Why Mom Careers Matter for Stay-at-Home Moms

As stay-at-home moms, it’s easy to put our careers on a shelf. But we need to keep them in mind! Here are my top 3 reasons why mom careers matter for SAHMs.

When we’re raising babies, we’re often so focused on those kiddos and our home that our careers often feel like forgotten memories from a previous life. We love being a mom! And we’re completely committed to being the best mom, wife, and home manager we possibly can be.

Okay, maybe that’s glamorizing the SAHM life just a bit…

We DO love being a stay-at-home mom. But, we’re also EXHAUSTED from trying to do all the things that need to be done, not completely screw up our kids, and keep our heads above the ever-rising water.

It’s a never-ending rollercoaster that rides the mountain-top joy of being a SAHM, then plummets to the depths of despair, loneliness, and anxiety.

One of the things I’ve found to help even out that rollercoaster just a bit is to keep the one eye trained on my career. I know, it sounds ridiculous. It sounds like I’m just adding one more thing to my already full plate.


It’s actually helped me be a better wife, mom, and homemaker to have something that’s MINE to work toward for a few hours each day. It gives me something bigger than just me, my family, and my home to focus on, dream about, and work toward.

I recognize that not all moms may understand WHY having a mom career – especially an at-home career WHILE we’re raising our babies – is so important. So, allow me to walk you through a few of the big reasons why mom careers matter for SAHMs. Read More


How to Build a WAHM Business in 90 Minutes a Day

This week, we have a special Mom Career Interview with Melissa Ricker of here to chat about her journey to work-at-home-mom success and how she built her WAHM business in just 90 minutes a day! Melissa is a productivity & time management expert – skills she has taken from her pre-mom career and transitioned into an at-home business she LOVES.

Melissa also graciously stopped by the Scattered Woman Facebook page this week to chat LIVE with us! You can check out the interview replay below:

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How Being Double-Minded Will Destroy Your WAHM Business

Are you struggling to get your WAHM Business off the ground? Getting easily distracted? Waffling on those key business decisions? Chances are you’re being double-minded! Not sure what that means? Keep reading to learn how being double-minded will destroy your WAHM Business — and what God says to do about the problem!

One Sunday morning, just a few weeks ago, I was sitting in our church’s worship service, trying to keep Mini-Me paying attention and engaged in what was going on, when suddenly a verse I had been studying all week jumped out at me as if the sound guy had suddenly cranked the pastor’s mic up to full volume:

“He is a double-minded man, UNSTABLE in all he does.”

~ James 1:8 ~


In ALL he (or she) does.

Not just in her faith life.

Not just in her marriage.

Not just in her relationships with her kids.


And if we’re trying to build a business of any variety, but particularly online, we are typically striving for STABILITY. Being unstable in our WAHM businesses is a recipe for failure – one most of us definitely cannot afford! Read More


The Potential Pitfalls of the 4 WAHM Personalities (and how to avoid them!)

There are 4 distinct WAHM Personalities, each with their own powerful strengths and potential weaknesses. Come learn how to make the most of your top traits & avoid the pitfalls! What is YOUR WAHM Personality?

If you’ve followed Scattered Woman for any length of time, you’ve likely heard me talk quite a bit about The Personalities and how awesome they are for improving relationships. You’ve also probably heard me talk quite a bit about work-at-home mom jobs and other career topics for moms looking to go back to work after being home with their kiddos. So, would it surprise you at all to know that we each have a unique WAHM Personality, too?

Yep! We do!

There are 4 distinct WAHM Personalities, each with their own awesome strengths -- and potential pitfalls. Come learn how to avoid the pitfalls & thrive in your strengths! What is *your* WAHM Personality? Click To Tweet


Do you know if starting a WAHM business is the best choice for YOU?

If there is ANY question in your mind, go take my new QUIZ that will help you decide quickly & easily whether you should go back to an outside-the-house job or start an at-home business! Plus, it’s super FUN because… QUIZ! 🎉

Go check it out!

