I can say without hesitation one of my biggest challenges as a single mom is working outside of the home. I want to work, I like to work, but I’d rather be working in my home than in an office. Surviving on one income is difficult and especially if you reside in an area where the cost of living is high. Most telecommuting jobs don’t pay a salary that covers rent, a car payment, food, clothes, school, etc. I like my job and I’m fortunate to be able to work at home when Anya or myself is sick. I’m not sure if that option would be available to me fulltime. I prefer to work home for a few reasons.
1. Money– I spend close to $40.00 a week riding the metro to work, if I drove it would be $18 a day for parking! I’m spending $160.00 a month to get to work. Add in costs for aftercare in the fall.
2. Time- I leave work around 4:45 I pick up Anya and we normally get home around 5:45 or 6:00, I get to spend around 3- 3 1/2 hours with her until bed time. Not much time considering there are 24 hours in a day!
3. Quality of Life– Working at home affords me time to work on multiple things and get more accomplished in my day, which gives me more time to pursue writing and to spend with Anya.
Clearly, I want to be a stay at home mom because I want more time with my daughter and I don’t want her to spend most of her day in school and aftercare. Every mom is different and being a stay at home mom is a personal decision, but I’m curious to know if any of you are stay at home moms and how did you negotiate it? What are your thoughts on working at home and as single moms can we make it happen and how?
My goal is to find a job that I can work at home on a full time basis. During my quest I’ll post any information, links, or insights that I discover. Please share yours with me! I’d love to read your thoughts on this topic.