For those of you who don’t know me (and that’s most of you), I’m a stuck woman masquerading as a success. #realtalk. I’m an American mama to two lovely little ones, a wife, and a nomad currently living in China. Before moving here, we’ve lived in Taiwan and the Dominican Republic. And before all of that, I worked as a Proposal Manager for government contractors. #lifebeforekids For the last six years, I’ve run an online business (part-time), but I’ve never been able to earn my pre-kid full-time salary. AHHH!
Well, that ends now.
It’s March 1, 2018. For the first time since I’ve become a mom, a nomad, and a wife, I’m ready to really build an online business.
So here’s the thing. I’m not the most public person. I typically write about stuff I know, and I hardly ever write about my experience. Because, well that’s scary and personal and confronting.
That’s what I need, your eyeballs!
I need eyeballs watching me and hopefully cheering me on from behind their laptops, tablets, and phones.
Because here’s the deal.
When you choose to be a stay-at-home mom, it’s hard to get back into the professional world. And when you’re a working mom, my friends tell me it’s hella hard to cram all of that amazing kid time in before bed and on the weekends.
Being a mom is hard, no matter how you choose to work.
There’s a better way.
And moms, I believe we need to start an online business revolution. If you already have a job that allows you to work at home, cool, with all due respect, I’m not talking to you.
I’m talking to the stay-at-home mamas that want to be moms AND have a professional life that brings income into the family.
I’m talking to the working moms who forced themselves back to work—when they really just wanted to cuddle their new baby—because they needed the money and value their career.
I want to show moms that they have actual choices that aren’t complete dichotomies —stay at home and fear never working again or go back to work and miss your babies.
It’s been done before…
I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here. I can name at least 3 women (two are moms with little kids) who started online businesses and now make (more than) full-time income. For example…
Rosemarie Groner is a finance blogger over at the Busy Budgeter. I started following her when I found one of her income reports. At the time, she was making $20,000/month but now, she’s making +$100,000/month.
Kim Anderson started as a thrifty lifestyle blogger over at Thrifty Little Mom. While Kim doesn’t publish income reports, I actually know her and her blogging business makes enough money that her engineer husband could leave his job due to the income from her blog. Kim now also works as blogging coach at Kim Anderson Consulting.
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is a finance blogger at Making Sense of Cents. I started reading Michelle’s blog when she was still freelancing and growing her blog. Michelle has now been featured in publications like Forbes, CNBC, Huffington Post, and Kiplinger –to name just a few. Now, Michelle is making multiple 6-figures each month from her blog while traveling in her RV.
If they’ve been able to start online businesses and make a full-time income, then I’d like to do it too…
So, let me prove it…
Starting today, I’m going to start working toward my goal to reach my pre-kid salary; that’s $92,500/year.
Look, I don’t know if this is going to work. I don’t know if I’ll be able to hit $92,500 in annual revenue, and if I do I have no clue how long it will take.
Currently, I’m not making more than $1000/month (on a good month) in freelance writing and blogging income.
So, this is a long shot.
But your goals are a long shot too and if you’re anything like me, you’re afraid to try. And like me, you’re probably TERRIFIED to work toward anything publicly.
I get it.
That’s why I’m doing it.
Let me prove to you that it’s possible.
Here’s what you’ll see.
If you want to see whether I flame out as an epic failure or succeed to despite all the freakin’ obstacles in front of me, this is what you’ll see from me:
1. Monthly Income Reports.
Believe me. I’m not thrilled about this. I’m not a public person, but I need to keep myself accountable, and I can think of no better way to do that than to publically humiliate myself on a consistent basis. LOL! No really. I don’t have any friends who have enough time to hold my hand through this process or who would notice if I didn’t send them an income report for a few months. Not that you’d notice either, but maybe if I fall off the wagon, someone out there will say, “Ciara, where’s that income report? Huh?”
2. Weekly Updates
If you join me on the “Watch Me Build An Online Business” challenge, I encourage you to not just watch but join me in the process. I’ll share what processes, tools, and resources are working and I’ll tell you what to avoid as you go about starting your online business. You’ll also have access to my childcare tips and tricks, how often I’m working, and how to get clients.
My intention with all of this is to prove that moms have more options than we’re given. And until work environments start to treat mothers and parents (in general) as the superheroes—and not just as a temporary condition—we need to find alternative work arrangements. Starting an online business is the solution.
Let me prove it to you.
Join me on my online business journey.
Sign up for my 5-day dream business challenge and put some legs on that idea you’ve had knocking around in your head. Once you have your business skeleton, you may just sidestep all my pitfalls and find your business grows faster than you ever dreamed.