Here’s a list of resources to help all you work at home moms! It’s hard running a business all by yourself and these are a few of the things that have helped us along the way. Make sure to check back every once in awhile to see what else we’ve added to the WAHM resources section.
How To Win Friends And Influence People In The Digital Age – by Dale Carnegie
This is a must read if you’re planning on having your own business. After reading this book you’ll never think about your “customers” the same way again. Instead of being focused on what you have to sell you’ll learn how to listen and make lasting relationships. It’s also available as an audio book so you can put all that time you spend chauffeuring to good use!
The Barefoot Executive – By Carrie Wilkerson
This a great book if you’re just getting started and you don’t really know what you want to do yet. She’ll help you figure out your assets and skills so you know what you have to work with. She also does a great job at breaking down the different types of businesses so you can figure out what would suit you the most. The book contains links to motivational videos that could be just the pick me up that you need to keep you going.
Women Leaving The Workplace – Larry Burkett
Putting this under the business section might be a little bit of a stretch but this book holds a special place in my heart. It’s super old so you can probably get it for like a dollar but let me give you a few warnings first: because it’s so old, none of the financial examples will be accurate. This book will not list out any hard core plans for running your business but it’s one of the books that made it possible for me to stay home with my children. Burkett encourages you to look at the cold hard numbers so that you can see the actual expenses involved with you going to work out of the home. From daycare, to having a second car, to work wardrobe, and eating out there are lots of factors to consider. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to become a SAHM or who feels like they can’t afford to continue to stay at home.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World – by Gary Vaynerchuk
If you haven’t even signed up for your Facebook account yet this book might be a little much for you so come back when you’re ready to take it to the next level. If you already understand the basics of FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and various other social media platforms but you don’t feel like you’re getting any traction you’ll love this book. This book is loaded with full color photos of actual posts other companies have made along with a detailed breakdown of what those companies did and didn’t do right. I love the principal behind this book because it’s all about giving giving and giving before you ever even think of asking for something 🙂
When it comes to encouragement there’s just something extra special about video so I’m going to try to stick to that format unless I happen to read something that’s just too amazing not to share. Whatever your business I hope you find these moms as inspirational as I have!
Self Published Author – Jasinda Wilder
Etsy – Paper Crafts – Alissa Harvey
Jewelry Designer – Kendra Scott