I Love Her Job! is the place
for Savvy Moms everywhere
in search of the next best step.
There are many women looking for the ideal position, the ideal job, the ideal career. They may be in a job they absolutely hate or perhaps in a job they merely tolerate. They still have hope that their dream job is out there somewhere, but aren’t quite sure how to find it, let alone how to get the opportunity to do it.
And then there are those successful women who absolutely love what they do. They are the ones who wake up early, eager to start their work day. They whistle throughout the day and have to pull themselves away from their work at night. They have found their dream job and are willing to be mentors to other women and help them make their dreams come true.
Perhaps you are one of these successful women or maybe you aspire to be just like them. That is the purpose of this “I Love Her Job!” segment. The weekly posts that will be featured here are to help you discover the steps you can begin taking to make your dreams a reality. This is the place where you can spend time wondering, What if?
Beginning today, and each week, we will feature successful women who absolutely love what they do. Take this opportunity to learn from them and to discover, through their help, how you can begin bringing those dreams to reality.
If you are one of those successful women who loves what you do, learn how you too can be featured here.
To introduce you to this new segment of The Savvy Mompreneur, I will answer the questions that each of our future featured moms will answer.
Founder of The Savvy Mompreneur
Director of Social Media & Networking for Our Milk Money
Sponsored Teacher at LiveMinds
How did you discover your current position?
I discovered blogging when looking for ways to work from home and network online. It initially was a support site for my coaching home business, but as my experience and knowledge grew, my blog grew into a resource site for women entrepreneurs. To spread the word, I would advertise my business on a site for self-employed parents. One day the site owner posted a volunteer position for Director of Social Media and Networking. I applied and got my fabulous job working with some of the most talented women in the industry. I’m learning as I’m doing and it has been fun!
As if I needed something else to do, I stumbled upon an ad for a sponsored teacher on a new open marketplace for live online learning. My corporate background was in training and consulting, so it caught my attention. I applied and became the company’s first sponsored teacher, teaching “how-to” courses for home business owners.
What was the path you took to get you where you are today?
I was a consultant and trainer for a large Fortune 500 company. I worked with the company’s regional executive staff, providing developmental opportunities and training for them. I loved my job, but felt the tug to come home after welcoming my youngest child into the family.
When I made the decision to come home, I knew I had to do something to supplement the household income. Not knowing what to do, I began researching online. I found people who loved what they did and were successful working from home. I followed them and participated in every learning opportunity they offered. As a result, I have been able to make a difference to many home business owners through sharing what I’ve learned to help them succeed in business as well.
Was there any one person or situation that has helped you along your way?
I would have to say that my husband was my greatest encourager. He never stopped supporting me, even through my many tried-and-failed ventures. He would just say that he was proud that I didn’t give up and that I would find the right fit eventually. I’m glad I didn’t give up and I’m glad he was right. I found my fit!
What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?
Getting responses from moms (and dads!) who say I’ve helped them achieve something or learn something. I get the greatest boost from knowing that I’ve made a difference to someone.
What have you found to be the most challenging?
Setting limits! I get so engrossed in what I’m doing, that it’s hard to tear myself away! To help me with that, I’ve created a schedule for the times I’ll work and I make myself stick to it. I keep it posted over my desk so I’m reminded of it often. It’s still hard to turn off the computer at night, because so many ideas come to mind and I want to implement them all at once. But I write the ideas down in a special notebook and then schedule them out on my calendar. It’s been the best tool I’ve used yet!
Though you make it look easy, what is the biggest personal sacrifice you’ve made because of your job?
Free time. Having children, alone, takes away much of your free time (which I consider an investment into their future). Adding to that a home business virtually eliminates the leisure time I used to enjoy. Though I found that many of the things I used to enjoy were time wasters, I do, at times, miss having nothing to do. So, I try to arrange periodic breaks from my business to have some free time to get rejuvenated.
What are the top lessons you have learned about life and/or business that sticks with you?
Be yourself…be authentic. One quote that sticks with me is, “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you somebody else.” ~E.E. Cummings. Another lesson is to never give up on your dream. It may take trying many different things before you find the right fit, but don’t stop until you find that fit.
What would you say are the rules you live by?
Pray, love hard, do the work you love, and be grateful.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge for work at home moms today, particularly those in your industry?
Identifying how to make money doing what you love. I think many work at home moms know what they would love to do, but aren’t sure how to make a living doing it. I don’t think it’s something that everyone can learn to do on their own. We have to take advantage of the opportunities to learn from others and to apply what we learn to our own situations. Finding a coach or a mentor, whether it be one you talk to or one you follow from afar, is one of the best ways to overcome this challenge.
What advice do you have for other work at home moms who want to be in your industry?
Dream big and work towards your dream as if you expect it to happen. Another quote I love is, “Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.” ~Ralph Charell. Once you have your dream in mind, solicit support (a mentor, coach, networking group, etc.) to help you bring that dream into reality.