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled programming…

There are lots of different typing systems out there, but as I explain in this post, I use and teach The Personalities more than anything else because it’s SO easy to understand and use QUICKLY.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have hours and weeks and years to learn a personality typing system well enough to apply it to my relationships, my work, or my life in general. (That’s one of the big issues I run into with the MBTI, among other things, even though I’m certified in and use the MBTI, as well. It’s too complicated to really understand without going and getting certified or studying it intensely.) As a busy wife, mom, friend, and professional career coach, I need something I can access and put to use FAST — and I’m willing to bet you’re right there with me!

That said, if you don’t yet understand the basics of The Personalities, be sure to check out this post, then hop back over to here. I’ll be here when you come back. 🙂

Okay, ready to dive into the WAHM Personalities? Let’s do it! Read More


3 God-given Gifts for Building a WAHM Business

If God is calling you to raise your babies AND make money from home, it’s time to use His 3 God-given gifts for building a WAHM business!

Have you ever considered starting a WAHM business?

Maybe it’s a financial decision. It’s becoming harder and harder to live on only one income. You love being a stay-at-home mom, but your budget is so tight it’s strangling you. You’d like to have a little bit of breathing room financially, but you can’t stand the thought of leaving your babies with strangers all day while you go back to work.

Or maybe, as much as you love your babies, you also feel like something is missing from your life. Once upon a time, you had a career you loved, a job you excelled at, and you knew exactly how you could help the people around you. If you’re honest, you miss it. You miss feeling like you were part of something bigger than yourself, something outside the home, where you could engage with other adults on a regular basis. And yet you feel so guilty for even thinking about going back to work because you love being a mom, too!

Deciding to go back to work, for whatever reason, can be incredibly stressful. So, what if you didn’t have to choose between supporting your family, having a fulfilling career, and raising those babies yourself?  Read More


The Top 10 SAHM Resume Mistakes

It’s not you, mama – it’s your resume. Check out these Top 10 SAHM Resume Mistakes, learn how to FIX them, improve your resume, & get the job you want!

“I’ve been looking for jobs for months now. What gives? Why am I not getting any response to all the resumes and applications I’ve sent out?”

Well, friend, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not you — it’s your resume. Read More


Living the Mosaic Life: Building a WAHM Business You’ll LOVE!

If you’ve ever thought about starting an at-home business, come be encouraged by this mama who has already done it. Learn how building a WAHM business blooms naturally from the Mosaic Life!

Y’all are in for a TREAT today! If you’ve been around Scattered Woman for a while, you’ve heard me talk about this concept of a Mosaic Life – how we moms don’t tend to have perfectly linear career paths, but by gaining experience in various fields and environments we eventually land in work that is meaningful and fulfilling for us.

It’s a journey, to be sure. And it’s not always easy.

So, today I want to introduce you to a woman who has lived through the multiple, varied jobs along with raising a family stage and has come out on the other side! Read More


Your Mosaic Life

Do your life experiences seem scattered? Has your work history been less than linear? It’s time to discover your Mosaic Life!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE mosaic tile work. Maybe it’s the Hispanic-culture-loving Spanish teacher in me, or maybe I’m channeling the Sanguine, colorful, pattern-mixing lovelies in my life. Whatever the reason, I LOVE mosaics.

Especially if there’s a story behind them. Read More


Why Every Mom Needs a Master Resume (+ 2 FREEBIES to help you make your own!)

Have you ever heard of a “master resume”? Think of it like a master playlist, or a master recording. It’s EVERYTHING, every bit of raw, employment-related information you have, all compiled in one place. And you, dear mama, NEED one!

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WAHM Freelancing: Is THIS gig your best fit?

The bills are piling up. Your stress levels are sky high. And your kids are screaming because they don’t WANT beans for dinner… AGAIN. Sound familiar? You need a cash infusion, and you need it QUICK. I have good news for you: starting a WAHM freelancing business can quickly provide that fast income boost you need, while still allowing you to be home with your family. Read More


Network Marketing as a WAHM: Is It for You?

Network marketing is nothing new for most of us. Our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest feeds are JAMMED with friends proclaiming the awesomeness of their direct sales companies’ products and opportunities. From Mary Kay to Thirty-One, doTERRA to Younique, and BeachBody to LuLaRoe — WAHM network marketing companies are inundating our worlds right now.

For good reason. Read More


Should You Try Working From Home?

