For our very first Weekly WAHM Interview, please welcome Amanda, blogger extraordinaire at The Mommy Mix. This is her Work at Home Mom story.
Q: Please tell us a little about you and your family.
A: I am a wife and mother to two very rambunctious boys aged 3 and 8-years-old. We enjoy watching movies, playing outdoors and story time.
Q: Did you have a different career/profession prior to working from home?
A: Yes. I was and am still a Studio Manager for a Canadian photography company.
Q: When and why did you decide to work from home?
A: I’ve always wanted to be at home more for my kids (even before I had them). I wanted to be the mom who could make them breakfast and ask them how their day was the minute they stepped off the school bus. I wanted to be able to go on their field trips and experience the fun with them. Working from home allows me to do all of those things part-time, for now.
Q: Was the family budget a consideration, and if so, how did you manage the transition?
A: Yes, we figured for me to go back to work full-time we would end up paying out more for child care and would end up being pointless. Because I do work out of the home part-time we can live comfortably with our salaries, every little bit from the blog goes to paying bills, debt or savings.
Q: What ways have you found to earn extra money?
A: I have The Mommy Mix and a high social media sharing, which I use to my advantage. I’ve done surveys in the past but found them to be very time consuming.
Q: What does your typical day look like? Do you keep a set schedule?
A: On a typical day at home I try to get in blog posts, emails, interact with my followers on social media and more…all while wrangling a 3-year-old who seems to be hungry or bored every 5 minutes. Sometimes I can get through everything I need to in 2 hours, but most of the time you might find me periodically at the computer or phone when I get a minute of quiet.
Q: How does being a parent affect your work and vice versa?
A: lot of people think it’s easy just because I can work in my PJ’s, but as I mentioned above it’s not easy with a little one who wants and needs your attention. There’s only so much Paw Patrol on Netflix they can and will watch.
Q: What’s your best advice for other work at home parents?
A: Create a schedule for yourself– a list of daily to do’s. If there’s no deadline don’t stress, this leads to panic which could result in low quality work. Limit yourself and don’t over work. If you have to get something done when the kids go to bed do it. After all, one of the reasons you probably started to work from home was to be there for them so make sure you are actually there.
Q: What is your current biggest challenge with your situation?
A: My current biggest challenge is getting my work done during the day.
Q: What is your opinion about childcare for children of work at home parents?
A: I think if you can swing it definitely invest in childcare, maybe even just half days or one day a week (if that’s do-able where you are). Childcare in my area is so expensive and there’s never anywhere that wants a part-time child, so it’s not possible. I am looking forward to the days my youngest starts school and getting work done during normal hours.
Q: What are your goals for the future in your career/as a work at home parent? Do you plan to ever return to a “regular” job?
A: My plan is to eventually generate more income from the blog so I can work at home on a more permanent basis.
Q: What has been your favorite part about being a work at home parent?
A: Being with my kids more and not having to miss out on everything.
Thank you, Amanda, for sharing with us a window into your life as a part time WAHM.