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The idea of working at home or working from home is now becoming more popular and beginning to be one of the options for a lot of people.  While there are those who are very open to the idea and are very optimistic about the thought of living a more meaningful life by working at home, there are also those who are a bit condescending and doubt if you can really make a living by working at home.

 

Is it really possible to earn a living while you’re home?

It is very possible!  In fact home businesses are becoming pretty popular now a day’s because of the state of our economy and the pretty much non-existent job security.

Given the drive, passion and patience you can really make a living while working from home.  Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of people who are not exactly happy or contented with their jobs, that is if one could even manage to keep one.  Naturally, people are more willing now to give (or consider) the idea of a home business a chance.

While it is true that we all have to make a living, unfortunately, we oftentimes forget to live.  We tend to allow ourselves to get sucked into the vortex of eating-sleeping-working-then-repeat-routine.  For this very reason, the very idea of working from home becomes a very sensible option to break free from a somewhat monotonous existence.

 

How you can actually make money from home?

With the technology we have today, there are a lot of online business ideas that you can start on your own (sometimes from little to no start-up costs at all).  Having said that, don’t be too quick to grab the first one you see online.

Choices range from internet marketing, advertising and or freelancing.  It really depends on your preferences, like for instance, where you think you’re strongest at or which ones you’re most interested in.  It is not entirely required that you are already knowledgeable about the concept because with patience you can pretty much learn all about it online.

Always remember to be cautious in choosing which home business idea you would like to get into.  You can try as many new and different things as long as you can smartly manage your time and resources. It will considerably boost your confidence and fire your desire to try and do more as soon as you start seeing positive results from working at home.

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But before you take that leap…

The ‘world wide web’ is undeniably rich in information about practically everything, but don’t forget that it’s full of cr*p and opportunist as well.  So, here are my friendly words of advice before you finally decide to work from home and start your very own home business. 

Weigh your options first. There are tons of choices so don’t get too quick about clicking that button after button.

Make up your mind if it is really your ‘thing’ – if it is, study it more; if it isn’t, move on.

Research and research some more.  Bumps along the way, just like any businesses, are expected.  It doesn’t mean though that it has to be rough, be well prepared.

If you hit a road block, stop.  Don’t panic but instead relax.  You may be just missing a ‘secret’ passage…or you may have took the wrong turn altogether.

Be brave, be strong and believe.  Really, you can’t expect to go too far if you are full of doubts to begin your journey with.

Be open.  Open-mindedness will take you a long way.  To learn, you must first be willing to be thought.

And most importantly – enjoy!

 

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.com

About Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my video challenges HERE!

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While there are those who would refuse to consider working from home or working at home a ‘legit’ job, there are also those who think of it like it’s the coolest thing on earth!  And why not, you get to work even if you don’t go to work, errr that is because you technically work from home. Nonetheless, it does seem like it’s a cool thing, right?

Working from home can really be that cool and obviously it does have its perks, but don’t get carried away just yet.  The very idea of working from home may give some people the notion of having the ‘luxury’ of free time.  Like you can work only when or sometimes even where you want to – say start the work on Tuesdays instead of the dreaded Mondays, or work while enjoying the beach or hanging out at Starbucks for instance.  Or work only if you feel like it.  Well, not quite the case.

I’m sorry to burst your bubble but if you’re serious about working from home, you will have to look at it as what it’s supposed to be - work.  It’s still work, you only get to do it at home or somewhere else instead of the office and it just so happens that you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck but then again, it’s still work.

Working from home, whether you have your own home business or online business, or  you’re still working for a company and only given the option to work from home, does not necessarily mean that you can work only when you want to.

If you’re working for a company – you still need to answer to someone, probably, a higher authority that you need to report to.  So frankly, you can’t just say I don’t have it yet cause I don’t feel like working yet.  I don’t think that will fly well to anyone who’s counting on you about something.

If you have your own home business – you are responsible for the success of such and your work attitude will readily reflect on your business’ standing.  Not to mention that you’ll have to deal with other people as well in the course of your business and such will require commitment as well.

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Sure, you can work only when you want to.

As long as you’re meeting deadlines or delivering results then you can very well work only when you want to.  But the reality is that you’re going to need a strong sense of dedication if you really want to succeed at working from home.  Of course that is if you’re planning to really choose it over your ‘regular work’ and that you intend to make a living out of it.

