I had an epiphany yesterday that was sparked by an email from a sort-of mentor. I spend a lot of time in Facebook groups talking about how to work at home. That’s cool and all, but it’s only benefiting a handful of people. It’s time to do this thing I’ve been dreaming about for so many years. I want to share with you how can you work at home and thrive.
I’ve been running a successful freelance writing and marketing business for more than 10 years from home – with a homeschooled big kid and a couple of tiny joys underfoot. Hubby travels a lot for work, so I do the sometimes solo mama thing too. My work is my great equalizer. I love being a mama, but writing and helping people grow their businesses gets my blood pumping.
I’m here to tell you that you can be a great mom and make a financial contribution to your family. I’m also not going to lie to you. Some days are hard. The pressure of deadlines, diapers, and dinners will make you want to cry at times, but when you build it and they come to you because you’re delivering value and insight and goods that people love to your customers and clients, those tears are your badge of honor.
Working at home takes grit. It takes focus. It takes making your priorities super clear. It takes longer than you think. It means lowering your standards on some things. But it’s yours and your kids are going to be part of something that has been going on for centuries – the home enterprise.
I grew up in a home with 10 kids and my mama was with us every day. She and my dad got up at 4 a.m. (even on Christmas) to deliver newspapers. I got up to help on the weekends. During the week, I got everyone ready for school. Some might call this harsh conditions for a child, but it was training ground.
I still cherish those early mornings with my parents because it was quite often the only one-on-one attention I got. My dad was self-employed most of my childhood. He didn’t always thrive, but he got up every day to make sure his family survived. My parents always made sure we had a way to eat and a roof over our heads. It sometimes got really lean, but we made it.
I left home with a different view of the world than most kids I knew. I’m thankful for that. My home life wasn’t always awesome, but I did learn how to take care of myself. I learned how to care for a family. I learned how a home business can make the difference in the lives of kids. I also learned how to learn. I think that’s the secret. Learning never stops.
In this series, here’s what you can expect:
- How to start a WAHM business
- How to find balance in parenting and working at home
- How to homeschool and work at home
- How to find and evaluate work-at-home job opportunities
- Strategies for getting the details of managing a home done
- How your kids benefit from you working at home
- Ideas for handling insurance, time off, scheduling, kid help and the business details
I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog so you can get the posts in your inbox.
I also hope you’ll find inspiration and some tools to take your lovely WAHM business idea and make it a reality in your home. Be strong and courageous, my friend.
How can I help YOU?
Do you have a question about starting a work-at-home business? I’m building a library of FAQs and plan to start a reader question column soon. You can either comment below or send me an email to amandacbrandon at gmail dot com. Be blessed, my friends.
Posts in this series:
- Five Honest Questions to Get You Started
- Mama, You Have Skills Part One
- Mama, You have Skills Part Two