In Guest Posts, Motherhood on
June 21, 2017

How I was able to work from home and raise our baby

Working from home jobs, tips & ideas are easy to find but what if you have no experience? What companies, opportunities and business can you run part time with kids? Here’s how one woman did it and how you can too!!! Awesome stuff everyone who wants to work from home needs to read!

Now, more than ever, people are tired of the 9-5 grind. I especially was! Job security is out the window and more people are looking for other options to work from home, be their own boss, hit the alarm clock when they want, stay at home with their kids and travel freely. Today, the American spirit of free enterprise is on the rise and with the access of online resources, the options are just about endless.

Related: Work from home and be your own boss. Start a blog and learn how here: Blogging for beginners: How To Start Your Own Blog.

 

If you are a new mom, the idea of staying at home and giving your new baby endless kisses (witnessing their first smile, laugh, word, steps…) may sound better than being at work.
My husband and I prepared ahead of time in order to give me the choice of staying home or being an employee when the time came.

 

Here’s how I was able to work form home and raise our baby:

 

Dig your well before you’re thirsty

We started a savings plan before we decided to have kids. Even $10 here or there added up. When the time came to start having kids, I got on the phone with our insurance and the hospital to calculate the cost of delivery and prenatal appointments. Now that I had a goal number to hit, we got on a strict budget and split my entire salary three ways: baby savings, savings and paying off debt. We wanted to get as much debt out of the way as possible, save the rest of what we needed for the cost of having our baby and build up a few months worth of my salary in savings.

 

Related:  The first step towards achieving your financial dreams is creating a budget. Get on the right track: Budget + Free Printable, For Beginners

 

Have a plan B – ALWAYS

In addition to a savings plan, we started a side stream of income outside of our jobs (a plan B) before we got pregnant.

Here’s an interesting story for you: shortly after my husband and I were married, the company we were working for stopped giving us paychecks, we found other jobs and I landed an awesome opportunity for my career in Denver, CO. After spending every penny we had on the move and leaving our families behind, they let me go three months later due to lack of funds; last one in, first one out. Almost the exact same situation happened to my husband at two other agencies he worked for shortly after.

After the fourth teary phone call, we decided that depending on someone else for our income was not the way to go. We wanted to be financially stable now and set for retirement, so we looked for other options. We did our research on many, many options and got fully educated before deciding on our course of action. We kept our goals in the forefront as we made our decisions. I was skeptical about everything because the norm was getting a good education, getting a job, buying a house, going into debt, and retiring if possible. That’s what we were trying to do but it wasn’t working for us and I desperately wanted a plan B.

There are many options out there of side hustles, alternative means of income, work from home jobs etc. All you have to do is Google or Pinterest your way through them. I was shocked at the alternative options to the 9-5. You really do have your pick! We could have chosen from many but we landed on an MLM business, and on the side…side, I started a blog and Thomas flips products via ebay for fun. MLM stands for multi-level marketing. I am not going to go into all the details about MLMs (because there are so many out there!) but they can be an incredible turn-key business opportunity like franchising without the huge financial portfolio and investments required. Do your research if you plan to look into a MLM! Find a company that has been around for a LONG time, offers a variety of products (not just a few genre-specific miracle things), has a great incentive package (compare them to others), the sponsor does not profit from your sign-up, and most importantly, has easily (daily) accessible, personal mentors (who are where you want to be) focused authentically for your success.

 

Get mentorship from others who have success

Whatever you choose to do, the biggest thing I learned is to take advice and get mentorship from others who were successful in doing what I wanted to do. Everybody had an opinion but one of the biggest keys to our success was listening only to those who were where we wanted to be.

There are so many amazing resources out there. Decide what you want to do. Decide how you want to live. Look for people who live that lifestyle and do what you want to do. Learn from them in any way you can. If you want to work from home and earn X income, find those who have done it. Consume the information you find.

For example, now I run a blog on the side and every day I read up on how other bloggers (who make thousands each month minimum) do what they do. I take classes online of those bloggers who have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Yes, I have friends and relatives (who don’t even have blogs) give me advice. Do I listen? Yes. I respect them as human beings but I only DO what those who have been successful before me have done.

 

Put in the work

“I just don’t have time for that.” This is the most common excuse I hear from solo plan A people even if they say they may be interested in having a plan B and eventually working for themselves.

Here’s the deal. You probably do have time. You can achieve your goal, if you really want it. Everyone has 24 hours in a day and there is a reason why some people are more successful than others. Cut the TV out, get up two hours early, put in time over your lunch break, make your goal a priority over wine night with the girls and keep doing it day in and day out till you reach your goal.

Have goals. Know where you are going and don’t be afraid to put in the work. When you are so frustrated that you want to throw in the towel and scream aloud on your balcony so all the world can hear, push through and welcome yourself to success. It does get easier but only for those who put in the work, aren’t afraid to live out of their comfort zone, welcome failure, learn with all of their might and push for their goals.

