As a work at home mom, you likely have a monthly target to aim for. In fact, you should have a monthly income target to help you work out your hourly rate, whatever type of work you do.
So, how much should your monthly target be?
I really wish I could just give you a set amount to work towards. But the honest answer is that your monthly target as a work at home mom will largely depend on a number of factors: one of those being your current location.
How your location will affect your monthly income target
I’m in a few business groups on Facebook. They’re great for a variety of reasons, including networking and understanding what people are struggling with. Setting rates for their work is one of the biggest questions that comes up.
Many people in the Western world will share their thoughts purely based on their standard and costs of living. But what about areas of the world where the cost of living is much lower?
In one group, someone stated that $3,000 USD per month was a great income. Well, maybe it is in some locations, but it’s not in others. In the United States, it’s possibly a good amount depending on your state and your family size. I know some American WAHMs who aim for $2,000 per month as a minimum, while others need $4,000 at a bare minimum.
But when I was living in the United Kingdom, $3,000 USD was only around £2,040. That’s not enough to live at all. That amount would change depending on the exchange rate, but anything less than £2,500 isn’t all that much to live on, especially for a family of four.
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So, the $3,750 CAD used to be the perfect target. Since moving to a different part of Ontario, our costs of living have increased and that’s now the bare minimum I would need but my target is higher.
In somewhere like the Philippines that $3,000 could be just right. It would work out as 145,260 Philippine peso.
There really isn’t a set monthly target for a work at home mom. It really does depend on your country and your costs of living. So, how do we work out what our monthly targets should be? How do we decide on the income targets?
Breaking down your needs as a work at home mom
You need to think about all of your outgoings—both business and personal. You’re not just trying to break even, but make a profit and have a liveable income. This is likely to routinely change, so it’s important to revisit your needed income regularly.
- Any debts
- Bank account fees
- Car payments
- School payments
- Website running costs
- Food costs
- Gas prices
When it comes to working out the monthly target, I also factor in the number of weeks holiday that I want to take each year. I want to take four weeks off, so that means I’m only working 48 weeks of the year. I need to make enough each month to allow me to do that, so the target tends to be a little higher to make sure I can put money into the savings to factor each month’s spending.
You’ll also need to factor in any other income that your household has and the size of your family. We have a four-person household and two incomes. This can allow my target to drop a little since I can factor in my husband’s income for other household costs. However, I still want to make sure everything is covered and often keep the target higher just in case something happens to one of our incomes. I have money in savings to help.
What should your monthly target be as a work at home mom? I wish I could tell you it should be X amount, but it depends on all your outgoings.
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