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I want to apologize. I haven’t been posting here as often as I wanted to. I’ve been busy. Busy thinking. Busy planning. Busy reading. Busy with life. Just busy.
One of the things I’ve been busy with is thinking about my journey to being a work at home mom (wahm).
On a snowy winter night in December of 2010, I gave birth to my daughter. Up until that point, I had pretty big plans for my life. I wanted to go to law school and be an attorney. I figured that after I gave birth, I would go back to school and continue with my plans. I always thought I would be a working mom. Children were always in my future plans as was a career. Never once did I consider the thought of being a stay at home mom. It sounded like torture to me.
Then, I looked into my daughter’s eyes. And that’s when my big plans turned into bigger plans. I wanted. No, I needed to stay with her. But there was just one problem.
My husband had left me months prior to her being born. I was dealing with a divorce, a new baby and having no income. I did briefly have a job when she was a few months old. It was horrible. I hated being away from her. After eventually leaving that job due to transportation issues. In that moment in desperation, I opened my computer while nursing my daughter and searched for ways to make money from home.
Many, many scams and years of research and experience later, I now know it is possible to earn an income from home. I lucked out in my first year of being a work at home mom (wahm) and I secured a number of freelance writing clients. I made enough money during that year to get by and even have a little extra. Then, my daughter fell seriously ill and I had to let those clients go after an extended hospital stay. Thankfully, my daughter got better but my client prospects did not.
I started this blog a little over a year ago. I’ve experimented with different posts, SEO techniques and social media networks. I had dreams of turning this blog into a lucrative business but now, I don’t think that is going to happen. Not because the potential isn’t there, it is.
It’s that I changed my mind. I’m not going to officially announce my next venture for a while but I think it’s going to be good. I’ve thought about shutting down this blog but decided to keep it up as a place to record my thoughts.
You may be wondering what made me switch business ideas. It’s because of the advice I received by a very wise person who’s traveled this road before me.
I had to learn what I was passionate about it. And how to turn that passion into a lucrative opportunity that realistic. I wish that I had this advice years ago.
Who’s advice would you take when trying to start a home business? You would seek out the advice of successful people who accomplished what they set out to do, correct? The only problem is advice from these types of people isn’t always affordable.
Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom has found a way to bless woman with her advice for an extremely affordable price. I recently finished reading a review copy of her latest book, Money Making Mom. I amazed at the content in the pages.
Crystal wasn’t always successful. It’s easy to look at her today and only see the success. In Money Making Mom, she talks candidly about her past failures.
Can you imagine what would have happened if she gave up after the first failure? She wouldn’t have been able to buy her first house in cash, to make a difference in South Africa or inspire woman across the world to start their day right. And that’s only at the first level. The trickle down effect of her giving up would have affected thousands and thousands of people.
The fear of failure is the main reason I hear people give for not following their dream or passion or idea. What future success or future inspiration to others are you giving up by letting fear keep you from trying?
I can’t wait to see what great ideas spring from mothers reading this book. Money Making Mom is being released on November 3. When you pre-order Money Making Mom, you have access to several bonuses including:
- Make Over Your Calendar: A 7 Day Online Course – a comprehensive course to teach you how to simplify, streamline and organize your daily schedule & to-do’s.
- Crystal’s Top 10 Productivity Tools Tip Sheet – a printable PDF with links and information on Crystal’s favorite tools for better time management.
- An Exclusive Live Q&A Call – an invitation to join Crystal for a special Q&A call to ask any your Money Making Mom questions.
Crystal has also released a free 5 day course about making money from home!