Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

For most people Christmas means holiday but for WAHM, you will be either sweating yourself in the kitchen for Christmas dinner or doing a last minute cleaning in the house.

No matter what, do remember to take a little break before you tear body apart.

Celebrate your holidays to the fullest because there will be a long way to go for you next year. Remember that nothing can replace the valuable time you spend with your family and you deserve a break on this meaningful day.

Merry Christmas and hope you have a great holiday ahead.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Get Crafty

You are fired! What would you do if you got fired from your job today and had no employment, no way to pay the bills and your kids education?

If you are blessed with crafting talents, wait no more. Unleashed your talent now as you are blessed with an instant home business niche idea. Selling craft is a wonderful way to bring income.

Craft business like any other business need detail planning. The most important thing at this stage is plan something that you love to do. Once you are doing what you love, you can get customers from the below suggestions:

1) Online Marketing

Selling crafts online is much easier than most people think. Cost can be minimal and if you are using proper online marketing tools eg,, you can market your craft anywhere at anytime.

2) Local Craft Fairs 

Local craft fairs are another place you can venture into. By staying local, you can cut transportation cost and it is wonderful to showcase your product and have your item being marketer through word of mouth.

3) Supplies

Take time to shop around for supplier with lower costs. If your typical supply cost per product is $5.00 and you can half the price of the cost, you can increase the profit of $2.50 per item.

4) Don't under price your work

Handmade craft are often made based on high quality as compared to machine made product which is quantity based. Expect your customer to pay more but at the same time don't overprice yourself out of the market.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

10 Blog Traffic Tips

With the evolution of Web 2.0, more and more WAHM blogs to pen down their thought and at the same time looking forward to earn some money out of it. So come the day when you first launch a new blog. First day, 1 reader (you), 2nd day (your sis, dad, best friend). That is it. How can we find more reader?

Here are the top 10 techniques new bloggers can use to find readers.

It helps if you work on this list from top to bottom as each technique builds on the previous step to help you create momentum. Eventually once you establish enough momentum you gain what is called "traction", which is a large enough audience base (about 500 readers a day is good) that you no longer have to work too hard on finding new readers. Instead your current loyal readers do the work for you through word of mouth.

10. Write at least five major "pillar" articles. A pillar article is usually a tutorial style article aimed to teach your audience something. Generally they are longer than 500 words and have lots of very practical tips or advice. This article you are currently reading could be considered a pillar article since it is very practical and a good "how-to" lesson. This style of article has long term appeal, stays current (it isn''t news or time dependent) and offers real value and insight. The more pillars you have on your blog the better.

9. Write one new blog post per day minimum. Not every post has to be a pillar, but you should work on getting those five pillars done at the same time as you keep your blog fresh with a daily news or short article style post. The important thing here is to demonstrate to first time visitors that your blog is updated all the time so they feel that if they come back tomorrow they will likely find something new. This causes them to bookmark your site or subscribe to your blog feed.

You don''t have to produce one post per day all the time but it is important you do when your blog is brand new. Once you get traction you still need to keep the fresh content coming but your loyal audience will be more forgiving if you slow down to a few per week instead. The first few months are critical so the more content you can produce at this time the better.

8. Use a proper domain name. If you are serious about blogging be serious about what you call your blog. In order for people to easily spread the word about your blog you need an easily rememberable domain name. People often talk about blogs they like when they are speaking to friends in the real world (that''s the offline world, you remember that place right?) so you need to make it easy for them to spread the word and pass on your URL. Try and get a .com if you can and focus on small easy to remember domains rather than worry about having the correct keywords (of course if you can get great keywords and easy to remember then you''ve done a good job!).

7. Start commenting on other blogs. Once you have your pillar articles and your daily fresh smaller articles your blog is ready to be exposed to the world. One of the best ways to find the right type of reader for your blog is to comment on other people''s blogs. You should aim to comment on blogs focused on a similar niche topic to yours since the readers there will be more likely to be interested in your blog.
Most blog commenting systems allow you to have your name/title linked to your blog when you leave a comment. This is how people find your blog. If you are a prolific commentor and always have something valuable to say then people will be interested to read more of your work and hence click through to visit your blog.

