Browse Month by June 2016
General

Do You Ever Want to Pull Your Hair Out?

frazzled-mom

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.

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Tips

Tips for Some Quick Cash

fast-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.

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Time Management

Tick tick tick

time is moneyHey, 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

Job Ideas

Brainstorming

brainstorming job ideas

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:

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General

Kids Come First

kids come firstHey, 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.

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