Today’s “I Want to Be” Series features Jill Hart who works from home as a Christian Business Coach. She also founder of the website, Christian Work at Home Ministeries (CWAHM). Jill has had speaking engagements around the country. Find out how to connect with Jill at the end of this article.
How long have you had your business?
I began CWAHM in 2000, so this year will be our 13th in business. It's been quite a journey!
What led you to pursue it?
When I got married, I knew that I wanted to be at home to raise our (future) kids. However, my husband was in the Air Force at the time, and I knew I would need to work to supplement his income. So, I started researching ways to make an income from home. In the midst of my research, I decided I would learn to design websites and began compiling my work-at-home research on a new website that I was designing, CWAHM.com. Not long after the site went live it took on a life of its own and ended up becoming the business that allowed me to stay home.
How do you market your business?
Most of our marketing is done via article marketing and word-of-mouth. We do our best to promote other work-at-home businesses and they, in turn, promote us. We've found that putting quality information out there and working with others in the industry to be our strongest form of marketing.
What is your favorite part of the business?
My favorite part of my business is the people. I am constantly amazed by the creativity and ingenuity of the men and women and the businesses they begin. From amazing products to new uses for technology, you'll find a little of everything in the work-at-home world.
What one question do you get most from people about your business?
The number one question that I get is how to balance working at home and raising kids. I certainly won't say that it's easy, but it is definitely worth the struggle. I've learned over the years that it isn't possible to truly balance it all out. However, it is possible to be aware of the time you're spending on work and with family and make sure there is a give-and-take, that each area of your life is getting the time and attention necessary.
What one myth or misconception do you want to dispel about the work you do?
The one myth that I'd like to dispel is that working at home is easier - or less professional - than a "real" job. Working from home can be very stressful and takes an extra portion of discipline and self-control.
What advice do you have for others who want to get into a similar opportunity?
My advice would be to do your research, and if it all checks out ... take a risk! Go for it!
What websites or books do you recommend for tips?
There are some great books available to help guide those interested in working at home and/or starting their own business:
To learn more about Jill, stop by her blog, Christian Work at Home Ministries, her Facebook page, or on Twitter.
*Photo by Phillie Casablanca via Flickr.