I cannot emphasize enough. If you have the skills to be a good mom, you have the skills to be a good mompreneur, or the owner of your own business from home (I want to call it a home-based business, but that phrase has been high jacked by mlms).
And I already know you’re a good mom. Otherwise you wouldn’t be seeking out this blog. You wouldn’t be trying to find ways to make money to help your family’s finances while retaining the ability to remain at home with your kids.
I cannot emphasize enough how strong and capable you are! Over and over I have heard from moms who “Just want to make a little extra money” for their family. Often those moms spend a huge amount of money to purchase a kit to buy into an mlm. They give one or two parties, don’t make enough to cover the initial expense, and put all of their marketing materials in the closet, never to be seen again. Argh! I want to sit these women down in front of the computer and say
“You are intelligent. You are creative. You have the ability to do so much more than just make a few extra dollars. You do not have to rely on someone else to be your upline. You don’t have to get downlines. You are capable of learning a new skill and marketing that skill to make money. Let me show you how.”
I’m not talking about those moms who find a product they are passionate about and use to sell their heart out. I know some (well, I know one mom) who has been super successful with an mlm. She loves it, and enjoys doing it. I’m talking about the moms who jump into it because they feel like they have no other options.
Why does it seem like moms have less confidence than others? I struggle with it like crazy. Just yesterday I was telling someone “I feel like such a bad mom. I’ve let my kids just do their own thing all week so I could work.” My six year old daughter asked me about it later. I told her I just sometimes feel like I’m a bad mom. She thought for a second and said “It’s just you. No one else thinks that about you.” (I’m tempted to go off about how incredible and wise my six year old is, but I won’t)
So many of us become fearful that if we aren’t following in the footsteps of someone else, we won’t be successful in business. Or parenting for that matter. That’s why we buy so many parenting books. We tend to assume that someone else knows how to do things better than we do.
I for one, am done with that kind of thinking. I know I am driven, creative, strong, and talented. And I’m going to shout about it until you believe you are too.
Want to own your own business? Want to make extra money each month (while you’re at it, why don’t you plan on setting your sights on a LOT of extra money each month, instead of just a little?) Just do it. Write down your talents and figure out how you could charge for them. Or email them to me. I’ll figure out how you could charge for them
Can’t think of anything? Here’s some other ideas:
1. Learn WordPress and then talk about it to friends. Before long you’ll have a job setting up a simple WP site for someone. It’s SO much easier than you think. Just watch the videos from This Post and you’ll be an expert. (I know, the graphics are pretty cheesy, but the videos are awesome.)
2. Become an Affiliate Marketer. This is a little bit more difficult. Check out This Incredible Book to get started and finished in days.
3. Hit up Elance, Odesk, or Freelancer. Look around what other people are offering. List your skills. Start making money. When Dan lost his job I immediately signed up on there. I made $1000 in a week ghostwriting an e-book on one of those sites. Yes, there are thousands of people on there that offer services much more cheaply than you would, but if English is your first language, you will get preference.
4. Check out fiverr.com. What could you do for $5? Two gigs an hour is more than minimum wage!
5. You know how to tweet like a pro? Love being on Facebook? Spend some time reading about Social Media for Businesses (for example, sign up for my free course). Approach local businesses and offer to manage their social media for a fee. More often than not, they just don’t have the time to do it.
These are just the things that popped up as I’m writing. I have so many more ideas rolling around in this head of mine!
You do not have to rely on anyone else to earn money. You do not have to have an upline. You are capable of doing this on your own. Need more ideas? Stick around here long enough and I’ll pass more on!
(p.s. Don’t forget to claim any income on your taxes!)