Mumpreneurs Working From Home To Reduce Guilt

Being a mum and feeling guilty seems to go hand in hand – or that might just be me. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything. Take this morning for example I had pack lunches to make that fit in with the school’s healthy eating plan, last minute spellings to test, school shoes polished while on their feet, washing to put on and then think about what I was going to cook for tea that will be healthy.

I know that I am not alone, there must be thousands of us rushing to get ready for work and get the kids ready for school. However, I have a big advantage over the mums who go into work every day and that is that I work from home, well to be more precise I work from my office in the garden a.k.a. The Shed.

Recently, a number of high profile mums have been in the news telling us to stop feeling guilty about working. According to the Standard – “Karren Brady is waging a war on working-mother guilt” and her advice is to stop feeling guilty and that it’s ok not to be the one that drives them to their after school activities. All great advice as I see far too many intelligent mums in the playground working in their part-time jobs that they hate so they can be there for their children. 

However, working from home has meant that I am there to take my children to school, pick them up and drive them to tap, cubs and whatever else they are up to. While my children want me around, I would like to be there. suz Home Office ched in spring

Just like high profile mum Marissa Mayer the boss of Yahoo who recently stopped homeworking for Yahoo employees and has built a nursery next to her office,  I also have the luxury of a childcare facility next to my office – it’s called the garden. And weirdly I didn’t need a big salary to accomplish that, another bonus for working from home.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO is another high profile woman who would like us mums to stop feeling guilty about working and that we should continue our careers after children. Thankfully us work from home mums, mumpreneurs and freelance mums are doing just that while taking care of our children. Working after the children are in bed is peaceful and you can get so much done, plus with all the technology that is available it makes so much sense for me to work from home.

I know that working from home is not an option for everyone and just like every mum I know we all try our best, I just wish that all of these high powered business women would stop telling us what they think we should all be doing and just let us get on with it.

The mum guilt will never completely disappear but when you do work from home it does feel more manageable and it is certainly more fun!

If you are a mum working from home or have your own home business then I would love to hear how you manage the mum guilt.