One of the emails I receive time and again is from moms who want to
find a way to earn money from home. While I don’t consider myself to be
a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) expert, I have worked from home for five
years now and have learned a lot along the way. This series is for
those of you who are contemplating working from home, those of you who
think you’d really love to work from home, and those of you who just
wonder what working from home involves.
I’ve read a lot of books and articles over the years on the subject
of working from home and find that often they are somewhat unrealistic. This series will not
be about get-rich-quick schemes (I hope you know by now that there is
no such thing!), how to work for one hour a week and make $100,000 a
year (that’s also a fairy tale!), or how making money from home is a
simple, easy thing.
What I will aim to share with you is my personal journey in
becoming a WAHM, what things have and haven’t worked for me, what I
wish someone had told me when I was first contemplating starting a
business from home, and how you, too, can become a WAHM.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m currently making a good income
from home–last year, I made the equivalent of a good part-time job and
this year, if things continue to go the way they are going, I will
likely double that figure. I’m doing the majority of my work in the
early morning hours and during my girls’ afternoon quiet time/naptime
and am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring in a good income while
not neglecting my most important priorities–that of being a wife and
I’m sure many moms could look at me and want what I have–the
ability to make a good income while staying at home, choosing my own
hours, and taking care of my husband, home, and family first. I can
take a day off (or even a few days off!) whenever I like and
the money continues to come in at the same rate because of the many
multiple streams of income I’ve set in place.
All this might sound really cool (and it is!) but what most people
often don’t add into this equation are the countless hours, days,
weeks, months, and even years that I spent building my online earnings up to the point they are at. I
do not care to recall all the failed income-earning things I’ve tried
nor the incredibly naive mistakes I’ve made. You don’t want to know
about the sleep I’ve missed or the outside opportunities I’ve had to
say “no” to in order to stay focused at keep at it–even when the going
The effort has paid off and I’m now reaping the fruits of my labors
(though I’m still making lots of mistakes and I’m sure I’ll continue to
do so until the day I die!), but I won’t ever forget the struggles I
had to go through to get me where I’m at or the mountains I’ve had to
climb along the way.
I am a firm believer that, with God’s blessings and lots of hard work, anyone can successfully work from home. However, I will be the first to tell you that working from home is just that–work.
I’m by nature a positive person but I won’t sugar-coat the truth when
it comes to working from home: if you are not prepared to put in lots
and lots and lots of time and effort, working from home won’t work for you.
So, before you even consider working from home, I cannot stress how important it is that you are prepared for the long-haul. It often takes months or even years
to see results and steady, reliable income. If you stick with it,
though, it will eventually pay off–and likely it could pay off beyond
your wildest imaginations!
Just for fun: How many of you currently work from home? Tell us a little about what you do and what has and hasn’t worked for you.
I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from readers about ArtsCow.com recently and the offer they currently are running of 400 free prints plus a free 8×8 photo book for all new member sign-ups. While this seems like a pretty great deal, you have to pay shipping and I think their shipping prices are rather steep.
Heather, over at Freebies 4 Mom, did an in-depth cost analysis of ArtsCow.com as compared to Shutterfly and found it to be much less expensive. However, the cost of the free prints, with shipping, was still $0.10 each.
Since we’ve seen multiple completely free digital photo printing opportunities in the last year, this doesn’t seem like such an exceptional deal to me, especially since I don’t order photo prints on a regular basis. On the other hand, if you normally are ordering prints from Shutterfly or elsewhere, you might want to check into this as it could save you money. (By the way, Heather offers a review of ArtsCow.com here.)
Most photo printing companies have a new member offer and these are always worth checking into. Ashley emailed me a list of many of the current offers:
Shutterfly.com –they give 25 free prints when you sign up.
CVS.com –sign up in the PhotoCenter and use your Extra Value card.
This gave me 50 free prints. I was even able to pick them up at my
local CVS. I paid 56 cents for 53 photos!
Winkflash.com –if you use code CLUBPHOTO5 you will receive 50 free photos on your first order!
Where do you get your digital pictures printed? What websites do you find have the best deals or least expensive prices? Is $0.10/print a good price to you?
Possible Free Coupon Inserts at Local Libraries – From Melissa:
I work at a library, but have been buying the Sunday paper for the
coupons for a while now. I finally asked at the front desk and found
out that I could be getting my coupons for free since they take them
out of the paper before shelving it. There are a few others who work
here who also are interested in some of the coupons, but they had THREE
SmartSource books full of coupons that were still available for me to
take. Some coupons were clipped already, but for being free, I can’t
Your readers might want to check at their local libraries–including
university and college libraries–to see if they can get the coupons
from the newspapers.
June 25, 2008 is Double Coke Points Day – From Cris:
Found this through mycokerewards.comDouble Points June 25: Double Points on all 12-packs,
June 25 only. Get double points on all My Coke Rewards 12-packs, June
25, 2008. Valid for all participating brands, but on on 12-pack
packaging. It’s the perfect time to stock up on Coca-Cola products for
your next Summer party! Double points for participating 12 packs will be active on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 12:01 am ET to 11:59 pm ET.Fantastic for all those who just bought the Coke deals at CVS or
elsewhere. Save the codes until Wednesday, June 25th and enter them
then. Each code should give you 20 POINTS!!! That’s almost a free 20
oz Coke or 32 oz Powerade (which are 24 points each).
Another mom at church was talking about the great items
she’s gotten entirely free through a national effort called Freecycle
Network. I was able to find my town on the yahoo
group pages, and now I get an email everytime someone has something to
give away, or a specific need for an item. It’s awesome! And free!
Is the 3 Months or 3,000 Miles Oil Change Thing a Myth? – From Lori:
My husband had been reading something online that said most
cars don’t need their oil changed as often as the "three months or
three thousand miles" that we often hear. Sure enough, when we looked
in the owner’s manual for our Honda Civic, it recommended changing the
oil every six months or 7500 miles. We were flabbergasted that we’ve
been wasting so much money (and so much OIL) for so long!
Return Your BPA Bottles for Gift Cards – From Heather:
My son has three Avent bottles that have BPA in them and we haven’t been using. Babies R Us/Toys R Us is accepting these bottles back and either giving you one BPA-free bottle in return for each bottle you bring in or store credit (no receipt necessary). I returned three at the Toys R’ Us yesterday (I had received them at my baby shower and didn’t have a gift receipt, but it wasn’t a problem) and got a gift card in the amount of the retail price of the bottles. It may work with other brands as well.