The truth is that there will be days that even if you don’t feel like working, you simply have to, because the bottom line is that you have to be responsible – yes, even when working at home.

Sure you can reschedule the things that needed to be done, push some of it so you could have your free time to relax, go out or simply to give in to your ‘not-up-for-it’ mood.  But caution should be taken, because giving in to this habit of pushing things off may result to an overwhelming work load and cramming in the end that could very well contribute to stress.

 

Work while lounging at the beach.

Sounds pretty cool, huh!  Well, it’ll be a stretch to do this.  Sure you can check your email and stuff while you’re on vacation (the wonders of internet and gadgets, I know!), but seriously, work while on the beach?  Isn’t the whole purpose of being on the beach is to relax?  So why would you want to work?  I doubt if your brain will even cooperate with the idea of ‘working’ when it’s obviously on vacation mode - given the feel of sand under your feet, the sun on your face, the smell of the ocean…you know the works.

Working from home does give you the flexibility to work outside of the office, given of course that you have your laptop and all.  As the name implies, work at home, basically, you’re creating an office right at your home.  So the idea of working while on the beach or while hanging out at Starbucks sounds a little impractical.

When you’re out and about, of course there will be distractions, there will be certain limitations (your laptop may not have all the files you need because it’s on your desktop at home), not to mention that the whole idea of going out or vacationing is to relax if not to socialize!

Sure, you can check, keep up with the on goings and attend to urgent cases – while on the beach or wherever.  But work like seriously work?  Hmmm, haven’t you had enough working to do at home since you’re working from home?

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.com

About Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my video challenges HERE!

Related posts: Stay At Home Mom: At Home and Working, WAHM: Working Online

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Being told that you’re a Super Mom is perhaps every mother’s dream (I know there are those who’d prefer to be the cool mom instead – I actually prefer to be both!), but how exactly do you become one?

Others may think of a super mom as someone who simply have it together – squeaky clean house, well-behaved kids, a career perhaps, or a working mom on top of the gazillion task at home. Now that sounds very ideal - you’re pretty rocking it if you can do all these, right?

Well, the truth of the matter is that super moms are once humans, too.  You know, before the superness and all that stuff. I say a super mom is someone who perseveres, someone that is resilient, someone who’s not afraid to make changes if she has to.

 

Messy, Wacky, Loud

Sure, we all want a regally clean and orderly house, but do a super mom ceases to become one simply because she misses a few spot?  Or because the kids’ toys are on the floor?  Or because the towels are damp and not properly hanged in the bathroom?  One thing is for sure, if you have kids, it could get really messy; in fact it’s bound to happen!  After all, the most fun you’ll have with your kids is when things are messy, the messier, the better – arts and crafts and food and stuff, right?

Now, what about raising kids?  Do we really have a manual for this?  You can always heed your own mom’s advice or your friends’ advice…perhaps even use a trick or two from those reality shows.  But kids are simply unique – that I’m pretty sure about.  You can’t force them to fit into a certain mold.  You have to be open with different parenting style that will work best for your child.

Sure, you wanted your son or daughter to be super behave, well-mannered and all that, but barking orders every couple of second is not an assurance that they will do what they’re being told.

You may say that you want to be the cool mom and just let them do whatever they want – give them the freedom to become who they are.  Sure, that’s cool, too.  But that could get tricky as well.  For one, they’re kids, they need rules, in as much as they think otherwise – they want rules.

At the end of the day we want nothing but the best for them.  We’re ultimately the ones to decide if our parenting style is working for their own good (and not just so we could project an image of some sort).

I say, a super mom needs to be okay with changes, with variations and with a little experimentation as well when it comes to child rearing.  A super mom is willing to accept when something is not working for the child – even if it does make you look so cool.  After all, mother knows best, right? Hmmm, let’s just say, we all try to know what’s best and we try to give it our best.

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Job: Professional MOM

Does your merit of being a super mom lessens because you’re not working aka ‘stay at home mom’?  Of course not!!!  People have different opinions about being a stay at home mom – there are even those who would question the difficulty of staying at home when you’re literally ‘just’ at home?  Well, let’s just say, they simply don’t know what they’re talking about.  They probably should try it and themselves and then perhaps then they'll be more considerate next time.

