Good Things Come to Those Who Persist

Hey, everyone!  My mother in law took the kids out to dinner tonight and my husband had a meeting with a client, which gave me some time to relax.  My idea of relaxing is to post a blog!  I’ll probably make this post short and go watch a show on television that isn’t a cartoon or Sesame Street.  It’s crazy how much your life changes when you have kids.  I absolutely love this stage of my life, but it’s still nuts to me how different everything has become.

I want to start out by giving everyone out there reading this some encouragement.  Whether your house is a complete wreck, your kids don’t eat fruits and vegetables everyday, or you haven’t had a shower in 3 days…you’re still doing an incredible job at raising your kids!  If you’ve been working from home or just researching different job ideas, you’re making progress!  Keep that motivation and momentum going, even on those days when you feel like you’ve been run over (by your kids).

I’m really excited to say that I’ve landed a monthly deal with a client!  He’s a friend of a friend who is a roofer in Birmingham, AL.  His website needed a major facelift and couldn’t be found online for a roofing contractor in Birmingham.  I’ve been playing around with building websites the past week or so and have found some programs that make it super super easy.  I figured out how to make this one, didn’t I?    I also have found some great resources about SEO that show you how to build out the site in a way that will help you show up much higher in the search results.  I haven’t actually done any of this yet, but when I spoke with the roofer, I didn’t let him know that!  I was very confident and ensured him I could get him some good results.  Now let’s all keep our fingers crossed that I didn’t lie to him!

I had read somewhere that companies pay big bucks for websites these days but I felt nervous about asking him for several thousand dollars up front.  Instead, I asked for a small upfront payment and then told him to pay me a few hundred dollars a month for the next year.  So if you add up the monthly payments plus what he paid up front, that total is way over what I even considered asking him for!  I also told him I would take over his social media account and post things for him each week.  Maybe he felt sorry for me, maybe he really believes in me, who knows?  Needless to say, I’m super proud of myself for making this deal with him, even though I may be in way over my head.  I’m not going to let that get me down though.  I always love a challenge so I’ll make sure I over-deliver for him!

I should be working on it now, but I wanted to update you guys first, watch a little TV for the first time in what seems like at least a year, and I’ll get back to work on it after the kids get home and go to bed.  I’ve been writing a lot of content for the website…I know all kinds of interesting facts about roofs now!

Think outside of the box when trying to come up with ways to make money.  A couple of months ago, I never would have imagined I would be designing a website for a business!

Gotta run…the TV is calling me!

Katie

Do You Ever Want to Pull Your Hair Out?

Hey, everyone!  So I’ve realized in the past couple of days that working from home while being a mother to two children is going to be a lot more difficult than I thought.  I can barely find time to write this blog, let alone find 4-5 hours a day to do anything to earn money.  This post is probably going to come across as me complaining, and I don’t mean to complain, but sometimes it is good to vent your frustrations out in the open.  So this is a warning to all of you readers that this post may seem a bit negative!

I love my husband.  He works his butt off every day at his job to provide for our family, and when he comes home, he pretty much takes over with the kids and keeps them entertained while I spend the evenings doing a million things I couldn’t get to during the day.  The problem I’m having now that I’m trying to work and bring some income in, though, is that I feel that he doesn’t recognize or appreciate my efforts.  He doesn’t spend all day every day with the kids and he seems to think that all I do every day is “play”, so I should have plenty of energy and motivation to start working as soon as he gets home.

He also expects for me to cook dinner every night, keep the house clean, make sure he has clean clothes, keep the pantry and refrigerator stocked, and countless other things.  He never comes out and says that he expects all of those things, but the few times he hasn’t had clean pants or we’ve run out of milk, he has definitely voiced his frustration about it.  For those of you who stay at home with your young kids, I know you can agree with me that it is basically impossible to do any household chores during the day.  Yeah, you might be able to throw a load of laundry into the washing machine, but the minute you start to fold the clothes and put them away, your kids start screaming or need you to get them some food, or some other emergency pops up.

Before I started this journey of trying to work from home, I used the evenings to get all of my household chores done while my husband played with the kids.  Now, I lock myself in the office as soon as he gets home and try to work, in between interruptions by him and the kids.  I feel like the only time I can truly concentrate is after everyone has gone to sleep, so I have been staying up until 2 or 3 am every morning just to get some work done.  The kids usually wake up around 7:30 am, so if you do the math, I’m barely getting any sleep now.  For anyone who knows me, I need sleep to be a functioning member of society!

