Life as a WAHM Series – Guest Janine Huldie Offers Some Advice

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Now with that out of the way… 😀

Once again, Janine is back! WOOHOO!!! I love her posts. I find them so inspiring! Today, Janine is kind enough to share with us some advice on getting started as a WAHM as well as on some of the things we may forget about in the beginning, like taxes!

So grab a green beer, and enjoy Janine’s post!

Janine’s Advice

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“Rome wasn’t built in day!”  I heard this some many times over the years, but will be honest no truer statement can be spoken when one decides to become a WAHM.  There isn’t one easy formula to actually becoming a WAHM.  But when you do make this decision, you will learn quickly that you will have many options and probably be a bit overwhelmed, too.  So, I will try to give you some pointers from what I have gone through from the beginning of my WAHM trek.

Where better to start than at the beginning.  So when I first started this journey, I thought I would write for one site (Hubpages) and see where it took me.  And at first this worked just fine for me, but then I yearned for more than that.  I also tried my hand at content mills and this too left me feeling like I needed so much more.  It wasn’t until, I began blogging that I found my true passion.  This led me to writing an actual book.  Granted even though the book is written I still need to edit and I am no where near done with that yet!

And even with blogging, I have tweaked my content, as well as advertising and even doing sponsored posts/giveaways.  Trust me, I am still evaluating what works here and what doesn’t as I write this.  The point is being a WAHM gives you a wealth of opportunities, but it also leaves one like I just stated constantly evaluating the job you are performing as in what you can do better and what might not be working at all.

Also, even though I write online there are so many opportunities and not just to write.  I know many who have businesses where they sell a product or service, whether it be their own personal website, through Etsy or even on Ebay.  The decision is yours, but make sure you are utilizing your best talents.  If you are crafty, then you may very well want to do something that uses and plays on those talents.

The next thing you will definitely take into play is time management.  If you are a parent like I am you will also probably have to work around your children’s schedules.  Working online is not like working outside the home, whether you work in an office retail or any other place of business.

When you work at home, yes you can set your own schedule, but you may find that you are working many more hours than if you were just working a typical 9 to 5 job.  Trust me, I have been there and I have had to learn how to balance my work and my life, too.  And this too is still a something I quite frankly struggle with, because I am truly dedicated and love writing.  However, I do constantly now remind myself to step away from time-to-time, because I have a life, too and I don’t want it to go on without me.

Another consideration being a WAHM is that you need to have some sort of book keeping to keep track of your income and expenses, too.  I found great resources online for this here and modified it for myself.  You don’t want to be caught come tax season with your pants metaphorically down!!  I was able to purchase the book Your Blogging Business to help break it all down for me.  And the best part it is deductible on your income taxes, because it is an expense.  You may not be making much in the beginning, but still you need to start somewhere and this is a good place to begin.

There is probably more that goes into working from home, but these are the tips that come to mind for me that seem to be the essentials for anyone just starting this journey.

My final words are good luck and hope this has helped break being a WAHM down just slightly.

Thank you Janine! These are some excellent tips!

Thanks for reading, and once again I’d like to wish everyone:

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!!

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Life as a WAHM Guest Post Series – Janine Huldie

Janine Huldie is our guest blogger for the month of March who will be contributing to the Life as a WAHM Series. I’m SOO excited that she was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to be a part of this series, and I know you’re going to thoroughly enjoy her insight to life as a WAHM. I’m hoping she’ll share all her secrets on how she gets everything done! She’s a amazing!

So, without further ado, here’s Janine!

How exactly did I become a Work at Home Mom (WAHM)? A valid question question that one may ask when reading my daily blog.

I think I need to start at the beginning. So for that, I have to talk a bit about me and my pre-mommy days. I was a certified middle school teacher, who lost her teaching position due to our lovely economy or the lack thereof during my second pregnancy with my daughter, Lily.

For those who don’t know me (and for those who do sorry if I am restating the obvious here), I am the mother of two little girls, who are 16 months apart. Yes, I know they are considered Irish Twins, but then again I referred to them as this in one of my early articles and an extended family member actually corrected me on Facebook by telling me they were only indeed Irish Twins if they are born in the same calendar year. So I stood corrected, but my actual response was quite simple in that what kind of lunatic has two kids born the same year if they aren’t in fact real twins or not Tori Spelling!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love being home with my kids, but after the 19th Nervous Breakdown of the day (and believe me folks) that is being generous it gets old. But back to crazy, because I do believe it is the word of the day over and over in our house.

