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At-Home Businesses for Busy Moms–Aloha Finishing Pins + GIVEAWAY

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Today’s Mom: Jessica with Aloha Finishing Pins

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family

I’m a stay at home military wife and mom to three children. Tristan is seven, Sofya is five and the baby, Winnie, is sixteen months. My oldest child has some demanding special needs and I was looking for a creative outlet and a way to “get away” from the demands of motherhood. I started trying out different things and now I’m an amateur photographer often busy running my website, which is about me, my photography and my hair and doing hair tutorials on YouTube.

Tell us about your business

I have an Etsy store that I currently run under my username, Tristanc2003 Aloha Finishing Pins. I make and sell decorative flower hair pins. I’ve had orders from as far away as France! I also, as a side item, sell photocards of photographs I have taken, since I have had interest in those as well. I hope to expand on that in the future, but in the meantime, I have been focusing on my hair pins.

How did you get started in this business?

I have really long hair. In fact, in Hawaii, long hair is pretty common and is ingrained into the culture. I’m always looking for pretty and interesting hair accessories. I’m a little limited because I really try to avoid using elastics and plastic. Unfortunately, a lot of hair accessories are rather elaborate or elvish looking. Simple flower blossoms, which are commonly found here, are stuck on plastic clips that stick up off your head and are often cartoonishly large. I just wanted something simple that I could tuck into my hair and would stay. I found Amish hair pins stay really well and started making my own Hawaiian style hair pins and found there was some interest, so I put them up on Etsy. As for the photocards, there were some inquiries about the photos on my website, so I figured, what the heck? If they don’t sell, I can always use them to send to friends.

Did you have any kind of special education or training?

I haven’t had any training other than the care of my own hair (which can be rather meticulous.) I think that helps me to understand other people’s concerns about the things they stick in their hair.

How do you juggle motherhood and the business?

My oldest son is special needs, so I seldom get time to devote to creating or the business aspect  until after he goes to sleep. Actually, I found that the creating and business aspect is really therapeutic because it’s something all my own and doesn’t have anything to do with mothering or care of the house.

What would you say to other moms interested in opening a similar business?

I’d say go for it! The amazing thing about the world today is that people don’t have to settle for what they are able to find. There’s someone out there making exactly what you’re looking for or is willing to do it custom for an affordable price. Maybe that person could be you!

Do you have any special offers for Gen X Mom readers?

Sure! Anything in the Etsy store 10% of for Gen X readers. Be sure to mention Gen X on your order form and get 10% off.

And now, Jessica gives a special demonstration of her hair pins!

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Jessica has generously donated this beautiful set of hibiscus hair pins to one of our lucky readers. To enter, post a comment for the following:

  1. Check out Aloha Finishing Pins and tell us which product is your favorite.
  2. Become a fan of Gen X Moms on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, tell us!
  3. Post about Gen X Moms on Facebook
  4. Tweet about Gen X Moms including a link back to this post
  5. Post about Gen X Moms on your own blog and include a link in the comments
  6. Talk about Gen X Moms on a forum and include a link in the comments
  7. Look at your hair in the mirror and picture how beautiful it would be with these hair pins. Leave a comment telling up.

These could be yours!

At-Home Businesses for Busy Moms: Usborne Books and More

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So many moms want to run an at-home business. Whether it’s to pay a few extra bills, have more money to splurge on lip gloss that goes unappreciated by everyone except our other mommy friends, or just continue a hobby and use our brains, starting an at-home business can be scary but exciting. In this feature, Gen X Moms interviews a variety of moms who run at-home businesses. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom where you’ll find exclusive offers just for Gen X Mom readers!

Today’s Mom: Melissa with Usborne Books and More

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family
I am a full-time SAHM with 2 daughters under the age of 3.  I used to have a very steressful job that was very demanding and a lot of hours, so I was happy to leave it behind when I had the chance.  But, I was looking for something to do to provide some balance and that would provide some intellectual engagement that’s above a preschool level.