So I’ve done a lot of thinking about all of this the past couple of days and have made some realizations.  First, I need to teach my kids how to clean the house.  There’s not too much a 2 year old and a 4 year old can really do when it comes to cleaning, but they’re going to learn.  I plan to make it into a game for both of them and we’ll see how that goes.  Second, my husband needs to start doing the grocery shopping on the weekends so I can take that responsibility off of my plate.  He can take the kids with him and see just how fun it is to take two young children shopping.  Ha!  Third, I need to go to the library or the coffee shop down the street in the evenings so I can actually concentrate without interruptions.  Yes, it will keep me from seeing my husband, but it will also give me the ability to go to sleep at a decent time, which is best for everyone involved in this situation.  Lastly, I need to go back and read my own advice about time management.  Maybe I shouldn’t be worrying about how clean the house is right now.  Once I start making enough money, we can pay someone to come clean it!

Sorry for the long rant.  I really do want to use this blog as a way to help other moms like me figure out how to make working from home a reality.

I just realized how quiet it is in my house, which is never a good thing when you have two young children, so I gotta run!

-Katie

Just Checking In

Hey, guys!  Once again, I’m going to apologize for not checking in with all of you for quite some time.  Between entertaining the kids, trying to grow my business, getting ready for Halloween (my favorite holiday!), and everything else that goes with daily life, I barely have time to eat, much less write a blog post.  I know you all understand what I’m talking about.

So I don’t really have much to talk about in this post, just wanted to see how everyone is doing out there and see if anyone has made any progress on their journey to become a work at home mom.  I’m still plugging away at learning all about search engine optimization, helping my couple of clients with their sites, and trying to figure out how to find more clients.  That’s the hardest part, since I don’t have too much experience with all of this stuff.

Sometimes I just wish there were about 10 more hours in each day.  I have so many ideas about things I’d like to do to make more money…like painting old furniture and distressing it, inventing items to help the average mom out, organizing people’s spaces (mine included!)…the list could go on.  For now, I’m just going to enjoy and cherish all the precious moments I get to experience with the kiddos, keep working towards my goal of making lots of money, and thank my husband daily for being such a hard worker and allowing me to stay at home with the kids.  I know it was a necessity when I first quit, but now that our preemie daughter is thriving, I’m sure she would be fine going to a daycare.  I just wouldn’t be fine with it.  It still amazes me how much our lives have changed in just a couple of years.

Well, I gotta run.  Laundry and cleaning and planning dinner are all pressing issues right now and I have about 20 minutes left of nap time to get it all done!  Comment and let me know where you guys are with your work from home jobs!

Katie

Quick Update

Hey, everyone!  I know, I know…I haven’t posted anything in a loooong time!  I’m so sorry!  As all of you probably know, life takes over, especially when you have kids, and there’s not much time to do anything for yourself.  I’ve been so busy I had actually forgotten I started this blog for a couple of weeks.  I do want to update you guys on some things I’ve been doing and give you all hope that you really can be a work at home mom, as long as you’re determined and motivated to make it work.  (And as long as you don’t mind never having time to do anything else, especially sleeping!)

I think the last time I posted I had just landed a project writing content for a website.  I ended up focusing in on writing content and after I finished my friend’s site, I was contacted by someone else who had seen a post on Craigslist.  I ended up writing 4 different sites for that person (all tow truck related) and then they referred me to some other people they know, and before I knew it, I have been booked up like crazy with just writing about different services.  It’s hard to believe some times!  It still takes me awhile to research the topic I’m writing about, but once I get a good idea, I just run with it.  I write like I’m talking to you guys and it all seems to flow well and every person I’ve written content for has been very pleased.

Now, don’t think I’m making big bucks doing this, because I’m not by any means.  I have started charging a bit more than I was originally, but if you do the math and see how many hours I put into each project, I’m not making that great of money, but it’s definitely helping us pay for what we want to do and put a little bit into savings so far.  I’m going to start learning how to build actual websites instead of just writing the content for them and see where that takes me.  I’ve been doing a lot of research on hosting sites and different applications to use, and I’ve got to admit I’m slightly confused at this point, but I’m positive that I can figure it all out.  I just need a little more time…which I’ll probably never find!

