I just ran across this video and had to share it with you. Too funny!
A little laughter every day works for me! To see more Works for Me Wednesday tips visit We Are That Family.
Summer is here which means we are all in for months of flesh exposing, regardless of weight, age or even decency laws. So, I decided to repost the t-shirt I would like to wear…if I weren’t such a chicken! Yes, boldness is NOT one of my stronger traits.
Have you ever dreamed of a job where you could spend time with your family and earn money at the same time? Most traditional jobs don’t offer that. But, becoming a WAHM could be your ticket to your dream. With the creation of Times Tales we (Jennie, Marillee and Dena) found ourselves with our own successful business that has grown substantially over the years. We’ve been blessed, but there have been challenges as well. I hope to write a series of posts dealing with various aspects of home business if I find there is an interest. But, to start out, here is some helpful information detailing what it’s all about.
Just what do these letters stand for? WAHM stands for Work At Home Mom. Over the past 20 years, more and more women have come out of the workplace and gone back into the home.
The decision hasn’t been an easy one. It became apparent a long time ago that men were the only ones being allowed to “have their cake and eat it too.” They could pursue a corporate career and still come home in the evenings to the family.
Women with careers had a different path to follow. Besides working longer hours to achieve the same pay and credibility as their male counterparts, they also had to contend with the housework and the kids. After a long day at the office and doing the household chores, the kids sadly got what was left over which was usually a very worn out mother.
That has since changed. WAHMs are proving everyday that women can contribute to the family financial situation and nurture their families. Both online and off, a network of support has been created for any woman who wants to consider an option that will help them meet their needs.
How to get started?
When you talk to your family about the possibility you want to have an idea of the direction you will take. Check out sites like justaddsweat.com for lots of good ideas and affordable getting started guides. Other informative sites are internetbasedmoms.com and wahmtalkradio.com. They offer helpful hints to moms getting started with a work at home enterprise and also a network of opportunities for connecting with other WAHMs.
If your income has been a big part of the monthly family finances, then switching to a work at home enterprise will cause your finances to take a hit. Be sure there is enough financial cushion in your bank account to weather the first six months of your new career. It will take time to establish your business.
First, figure out your interests and skills. WAHMs can find business opportunities to work for someone else doing everything from audio transcription to writing articles to accounting. Be aware that there are scams about and that legitimate companies looking for professionals won’t ask for money upfront from you. you can find out more about these options at justaddsweat.com.
Some WAHMs carve out their own niche and begin an online business, which is what we did with Times Tales. Over time our business grew to include more of our own products such as our e-books and Cleaning Systems. These products grew from finding solutions to our own problems and putting those solutions into a format we could share with others. Eventually we began offering products we were impressed with from other authors as well. Our “niche” is ‘creative learning’ so we stick with products that fit that title.
If you are skilled with crafting, you can create a website to promote your crafts and sell products. A blog is also another idea. Blog about your area of expertise and develop a following. Combine that with affiliate or search engine marketing to generate revenue.
Making it work
With new career comes the issue of balance between home and work. Just because you are home doesn’t mean you won’t need help around the house or time away from the kids in order to work. Consider these tips for creating a balance:
• Develop a set schedule for work and play on a weekly basis
• Discuss dividing up household chores between you, your spouse, and older kids (or use our cleaning systems to get the kids involved!)
• Do pre-work such as fixing lunches, prepping breakfast, choosing clothing the night before
• Hire a babysitter once or twice a week
• Separate home office space inside the house
There are advantages to being a WAHM. Plan carefully and be patient. Support from your family makes all the difference.
I have a very nice of brand name running (walking, in my case) shoes that never fail to leave a blister on one of my heels. Since a friend and I walk every morning, I have to put moleskin on my heel to prevent a blister. I usually take it off right after walking and re-use until it no longer sticks. Unfortunately, the last brand I bought (Dr. Scholl’s) was good for only one use. Sigh. I was afraid I’d need to either invest in a new pair of shoes or a never-ending supply of moleskin.
Well, this morning when I went to walk I discovered I was out of moleskin. As they say, “necessity is the mother of invention”. I grabbed a roll of duct tape and a couple of cotton balls and taped the balls into the back of my shoe where it seemed to be rubbing. Then, for good measure, I slapped a small piece of duct tape onto my heel as well.
Would you believe I arrived home with no blistering? Now I just have to figure out if the tape on the shoe fixed the problem, or if it was the piece I stuck to my heel that did the trick. Either way, it’s significantly cheaper than moleskin and equally effective.
Duct tape to prevent blisters works for me! To see more Works for Me Wednesday tips visit We Are That Family.
Another wonderful illustration by Inflatable Studios…CLICK to see more of his cartoons!