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LInda - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Welcome to this group!



I've been a work at home mom for about 10 months now. While there are MANY online communities of WAHMs, I find that most involve advertisements from moms or other people just trying to get you to buy their services or join their website.



Please DO share your best practices here - and listen - and help.

Please DON'T advertise your services, company etc. I mean, a tagline with your URL isn't a big deal, but please, please, please don't make that the only point of your posts.

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Michelle - posted on 06/24/2012

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I am a stay at home mom and work two buisness out of my home...I am a specialist in nutrition & fitness...I sell service I have a degree and certifications for my company I'm a spersonal trainer. I do online and phone consulting and the best way I grew my buisness was talking to other mothers if I was at the grocery store at my children's school I just made it a point to tell people about what I do and how i'm different then lets say a majore weight management company like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers......I also work for a direct sales company Pink Papaya ...(i many do this for the discount) LOVE the products...however I found I have become sucessful with this by telling people why I am different as a consultant...It doesn't matter what direct sales company you work for their are other people out there selling the same products....WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT??? As a consultant how are you going to meet my needs and not make me want to take my hard earned dollars and spend it else where or w/ a different consultant.....Oh and my final tid bit....I always bring my host a bottle of wine for her hard work....a small gift NOT a company a gift that says I appreciate what you have done for me not the company.

Mildred - posted on 02/18/2012

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As you know, there are a lot of options for you if you are looking for a way to work from home. How do you make a good choice? Well, be sure to do your research and make sure it's a good fit for you. Check out several companies and compare them against this list of things to watch for when you're choosing.

SUCCESS FACTORS

COMPANY TRACK RECORD

most mlm companies fold within the first 5 years

'ground floor' is a red flag!

FINANCIALLY SOUND

debt free

STRONG MANAGEMENT

where are the leaders coming from?

do they have true business experience?

UNIQUE CONSUMABLE PRODUCTS

'flash' products are the first to go when the economy dips

COMPETITIVE PRICING

can customers afford the products if they aren't making money

HIGH REORDER RATE

products a necessity rather than a luxury

LOW PERSONAL PRODUCTION REQUIREMENT

you have to use and love the product yourself but you shouldn't have to buy more than you can use

LOW ENTRY FEE

should be low enough that almost anyone can afford it

TIMING

is the company improving and expanding its product line?

is it just as advantageous (or more so) to join now as it was 5 years ago/

reminder: 'ground floor' is NOT an advantage!

NO BREAKAWAYS

you should not be penalized for enrolling someone better than you

your organization should be yours no matter what

Binary Plans are not good business practice

NO RISK

guarantees to ensure no one can get hurt

can ANYONE do it? (not everyone WILL but it should be simple enough for anyone to be able to)

I wish I had known this when I started looking - I wouldn't have lost so much money before I found the opportunity that has allowed me to stay home with my special needs child for the past 10 1/2 years.

All the best to all mompreneurs! www.mom2six.com

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Well I have just recently moved into the category of WAHM and have a 3 year old (who was a preemie born at exactly 25 weeks and requires more from me for her development) and a 15 month old son who is an active little man. I have worked in the corporate world off and on and have been a Mary Kay Consultant at the same time. Juggling both was easy when it was just my husband and I. Now, I just work my Mary Kay Business to stay home with my little ones because I was not happy with someone else raising my children with their own ways and beliefs. I do find it challenging most of the time to work and be a proactive mother. But, I just have the mindset to find a way to stay in balance and not get overwhelmed. A weekly plan sheet has been my way to a productive family life. Without it I would be lost and chaos would take over my castle! I simply plan everything! I use a 15 minute increment planner. They have great ones at Staples or Office Depot. I go as far as planning my menu for the entire week. I color code my responsibilities with festive colored markers and that helps me see how much time I have with each task. I break my responsibilities into these categories: Spiritual in blue, Family/Home in RED, Business in Pink, My husbands J.O.B in Black! Other responsibilities go in yellow. My children have always come first, so I ....hold on ...potty training. be back.

Harpreet - posted on 12/30/2010

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Hi, I'm a stay at home mom, and I would really like to learn about the opportunities there are for mothers whom would like to work from home. I have tried to research online, but I could not gather enough information to figure this out on my own. I would really appreciate any ideas and guidance as I am very willing to learn. Thank-you.

LInda - posted on 04/28/2010

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As with any business, start where you know - friends, family, your local networks (church, school, library group, etc.).

You can always check with the Better Business Bureau as well. Finally, look for something you have a passion about. There's nothing to say you can't forge on your own.

Like teaching? Look for/post as a tutor on Craig's List. Good with flower arranging? See if a local florist has an opening for a part time assistant. Already out running errands? See if neighbors or friends need a 'gopher'.

