I’m a work at home mom (WAHM). Not to be confused with a stay at home mom (SAHM). It’s not easy, but it’s perfect for our young and growing family. I’m going to share my calendar and show you how it can be done!
First, who we are. We’re a family of 4, expecting to be a family of 5 in September. Our oldest just turned 5 and will start Kindergarten in the fall. Our youngest just turned 3, so he’s got a couple more years of preshcool. My husband is a machinist and is currently driving 55 miles one way to do a 10-hour shift. That’s right, he’s gone about 13 hours a day. And I work from home, care for the kids, the house, and when I have time, myself. 😁
I have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology and a Master’s Degree in Business. Not to say that a degree is needed to be a WAHM! But my point is that educated people are deciding more and more to stay home. Being a virtual assistant makes me feel like I’m still using some of the skills I learned when I was in the workforce.
Most of what I do I learned in online courses. My favorite was the 30 Days or Less to VA Success by Gina Horkey. That’s the one that really got me started on this awesome journey! And actually, a lot of what I “learned”, I already knew. The courses just help you see the skills you already have and how they can be used as a virtual assistant. The 30 DOL course also helps you set up your business.
If you’re not sure what you have to offer as a VA, check out this list (also from Horkey Handbook). It’s a list of 150+ VA Services that you could offer. I would put money on it that you know how to do something on this list!
What my days are like
Like I mentioned above, I’m pregnant now. This is what my days looked like BEFORE pregnancy:
- 5:30AM. I would get up shortly after my husband leaves for work at 4:45 AM. I’m not a jump-out-of-bed person so I would look at my phone for a bit to help wake up. This includes looking at my calendar!
- 6:00AM. Turn on the computer and get started. I now have 1-1/2 to 2 hours before the kids wake up.
- 8:00AM. Set the kids up with breakfast and make breakfast for myself. (I actually schedule in mealtime!)
- 8:30AM. Get back to work for 2 hours.
- 10:30AM. Make sure our daughter is ready for school.
- 11:15AM. Get her on the bus.
- 11:30AM. Make lunch for my son and myself.
- 12:00PM. Back to work for 1 hour.
- 1:00PM. Play with my son, run the dishes and maybe a load of laundry.
- 2:00PM. Back to work for 1 hour.
- 3:00PM. Get our daughter off the bus. Set the kids up with a snack. Our son might take a nap now.
- 3:30PM. Work 1 more hour.
- 4:30PM. Think about starting dinner. I want it to be ready around 5:45 when my husband gets home.
That’s 7 hours of work if I am able to work for the full timeslots. Many times I’m not.😂 But if I did, that’s 35 hours for the week! That’s basically full time! I would work the balance of anything that needed completing over the weekend. Yes, I do work weekends. I tell my clients that I don’t so there are no expectations of availability, but it’s my business to work when it works best for me.
Now that I’m pregnant
Now that I’m pregnant, I basically lose the first two hours of work. And at the beginning when my morning sickness lasted ALL DAY LONG, I lost some of the middle hours too! Thankfully my clients were understanding and have stuck by me and we’re past that. Now I’m working about 20-25 hours per week.
What I love most is the flexibility. If our schedule changes, I just rearrange my day. Sometimes I work for an hour or two at night. Since our kids are home with me, it’s not a clear-cut 8-hour day like you would have in an office. But I think it’s better because I can mold it around mine and my family’s needs.
If you have any questions about becoming a virtual assistant, you should check out my virtual assistant website, Your Virtual Associate. I talk more about freelancing and working at home. I even have an application to become a virtual assistant on my team! I would love to hear from you!
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