For years I spent hours driving in and out of the city to get to and from my job only to find that I ended up coming home at the end of the day with very little energy left to give to my family. After nearly a decade and working in the technology industry and leading outside sales teams to success I ended up making several life changes due to an onset of panic attacks. I knew something had to change but I was unwilling to stop working. I’ve always been one of those people that had been left to work and the thought of not having a way to work because of the amount of anxiety that I was undergoing sent me into even more panic. For a while there I felt like I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. It was like I couldn’t keep going and doing what I was doing and maintain sanity but the thought of leaving that atmosphere that I had become so accustomed to was also equally terrifying.
And that’s when it hit me why don’t I start working from home? Today I’m going to share with you five reasons why I decided to make the move from working for another company to working for myself and being able to manage my family life, personal life and business life all from my home.
One of the biggest struggles I think any mom undergoes is being able to balance family and work. As moms, weare expected to do so much. We are expected to make sure everyone’s on time to school and all of the extracurricular activities. We are expected to keep the house tidy and dinner put on the table. We’re expected to always have the emotional stability when the rest of the family is undergoing meltdowns. And now there’s a new layer in these past few decades where we are now expected to bring in income as well.All of that and mounting pressure can create a lack of balance in our lives and when we don’t have balance we really struggle with being able to juggle all of those balls. I know this better than anybody else. I lived that life for almost 10 years. One of the biggest things that working from home allowed me to do is have more time to balance my personal development, exercise, managing my household, and being able to contribute to the family financially.
Going into business for yourself can seem intimidating, but once you align your purpose with your work life suddenly work become so much more clear. There was a period of transition between corporate life and work from home life that I underwent and once I came out of that adjustment phase and really got into a routine of working from home I realize she’s so much better. I was able to start my day with personal development an exercise instead of rushing to get everybody ready to go to school and rushing to get myself off to work on Time. When we have fewer things to have to think about, we gain a much better sense of clarity and mental capacity to tackle things. Being able to work from home allows me to have a shorter to do list and a lot more clarity. I begin my day by writing 3 to 5 objectives and I’m going to do for my business and I work throughout the day two to cross all of them off. It takes just a plan yet and it also takes perseverance but at the end of the day I now when I lay my head on my pillow at night that I spent my time wisely throughout the day to for fill my God-given purpose. You see, being able to work for yourself allows you to make the rules. There are still many things that are true or for me to do every day both and personal and in my work life but I understand the purpose of them instead of having to just cross off things that are on a corporation’s checklist.
When I was working for other companies I spent most of my day focused on their strategy and their vision. Sometimes their vision aligned with my own values many times they did not. A huge advantage of working from home and for yourself is that you create your vision. You get to create your strategy. And you get to for fill your purpose. All of those things not only allowed me to be a better mother, partner, friend and daughter but also have allowed me to create a vision that inspires and uplifts others.
I think one of the biggest benefits I’ve seen since I made this transition over a year and a half ago is being able to do the things that I need to do instead of sitting in traffic to and from my job every morning. I gained at least two hours a day every day for five days a week by being able to work from my home if you think about that that’s 10 hours a week that you’re spending if your commute is only an hour and for many of us that commute is much longer. On top of the 10 hours I’ve saved from just driving to and from work I’ve gained another 10 hours a week in getting myself ready to go to work or coming home and having to decompress from work. Can you imagine gaining 20 hours a week every week in your life to be able to invest that time into other areas?
When I graduated college, during every interview I was asked why I wanted to enter into the sales industry. I’ve answered that question hundreds of times at this point whether it was for a job interview, interviewing somebody to bring onto my team, or just in casual business conversation. My answer is always remain the same, I want to run a company one day. When I first started saying that out loud I knew it was my passion to lead, motivate, and inspire other people to live their life to the fullest. I had no idea that 11 years ago when I was approached with this question that my answer was actually going to be calling forth my future circumstances. At the time running an online business was not quite as popular as it is today. If you asked me when I graduated college what I was going to do with my life never in 1 million years would I have imagined being a blogger and selling make up and skincare products. Now thanks to the booming of social media and the rapid rate in which technology has advanced I am able not only work from my home but also be able to reach out to women all over the world and share my values and my vision to help inspire them. If you’re currently stuck in a job that doesn’t align with who you are or who you want to be do you have the power to change it. Yes it’s scary to work for yourself. Yes it’s going to require doing things that you don’t always want to do so that you can do the things that you want to do later. It’s going to require peaks and valleys and it’s also going to require for you to motivate yourself. But just as anything else in life is, you get out what you put into it.
If you are looking to make a change, you don’t have to do it alone! You have the power to be and do anything you put your energy towards. It takes a leap of faith. It takes doing the things that others may not have the willpower to accomplish, but it’s so much better to work with a purpose than work for a paycheck.