Like I mentioned before, there are so many different things you can do to make money while spending time at home with your kids.  Don’t get distracted by chasing down a ton of different opportunities, just focus in on one or two to see if it is a good fit for you and your schedule.  If yes, great!  If not, move on to the next.  You have to get creative with your time and how to fit it all in, but it can definitely be done!  I’ll try to post again soon but can’t promise anything these days.  Just know I’m cheering everyone on, and hopefully you’re doing the same for me!

Gotta run…

-Katie

Content Writing…Who Knew?

Hey, everyone!  Wow, so I haven’t been able to update the blog in awhile because I have been so busy!  I think the last time I posted I mentioned that I had bid for some jobs on www.freelancer.com, and unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten a project on there but I also haven’t put much more effort into it, so it’s really my fault.  You know when you’re looking for a job or a way to make money, you have to go all in!  My mind has been all over the place and when I sit down at the computer to search for something, I jump from site to site and have found that I’m not being very effective with the little bit of time I do have.  So it’s time to get more organized!

So the reason I’ve been so busy is that one of my friends messaged me on Facebook after seeing my post and told me she is opening a hardwood flooring business and asked if I would write all the content for her new website!  I was pretty nervous at first because I know nothing bout hardwood floors (except that they look beautiful in a home), so I did a lot of research and wrote what I think was some pretty good stuff.  Check it out on the link above and let me know what you think!

Now this first project took me a very long time because I kept overthinking everything, so the money I made wasn’t a whole lot compared to the time it took me to complete it, but I think with some practice, this could be some very easy money for me.  I just need to find a lot of other people who need stuff written for their websites!

I did some research on search engine optimization (SEO) which is what every website needs if they want to show up in any search results, and found that one of the most important things is to make sure the content on the site is unique (not copied from anywhere else), is very relevant to the subject at hand, and is interesting and captivating to its audience.  I did some keyword research and found the terms that were searched for the most in that industry, and then made sure I included those keywords throughout the content in a natural way.  I broke up the content into smaller sections to make it easier for me to write, and made sure I put a title above each section with the most powerful keyword terms.  Apparently, the search engines check out page titles and content titles first when trying to gather the best sites to display to the searcher.  I also tried to educate the reader as much as possible instead of just trying to talk about how wonderful her business is because I read somewhere that was important to the search engines as well.

I’ve become very interested in the SEO field just after reading several articles about it, so I’ve made an effort to start focusing on this type of work for the time being.  I know I can’t compete with all of those SEO companies out there because I still am not very sure what I’m doing, but I can learn just like the rest of them did.  So in between finding other people who need content written for their websites, I’ll be researching and studying everything I can about search engine optimization and how the search engines work.  The internet is a very complicated and interesting beast, don’t ya think?

Gotta run…it’s late and I’m exhausted!

-Katie

Take Action

Hey, everyone!  I just realized I haven’t made a post in quite awhile.  Sorry about that for all of you who sit on the edge of your seat waiting for me to post a blog every day!  Ha!  So we’ve been super busy with the holiday last weekend, working on getting the kids on the same sleeping and eating schedules, me trying to manage my time and work in between raising kids and running a household.  I know I talked about time management in another post, and just wanted to say that it is definitely a lot harder than it sounds!  I’ve gone for a couple of days at a time without taking a shower, I usually stay in my pajamas until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, and my house is a wreck right now, but I have been making some progress with the job hunt!

I signed up with www.freelancer.com which is a site where you can offer pretty much any type of service you want.  You create a profile describing your experience and your skills, and people post whatever type of services they are looking for.  You can then place a bid on the service, and they choose whichever one they like out of all of the bids.  I haven’t landed a job through them yet, but I’m not giving up.  I’m pretty sure your ratings and reviews from other clients play a big role in getting jobs, and since I don’t have any experience on this site, I don’t have any reviews or ratings yet.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to get some of my friends to post jobs and give me ratings just so I’ll be able to get some legitimate jobs.  That’s not too dishonest, is it?  I’m just trying to be creative here!

I’ve also put some posts on craigslist offering content writing services, tutoring services, and virtual assistant services.  I had one person reply to my post and got so excited, but was quickly let down when I realized it was a marketer trying to sell me something.  I just thought of this idea, and I’m surprised I haven’t thought of it sooner, but I’m going to post something on my Facebook wall telling all of my friends and family what I’m looking for.  You never know who will read it and maybe the perfect opportunity will pop up!

