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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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7 Steps to Maintaining Laser-Focus in Your WAHM Business

Are you getting too easily distracted in trying to build your business? It happens to the best of us — but it CAN be avoided. Check out these 7 Steps to Maintaining Laser-Focus in Your WAHM Business!

Last week, we talked about how doubt causes us to be double-minded as we build our Work-at-Home Mom businesses. James says that a double-minded man is unstable in all he does (James 1:8), and it’s just as true for our business lives as it is for our faith lives, our marriages, and our parenting!

The LAST thing we want when it comes to our business life is to be unstable. The whole goal is to create a business that will provide career & financial stability!

So, if we want to build successful WAHM businesses that can help us support our families AND give us the freedom to be home and prioritize our roles as moms, we HAVE to learn to be single-minded and laser-focused.

We KNOW double-mindedness and distraction will KILL our WAHM business efforts. We know we HAVE to find and maintain a laser-focus on the business God has called us to.

But HOW??

That’s what we’re diving into today, so let’s get to it! Read More

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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 ~

UNSTABLE.

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.

In EVERYTHING.

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

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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!

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Timeout!

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

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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

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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

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3 Strategies to Proactively Battle Burnout

Are you working your tail off every single day with little to show for it? Are you starting to feel burnt out with this whole WAHM thing? If so, you need these 3 Strategies to Proactively Battle Burnout!

We work harder than just about anybody, and some days, being a Work-at-Home Mom can be just TOO MUCH. Whether you’re a WAHM Network Marketer, a WAHM Freelancer, or a WAHM Entrepreneur, we WAHMs are more prone to burnout than any other type of worker simply because the boundary lines between work and home aren’t just blurred – they’re non-existent! We work IN our homes, accomplishing everything from laundry to line item reports, dishes to deadlines, and crying children to complaining clients.

Be forewarned, mama: burnout is coming. It happens to the best of us. The best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your business is to be prepared. Familiarize yourself with and use these 3 key strategies to proactively battle burnout well. Read More

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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 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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Women, Change Your Language!

Women have long pushed for equality in the workforce. We want equal rights, equal pay, equal promotions, and sometimes we get those things. Most of the time, however, we do not — and for one HUGE reason: most women need to change their language!

The language we use in our resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, thank you notes, and in interviews can make or break our chances of landing the job.The language we use IN our jobs once we land them is CRUCIAL to our ability to move up in our companies, get raises and promotions, and be generally respected by those we work with.

As much progress as we have made toward gender equality in the workplace, the game is still very much played by a man’s rules and in a man’s language. How we, as women, communicate makes a huge difference for how we are perceived as employees, supervisors, and peers. If we want to be respected as equals, we HAVE to change our language.   Read More