Amber shares both sides of transitioning from a full time Stay at Home Mom to working full time with KHIT Consulting.
Working from home is both a blessing and a curse. Let me start from the beginning. I started out as a stay at home mom. Before I got pregnant the first time, I did have a full time job that you had to get up every morning and drag your butt to. The whole time I was thinking, man if I could just get a job working at home that would be a dream. Then I got pregnant and I quit my full time job to stay home with my kids. I was a stay at home mom for eight years. It was a trial. A stay at home mom is like having a full time job that makes you work overtime every day. Even though it was exhausting, I loved staying at home.
After my youngest got into kindergarten I started thinking about how I could make money doing something I loved, so I started doing odd crafts and thinking about selling them. Then after six months of staying home and crafting my sister asked me for help. It just started out as doing a few hours of work to help her catch up. Then she gave me more and more work and eventually I was working full time. It happened so fast I never saw it coming.
So here I was working a full time job at home with my kids going to school most of the day. It was a really good set-up. However, as I got assigned more and more hours it became really difficult to juggle both the job and being a sort-of stay at home mom. I would have to work between the kids’ drop off hours, then after I picked them up I would have to go back to work because there were only six hours between drop off times. Luckily, I have a really understanding husband that would help with supper and taking care of the kids when he got home.
Now, do not get me wrong, it is wonderful working at home but there are obstacles for those of us too. For one, I think I gained at least 20 pounds by working at home. I could just sit at my desk and snack all day on anything laying around the house. I got some super unhealthy habits while I was working at home. Now that I am aware of it though I am able to snack a little healthier. Another obstacle would be trying to get work done with kids at home. They are always needing something. I don’t have an office with doors, so meetings are impossible to keep quiet. Let’s just say it’s like having a daycare in your office building where the children are allowed to run free. All in all it is really great to be able to stay at home and earn money and still get to see my kids all day.