Want to work from home? Work smart, not just hard.

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About Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

When I started Simple Mom in early 2008, I didn’t intend for it to become a full-fledged career path. I saw it more as a creative outlet with a possibly to fund my coffee habit. Never in a million years would I guess it would become my platform for writing and providing a sizable portion of our family’s income.

I consider it an enormous blessing, but also a humbling responsibility; one I hope I never take lightly. I feel like I’ve been entrusted with a delicate gift, for both my family, but also for the readers and the SLM contributors. I wake up elated to do what I do, but also with a dash of trembling.

Today’s post is the last in a series I’ve done this month about working from home. I’ve had a great time reminiscing, sharing behind the scenes, and thanking you for the privilege of calling this both work and a deep love.

I’m often asked what I “did” at the beginning to make Simple Mom successful. I get the sense that the motive behind this question is a search for an easily duplicated, ten-step process that will work for everyone, so I’m reticent to answer this in detail. But it’s a good question to ask because it’s healthy for me to evaluate often.

See, the reason I hold SLM with open, shaking hands is because for me to run it well, I have to hold the posture of a lifelong learner. I can never get too comfortable and run on autopilot, because in this shrinking world, and especially on the Internet, things change before we can blink. What made Simple Mom launch well in early 2008 will probably not work as well now. So in this post, I’ll tell you some things I did in the beginning, but this is more descriptive than prescriptive. 2011 is different.

Hopefully, it’ll shed some light (for you and for me!) on how we can apply some general principles to specific tasks before us now.

Working smart, not just hard

I work hard, don’t get me wrong. In the beginning, I worked long, long hours, mostly without pay. So when I say work smart, not hard, I don’t mean that working smart implies you won’t have to work hard.

What I mean is, I worked intentionally, using seasons and times in the day to my advantage. I did my best not to run on an endless hamster wheel, going nowhere but still expending all my energy. Working smart means sitting like a sniper, aiming your efforts at a target, not barging in with a tommy gun and hoping to hit something of value.

Here are some ways I did that.

1. I helped spearhead a new niche.

I started Simple Mom with a vision to marry the topics of parenting and productivity into a niche I hadn’t yet seen in the blog world (because, from what I could find, it didn’t exist yet). I enjoyed “mommy blogs,” and I enjoyed productivity blogs, but I didn’t find any that talked about both. I wanted to write about intentional living, getting things done, and prioritizing life well, but from the perspective of a stay-at-home parent. And because I didn’t find a blog like this, I started Simple Mom.

I didn’t duplicate anyone else’s content; I created my own. This helped me posture the blog in a unique angle; providing something not much else in the blogosphere yet provided (my friend Rachel Meeks started Small Notebook the same month, and together we encouraged each other in the best of ways, plowing the field for an apparent harvest of interest in the topic of simple, intentional living).

Seems funny now to think that the niche of productivity and simple, intentional living would be unique, because it seems like it’s everywhere now. But in early 2008, it wasn’t.

Your application

What’s not yet being done? What’s an interest of yours that might be an interest to others? If you want to make jewelry, don’t duplicate what’s out there – think of something truly unique. If you want to write, don’t try to be another Zen Habits and hope that the audience will flock. The Internet has room for everybody to contribute, but our attention spans only have room for so much. If someone’s out there already doing something well, let them. Do something else with your unique touch.

2. I focused on something I love.

There aren’t many blogs out there on beaver watching, but I didn’t choose the niche of beaver watching because I don’t do that. I probably wouldn’t love it, either (though I could be wrong). But I knew I would burn out quickly if I chose to do something just because it might be marketable. Sure, people are interested in iPhone apps, so that could technically do really well on Google searches and potential ad revenue. But I don’t have much to say about iPhone apps because I’m not that terribly interested in them. I wouldn’t last long in that niche.

I found that Simple Mom’s topic stuck with me because I was doing it anyway in my life. I was genuinely interested in intentional, simple living because that was what I was learning about, reading about, and trying to apply in my own life. I’d do that whether I wrote a blog about it or not. So I naturally wrote about that because I cared about it.

Your application

What do you love to do? What would you do for free if you had the time? Research ways you could earn money doing that. Find your element.

