If you are considering becoming a WAHM, you must start your journey by finding your passion. You may feel that as a WAHM, you don't have as many options as your sisters who work outside the home. But, you shouldn't feel limited in any way; in fact, the WAHM lifestyle can be a liberating experience. As a WAHM, you already have so many demands on your energy and time that you should focus on what you really want to do. This way, your work-at-home career can bring you joy and fulfillment.
Begin your quest with a brainstorming session. This can be something you sit down and do all at once, or something you think about or even journal about over the course of several evenings. While brainstorming, ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you love doing in your free time?
- Do you have any particular talents or gifts?
- What are your core values?
- Do people consider you an expert at anything, or ask your advice on a particular subject?
- If you could do anything, what would it be?
- When you volunteer for a cause, what tasks do you take on?
These questions should either confirm your gut feeling about what you want to do, or set you on the path to enlightenment for your new career.
2. Discover Your Strengths
There are many quizzes available online that can give you a quick insight into your strengths. These quizzes can point you towards careers that are creative, intellectual or humanitarian. Then, go to the career section of your local library, which offers a wealth of books and pamphlets that delve even deeper. Some books are geared to uncover your entire personality profile. These books will help you find out if you are more intuitive or outgoing. They will help you figure out if you are a self-starter or if you work better under the direction of others. This knowledge will help you choose a career that suits your personality type.
3. Choose Your Career
After brainstorming, you should know what your gifts and talents are. After your trip to the library, you will understand your strengths and how these apply to your career. Armed with this knowledge, ask yourself: How can I apply this to a WAHM lifestyle? Perhaps you are a really great amateur photographer, and you know you are a self-starter. You could start your own photography business, working out of your home. Or maybe you really enjoy helping others with their problems. Perhaps you could become a counselor and take referrals from a larger source, such as an agency or hospital. Once you get to this point, you will be able to see if you will need further training, licensing, or education to make your goals, or if you can begin right away.
"Do what you love, the money will follow," the old saying goes. By uncovering your strengths and discovering your passion, your dream job is within your reach. In fact, you are limited only by your dedication and commitment!
Sarah Baker is a documentary filmmaker and writer currently living in New Bern, NC. Her first book, Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, will be published December 2009. Read more about her.