I’ve been a work-at-home single mom for about five years now. My son is 15, and I have homeschooled him most of the time due to his chronic pain issues. I have had to learn to juggle building a business with frequent trips to the doctor and hospital for my son, but his health is improving, and he is headed back to high school in the fall.
I am a web developer, writer, editor, graphic designer, and Internet marketing consultant for small businesses. It helps to have a range of skills when working from home, but that can also make it tough to focus. Learning to present myself as a business person instead of “just a mom of a sick kid who has to work from home” has been tough. Learning to appreciate my own skills and my value to clients has taken a long time. Now that I have started charging what I’m worth and demanding to be taken seriously by changing my own attitude, my business has improved tremendously.
I enjoy helping other WAH parents learn how to choose an ethical web developer and how to market themselves online, as well as supporting other parents with chronically ill kids. The support that I’ve gotten from other parents has meant the world to my son and I. Working from home can be extremely isolating and discouraging without the right support.
I’m very open to answering questions about working from home (especially as a single mom) and dealing with my son’s illness (he has Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome and chronic migraines). I’m also happy to help people learn how to build and maintain small business websites and the truth about SEO (search engine optimization) companies and earn from home “opportunities.”
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