More women are choosing to stay home while pursuing a career. If you work outside your home, you can consider becoming a WAHM.

Can you handle it?

Working at home can prove to be difficult initially especially where children are involved. Take into consideration if your home is quiet and you have the time to effectively work from home. The job you will be doing, whether it requires phone work or computer time. Once the space is secured, your family arrangement should be contemplated. If  toddlers are at home, how will you manage to work at home with them? Should hired help be sought? Once you have secured a spot and know what you’re going to do, think about the family arrangement. How will you know when the time is right? There are a few things to consider.

Can you afford it?

First, consider finances. Depending on the type of business you plan to work at home for, it might take some time for you to make money in your new venture. Can you afford to live on just your spouse’s income during that time? To determine if you can afford your WAHM venture, prepare a budget and figure out what your base living expenses are each month. Does one income cover that expense? If not, do you have enough savings to cover the difference for at least the first few months of your WAHM business? If one salary isn’t enough to cover expenses, do you have savings that you can pull out funds from if necessary? If not, consider working a few more months and put as much money aside as possible. Before taking the plunge, consider what the start-up expenses for your business will be. Can you afford to make that investment? Remember that some start-up expenses are tax-deductible, but you still have to be able to make the purchases and investments now.

Are you ready to make the change?

Transitioning from being a mom who works outside the home to one who works at home can be tough. Or, if you’ve been at stay-at-home mom, it can be difficult on your family, who must make the transition from seeing you as very accessible to them to being concerned with other matters. Ask yourself these hard questions about transition. Are you ready to work at home? Can you handle the isolation? Do you think you can be a work at home mom and still see to your family’s needs? Most moms decide to work at home because they want to be available to their children; if you plant your children in front of the television so you can work, you haven’t necessarily succeeded in your mission. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a WAHM for some time, in all likeliness, you already know the answers to all of these questions. Once you know that you’re ready for the change, the transition can be fairly simple because your confidence will help provide great results.