Being a SAHM is no joke.  There are those who simply knew that they wanted to do it, be a SAHM.  Then there are those that under some circumstances would have to become one.  Then there are still those who feel like there are really no other choices.  Granted, whatever your case may be – being a SAHM is not a walk in the park.  It’s hard, yes, but it’s very rewarding as well.

You earned your right to be called the super mom if you can truly embrace being a SAHM – forget the haters, I’m pretty sure they have their own issues themselves, lol!

 

You’re a WAHM, are you a super mom then?

Of course, we also have the ‘work at home moms,’ mothers who can still balance house chores, child rearing and working.  That will be pretty awesome if you can truly manage all these.  But let’s not forget about the reality that sometimes, it may be true that you’re working at home but you’re mind isn’t really at home.

There are WAHMs who are so absorbed and stressed out with their work that they have completely forgotten the whole idea of working at home is to be actually ‘home’ with the kids. It’s very tricky right?  You might think you’re a super mom since after all you’re working at home – well, not quite the case when you’re merely using your home as an office.  Especially when you started seeing your kids as housemates who pretty much fend for themselves while you work, work, and work some more.

Again, to become a super mom, you have to be open with changes – be willing to work a ‘workable’ schedule that will suit your being a mother and being a working mom.  You have to persevere – it may seem hard or uncomfortable or impossible but nevertheless, try.  You have to be resilient – bad days will happen, sometimes more often than we would expect it, but then again shake it off and move on - just keep pushing, keep trying.

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.com

About Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my videos HERE!

Related posts: Stay At Home Mom: At Home and Working, WAHM: Working Online

WAHM: Working Online

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It’s not surprising now a days to find stay at home moms that are choosing to work as well, hence, work at home moms.  Whether it’s to augment the family’s income or to boost confidence and personal development, I personally think it’s a great way to make motherhood even more interesting.

Putting the welfare of the children and of the family is of course always the priority.  But it doesn’t mean that we should let the opportunity to grow pass us by because we’re so focused at being a mom and a wife.

It does help tremendously to accomplish something – help with the family’s finances or affect changes to other people’s lives or even professional growth – to feel validation that you can be more than what you’ve previously thought you can be.

 

Why more and more WAHM are online?

Why, basically because technology is becoming more and more accessible and the internet world, undeniably, is here to stay.  Opportunities are being presented in a way that makes online job and or online business a possibility and a doable venture that even stay at home moms can invest into.

Contrary to what we used to think about working online – that only computer savvy people or those who are very well verse about computers can actually work online – today, if you have a computer and an internet connection, you’re off to a good start.

The computer and the internet is only your tools to actually work ‘on line’ but the skills you have – writing, organizing, designing, marketing, etc -  is still what you basically offers.  For instance, you’re good at writing.  You can then look for people who needs help with writing articles or perhaps reviews and offer them your services.  There are lots of freelancing sites where you can create your account and look for every job imaginable.

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You can also keep in touch with your passion, say baking or crafts, and then market it online.  Social media, Facebook, Tweeter, Tumblr, etc. is one of the most effective ways to get your stuff out there.  You can start website or blogs and really develop an online presence for your chosen passion.

Now, you may say you’re not into that kind of stuff – you don’t bake, you’re not exactly crafty and you’re not good at writing.  No worries, because you can always try affiliate marketing.  With affiliate marketing, you are basically the bridge between the costumers and the product and or services.  You provide the link to people where they can get what they’re looking for and you then get paid for affecting such a sale.  Internet marketing may sound very complicated at first, but trust me, it’s something that you can really learn even by yourself (well, of course with the help of web research).

 

How much money are we talking about?

Well, it depends really on how much time are you willing to invest and which online business are you going for.  Just like any businesses, success varies.  If you really put your mind into it, work hard, invest time and even money, working online can be a good source of income.

Working online is quite perfect for stay at home moms because quite frankly, they don’t have to literally leave the house.  So, it’s a perfect way to still be the stay at home mom – always there for the kids – and earn extra money for the family as well.

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.com

About Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my video challenges HERE!

Related posts: Stay At Home Mom: At Home and Working, The Challenges of Working At Home

Can Everyone Blog?

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In theory, of course, everyone can blog.  All you need is a computer and a decent internet connection and you’re pretty much on your way to starting your own blog.  There are a lot of blogging platforms over the net that you can freely avail of to start your own, like WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and more.

