Working at Home is Real
Being work at home mom is different for each woman who decides to embark on this journey. There is a difference between having a home business and a job you do from home. Deadlines, quota’s and children are enough to make you rethink this decision. It is one that should be thought out thoroughly. There is a lot to figure out and getting the right information is not always an easy task.
Many mislead others into believing the money you make is worth the investment. Wait, what? An investment? Yes, an investment of some kind at some point is required. It could be financial or an investment of time. Again this all depends on if you are which side of this you enter.
If you can work from home for your current employer that is a different world entirely.
What I am referring to is to become a consultant or freelancer or maybe even start your own business!
Finding a work at home job is another option entirely. Just be sure it is legit.
I wish I would have gotten into this world sooner than I did. You can always learn something new and the opportunities are literally endless. When I started, I was skeptical of everything. I have tried many avenues before I found what works for me and my family.
If you are serious about becoming a work at home mom, I encourage you to please do your own research. Talk to different people BEFORE jumping in at an opportunity that sounds amazing.
Network marketers can smell you coming a mile away. Ask the tough questions and the sleep on it … for a while.
Let me just add, that if you are reading this and you are considering this option seriously, feel free to reach out to me. I am not here to pitch you ANYTHING! I will gladly tell you my story and the truth about the industry. I am in no way bad mouthing any of it. I am just stating that there are some who will tell you whatever they think you want to know to get you to join their company. This is not about them, It is all about you and your family.
When we restarted this business in 2013, we had no idea where it would take us. All we did know was we were here for the long haul. Like most businesses, we had our stumbling blocks but we overcame them and we are still here going strong.
One year later, our business; The Wahm Addict Won #41 for the Top 100 Moms in Business
Our goal is still to provide resources that save time and money for anyone working at home or considering it, regardless of the level you are at, we have it.
One of our favorite aspects of being an entrepreneur is developing and creating new ideas that benefit others who work from home. Breathing life into a concept and having it serve a purpose or be a solution is very empowering.
- Listening – It is vitally important to practice good listening skills to assist your clients in reaching their goals.
- Communication – Communicating effectively in all aspects, including person-to-person, email, social media, etc.
- Be Teachable – Be honest with yourself and realize owning a home business is a learning process. Continued education and training is a must when you are a home business owner.
Our greatest inspiration is Customer satisfaction inspires us to keep doing what we do!
The next year The Wahm Addict Won the “Savviest in Social Media” Category from StartUp Nation. I came across the interview that we had with StartUp Nation. While reading it, the same concepts still hold true today.
Our business and services and social media have changed a lot since then. Our website is only a small portion of who we are what we do. Our goal has always been to give you 110%
Why am I telling you all this? To show you that anything is possible. We created a service based business from the ground up. Yes, it was a long road to get here. We can do what we love and serve others in helping them succeed in their own endeavors. Lifting other women up to be work at home moms too!
Linda Chisnall ~ WahmAddicts
Organization Leads to Better Productivity
If you’re struggling to be productive, it could be a lack of organization at the root of the problem. For some people, organization comes naturally, but for most people, it requires some energy to learn organization skills.
And even if you’re not inherently organized, there are many things you can do to improve your organization one step at a time.
Clean Your Work Area. If your work area looks like it was the victim of a recent natural disaster, your productivity will suffer. The first step toward better organization is cleaning your work area.
This means getting rid of trash, organizing papers in file folders or binders, designating storage spaces for office supplies, and throwing away materials that are duplicates or that you no longer need.
Organize Your Computer and Email. If your computer desktop has fifty icons on it and your email list has hundreds of emails, it’s time to clean those areas. Make sure that all important documents are stored in logical folders and remove any unused icons from your desktop.
Spend a day organizing email so that unimportant emails are deleted and important emails are organized into folders so you can refer to them when you need them. If you have unread mail, read it.
