Excerpted with permission from Hired@Home by Sarah Hamaker, all rights reserved. Hired@Home is available in paperback from Amazon.com. In ebook form, Hired at Home is available for Kindle from Amazon.com, and in other e-reader formats from Smashwords. Sarah can be contacted at www.sarahhamaker.com

Chapter 4: Do You Have What It Takes?

What is Your Personal Situation?

What kind of person are you? Do you have what it takes to work at home or run a home-based business? If you have discerned that your calling as a wife and mother could expand to include working at home, if your family situation allows you to do so at this time, and if your financial picture would support an at-home business, then the next step is to see if you personally could work at home.

All About You

You may desire to work from home, but taking a closer look at the way you run your home and care for your children may reveal hidden depths or concerns that could affect you if you take on an additional responsibility. The following questions should help clarify how you view work and its inherent responsibilities.

Household issues 

  • How much time do you spend on housework and meal preparation?
  • On running errands?
  • Is there quiet space in your home for an office or work place?

Children issues

  • How much time do your children need from you each day? (This is especially critical if your children are not in school.)
  • How independent are your children?
  • Do you have childcare options available if needed?

Personality issues

  • Are you frazzled at the end of a typical day?
  • Are you a procrastinator?
  • Can you meet deadlines?
  • Do you handle pressure well?
  • How do you handle interruptions or unexpected happenings?
  • Do your days need a lot of structure?
  • Are you more at ease with an open schedule?
  • Can you motivate yourself to complete tasks?
  • Do you need more direction or input from others to work well?
  • How did you view working before marriage or children?
  • Did you enjoy the office environment?

Spiritual issues

  • Do you feel you have a genuine desire to use your God-given skills to benefit your family, community, and yourself?
  • Do you feel that by working you are fulfilling your calling in Christ?

“Sometimes, women do not understand the work world and how it functions,” says Jennifer Smithfield, a Nashville, Tennessee-based mid-level manager for a group of research analysts. “You need to treat your at-home job as a job and operate the same way as you would in an office in order to fulfill your obligations to your employer or clients.”

By taking the time to think through the answers to these and similar questions, you can get a fairly accurate picture of how you would manage the potential stresses and commitments that go with an at-home job.

Time Marches On

Home-based businesses or jobs take time, a precious commodity in anyone’s life. Usually, you will have to devote more than a few hours a week to make your business succeed, and when you’re trying to establish your at-home work, you may need to dedicate more hours to your business. In order to do a good job, you must be willing to sacrifice some of the things you spend time on now. Before you start your home-based business or take on an at-home job, think about the following questions.