6. Trackback and link to other blogs in your blog posts. A trackback is sort of like a blog conversation. When you write a new article to your blog and it links or references another blogger''s article you can do a trackback to their entry. What this does is leave a truncated summary of your blog post on their blog entry - it''s sort of like your blog telling someone else''s blog that you wrote an article mentioning them. Trackbacks often appear like comments.
This is a good technique because like leaving comments a trackback leaves a link from another blog back to yours for readers to follow, but it also does something very important - it gets the attention of another blogger. The other blogger will come and read your post eager to see what you wrote about them. They may then become a loyal reader of yours or at least monitor you and if you are lucky some time down the road they may do a post linking to your blog bringing in more new readers.

5. Encourage comments on your own blog. One of the most powerful ways to convince someone to become a loyal reader is to show there are other loyal readers already following your work. If they see people commenting on your blog then they infer that your content must be good since you have readers so they should stick around and see what all the fuss is about. To encourage comments you can simply pose a question in a blog post. Be sure to always respond to comments as well so you can keep the conversation going.

4. Submit your latest pillar article to a blog carnival. A blog carnival is a post in a blog that summarizes a collection of articles from many different blogs on a specific topic. The idea is to collect some of the best content on a topic in a given week. Often many other blogs link back to a carnival host and as such the people that have articles featured in the carnival enjoy a spike in new readers.
To find the right blog carnival for your blog, do a search at

3. Submit your blog to To be honest this tip is not going to bring in a flood of new readers but it''s so easy to do and only takes five minutes so it''s worth the effort. Go to Blog Top Sites, find the appropriate category for your blog and submit it. You have to copy and paste a couple of lines of code on to your blog so you can rank and then sit back and watch the traffic come in. You will probably only get 1-10 incoming readers per day with this technique but over time it can build up as you climb the rankings. It all helps!

2. Submit your articles to This is another tip that doesn''t bring in hundreds of new visitors immediately (although it can if you keep doing it) but it''s worthwhile because you simply leverage what you already have - your pillar articles. Once a week or so take one of your pillar articles and submit it to Ezine Articles. Your article then becomes available to other people who can republish your article on their website or in their newsletter.
How you benefit is through what is called your "Resource Box". You create your own resource box which is like a signature file where you include one to two sentences and link back to your website (or blog in this case). Anyone who publishes your article has to include your resource box so you get incoming links. If someone with a large newsletter publishes your article you can get a lot of new readers at once.

1. Write more pillar articles. Everything you do above will help you to find blog readers however all of the techniques I''ve listed only work when you have strong pillars in place. Without them if you do everything above you may bring in readers but they won''t stay or bother to come back. Aim for one solid pillar article per week and by the end of the year you will have a database of over 50 fantastic feature articles that will work hard for you to bring in more and more readers.

This article was by Yaro Starak, a professional blogger and my blog mentor. He is the leader of the Blog Mastermind mentoring program designed to teach bloggers how to earn a full time income blogging part time.To get more information about Blog Mastermind click this link:


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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Liars and cheaters!

As a WAHM, I always get myself up to date of what is happening around, whether real or Internet world. One of the most disturbing and shocking video I've seen lately is how Internet marketer is cheating innocent people online. Thanks to Patric Chan, an Internet marketer guru for revealing it.

Click here for the video

I just can't imagine how these people can actually cheat others especially WAHM. As a mother, we have to face everyday challenges by providing the best to our family and work. In the midst of all the juggling, we can easily be the victim of those irresponsible so call 'guru'. For all WAHM, please take note of all these scam and if you do fall prey to the 'guru', do feel free to comment or leave me a note so that we can spread out the words to all.

If you are thinking about making money online and would like to purchase a product to guide you through, I will recommend for you to go through the information provided carefully. Look for value as that is what true Internet marketer will provide.

Good luck!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Please Don’t Interrupt

Mom, can I have a cookie, please?

Mom, I don’t want to play with John anymore.

Do all these sounds familiar while you are working? The list will go on until you are not able to concentrate on your work. In this case, you need to start teaching your children independent play. They need to find their own fun when you are working.

If you have child care, that is great. If not, you need a repertoire of independent activities for them. These activities are things kids can do with little parental supervision but still be engaged in a positive fashion.

Art: Can keep some kids occupied for hours. However this can be messy for younger kids so you may want to consider putting them in a dedicated art space

Reading: Let your kids choose several library books every week so that they can spend time reading while you work.

