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10 Skills I Learned On The Job Site That I Still Use As a WAHM

When I started my personal blog, I had no idea that it would lead me to my dream job of being able to work from home. I soon realized after I moved to NYC from Florida, that it wasn’t practical for me to find a job teaching (which is what I was doing in Florida) because I would be making what I’d be paying for childcare.

I loved teaching, I really did. But I loved having the opportunity to be able to stay at home with my daughter. Soon after I began blogging, I started my own social media consulting company as a way for me to occupy some of my time spent at home.  I also began doing more freelance writing at home as well. Before I knew it, I was working full time from my computer at home while still being able to stay at home with my daughter.

Nearly two years later, I am still working from home and still able to watch both of my little girls. It takes a lot of juggling trying to manage a household and a business at the same time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My job as a teacher definitely helped me with my life now working from home. Check out 10 skills that I learned while working on the job site that I still use as a work at home mom.


  • You have to enjoy the people you work with. 1 of 10
    You have to enjoy the people you work with.
    One of the things that I loved about my job as a teacher was the people that I worked with. They made my job more enjoyable and I was so excited to go into work everyday. Now that I work from home, I am still excited to go to work everyday because I "work" with my two favorite people. Those two little girls you see in the photo above. Although they don't really work with me, they are the only office buddies I have all day. They make working more enjoyable because I get to watch them grow up and still get to provide for my family.
  • It’s okay to stop and take a break. 2 of 10
    It's okay to stop and take a break.
    When I was a teacher, I used to love the hour we got during the day during our "planning period." There were days when I would get a lot of work done, but there were also days when I would spend that time to just take a break and rejuvenate myself so that I was top notch for the kids I would see later in the day. Working at home with the kids can sometimes be difficult, so it's important for me to step away from the computer once in a while and really take a break to focus on myself so that I can be the best for my job and for my girls.
  • Evaluate your work. 3 of 10
    Evaluate your work.
    I used to have evaluations with my principal every quarter. He would sit in my classroom and watch me teach while jotting down all of the things that he liked and disliked about the way I did things in the classroom. It was good for me to speak with someone from the outside looking in on my performance in the classroom. Although I don't have anyone to come in a critique my work, I always make sure to do a self evaluation and even ask others who have similar work at home jobs how they think I am doing. It's great to take a step back and really see how you are doing and what could be made better.
    Image via Flickr User BillSoPhoto
  • Make improvements in your work. 4 of 10
    Make improvements in your work.
    There are always things that need improvement in any job that you have. When I was a teacher I went to mentors to see how I could improve on things. I made sure to take classes and workshops so that I could be up to date on the most current teaching strategies. Working at home and writing is much of the same. I make sure to go to conferences when I can so that I know how to engage my audience and really know the ins and outs of the business. In the end it makes for a better writer and hopefully a happier audience.
    Image via MorgueFile
  • You have to stay organized. 5 of 10
    You have to stay organized.
    My desk in my classroom used to be organized in every way possible. Everything had a place and was nicely labeled so that I knew where it was and that my students knew where it was. At home, it's easy for my things to get lost in the shuffle of household items. I've made sure to organize all of my work documents and papers so that I know where they are when I need them and are easily accessible.
    Image via MorgueFile
  • Look presentable, even if you don’t have to. 6 of 10
    Look presentable, even if you don't have to.
    Getting dressed and ready for working outside of the home used to be one of my favorite things to do. I loved to be able to pick out my outfits and do my hair and makeup to make sure that I looked presentable when I got to school and in front of my students. Although I work from home now and could sit behind this computer with my hair up and in pajamas (which has happened on occasion) it's still nice to get up and get ready for work even if I am not leaving the apartment. I always feel so much better about myself and so much more productive when I am in a great outfit and have my hair done. I realize it's not practical everyday, especially with two little ones running around, but it does wonders for helping me get through my day.
  • Maintain productivity. 7 of 10
    Maintain productivity.
    It is so easy for me to get distracted when I am working from home. After all, a toddler and a baby make for a very exciting work environment. Although they are always keeping me on my toes, I still know that it is important for me to stay productive so that I can meet my deadlines and make my clients happy. It's hard when sometimes all I want to do is sit there and play with them and love on them. And there is definitely time for that. But in the end I know that in order to keep the "work" in the work at home mom, I need to stay productive and meet my deadlines.
  • Make a schedule for your day. 8 of 10
    Make a schedule for your day.
    I am a schedule person. I love schedules. When I was a teacher it was easy to maintain a schedule because it was already set for me. There were days, though, that I had to myself and I had to map out what time I needed to get things done. I always try to map out my day before it starts (or the night before) so that I can maximize my time with my girls. Ultimately the reason that I love this job so much is because I can still spend time with them. If I schedule my day and get things done when they need to be, it lets me spend so much time focusing them and only them.
    Image via Flickr User NO7
  • When you have a day off, take the day off. 9 of 10
    When you have a day off, take the day off.
    I always loved having three day weekends when I was working outside of the home. As much as I loved my job, I also loved having the day off and free to myself. I would plan exactly what I wanted to do that day so that I optimized my time out. Having my office at home sometimes makes it difficult to take a day off because I am always in my "office." On those holidays that are non-working days, I've made sure to put my computer away and really sit back and enjoy myself rather than worrying about what is happening with work.
  • Enjoy it! 10 of 10
    Enjoy it!
    No matter if you are working outside the home or from home you have to enjoy what you do. I tell people all of the time that I have the best job in the world because I am able to do what I love and still be with my girls. I never intended to be a WAHM, but once I started my personal blog, that is just how things fell into place. I realize I am very very fortunate.

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Read more from Lauren at her personal blog,  A Mommy in the City, where she chronicles her life living in New York City with a suburban mentality. For more updates, follow Lauren on Facebook and Twitter! Check out more of Lauren’s  Babble posts at Being Pregnant and Baby’s First Year

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