In order to tell you this story, I must first start with the journey to my work at home adventures. Let’s flash back in time to the year 2006-ish. I had been working over two years in an office as an administrative assistant. I loved my job. I love my boss Barry and my coworker Debbie. They were and still are amazing people in my opinion. There was nothing wrong with my job, but I was pregnant and getting sick often. My memory recalls being so sick that I felt as if I was becoming an unreliable employee and had to make a choice to resign from my amazing position in this office. I wasn’t quite sure what my future had in store and I had little knowledge that you could even make money online from home.
I started my work at home venture in direct sales. I have tried Diamond Creek Candles (with much success), Gold Canyon Candles, AVON and other little direct sales companies. I enjoyed leading a team below me to success and while the money wasn’t crazy amounts, I survived. At some point I ran into a lady who became my best friend, Dwan from Texas. She hired me to help with her online boutique. I enjoyed working with Dwan and we became fast friends. She is the one who introduced me to blogging as a means to earn a living back in 2008. I ran with the idea of making money from a blog and started Writings of a WAHM which later was rebranded to Happily Blended and ran a solid 8 years before selling it off in October 2016.'Opportunities don't happen. You create them.' -- Chris GrosserClick To Tweet
Back to the original starting point, I originally came home because I was simply too sick with my second pregnancy to be a reliable employee. I started dabbling in the various ventures and learning how to be successful working online from home. I learned WordPress, I learned some code and I taught myself the skills necessary to push a blog in social media and other outlets. I learned how to use my love of writing to make a living online from the comfort of my own home. Later, I started my virtual assistant business and while money was decent, again I wasn’t making crazy amounts of money. I have had to be on and off state assistance more than once in my lifetime as a Mama. State assistance is great for someone who uses it properly, to get back up on your feet, but I admit it was a blow to my pride having had to go on it in the past.
After working from home for years, having a third child and then getting divorced … life kept having these changes. The struggle was real and eventually I lost the home I purchased as a single mom to 1 child. That hurt. Eventually things got better, I found places to rent and live at, built up my rental references and continued on using my skills online to support the family. In time I got bored of being home all of the time money wasn’t quite what I wanted and I was at this point where I truly missed the environment that working in an office brings. I love being able to turn a grumpy customer or client into a happy one. That is something that fuels my inner happiness.
I decided to check into a job that was for an administrative assistant. The job seemed perfect. I honestly loved it for most of the term I was there. I worked outside of the home for a year, approximately Feb 2015 to Feb 2016 or something like that. I left that office job to come home because I was sick and because I knew I had more potential of making larger sums of cash from my home office. I started selling quotes, literally just copy and pasted into CSV files. People were buying them in Facebook groups left and right. I couldn’t believe it. I quit that job, came home and started selling more quotes and then content and so on. The business of me becoming a freelance writer or ghostwriter was building up incredibly and I felt like for the first time in my life I was on my way to being “Just above poor”.
Let me tell you one thing, I have never had a dream to be “rich”. My whole goal, to this day, of working from home is so that I can have moments with my children. Being a Mama is more important to me than just about anything else in this world, having moments with them and being there for special events and other memorable moments matter to me. You see, I chose to come back home after a year outside of the home because I was sick of missing out on the moments. I was exhausted by the end of the office work day, due to having a strict routine at home I had to literally get the kids, come home and start on dinner, bath time and bedtime. The money I was making couldn’t make up for the moments I was missing. I wasn’t happy and I was actually starting to sink financially with working outside of the home and working inside of the home.'Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.' -- Tony HsiehClick To Tweet
In February 2016 I started tracking my work from home income and found that I nearly tripled my work outside of the home income in about a month or two time. I say that means I chose the right path. Not only am I making more than I was in an office position but I gained more time with my family. You won’t catch me with any desire to be “rich”, but you will catch me pushing direct sales, affiliate marketing, blogging and freelance writing as a means to pay the bills, have more family moments and perhaps save a little bit on the side for emergencies and perhaps a future family vacation. I love living reasonably and have zero interest in big priced items. I simply want to survive financially and be a Mama. I now have a committed relationship too. We are going on two years together. So not only is my mission to work from home to help us build our at home business together to support our family, but perhaps a future adult vacation, building upon our family or more – who knows!
I am happy with my decision to work from home. I get those moments back with my family and I wouldn’t trade the sometimes long hours working from home for any other job.