Working from home is a distant, seemingly unattainable dream for many. Flexible hours, no commute, and being able to spend more time with your kids are all reasons to do it.
If you are already at home full-time with your kids, you may have thought about what you could do to earn extra income at home.
But how do you get started? And what kind of job can you do?
I wanted to start this Work at Home series to put a face on the people who are doing it. Each week, I’ll share an interview with someone who is working from home – how they’re doing it, how they got started, and what skills are needed.
I think it will be interesting to see the variety of jobs that people do from home and to give you an idea of what is possible. Hopefully, seeing what someone else is accomplishing will inspire you to reach your dream.
This week, for the first Work at Home series, Sarah K. of Maple Valley, WA shares how she became fully self-employed, working from home, with 3 kids!
1. What is your job title and what do you do?
I am owner of Bay Street Communications, LLC, the business name all our endeavors are under. I run a website and two blogs, maintain two Twitter accounts and three Facebook fan pages. So what do I exactly do? I write, I blog, I create gear for hikers, I develop recipes and well many more things. I have a number of frying pans on the stove, all bringing in money.
2. What got you interested in this job?
In the early 2000’s I started developing recipes for outdoor cooking, which turned into a website, then a book. We self-published before it was hip, and learned everything as we went. At first I did it in my spare time. I wanted to have freedom plus we were thinking more kids – and I didn’t want to put them in daycare, so I worked for a goal and by 2007 I was fully self employed. My focus has changed over the years and found a love of Mommy-Lifestyle blogging in the past few years as well.
3. What skills and experience do you need to succeed?
You have to be a bit of everything: office manager, secretary, PR firm, CEO, accountant…..and mostly a huge desire to succeed! You don’t have to know how to do things, rather be open to learning and asking others how! You also have to develop a thick skin and not take things personally. If you blog, figure out what you can do each week and DO IT. Readers don’t like it when they get no posts for 5 months, then a random one. Write when inspired and save up posts for when you are feeling uninspired.
4. What’s the best thing about working from home?
No commute. No daycare. Both my husband and I work from home, allowing us to spend more time as a family with our three children.
5. How can someone get started doing this?
Find something you really love doing/talking about. Watch how others blog and write, attend blogger conferences. Learn to monetize your websites and blogs without being too spammy. Develop a following. Treat it as a job, not a hobby. Embrace being PR friendly, affiliate friendly. I write/do business things while my youngest naps and after they all go to bed. I shut my door and am “at work”.
6. What is the general salary range?
It really depends on how hard I work. If I seek out freelance articles and promote my business I do well. I pulled back for a few years while I had my two youngest children, but with the youngest 1 1/2 years old now, I am focusing again and bringing in more money. I don’t talk salary figures openly, but I will say I make 2X what I made employed by others, when I was younger. For me that is success – being able to do what I want and be home with my children, while helping the family out financially. I also am very PR friendly and bring in quite a bit of products above a salary.
Truth be told, I could make a lot more money, I just don’t have enough hours in the day with 3 children. So I am happy with what we are doing now!
Check out Sarah’s blogs http://blog.trailcooking.com/ and http://gazingin.com/.
Do you work from home and would like to be part of the Work at Home Series? Please email me at fanny[at]livingrichlyonabudget.com
Photo Credit: David Precious