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Let Go of Your Safety Net & Step Out in Faith for Your WAHM Business

Every work-at-home mom struggles in her business at some point. This week’s guest blogger, Shannon Lambert of MakingMommas.com, walks us through some of HER biggest WAHM struggles – and her realization that sometimes you have to let go of your safety net in order to truly fly!

Go Big or Go Home.

Those words always make me see crowded gyms and cheering fans. Rock and roll music blasts through for 30 seconds while the team takes a time-out to figure out a new plan.

How many times do you want to take a time-out, to figure out a new plan in your business?

Is it when things get intense? When the score is completely one-sided and you feel like calling it quits?

The coach calls the team in for one last pow-wow; one last chance to pull the team together to win this thing. He gives the speech of his lifetime, fully intending to motivate his team into feeling it.

If they can feel it, if they can see the win, then they can pull it off.

Go Big Or Go Home.

Give it your all or get off of the court.

It took me three years to learn this lesson in my own WAHM business. Read More

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Why Mom Careers Matter for Our Kids

Want to raise well-adjusted, productive, God-fearing kids? One of the easiest ways to teach your kids incredibly important life lessons that set them up for that kind of success is simply to work in front of them. Check out these 7 Life Lessons Work-at-Home Moms Teach Their Kids!

Let me ask you a quick question, mama: What is your GREATEST motivation? What is the ONE thing that will inspire you to take action?

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I know for me, internal motivation is NOT one of my great strengths. If I know someone is counting on me, I’m much more likely to do something than if I say I just want to do it for myself.

I will wait until I completely run out of clean clothes before I do the laundry. But, if I know my husband is out of clean work shirts or my daughter is out of clean underwear, I’ll get that laundry done ASAP!

I’m willing to be that your family is your greatest motivator, as well. Even if you don’t want to accomplish that certain task for yourself, you’ll do it because you know it’s for the good of your family.

So, what if I told you that the one thing you’re probably ignoring right now is one thing that could teach your kids some pretty incredible life lessons?

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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.

BUT…

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

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How to Build a WAHM Business in 90 Minutes a Day

This week, we have a special Mom Career Interview with Melissa Ricker of EngineeredMotherhood.com 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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Acting in Faith for Your WAHM Business

If you’re thinking about starting a WAHM business, be sure you are acting in faith as you move forward! Here are 5 ways to start acting in faith today!

Have you ever dreamed, prayed, and believed that God would do something for you? And yet, it never happened?

Let’s say you have this dream of being part of a huge song & dance number for a new Hollywood musical. You tell God how much it would mean to you to be part of something so big and so amazing. But, you never audition or show up to a casting call for extras. (Okay, yes, we’re talking about me here, but I’m sure I’m not the only one out there! —> 🙋🏻‍♀️<—)

Do you really think some casting director is going to call you out of the blue and ask you to be a part of a movie when you have zero experience and no one knows who you are? Not likely.

That dream will STAY a dream unless YOU participate in the process and put yourself out there for an audition. God could just have an opportunity drop in your lap, but most of the time, He wants to know you’re truly invested in the outcome and are willing to put in the work, so He can SHINE through your actions.

James talks about this balance between faith and works in the second chapter of his letter to the scattered twelve tribes, and he’s actually pretty harsh with them about it: Read More

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The Mom Career Dilemma: Go back to work or start an at-home business?

Most of us SAHMs will hit this mom career dilemma: should you go back to work or start an at-home business? Let’s think through the major deciding points!

Hey, mama! Is it time for you to go back to work? Whether you still have littles at home and need that second income, or your babies have grown and left the nest and you need something productive to do with your time, most of us Stay-at-Home Moms will face the returning-to-work dilemma at some point.

It’s an extremely common situation, and there isn’t one right solution that fits everyone.

Many moms don’t know if they’re really ready to go back to a job outside the home or can’t imagine how it could work for their families. So, they explore the option of starting an at-home business to help bring in income AND be able to stay home with their babies.

On the flip side, some moms cannot imagine any other option than to go back to an outside-the-home job. The predictability, stability, and adult interactions that come with a job out in “the real world” sound like JUST what they need.

Which option sounds best for YOU?

Let’s take a closer look at three of the biggest deciding factors for moms as they consider returning to work… Read More

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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

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Do You Need a SAHM Resume or a Career Website?

It’s time to go back to work, but you have one important decision to make: would you be best served by a SAHM resume or a career website?

Many of us SAHMs will return to work in one form or another at some point in our lives. Here on Scattered Woman, we’ve already talked about the importance of keeping our resumes up-to-date (including how to create your own Mom Master Resume), how to handle the SAHM employment gap on your resume, writing an effective SAHM cover letter, even how we moms tend to create a Mosaic Life for ourselves instead of pursuing that elusive, linear career path.

So, let’s assume for just a minute that you’re ready to go back to work. Regardless of whether you’re interested in pursuing a WAHM option (like network marketing, freelancing, or starting your own business) or you’re ready to head back to the corporate world, you have one major decision to make: will you be best served by a traditional, SAHM resume or a career website? Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

The solution? Read More

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What You Need to Know About Applicant Tracking Systems

You found a BEAUTIFUL template. You’ve input all your experience, and sent out your brand new resume to a myriad of employers with openings. And then… crickets. Zip. Zero. Nada by way of call backs or response of any kind. What happened?? My guess is you got screened out. By a computer. How does THAT make you feel? Let’s avoid this situation in the future, shall we? Here’s what you need to know about Applicant Tracking Systems… Read More

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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

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How to Use Job Postings to Get Your Resume Noticed

If you’re applying for job after job and getting nowhere, it’s possible you’re not making the most of the one resource the employer has already given you: the job posting. In the job posting, the employer has given you all the information you need on the EXACT qualifications, qualities, and skills they’re looking for in a new hire. YOUR job is to take that information, plug it into your resume and cover letter, and watch the responses come rolling in. Here is exactly how to use job postings to get your resume noticed!   Read More