It’s a fact of life: most of us Stay-at-Home Moms, at some point, will either want or need to go back to work. While we love being available for our babies, life can throw us nasty curve balls — unexpected medical bills, massive car repairs, a blown furnace or damaged septic system, or just plain old boredom. When it comes time to return to work, what are your options? Should you give up the ghost and find an office job? Or would working from home be a good choice for you? Read More


Blogging for the Job Hunt – Part 2: Content, Social Media, & SEO

Last week, we talked in Blogging for the Job Hunt – Part 1 about the benefits of starting a blog to aid in your job search, as well as how to get one set up. Today, we get to tackle Blogging for the Job Hunt – Part 2: Content, Social Media, & SEO!

If those terms mean absolutely nothing to you at this point, no worries. I didn’t know what they meant before I started this blogging adventure, either! Here’s the breakdown:

Content: the actual posts you write, the great information you have to share about your expertise in your field!

Social Media: I’m sure you know what social media IS, but we’re going to touch on how we can optimize it’s far-reaching capabilities to boost your job search!

SEO: otherwise known as Search Engine Optimization. It’s a big deal in the blogging world, but for our purposes, it’s simple — make sure Google knows you exist and includes your blog in the top few results when someone searches for your name.

Without further adieu, let’s dive in! Read More


Blogging for the Job Hunt

You may have heard that having a website with your resume and professional portfolio is a good idea to boost your job search results. But have you ever heard of BLOGGING for the job hunt? It’s not an entirely new job search tactic, but it is one that is gaining more and more traction as the application process becomes more competitive and the internet and social media continue to reign supreme.

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How to Write an Interview-winning SAHM Cover Letter

If I were to apply for a job right now, after three years of being a Stay-at-Home mom, I would face the same challenges as many of you. Being a SAHM is an amazing gift to our families, but trying to explain that gap in traditional employment can be tricky. Why would an employer hire ME over someone who has been continuously working in the field??

Because we SAHMs have AWESOME skills and gifts to bring to the table! We just need to make sure we package it well, so the employer can see that truth, as well!

We’ve talked before about the SAHM employment gap, and it’s a challenge we KNOW how to handle on a resume. Today, we’re tackling the next step: the SAHM cover letter! Read More


How to Write a Killer Summary Section

Does your resume still have an objective statement? If so, it’s time for an update!

Objective statements tell an employer what YOU are looking for. “Objective: to obtain a professional accounting position.” The problem? Employers don’t care what you’re looking for. Objective statements don’t give the employer any useful information about who you are as a person, a professional, or what you would bring to their company.

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How NOT to Use Your MBTI Type

Have you seen those posts floating around about “Discover your dream career with your MBTI type!”?

I’ve seen LOTS of them over the years, and now that I’ve just spent the whole last month writing about The Personalities (click HERE to check out post #1 in that series), I’m seeing even more MBTI posts popping up on my social media and Pinterest feeds, too.

Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the MBTI. As a Career Counselor, I LOVED walking individual students or entire classes through their inventories and helping them discover what those results meant for them. It’s a great tool.

In the right context.

I’ll explain more about that “right context” in a minute. First, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what MBTI types are. Here is a quick run-through of what the eight MBTI function (letter) dichotomies mean: Read More


SAHMs, Work on Your Resume NOW!

We spend our days rocking babies, chasing toddlers, teaching preschoolers, taxi-ing grade schoolers, worrying about teenagers, and before you know it our babies are all in college. How did that happen??

Each season bring new changes and challenges, and often we spend so much of ourselves in raising our kids that we forget that we will still have life in us after they’re grown and gone.

What will we do with ourselves then? Read More


4 Resume Tips for Tackling the SAHM Employment Gap

Are you a Stay-at-Home Mom ready to go back to work? Need a resume? No sweat! Here are 4 resume tips for tackling the SAHM employment gap!

Are you a Stay-at-Home Mom going back to work soon and DREADING the whole resume thing? While taking time off from your career path to care for your family may have been the best decision you ever made, it does take some skill to help an employer see it that way. Here are four resume tips for tackling the SAHM employment gap and spinning your at-home experiences to your best advantage — without making up cheesy titles for yourself like “Executive Cleaning Officer” or “Home Management Specialist.”

Plus, there are even more tips on formatting and what to include on your resume in my FREE resume template and tip sheet JUST for SAHMs. Read More