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In retrospect

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for six years now. I’m not really sure if I’m happy that I have decided to become one. I quit my day job because of some circumstances – lack of trusted helper to attend to my young kids then and someone to keep my household in order while my husband and I are working. Another reason why I choose to be a SAHM is that I’m no longer happy with the salary I’m getting. I realized now that instead of totally quitting from work, I should have looked for alternative source of income, but I did not because I’m afraid that I may not prosper. Low self-esteem really hit me during those trying days.

I plan of putting up a small school supply store while I’m at home. I asked around for potential suppliers. I tried calling companies that could provide me with steady supply of items for the store at a discounted price. But hubby said I should not expect the business to thrive easily. He’s afraid that we may not get the capital until after several months or years maybe because of our location.

So, the idea of putting up a school supply store was stricken off from the list. I also thought of going back to selling apparel and distributing wholesale catalog on the side. But it did not materialize as it will require more hours away from the kids. Until I discover blogging. I started earning from one blog and I thought this would be it. I’ve added more blogs for potential source of income. Today, I have 11 earning blogs. The income may not be steady, but it helps my family in paying some of our bills.

My concern now is that we have more expenses that we can think of in the coming days. We now have a college student to support and hubby’s salary and my earning from blogging combined may not suffice for the expenses.

I’m now thinking of going back to work. But don’t know how and where to start…

Productive SAHM

Few of my batchmates in college are stay-at-home moms like me. They used to be in the corporate world, too, but choose to be a SAHM to take care of their young kids while their husbands are working abroad. But being at home the whole day doesn’t mean we are less productive or doesn’t contribute to the family finances. I, for one, maintains several blogs. And I can safely say that I earn from them and has helped my husband pay our bills and sometimes pay our children’s tuition. Some of my batchmates are into business. One is into selling shoes, bags and clothes. One is into beads and accessory business. She sells pandora bracelet in offices and tiangges during holiday season. So now, who would say that being a SAHM can’t be independent and productive.