Use a Planner. Productive people plan each day with purpose. Using a daily planner – either on paper or electronically – can help you to stay on track and become more productive. It’s best to plan the next day’s work at the end of your work day so that you can begin fresh the next day and know what needs to be done first.
Focus Your Efforts. Instead of worrying about trying to do everything at once, learn to focus instead of multi-tasking. Set a designated time or times each day to read email, respond to voicemail, and work on social media. The rest of your day should be spent on more important tasks.
Don’t Procrastinate. Sometimes it’s tempting to put off tasks that are less desirable. But all this does is get you behind schedule and put off the inevitable. When you need to do something, just use self-discipline to complete the task and move on. You’ll save time and energy.
Stick to a Routine. It’s easier to be productive when you stick to a consistent schedule instead of doing things differently each day. This may sound boring, but over time you’ll find you actually like the regularity of a routine and you’ll get more done in less time.
I myself have been guilty of all of the above. I am not one to make resolutions, however, 2019 is all about getting Organized and getting a better handle on all of this. I have been going through and unsubscribing from many things in my three different email accounts. Yes, three! We can discuss that another day. One is my personal one I have since about 2002-2003 which is on Yahoo. I have two on Gmail. One is semi-personal/work and the other is just work. Condensing is the goal.
The Biggest Key To Boosting Productivity? Simplify!
I’ll let you in on a secret. The best way to increase your productivity, no matter what the task, is to simplify. I know it sounds too easy to be true, but it actually works. When you simplify a task or a process, you spend less time figuring out what to do and how to do and instead get to focus on getting it done.
Let’s look at a couple of different examples from both work and home to see how this simplification principle applies. While they may or may not apply to you, they should give you a pretty good idea how simplifying can help you in all areas of your life and save you time.
Cleaning off your desk and cutting back on what you allow back on there is a great first thing to try at work. Take everything off your desk. Then decide what you absolutely need on there. Go for a clean, uncluttered look. Toss what you don’t absolutely need and find new homes for things you need to keep around but don’t need at your fingertips right away. For example, keep your notebook and pen in the desk drawer. File paperwork in your file cabinet or get things filled out and moved on ASAP. My desk tends to be the “catchall”. Whenever my family doesn’t know what to do with whatever it is, my desk becomes its next home until I deal with it. Can you relate? Ha!
Since we’re on the topic of paperwork, that’s another great area where you can simplify both at work and at home. Look through any piece of paper you touch and see if it’s really necessary. At home, consider setting your bills to either auto-pay or to go to online billing. Online billing is something you can take care of from your phone as you wait in line at the store. It will be much quicker than sending a check in the mail each month.
At work, talk to your superiors about cutting down on paperwork and moving to electronic delivery wherever possible. Cutting back on paperwork will not only save trees but will benefit and profit the company by cutting cost and increasing productivity.
Learn to say no at work to things that would distract you from finishing your current projects. Of course, that isn’t always possible, but do what you can to focus on your core workload and responsibilities.
At home, consider de-cluttering and simplifying all areas of your house one room at a time. You’ll spend a lot less time cleaning and looking for things. For example, by de-cluttering your living room, you can end up spending 40% less time cleaning, vacuuming and dusting. Over time that adds up to quite a few extra hours of time to do something you enjoy instead of dusting cluttered shelves.
This has helped out so much! Especially since you want your home to be inviting for visitors. Are you one of those types of people who scramble right before guests arrive to make your home presentable? We are! Keeping the living room clutter-free has helped a ton!
Do you have any tips on organizing? We are always looking for new ideas to make life flow easier!
Hope our tips have been helpful!
Linda ~ Wahm Addicts
Why Business Planning Is The Secret To Success For The Coming Year
Do you set aside time regularly to plan what you want to do in your business? If it’s not something you currently do, I strongly encourage you to embrace it for the coming year. Setting aside time to plan out what I want to do and more importantly what growth do I want to achieve in the coming year has been crucial to my own success. Over the next several weeks, I want to share some of what I’ve learned and what I’ve found helpful with you.
