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Stay At Home, Mom: Even if You're Single! [Kindle Edition]

Annie Jean Brewer
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Being a stay at home mom (SAHM) is a challenge in this 2-income world. For the single parent it can seem almost impossible. How in Heaven's name can one be at home with the kids and still pay the bills?

Thanks to modern technology and a global workplace it is not only possible, it isn't very hard to do. These are the steps I took to free myself from the workplace to stay at home with my child.

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About the Author

Annie Jean Brewer combines minimalism with frugality to live her dream of being a stay at home single mother. She is the author of 18 books, several of which are Amazon bestsellers. She currently lives in Central Kentucky with her daughter and a small menagerie of pets. She loves reading, taking long walks and fostering animals for a local rescue. You can discover more about her at

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  • File Size: 340 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This isn't a book, it's an ad for her other books! April 1, 2013
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I picked this book up when it was free several months back, but didn't get around to reading it until this morning. It's 80 pages, but the actual "book" ends on page 45. The last 35 pages is nothing but ads for her other books!

But what about the 45 pages of actual writing? It's generic at best. The author's advice is simple: find a way to bring in an income while staying home. She splits it into two sections: active and passive income. The active income section talks about doing what you want to do and charging people. Her examples include writing jobs (which includes links to her other books), running a video rental company, and fixing computers. There is no information on how to get into these fields or what it takes to work in them (unless you count the single paragraph that talks about you may need some money to purchase these things.)

The passive income section is all about finding a way for money to roll in while you do almost nothing. Her ideas run from writing ebooks (which includes touting her ebooks on how to write ebooks!), renting out rooms and/or purchasing properties to rent out, making music and filming videos.

I felt as I read through the book that it was nothing but an ad for the author with information I have read thousands of other times in blogs, magazines and online articles. Don't spend $4.99 for the ebook and especially don't bother with the $7.99 for the print book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Encouraging and Inspiring January 30, 2013
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I found this book very helpful. Reading Annie's books you get the feeling that 'you' can do more in your situation no matter what kind of odds may be stacking up against you. I found myself getting more and more ideas about things I could try to bring in more active income at home and also to start to grow some passive income. Thanks Annie! Your ATTITUDE in your writing is what makes your little ebooks so valuable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging but not really helpful March 24, 2013
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The book is basically one continuous plug for the author's other books. "If you want to know how to do ___, read my book ____. " That doesn't really help. There is a lot of encouraging words, especially geared toward women who have been abandoned to make it on their own, but no real practical advice. The work at home websites listed were less than desirable and after checking them out, I decided that none of them were a good fit for me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Eh. March 18, 2013
By Chiffer
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This book has an extremely negative view of men, and spends a good portion of the beginning talking about how it is not safe to trust them. I'm sure there are people who feel that way, but I found it unnecessary when the book is supposed to be about working and making a living from home.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Skip It April 23, 2013
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This book could have been better had the author not gone on random man-bashing rants every few pages. A large amount of what she offered was good information, but it was overshadowed by this cloud of anger towards men. That and the repetitiveness of thought made for a choppy read.
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More About the Author


I am Annie Jean Brewer, the mind behind

I come from the wrong side of the proverbial railroad tracks, the daughter of an ex-con and a dancer, raised in the shadows of the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

I was taught to cuss, shoot and play cards with the best of them as I helped my father bootleg and run a weekend card game to supplement our income after he lost his leg in an accident.

By the time I was 18 Father was dead from cancer; by the time I was 19 I was pregnant with my first child. By 22 I had child #2 by the man I would eventually marry and saw my mother dead in a car accident.

By this point in my life I hated myself; I was an unwed mother 2x over, considered by many to be a slut and a whore (including myself). After Mother died things became steadily worse.

