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There are so many ways that women can make
a living while staying home with their children. The
number one rule of thumb of course is -- Do what you
LOVE! If you love what you do, not only will you be good
at it, but your enthusiasm will be 'catchy' and you will
undoubtably be successful.
Women are often surprised to find out how
many supporters they have out there in the world. People
truly resonate with the ideal of children having their
Mothers home with them - and I have found that they
often times are more than willing to compromise and work
with you to make it possible. There have been a few key positions I have landed as a Virtual Assistant based on the fact that I AM a work at home Mom.
most important message I want to give you is to look in
your heart. What do you WANT to do? What are you GOOD
at? OR - What do you know you COULD be good at if given
the chance? That is where you will find your genuine
niche and your genuine happiness.
If you have an educational background -
don't be afraid to branch out on your own and use it.
One close friend of mine makes well over $200,000 a year
running a Public Relations business out of her home
office. She is a confident, loving and courageous woman
who dared to step forward and live her dream. Her
husband has told me that you wouldn't be able to her
to stop what she is doing, it IS what she adores.
Meanwhile, both she and her daughter benefit from the
closeness of her being a Work at Home Mom.
We can substitute Mom - but there is no
replacement for Mom. You love your children more than
anyone is capable of doing. Wouldn't it be terrific to be there for your children, and also run a successful business?
If you have computer skills, there are all
sorts of 'jobs' you can do from home. More and more
companies are launching websites these days -- many
business are strictly web based and have no
brick-and-mortar establishment. So who do they hire to
work for them? Virtual Assistants (VA's)! We will be
giving you a lot of information on pursuing becoming a
VA in different articles on the site. But briefly, a VA
executes the same types of functions that an
administrative assistant executes - only from her home
Are you creative? Artistic? Do you have a
flair for Marketing? Could you open a Home Day Care or a
local Errand Business? Can you offer massage therapy?
How about a Kennel?
What I am trying to touch on here is that
there really is no end to what you can come up with to
do from your home. You simply have to embrace your
desires and your dreams - do some planning and
implement! But be sure to come back often, and tell us all about your success!
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Work at Home ebooks
I recently found a site selling ebooks on
specific home business ideas. They cover a broad range
of topics from selling infant clothing, scrapbooking,
and gift baskets to running your own errand business.
I have not personally read ANY of these
ebooks, but it looks like there are some good
informative ones there and want to provide it as a
resource. You also will be supporting Work at Home Moms through
your purchase of the ebooks so I feel good about
recommending them for that reason as well.
If anyone buys or has bought any of these
ebooks in the past and wants to submit a review of any
of them, please email me.
The site is: MyMommyBiz.com
- I look forward to hearing about your experiences with
How forum member and moderator
'rhondab' works from home helping local realtors!
realtors like to have a "personal assistant" who
will make their brochures for the homes they have
listed (they can be created in a word processor
and converted to pdf and then emailed to the
realtor, or hard copies printed & mailed).
If you have (and are fairly good at
it) a digital camera and can go and take photos of
homes that realtors have listed, many times the
realtors don't have (or take) the time to do the
Realtors like to send out mass
mailings (postcards usually). Sometimes when they
sell a house they will do a mass mailing to
everyone on the street or in the subdivision
saying "We just sold your neighbor's house at 123
Some Street and we wanted to let you know if you
are considering selling your home or buying a new
home that we are here to serve you!" (something
like that). Offer to help with their mailing lists
and mailings, etc.
Real estate offices usually have a
weekly sales team meetings. A person could call
the Broker or Office Manager and ask if they could
make a small presentation (5-10 min. only) to the
realtors at their sales meeting. Have plenty of
brochures printed and business cards on hand and
put one in every realtor's hand in that meeting.
Or call the Office Manager and just see if you can
put brochures in the realtors' mail boxes if you
don't feel comfortable speaking to a group of
Find and go to local networking
Sign up for some good support groups
(Yahoo! has groups. Just search on "Digital
Women", or "Work at Home Moms", etc.)
www.digital-women.com is a good
website and so is www.virtualbizgroup.com
Just contact local realtors and ask
if they have considered using a "virtual
assistant". Study up on the internet on what
"virtual assistant" means. This, of course,
requires skills/background in
Some realtors pay someone to do
their "running". If your kids are in school,
during the day you could put up or take down
realtors' yard signs, deliver papers for signing,
take forms and have copies run, deliver paperwork
to the realtor's office for processing, etc.
These are just some of the examples
that can be done for realtors on a local level.
Make a nice flyer and put it up in
different places like grocery stores, Wal-Mart,
etc. on their bulletin board. Make it in some
bright colors and something that will stand out
from the rest (eye catching but not ugly or child
like). (I hope that makes sense! )
Hope all this helps give some ideas.
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