.
Excessive multi-tasking: Mums tend to take on more work than they can handle, leaving them exhausted, their loved ones dissatisfied and the quality of their work deteriorating.
While mums love taking on the supermum role, it won’t hurt the family to delegate some of the household chores such as purchasing groceries, picking up the dry cleaning, doing the laundry and clearing the lawn. In business, the key to income growth is outsourcing and collaboration. Hiring someone else to do portions of the business enables mums to take on several projects and share in the revenues.
Challenges are ordinary events in any business and Mumpreneurs need all the home support that they can get to thrive and achieve a work/life balance that suit them, and their families.