3. I made the most of my seasons.

My middle son, Reed, was a newborn when I started Simple Mom. I was nursing constantly, so I had a lot of time to just sit and read. I chose to read blogs such as ProBlogger, which taught me how to start a blog on the right foot. I consumed a lot of information, and then applied that information with the hope of maybe turning a small “hobby” blog into one that generated a little bit of cash.

I’m so thankful for those first few months, where I learned simple but important things like the best spots to offer ad space, the value of white space, basic coding, and the difference in the style of writing for a blog versus a book. It didn’t take long for that newborn of mine to become mobile, and I had a lot less time by then. During that season, I didn’t read much; I just wrote when I had the time (usually when Reed was sleeping).

Your application (and mine)

I still take advantage of seasons, knowing there’s another season around the corner. I get most of my writing done when my oldest is in school. I do most of my graphic design, email replying, and photo tweaking after the kids are in bed. I also don’t write much during the holiday season because I’m busy, and I leave expectations to get a lot done on the back burner when we’re doing heavy traveling. Basically, I make the most of my time and the seasons I’m in. And of course, this translates to all parts of life, not just in running a business.

Align your expectations to the season you’re in. If you need extra help because this season is full, find it unapologetically.

4. I learned my industry…

It’s important for me to keep my writing and editing skills polished, but there’s so much more than that to running a successful blog. It took time, but I started learning when blog readership is higher and when it’s naturally lower. I learned when I needed to lower my ad prices, and when my ad space real estate was more valuable. I learned why writing a clear, concise post headline was important. I learned as best I could how Google scans sites and what to give their spiders to read.

In other words, I became knowledgeable in my craft. Some of Simple Mom’s early success was due to being in the right time, in the right place on the Internet. But a whole lot of it has been due to my studying, studying, studying. I found out that it’s not enough to be good with words if I wanted to turn this into a business. I needed to learn the tools and skills of my trade.

Your application

If you want to run your blog as a business, don’t expect to hit “publish” and watch the readers flock. You’ve got to do everything you can to play your cards right — you’ve got more control over what cards are in your hand than you think. Luck has little to do with it. If it’s blogging you’re after, read ProBlogger to begin. If it’s another industry, learn from those ahead of you who’ve already found success.

5. …and I’m continually learning.

Soon after I launched Simple Mom, I signed up for this thing called “Twitter.” I had no idea what it was, but heard it was a good idea to sign up for most of these new digital platforms that were launching left and right in late 07/early 08, if anything just to claim the name for branding purposes. So I grabbed the Twitter handle “SimpleMom,” expecting never to use it. Boy, am I glad I did that.

A mere three years later, and things have really changed in the blog world. What’s true today might be different three months from now. I need to continually learn how things work if I expect to run SLM for the long haul. I’m learning so much about running a business, something I never thought I’d need to learn (I started the blog as a place to write, not as a business to manage, after all). I went to EntreLeadership, I read books by John Maxwell, I love Michael Hyatt’s blog on leadership, and I continually search for helpful content to help me shepherd and nurture my editors, who in turn do the same for their writers.

Your application

Don’t ever get too comfortable with where you are on the learning curve. Enjoy the process of learning from those wiser than you, and be teachable. You don’t know everything, and neither do I. Once I think that, my ship starts sinking. Be willing to learn from others.

These are general business principles, so they can apply to just about anything you try your hand at, be it generating income from a blog or starting an Etsy shop. Expect to work hard as you work smart. Assume there will be seasons when you work all the time, and understand that there will be times when you work for little to no pay. But if you love what you do, your work just might feel like play. It does for me.

How to Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too

I’ve mentioned Mandi Ehman’s new ebook, How to Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too a few times during this series. She’s not only a friend, she’s also a blogging colleague, a regular contributor for Simple Mom, the ad manager for SLM, and a rocking work-from-home mom who serves as her family’s primary breadwinner. She asked me to mentor her back in late 2008, and I was solidly impressed with her from the get-go. She knows what she’s talking about.

Her ebook is all about dispelling the myth that it’s just impossible to both be a stay-at-home parent and run a successful business. She talks about finding your passion, learning from mistakes, and working harder than you imagined, but it’s also filled with practical tips about when to work, when to delegate tasks, and how to procrastinate well. If you want to pursue your dreams, generate income from it, and be there for your kids, I highly recommend downloading her ebook.