However, back to how I began to work from home. It all happened rather quickly and on a lark. I get job notifications from Monster Jobs and I kept seeing a job posting for something called Hubpages. Finally, one day I clicked on the link. I took one look and thought this sounds intriguing and signed up. When I first started to write on Hubpages, it was more about my fun, but time consuming hobby of collecting charm bracelets, specifically Pandora and Trollbeads.

But then inadvertently, I began to publish articles that were on a bit more personal nature. One of them was actually born from the fact that my not quite 2 year old was already going through the “Terrible Twos” and throwing temper tantrums. I wrote how I dealt with her behavior and gave a few pointers for those possibly experiencing the same thing.

The article was an instant hit and I loved how sharing about what I truly knew best, my kids, made me feel like I was on top of the world. That is when I started to get the notion that maybe I could blog. I saw others doing this and sharing more about their personal, daily lives this way.

My blog was, thus, born with the notion of being a true sounding board for all the insanity in my daily life of being a mom and wife, too. Crazy is as crazy does, but then again I will ask this, have you ever had two little girls 16 months apart, who are obsessed with Cinderella and Disney Princesses to take care of all day long??

If you have then you may know where I am going with this, but if not hang on to your seats, because it is a bumpy ride, but I promise it is rewarding, too. And as the old saying of walking a mile in someone’s shoes goes, this one can totally apply here.

This is where my blog truly comes in, because I enjoy sharing these types of adventures and so much more on there. Not only do I love this, but it is truly satisfying to not only share, but find others who can relate a bit to my life.

So even though, my house is nuttier than a batch of peanut butter cookies,my kids are still mine and I love them with all my heart. And if you read my blog or new to it, you will quickly see that as sarcastic as I am about my kids and even my husband, just how much I do adore them and my life.

Thank you Melissa for letting me take over your blog for the first in this weekly series for the month of March. Join me next week, same place, same time, same bat channel for the next installment that will give you an idea of my daily life and work routine.

Again, thank you Janine for being so kind to share your story with us!

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Life as a WAHM Guest Post Series – Emma Coch Final Post

Time flies when you’re having fun! Unfortunately, Emma’s last post in this series has snuck up on me! Today she shares advice on some of the common pitfalls many new WAHMs fall into while trying to start their at-home business. I know I have fallen into a couple of these myself, so pay attention!!

I’d like to thank Emma for being my first guest blogger in this series. She has shared some VERY valuable insights and pearls of wisdom and I hope you all have enjoyed her posts as much as I have. So without further ado, here’s Emma:

Hello dear readers. Thank you for being polite enough to read my last guest posts on the lovely Melissa’s blog.

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Being a WAHM is extremely tiring!

I have seriously struggled as to what my last post should be about, I really had to think hard about what it was I really had to impart to you. This after all is my last chance to say anything of worth to you guys, so I want to make it count. So here it is, the largest, most important message I could ever give someone who is starting out in a Work At Home Business.

When you start your new Work At Home Business, whether it is writing, making homemade preserves or something like making jewelry, you will be 100% ecstatic and nose to the grind stone. This is not all bad and you do have to put in much extra effort than any regular day job. You are trying to break through and make your way in a corner of the business world that is getting extremely busy, hard work and standing out are going to be one of few ways you will succeed. What you have to remember though is everything has to have a harmonious balance. The reason us WAHMs are unique is because we cannot simply just run a business and ignore everything else in our lives, we still have to have hold of the helm.

The typical mistake for most WAHMs including myself is trying to procrastinate in other areas of your life, only doing what you have to do, which by the way is still a big order to fill. Yes the children are still taken care of, you will either school them at home or get them to and from school, you will feed and clean them. What you may cut corners on is your share of cooking the meals, cleaning the home and doing the laundry.

If you have an understanding partner who wants to help you, you may be lucky enough to have help in the domestic chores but if that same person is also holding down a full time job, you may be giving them a rod with which to beat you later (metaphorically of course). With that in mind, accept help by all means. After all, you have been looking after children whilst working all day, so you are entitled to have them help with chores. Just make sure they don’t feel they are doing the Lion’s share or it will lead to a lot of resentment for your new career.

If you happen to have a partner that does nothing much in the way of helping you with the domestic chores, you will soon find jobs piling up on you, which will stress you out. The first thing to block your creative flow is stress.

But I am not a marriage counsellor, I am merely stating situations I have experienced and have known others to also experience whilst on this journey. Yet it will affect your work physically and psychologically if you let all other aspects of your life get out of control whilst you set your new business up.