Hayley - posted on 04/28/2010

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I'm a SAHM, and am interested in becoming a WAHM, but only part-time. I can only devote a few hours here or there, since I have a nearly 4yo and a 15mo, and I am not about to short-change them out of Mama-time. If I were going to do that, I'd go back to working outside the home. I like this group, because I can watch what the other WAHMs are saying, or describing, and think about what to do. I actually wouldn't mind ads, if I had **any** way of knowing which are legit and which are not, and of the legit ones, which are just going to frustrate me or my ethics and which might be ones I'd like. Any clues about where a confused mom should look? (Ah, I have posed a challenge: How to give guidance without "advertising"?? ...sorry. But it's *difficult* out here!)

Stacie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Linda, I appreciate your intent with this group. I find the sea of ads overwhelming too, (and yet as a business owner, I also understand why people post them). I look forward to content and discussion, and building community!

Sherry - posted on 12/26/2009

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I am working outside the home now, but started a home business with a goal of replacing my job's income so I can work at home full time. I chose to start my business with Ameriplan®. We help those that can't afford insurance, keep getting denied for insurance, or need a supplement because insurance doesn't cover certain procedures.
We also help people become an independant broker and work from home. You can do both sides of the business, or pick one and run with it. I choose to do both, but find that I most enjoy helping people work from home because that is what I myself was searching for and I understand that need & want very much, and love educating people that have this need/want.

Shannon - posted on 12/22/2009

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Amen! I have been telecommuting for years and I'm always trying to find a group of like-minded folks - but usually run into the ads and scams. Thanks for this group!

Lori - posted on 11/28/2009

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I look forward to networking with everyone here, learning together and sharing our experiences. I am a mother of 2 ladies who are 5yrs and almost 14yrs old. I have worked at home for the last few years. I own 3 of my own businesses. I'm a Christian Life Coach, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and make my own bath & body products. I LOVE what I do and am truly blessed by God! It also gives me time to bond with my children and be more involved in their lives.

~Lori
http://www.discoveringgodsplan.com
htpp://www.marykay.com/lmerriam

Jennifer - posted on 10/11/2009

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Hi, I am interested in keeping my full time job but also including additional money into our family by trying to work at home. Any suggestions? There are so many companies out there, how do i know which ones are reliable and which are not? thx.

Debbie - posted on 08/03/2009

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Hi. I am the owner of a seamstress shop that quite honesty I never intended to start.My daughters best friend needed a flag uniform made for the Band @ local high school.I have sewed for my kids forever. So I thought why not make alittle money too.I did this out of my dining room. Before I could get hers started the rest of the team showed up & I completed 8 uniforms. From there people heard I did such a good job they just started showing up clothes in hand.. That was 21 years ago. I took over my daughters room when she moved out. Then my boys grew up & moved out & I took the're room as it had a door to front porch hidden under siding .Thats my office now.. I am a complete seamstress shop.I do alterations, repairs & make clothes.I love it.I am the boss, I can shut down as I need to.My kids grew up with a stay @ home mom.My granddaughters I babysat on the job while my daughter worked.I have several dry cleaners, stores,Dr., Lawyers & most of all lots of customers.I have advanced to have a 2 day out service. But to do that I have to stay dedicated to my customers & my job.Padgents are my biggest rewards.Seeing something I created on stage gives me a new meaning to God given talent.Best of all I can make lots more that minumin wages.Oh & the tax deductions on biz in home healps with the tax man....

Jannah - posted on 05/05/2009

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This is great! Thank you for creating this, it gets so monotonous going through all the other sites, most of the communities might as well be ad sites rather than communities! Much appreciated!

Tiffany - posted on 04/10/2009

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I wanted to thank you for your postings.  I quit my job about 3 years ago when my daughter was born with the intentions of working from home.  I was getting discourage when all I was finding were WAH opportunities or Scams.  After reading your posting I change how and what I was searching for and was able to find some listings for positions that fit what I was hoping for.  For those of you that thank that you don’t have any advice to give others you are wrong.  Sometimes all people need is to hear your story to give them a new direction to go.  Again thank you for your stories and I wish you the success in your careers.

Kim - posted on 04/09/2009

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Thank you for this site and requiring no solicitation. I've been working at home for almost 5 years and have pretty much given up looking for support online because most of them are trying to get you to sign up for them. I think it is vital to have other woman in your situation that can share valuable tips. Working at home, especially with preschool children, is very difficult and frusterating at times. I've worked in and out of the home and by far I think working out of the home was easier. Now I work all the time because I'm working and doing housework and being a mom. None of which ever turns off. BIGGEST ADVICE: SET BOUNDARIES-JUST BECAUSE YOU WORK AT HOME DOESN'T MEAN YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE ELSE.

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Hi. I am a freelance writer (pharmaceutical marketing) and am a single mom of 2 small children (2 1/2 and 4). I telecommute for out of state clients. I do have my kids in daycare, because my work load is often very heavy and fast turnaround is required. I still end up needing to work at night after the kids go to bed or on weekends. Most of the online communities are more about promoting WAH options or helping women find WAH opportunities. I'm not interested in finding new work, and I really couldn't help anyone learn to do what I do (it requires years of on-site work history).

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