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Diapers & Deadlines: The Woes and Pros of a Work-at-Home Mum

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In the last few decades, the world has changed so much that it has made my job as a writer and editor very mobile. I can write from my bed or from a car on a road trip … heck, I can even write on a plane and still meet deadlines! For more than a year and a half, I’ve had the unique pleasure of doing so — working mostly from home. As a mother, this has been a wonderful gift, allowing me to spend ample time with my son and watch him grow. It’s been wonderful. But, having a nomadic office space comes with pros and cons — especially when you add a toddler to the mix. As much as I’d love to advocate for the joys of being a full-time work-from-home employee and mother, I also want to inform any woman looking to make this transition that it’s not as easy as it may seem at first. Let me get down to business and nix all those expectations you have by sharing a few pros and cons of being a mum who works from home full-time: Pros
  • I get to spend ample time with my son
  • I determine the bulk of my schedule
  • I can pretty much work from anywhere and everywhere (park, coffee shop, bath tub, airplane, etc.)
Cons
  • I get to spend ample time with my son
  • I determine the bulk of my schedule
  • I can pretty much work from anywhere and everywhere (park, coffee shop, bath tub, airplane, etc.)
No, you are not mistaken … the pros and cons are the same! As much as I love being with my son 24 hours a day, it means I have to rely on others more than I’d like to get what I need done. It also means I have two to four hours within a regular work day to actually “work.” That’s why my scheduling is likely to include something like “Writing assignment: 10 p.m.” As for the mobility of my job? Well, it’s awesome. But it also means that if I get an assignment on vacation, I’m still completely capable of getting it done. And if you’re an awful scheduler (which I tend to be) it doesn’t matter if you’re on a beach on the coast of Australia somewhere, you’ll be able to submit that 3,000 word piece on insomnia by 4 p.m. EST. So yes, it’s great to be working from home, I admit it … but if you’re considering making a switch, be prepared to make more sacrifices than you originally expected. Trust me —you’ll thank me for these pearls of wisdom.
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Suban Nur Cooley

Suban Nur Cooley is a young communications professional and writer in the Greater Lansing region, who currently works for Capital Gains and the Refugee Development Center. She is also a proud Australian expatriate and Lansing homeowner.