Let’s start off by taking a look at why business planning is “the secret” to success. There are a few different factors that come into play here. The first is efficiency. When you go in with a clear plan, you can focus on what’s most important. Instead of spending time trying to figure out what you should be working on, what pieces of the puzzle are missing from your product funnel, or what you need to do to break through to the next income level, you know exactly what needs to come next.
As we’ll explore in a future blog post, with a clear goal in mind and a plan for the year, it becomes easy to walk backward to create effective and efficient daily to-do lists. Work on what needs to get done each day and you will reach your goals.
Next, setting a big goal for yourself helps you think outside the box. If you don’t believe me, try it. Decide on a big income goal for the coming month. Write it down. Keep it in front of you. Then get to work and start to notice what happens next. You start to think of things that didn’t occur to you before. You come up with creative ways to get more traffic. You decide to run a fun promo that adds dollars to your bank account. The same happens when an important deadline comes up unexpectedly. Think back on that time in college when finals rolled around, or the last time your in-laws told you they would stop by later in the day. You got very creative about studying and cleaning respectively.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the subconscious. So far we’ve been focused on what we are actively doing to make progress by making a plan, setting goals and following through. There’s another dimension to all this and that’s what’s going on in our subconscious mind. While we are busy plowing through our to-do list, cooking dinner for the family, and even sleeping, our subconscious mind is working towards those goals as well.
In short, planning and setting goals is important because it helps you grow faster. That means you end up with more money for yourself and your loved ones while spending less time slaving away at your desk.
The future vision of your business needs to be as specific as you possibly can. Jumping in with two feet can sometimes leave you and your family feeling unsatisfied and always playing catch up. Trying to figure it out as you go can work for some people but something or someone is always guaranteed to suffer. That is never part of the plan. Managing your company regardless of size has many moving parts. Finances and attracting team members are a huge part that should be considered from all angles.
If you are new to the small business industry, please don’t let anyone deter you from your goals, but be smart and do your homework. Your success is YOURS alone! Just because someone else may appear to have it all figured it out, you really don’t know what went on to help get them there. Your journey will be different. What sets you apart from everyone else is that you bring you to the table along with your gifts and talents that make you unique and special.
Linda ~ Wahm Addicts
Do You Need a Yearly Plan?
Many people don’t believe they need a yearly plan. They believe they know enough about themselves or their businesses to bypass any planning process. Some people can get away with doing this. But, for most, having a plan and updating one on a yearly basis is essential to keep on track.
A yearly plan helps you to focus on what is important. There are too many events and things that happen during the year that we will simply forget about what needs to get done. The plan lets you see what needs allocation of funding. You can see how your expenses are affecting your bottom line.
If you have employees working for you, a yearly plan can help manage them. You can find out what vacations they are planning, and you can ensure that they are scheduled for training that you may require of them. You can’t account for everything that they may encounter over the course of the year. But, as long as you have the major events on your plan, you can make alternative plans.
When you implement your yearly plan, you solidify the necessary objectives to advance your organization. You and your employees can use it as a roadmap to make sure everyone is on the same page. There are going to be changes, and as the year goes on, you may find some initiatives are no longer relevant. But, overall, a plan is a great tool to help your company.
Without a plan, people and companies tend to flounder. They spend more money than they should, and they start projects that they often don’t complete. They have no way of knowing whether those projects are even going to help the company at all. It’s difficult to work as a cohesive unit when everyone is off doing whatever they feel like doing. Even if you have a manager who delegates the jobs, without a plan, the manager will also create projects as he or she goes.
A plan doesn’t have to be elaborate nor does it need to be exceptionally long. It can be as informational as listing out dates and tasks. Then, assign people to those tasks. It is important to get everyone to participate, but once you get an agreement, they need to be held accountable. Business is difficult enough without having some kind of plan or map to guide you in the right direction.