Tell us about your business
Usborne Books and More is a direct sales business at home parties and to schools and libraries.

How did you get started in this business?
I was toying with working at a bookstore part time because I harbor thoughts of one day opening a children’s bookstore.  Then, my friend told me about a business I could do at home that would allow me to learn about kid’s books and still be at home.

Did you have any kind of special education or training?
Nope!  Just a great supervisor who trained me over the phone (we live 2 time zones apart)

How do you juggle motherhood and the business?
I hold home shows in the evenings or on weekends when my husband is home with the kids.  I also have been able to take my kids with me to weekday book shows and to storytimes I conduct at businesses that double as playdates for the kids.  Otherwise, I do my work during naptime and after bedtime.

What would you say to other moms interested in opening a similar business?
You can work as little or as much as you’d like, and you can make as little or as much as you like.  Usborne Books are awesome, and, without any prompting from me, many of them have become my girls’ favorites.  Selling them has allowed me to fill our bookshelves with really great books for a very small fraction of the price.

Do you have any special offers for Gen X Mom readers?
Any blog reader who hosts a party before the end of June will get an extra free book in addition to the amazing hostess rewards we offer.
Any blog reader who orders books will receive a 10% discount if the place the order within the next 2 weeks.  However, to get this discount, you must email me the order directly at: booksfromatoz@gmail.com.  Any, if the order is over $100, you will get FREE SHIPPING!

Stop by Melissa’s Usborne Books and More site today!

At-Home Businesses for Busy Moms: Sisters Leap Tea

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So many moms want to run an at-home business. Whether it’s to pay a few extra bills, have more money to splurge on lip gloss that goes unappreciated by everyone except our other mommy friends, or just continue a hobby and use our brains, starting an at-home business can be scary but exciting. In this feature, Gen X Moms interviews a variety of moms who run at-home businesses. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom where you’ll find exclusive offers just for Gen X Mom readers!

Today’s Mom: Jackie with Sisters Leap Tea

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family
Sisters Leap Tea is run by Jackie Mann and Theresa Banks-Edin out of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. We are sisters-in-law, and between the two of us, we have 8 children between the ages of 9 and 6 months.
Tell us about your business

We are an online tea seller and sell over 100 types of premium, loose leaf teas and tisane, as well as accessories like infusers, teapots, tsacs, etc. Many of our blends are custom blends, meaning that we came up with them, and blended them on our own. We are thrilled that these custom blends are often our best sellers. During the fall we do tastings in homes–they go over really well! It’s not hard to sell tea: how many gourmet items can you have that actually help your health? Tea can do everything from help to relax you, lower your bad cholestrol, add anti-oxidants and help fight cancer, improve your sleep, hydrate you–all while tasting of caramel or vanilla, raspberry or orange, spicy chai, strawberry or blueberry–or just pure and elegant black tea. Our custom blends are truly what set us apart from other tea sellers. Very few sellers offer the kinds of teas we offer. We even offer tea for kids!

We are based in Canada and have customers in both Canada and the US. Shipping to the US can be expensive, so we recommend getting together with some friends and making a group order to split the shipping cost evently. Group orders are a wonderful opportunity to plan a mom’s night in, a special tea party with the kids, or just unwinding at the end of the day. We will gladly help you organize a group order and select the cheapest shipping method. Within Canada, we offer $5/order shipping.

How did you get started in this business?
I just fell in love with tea. I live on the prairie, and around here, you get Red Rose in a box. I love strawberry tea and always searched for the perfect loose strawberry tea. I found a green strawberry; I adored it. I shared it with friends, and soon enough they came to me to buy some. It just went from there.
Did you have any kind of special education or training?
Theresa has taken the first step in becoming a Tea Master, and I will as well in the near future. We have researched tea online, but are largely self-taught. In this case, having a great palate and being a home cook really helps out.
How do you juggle motherhood and the business?
It’s pretty tough. We try to share tasks among us, which helps. Neither one of us have a break during the day where we are childless, so usually it’s after the kids are asleep, but generally, we seize every moment we can.
What would you say to other moms interested in opening a similar business?
I think anytime you can try and build your career to suit your family it is a good thing. In our family lives, our kids and families come first and we are totally honest with our clients about that. It is demanding and hard work to work at home, but it’s very important to me to be home with my kids. Expect a lot of hard work, find a good way to market your idea, and don’t count on a lot of income right away.
Do you have any special offers for Gen X Mom readers?

