What it’s like to be a Work at Home Dad

There’s a term going around that is synonymous with working at home.  Work at Home Mothers or Moms, often abbreviated to WAHM, is a popular phrase amongst many stay-at-home blogs and finance websites.  As a father, I find it kind of odd that there are no topics (or many out there) on what work-at-home-fathers (or Dads) do.

Jobs Are Shifting Remotely

With the rise of cellular and wireless data, jobs will undoubtedly be brought home to avoid expensive office rent and costs.  With this comes new remote work, including work for Dads and Moms.  Traditionally it used to be women at home tending to childcare, but this is increasingly changing with these new technological breakthroughs.  Fact is, men are different than women when it comes to working at home environments and so MoneyHax would like to expand on this topic!

But first…

When it comes to working from home, there are two significant classifications regardless of sex.  Parents and Non-Parents.  For parents, the house becomes cluttered with toys and distractions that are natural when being a parent.  Coincidentally, it can be as equally as distracting when you are so alone (or without kids) in an environment you fail to focus.

One option to consider is Co-working or Shared Office Spaces.  You’ll have control over your office environment while also avoiding politics.  Also, most of these places offer unlimited coffee!

Stuff Men Need to Work Remotely or From Home

Let’s face it.  Men are different than women, and that’s no different from the at home working environment.  For some, myself included I knew I needed these tools:

  • Ultra Portable Laptop: To Help Work Regardless of Location
  • Comfy Chair
  • Bluetooth Headphones
  • Rock Artwork (like the autographed Bruce Springsteen Vinyl I have)
  • Xbox One Controller

Doing your work on time and with sound quality is a significant thing to upkeep, but having fun whenever you can.  I’m typing this at 12 AM and have the ability to hop on a game of Batman Arkham Asylum or complete my other works.  Make sure you can work around your lifestyle!

Being a Husband / Parent

There’s a thin line when it comes to working from home and being a parent and husband.  Most work from home people knows this.  They sometimes are forced into doing household chores when you are about to Skype into an important sales call.  It’s both a benefit and a dominant negative when it comes to the work you do.  You should always budget your priorities and tasks to meet both your home and work life simultaneously.

The Leading Benefit Is Probably What You Think

When most people think Working From Home and the opportunity it brings to these benefits:

  • Skipping the commute
  • More time with family
  • Save money on gas
  • Fewer office politics

The truth is, all of these are correct in that you’ll save a bundle of time and money by skipping the commute.  But if you work from home on your own business, time and money still are scarce.  The one major benefit that no one can deny is more time spent with family.  Seeing your younger children grow every day is one of the biggest accomplishments of my career.  It’s so rare!  In fact, it wasn’t long ago that I’d leave the house seeing them for about 5 minutes, then coming home late at night only to see them for shortly after that.

Work at home dads share the same burden as any remote worker, and if you are interested in becoming one, it involves a ton of work and dedication.  The MoneyHax community is still behind you and wants to hear all of your stories!  Comment or Email today!

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