Since I grew up with my Mom at home I wanted the same for my kids. Thankfully we were financially able to swing for me to stay home and raise our boys, and for that I am thankful. Unfortunately a Stay-at-home Mother’s worth doesn’t come in the form of a paycheck so the value is hard to see.
In the 9 years I had little ones at home it saved us money in so many ways, but unfortunately it’s not measurable via a paycheck. The “hidden” paycheck continues with all the other things I do as well, which I guess would make me a work-at-home Mom instead of a SAHM. I’ve always considered myself a SAHM because the care of the boys comes first, and all the other stuff I do is fit in when possible.
So we run a cattle farm, as you know, so I do the bookkeeping which keeps the Accountants fees down at tax time. I manage our freezer meat sales which includes “pimping the cows” aka marketing, butcher scheduling, managing customer info & billing, and the added bookkeeping that all that entails. I utilize social media via this blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to promote our freezer meat business and do my part to close the gap between farmer and consumer.
By day My Farmer runs a concrete business so I do the bookkeeping and office management work for that too. Thankfully I have him trained on records management, which makes my job a little easier. Crunching the numbers for the Accountant saves us during tax season too.
Last year all three of the boys were in school so I got involved with Tiffany Noth the founder of BloggyMoms.com and helped her execute a conference. The Bloggy Conference enabled the on-line community to learn, network, and enjoy one anothers’ company outside of the virtual world. It was a success so we’re in the midst of planning the 2012 conference, which is a lot of work. Granted a paycheck could be seen here, but all new ventures take time to become profitable.
I will have to say the key to keeping my business skills abreast while being a SAHM vas vital. Thankfully I was able to do that since I’ve been the bookkeeper for our businesses, and I did sell Longaberger baskets from 2003 to 2010. I would suggest to any SAHM that’s planning to enter back into the working world to somehow keep your skills fresh and never stop networking. Even Moms that stay-at-home need to network to keep their kids safe, and run a household.
So with that my “hidden” paycheck continues, but that doesn’t change the importance of what I do and the value I see in myself. Hang in there Moms! Staying at home has it’s own set of challenges, but our self worth shouldn’t be effected by the “hidden” paycheck. You’re a Mom, which is the hardest job in the world, and your high salary is unfortunately hidden.
Hail to all Moms no matter the salary you should be raking in!