Free 50g bag of tea with your order! Please just note that you are a Gen X Mom reader in the comments box, along with your selection.

Stop by Sisters Leap Tea and check out our wonderful selection today! For the latest on our products and events, become a fan on Facebook!

The Gen X Moms blog is now accepting submissions for our Silent Sunday feature! If you’ve got a cute kid picture, or a kid-related picture, and want the fame, fortune, and adulation of being featured on the Gen X Moms blog, shoot us an email!

At-Home Businesses for Busy Moms: Tastefully Simple

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So many moms want to run an at-home business. Whether it’s to pay a few extra bills, have more money to splurge on lip gloss that goes unappreciated by everyone except our other mommy friends, or just continue a hobby and use our brains, starting an at-home business can be scary but exciting. In this feature, Gen X Moms will interview a variety of moms who run at-home businesses. Be sure to scroll to the bottom where you’ll find exclusive offers just for Gen X Mom readers!

Today’s Mom: Monica with Tastefully Simple

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family
I am married to a wonderful man for 6 years now and have 2 boys.  KK is 3 and Little Monkey is 15 months.  I split my time between being a wife and SAHM (the most important part of my time), running a direct sales business, running a mommy group and working part time as a website administrator for my brother’s seminar company.  My husband goes out and works the daily grind so I can stay home and raise our children.  My boys are smart, funny and adorable!  (what mom would say otherwise?) and I love teaching them new things and seeing the light bulb go on in their little faces.  I love unsolicited hugs and kisses.  I try to write down every funny or cute thing they say so I will remember it 20 years from now.  We love to go camping in our motor home, at the beach or in the mountains.  My husband is in a rock n roll band, Hall Pass,  and I am a belly dancer on hiatus.  I guess we have performing in our family!  When my little monkey gets a bit older, I plan to go back to dancing.  I also love to do whatever I can to help people and I am able to help a lot of people through my business and my mommy group.

Tell us about your business
I am a consultant for Tastefully Simple.  It is a wonderful company that creates and sells delicious, easy-to-prepare foods, seasonings and sauces.  It is a direct sales business and most of my sales are done through in-home taste testing parties.  I also do boutiques and other expo events a few times a year in addition to re-order sales.  Re-orders are great because you don’t really have to do any work other than make a phone call.  Once your clients have eaten through their last order, they are hungry for more!

How did you get started in this business?
I had been looking for a way to earn money while still staying home after my second son was about 2 months old.   I saw a post about a special they were running and decided to learn more about it.  When I found out it was selling food, I thought, “I can do that, everyone needs food”.  I was right, it has proven to be a great thing to sell food!

Did you have any kind of special education or training?
I didn’t have any special training to get started, but have listened in on or attended lots of training sessions since signing up.  You get everything you need to start off with a bang and then are constantly offered more training and support from the company’s headquarters and your team leaders.  There is as much training and support available as you want to make use of.

How do you juggle motherhood and the business?
I have learned to carve out a daily schedule that allows me chunks of time during the day (nap time) or evening (bath time) to make phone calls or send out marketing materials or just organize my supplies.  I also have a set party schedule that is just 2 Saturday afternoons a month.  I have had to re-adjust my schedule over time as my kids’ nap times have changed, but all my clients are wonderful and understanding people.  Most of them are moms too and know just what I am up against.

