Self Employment

Shannon - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Curious what type of self employment jobs people have turned to after becoming a mother.
I currently have an awesome employer, great pay, great benefits, but working Monday - Friday 8 to 5 is killing me.
Not only am i exhausted when i get home, but i have no time nor patience for my 2 year old daughter and husband, who wants to try for number 2 soon.
As of right now, my daughter attends daycare, but next fall she will be in pre-school, and i would luv to be at home so i can pick her up at 11:00 or 3:00, and not have to rely on a babysitter.
At the same time I need to keep income coming in.
Just curious of the experience self employed mama's have had, and also what type of self employment you've turn to.

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Alice - posted on 10/21/2010

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Shannon,



I used to work as a software design engineer (programmer), a rider operator, a Disney cast member, a bank teller, as a business office manager for a nursing home, and as a teacher for elementary school students.



Currently I'm self-employed as an online fitness coach and work from home. It's a decent income (more than I got to keep when I worked outside the home!) but it usually takes two to three months for my team members to get any return on investment. I started slow (PT) but I got my first "real" check (something like a real weekly paycheck) after working for about 2 months. It's wonderful! I love it. And I still get to home school my girls, work my farm, tutor, and do other things I like to do.



But... any self-employment is dependent on YOU. No one else will tell you when to get up and go to work... you have to be self-disciplined enough to keep yourself working and not get slack about it. Any self-employed individual will tell you their job takes work and they have to make themselves stick to it. :) That being said, when I'm working from home to help take care of my kids, I put everything into it I have because I need to have something to fall back on in case something happened to my husband or a medical emergancy came up. :) If I'm relying on me, I can do it!



My best advice is research, research, research! Know everything about your potential job/business before you start. Make sure it matches you! (Example: I love teaching & helping others, so online coaching matched me... while I can't stand make-up so a make-up saleperson was something I couldn't be; you can't effectively sell something you don't like/use lol) I hope you find something that works for you better than your current job... we spend so much of our lives investing in the job we have, we may as well do soemthing we like!

~Hope this helps

Linda - posted on 11/02/2010

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Hi Shannon,
I agree with a lot of what these other ladies have said. Try to find a home business that you can start and build while you are still working at your 9-5 job. What are some things that you are pasionate about? It is so much easier (and fun) to be successful at a business that you truely believe in and are passionate about! I am really interested in Nutrition, getting and staying healthy, being in shape and safe weight loss. So when I found a health and wellness company that helped people with all of those things, it was a "no brainer" for me. (I started as just a customer, but loved the nurtitional cleanses and products so much that I naturally started telling people about it...and when the company started paying me just for sharing what I would've shared anyway, well, my home business kind of found me!) It was then that I found another passion...I love to help women be "work at home moms"! I'll message you a link that you can check out. Good luck in your search, I hope you find something that is a good fit for you and your family! Have a fabulous day!
Linda

Sandy - posted on 10/27/2010

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I started working from home after my second child was born. I had a career so it was a tough decision. I was stressed and tired all the time when I was working outside the home. I have been working from home for 7 seven years with a well established company. You get to set your own hours which works perfect for my family life. If you would like more information, please let me know.

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Teresa Ann - posted on 06/04/2014

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I agree TIA thanks to #socialmedia working from is much easier my 4 top favs Circle of Moms, Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram. I am getting requests everyday from just maintaining these 4 ;-)

♥TIA♥ - posted on 04/09/2012

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Well, I am a stay at home working mom. I love it. I do stay up 2 hours after the kids go to sleep and work. The rest of my days and other nights are optional if I would like to then I can. Other than that. Thanks for Facebook, working at home is easier now. So easy, it's anywhere I can go on the internet that I can do it. I don't have to leave my home like some other Companies expect you to do, for parties, or meetings. What part of stay home is that. Well, if ever you would be interested in stop juggling and being exhausted then let me know I can share this opportunity with you! Facebook has a huge group, so you won't be alone! And everyone is on Facebook now a days. Message me if you'd like to get more information or just get started!

Maryrose - posted on 08/20/2011

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hi shannon..nice to meet you..i know what you mean about 8-5..it can be pressing at times but i was used of it..i have joined a great networking group of moms who work with other like minded moms (and dads) whose goal is to eliminate all you have described..i love everything about it and i receive a lot of training and support..my goal is to get out of a j.o.b one day..it isn't going to happen tomorrow but working my plan i know it can happen...

Katrina - posted on 07/24/2011

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I know I'm a little late to the game, but I have partnered w/a wellness company. I don't have to sell anything! I love what I do & my support team, even though I have never physically met most of them.

Coralee - posted on 10/28/2010

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Been home now for 5years, it is not always easy being self employed. I am fortunate to have a really good support team (virtual ) that are there when I need them. I still work a great deal of hours but
I never sacrifice time with my kids - although sometimes that is a juggle. Left a successful interior design career and now work helping moms work from home :-)
Coralee
and I am a blogger for fun www.fhhc.blogspot.com

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I love being self employed. It was the best decision I ever made!! Email me if you want to know more resully3470@yahoo.com.
Renee

Denise - posted on 10/27/2010

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Shannon,
I have done various things over the years. Like these other ladies have said find something that you are good at or that you are interested in and use it. When my kids were very small I did some professional sewing from my home (for weddings, etc). I also did some childcare from my home. I have been a coach for years, so I coached part time because it worked with my husband's schedule (he was a teacher). Then when all my kids were in school I taught school for awhile. For the last three years I have been in Real Estate. My hours are very flexible and I work from home most of the time. I am free to take our remaining at home daughter to school and attend her events. I also substitute teach at her school so I can keep up with her teachers. These are the various skills and interests that I have and they have worked for me.

Teresa - posted on 10/21/2010

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Shannon,
Alice Tart is right. I really like what she said. You have to decide for yourself what works for you. I have been trying forever to get a home based business going. I'm still learning. I'm not much of a seller,but if the right products come along then I'll give it my best. Right I'm a distributor for Vitamark. Basically it's vitamins, engery drinks and diet cookies. I'm a big believer in liking the product before selling to people making up things. Good luck with your search. If you want more info let me know. Teresa- tjem64@gmail.com

Michelle - posted on 10/21/2010

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Nache - posted on 10/21/2010

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Currently, I am an It Work! Distributor. Check out my website: www.team_cola.itworks.net
We have nutritional supplements but, our biggest seller is our Ultimate Body Applicator. It helps to tighten, tone and firm the area to which is it applied. Is made with an exclusive herbal blend that harnesses the detoxifying and anti-aging benefits of all natural active ingredients. AND YOU SEE RESULT IN JUST 45 MINUTES.

The body applicators really sell themselves! We all know someone who would love to lose those last few inches and/or is looking for great suppliments to help them get more energy naturally (not sugar-highs)!

Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more or have any questions! Hope you find your niche!!

Holly - posted on 10/20/2010

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I LOVE being self employed. I am a web developer and own my own web hosting and development business. Being self employed gives me the flexibility to attend to my child and home when I need to. Of course being self employed can be scary. As a single mom I'm always conscientious of the fact that I have to work hard to earn enough income to support us.

I am also the founder of MyMompreneur which is a networking group for mom entrepreneurs. Many of the women find success with Arbonne, GiGi Hill hand bags, Juice plus, and Streetstrider. Feel free to connect with me if you would like to know more!

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