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Apr
18

Something All My Own

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creative-workOwning my own business has taught me many things about myself. I’ve learned that I can make wise business decisions, I can manage the accounts and taxes for my company, and I can type with one hand while holding a sleeping 6 month old. All of these things have helped me develop into a much more confidant person.

My business has also given me the freedom to test my limits and see what I can accomplish. Running a home-based business has become a large part of my identity. Not in a selfish, “See what I can do!” way, but in a positive sense. It has given me the confidence to know that I accomplish things that I never thought possible.

Before I was a work-at-home mom, I wanted to be able to be at home with my children, but I also felt that I needed more. I needed something for me alone that would make me feel strong and confident. I also needed the opportunity to keep in touch with others to avoid the isolation that often accompanies stay-at-home moms.

There are three keys areas in my life that I believe my home-based business has helped me develop:

Passion
When I began my website it truly was something for ME. I wanted to compile work at home information all in one spot so that I could find the perfect opportunity that would allow me to stay at home with my children. However, in running CWAHM I have found that I have a passion for helping other moms work from home. My business has taught me that to succeed you must give to others and expect nothing in return. This may not seem like a sensible business technique, but it is a biblical principle. Put others before yourself, help others to succeed and you will be successful yourself. Gina Neef, a fellow work-at-home mom, told me recently, “I didn’t realize I even wanted “something of my own” three years ago. When I began – it all unfolded… so nice to have my passion fueled.” Read More→




Last weektax I was getting along just fine. Things were being accomplished and I was rather enjoying myself. Dutifully, I was checking off item after item on my “to-do-list.” I love it when a plan comes together. However, at the top of my exuberance, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage stopped me dead in my tracks with a query.

She is quite famous, or is it infamous, for pulling these kinds of things on Yours Truly. She has a question for just about every event. Most of her questions are beyond answering, at least for me.

For instance, when we are traveling, she will wait for the right moment and then put to me this query. “Do you know where you’re going?”

A variety of ways to answer that question immediately suggests itself, not all of which would endear me to her. However, to be honest, and who doesn’t want to be honest these days, the answer to that question is usually a mumbled “No.”

Just as we get into the car and get ready to go, she asks another question. “Do you have everything you need?”

Invariably, I do not, and have to go back into the house and pick up what I left behind. I could do my own Left Behind series.

Then there is the all time favorite question. “Does this dress make me look fat?”

Just between you and me, one of these times, I am going to answer, “No, Honey, it’s not the dress making you look fat.” I am saving that one for a deathbed confession.

However, this past week when I was flying high, she dropped me dead in my tracks with another question. “Have you filed our income tax yet?”

It was at that moment my whole world came crashing down. I had not even given it a first thought, let alone a second thought. Why is it, although income tax filing day comes every year on the same day I always forget? I am getting either senile or moving towards going into politics. I am hoping for the former. Read More→



Nicole

Apr
17

Everybody is a Rock Star

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Do HiRes-superwomanyou remember the movie, “The Incredibles?”  It’s one of my favorites.  A few things stand out about that movie:

#1  When the bad guy, Syndrome (Buddy Pine), says to Mr. Incredible, “If everyone is Super, then no one is”.  I think he was really hurt when Mr. Incredible told him (when he was young) that he works alone (“Sorry kid, I work alone”). So, he grows up and becomes a genius inventing super powers that he can control.  It seems that nowadays, everyone can do that too:  We can ALL become a Rock Star with a little help, of course,  from Garage Band, iTunes, You Tube, etc.  We can all self promote, self publish, and get a million hits on our website.  We can all be bloggers too! We all are in effect Rock Stars now.  I wonder, then, are we realy?  My answer to that is, yes and no.  On the one hand, I believe that for those of us who follow Jesus, yes, we are His beloved little Rock Stars.  Just like when my sons put on a Superman  Cape, they ‘were’ Superman.  They were my little Supermen, running around, jumping off couches & trying to fly, saving the world from the bad guys.  They were cute to watch and I smiled a lot.

I also knew, as their loving mom, their limitations: I knew they weren’t really going to fly, or always catch the bad guy in real life.  Jesus loves me just as I am, warts and all.  My crazy schemes to help marriage improve, to  save the world or whatever.  I know He loves me as the child I am: cute, funny, immature at times, distrusting at other times, and usually wanting to please Him, my loving Parent.  Just like my sons were when they were little rock stars in my eyes.  {They are now just bigger, older, but they’re still my little big rock stars!}

On the other hand, we are all NOT Rock Stars.  We all put our underwear on the same every morning.  At the end of the day, we all go to bed, hopefully surrounded by loved ones.  As a wonderful friend pointed out to me, “at the end of the day, what does it matter if I am a Rock Star?  My husband, children are what REALLY matters, not being a famous Rock Star.” Read More→

There pencilare many ways to market a home-based business. But one of the simplest ways is to use an every day business tool – email. By using these five easy tips you’ll see how easily your business can grow without much effort on your part.