What would you say to other moms interested in opening a similar business?
I would say that if you are looking for something to do for yourself, this is it!  I get so much more than just money from running my business.  I used to work in corporate America before becoming a SAHM and missed the adult conversation, accolades for a job well done and sense of accomplishment.  I have found all of those things again with my Tastefully Simple business.  Plus, I don’t have to report to an office every day, all day long.  I can work as much or as little as I like and my income will reflect that.  I really enjoy having something in my life that is “mine”.  Besides, I believe this is the easiest product ever to sell.  Everyone eats so everyone is a potential client!  People love to have taste testing parties because they are low key and low pressure and you get to eat!  What could be more fun?

Do you have any special offers for Gen X Mom readers?

One of the things I hear often is “how do you find people to have parties?”  My offer to the Gen X Moms blog readers is this:  If you would like to sign up to be a Tastefully Simple consultant, I will give you one of the parties from my calendar.  I will be there with you to do the party, but you will get the commission as well as any new party bookings or recruits for your own.  This will give you a start to your own client base.  We have an $89 startup kit called “Just a Taste” so you can try this business on for size.  If you decide it’s not for you, then you can just eat your supplies!  Not many businesses offer you that option!

Visit Monica’s Tastefully Simple site today!

At-Home Businesses for Busy Moms: Sprouts Photography

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So many moms want to run an at-home business. Whether it’s to pay a few extra bills, have more money to splurge on lip gloss that goes unappreciated by everyone except our other mommy friends, or just continue a hobby and use our brains, starting an at-home business can be scary but exciting. In this feature, Gen X Moms will interview a variety of moms who run at-home businesses. Be sure to scroll to the bottom where you’ll find exclusive offers just for Gen X Mom readers!

Today’s Mom: Renee with Sprouts Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family
My name is Renee, I’m a wife and mother of two boys, 11 and 3.  They definitely keep me busy.  I’ve always been creative.  I started my career back in 1996 as a graphic designer.  I was working full-time for a large company in their marketing department as the senior graphic designer, had my own photography studio on the side all while trying to maintain a marriage and being a mom.  Something had to give.  I quit my full-time job to stay home with my son.  A year later I gave birth to my second son.
Tell us about your business
I have a small boutique photography company that specializes in maternity, babies and children: Sprouts Photography.
How did you get started in this business?
I actually started in photography doing boudoir/pin-up.  Coming from the graphic design background I was really great at retouching the digital photos.  I never thought I would have the patience to photograph children, but it turns out I’m really great with them.  The key is slowing down and working with them instead of trying to direct them.  Doing the maternity photos came natural to me coming from the boudoir background.  Maternity photos are very intimate, as are boudoir, so my ability to light and pose women in the most flattering way is helpful.
Did you have any kind of special education or training?
Yes!  I started at a trade school for the computer training, which has been such a blessing now.  I ended at the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a BFA in Photography.  Since I am a mom and wife and couldn’t go to on campus classes I did their online program and loved it!
How do you juggle motherhood and the business?
I’m not going to lie–it’s really tough.  My older son goes to school so that isn’t a problem.  My 3 year old, however, requires my constant attention.  I try to attend a play date or take him out almost every morning to really get him nice and tired.  If I don’t get out of the house he helps me clean and do chores.  I am really lucky that he naps for almost 3 hours! I do almost all my work during those 3 hours.  I know its not very popular to say this, but there are days that I’ll turn on Finding Nemo or Cars and work on the laptop while he watches the movie.  I figure hey, at least I’m here next to him, right?  I try to schedule all shoots for either the weekend (on-location shoots) or during his nap time (studio shoots).  I am lucky to have my studio in my garage so it works out great that I can shoot or meet with clients while he naps.  It helps that I’m dealing with other moms so they are understanding.
What would you say to other moms interested in opening a similar business?
I say if you have the talent do it!  And if you aren’t there technically yet, keep on practicing.  Invest in lenses and really work on satisfying the clients you do have, because moms are really vocal when they like something (or don’t!).  Word of mouth is the best advertising there is!
Do you have any special offers for Gen X Mom readers?
Absolutely, us moms have to stick together!  If you subscribe to the Gen X Moms blog and book a session, you get a $100 credit towards any wall print (canvas wrap, float wrap, large format prints).
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