I am just wondering, what are the parameters for a real job? Is having a shop on Etsy a real job? How about being a stay at home mom?
I was recently talking to my husband and I mentioned "There really isn't that much traffic on Etsy today." Thinking to myself, that it is of course a holiday weekend and people are probably busy.
His response, "That is probably because they are all working at their real jobs."
You see, he wants me to get a "real job". Believe me, I want that too, because getting up every 5 seconds to attend to my child's needs and picking up the house a thousand times a day is just too much work. All day I hear, "Can I have some water mom, Look at this mom, can you read me a book mom" and I do these things because I love my child and want him to be happy. I also spend hours a day making items for my Etsy shop, doing listings, working on things for the team, and now working on the blog. Not to mention the work that has to be done in my home. I am starting to think that getting a "real job" may be just the break I need.
So, what exactly are the guidelines for a real job?
- 40 hours a week? I put in way more hours than that right now.
- What should the pay be? As a stay at home mom, I save us well over $1000 dollars a month. (We live in small town Minnesota, good paying jobs are scarce. So my income potential out of home would probably be $1200-$2000 a month)
- Where does the job have to be, to be a real job? Does working from home count?
The last time I had a "real job", full time/paying that is, I spent more in gas and benefits than I made from working. That doesn't seem like the best plan...Hmmm
Let me know what you think!