As a Dad, deciding to leave the corporate world is a hard choice.
Most of the benefits of your corporate job could not be found on a work from home setup. If it has, it would be a hard find. Leaving something that has been a part of you for so long and something that you’re good at is hard.
Allowing yourself to be called a work-from-home dad, a stay-at-home father, or something along that line might be a hard pill to swallow for some.
Here are some points to think about to help you decide whether you should work from home:
Why shift to work from home?
If you think that you could work peacefully at home while letting your kids play and just look at them from afar, you are kidding yourself.
Being a work-from-home dad would give you the benefit of looking after your kids, play some games, pick them up at a daycare, or even go to their basketball practice.
But the biggest concern here is time management. You would still have deadlines, a boss to consider, attend meetings, and even be stressed. You should accept that working at home might take up more time than having a regular office job.
Look for something that would motivate you to shift. From spending more time with your family to allowing yourself to renovate your home by yourself, to as simple as working at the comfort of your home.
Where to Start?
There are three easy steps to look at if you’re trying to start your role as a work from home dad:
First is finding your niche.
Look at your bags of tricks (skills), and see what you’re best at and what are you most passionate about.
In establishing a career in online freelancing or working at home, you must first do something that you’re good at to find the niche that you are most passionate about.
Second is looking for clients.
There are tons of opportunities available online, but there’s also a lot of competition. Building your portfolio while getting paid is a good start. Look for online freelancing platforms such as Upwork, Fiverr, and Guru for your first job postings. Also, join freelancing or work from home groups that might offer low to medium payments but would trust a beginner like you.
Last is to build your portfolio.
Learning while getting paid is one of the best setups that working from home would offer. Check out online learning opportunities provided by LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, and even Youtube.
Improve your credentials. If you are a content writer, look for SEO training and English language training. Aim for the next level. Upskill. Always consider learning more and remember to make learning your passion.
Benefits of Working From Home
Being a work-from-home dad might be difficult for some, especially if their spouse has a corporate job. Gossips might hurt your confidence.
Online freelancing, working from home, or digital marketing is a real job. It is a real job opportunity with great income potential.
As a dad, you are expected to have a corporate job. But working from home should not diminish your role in the family. Imagine earning good money while having the flexibility of time. Avoiding heavy traffic and long commuting time. Working out in your free time while waiting for your next task, even eating while working, playing with your kids, playing computer games, and having fewer expenses. And the most important of all is having ample time for your family. There are a lot of pros if you decide to become a work from home dad.
It up to you to decide what would be your primary motivation to shift to working from home.
In the end, it would be a matter of perspective and acceptance. What are your goals? Why do you want to work from home? Weigh in your options before deciding. A lot of positive things might come with your decision, but completely accepting your new role as a work-from-home dad would be different.
Remember why you are doing this and for whom you are doing this.