What's Better Than Working from Home?

Working from home can be amazing. You can work in cozy pajamas and everthing you need for a comfortable environment is within reach. You can have home cooked, gourmet meals everyday or munch all day on the noisiest, most obnoxious snacks. You can exercise without an audience or take a cat nap on your couch. You control the thermostat. No more winter in June!

The Limitation

But what are the benefits if you are a parent whose wonderful work from home job has a set 8-hour scheudule and requires lots of phone time with customers? Unless you have church mice children (I don't) and you can keep your talk time firmly within school hours (if your children are attending), you still have to arrange some kind of care for your child. Raise a hand if you have ever felt like you were going to work every day just to pay childcare. In fact, don't just raise a hand, share this post if you've experienced childcare costs that are more than your car note or even your rent. I imagine many of you are searching for a better way.

The Formula

Working from home without a flexible schedule is like getting pudding without a spoon. You can still eat it, but it will be inconvenient and possibly very messy. Here's the solution. It's very simple.

Work At Home + Flexible Schedule = FREEDOM

What's better than working form home? Working from home when you have a flexible schedule. Not a flex schedule. Not getting to choose your shift. A truly flexible schedule where you determine each hour you work and when. Now, keep the formula in your mind and let it sink in a bit while I take a moment to share my story.

My Story

My name is Erica, and I'm a manager at Four Generations Group, Inc. I'm the mother of one bright, beautiful, song bird of a 6-year old who loves Kacee and Rachel in Wonderland and also happens to be autistic.

If you don't know much about autism, let's suffice it to say that learning to care for her and going to work each day created a cycle that was very difficult for me to break. Other moms who have done this before me and who are doing it now, I commend each and every one of you!

The Cycle

She never slept. I mean, she NEVER slept so I was exhausted at work. Exhaustion at work meant that I struggled to maintain metrics which caused additional stress. Stress at work meant that I was much more tired and less patient when I made it home. My lack of patience made it more difficult to understand my daughter's needs which upset her and upset me. More stress, more wear, more tired.

I was a new parent and didn't trust daycares with my nonverbal child so I had to rely on a sitter