If you or someone you know is parenting a special needs child and trying
to work outside the home, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Sure, you can leave your child with a friend, a parent or other
caregiver, but when it comes down to specifics and your child needs you,
itís much easier to stop what you are doing at home than it is to face
your employer and deal with their scrutiny. You have to remember,
unless you are the parent of a special needs child, this is a situation
you just about have to experience in order to understand or comprehend
the importance your role plays in that childís life.
I always thought if anyone could do it, I could. I was a struggling
single mom with a good head on my shoulders and a positive attitude. I
was perfectly capable of maintaining a demanding career and taking care
of my special needs son along with my other 2 children without having to
change a thing. I was bound and determined to succeed one way or
another without having to inconvenience my career or my everyday life in
any shape, form, or fashion.
Guess what? Like many other parents of special needs children, I was
wrong. I had to make decisions that I really didnít want to make. In
that process, I had to manage transitions that were mind-blowing and
difficult to say the least. I used my own tactics and I compromised, I
was literally at the end of my rope and finally, in 1998, I was able to
eliminate a great deal of stress that was controlling my life, and began
to experience the fulfillment of being a full-time parent to my special
needs child and became enabled to work from home to help financially
support my family.
During the past few years, I have also helped others become home-based
income producing parents and here are some examples of questions people
ē Was this transition easy? No. If you are looking for an easy
way out, working from home is most likely is not something for you. If
you donít have the persistence, patience and are not goal-oriented, you
can forget it.
ē Did you struggle? Yes, in more ways than one.
ē How did you finally begin creating an income from home? It
wasnít easy and began with many promising opportunities that turned out
to be less than legitimate.
ē Did you have skills? Well of course I had skills, I was a
licensed nurse, but believe it or not, none of those skills were needed
at any of the opportunities I ran across at the time.
To sum it all up, I was like many other parents, struggling in the 9-5
grind, looking for solutions to my situation, solutions that would allow
me to earn an income from home, be my own boss and be there for my
special son all while being the type of parent I felt he, and my other
children deserve. I wanted a package deal, even if it meant changing my
focus, rearranging my plans and struggling, I wanted to be there for my
special child and my other children and focus on life with them. I
wanted to minimize my absence from my family, gain some independence and
make this transition as smooth as it could possibly be.
The entire process of going from working outside the home to working at
home hasnít been easy. Itís been a long road full of challenges and
barriers. Being the parent of a special needs child has been the major
motivating factor for me in my pursuit of working from home. You have
to take those challenges and face them head on, move those barriers and
leap over them; get down to business. Find something you love to do and
turn it in to an income-producing opportunity of your very own.
For more information about Susan Hill and her insight on work from home,
drop in and visit her at Break Time Virtual Services.