1. Use a Professional Signature – This is an important tip to use on every email that you send. Even your friends may not always remember your website address or business phone number and will quickly look to an old e-mail to look it up.

When preparing an email signature it’s important to include Your Name, Company Name, and your Physical Address or Website Address. You may also include your phone number.

Below is a sample Email signature:

Jill Hart
Christian Work at Home Moms
http://www.cwahm.com

The signature is simple, easy to read and includes a link directly to my website. It is very important to include the http:// before the website address because many email programs will not link the text to your website without this (it will appear as text – not a link).

Also, make sure that you double check that you have your website correct. Often times I’ve found that people have their website wrong by inverting a letter or two and aren’t aware of it. It cannot only lead to a loss of a sale, but it shows less professionalism on your part.

You can also use a virtual business card as your signature. You can design and purchase your own virtual business card at http://www.vistaprint.com.There is a very small cost – less than $2.00 for this professional looking virtual signature file.

2. Find a “Signature Buddy” – This is an easy and cost-free way to spread the word about your business. Ask a colleague or friend if they will “swap”a line their signature with you. You will add a line at the bottom of your signature with a link to their business and they will do the same.

Jill Hart
Christian Work at Home Moms
http://www.cwahm.com

Publishing and book marketing – http://www.virtualwordpublishing.com/

The signature “swap” can be as simple as a line (as above) or as much as a 2- 3 line testimony of why you’re recommending this link. You can find a permanent signature “buddy” or change it weekly or monthly. Read More→

Apr
16

When God Says “No”

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I nohad it all figured out – my 5-year plan. Like a perfect puzzle, every piece seemed to fit. And I just knew it was God-stamped, God-sealed, and God-approved.

But then …
a key piece (that I had lined up) didn’t match, and the puzzle I’d so carefully crafted fragmented into a thousand parts.

Alongside my shattered plan sat my pitiful broken heart. When God said, “No,” I was surprised … and my pride was wounded.

So I gathered up the salvageable pieces and began to reflect and to listen to the Spirit. I asked myself: “Why are you downcast, O my soul?” I began to understand that my disappointment was a result of my assumption that my plans were God’s plans. I was moving forward as though I had free reign, as though I knew best, as though I had an inside track on God’s ways.

Proverbs 16:9
A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

The more I considered the error of my ways and the perfection of His ways, the gentle whisper of my loving Lord began speaking:

When I say, “No,” I’m also saying…

TRUST ME.

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in Me with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Me, and I will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (from Proverbs 3:5-6) Read More→

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Apr
16

Start Spreading The News

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Salesstockxpertcom_id42817031_jpg_94f2a2dbf67aa494c08abe39f8e4afaf is an ideal way to earn an income while being at home and raising your children. Even though when I began, I just wanted to get product for free, God started opening doors and I realized that I could make money at this too. That was a big AHA moment for me and shifted my thinking. And my business took off!

But, is it easy? Not necessarily! I recently heard an analogy about success in business. Do you have a gym membership? Well…I have some news for you. Just because you have a gym membership doesn’t mean you will automatically be in shape! You have to actually go to the gym and use the equipment to make it work! Being in business is the same. Just because you signed up with an AMAZING direct sales company doesn’t mean you will make money. You have to WORK your business! Just like going to the gym, start slow and build and you will be AMAZED at the results!

Where do you start? Start spreading the news! What made YOU fall in love with your product is likely what your friends will love too, so start sharing. Lend your friend a piece or two… or give them a sample to try. Get THEM excited too! What happens when they get excited? They become your biggest advocate…and they tell two friends and the snowball starts down the hill! Yes…offer them the opportunity to have a party to get free stuff (notice I said “offer them” not say “have a party for me”….make it about THEM!). But don’t panic if they say no…tell them that is OKAY and ask them if they might know someone who would like to get free stuff! Read More→

Ihearts3 don’t consider myself a “work at home” woman, but if I give myself permission to say I’m a writer, speaker, and woman called to ministry, then I have to say I work from home two days a week. Here’s my story.

I was a stay-at-home mom for eleven years and returned to reaching full-time for several years when my kids were preschoolers through high school age. I managed our smooth-running household of four kids and a teacher/farmer husband well, but after six years of doing it all, I was exhausted both mentally and emotionally. I kept longing for the days I could be at home and rest, not always be pressed with something to do. I made a hard decision and left the classroom and went to graduate school full time to get a degree in a field allowing me part-time or flexible employment. I received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and God’s been faithful to provide me with a part-time counseling position in a school. I love my job.

But ministry is my first passion, and being part-time allows me to be able to minister to women and moms through writing, speaking and building connections. In my journey from working full-time to part-time, and doing ministry part-time, I’ve learned that God cares about our soul care and our spirit. He cares that we can manage family and the gifts He’s given us to do with a peace and calm instead of stress and angst. I was an angry and stressed-out mom for many years. Having time at home to pour my passions into fruitful work and the lives of people gives me strength and joy. Read More→

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