If you do not have any help or family support with your kids, it doesn’t mean that you cannot work or you cannot earn money. It would seem impossible to go back to work because you also have to think of the high childcare costs. This was the problem, I faced too not long ago. I just couldn’t figure out how to earn money or keep myself occupied productively without compromising the way I want to bring up my kids. Fortunately I discovered how to start a mom blog and make money from it.
Once you become a parent, work flexibility becomes very important ! You never know when your child is going to be sick. If your child is in school, there is a break every 6 weeks, either at half-term or at the end of the term. If you decide to put your child for camps or with the childminder, it will start getting very expensive, despite your spouse or partner taking turns with you in looking after kids. The cost doubles if you have 2 children , treble if you have 3!
Part time Vs. Full time
It is not easy to get a part-time job- you have to balance out your pay with the travel cost. Is it worth it? Even if you work part-time, you still have to think of school holidays(childcare costs) and sickness – and at the same time earn only part of the salary. If you work full time , you have to not only think of childcare during school holidays but also from school finish time until you finish work. Therefore your childcare costs increase with the increase in your working hours. The more you earn, the more childcare you will have to pay.
Homework and other things
The biggest obstacle that any working mother would face is the time to do the homework especially for those working full time. If you send your child to the child minders then, you also have to deal with a tired child on top of your own tiredness .
As fancy as it sounds,for any business to run you need something to sell – products or services. You need to have skills to be come a good Entrepreneur! You also need a capital to start a business (which I didn’t have).
Blogging is a good way to express your opinion , share your knowledge and help others. This doesn’t require much capital either and most of all, it is a good way to…
… earn money !
How do you set up a blog and earn money from it – via Wealthy Affiliate.
During my online researches to get business ideas, I came across Wealthy Affiliate. Initially I started with their free starter membership,to try it out, but within a few days I decided to go for the premium membership! There was no doubt about the high level of step-by-step training provided on their platform . Their training helped me not only set up my blog writing business and make money but also how to advertise my business on social media. Along with that I also got technical support and community support.
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Blogging was suitable for me, therefore I chose this route, but if you feel this is not your cup of tea, there are still other options which you can do from the comforts of your home. If you would like to learn about other stay at home mom business ideas, read my previous post on Stay at Home Mom Business Ideas – Earn While You Are At Home.
It is not an easy path
Setting up your own business, whether is it is a mom blog or something else, is not going to be an easy path. You have to work extremely hard, sacrifice your television time etc etc, just to get your foot in the door. You also need to continue looking after your kids!
Things which helped me
There are few things I did which really helped me set up my mom blog:
- Discipline – you have to be very disciplined and committed to your work, your business. There is no boss here to tell you what to do next.
- Make your own path – do not get bogged down just because “the rest of the world” is Employed. Do what suits you!
- Believe in yourself- the journey of becoming a mom blogger is not an easy one, it will take a bit of time before you start making money. You will encounter naysayers all the way to success but continue to do what you believe in.
- This business gave me the thing I craved for the most- Flexibility. This in turn enabled me to look after my kids in my own way. This is something for which I will always be grateful for !
- Try to have some sort of social life to get human interaction. Join some fitness class- I do yoga! Aim for both mental and physical fitness.
Nothing is impossible
If mom blogging is something which interests you, there is nothing to stop you from doing it and becoming successful. If you look for the path, it will come to you.
A thirst to learn new things
If you are new to the world of online business, then you will be learning a lot of new things. Believe me, it will be good for your mind- after all the monotonous , mechanical mom jobs that you have been doing! This will definitely wake up your ‘baby brain’!
If you feel your child is too young and you are unable to go to work, blogging is a good option. A blog was a totally different field for me. I learnt everything from scratch. So if I can do it, so can you!
If you are a stay at home mom blogger, please share via comment box, what is the topic of your blog for the benefit of the readers.