It wasn't the first move I'd made in that direction. When she was born, I was the lead teacher for English for Speakers of Other Languages in our district. I was proud of the work I was doing and the mark I had made on our department, but knew I needed a different kind of schedule as a new mom. So back then I had stepped down from that job to one with fewer leadership responsibilities and "only" 30 hours a week.. My work meant so much to me, and I wanted to try to do both.
Three years later, I knew the time had come to step down. We had been through a harrowing two years marked by medical issues and the losses of three babies during pregnancy. It had been a year since our last loss, and I was now in my forties with no signs of having another baby. I had begun to accept the idea that perhaps our daughter would be an only child, and I wanted to make the most of her childhood, including homeschooling her when she hit kindergarten. Resigning now would give me a year to figure that out. I had no doubts when I sat down with my boss to tell her the news, and coworker after coworker told me how happy they were for me.
By the summer, two things had changed. First, we found out that I was expecting - with a baby who seemed determined to stick around this time. And second, my supervisor asked me to come back, not as a full time teacher, but as an ESOL consultant helping to train both new ESOL teachers and content area teachers to work with English language learners.
Since then, my "stay-at-home-mom" life has always included a "work-from-home" component. In the past seven years, I've worked as the ESOL consultant, a tutor for Classical Conversations, and as a small business owner - the latter in my role as a Director for Classical Conversations, as a blogger, and as an Independent Stylist for Lilla Rose. And while I love it, there are a few things I wish I had known before I started. If you work from home, perhaps this will resonate with you? And if you are considering it, here are some things to keep in mind.
How to manage my time
How to keep good records
How to market myself
How to lead others
How to provide excellent customer service
How to be content without comparing
How to keep first things first
It’s never too late to learn
What would you add to this list? Share below!