For many modern women life as a mother does not mean the end of their career but simply the beginning of a different way of working. Many women work from home.  The popular term / acronym for such women is WAHM.  Being a work at home mum (WAHM) is a career option that can offer the ideal solution for mothers.

Whether you are about to start your first business or a seasoned professional with years of commercial acumen; working at home is an option that can bring you success. When you are considering working from home, there is a set of decisions that must be made.

First, you must decide whether or not working at home is right for you. Next, you need to consider what type of work at home job you would like to do. There are many opportunities for WAHM’s out there, both offline and off. Having a successful Wahm career starts with evaluating your own skills and requirements in a job and then finding the right match.

Where should a Work At Home Mum WAHM start?

Sometimes the best place to start with your WAHM career is where your out of the home career ended. Many women find that they can become independent contractors in the field that they previously worked in. You can use your previous work experience as a launching pad for your WAHM career.

Some of the ways to use your experience to your advantage are: finding a company that hires people in your field to work from home.  Using your previous experience to become an “expert” writer in your field or starting a business related to your previous field.

However, some women look at their WAHM careers as a way to break out of their old job.

Sales Opportunities For Work at Home Mums WAHM

If you’d like to try something completely different, there are plenty of opportunities for entry-level work as an independent contractor.

Many of these jobs deal with telephone or online customer service. When you work as a customer service agent from your home, you just need a reliable Internet connection and a working phone.

Companies also hire medical transcriptionists, data entry professionals and virtual personal assistants to telecommute. If you want to start your own business, the opportunities are vast.

You can start with a direct sales company and sell products from an established brand to friends and neighbors. You’ll make commissions through your sales and also from recruiting other people to sell the products. There are hundreds of direct sales companies that offer everything from aromatherapy products to candles to cooking supplies.

Another option for starting your own business is offering a service in your community. Life coaches, day care centre operators, florists, professional organisers, hairdressers and many other professions, all have the option of working at home.

Of course, starting a business in your community normally means that you’ve had some experience in that field.  That can be a great advantage for professionals with extensive knowledge; such as a Career or Interview coach.

However, there are some small business ideas that can be started without much experience at all.

Online Options For Work at Home Mums WAHM

Many women turn to the Internet for a source of at home income. The internet offers numerous online job opportunities. You can offer your services online as a freelance web designer, writer or virtual assistant.

It is also possible to start an online store that sells products that you make yourself or have the rights to resell.

Many WAHM establish their businesses online by using one of the popular auction sites, like eBay. Still others find a home in internet marketing, by directing web traffic to a website and then recommending certain products and services.

Decide first what type of job you’d like to do and then work from there. If you are truly a people person and need to get out each day, direct sales or a local service business might be right for you.

If you are the type of mom who lives online and is comfortable with the Internet, try finding a job or starting your own business on the web. If you like the comfort of having a weekly pay cheque, look into telecommuting positions.

Learn all about how to start a business from home and what home business income is.

Personal Development Planning For Work at Home Mums WAHM

Starting your own work at home business or online business can change your life so making sure you have a plan is a must.  Just as important as a financial plan or business plan is a personal development plan.

Making a personal development plan does not have to be difficult, at The Personal Development Cafe we provide you with a sample personal development plan and you can also download a free personal development plan template to help you complete an effective action plan.

At The Personal Development Cafe we know that one of the best things to do with knowledge is to pass it on. Do you want to share your experiences or pass on your knowledge as a work at home mum to help others? Do you have any tips that have worked successfully for you?

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