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The idea of starting a business from home sounds tempting when you have small children. The truth is, there’s a lot that goes into building a brand.
I started Motherhood Through My Eyes in 2013 without thinking how much work it was going to be. I knew there was going to be a laundry list of things I needed to do while managing a household and starting a business.
Fortunately, I had full support from my husband and he’s been my number one fan since day one.
One thing I tell other moms looking to start their own business from home is to think of their Why and to write down their Goals.
It might sound odd since the answer is typicallyto make an income while being home with the kids, but there’s more to starting a business than making money.
Having a set of goals will help you better understand what you’re working towards and you’ll have your reason on what you’ll need to invest.
For some, the word investment is scary. You automatically think about dollar signs. Although it can be, there’s something else you’ll need to consider — investing your time.
Whenever people ask about my secret to success, I tell them the truth: I invested time when I didn’t have the money, and money when I didn’t have the time.
Regardless of what you decide to spend, it can get expensive. One thing I remind clients is that you can always make back the money you’ve invested. You’ll never get back the time you put into it — use it wisely.
Finding The Time
You often hear from other entrepreneurs that you shouldn’t quit your day job, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s all about doing what you need to do to get where you want to be.
Remember the idea of investing money where you don’t have the time and vice versa? That day job comes in handy.
To create something from scratch, you will need to find time. In some instances, it might feel as though you don’t have the time to work on achieving your goals. That’s where outsourcing comes in.
You’d be surprised how many businesses have started from needing services. Just think about Uber and AirBnB. Both companies provide a service to others who need access to transportation and temporary stays.
Creating a schedule is a great way to find time in your day to accomplish tasks that help you reach your goals. I shared some thoughts on doing so here.
Making Some Cash
If your goal is to make extra cash to help fund your dream job or to pay off some debt, then I recommend looking into these three options:
1) Share your opinion onSurvey Junkie: By simply sharing my thoughts on everyday topics, I earned $10 after answering 20 surveys.
If you’re in the marketing/advertising industry like me, then it will be tough for you to qualify for the points. Fortunately, Survey Junkie gives you three points for at least trying the survey.
2) Shop withSwagbucks: If you have a couple of gift cards you’d like to make use out of, then I suggest signing up for Swagbucks.
Unlike Survey Junkie, you’re not only answering questions, but you also get deals from your favorite stores and can check out deals from new ones. Simply download the Swagbucks button on your laptop/desktop for access to deals for online purchases. There’s also the option to watch advertisements to get more points.
3) Offer your services on Facebook: Social media is a great way to connect with family and friends, but did you know it’s also one of the quickest ways to reach out to locals as well?
Facebook Marketplace and Facebook Groups are perfect for engaging with people in your area. One of my side businesses is offering marketing services to local bloggers. It’s helped me fund my own hustle and it even pays for our monthly pizza and ice cream trips.
Have you tried any of the options above? Tell me about your experience in a comment below!
Former B2B editor and marketing manager turned Family & Lifestyle blogger. Fatima is passionate about life and being social.
When she isn't running around with her husband, three kids, and two pups, Fatima helps other bloggers and local businesses with their online marketing strategy.
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