Work at home moms face negative stereotypes from those who don’t understand how hard it is to manage working from home. A few of these myths that I find particularly frustrating are:
- Work at home mom entrepreneurs aren’t as serious as “real” entrepreneurs
- Work at home moms aren’t as productive as people in a “real office environment”.
Rae Hoffman-Dolan discusses these and other myths further in this interesting article found on It’s a WAHM Thing.
Work at Home Moms Face Negative Stereotypes
All work at home moms sell [insert party plan product here]
The fact is that many people feel the phrase “work at home moms” is interchangeable with “party plan representatives” and it’s simply not true. While party plan products are a great work at home opportunity for some, it is definitely not the avenue every WAHM travels down.
Work at home mom entrepreneurs aren’t as serious as “real” entrepreneurs
Absolutely false.There are women out there building multimillion dollar companies from their home offices while their children play in the other room. It simply takes a lot of organization (or hired help) to make it all work.
Work at home moms aren’t as productive because they have kids around
First, not all work at home moms work from home without child care. And even those who do work from home without full time child care find ways to make it work. Successful work at home moms simply have to have “multitasking” as a primary skill on their resume. Couple your mobile broadband, laptop and your younger children’s favorite park and you can easily get several solid hours of work in while your kids have fun and keep themselves occupied. Many moms have school aged children giving them a solid six hour work day each day. We make it happen.
Work at home moms only earn “pocket money”
First let me start by saying there is nothing wrong with working from home part time and earning “pocket money”. For many moms, that’s the goal – a part time income to fund football, dance classes or the annual family vacation. And kudos to them for making it happen.
But motivated full time work at home moms can make significant income. I know several WAHM millionaires. Where we work and whether or not we have children at home while we work does not determine our earning potential. Our earning potential, like the rest of society, is determined by our own goals, desire, determination and hard work.
As you can now see, all work at home moms certainly aren’t party planners and/or candle sellers (although it’s great if you are!); all work at home moms are not confined to working in less than desirable conditions; The important thing to take away from this is that there is success as well as fulfillment to be found in being an entrepreneur and the debunking of these stereotypes that many work at home moms have to deal with.
What do people say when you tell them you work from home?