How quickly forget the amount of work that goes into caring for a baby. My kids are 5 years apart and honestly, I wasn’t prepared back then and I am not prepared now. There are days where I feel like I literally have zero seconds to myself. However, I know these moments are short lived so I definitely view life differently now then I did when I had my first child.
With both of my kids, I have always went back and forth between working out of the home versus working at home. There are benefits to both, as well as disadvantages. If you’re in the same position, or would like to work at home but don’t know where to begin, you should visit my friend, Holly, at The Work at Home Woman. I was a reader of hers when I was in the process of finding a work at home career and I highly encourage you to visit her website.
With daycare costing a painful $600 per month, the disadvantages of going back to work always seem to outweigh the advantages. After crunching numbers from how much I can earn from home versus outside of home, deducting the cost of daycare and after-school care for our Kindergartener, both my husband and I working outside of the home is financially stupid for our family.
Since I am a nurse, I do have the possibility of working on the weekends or 2nd/3rd shifts. However, I wouldn’t see my son and husband nearly enough, which isn’t acceptable. I don’t want to miss out on my children’s lives, end of story.
The biggest issue that I have about working from home is the lack of time to actually work. I care for a 9-month old busy body all day. Thankfully, she sleeps through the night. However, I have learned that babies that sleep through the night, tend to sleep less during the day. Her and my son are complete opposites. He didn’t sleep through the night until he was past a year old. However, he took some beautifully long naps during the day.
I also struggle with focusing on one way to make money. I think that if I applied myself to one “main job”, that I would be more successful. Instead, I have a million different “little” jobs that I tinker with as needed. Currently, I am a freelance writer, blogger, and sell on Ebay, Etsy, Mercari, and at a local antique store. When I am not writing or posting things online, I am sourcing for items to resell. In other words, I have no idea what I am doing.
So, my new goal is simple: FOCUS. A lot can be accomplished with a pen and paper, calculator, and some strong Barefut lemon essential oil misting in the air.
I don’t intend to give up on anything. However, I think I can simplify my selling without reducing profits. If I can do that, then I can have more time to spend on writing, which includes updating this blog more often than once a month. (Pitiful, I know. I am sorry everyone).
Sometimes we all need a little pep talk and encouragement. One thing that I have forgotten over the last few years is that I am actually capable of succeeding in whatever I want to do with my life. As long as you stay dedicated and driven, then nothing should be able to stop you.
So for now, my mind has been made up. I am going to continue working from home and I will stop checking the new jobs listings for nurses. In fact, I have deleted the indeed app off of my phone. (Baby steps!)
My main focus will be on writing. However, I will continue selling at the local antique store and *casually* on eBay and Mercari.