as told by Bradi Nathan
BN: What job did you hold before having children and why did you personally make the decision to switch careers?
|Holly Hanna reminds us a lot of ourselves. She has devoted much of her time to empowering mothers by providing them with the resources in which to succeed. Much like the mission of Butterfly, Hanna’s site aims to provide advice and solutions to aspiring Work at Home Moms. Learn more about Holly and heed her advice:
HH: Before my daughter was born I worked full-time as a RN Clinical Research Coordinator. But from the moment my baby girl was placed in arms, I knew that I would not be able to return to my job. With the support of my husband I was able to quit my full-time job and become a full-time stay at home mom.
BN: What prompted you to launch The Work at Home Woman?
HH: When my daughter was nine months old, I decided it was time for me to start exercising my mind, so I started looking for work at home opportunities. I started by asking past employers and friends if there was any work that I could do for them while caring for my daughter at home. My networking efforts paid off and in December 2007 I started working from home by completing marketing research, establishing joint ventures and working as a social network liaison for a small publishing company that a friend was working for. During this time I learned a lot of valuable marketing skills and became very familiar with the work at home market. Motivated to start my own business and to help other women and mothers do the same, I decided to create The Work at Home Woman and share my research and knowledge with other women who had the desire to work from home or become self-employed.
BN: What mark do you believe your making on the lives of other mothers?
HH: Besides being a business resource for women and mothers, I hope to instill a sense of motivation, inspiration and confidence. I want to let other women know that, “Yes you can do it”, whether it’s finding a work at home opportunity or launching your own business!
BN: Are there some key companies that offer more flex at home options than others?
HH: One company that immediately comes to mind is, Arise, they hire home-based workers for many different positions. However in these hard economic times more and more companies are seeing the benefits of flexible work arrangements and telecommuting. If you see a company that has your dream job, but it doesn’t advertise flexible work arrangements or telecommuting, definitely inquire and ask them if they are willing to consider these types of flexible work arrangements (make sure to let them know of all the benefits that working from home affords them).
BN: How can women tell the difference between a "real" at-home opportunity and a "scam"?
HH: First and foremost, take your time and research the company or opportunity extensively. Look for negative reviews, past testimonials, contact information and make sure to check them out with the Better Business Bureau. If it is a legitimate work at home position, they will not ask you for money up front, seeking payment for a position is a big red flag to stay away! Lastly, beware of get rich quick schemes, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
BN: What tips can you share with other work at home moms on how to manage it all?
HH: 1. Get organized. I create a monthly media schedule as well as a daily to-do list. This way I know exactly what I need to do and I don’t waist time thinking about what I’m writing about or what tasks I need to complete for the day. 2. Ask for help. Whether it’s help with managing daily household chores or business advice, you won’t get the help you need unless you ask. 3. Cut out the television. T.V. can be a wonderful escape from reality, but nobody needs more than a few hours per week. Make time to watch your favorite programs, but then turn it off and make time for those activities that you say you never have time for.
BN: What women have inspired you along the way and why?
HH: Tory Johnson, Career Correspondent for Good Morning America and CEO of Women for Hire has been a huge inspiration to me. She started her work at home business back in 1999 with twin toddlers and now she is helping other women to live their career dreams by offering work at home webinars, career expos and
BN: What advice do you have for a mother who is working in the corporate world who is afraid they can't make ends' meat in a work at home job?
HH: Plan and execute smartly. Calculate how much money you need to make and then look for companies that offer comparable income opportunities. Don’t quit your day job until you have a new job secured. If you’re looking to launch your own business consider keeping your day job and working part-time at night on your own business venture. It’s also good idea to have money in saving for those unexpected expenses and events.
BN: Why is it important to network on social sites like MyWorkButterfly.com when looking for career advice?
HH: Networking offers yet another avenue to reach potential business partners, employers, buyers and advertisers. One of the easiest ways to network these days is online; by joining social networking sites like MyWorkButterfly, you increase your visibility and you cultivate relationships with liked minded individuals.
BN: Rumor has it that your favorite holiday is Halloween... do tell!
HH: As a child, Halloween was always a big event at our house. From baking pumpkin shaped, sugar cookies with my mom, to dressing up in fun costumes, carving pumpkins, going on hayrides, attending haunted houses with my dad, and of course the big finale, trick-or-treating on Halloween! This holiday is all about fun! Today I am able to do all of these fun activities with my daughter and it really makes me feel like a kid again!
BN: Your family must be proud of all that you have accomplished... what type of a role model do you hope to be to your kids?
HH: I hope you show my daughter that she can be or do anything that she puts her mind to! I want her to know that hard work and preservation are the backbone to being successful. Most of all I want her to be happy and show her the importance of family and friends! To learn more about Holly, visit The Work at Home Woman or check out her tweets on Twitter.
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