I feel so much pressure to start making money, but I need for whatever job I find to be a good fit for me and my family.  My husband doesn’t seem to mind that my search is taking so long, but it’s starting to drive me crazy!  I was first spending all of my time reading about jobs, so at least I’m taking action now and actively seeking employment through different channels.  I’ve definitely gotten a lot faster at using my computer, that’s for sure!

My body has started to adjust to getting less sleep, and although I’m tired during the day with the kids, my eyes aren’t closing involuntarily anymore, so that’s a good sign!  I’ve always been a hard worker, dedicated to whatever job I’m asked to do, and I’m working just as hard, if not harder, at finding a new opportunity.  Hopefully for all of you other moms out there in the same position, this post will let you know that you’re not alone.  Just stay positive and take action every day and it will eventually pay off!

Gotta run…the kiddos are hitting each other!

-Katie

Tips for Some Quick Cash

Hey, everyone!  I had a busy weekend and didn’t get a chance to post anything yesterday, but that does not mean I didn’t spend any time working on my goal of working from home.  I’ve become a huge fan of the setting on my phone that reads any text you highlight out loud.  So instead of me staring at my phone all day instead of playing with the kiddos, I find an article I want to read, highlight the text, and tell my phone to read it to me!  Phones these days really are like personal assistants.  Anyway, so I’ve been listening to all kinds of articles this weekend about work from home jobs.

One thing that has been a little discouraging is the fact that it can take quite awhile before you get hired on with anyone because there is so much competition out there.  Add the fact that I don’t have any experience in most of the jobs I’m interested in, and it makes me feel like I’m never going to get anywhere.  But I’m staying positive and I’m staying on track and I’m not going to let myself get too discouraged.  Luckily for me, my husband has a decent job and we’ve made it on his income for 2 years, so a few more months isn’t going to be the end of the world.  I do feel the pressure to start making some money though so I am very motivated to find a way to get paid while staying at home.

For those of you out there who need to make some cash quick while you are applying and waiting for someone to hire you, I have come across several ways to do so:

  • Ride share programs like Uber and Lyft are great ways to make some extra money.  As long as you can pass a background check, have a reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance, you can get paid to drive people around town, on your own schedule.
  • Let everyone know that you are a great babysitter.  You already watch your own kids for free, so adding one or two more kids into the mix for some money shouldn’t be a big deal at all.  If anything, the kids will entertain each other and you’ll be getting paid to have a little break!
  • Sign up to be on the event staff for a baseball game or concert.  This actually sounds like fun and something I might look into.  You get paid to attend the event, work a couple of hours, and have a great time.
  • Pick up some online work on sites like Fiverr or Upwork.  You have to prove that you’re reliable and are offering unique services, but many people say that they have been able to make quite a bit of cash doing something like this.

I hope some of these things help.  You’ve got to put time and effort into this if you want results.  Manage your time wisely.  Don’t spend all of it trying to make $10 here, $20 there because that’s all you’ll end up doing.  Stay focused on your long term goals of finding the perfect job that you can do from home while spending quality time with your kids also! Refer back to my post about time management for some ideas on how to get the most out of the little spare time you have.

Gotta run…the kiddos are calling!

-Katie

Brainstorming

Hey, everyone!  I am determined to find something that will not only help my family financially, but allow me to spend as much time as possible with my kids.  I’ve been reading all kinds of articles and blog posts about different jobs people can do from home, and have compiled a list of the top 10 jobs I’m going to do more research on to see if any of them would be a good fit for me and my family’s schedule.  Keep in mind that everyone is different and has different skill sets, and there are thousands of jobs out there that claim you can do them all from the comfort of your home, so my top 10 list will probably not be your top 10 list.

Anyway, here are the top 10 jobs I am going to focus on to start off with:

