I have identified as a Work at Home Mom (WAHM) for almost 3 years. I didn’t even know what coworking was until last January.
But this weekend, when I was talking to my hubby about work, I realized that I am coworking at MomPlex least 50 hours a week! That’s not exactly working at home.
But I don’t consider myself a working mom either. The other day, my 3 year old was having a meltdown at nap time and I got to go into his class and snuggle him for 30 minutes until he fell asleep. I couldn’t do that at a traditional workplace.
So I think we need a new category of moms: Coworking Moms!
The benefits of coworking in general are well documented. In general, people who cowork see an increase in their productivity, creativity, and focus.
So combining coworking and childcare makes it the best possible options for WAHM with littles under 5.
If you aren’t quite sure why coworking with childcare is the absolute best of both worlds, I made you a list!
- You can finish your coffee while it’s still hot.
- You get a built in schedule. You know when you work, and you know when you will be home.
- You get to give 100% dedicated time to your business while you are “at work”
- You can give 100% dedicated time to your family when you are at home.
- Adult conversations. When is the last time you had a real face to face with an adult who wasn’t your husband?
- People are there to appreciate when you get cute.
- You have people to vent to when your SO is being a turd.
- Your kids get to make friends…
- …And bother an adult that isn’t you. You can cut down the number of times you hear the words “mom! mom!” by half.
- You have people to bounce ideas off of.
- You can have client meetings without having to say “Sorry! I have a 2 year old.”
- Less multitasking. Someone else is your kids’ snack bitch for awhile
- Eat your lunch without sharing it.
- You could just take a nap. Seriously. We have couches and blankets. No one’s judging.
- You get more work done. We hear it from mom after mom at MomPlex. “I knocked out my weekly to do list in 4 hours!” “I had time to spare.” “I’m working 10 hours a week instead of 30.”
- There isn’t a sinkful of dishes or a pile of laundry begging for your attention while you are working.
- Accountability: when you don’t show up, you get someone bugging you asking where you are.
- Actual mama friends. Not those ones you’ve never actually met who comment how cute your baby is on Facebook. I’m talking about mom friends who know your hubby’s name. Who know your kid’s birthday is coming up. Who want to know how your business is going. Real connections. Real support.