Today’s guest post of the month is by Brooke over at Happy Simple Mom. Brooke is passionate about helping other mum’s declutter their homes, simplify lives and making the mum life easier!


transitioning to work at home

So, you just quit your job, pulling a 9-5 in the corporate world and now you get to work from home.  You are FREEEEEEEEEE!!!!!  Congratulations mama.

You made it away from the chains of working from someone else in a cold, sterile cubicle and now you get to work from the comfort of your home.  You may even be running your own business now, which is awesome! Oh, the freedom you have now achieved!  However, with every blessing and positive change, still comes a few moments of challenges and bumps in the road.  Use these tips for work at home moms to make the transition as easy as possible.

New Beginnings

I recently transitioned from almost fifteen years with the same corporation.  I worked my way up, was making a really good salary, and I WAS MISERABLE.  With a leap of faith, some serious budgeting, and a lot of support from my husband, I transitioned to starting my own business.  No more commuting to work everyday and no more hurrying my kids out the door to before-care and picking them up from aftercare.  Mama was home!!

Here’s to new adventures and a few tips for work at home moms:


1 – Give yourself a break to enjoy your new lifestyle.

If you have the luxury of taking some time off when transitioning from working mom outside of the home to working at home mom, I highly recommend it.  Take a week off, or longer if you can.  Enjoy being in your home with absolutely no agenda and no time table.  Enjoy your little people.  Play games or read a book.  Catch up on the endless piles of laundry and dishes, and just be.

For inspiration, take a week to tackle the Happy Clutter-Free Home Series, which consists of seven days of challenges to achieve a clutter-free home.  You can also check out this decluttering checklist that will give you ideas on where to get started!

Do something you always wanted to do.  You really are free!  [click_to_tweet tweet=”When you get a fresh, clean slate, you deserve a fresh, clean mindset. #workathomemum #wahm #makingachange ” quote=”When you get a fresh, clean slate, you deserve a fresh, clean mindset.”]

2 – Set up a work space.  

If you can afford the furniture and the space, get yourself a desk and a small corner in a room to make yourself a new workspace.  I never personalized my workspace that much in corporate America. I didn’t really have the option. I could bring in photos and small things, but it never felt like it was my space.

I admittedly am still working on this one.  I’ve never needed an office at home.  The kitchen table always worked for me on late nights when I needed to catch up on work, wouldn’t that work now? Maybe.  I mean it is working. So is the local Starbucks when I need a change in scenery.  Did I mention how much I love working from home?!

When I transitioned to working from home, I went a little crazy at the local office supply store.  Get yourself some notebooks, pretty pens, and other cool office supplies. Find things that fit your personality.  This is my most fun tip for work at home moms, as you get to spoil yourself a little!

3 – Forget your chores.

I love that I can stay caught up on laundry when working from home.  However, the trick is to not let your chores overtake your day.  That’s easier said than done when you are working at the kitchen table and the dirty dishes are overflowing, or you remember that your kiddo needs a specific shirt clean for school tomorrow.

Ultimately, you are still working.  This is your time.  Even if you are starting your own business and you quite literally own your time, you should still block off time to work, without feeling like you need to be doing something else.

If you feel better in a clean home, set a time for 30 minutes and knock out all your chores and daily cleaning tasks.  Then, when the timer goes off, start your work.   When you take a break, throw the load of clothes in the dryer, but then leave the rest for the end of your day.  You don’t want your chores overtaking your work at home day.

4 – Give yourself grace. 

When you first transition from working outside of the home to a work at home mom, you may feel guilty for not doing more around the house.  I mean, you stay home all day now, what do you do all day? How many have been asked that?!  (My hand is raised!)

Mom guilt is powerful.  You are working, just in a different setting.  You deserve grace for not being super mom all the time.  The immense pressure we put on ourselves can be powerful. Take pride in what you are doing, even if you are starting a business from scratch and there is no big payout yet. This hard work you are putting in now will be worth it!

5 – Use your full day

If you have little ones, you no longer have to work 9-5 every day (for some jobs), especially if you are freelancing or doing your own business.  You can work 5:30 AM – 7:00 AM, and then again from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at nap time, and then again from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.  You can also squeeze in small 10-20 minute tasks at every opportunity.

Many days, my little ones only wanted to play in their rooms with each other.  I would often set up shop nearby or even on a beanbag chair in their room and squeeze out an hour of work while they played with their barbies or dressed up.

It can be hard to work with kids around, but it is possible.  I find they are far less disruptive when they are occupied than the talkative cube neighbor that couldn’t catch a hint to walk away!

6 – Find a way to manage your time

Get yourself an awesome planner or download one of the wonderful apps that help you manage your time.  When I worked in the corporate world, I relied solely on my work calendar.  It controlled everything in my life, down to my personal appointments.  When I transitioned from working outside of the home to a work at home mom, I was lost.

I didn’t know how to manage my time anymore without my previous work calendar.  I tried a host of apps and planners and finally settled on one I loved.  There is something very rewarding about writing something down and then crossing it off as completed!

Whatever you do, find something that works and don’t be afraid to try something new. I never thought I would go back to pen and paper, but it has helped me take my productivity to a whole new level!

7 – If you can get childcare, do it!

Now, this doesn’t mean you have to send your kid to daycare every day just because you are now a work at home mom.  Maybe you transitioned from working mom to work at home mom so you could be home with your little every day.  That doesn’t mean you don’t need time to get stuff done!

If you can, take time to yourself to knock out those really important tasks. You can trade an hour or two with a friend who also had a little one, take off to a local coffee shop for a couple of hours when your partner is home to help out, or, if things are really booming, actually use daycare or a preschool.  Get creative, but find time for yourself to knock out stuff every once in a while!

Enjoy your new adventure!

Whatever your reason, congratulations on your transition from working outside of the home to a work at home mom.  You will love it, even with all the challenges you may face in the beginning. It opens so many doors for flexibility, and it gives you a chance to spend more time with those you love. Good luck mama!

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