Blog Essentials Course

So many of you have told me you’re interested in me leading a group class of sorts on blogging essentials for beginners. I’m listening. If you haven’t yet filled out the form and you’re interested, you still have time!

Thank you for the blessing of sharing some of my work with you over the past few weeks. It’s been fun.

Which one of these five ways to work “smart, not just hard” is easiest for you? Which one is hardest? Which one will you focus on this next week?

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  1. Thank you for this very inspiring post. Like you, I am a self made work at home Mom but I may not be as productive as you are. I am still struggling to keep a balanced work-mom-wife-me attitude. I also learned that keeping our workspaces free from clutter and actually WORKABLE helps. I will try to put up inspiring artworks on my workspace to keep me motivated.

    Bookmarked!

    Thanks,
    Renz

  2. Great post! I like the point about always being open to learning new things.
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  3. This has been such a great series, Tsh! Your openness with your story is so encouraging. Thank you for pulling out the helpful principles for us!

    I think focusing on something I love is what comes easiest for me. It’s harder to push myself to do the learning, learning, learning you describe, especially about things that I find intimidating or just not as interesting as writing.

    So I’m trying to take small steps to learn more about blogging; I recently bought and read the ebook, Simple Blogging, that Rachel Meeks wrote. And I decided to ditch my shy impulses, and switch my twitter account from locked to public!
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  4. Thank you once again for great advice. My reasons for being interested in how you begin also to do with checking to see if I might the “qualities” for it or, more appropriately, how far away I am :) Boy, finding the niche would be hard. I just constantly interested in learning new things…

    BTW, another question on how you begin: is there something more specific that get you to go in front of the computer and start working (instead of continue learning/surfing the web, napping with baby, getting start on the next chore)? I understand how it is being your element and how you love the topic. But do you just want to write about it? Or did you want to find someone feel the same way as you? Or, do you feel some kind of mission?

    • Messy wife, I have replies for both your questions:

      When you ask about how to decide on a topic – here’s my two cents: Look for both something you love AND something that can support you as a business for a topic. Don’t just go with the first.

      Here’s what I did to start my Fit Family Together website. I brainstormed all the topics I wanted to write about (both ones I knew a great deal about and ones I’d like to learn more about). And then I did extensive keyword research using Wordtracker and Marketing Samurai. I went beyond my initial keywords – “family fitness” to ones that fit under that topic, for example. To really get a sense of how many people were looking for this. And I looked for what kind of competition there was on these topics. Twitter is also a great place to do keyword research.

      In the end I narrowed down my list based on the combination of what I love and what I know I can build a business on. Because as much as you love something, if you can’t develop a business out of it, it will be very hard to find the time to make it last and work for you. And income is certainly an incentive when it takes so much time to get going.

      On the question of getting yourself to write vs. always surfing and learning, you have to just tell yourself to take some action every day that will get this going. And at some point you need to tell yourself that reading and learning doesn’t count towards action. Since as much as you learn, it will never mean anything unless you start trying things yourself and getting your work out there. Don’t go only with when you feel like writing – assign yourself jobs. Set a schedule – even if it’s modest. And take one step forward each day.

      There are lots of great ideas out there. But as Tsh so well represents, the proof is in actually making it happen.

      Good luck! And Tsh, thank you for all the great info in this series.

      • Sarah,

        Thank you for your tips and advice. I really like how you narrow down your interest. Very helpful for me.

        I truly have a lot to learn at this point. And I am not just talking about the working part but, as my name implies, daily things like getting laundry done before someone need something from the pile. It seems a long way before I can finally evolve to that point.

        But that’s why I am attracted to this blog and Tsh’s book the minute I came across them. Living Simply and Intentionally. All these posts on work at home series brought me hope and dream. It is difficult to have a goal without a dream. Without a goal, getting housework done became the goal which is, honestly, very boring. With a goal or purpose, housework became some action items to be done as part of achieving my goal. I cannot tell you how much easier for me to let go of things now (and less work!)

