Book Review: Money Making Mom



 The Goal: Work From Home On My Own Time

This past year I have transitioned from a full time working mother to a part-time student/full time mother/as-needed nurse.  I have been lucky enough to get to work from home a few days a month, and even if that hadn’t worked out, we still would have been able to survive on my husband’s income.

I won’t lie though- we wouldn’t have a lot of extras without my job. That means no season passes to the amusement park, no monthly date night to one of our favorite foodie joints, and fewer presents under the Christmas tree.

Right now, when I work, I am not able to pick and choose my days- I am dependent upon when my teammates take a day off, and if I want to work, I have to work everything else around those few available days.  I’m also bound to work during business hours on weekdays, unless I work a certain kind of case which only gives a few hours every week.

My ultimate goal is to work on my own time, on my own terms, in my own home.

This blog is one of the ways I would like to make that happen.

Money Making Mom


This is not my first blog. From 2007 to 2011, I wrote an infertility blog (now private) and was part of the BlogHer network.  I earned a tiny amount from that blog, plus a few freebies. The biggest takeaway from it was actual writing experience, especially my part in the 2011 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.  I helped collect this group of infertility stories, and contributed this article about pregnancy after infertility.

After we built our family, I did not want to continue writing about the subject, and I ended up starting a small frugality blog in 2009.  I wasn’t always consistent, especially during pregnancies #2 and #3, and it was mostly an easy repository for my menu plans, so I could quickly link to recipes.

When I left my full-time job, I decided I would try to commit to writing most days of the week, especially to help keep myself on track well enough to finish my master’s debt-free. I had a plan for my blog, but I’m always looking for more ideas for improvement. That is why I was excited to get to review Money Saving Mom Crystal Paine’s new book, Money Making Mom. I was provided a free copy of the book for my review, but opinions are 100% my own.

I know a lot of women who are trying to find a side gig- or even a full time gig- to help support their families. You may be like me and have a profession or trade already or perhaps you planned all along for your full-time career to be raising your children.

The book is meant as a guide to take you from deciding where your gifts and strengths lie to giving practical guidance in building your own side gig. If you don’t long to be a writer, she has collected a host of stories and advice from other entrepreneurs who have had success in other businesses. Some women start their own Etsy shops, some are successful in direct sales (like 31 Gifts or Mary Kay), some start cleaning services while their kids are in school, and others find a way to turn an untapped need in their community into a business.

Money Saving Mom wasn’t Crystal’s first business adventure. She admits to trying and failing several times before finally building a successful blog. As someone writing her third blog, that gives me hope.

I have a few ideas I’ve been mulling over, including an ebook and a webinar, and I’ve learned enough in my reading to start figuring out what the next few steps should be to get there. I also have a small list of books and resources I can comb through for more information.

I hope to continue to chronicle my own adventures here as I try to earn money from my writing. On November’s agenda: figure out how to link Google AdSense to this blog, set up a Facebook page, and brainstorm a few future articles.

Ready For The Next Step?

 Money Making Mom comes out November 3rd, but it is available for pre-order. Those who pre-order get a few extra bonuses, including:

Make Over Your Calendar: 7-Day Online Course—a comprehensive course to teach you how to simplify, streamline, and organize your daily schedule & to-do’s.

Crystal’s Top 10 Favorite Productivity Tools Tip Sheet—a printable PDF with links and information on her favorite tools for better time management.

An Exclusive Live Q&A Call—an invitation to join Crystal for a special exclusive Q&A call to ask any of your Money-Making Mom questions.

To receive these bonuses, you can purchase the book here and then fill out this form no later than today, November 2, as this is the last day the pre-order deal will be available! 

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