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!
Hey, everyone! I stayed up really late last night reading all about different jobs that I might want to try out and gathered a lot of useful information. It’s all a little overwhelming at this point because I’m not really sure which direction I want to go. The great news, though, is that there are thousands of online jobs that a lot of people are qualified to do from their own homes!
I wanted to write a little today about how important time management is going to be for me (or anyone else) to be a successful work from home mom. I mean, even when I haven’t been working, it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. Just last week, I was juggling two irritable children, loads upon loads of laundry, trying to make a grocery list of food my children will actually eat, giving the dogs a bath because they both rolled around outside in some mud, making phone calls to find a carpet cleaning company who could come clean up all the mud the dogs tracked into the house, and trying to come up with ways to make money, all at the same time! Talk about wanting to pull your hair out! Continue Reading
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.