Enter the World of Work-At-Home-Moms
Today I give you a guest post from a well known lifestyle blogger (and friend of mine!)
Please welcome Katja Presnal from SkimbacoLifestyle.com
I love being a stay-at-home-mom, but truth be told – being a mom isn’t enough for me. It’s not that I don’t love my children, I do, and I’ve always wanted to be home with them, but I want something just for me. I’ve always wanted a career too. Or to own my own business. Today I have both, and I am still a stay-at-home-mom turned work-at-home-mom. I think you CAN have it all, be a present mom for your kids and have a career. Especially if you have it online. And if I can do it, you can do it too!
I recently wrote about blogging as a lifestyle choice, making a living from home with your kids is also a lifestyle choice you can make. There are so many ways to make money from home, and it can be overwhelming to even think how to start, so here are several suggestions for how to get started making money while you are home with your kids.
- Start Selling on eBay or Craig’s List
My sister saw how many small clothes my kids had and she recommended starting to sell the used clothes on an auction site. I made $500 in the first month and was thrilled. While it would have been nice to spend that five hundred bucks on something for me – I went to discount stores and flea markets to buy more stuff to sell on auction sites. It is a very easy entry way to start learning about sales and marketing online.
- Crafty? Sell Items You Make Yourself
If you are blessed with any kind of crafty talent and even better if you have the creative imagination to make products that nobody else has, you are destined to become the next Etsy success story. It’s not enough to have a great product, you also need to know something about sales and marketing to turn it into a living. A good rule of thumb is to be nice to everyone, and understand a lot of sales mumbo-jumbo is just remembering to do the right thing and treat people nice.
I know blogging is the hot topic of today, and it certainly has changed my life. But if you only think about making money and the highest income you were able to make from home, starting a blog isn’t a way to get instant gratification. Remember the used clothes I sold on an auction site? I made $500 the first month. But it took me two years to make $500 a month from my blog. However, there are many opportunities blogging can bring you and like mentioned, it has changed my life in a much deeper way than just making money.
There are several blogging and writing jobs online that you can also pursue. One of the best ones out there right now is the Cheap Sally one year blogging contract. Cheap Sally is a couponing website and they are looking for bloggers to write about deals and sales on their blog for 2012, and offering a $100,000 blogging contract! If you already like saving money and writing, then this sounds like an opportunity of a lifetime to me. Get the details for the gig and apply now at CheapSally.com.
Work/Life Balance for Work-at-Home-Moms
I think the biggest challenge for work-at-home-moms is to find the balance between work and family, and it is not as easy to work from home full time as it seems. It has so many benefits though that I highly recommend giving it a try with some of these easy ways. Often even a small income that you are able to bring for the family makes a big difference these days, and once you start reaching out to other work-at-home-moms, you will realize we are a fun bunch and always helping each others to succeed.
Katja Presnal is an Addy Award-winning social media strategist and owns the Skimbaco® blog network and lifestyle brand. She inspires to live life to the fullest and does it by combining social media with everything else she loves. You can connect with her on twitter @katjapresnal and read more at her blog Skimbaco Lifestyle .
Please note: Carissa was in no way compensated for this article/guest post.