In the Making Bacon at Home series, we interview stay-at-home moms and dads who make money on the side to find out how they make work, well, work. So for the first post, I’m starting with the girl in the mirror: me, myself, and I.
Number of kids and their ages: One 3-month-old daughter
How do you earn money from home as a mom/dad? I’m an editor for a nonprofit.
How did you begin working while staying home with your kids? I started my job in-office, but when Johnny started his career in advertising in New York City, I asked to continue working full time from home. My request was granted, and I worked from home sans baby for a couple years before Baby Girl was born.
What’s a typical work day like for you? I work from 9:00 to 6:00 each day. Yes, those are impossible work hours to keep with a child. My work is given to me on a project-by-project basis, so when things are busy, I have someone help with Baby Girl. My day goes a bit like this:
7:00 – 9:00 — Baby Girl wakes up, and I feed her, play with her, and put her down for her morning nap. I then try to shower and get ready for the day. Or I forego getting showered and opt for getting some work done. Or, if I’m super exhausted, I hand our girl off to Johnny when she’s done eating, and I catch up on another hour of zzz’s.
9:00 – 6:00 — I’m officially on the clock. My day consists of being near my computer at all times while also nursing every three hours and having someone help with Baby Girl. I respond to emails, work on projects, chat with coworkers, participate in conference calls, etc. I take an hour lunch break, which is sometimes when I finally get to shower and get ready for the day. Other times I go for a walk with Baby Girl or meet a friend for lunch (which, I’ve only actually done twice, and it was awesome). And I pray that I’ll get through the day and say pseudo swear words in my head, but not simultaneously. At exactly 6:00, I sign off of my computer for a few hours.
6:00 – 8:30 — Johnny arrives home (hallelujah!!) and entertains our girl while I prepare dinner. We eat dinner, hang out or go for a walk if the weather’s nice, feed Baby Girl one last time, and put her down for the night. And cross our fingers and toes that we don’t hear crying again until morning.
8:30 – Bedtime — I wonder what the heck I did all day and how the day is already over. Johnny and I clean the kitchen and relax for a little while. I then finish any lingering work projects. And half the time Johnny has work to finish also. At the end of the night we put in some time on the blog, which is a mutual outlet for both of us. And then it’s lights out and time to get some sleep before it starts all over again!
What’s the hardest part? It’s been really hard adjusting to not having any time for myself. I rarely use my lunch break to actually eat because that would be a waste of time. Imagine me standing with a baby strapped to my chest as I scarf down a pb&j, and that’s my typical lunch. And when our girl is finally down for the night, I can’t just have “me” time because that’s when I get caught up on other household responsibilities, like vacuuming — I’m obsessed with clean rugs and carpets! I live for the weekends when there is time to relax and co-parent.
What’s the best part? This:
What do you do to stay sane on an especially difficult day? I call Johnny and vent to him. Or I call my mom or sister. Or I vent to a coworker who also works from home with a baby. Talking to another adult really helps me to put things in perspective and simmer down. And I count down the time until Johnny gets home. I also like to have some sort of candy or treat to look forward to at the end of the day :).
What advice would you give to someone who wants to make money on the side as a stay-at-home parent? If you have a full-time job that you’d like to do from home, consider asking your boss about trying one work day a week from home. If all goes well, maybe another day or two can eventually be added. It may not be a possibility, but there’s no harm in asking!
Any other questions you’d like to have included in this series? Now that you’ve gotten your first glimpse into working from home with a baby, would you ever consider it? If you’re interested in being a part of this series and sharing your own experiences with staying-at-home and making money on the side, drop me a line here!