Educational Computer Software: This will occupy them for some time but do set a time limit because kids can find it hard to disengage from the computer.

Play Dates: Hosting a play date is beneficial as you will be able to work and at the same time allow your child the opportunity to play and learn together with a friend.

Nap time: Nap time is always the best for work-at-home moms to get work done but unfortunately nap time change frequently. If you are telecommuter, try not to schedule important phone calls during that time.

Play Time: Your child can either play with toys or imaginative play but be prepared that your child may cling to you once she/he is bored.

The best time that I find is still night time when everyone is asleep.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Struggle No More

My kids are too noisy at home and laundry is never ending. House is in a mess. Work is not done. Arrgghhhh!

Sounds familiar? You are not alone. When you started your home career, you thought of the flexibility for family life. As I mentioned before, there is no perfect balance. Most WAHM I know are in a daily struggle including me J

When you are working, you feel guilty putting your kids aside. When you are with the kids, your mind is thinking about deadlines or your business. After guilt consumes you with kids and work, you are too exhausted to remember about the undone household chores that have been piling up since weeks or months ago.

What are you going to do with it? How can you sail through the struggling? I will be lying if I say you will do it perfectly with this few steps. Nothing is perfect and so do you. Always remember that you are a mom, wife, friend, daughter, cook, housekeeper, worker and the list goes on.

Never look back and think ‘What if I am still working?’ ‘I shouldn’t have forgotten about my son’s baseball game.’ Everyday is a new challenge for ALL WAHM. Yes, I do mean ALL.

If you are trying to be perfect WAHM, the system will not work. Tell yourself that you had DO your best. When you are working, DO your best to stay focus. When spend time with your family, give them your fullest attention. Listen to them. Talk to them.

Embrace this struggle. Always remember that you had taken a big step being working and a mom at the same time and it is ok for you to let some things go. You are great and nobody should judge you in any way.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2009: New Year Resolution

Another 2 more weeks to a brand New Year. Are you excited? Or you are thinking how little you have done in 2008?

You are not alone. New year is always a great time to take stock of our results during the year. Reflecting our past and taking lessons of our experience is a powerful way to make sure we don't make the same mistakes.

Always remember that every challenge you have is a learning curve. You are not a failure when you don't achieve the results. Famous quote from Thomas Edison, "I didn't fail a thousand times. I learned a thousand ways that didn't work"

As a WAHM, I will always categorized my goals in two. The first one will be related to work and the second, of course will be related to work. What are WAHM for right?

For work related:

1) Start it from where you left. Review your old goals and ask yourself these few questions:
Did I managed to achieve it? 
If yes, is there anything that I want to add this year to push myself further?
If not, what do I need to do differently to achieve it?
Or is this goal something that I still want to pursue?

2) Move on writing for next year with these criteria
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result Oriented, Time-framed. This is to make sure that your goal is inspiring enough to push you forward.

Home related issue is one of the most difficult to tackle. Why? It is not as easy as 1-2-3. You will be flooded with questions such as:
How do I get the family involved?
How do I keep the house organized?
How can I balance work, home and family?
And much more!

Sit together with your family member to discuss the goals openly and set a practical goals where each of the family member is able to contribute. Always remember family bonding is crucial to keep your sanity.

Good luck!

PS: Please share about your experience setting New Year resolution as WAHM.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mompreneur: Launching Your Business Senses

Are you ready to take big steps in your life?
What type of business are you looking forward to venture into?

The following article extracted from will give you a little more insight on what type of business to start:

Starting From Scratch
So you have an amazing business idea you want to start from scratch? That's great--some of the best business ideas and inventions have come from moms! Before you go any further, first do your research. Get online and try to find out what product or service comes close to what you want to do. Ideally, you'll want a niche, something that's special and unique.

Online Businesses
Do you have a business idea you feel could be done entirely online? The startup costs are relatively low, and the hours are what you make of them. My caution here is that thousands upon thousands of moms try this, so you really need to have a great idea and be strongly committed to making it work. For instance, while virtually anyone can make money auctioning their stuff on eBay, to move from eBay hobbyist to eBay business owner takes hard work and planning.