 

How to be a work-from-home success

There are three things that will allow you to achieve your goal:

  1. Have a big why: this is the goal you are reaching for. Have the idea of staying at home and seeing your baby take their first steps motivate you. Whatever will push you to get up at 5 am when you hate to or put in the hours to achieve that goal. If you don’t have a big why, you will lack the motivation to get you through the hurdles that come from any entrepreneurial endeavor.
  2. Learn. Learn. Learn. Follow others who have achieved what you want to achieve. Don’t be afraid to set big goals. Believe in yourself. Push yourself. Most importantly: be real with yourself. I’ve seen bloggers say to an e-course group, “I did everything the course told me to do. I’ve tried every trick in the books for the last six months. I’m ready to give up.” They received a slew of comments about all the things they weren’t doing on their blog that the course clearly laid out. Be real with yourself.
  3. Have a good work habit. Day in and day out, set goals and put in the work.

 

“Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive And Believe, It Can Achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

 

Alice at A Silver Lined Life

 

 

In Lifestyle on
June 18, 2017

Your first Father’s Day

 

TJ, today is your day. 

Today is a day to celebrate all that you are and the person you have become over the past eight months.
 
 
Being a Father comes so naturally to you. I secretly love watching you with Landon. The look on his face every time that you walk in the door- is a face he only saves for you. I haven’t seen anyone light up his eyes like you have… 
 
I have no doubts that one day our son will grow up to be an intelligent, God loving, basketball playing, tall (blonde) and handsome man, just like you. 
 
Thank you for being the best Dad to Landon. I am so glad that you are the man who gets to raise my child. I wouldn’t pick anyone more perfect. 
 
Happy First Father’s Day! We love you so much!
 
 
Below is a fun little photoshoot that we did to celebrate.
In Lifestyle on
June 14, 2017

10 ways to “kill it” at every interview and land your DREAM JOB

You’ve been searching the Internet for weeks, looking for the perfect job. You think you may have finally found it. You apply and wait for what seems like WEEKS, for a return call. It’s finally here! You feel a buzz in your pocket. “Hello there… Is this Jessica? This is Donna calling from YOUR DREAM JOB, can we set up a convenient time to meet for an interview?”

You end the call but can hardly contain the excitement. Your husband catches a glimpse of you from the living room, jumping for joy, screaming at the top of your lungs. “YESSSS!!!!”

Can you visualize this scenario? Have you been there? I know I have. Today, I am here to offer some practical but necessary advice on how to nail the interview and land you your dream job. I personally have been on a number of interviews since I have become a Registered Nurse. I have landed the job on each interview, every single time! 

 

Do you want some “inside advice” on how I did it? Here we go…

1. Be on time 

This may seem like a ‘no-brainer’ but this is so important. Allow extra travel time to get to where you need to go. Arriving 10-15 minutes early shows that you are responsible and ready to make a good impression. Interviewers do notice this, and appreciate it!

2. Smile!

Be happy! This is your opportunity and moment to shine. Be pleasant and outgoing. In the first minute that a person meets you, a lot is decided about how they view your character. Smile and be friendly, it will make a difference and will reflect how the rest of the interview goes.

3. Be prepared to talk about yourself

This is key. Come ready to have a conversation. Read over your resume and be open to talking about your past experience. Make sure to have extra copies of your resume and cover letter on hand, you never know who you will meet and who will want a copy of them.

4. Dress up

Of course attire plays a big role in the interview process. If you show up disheveled and not dressed the part, your interviewer will surely notice. You need to dress professionally and look presentable. This is an excuse to go shopping ladies! I have one professional suit that I purchased when I first graduated. It is a baby blue Liz Claiborne suit with a nice pin skirt. Every time I wear it I get so many compliments. It is okay to invest in a nice business outfit. You may spend $100 now, but it could potentially get you that $65,000 job you have been hoping for! 

 

5. Become an expert on the potential employer

Do your research. Study the company. What is their mission? What are their core values? Doing your homework goes a long way with employers and could be the difference between getting the job or not!

6. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse

Practice. Take some time to go over common interview questions and be prepared to answer those questions. Know your strengths and weaknesses and be able to put a positive spin on them. The more you practice the better you will sound and the more convincing you will be.

7. Be yourself

You don’t have to pretend to be someone you are not. Be confident. Let your qualities and experience shine through during the conversation.

8. Stand out and show your personality

If appropriate, tell a story in your interview. Talk about your recent work, your passions, or your academic experiences. For me, I have recently went on a trip to Nicaragua to build a clean water well for a village in need. This is something that stands out. Don’t be afraid to share with them a little of your personal life, just be careful to only share what is relevant and appropriate.

9. Ask questions

At the end of the interview, when the interviewer asks you if you have any other questions, say yes. This is your opportunity to get to know more about the company and ask any questions that they have been in the back of your mind. Do not ask how much you will be making – salary is a topic for after the initial interview. Ask knowledgeable questions that will show the interviewer that you are interested in the company. Also, make sure to listen. Don’t do all of the talking. No one likes a person who talks and talks and talks and talks…

10. Follow up

Make sure to send a follow up “thank you” letter to the person you interviewed with. I tend to send mine the same day. This will show them that you appreciated them taking time out of their busy schedule to meet with you (ego boost) and will keep your name fresh in their mind. It shows them that you are appreciative and that you are eager to hear back from them.  

 

What are your thoughts? Have anything to add to my list?

Comment below. I ‘d love to hear your ideas.

 

This post was written by Jess, but first seen on Society Letters here.

css.php