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The Work-at-Home Moms Lifestyle Quiz
by Cheryl Demas
What does your work-at-home lifestyle say about you? Are you a Lazy Susan or a Workaholic Wanda? Take this fun quiz and find out. Choose the letter that comes closest to your answer.

1. What time do you wake up in the morning?
    a. I'm up before the rest of the family, before the sunrise.
    b. I sleep a solid eight hours a night.
    c. I sleep-in, that's what snooze buttons are for.
    d. I'm still not awake.

2. What type of desk do you have?
    a. An antique roll top.
    b. An elegant Queen Anne desk.
    c. My desk is an old door; I have it propped up on two file cabinets.
    d. Desk? I just work where I can clear enough space off the table.

3. How is your workspace arranged?
    a. "A place for everything and everything in its place" is my motto.
    b. My desk looks like it's been hit by a tornado.
    c. It's not super neat, but I can find everything I need if you give me a minute.
    d. It varies. When I'm really busy it gets messy, but I clean it up as I have time.

4. Do you get dressed before you begin work each day?
    a. Yes, first thing in the morning. I do my hair and makeup too.
    b. Yes, I get dressed, get some work done and then do my makeup before I go out.
    c. I usually get dressed sometime before noon.
    d. I might be dressed by dinnertime, you never know.

5. What method of communication do you prefer to use?
    a. Email, fast and easy.
    b. Telephone, I love to talk on the phone!
    c. Snail mail, I'm an old-fashioned gal.
    d. Face to face, I need to look you in the eye.

6. How do you dress each day?
    a. Jeans and a T-shirt, that's my uniform.
    b. I dress for success, business attire is important to my image.
    c. Sweats, I have to be comfortable.
    d. Casual dresses and skirts -- dressy, but not too formal.

7. What is the state of your home?
    a. It's a wreck.
    b. It's very clean, but somewhat cluttered.
    c. It's not bad, I can do a quick clean up when I need to if company drops in.
    d. Martha Stewart is my idol. You could eat off of my floors.

8. How much TV do you watch each day?
    a. It's never off.
    b. I have to watch my soaps, after that I turn it off.
    c. It's off all day, but I watch programs at night with my family.
    d. I never watch TV, but my children are glued to it all day.
    e. I don't have a TV.

9. Where is your office in your home?
    a. In the laundry room or spare closet.
    b. The dining room table is my office.
    c. It's in a corner of my bedroom.
    d. I have a separate room for my office.
    e. No office, my work is spread all over the house.

10. How will you know when your business is a success?
    a. When the bill collectors stop calling.
    b. Success is a moving target. When I reach a goal, I raise the bar.
    c. I have certain goals set, when I reach those, I'll know I've "made it."
    d. Happiness is success.

11. What are your exercise habits?
    a. I walk to the car and back every day, that's about it.
    b. I usually workout at home once or twice a week.
    c. I wouldn't miss my regular aerobics class at the club.
    d. Richard Simmons and I "Sweat to the Oldies" every day
        in the privacy of my family room.

12. The last book you read was:
    a. Book? What's a book?
    b. A great self-help book, recommended by Oprah.
    c. A mystery novel.
    d. A business advice book.

Scoring
Question 1: a=4, b=3, c=2, d=1
Question 2: a=3, b=4, c=2, d=1
Question 3: a=4, b=1, c=2, d=3
Question 4: a=4, b=3, c=2, d=1
Question 5: a=4, b=1, c=2, d=3
Question 6: a=2, b=4, c=1, d=3
Question 7: a=1, b=3, c=2, d=4
Question 8: a=1, b=2, c=3, d=1, e=4
Question 9: a=2, b=2, c=3, d=4, e=1
Question 10: a=1, b=4, c=3, d=2
Question 11: a=1, b=2, c=3, d=4
Question 12: a=1, b=3, c=2, d=4

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Now total your points and find your business personality below.

12 - 18 points: Lazy Susan - No one will accuse you of being overly ambitious. You would rather not work at all, but the bills do have to be paid. You would love a job that pays well for minimal work. If only you could win the lottery. Watch out for scams, you may be particularly vulnerable.

19 - 26 points: Sweet Sally - You're a creative type who doesn't like to be bothered with details. You tend to make your business decisions with your heart rather than your head. You have a ton of great ideas, but have trouble seeing them through to completion. Consider a business partnership with a friend (and you have lots of them) who is more detailed oriented.

27 - 34 points: Balanced Betsy - You enjoy your work-at-home job and love the fact that it gives you more time to be with your children. As soon as you can afford it, you'll hire a housekeeper. You're on the right track, stay focused and you'll do well.

35 - 42 points: Happy Harriet - You take your business life seriously, but you like to have fun too. Your friends are amazed by your energy. Your family is important to you and even on your busiest days you treasure reading bedtime stories and tucking the little ones in at night. You will reach your business goals soon.

43 - 48 points: Workaholic Wanda - You are driven to succeed. You would continue working even if you won the lottery tomorrow. But you do tend to be controlling and tense at times, and you have little patience when things aren't going your way. Give yourself some time off to relax and have a little fun.


Cheryl Demas creates a weekly cartoon/column for Work At Home Moms. Her latest book is "It's a Jungle Out There and a Zoo in Here/Run Your Home Business Without Letting it Overrun You". She also publishes WAHM.com - The Online Magazine for Work At Home Moms, and is the host of THE WAHM.COM SHOW on WorldTalkRadio.com. She lives with her husband and two daughters in California and in her free time she fantasizes about what it would be like to have free time.

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