There was still a little fight inside of me and among other things I attempted college twice, the Army once and a whole slew of get-rich-quick schemes. I enjoyed writing so I would submit short story after short story to any magazine I thought may read it. I received a ream of rejection slips and finally decided that not only was I a failure in life but a failure in chasing my dreams as well.

I eventually married the father of my second child, which (while the proper thing to do) was definitely NOT the smartest thing I've ever done. Let's just say I spent the next several years walking on eggshells in an attempt to avoid his wrath.

Constantly berated by spouse, family and friends I literally wanted to die. When I found myself seriously considering this possibility I KNEW it was time to change.

I knew I had to get out.

I applied myself even more to creating some sort of income for myself. I signed up for Amway. I did Tupperware. I sold the Excel phone service. I tried to learn medical transcription. I splurged on those medical coding kits that are supposed to teach you everything you need to know to create your own at-home medical billing service (Yeah, I was that dumb).

I tried those at-home sewing gigs. I tried the doll-furniture making gig. I even bought the home foreclosure stuff that was being sold on some late night television program!

My salvation came in the form of two registered Cocker Spaniels that were given to me in the local Wal Mart parking lot.

I spent most of what money I had that night on dog food and took those pups home to learn how to breed those critters and make money.

The profits from those pups purchased an old 10×50 mobile home and when I finally convinced my husband to take a job over the road I moved the kids (now 3 of them) into that tumbledown hovel and dug in for the fight of my life.

Freed of my marital chains, I attended computer repair school and graduated with ease. I found myself working full time at a restaurant by day with my evenings split between computer and cleaning jobs.

I supplemented my high-school education with books borrowed from the local library and even gained a love for classical music and literature. I even reigned in my tongue and gained control over my horribly foul language!

I had the "dream" as I remade myself but I was working my ass off to get it.

Eventually we were forced to relocate to Western Kentucky and it was there that my real journey began.

I discovered that the less I owned, the easier it was to clean.

The less I owned, the less I had to trip over.

The less we had, the less I had to work to pay for it!

I work and support my daughter entirely from my laptop, taking my work with me wherever there is an Internet connection--but my favorite work location is at home.

Something changed inside of me when I made the mental shift from acquisition to minimalism. The less I owned the happier I became.

Nowadays I can do almost everything from my pet laptop. It is my workplace, my stereo, my library, my mailbox, my telephone, my television and my video player.

My monthly bills--including rent on our 1-bedroom cottage are less than $500 a month. This includes insurance on our paid-for van and gives us room for extras as well.

This minimal amount has allowed me to follow my dream of becoming a writer--I rarely even work on computers anymore because I no longer have to.

Instead I spend my days writing books and blog posts while caring for my daughter and the menagerie that we have acquired.

We love grabbing our sleeping bags in the summer and camping in the woods or sleeping wherever we end up in our van.

We enjoy random trips to visit family and friends.

We enjoy mountains of experiences that would be impossible if I worked a conventional job.

I cherish being a stay-at-home single mother and having the opportunity to watch my baby girl grow up.

I am proud of the fact that I do not need a boyfriend to support me. This frees me to look at men as men instead of as financial lifelines.

I definitely enjoy a lot more spare time!

I have learned something very valuable and I hope to pass it on through my blog and books: you will succeed if you keep trying.

If you keep working, if you keep looking, if you keep searching the answers will come. If you don't limit yourself, your answers may come from the most unexpected places (like a couple of dogs in a Wal Mart parking lot).

If you keep looking, total strangers will give you clues to help you along. I once had a computer repair client press a book in my hands that entirely changed my life--and I thought she was nuts when she did it!

The only true failure in life is if you STOP trying.

These are my journeys; be they good, bad or ugly. This is who I am. I achieved my dream of becoming a writer and a stay-at-home mom and I KNOW that you can achieve anything you desire if you only focus and keep trying.

I want you to know that if I can do it; the backwards country girl whom everyone said was destined to fail--if I can do it, I KNOW you can too! I want you to see my success and share yours every step of the way.

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