As an entrepreneur and stay at home mom, I can tell you it is possible to work from home as a mom.
It isn’t always easy, organized, or as productive as I would like. It does, however, allow us to be together as a family as often as we would like.
It ebbs and flows, and there are awesome months and then some not so awesome months, but for the better part of 5+ years we (My husband and I) have been 100% self-employed and I have tested many of the “make money online” ideas out there.
Here are some of the lessons I have learned over the past few years.
1. Yes, you can make money with a blog
Blogging is NOT dead. If you have spent any amount of time on Pinterest, or if you follow a lot of motherhood bloggers, then you have probably asked yourself if it is really possible to make money from a blog.
I was equally curious, so I tested it out by starting my own motherhood blog, the one you are reading right now, and I can confirm that: YES. You can make money with a blog.
How much money you make, especially at first, is very connected to the amount of content and the consistency of posting that you stick to.
For me, I was very consistent for about two months, and then I set up some “auto-pilot” pinning strategies to see if creating new content would matter or not. It does.
While I was able to send around 10,000 people to my NEW blog within the first month, once new pins and new posts weren’t being created, that traffic quickly dwindled, even though I had repeat pins going out regularly.
My Pinterest page went from 400K+ monthly viewers to around 14K monthly viewers. New content matters, even if your current content is evergreen and will always be relevant.
SO I am changing my approach this year, and after testing the waters, I do feel like spending my time building Everyday With Baby as a brand and blog is worthwhile.
We have created a plan for this website that we will be rolling out throughout the year to include, quality helpful content, digital goods, and even a store that I am so excited to share with you when the time comes!
2. You really do just have to get started
I am a “creative-type” and a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to putting stuff out into the world. Maybe you can relate?
I frequently wish it looked different because I am NOT a designer, and I ALWAYS wish I had more time to think through everything and develop my ideas more thoroughly before posting something.
However, I have learned that you really just have to get started.
You have to be willing to put things out into the world, even if they don’t feel perfect to you yet.
I used to cringe when people would say this. Now, I know it is just a fact.
You will improve and refine as you go. Don’t let your idea of what something should look like keep you from getting started.
If you get started, you will eventually get there as long as you don’t give up.
3. Don’t listen to the opinions of people who have not done what you want to do & are not working towards similar goals
This is gold. If you take anything away from this post, please hear me when I say that the world is full of people who kill other people’s dreams with their “well-intentioned” advice.
Don’t be a casualty of someone else’s mindset issues and limited understanding.
Find people who are doing what you want to be doing and follow them.
Learn from them, and pay attention to what they are doing.
4. Just keep showing up
As someone that has taken a bazillion online courses for business and social media over the past decade, I have seen people build brands from $0 to millions over the course of a few years by simply being willing to show up and put themselves out there.
As an observer, it has taken me a really long time to get comfortable with putting myself out there.
For example, I have had an online course that I created back in 2014 that I launched once and then took offline because I was terrified of putting myself out there…even though I got all amazing reviews from the first round of participants!
Doing things online is scary. Don’t let 2020 be another year that goes by with you in hiding! I know I won’t be.
We are putting it all out there this year. You should get your stuff out there as well!
5. Educate yourself
This is probably the MOST important piece after you decide you are going to make working from home as a mom your goal this year.
Find resources from people who have done it and use them.
They typically spent years figuring it all out and you want to short-cut your struggle.
For example, we are starting to gather resources to launch several product-based businesses this year in different niches and I wouldn’t even dream of trying to do that without finding someone who had already done it that I can learn from.
So my first step was to find that person!
I found Alison J. Prince’s 0-$100K program for building a product-based business and we are using that as a guide to navigate finding products, manufacturing, understanding shipping, and how we can be marketing our shops without having to rely on paying for ads.
I know that my time, especially as a mom, is so precious! I am not going to waste any of it trying to figure things out on my own. The best investments I have made have been in educating myself so we can spend more time doing things that work and less time trying to figure it all out.
If you have always wanted to start a product-based business, I highly recommend using the 0-$100K program as your launching pad for a great start! You can check it out here, and yes, I am an affiliate because I believe it will change your life.
Working from home as a mom is more possible in 2020 than it ever has been before. You can monetize your interests, ideas, and life.
What questions do you have when it comes to getting your work from home strategy in place? Let me know in the comments below!
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