Hi! I succeeded at doing what you want to do. My daughter turned 18 and went off to university in August of 2016. I was able to work from home and earn a decent living while she was growing up. I should say part of the time. Other times, I made amazingly stupid mistakes. And other times, I had nothing coming in at all. So that’s why I created this site. I wanted you to learn from my mistakes so you get nothing but consistent income that pays for what you want it to.
Originally, I started out setting up websites and moved into programming. I never learned how to properly market myself. It was essential to have a specialization. And you need to network with people so you’re on the top of their list when they need some coding. And you need to learn to ask for referrals. This was when I originally learned about affiliate marketing, but I didn’t understand the power of it until later.
Then I got into marketing. Specifically email marketing. And blogging. And article and newsletter copywriting. I wrote marketing plans. I crafted videos. I even set up a speaking engagement. I’ll go into more detail in other posts. The bottom line is I didn’t have a plan for myself. When I focused, I was successful. But when I got distracted, things fell apart.
I remember what it was like trying to work when the baby was napping. I remember trying to juggle laundry and meal planning with something that was due by 5pm. And I remember the great memories of being able to volunteer at the school because my schedule was my own.
I want all of this for you. We need to talk about mindset. You need to know there will be problems. You need to have the vision of your ideal life to hold onto. You’ll need to set boundaries. (That was another thing I was really poor at…whenever my daughter would say “please let’s go do…” I’d be “OK! I’ll get the car keys.”)
We need to talk about options. How much do you want to make. How much time and money do you have to invest. Do you enjoy spending time in front of the computer? (That’s what this site is about….people who like working n the computer….I can recommend some network marketing businesses like Jamberry and Younique if you’re interested in that as well. It’s not my thing. I did try Mary Kay for awhile. I was not good at dealing with management. My upline’s mom died of cancer and her upline gave her a month or two to get it together before demoting her. She came and did a home visit when my daughter was 2.5 months old. My house has never looked like House Beautiful and that day, it was even more of a disaster. I won’t go into the details boring you, but after feeling utterly snubbed by her, I quit. I really love Bare Minerals and Neutragena…..Just saying. So the bottom line is I want you to be in control of your own business. I don’t want you feeling like you have to answer to anyone.
And I did say “moms” but this is open to you dads too. I just can’t speak for a dad. But I was a darn good mom. My husband enjoyed going off to work. He’s not the type that can separate work from home, so he likes having them be separate.
And that’s something else you’ll have to look at…setting work hours and non-work hours. Then you must promise not to feel guilty when you’re not working. Because you’re entitled to have a life as well.
Finally, don’t think you have to do it all. You don’t. We’ll talk about ways to outsource or find a partner. Remember, even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.