Many women at some point ask “Can I afford to be a stay at home mom?", but many do not think it is actually possible. Well, lucky you, because it is.
When I was 20 weeks pregnant I started having contractions and was taken out of work, after about a month and a half of my doctor screwing around I started getting disability, but it really wasn't enough, not with a baby on the way. So I started searching online, in the newspapers, anywhere I could for work at home opportunities, and that got the ball rolling. I knew that there were scams out there, but I wasn't sure which of the so called opportunities were scams and which weren't. I will tell you right now, the ones where you are asked to pay, pretty much all of them, are scams. I kept searching though through the end of my pregnancy, and maternity leave, until my then fiance and I decided that income wise it might be better to stay at home.
Yeah, thats right, income wise! Why though? With the cost of day care, an extra vehicle and extra insurance for the extra vehicle, plus gas, lunch at work, and the cost of missing out on so much of your baby's first years, it wasn't worth it. We were only going to bring home a couple hundred more a month than if I didn't work at all, this was after all the bills. So, we got rid of the car, didn't get daycare, cut down all our bills, and I started to search more for work at home to make a few extra dollars to help out. Finally I found a website called Work At Home Agent. This allowed me to take ordering phone calls at home for different companies and make some money doing it. They never asked for a fee and I kept searching for more things to do to make money online.
I found survey sites, that after you paid you just got a list of other survey sites, and I took the best of them and made a little bit, the best one was Pinecone Research, but you have to find a specific link to their sign up page, and it is difficult. I put all those that were good sites on a list on a page online, to help other moms like me out, who should not have to pay for a list of sites. How do those people sleep at night? Taking advantage of us moms who just want to be able to stay home and take care of our babies. . . I have no idea. The best site I found during that time period was WAHM.com is in an online magazine for work at home moms, dads are invited too.
Since my work at home search has begun, I have learned a few things. First, no amount of money could replace the memories that I have with my babies, not memories that a daycare worker might have. Second, more often than not, stay at home moms are making a sacrifice to do so, so many think that if you stay at home you are so lucky to be able to afford it. It just isn't that simple, we cut down our bills, use coupons, shop the sales, make the most of what we have and become very resourceful, because our families depend on it. And third, it is possible, you can afford to be a stay at home mom. It may not always be easy but you can do it, there is help, support, and other resourceful moms out there to help you.
Because it can be so difficult to find real stay at home jobs, there is a list on Squidoo , with several companies that hire at homers, also please check out my website http://www.theathomer.com for more resources on being an at homer.