If so, I can completely relate.
Two years ago, I was on maternity leave for my third child (born just 17.5 months after my second child), and I was desperate to figure out how to become a stay at home mom. My husband was in graduate school and had been for quite some time. We both felt as if he would never finish his Ph.D. (though he finally did in December, 2012).
I had a blog, though it definitely wasn’t making any money (and still doesn’t make much :)). I belonged to a group of financial bloggers, and one day, one of them posted on the forums that he was looking for someone to do a small task for him every week. I responded and began working for him. Two years later, we are still working together.
Likewise, I went on the discussion board and asked if anyone would recommend working for a job site like Elance or oDesk. Another blogger said he had never worked for those sites, but he was looking for a freelance writer. Perhaps I would like to write for him instead? Yes, thank you!
Looking back, I feel so lucky about the way those jobs just sort of fell in my lap. I attribute it all to the connections I made through the blogger group.
From those two jobs, I gained more and more jobs. I didn’t have to advertise. People who saw me blogging for various bloggers would contact me to see if I would also write for them. My virtual assistant tasks also grew, to the point last year that I had to let some clients go because I didn’t have time to do all of my work and spend time with my kids.
Now, I am trying to grow my business further in preparation for my kids going to preschool. I’ll have more time then, and we need to ramp up our income to pay off our debts.
To grow my business, I have been contacting companies, soliciting my services. I have been turned down by several, which is to be expected, but I also secured another freelance writing job this way.
While my experience is unique, I want to help you if you want to be a work at home mom, too.
It can be a wonderful experience to do what you love AND have flexibility in your schedule and time to spend with your kids.
Please let me know what topics you would like me to tackle. What questions do you have about being a work at home mom? What concerns do you have? Let me know in the comments or e-mail me privately, and I will work your questions into the series.
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