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Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing a Business and a Family under One Roof Paperback
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From the Back Cover
"Mary Byers motivates us to fully embrace how we can manage excellent mothering and effective work at home."--Elisa Morgan, CEO, MOPS International If you're struggling to balance your home business and your family, you're not alone. Mary Byers has been where you are and shows that it can be done! She will challenge you to face important questions, such as: How do I fit my business into my family life? How much income is enough? What are my priorities? She'll also teach you how to •schedule your time effectively •manage your business expenses •know when and how to take a break •avoid strain on your relationships •arrange effective child care when needed •plan for the future and retirement •work smarter and make more Whether you're a small business owner or work in direct sales, home business success is a reality! Keep your professional and personal lives in harmony with Making Work at Home Work. "By following the guidelines in this book, I've reduced my workload from 40 to 30 hours a week while increasing my net income by nearly 30 percent! I'm less stressed and able to take better care of myself physically. Mary has helped me take back power."--Sharon Hewitt, owner, sharonIDesign Mary M. Byers successfully juggles both a freelance corporate writing and speaking business and her responsibilities as a wife and mother of two school-aged children. She is the author of The Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family and How to Say No . . . And Live to Tell about It. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Mary M. Byers successfully juggles both a freelance corporate writing and speaking business and her responsibilities as a wife and mother of two school-aged children. She is the author of The Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family and How to Say No . . . And Live to Tell about It. She is also a columnist for two professional trade journals and edits two others. Byers lives in Chatham, Illinois. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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She also has a one-page plan for your business, which to me, was lifesaving. Her book itself is divided into two - the first half is basically how to set up and survive at home, and the second half is how to thrive monetarily. I'm a fledgling author. This book was *exactly* what I wanted: not just a "you're not alone" pat on the back, but an actual, practical guide to living through each day as a successful solopreneur (love that word) and a mom.
I highly recommend this if you feel overwhelmed just thinking about the day ahead. This book will really put you in the driver's seat and help you feel confident staying there!
Mary picks a great topic with this book and it's something that I've tried and failed at or struggle with now to do, or give up and try again -- which is of course to work for pay at home, while raising my children. Let's see what have I tried... I've done Avon, I've done books, health products, and of course my never ending attempt at peddling my art! Of course there is that freelance graphics stuff I do.. hmmm add the computer stuff on there.. and I've probably missed a few things, but you get the picture. I've had a hard time just "being" home with the kids (and I say that with no disrespect because I know being at home with the children and doing it successfully is one of, if not the hardest job on the face of this earth and I don't know why I torment myself with trying to throw on another project!)
The book is broken into two sections; Section 1: Saving Your Sanity and Section 2: Preserving Your Profit. Each section highlights different women and her insight to what she's learned through it all.
Mary includes a lot of research and has personally worked through a lot of the issues herself, which provides her with some great insight to the challenges and issues working at home mothers face. I appreciate Mary's insight and honesty while addressing the subjects. She admits that finding balance was "sorely lacking" in the beginning, which really gives me hope! I'm not the only one!
I really appreciate the first chapter quote:
"...when you think of yourself as an at-home CEO, you're more likely to manage your business like one. You'll control it rather than letting it control you."
I know several ladies (myself included) who have let their work get out of hand because they used some of the points that Mary brings out her book... thinking we're not worth the credit, oh it's just "extra", or I just enjoy the work.
If we're going to run a business we need to act and think like we own it because we do!
In chapter two Mary hits the heart of the problem (for me anyhow!) - Why are you working? Some of the reasons people said were:
* mental stimulation, income, extras, wanting a break, feeling pressure, enjoy meeting others...
It was really interesting to see that list because I see a lot of reasons why I want to work in that list and never really vocalized it before. It sure helps to understand why you want to work!
I could go into a lot more detail because this book is full of useful information, but all in all, I think this book is an essential tool for anyone who plans to work at home and make it work. It will give you a lot of tools and advice that you're not going to find in regular business guides or even business school (university doesn't cover this, unless it's changed since I went!)
What I love is that Mary in all her wisdom, even included a "quick and easy dinner recipes for work-at home moms" in the appendix. I have to laugh because only a mom whose "been there" knows how much we need this!
I've been both a work away from home mom and a work at home mom. When my daughter was born, I went right back to work full time in an office. When my son was born, I stayed home for 18 months. I also stayed home for a year while I was homeschooling. I'm now working about 3/4 time out of the house and 1/4 time at home. My goal is to stay at home full time once we can manage by growing my blog and turning it into a work at home business.
Mary M. Byers showcases twelve work at home women and their businesses and talks about what they've learned about working at home. She also teaches you how to schedule your time, manage business expenses, know when to take a break, avoid stress with your relationships, manage childcare when necessary, plan for the future and work smarter so you can make more.
Making Work at Home Work is a great tool for the work at mom whether you own your own business or you are a direct sales representative. For a bloggers like me who are trying to manage an income from our blogs, her ideas helped keep me on track and motivated.
I really love the Appendix that she included that's filled with quick and easy dinner recipes for work at home moms. What a huge help when we are pressed for time or working on a deadline. I can't wait to try the creamy lasagna recipe!
If you're a working mom who's struggling to make working at home work for you, I highly recommend that you read this book. Mary Byers will get you started on the path you need to follow to be more organized and successful.