  1. Virtual Assistant:  From what I can tell, VAs are in high demand by business owners and executives who just don’t have the time to keep their lives organized.  They need help with everything, from sending e-mails to scheduling their kids’ doctors appointments.  I’m pretty sure that organizational skills are a must for a job like this, and there are probably deadlines that must be met for particular circumstances.
  2. Online Reseller:  So this one sounds interesting.  An online reseller seeks out people who have a bunch of junk they need to get rid of but don’t have the time to deal with it.  Instead of offering to hold a big yard sale for them, they post the stuff for sale on sites like eBay, and then take either a flat fee or percentage of the sales.  I could probably make a small fortune just helping some of my family members get rid of old, unwanted possessions.
  3. Data-Entry:  This job sounds pretty simple and mindless, and normally I wouldn’t be interested in something like this, but I’m a fast typer and feel that I could make some pretty decent money if I was able to find a company to hire me on.  You basically help businesses convert their paper files to digital versions.
  4. Answering Service:  Have you ever wondered who those people are who answer your calls to your doctor at 10pm?  Neither have I.  This job would fit well with my schedule, though, since I’m tied up with the kids during normal office hours.
  5. Interview Transcriber:  Most journalists and researchers hold hundreds, if not thousands, of interviews to learn more about their subject, but none of them have the time to transcribe the interviews into written or typed documents.  Interview transcribers can receive an audio file in their e-mail and send back a typed version of it from the comfort of their home.
  6. Content Writer:  Writing content for websites sounds pretty interesting to me.  I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I could learn about a lot of different subjects depending on what types of websites I was assigned.  The pay scale for this one is a little vague, though, so I’ll have to do more research on this one.
  7. Social Media Marketing:  Our society has a huge focus on social media sites like Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn, and the majority of business owners have no idea how to use these platforms.  According to everything I’ve read, you can get paid to set up accounts, monitor them, post in them, and ultimately drive more traffic to the business’ website.
  8. Online Tutor:  As long as you have experience and knowledge of a particular subject and a college degree, you can become an online tutor or teacher.  Most families are busy and it is difficult to find time for a one-on-one meeting with a tutor, so the online option is a great solution.  I’ve always been really good at math so I will find out if there are any other requirements for a math tutoring job.
  9. Tech Support:  I always thought that when you call a company for technical support for your phone or computer, that you’re calling a big office with a bunch of people sitting in cubicles, answering phones and giving support.  I guess in this day and age, if it can be done on a computer or with a telephone, it can be done from home.  I’m not sure if I’d actually be qualified for this type of job, but I do feel like I know  a whole lot about cell phones and tablets.
  10. Affiliate Blogger:  I’ve heard of fashion bloggers being gifted items from designers and companies to review on their blogs, but I had never really heard of people getting paid to blog.  If you get enough traffic on your site, companies will pay you to advertise for them, to review products, or to just mention things. I don’t think I could ever get enough people to read this little blog, but go ahead and share away and help me spread the word!  I’m partially kidding, but hey, you never know!  

I’m sure there are a lot of other jobs that would be a good fit, but these are the ones I’m going to focus on first.  Be sure to read about my story here if you don’t know why I’m so focused on working from home.

Gotta run…the kiddos are calling!

-Katie

Tick Tick Tick

Hey, everyone!  I had a busy weekend and didn’t get a chance to post anything yesterday, but that does not mean I didn’t spend any time working on my goal of working from home.  I’ve become a huge fan of the setting on my phone that reads any text you highlight out loud.  So instead of me staring at my phone all day instead of playing with the kiddos, I find an article I want to read, highlight the text, and tell my phone to read it to me!  Phones these days really are like personal assistants.  Anyway, so I’ve been listening to all kinds of articles this weekend about work from home jobs.

One thing that has been a little discouraging is the fact that it can take quite awhile before you get hired on with anyone because there is so much competition out there.  Add the fact that I don’t have any experience in most of the jobs I’m interested in, and it makes me feel like I’m never going to get anywhere.  But I’m staying positive and I’m staying on track and I’m not going to let myself get too discouraged.  Luckily for me, my husband has a decent job and we’ve made it on his income for 2 years, so a few more months isn’t going to be the end of the world.  I do feel the pressure to start making some money though so I am very motivated to find a way to get paid while staying at home.

For those of you out there who need to make some cash quick while you are applying and waiting for someone to hire you, I have come across several ways to do so:

  • Ride share programs like Uber and Lyft are great ways to make some extra money.  As long as you can pass a background check, have a reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance, you can get paid to drive people around town, on your own schedule.
  • Let everyone know that you are a great babysitter.  You already watch your own kids for free, so adding one or two more kids into the mix for some money shouldn’t be a big deal at all.  If anything, the kids will entertain each other and you’ll be getting paid to have a little break!
  • Sign up to be on the event staff for a baseball game or concert.  This actually sounds like fun and something I might look into.  You get paid to attend the event, work a couple of hours, and have a great time.
  • Pick up some online work on sites like Fiverr or Upwork.  You have to prove that you’re reliable and are offering unique services, but many people say that they have been able to make quite a bit of cash doing something like this.

