Seeking Advice to Be a SAHM

Updated on March 05, 2009
A.B. asks from Phoenix, AZ
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Hello, I work full time and am a wife and mommy to a beautiful six year old girl. I am truly blessed but have recently been feeling the strain of working full-time while having a family. I know so many other mothers do it and manage it wonderfully, but it has started to become a major source of stress for me. I do not have the option of part time employment with my company. The problem is this. I make the most money in my household. My husband makes about $20K annually and I make about $50K annually. Is there anything I can do from home where I could make at least $40K and be able to spend more time with my family? Are there any programs out there for me and my husband that would help with this type of transition? He would like to make more money (he would like for me to be home more too). Again, I know there are a lot of women who have VP level jobs and are mommy's, wives, etc. However, I don't think it's for me. I am totally burnt out. We also would like to have another baby soon and as I've miscarried in the past I want to be able to be at home as much as possible during the pregnancy.

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I have now stepped into the consulting arena and LOVE IT! I can now make about 2 weeks of income in 1 week. It's great. I'm looking for a couple more clients and am now able to spend more time at home with my family:-)

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answers from Phoenix on

How wonderful you want to be home with your family more! I have been at home with my kids for almost 4 years now, and I love it! I was not in the exact same position as you, as my husband has always had the primary income, but we needed my income to meet our bills when I began to stay home. I initially did medical transcription, but found it stressful to meet deadlines, and I often was working while my oldest sat in front of the TV. I reassessed my priorities, and decided to find something different. I am not sure if you are familiar with direct sales (Pampered Chef, Creative Memories, etc), but this can be a great way to earn a decent income while staying home with your family. The catch is to find a company with experienced leaders with an innovative, timeless product that is fairly new or just starting out. Well, I found a company with all of those things and jumped on the train as fast as I could! The company is called Articulate Walls, and they created a company around a product called Word Art. I help people create Word Art to decorate their home or business. In order to fully understand this product, I recommend checking the website at I joined the company for the financial rewards, but found that this is just an awesome way to help people make their homes and businesses a true reflection of themselves. Beyond that, I have made it a goal to help moms stay home with their families by offering the opportunity to join the team! The best part is that you are starting and building your own business, but you have all the support, resources, and training to become truly successful! There is more I can say, but it is difficult to fully explain this opportunity in a quick message. If this sounds interesting and you want to talk further about whether this might be a good fit for you, you can call me or email me and we can set up a time to meet or talk over the phone. I look forward to talking with you!

K. Tolbert
Future Director
Articulate Walls, Inc.

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answers from Albuquerque on

Hi A.,

Based on the research I've done, it seems like network marketing works best for me. I'm an Arbonne consultant. We have products for any age and for all types of skin: women, men, children, hair care, skin care, supplements, weight management, and make up. The products are botanically based and contain no animal by-products. To receive more information, go to my website at You can also reach me on my cell at ###-###-####.

Good luck in your search for something that will best suit you. Take care.




answers from Phoenix on

Hi Ayhsa:

I work for World Financial part-time on a very flexible schedule as a Financial Consultant. They do also offer full-time. There are no quotas to meet so my performance is up to me. I educate families on Financial Concepts such as Mortgages, Investments, Savings, College Education Plans to name a few. The training is easy to understand and fun. The teamwork and support system are awesome. We are looking for good hardworking professional people to join our organization. If you are interested in a great opportunity, give me a call to set up an appointment at our office. We have two locations in the valley. One is off I-10 & Elliott in Phoenix, AZ and the other is in Peoria, AZ off of Olive Avenue. Our websites are or



answers from Tucson on

I second looking into network marketing. I had alot of misconceptions about it, and therefore would't even consider it for years. It took seeing a family friend become very successful to get me to listen. It also helped that my birthmom was the one to approach me about doing the business (Arbonne). She is a very successful businesswoman who has started several companies, so I trusted her judgment. I also knew that she was trying to help me, not make money off of me. That was a major barrier for me when I looked at other network marketing companies. I don't do parties, our team has a professional business approach, and I love it.
Good Luck!



answers from Albuquerque on

Hello A. B;

I am not sure if you are interested in selling Avon; I have been in the business for many years and I am doing very well. I know that you are looking at spending more time with your family. Maybe you can find part-time work and also do Avon part-time. Please email me and let me know what you think.
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answers from Albuquerque on

Hi A.,

I was formerly an RN, making $100K per year. I have been home full time for 5 years now. When you dont work outside of the house, you dont spend as much on gas, clothes, etc, so that saves you some $$ you are already spending.