But in so much that blogging is becoming the trend today, not everyone find success in blogging.  Oftentimes one is face with different challenges like questionable writing skills, technological know-how and availability of time to spend on blogging as well as concern about getting yourself (your blog) out there so to speak.

 

What to write?

Firstly, blogging can be just one way of expressing ourselves. While some people paint, play instruments, run, or cook, there are also those who like us - read and write.  Secondly, we naturally have personal opinions, ideas or visions and blogging is just a way of letting it out of our system just like what a journal would do.

The ideas on what to write are actually endless.

You can blog as a hobby and share your latest travels and discovers, perhaps share practical tips and ideas, or may be share experiences that you would like people to learn from (or may be just for amusement!).

You can also blog for business and start earning money.  You can use blog as part of your marketing plan to boost your business’ success – create online presence and promote latest products or development or events.  You can also blog and earn through advertisements and or product/service review.

 

Am I good enough to be a writer?

People may doubt themselves at first as to whether their writing skill is decent enough to start a blog.  But the thing is that it’s your blog and you can write however you want, it’s not like you’re going to get busted for wrong grammar usage or poor sentence construction.

In fact, a lot of bloggers connect to other bloggers because they write naturally – they write the way they would normally talk.  They build connection by writing from the heart so to speak.

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Do I have to be a computer wizard to learn the technical aspect of blogging?

Of course not.  If you can operate a computer then you can learn blogging as well.  Blogging systems are meant to make it easier for the user to put up their own blog with readily built themes, easy access dashboards, some seo features and the likes.  But although a lot of these free blogging tools are available online you also have to choose wisely which ones to use.

I’m not exactly a computer wizard when I started blogging but now I’m enjoying blogging and actually building my business around it.  I’m fortunate enough to have discovered a blogging platform by Empower Network, called the Blog Beast – so, getting into the blogging world became a lot easier for me.  In fact the Blog Beast is even making things tons easier for newbies today that it’s even called ‘granny proof,’ cool, right?  If you want to know more about the Blog Beast, check out the article I wrote HERE about this blogging platform that is set to take blogging into a new level.

Keep in mind that it’s important that you choose a blogging platform that you will feel comfortable with and lets you work with ease.  Remember that you want to ‘blog’ and not spend time learning every aspect of how to put your blog out there.

 

Finding the time to blog

You may say that you don’t have the time to blog, but guess what you can make time for it.  I’m a mom of two and I’m a blogger!  Trust me, you can work a schedule, you don’t need the whole day to blog.

You can opt to write daily, weekly or whenever an idea struck you.  Once you get the hang of it and once you have built an audience, followers or readers – you’ll find yourself writing more often than you initially thought you would.

This is also why it’s important that the blogging platform you choose is easy to use that it’ll take you just a short time to create a post and publish it.  That way, you can spend more of your time writing articles and getting your thoughts together and not beating your brains out with the technical aspect of putting your post out there.

You want a blogging platform where you can easily add your thoughts, whether it’s via writing, videos or audios, attach photos and easily share it out there with literally just a few clicks.

 

I can honestly say that my blogging experience is nothing short of amazing!  I’m living a more intentional life – making new friends, establishing relationships, experiencing transformational experiences, bringing out the superwoman in me, affecting other people’s lives and simply connecting to my real passion – all through blogging!  How awesome, right?

So, can everyone blog?  Yes, blogging can be for everyone – with Blog Beast, it can easily be.

Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

Lisa is living the life - enjoying freedom and embracing a more meaningful life while creating a sustainable business that keeps her mobile and free!  Connect with her and start your own journey towards the realization of your dream life!

Connect with me at:

www.greenartnetwork.comAbout Empower Network

Empower Network hosts one of the largest blogging communities and publishing platforms online in addition to providing educational and leadership training products and services to online marketers and start-up, home-based and small businesses.

Empower Network offers a program through which affiliates can earn commissions off the sales of Empower Network products. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., David Wood and David Sharpe founded Empower Network in 2011 to empower small-business owners to make money online without dealing with the technical, marketing, payroll and overhead challenges that frustrate many entrepreneurs and small-business owners.

Empower Network's signature product is a viral blogging system geared toward helping its 30,000 affiliates and 70,000 members use the Internet to grow their businesses online, taking them from disenfranchisement to full self-empowerment through the use of blogs, direct sales and online marketing.

 

Watch my video challenges HERE!

Related posts: Stay At Home Mom: At Home and Working, The Challenges of Working At Home

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