Becoming a work at home mom is exciting, but it is also a lot of hard work. When determining the best career path for you, take some time to explore all of your options. If you know some work at home moms, ask them about their experiences and how becoming a WAHM has affected them. If you don't know anyone personally who works from home, get active in online forums and newsgroups. The best resource for you starting out is fellow women who have done it themselves. It is also helpful to do your own research online, read books related to working at home, and investigate your local business legal requirements. Try to get a full picture of what working at home will be like before you take the plunge.
One of the first things to consider is why you are choosing to work from home. Are you interested in more flexibility? Do you want to stay home with your children, but need extra income? Or are you already a stay at home mom and want to have a professional outlet?
What income requirements do you have? Are you expecting to earn a fulltime salary, or are you hoping to make a little extra income part-time? Are you interested in starting your own business? Would you rather work for an employer or as a contractor? Weighing all of these considerations will shape your work at home venture.
It is also important to consider what professional experience you have. The most successful entrepreneurs start businesses in fields where they already have extensive experience. They are able to be successful because they know what to expect, how to complete important tasks, and have a network of colleagues and potential clients. The other advantage of staying in your previous career field is that should you later choose to go back to working in a traditional office, you will have no gaps in your resume.
Most importantly, think about what you are passionate about. Passion drives creativity and makes it easy to put in all of the hours necessary to have a successful career from home. Examine your interests and talents, then brainstorm ways that these can turn into a career.
Lastly, it is extremely important to consider the market for your product or service. You may have an idea for a business that you would really enjoy, but if there is already a great deal of competition out there, it might not be the best choice. You must find a way to make your product or service special - something people just have to have. Find your niche, then make sure that you are fulfilling a need of your potential customers. By combining your personal motivations, your skills and your clients' needs, you will find the perfect work at home career.