How do I know what I am talking about? You guessed it, I did it! I ignored everything I could get away with doing until it was causing arguments and making my life harder. Stressing over the chores that needed doing meant I was blanking out during my work hours, the guilt surging through me. No matter what I was busying myself with, I felt I should be doing something else. I was being ripped in to mental segments and fulfilling absolutely nothing really. I then suffered from what is known in the industry as “burnout.” I had to step back from work and concentrate on my kids, housework and just rest a bit, which put my business back worse than if I had been more organized and stuck to regimented work hours.

If you want some great tips, just search through the pages of information Melissa has here, as she has already written a great post about how to organize your work life.

I wish you all the best in setting yourself up or with businesses you have already started. Thank you also to Melissa for hosting my guest blogs, you really are a superstar.

Emma

Again, I’d like to thank Emma for being kind enough to be a guest blogger here at Mommy Writings, and for sharing her story with us. Her blog can be found at 3 is Family Advice. If you missed her first three posts, they can be found here, here and here.

Tomorrow, will be Janine’s first post. She’s a fantastic blogger from Janine’s Confessions of a Mommy-a-holic and will be our featured guest poster for the month!

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Introducing the “Getting Organized” Series

In my last series, I talked about the five characteristics of a successful WAHM. One of those characteristics was organization.

Organization is important to running any business, but it is vital to a home-based one. For a WAHM, it’s the only way to get everything done and still stay sane.

I’m a freelance writer, and blogging WAHM. I write for several websites including Hubpages, Knoji, Textbroker and Interactmedia. I also maintain this blog and three others:

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Life as a Work at Home Mom – Guest Post Series with Emma Coch

Emma has written a brilliant post today about the obstacles that face us WAHMs everyday. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

The Obstacles Facing WAHMs

Hello again, readers of Daughter of Maat. Well, such an apt subject for today’s post is about the obstructions to Work At Home Businesses. Today has been a great muse for this post, seeing as it is my birthday today, I have had extra phone calls and visits, on top of all the normal stuff. What this post is all about is a kind work of warning more than anything really, after all, fore warned is fore armed… no, it isn’t really, you will still make some of these mistakes, they are habitual to human beings!

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Researching…Oohh Shiny! 

The perfect example of how Daughter of Maat got distracted when researching other Mommy Bloggers and ended up spending WAY TOO MUCH!

The perfect example of how Daughter of Maat got distracted when researching other Mommy Bloggers and ended up spending WAY TOO MUCH!

Most WAHMs that write some sort of article, whether it be on a blog, freelance or for writing platforms, will find themselves doing research. Research is of course a vital part of the whole business, yet the dangers are many.

For example, if you are researching products, you will without a doubt see something that takes your eye. If you are not careful your hard working research becomes a window shopping spree. Even worse than a window shopping spree, it can become a spend-fest. Not something us WAHMs usually need as we tend to be a frugal bunch.

My warning to you here would be to stay focused. A great way to keep to your task and not wander off is to give yourself a time limit and be strict with yourself. Continue reading

Life as a WAHM – Guest Post Series – Emma Coch

Today is the second post in the Life as a WAHM Guest Post Series and the continuation of Emma’s story (to see Emma’s first post, click here). Today Emma talks about her daily routine and how she manages to get everything done in a day.

So without further ado, here’s Emma!

Work At Home Mom And The Daily Routine

I promised I would be back to visit the readers of the lovely Melissa, so here I am. Thank you for taking the time to read my second guest post. If you haven’t read my first, you will find it if you scroll down.

What I want to explain today is how I manage to work from home, while being a mother of 4 children, a pet owner, wife and neighbour as well as how I overcome regular interruptions to my working day. People seriously don’t think twice about walking in on your time, even if they know you work from home. Continue reading

Blogging and Photography

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’ve been playing around with photography a bit lately. Well, there’s actually a reason for this. I recently read a post called “You Asked: Thoughts and Tips on Blogging” on one of my favorite blogs by Jen Jones:

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I heart iheart organizing. It’s an awesome blog about… yup… organizing.

One of the things she mentions in her post on blogging tips is photography and how it can make or break a post. One of the main things I learned is that bigger is actually better. I know, weird right?

I used to put pictures on the side of my posts and let the text wrap around, but I looked through her blog, and several others (like Dooce, and the Bloggess, you know the ones who are actually really successful and make a living blogging) and I found that all of their pictures are huge, and crystal clear.

Like this:

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