Network Marketing Opportunities
If your primary desire is to work from home and spend your days with your kids, you might want to consider one of the hundreds of network marketing opportunities that exist. Whether you want to sell scrapbook supplies, cookware, toys or health and beauty products, there are countless companies that have capitalized on the desire of moms to earn money and work from home.

Be careful though: I know many moms who spend most of their profits on their inventory or the products themselves because they love them! I'm guessing that if success were gauged on personal profits, not many could call themselves successful. But if you feel this is a good model for you, make sure you love and believe in the product and are committed to making it work.

Business Opportunities
A business opportunity exists where a third party (the seller) sells or leases to you products, equipment, supplies or services to enable you to start your own business. Business opportunity programs can include vending machine routes, distributorships and multilevel marketing arrangements. Before investing, consider what type of business opportunity is best suited to your own particular experience, skills and interests. The financial investment and workload for these types of businesses tend to be higher than that of network marketing opportunities; however, the revenue may be more as well.

Telecommuter's guide: No Scam Please

“Oh, I got caught in another scam again.” Seems like there are plenty of “not so promising’ jobs and outright scams?

Don’t give up. I know of people who simply give up searching for a job because of work-from-home scams but the fact is there are real jobs out there for telecommuters. You just need to be cautious.

Are you ready to get kicked on the ass?

1) A simple theory in life, a job pays you. If you get job postings which you are asked to send money, then is not a job. Simple as that.

2) There is no shortcut to success. If you think that there is something such as easy work huge return, think again. If things are that easy, why do you think other people still work hard?

3) Remember the series desperate housewife? See what desperate acts leads to? Disaster! Be patient when you find telecommuting job.

4) Start with what you know rather than jumping to an alien ship. Even then, move forward cautiously while stay persistent. Always remember that persistence and patience is the ultimate winner to any challenges.

5) Ask. People tend to get lost when they don’t ask for direction. I haven’t seen any Amazing Race participant that won the challenge without asking direction. So if you want to hit the million dollar jackpot, open your mouth. Post questions in forums and get advice from others.

Bump into cross road? Stay strong and the ship will sail more smoothly on your next ride.

Get started

Ok you are all fired up and willing to strike for whatever challenges that is coming along but where to start?

I categorized WAHM into two: telecommuter and entrepreneur

For a telecommuter, you usually need to search for work-at-home jobs where competitive can be huge. A few pointers during your search

1) See whether there is any possibility to transfer your existing job to a telecommuting position. With the advancement of telecommunication, companies are more open to work from home concept. In fact, they can save overhead cost when an employee works offsite

2) Learn new skills such as web design, blogging, translation (if you are multi-lingual) etc. When you search for an online posting, you need to promote your capabilities because you will be competing with other WAHM.

3) Start networking. Word of mouth is very powerful tool for any jobseeker.

Entrepreneur will faced different challenges. To start a home-based business, you need to go through business selection process and many tend to drop off halfway. Before you start, assess your talents and interest. Building a business doing what you loves to do is a based for successful business venture. Ask this question, ‘What kind of home-biz can I start where I can utilize my skills?’

Whichever path that you are taking whether you prefer to telecommute or becoming an entrepreneur, do remember that patience and persistence ultimately rule the day.

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Becoming WAHM

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Why Do You Want To Become A WAHM?

I am sure that most women say that it will mean less working hours, more time with family and at the same time with a consistent income.

Unfortunately it is not as easy as it sounded. I would say that it is not easy to earn an income from home and you need to be mentally prepared for all the upcoming challenges. Before you even quit your full-time job, ask yourself a few questions

1) Are you a self starter?

As a WAHM, you will be on your own most of the time. No more colleagues to help you out, no bosses to guide you on your work and most importantly, you will need to handle the kids on your own.

2) Can you handle financial uncertainties?

One of the downsides to being a WAHM is unpredictability of the work. Most WAHM are not bound to any work contracts so you will have to prepare yourself to be in lows.

3) Are you motivated?

This is one of the most important qualities to have when you decided to become WAHM. You need to juggle between running errands and do all the housework… and still handle your work. Working from home requires a lot of stamina and energy.

4) Can you work on your own?

When you are working from home, chances are you will most likely be working on your own whether you are a telecommuter or you own a business. You need to feel that you are someone who thrives on your own efforts and achievements.

5) Do you have discipline?