        I seems to have gone off-topic. I hope you don’t mind me getting these out of my system. Thank you for your listening ears. And thank you again for your tips.

  5. The easiest thing for me is I Focus on Something I Love.
    I have a couple different roles besides being a wife and mom. One is, I own rental properties and handle all the property management aspects of it. I love it! From building rapport with my tenants, to working with various contractors when needed, to planning upgrades to the units (and my hubby & I hands-on do 95% of the work ourselves).
    The most difficult thing I’m finding starting http://www.heartandhaven.com is Know My Industry. I just started this blog a week ago, and I’m finding there is so much to learn! I love a challenge and learning new things!

  6. This has been a great series, Tsh!

    I think the most important thing I did when I started blogging was paying to get access to the downloads from Blissdom 2009. That’s where I learned the majority of blogging information I carried with me, and it was super helpful at the time.

    Jamie
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  7. Thank you SO much for this series, Tsh!

    I can’t begin to tell you how much you have inspired me. I have been working part-time from home in various capacities for the past seven years, juggling and struggling all the way.

    This fall I will have two children in school full time, which means I will have (significant) time / space to work.

    I’m planning now to get better boundaries in place, get really clear about what I most want to do, and finding a work rhythm that works for me, and our family, so I can step things up a level and (hopefully) contribute some significant income to our family!

    I am very grateful for your willingness to share what you have learned and am very much looking forward to your Blogging class.

    ~Erin

  8. Thanks, Tsh!! It seemed like you wrote this series just for me :)

  9. Great post! You certainly deserve all the success you’ve achieved and it’s awesome that you are sharing your expertise with others.
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  10. I have loved this whole series, Tsh! Thank you!

  11. this has been one of the most generous blog series i’ve ever seen. so much goodness here, thank you tsh! i think it’s so important to stay fresh and to always be learning. blogging is a craft and continues to develop and evolve over time… if a blogger wants to stay on the radar it would make sense to be current with tools, trends and interests. of course, remaining authentic along the way.
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  12. Great post! I learned a lot!!!

  13. I love it when a blogger becomes successful and they share their experiences with others, rather than guarding their “secret recipe” so to speak. I’m looking into working from home, to be able to spend more time with my family and still generate an income, and this article could not be more timely.

    Thanks so much for this! Good luck in your future endeavors – you certainly deserve all that you’ve accomplished so far.
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  14. This is such a wonderful post. I truly believe that there is enough in this universe for everyone to be successful, and you sharing your philosophies and giving direction truly embodies your confidence and generosity. Very very helpful information!!

  15. When I first started blogging I didn’t really have much of a purpose for doing so, I was really using blogging as a means to write about a funny event that happened with one of my kids or to rant about something! The more I was exposed to the world of blogging – esp mommy blogs – I realized that there was a whole opportunity waiting for me out there! It really is something to take seriously. Thanks for some really great advice and feedback that can apply to any sort of business, really! :)

  16. I’ve so enjoyed this series–thanks so much!

    Things sure do move at quantum speed in the blogosphere. Hard to believe your niche wasn’t around three short years ago!
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  17. This is a great post! I’m really trying to put more effort into my new blog. I’ve also been working ahead on posts as I think of topics. It has helped a lot with my attempt to post something almost every day. I want to become a better writer and want to improve the content of my blog. I also am trying to get a blog for the women of my church off the ground but am kind of at a mental block there.

    Where I’m having a hard time right now is finding the time to write so I really appreciated what you wrote about working with the seasons of your life. I have a 22 month old and a 3 week old and have just started being a SAHM and it’s taking a lot of adjustment for me! I’m excited about the possibilities though and really look forward to reading your blog more!
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  18. I learned a lot from this post, thanks so much for writing it. Very helpful info!!
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  19. As usual, I’m late to the party! I’m new to blogging and having my own site but not to the experience I’ve gained and am now sharing. My kids are older now (14 and 12) so it’s easier for me to work, while they’re at school and that was a huge benefit to waiting to get started. I’ve really enjoyed the learning behind the scenes I’ve done – web design, marketing, and meeting new people. Great post! Thanks Tsh!!
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  20. Terrific post, Tsh. Great advice, and also a great reality check about the difficulties of being a WAHM. (Also, I love your post about getting help. SO agreed!)

