How we make it work…

RebeccaUncategorized1 Comment

I used to have a normal job.  You know, the kind where I put on business clothes, jewelry, and did my hair before seven a.m.  Now I throw on my yoga pants and hoodie to drop the kids at the bus.  I haven’t yet stooped to leaving the house in pajama pants, but I’m leaving room for … no, scratch that.  I’m drawing the line at pj pants.

I’m a stay at home mom, and have been since 2006 when we PCS’d to Germany.  My suits have been boxed for six flipping years.  Elie Tahari would smack me.  Everyone knows that military servicemen (and women) don’t make that much money.  Honestly, Jason’s salary is of public record, as is every other military member.  I miss working some days, and I definitely miss the ease on the finances, but with Jason gone so much, and deployments not stopping any time soon, we know it’s best for the kids if I stay home and give them some form of continuity.  So what do I do?
First off, I’m a cake decorator, and I love it… most days.  I can set my schedule, choose my clients, and it’s the key word:  Portable.  If you look around your local post, a ton of military wives work from home because we can take our businesses with us when we PCS.  I know a ton of Scentsy reps, 31 reps, Mary Kay reps, and jewelry reps, all of whom are military wives.  How do we get the things we want on a limited budget?  We barter.  I have made cakes for Scentsy bars, for pictures, you name it, and I have friends who trade services all the time, from massage therapy to photography.  
We also build relationships.  When I needed head-shots for my website, (which is totally awesome thanks to my friend, Little Miss Pioneer), I called up a friend here who jumped at the chance to help me out.  I’m taking a huge leap at the end of the month for a writer’s conference, and she volunteered to help with my business cards because she rocks.  What it comes down to is that we help one another out, and back one another up.

Check these out:  

She took allergy-ridden me, and did THAT!  You say photographer, I say magician.  😉

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Lastly, leave a comment with how you work from home, and inspire another wife!  We’re all making it work!

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One Comment on “How we make it work…”

  1. drea

    I trade embroidered items all the time for other things… most recently for some graphic design work… LOVE trading 🙂

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