I stay home and homeschool my 3 kids, I work around their schedule selling Mary Kay. I worked 5-10 hours a week in the beginning, and was bringing home about $1000 to $2000 per month (but there is no limit). I have since moved up into management, and make $2000 to $5000 per month working about 20 hours a week. I would love to talk to you more, I am home schooling in the mornings...###-###-#### is my # at home.



answers from Albuquerque on

I was just reading your post, and I was wondering about something. Have you ever considered working from home so you can be home more to be there for your family when they need you? I work from home, with a heathcare company, and I absolutely LOVE IT!!

i get to help families, just like yours save BIG on the cost of healthcare, as well as dental. If you would like, you can go to my website at:

There, you will find ALOT of great info on who we are, what we do, and how we get paid! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at: [email protected]!



answers from Phoenix on

Hi -

I have responded to a couple requests from other moms who are looking for a successful at-home business and would like to give you more information about my new endeavor - MonaVie. There will be two really GREAT informational meetings in the next couple of days and I really think that if this has even remotely sparked an interest in you, you definitely should attend one or both. Get a friend or spouse to go with you.

This drink has really taken the US by storm!!! Since I signed up in June there have been 300,000 additional distributors to sign up around the world. Right now there are less than 700,000 so this would be the time to get in and make your money and improve your health! This company is growing faster than Microsoft did and is expected to be a multi-billion dollar company within the next year!! You could be a part of it if you act now. The meetings will be held Wednesday Nov. 7th, and Tuesday Nov. 8th.

The cost for the Wednesday meeting is $5 per person..... however, if you attend and sign up under me as a distributor or retail customer, I will refund your money and even double it!!! Just for coming out to listen to this remarkable man, Brig Hart, talk about MonaVie and his passion for the drink and the company. He is a highly charged speaker and this should be fun. This meeting is located by the airport at the Mariott (1101 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ), and starts at 7pm (doors open at 6, get there early if you want a seat).

Thursday's meeting is free to guests so when you sign in use my name (A. Burleson #419630) if asked for your distributor contact. This meeting has Grayson Marshall as the speaker and he is a perfectionist at informing you about all the ways to make money with this product. If you attend the meeting with Brig Hart, also try to attend this one as the styles are different and this one will answer questions you might have from the first one. This meeting is located in Chandler at Foothills Golf Club (2201 East Clubhouse Drive Phoenix, AZ 85048). It starts at 6:30pm (again, doors open at 6, so get there early).

I am asking you to give me a chance to show you how you could have additional income for very little effort, while drinking the juice yourself and improving your health at the same time. This is not spam. I am just trying to inform you about a viable opportunity for you to find out how you can make enough money to stay home with your kids and do all the things that you want with your life.

If you can attend either of these meetings, this is such a great opportunity and I think that you can benefit from the information that can be learned from these speakers.

A little about me:
I am a SAHM with twins who were born twelve weeks premature, but soldiered on and are now 14 months and doing great. I am self-employed thanks to MonaVie, and love being home with my babies to see all of their milestones with my own eyes, instead of being told about them from the babysitter.


answers from Phoenix on

Hi A.,

I am sure you have figured somethings out by now, but I wanted to give you or your husband an opportunity to earn extra income.

I completely understand. I have worked at home for 12 years and absolutely love it!

I am a co-founder for a new networking company that specializes in natural products and travel. We currently are searching for distributors to build this incredible new business. We have incredible all natural products and it is easy to do from your home computer and phone. It is a web-based business that you can take out of your home if you like or keep it web based.

We have a very special event this Saturday June 7th at 10am at the Scottsdale Plaza.

No fee for the class, it is free, but you do need to register, call me at ###-###-#### for tickets. You will also receive a 2 night 3 day hotel voucher good in 45 different cities. Something all families need!

Trust me on this, attend our event, check us out and let me know your thoughts. Very easy, little time, little investment and incredible income potential all from your home computer and phone!

I am a businesswoman in the Phoenix area for over 12 years.

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