Good News for Moms!
Practical Advice about How to Successfully Grow
a Business and a Family under One Roof
Being a mom is a lot of work, as it is. The tumultuous economy doesn't make that any easier. Millions of moms across the country are finding that they can still be at home with the kids and help pay bills by starting home-based businesses. As of 2004, there were nearly 3 million women who had set up shop at home, and they're doing so at twice the rate of men.
So what do you do when you add more work (the kind that pays) to an already busy and stretched-thin routine? How do you balance your role as mom with that of helping bring in some bacon for your family? How can you do both successfully - and be more fulfilled than ever? Those are the questions these moms are asking, as they try to do what's best for their families during these uncertain economic times.
Mary M. Byers has the answers because she's been there, too - and managed to figure out how to successfully grow a family and a business under one roof. She has learned from personal experience, as a work-at-home mom for more than a decade. She compiled all her from-the-trenches wisdom with that of 125 other work-at-home moms into a new book, Making Work at Home Work.
This is the go-to resource for all moms who want to provide for their family - as a mother, wife and wage earner. That's because Byers knows that each element is essential - as the well-rounded and resourceful Proverbs 31 woman purports - and so she addresses and celebrates all the aspects of running a home-based business, as both "mommy and "CEO."
Byers understands those challenges and offers moms dependable and down-to-earth advice about each, including:
- Balancing your duties between that of entrepreneur, wife and mom
- Power principles for the self-employed
- Setting boundaries for a work-life balance that works
- Child-care strategies that work for you and your family
- Quick and easy dinner recipes to whip up when time's running short
- Harnessing your ambition to work (even when you don't feel like it)
- Developing a one-page business plan and a work philosophy
- How to work less but make more
- Knowing when to take a break
- Overcoming "just-one-more-thing-itis"
- Essential record-keeping strategies for tax time
- The joys - and freedom - of subcontracting
- Looking to the future by reinvesting and planning for retirement
- How to include your children in the business
|With its thorough and well-balanced scope, Byers has created the essential handbook for every mom who's looking to make money for her family, without sacrificing her family. She also includes profiles of other successful work-at-home moms, who open up about the challenges - real, raw and rewarding - along with their own hard-won advice. Page by page, women learn how to make their dreams of being a successful mom and moneymaker possible at the same time - an love it.|
With its thorough and well-balanced scope, Byers has created the essential handbook for every mom who's looking to make money for her family, without sacrificing her family. She also includes profiles of other successful work-at-home moms, who open up about the challenges - real, raw and rewarding - along with their own hard-won advice. Page by page, women learn how to make their dreams of being a successful mom and moneymaker possible at the same time - and love it.
"One of the hardest decisions I ever made was to leave full-time employment outside the home in order to be more available to my children," Mary Byers says. "It's hard to be a wife, mother and CEO - and to be equally good at all of these jobs. But even though the path is hard and the pay may not be great, it's so rewarding. The time you invest in your family is never wasted. This book will show you how it's possible to have both - and keep your sanity, too!"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary M. Byers successfully juggles both a freelance writing and speaking business and her responsibilities as a wife and mother of two school-aged children. She is the author of The Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family and How to Say No...And Live to Tell about It. She is also a columnist for two professional trade journals and edits two others. Byers lives in Chatham, Illinois.