  21. Oh.. I have loved the series and this post is pretty much the most awesome. I love how you’ve broken down the “steps” and given us an action plan to work with.

    Thank you, Tsh!
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  22. I so appreciate this post!!
    I’ve forwarded this to my blog partner is starting a new {encouraging} blog called the cancer card exchanger – a way to help people in simple ways going through the harestt time of their lives…
    Blessings!

  23. I find focusing on what I love to be the easiest. I’m so interested I want to write about and share what I’m doing and learning.

    But, what I love is not just one thing. So figuring out my exact niche is what is challenging me now. I know that there is something unique in what I do, I just haven’t quite identified that exact unique element. To some extent I think it begins to materialize as I go, but I figure the sooner I can identify it, the sooner I can get really focused on that and, like you say, work smarter.

    Your weekend link to Michael Hyatt (Finding Your Passion In Three Steps) is an awesome tool for narrowing it down. It’s given me some insights.
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  24. While it would be nice to have a 1,2,3 what you worked for you should work for me answer, in reality all we can do is look at what you did and see how it could be applicable now. 3 years in the technical/information world is a long time!
    I am so appreciatve that you have shared so much with us this month!
    Bernice
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  25. What I find difficult about working at home is saying no. Some people think that just because you work from home, that you don’t have a real job. So you’re always available for some chores right?
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  26. I’m not yet a mom, but when my first little munchkin arrives, I’d love to stay at home and still contribute to our family income. I have recently begun taking steps towards that goal and have found your series so encouraging. Thank you for sharing and showing that it IS possible to be a stay-at-home mom and work as well!

  27. The easiest on is doing something I love. The hardest one is taking advantage of my seasons. Sometimes I get completely sidetracked by life and have a hard time getting back on the right track. Definitely something to work on all the time (continually learning).

  28. This is a very neat, organized, and informative blog.

  29. I think was is the easiest for me is doing something I love! I absolutely love my topic and would definitely continue to write about it even if only one person were reading it. I also really enjoy learning about blogging (although it is tough to balance that with actual writing and implementing what you’ve learned) and love reading blogs about blogging and things like web design, SEO, etc. The hardest thing for me is finding a unique angle. What I love happens to be what a lot of people also love and blog about.

  30. I love Heather’s comment about what a “generous” series this has been…I feel like I’ve been reading a very well written guide to blogging/writing/working from home– encouraging, insightful, and best of all practical…Thanks for running the series. Hoping that webinar takes off!!!
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  31. Tsh this is wonderful! I have been so busy I have not been reading enough lately but my mommy blog is about to be just about me while I launch a blog that deals with I love…making my house my own with my own two hands, a lot of tools and some help from friends. Yes, others do it, but they are not the same as me so I believe there *may* still be room.

    Great series!
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  32. I have to agree that having a new niche is important and the importance of avoiding duplicate content. Problogger is also a good site, which includes advices on blogging. Although I have tried blogging in the past, I haven’t tried putting an etsy shop.
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  33. This really tickled my curiosity pink on the world of blogs. I have not engaged yet but I am really open to search for the door that might lead me to this venture yet unknown. I hope I can find my niche out there- I’m still trying to gauge what my interests really are, some stuff which I won’t tire of writing and constantly talking about. You are an inspiration to us newbies and very generous in sharing insights which others would probably guard about. I intend to follow you through all these series and learn from the wisdom of your success. I am really very trainable too and constantly hunger for more knowledge that others can offer. Thank you :)
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  34. This really tickled my curiosity pink on the world of blogs. I have not engaged yet but I am really open to search for the door that might lead me to this venture yet unknown. I hope I can find my niche out there- I’m still trying to gauge what my interests really are, some stuff which I won’t tire of writing and constantly talking about. I intend to follow you through all these series and learn from the wisdom of your success. I am really very trainable too and constantly hunger for more knowledge that others can offer. Thank you :)
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  35. My struggle right now is trying to do all my SEO as well as write blog posts with severely dry eyes, which severely limits my time on the computer. I’m definitely having to get creative – smarter – with how I do things.
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  36. Thanks for your sharing! I’ve always been struggling how to balance being working from home mom. Everyday, i woke up and thought how to plan my day going to smooth all the flow. But, it is really hard to do when you have toddler at home. So, i got to create a new schedule for me how to made it happen. Although, my productive accessories are very slowly, i don’t push too much pressure on my workload, otherwise, you will be getting more frustration. Take time.

