Whether you already work at home or are just thinking about it, I hope that sharing a little bit about my story will help inspire you. Working at home is an adventure and takes patience, determination, and the ability to push yourself to succeed.
I have always enjoyed a schedule that allowed for a variety of tasks each day. When I was first in the workforce, I was a certified athletic trainer covering high school sports and working in physical therapy clinics. I would take patients through therapy programs and cover different sporting events to care for injured athletes. Each day was different even though I worked set hours.
Along came a baby and everything changed. Athletic trainers work mostly evenings and nights. After returning to work I realized that there was no family time to see my husband and little one.
Then came baby number two and I knew I didn’t want to work as an athletic trainer anymore. Luckily, my husband finished school and I was able to transition to being a stay at home mom.
In the early years, when my kids were little I tried working as a teacher and a part-time receptionist. I didn’t feel like I was the best fit for those jobs and I knew that I wanted something different. Something where I didn’t do the same thing in the same place day after day.
I looked at the costs for my kids to be in after school and summer programs if I went back to work full-time. It was so expensive that I balked at the idea. I really didn’t like the idea of sending my kids to stay in a program while I worked away from home.
But what could I do from home?
I tried direct sales, but I felt like I was taking advantage of my family and friends.
I looked into online job boards for ideas for what I could do from home. It seemed like a lot of the jobs required you to set up a call center from home. That wasn’t right for me either.
I kept searching, reading blogs, and pinning ideas from Pinterest. I read about virtual assistance and it seemed like something that I could do.
Then my sister started her own virtual assistant business. She was the personal assistant to an executive. I knew that this was for me! New tasks, working from home, adding to my family’s income so we could save for college and retirement. It was a perfect combination!
I took some courses, read blogs, and researched being a virtual assistant. It was the perfect fit. I started working part-time as a virtual assistant and went full-time once my kids were in school all day. It’s been a very fulfilling job and I’m blessed to work from home.
I hope that my journey has inspired you to follow your work at home dream. Do you plan to work from home, or do you already have a business up and running? Leave a note in the comments below with your work at home journey.