With nobody to tell you what to do, what to wear and what need to be done. Working from home needs more dedication, responsibility, obsessed about perfection because you are competing against millions out there. You will have to constantly improve your skills to stay competitive.

If you are all fired up and prepared for hard work and long hours, welcome aboard! Any comments or thought, share’em so we can all learn together! :)

Welcome to ProWAHM

If you are reading this, you may be thinking that it must be a mother thing. WAHM is not about mother only. There is also work at home dad, WAHD or in general terms work at home parent, WAHP.

ProWAHM is aimed at those interested to transition from full time corporate employee to WAHM. You can find repository of useful articles for WAHM, collection of free ebooks and how-to instructional articles for both mompreneur and telecommuter.

So what is WAHM = Work At Home Mom? In Wikipedia, work at home parent is defined as an entrepreneur who works from home and integrates parenting into his or her business activities.

In my opinion, this may be misconceptions because WAHP/WAHM/WAHD (depending on your preference) actually covers a whole host of different situations. WAHM (which I will be using here) is taken to mean a Mother who is earning some kind of income while working most of the time at or from home. Not all WAHM’s run their own businesses. Some could be telecommuting or e-working for employer either part time or full time at home.

Many Mothers start to work at home in order to care for their children while still creating income. You may think that it can be easy to work from home but to be frank telecommuting is very different from what you may have imagined it to be. It is a lot of hard work and long hours. There will be thousands of questions that will pop up in your head regarding work from home from how to start, how to manage the time, etc.

This is what ProWAHM is all about. Get more information on WAHM and add me into your RSS so that you will be getting first hand information regarding WAHM. And for all WAHM, do feel free to add your comment or share with us your experience.

Reading room

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance"-

Definitely Confusius had no idea about WAHM's life but I do find grain of truth to his words. When you do find a quiet moment to curl up with a book with no disturbance from your kids or work, I like to make sure you are up to date with ebooks that can help you to support your work life balance. I had included some business ebooks that will stimulate your thoughts and work as well.

Enjoy and let me know how they moved you.

To download, click on the selected link below. Google Site will pop up in new windows. Right click the selected ebooks and select 'Save Target As'


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Monday, December 15, 2008

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I draw on my experience managing work and home at the same time to teach other how to build and manage work at home career. You will find personal support by contacting me and I will walk by your side for your success. Unleashed your potential today!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Telecommuting/Job Listings

I encountered a number of websites that promote legit telecommute jobs but turned out to be scam or require WAHM to pay in advance for background check, a fee for joining member etc. My rule of thumb is always NEVER pay someone to work for them! If a website asks for money, BEWARE!

Except for the Ads column which promotes books or products that I find useful, ProWAHM will try not to include any scams or illegal recommendation. If you found that there are questionable information, please feel free to comment.

To help all WAHM, I have included a telecommuting/job listing for your ease.

Updated 7 February 2009

Affiliate Marketing Blogger

Market Research Analyst

Spanish Speaking Inbound Sales

Sales- Office Technology

PHP & Design

Internet Marketing Industry Focused Bloggers

Sales- Office Technology

Sales Meeting Consultant


Updated 1 February 2009

Fill In Freelancer

Blogger for Youth Sports Blog

Featured Travel Writer/Blogger

Hilton Reservation Specialists

Customer Service/Work At Home Phone Agents

Google Ads Quality Rater Sports Writer

Updated 24 January 2009

Technology Writer/Content Manager

Finance Blogger

Webmaster Blogger

Web Design/Development Blogger

PHP Developer

Virtual Sourcing Specialist (Recruiting)

Senior Business Intelligence Architect

SAP ABAP Developer

Updated 20 January 2009

Fashion Writers/Bloggers

Feature Writer

Support Specialist

Virtual Recruiter

Maximo/MEA Developer

Customer Reference Program Manager

Health Coach

Updated 24 December 2008

Informatica Programmer

TV Industry Writer

Freelance Writer

Personal Finance Blogger

ColdFusion Developer

Maximo Developer

Updated 13 December 2008

Mac / iPhone Bloggers

Remote Project Manager-(Operating System Environment)

Recruitment Blogger

Professional Blogger

Coding Specialist

Senior Business Intelligence Architect (Telecommute)

Environmental Specialists (Telecommute)