By Kelly McCausey
(To the tune of the Coke commercial song)
I'd like to teach Moms to work at home
and be there for their kids,
I'd take them by the hand
and find the perfect company.
It's the song I sing...
Ok, so I'm not a great song writer. (Just be glad you didn't have to hear me sing it.)
It is the cry of many a Mom's heart to stay home with their children. Even women who always believed that they would be die-hard, fast-track 'Career Moms' are finding out it isn't easy to walk away from that sweet baby in the morning.
My friend Alice Seba, the owner of InternetBasedMoms.com receives so many phone calls from Moms who want help finding a home based income that she has added a message to her answering service giving them direction to her website.
We see it on all of the message boards. Every day there are new Moms discovering the WAHM websites and they call out for help from the women who are already in a home business for advice and ideas.
The emails that I have received have come close to breaking my heart.
One young Mom named Wendy wrote me about her situation and I asked her for permission to share it with you. She writes "I'm a college graduate and I have a lot of student loans to repay. My husband and I bought us both new cars right after we got married. We had good jobs and no plans to start a family very soon. Well, just six months later I was pregnant and now our son is six weeks old and I have to go back to work. My heart aches. How can I do it? If I don't go back to work we can't pay the bills. I could sell my car but noone will give me what we owe on it. My student loans are a chunk too. We want to buy a house soon too. What can I do? Please tell me that there is something that I can do from home that will earn me enough to replace my salary!"
Oh Wow! What can I say to this young Mom? She didn't tell me her actual salary but when people ask that questions they are generally asking, "Can I make $2000 a month at home?" and the answer to that is not an easy one.
Sure you can make $2000 a month at home. But it won't happen overnight. Most Moms who start developing a home based income find that several months can pass with no income and then when it does start, it can be slow going for awhile. That's just the reality of a starting a business.
I wrote back to Wendy and I told her this: "I would be lying to you if I told you that you can replace your Salary fast enough that your bills won't fall behind. I wish I could tell you something different. Your current debt has you painted into a corner. The good news is that you don't have to stay in that corner forever. You may have to go back to work for a little while, but if you start making plans now, you could come home in six months or a year with less debt over your head and a great business idea to put to work."
Not everyone has obstacles quite so large to overcome but most have a few to deal with. An uncooperative husband or family, a lack of finances to invest into a business idea or simply a lack of ideas. (Well that one is easy enough to remedy!)
I want to help every Mom out there to find the perfect home business or job and find true success in it. I believe this starts with taking a close look at what makes the individual Mom 'tick' as a person and then brainstorming ideas that will suit them well and that they will be able to stay passionate about for the long run.
I have written a free 7 Day eCourse for Moms who want to find a way to stay home and earn an income. You can subscribe at the website: www.wahmtalkradio.com
I invite every subscriber to interact with me about the topics we cover so that I can help them explore their work at home dreams.
It's the song I sing....
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