I hope some of these things help.  You’ve got to put time and effort into this if you want results.  Manage your time wisely.  Don’t spend all of it trying to make $10 here, $20 there because that’s all you’ll end up doing.  Stay focused on your long term goals of finding the perfect job that you can do from home while spending quality time with your kids also! Refer back to my post about time management for some ideas on how to get the most out of the little spare time you have.

Gotta run…the kiddos are calling!

-Katie

Kids Come First

Hey, everyone!  My name’s Katie.  I’m 29 years old and am married with two kids, ages 2 and 4.  Before I had our first child, my identity was consumed by my career.  I mean, I worked ALL the time and in the very little spare time I had to eat and sleep, I was thinking about my work or replying to e-mails.  At the time, I really enjoyed the work I was doing and didn’t mind the fact that I hardly ever saw my friends or family.

I got pregnant, and while I still worked way more than I should have, I just knew that I would be able to balance having a successful career and still be a good mother to our child.  We found a great daycare for our son, and while I enjoyed my maternity leave, I couldn’t wait to get back to work again.  It was sometimes hard for me to get away from work to come home and spend time with our son in the evening, but for the most part, I did a really great job of leaving my work at the office in order to spend quality time with him.

A year and a half later, I got pregnant again, and since working a full time job with one kid was doable, we just assumed that the second child would follow suit.  Boy, were we wrong.  About halfway into my pregnancy, I started having issues with my blood pressure.  I was put on bedrest, so I obviously had to take a leave of absence from my job.  My poor husband ran himself to death for two months between working full time, shuttling our son to daycare, feeding, bathing, and entertaining him in the evenings, and trying to take care of me as much as possible.  We did have some help from my mother, but for the most part, it was all on him.

Fast forward a month and a half…I went to the doctor for an exam and my blood pressure was out the roof.  They told me I would not be going home that day and that I would be admitted into the hospital.  I was monitored, poked, and prodded for two days, and when they couldn’t get my blood pressure to go down, decided to do an emergency C-Section in order to prevent any complications with me or the baby.  So if you’re doing the math, our daughter was born two months early, at 3 lbs 6 oz.  She spent a month in the NICU while her body continued to develop.  She had to learn how to breathe on her own, drink from a bottle, and gain weight before she was released to go home.  That was the longest month of my life (besides the month and a half I spent laying in bed).

Because our daughter was a preemie, the doctors strongly advised us to keep her indoors, keep guests to a minimum, and basically keep her in a bubble away from germs and changes in temperature.  They told us putting her in daycare would be one of the worst things we could do and that the best thing I could do for her was to breastfeed until she was at least a year old.  Now, with our son, I breastfed during my maternity leave, but as soon as I went back to work, I couldn’t keep up with pumping and my milk supply dried up pretty quickly.  So all of this, along with the fact that hiring a nanny to come to our home and keep our tiny, delicate daughter scared me to death.

We knew that we ultimately wanted to do what was best for our little girl, so I made the decision to quit my job and stay at home with her so that I could continue to breastfeed and give my undivided attention to her care and development.  Since we would be losing my income, we decided to pull my son out of daycare because we wouldn’t be able to afford it, and that is how I became a stay at home mom.  Never in my life did I imagine I would be staying at home with my children full time, staying in my pajamas half the day because there was just not time to take a shower and get dressed, but I am, and am so thankful that I get to spend such quality time with my kiddos during their early years.

Now that our daughter has caught up developmentally, I could probably go back to my career, but after taking so much time off and after seeing how much I actually enjoy staying home with my children, I don’t want to go back to a 40+ hour a week job.  My heart wouldn’t be in it, and I feel that it wouldn’t be fair to whoever hired me.

We have definitely missed my income these past couple of years, and although we have gone without a lot of things to make it work, we are now at the point where I need to start making some money so we won’t always have to tell our children “no” when they ask for something.  We want to be able to take them on trips, buy them cars when they are old enough to drive, pay for them to go to college, and basically give them a better life than we ever had.

I’ve started doing a lot of research about working from home and I just know I am going to find the perfect job that I can do to help our family financially while still spending as much quality time as I can with our children.  So that’s where this website comes in.  I plan to post about my experiences of becoming a work at home mom.  Hopefully I’ll hit the job jackpot in the very near future and then I’ll be able to tell you all about how you, too, can become a successful work at home mom!

Gotta run…the kiddos are calling!

-Katie