  37. Hi Tsh,

    I found this post very interesting. As a new blogger, it can get quite overwhelming researching all the ways to blog or make a blog better. It’s very easy to hit a wall with all the information out there. If you do your blogging class, it would great if you could address that and also the ways to take your blog from one level to another (for instance, monetizing while maintaining integrity).
    Cheers, Kathy
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  38. Interesting post.I like the way you do housework smart,not hard.I will learn to do now
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  39. Wow, Tsh. Amazing post. In all the years I’ve been reading blogs, I’ve never really started one (or started them but never told anyone). I just can’t even imagine what I do that would that be interesting to anyone. I don’t think anyone gets paid for reading books and sending people articles they didn’t know they wanted to read! LOL!

    I totally credit you and Small Notebook and Zen Habits and Becoming Minimalist with my sold-out commitment to simple, intentional living. I always wanted it, but never saw it articulated in a way that communicated to me until I started reading Simple Mom a couple of years ago. I still have a ways to go, but the concept has changed my life. And I never thought it was really possible to work from home and still raise a family, much less homeschool the way some bloggers do! Hopefully, this concept changes my life, too. :) Thank you for all your work, both with SLM and with this series! As others have said, it’s a very generous work!

  40. I’m enjoying this series and *so* looking forward to Blogging 101!
    I already work from home part-time, but also have a part-time job in an office. Ultimately, my goal is to work entirely from home. It’s harder than most people think, but it also has its rewards!
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  41. I just read this series from start to finish – thank you for such an amazing and helpful series! It’s really made me think about how I blog and what I want from blogging. Thanks for being so generous and sharing your knowledge.

  42. avatar
    Michele says:

    Tsh, you are such a thoughtful writer, very bright. I don’t know how else to say it. I just wanted to tell you you are very talented and I’m glad you are able to share your blessing with others so that they may be inspired by you. Beautiful picture with your son (above) by the way…awesome smile. Thanks for sharing so much. :-)

  43. Hello T, it’s so great to land to your blog post and delve into it. You are a brilliant example of a full time home-staying parent and successful blogger. Kudos to you. You are actually pointing 5 steps to online success here. Thanks for analyzing each of these tips. And yes, it’s possible for a full time mother to be a successful online business woman.
    I am working online from home and my dream is to be home and actually see my children (when they come…) growing and be there in their first music concert instead of begging a boss leave an hour earlier and ending up missing it. You know what I mean.
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  44. Just reading this now and wanted to thank you for *not* giving us your prescription for guaranteed success (what a breath of fresh air) and instead sharing your wisdom with us.

    Very inspiring, as always Tsh.
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  45. I loved this post, it tackles the same subject of my last blog post. I’ve been blogging for just over a year now and I’m just finding my own unique voice. When I started it was only because I was told that I HAD to have a blog but had no idea what to share. Now I write about my life as a single mom working from home and loving it (most days). I love how organized and informative the series is and anyone just starting their blog journey should definitely study it.

    Golda
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  46. I’ve found that doing something I’m passionate about has made the process of working hard and smart so much easier. I think so many people underestimate how doing something you love and are passionate about can make work not really seem like work.
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  47. Great article. I enjoyed reading your article and found a lot of great tips and encouragement. I love your advice on finding your seasons and working with them. As a work at home mom myself I can relate to how their are times more conducive to work over other times.
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  48. You got the correct points here. I absolutely agree with you about “work smart, not just hard; focus on something we love; Continually learning.” I’ll apply those three into my life. Thanks for posting this inspiring article. It means a lot.
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  49. You’re an inspiration! Let’s me look back and reminisce when I was just new in the business.

    Just to share, I think a great point about working from home is seeing it in the long-run for it to flourish rather than just settling for what one can earn from it now.

  50. Thanks for putting this series together, Tsh! I really enjoyed it.

    Also – Michael Hyatt’s blog is one of my favorites!

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