Being days away from 2019, we want to provide you with all the knowledge and guidance to not only help you plan out your new year but do it in such a way that it is not running you!
May you and yours have a Happy & Healthy New Year!
Linda ~ Wahm Addicts
When you think of the term “Mom Blog”, what comes to your mind? I personally think about a Mom writing about her experiences with raising her children. Perhaps it is about how to deal with small children and the daily challenges that arise. The variations are endless. Hoping to touch on a deeper level.
The world we live in is so much different than the one we grew up in. Kids are experiencing things so much earlier than we ever did as kids. I am sure you can agree with that.
Growing up to fast.
As a parent, my kids were dealing with issues that I believed (and still do) were not age appropriate. Cliques were forming in the third grade. I couldn’t help wondering where do these girls learn this behavior and whatever happened to just playing with Barbie or back then it was those Bratz Dolls…lol. Middle school brought new challenges and the hormones are in full force which fuels the emotions.
So I had to explain to my child that everyone sees things differently and not everyone is going to be your friend and that is okay. True friendships are hard to define at that age. They are experiencing Trust and Loyalty and not sure how to handle it. They are friends one day and not the next. Before you know it, they are dealing with adult issues that no one was prepared for.
What is being taught and accepted within the home?
For example, at a teachers conference once (middle school) I noticed a few police cars out in front of the school. Per my kid’s teacher, the police where there because a student has punched her in the face because she sent him to the office for disrupting her class repeatedly. Seriously? Last I checked that is considered assault. Not to mention, what happened to keep your hands to yourself. As we walked past the office to the doors to leave, the parents of this student were yelling at the police and school personnel. I never had behavior problems like this with my kids.
Later I learned that this child had been in trouble a lot. Sure, we all want to defend our children, spouse, family members. Accepting responsibility is not ageless. Wrong is wrong, regardless of who commits it.
A child is supposed to learn that actions have consequences and should be taught by parents and well before middle school. By this age, a child knows right from wrong as do the parents. How is a parent supposed to protect their kids when other parents weren’t doing it with their own children.
Have we really all changed over the years?
A recent comment that keeps rising to the surface is “We have all changed”. For some, definitely. Others, not even close. I know I have no control over this which is frustrating. I do my best to stay away from it and those individuals. When I do and am questioned about and if I am honest about it, the result leads to misunderstanding, denial or negative feelings on one or both sides.
Getting others to see your view on a topic is not easy, in fact almost always (in my life) is just impossible. Sure everyone has their view on the world on various topics. I am referring to taking personal ownership and accountability.
I do believe our children’s behavior can be a direct result of parenting or lack thereof. I also see adults not practicing what they preach. Passing the blame, playing the victim the list goes on. Any decisions you make at and after the age of 18 are on you. We cannot go through life blaming our parents for choices we made. I have to wonder how many of those parents who allow their children to behave badly still think this way.
There has to be a better way.
So now as the holidays are approaching, I keep hearing how some are concerned with going to visit family. They want to share in the celebrations but do not want to be part of the drama, attitudes, and comments that usually are included. I am well experienced in family situations especially during this time of the year.
After just celebrating Thanksgiving, should we not practice it all year so that these issues do not arise. When they do, deal with it responsibly. Don’t we owe it to our children/grandchildren to set an example?
Regardless of what the topic is, if both sides truly want to make it work, then an attempt should at least be made. It may not always work at first, but the common thread is a break down in communication. We all don’t have to agree. Getting only one shot at this life and arguing over things we have no control over is not how I want to waste my time, do you?
Your children and grandchildren are watching you more than you may think. Think back to a time when you heard or seen your parents and they didn’t know you were watching. How did that make you feel? I know I will never forget some of it. I never want my children to remember me like that. My kids hold me accountable just as I hold them accountable for their own actions or words. There is no age limit. Mine are all grown. Parenting never stops. We can do better!
After all, it starts at home and it starts with us!
Peace to you and yours!