Work at Home Moms Net Big Benefits for Their Families

Work at home moms net big benefits for their families if they can make the transition to a home based business. Many work at home moms claim they manage their full schedule with help from family and childcare or other help around the house. Check out these inspiring stories on the Edmonton Journal and see if work at home moms net big benefits for their families perhaps you could be the next stay at home mom success story.

“Eight-month-old Evelyn Shandro blows raspberries over the phone as her dad, Michael, talks about how he and wife, Haley, work from home while caring for their two young children.”

“Until now the baby has been quiet, no doubt entertained by big brother, Andrew, three. The kids are with dad in their parents’ bedroom while Haley meets with a client in their home office. The couple, both photographers, run Shandro Photo, a company that specializes in wedding and family photography.”

“Navigating around the sleep patterns of pre-schoolers is one challenge facing parents like Michael, 34, and Haley, 29, who choose to have their little ones close by during the work day.”

“ ‘He gets into a bit of a frenzy around the time that normally would be nap time’ Shandro explains, before his words are drowned out by Evelyn’s indignant cries.”

“The thought of working from home probably flits through the mind of many parents: No more early morning dropoffs at daycare or missing work because your kid is sick. Dinner would be on time and eliminating a daily commute would surely make you a kinder, gentler person. “

“But for the Shandros and other work-at-home parents who shared their experiences with The Journal, earning a salary with kids nearby requires constant juggling and a lot of organization.”

“Most days, one or both of us can have photo shoots,” Shandro says. “When one of us is shooting, the other one is looking after the kids. When one of us is in meetings the other one’s looking after the kids.”

“Rosemary Malowany quit her day job to work from home because she missed her two-year-old daughter, Isabel. When Isabel turned one, Malowany went back to her office job. She was miserable.”

“She (Isabel) was in care five days a week,” says Malowany. “I would see her for up to an hour in the morning and then I would see her for about two hours at night before she went to bed. Three hours a day was just tearing me up.”

“Now, Isabel goes to a day home three days a week, but her mom’s flexible schedule allows them lots of time together.”

“Shannon Lang also enjoys extra time with her sons, Jacob, 12, and Benjamin, 10, since she traded a full-time medical research job for her own home-based business. Lang, 46, runs Elder Move, a company that helps seniors downsize and re-locate. She works 30 to 40 hours a week, but still sees more of her boys than before.”

“My family says I’m nicer,” Lang laughs. “The kids are enjoying it because I’m able to help out at school, maybe go on a special field trip.

Malowany says for her to earn a full-time salary she needs those days Isabel is in care. Malowany works early mornings before Isabel rises, and when her little girl is home, mom still conducts business during naps. She sometimes puts in hours in the evenings and on weekends.”

“The Shandros tag-team each other. They get a break when Andrew goes to pre-school twice weekly and Evelyn naps, but their business is growing rapidly and they are looking for a live-in nanny.”

“The couple also have evening appointments, followed by administrative work, sometimes until midnight. If both parents are shooting weekend weddings, a grandmother steps in to help.”

“Jeni Muddle fits her career around her kids, too.”

“The 35-year-old mother of three girls — Emily, eight, Abigail, six, and Tessa, three — designs and creates bedding and clothing for children through her home-based business Pixie Dust Kids. “I kind of live the stay-at-home lifestyle with benefits. I don’t have to worry about scheduling dentists, I can still do hot lunch at school, and I like that.”

“Malowany agrees.” “It’s hard to find any downside when you’re making more money and you have more flexibility and you’re seeing your daughter more than you were before. It’s the best decision that my family ever made. We’ve never looked back.”

Being a work at home mom, I have some knowledge and understanding of what it takes to really make it work and I have to disagree on one or two notes. When you work from home chances are you do not have anyone paying your taxes for you so you must be more diligent about that and you do not get “health benefits” like typical employees might. So yes, work at home moms net big benefits for their families, but they also have added responsibilities for their own businesses.

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