Making Work at Home Work-review & giveaway

MWAHWTruth be told, Making Work At Home Work, by Mary Byers was my inspiration for starting this entire series.

I received my copy, began to digest what I was reading and realized that there are many many of us out there who are truly struggling every day to balance our homes and our businesses. With blogging and all things related becoming a viable starting point for working at home, the numbers of people needing help in this area will only continue to grow.

Without some sort of assistance or mentoring from others who have lived it, most of us would surely lose our minds trying to balance it all. Either that, or we’d end up just giving it all up altogether.

Enter Making Work at Home Work. Inside the book you will find practical tips and useful advice. The information is easy to follow and realistic.

For instance: one of the points in the book that hit home for me is the need to acknowledge the difference between “At Home” and “Work at Home.” This is huge for me, because up until I read Mary’s book, I was still referring to myself as a stay-at-home mom. While to a degree this is true, – I’m a mom and I’m at home, I work at home in a business as well. I am a “work at home mom”.

If you haven’t already acknowledged that, take a moment, say it out loud and let it sink in.

This is a fabulous book for any mom already working from home – whether you are just starting out or have been doing it for years. It covers everything from:

  • How to fit your business into your family life
  • How much income is enough?
  • What are your priorities?
  • How to schedule your time effectively
  • Manage your business expenses
  • Know when and how to take a break
  • Avoid strain on your relationships
  • How to arrange effective child care when needed
  • Plan for the future and retirement
  • Work smarter and make more

This is definitely a book that should be kept on your work space desk and referred to often. It is that practical and useful.

I am excited to be able to offer a copy of this book to four lucky winners. To enter, please subscribe to this site (if you don’t already) and also, leave a comment telling me what work at home issue you need the most help with: organizing? prioritizing? the kids? Let ‘er fly.

Winners will be chosen using random number generator and will be announced Saturday May 16th by 5 pm

Also, If you’d like to win a copy of this book AND a $25 Amazon Gift Card, visit the blog tour post at Mary’s Blog and leave a comment.

About Mary Byers: Mary M. Byers successfully juggles both a freelance corporate writing and speaking business and her responsibilities as a wife and mother of two school-aged children. She is the author of The Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family and How to Say No . . . And Live to Tell about It. Visit her website to learn more: or her blog Follow Mary on Twitter at @marybyers


  1. I've got the organizing part down, it's the prioritizing I need help with. Still trying to figure out what will work best for my family in terms of a schedule and making sure I spend enough time with the kids. It's easy to run to the computer and try to get a few minutes in but a few minutes can lead to an hour easily. I think I really need to start waking up earlier, but I don't like that idea. ;) Would love to read this book!

  2. Just subscribed. I'd still say time management – prioritizing to make it all work would be my big help needed area. Book looks great!

  3. http://Sue says

    Boy, this certainly sounds like something I need! Home schooling mom, re-entering the college soon, stay at home mom and glass artisan that tries to make a few bucks here and there selling her glass work. Would love to learn about making it all work and keeping my sanity too! ~GRIN!~ Thank you for the opportunity! Warmest regards.

  4. http://Jenn says

    Just subscribed! My biggest challenge is the break between work, chores and family time. I try to intermingle them all a bit too often and it doesn't end well. Can't wait to read the book and hopefully learn to set boundaries.

  5. Firstly, just subscribed. :)

    Secondly, challenges? Organizing? Yes. Prioritizing? Yes. Kids? YES. I feel like I need help in all areas. Part of it is that up until last week (literally) I was like you – considering myself as a stay at home mom or homemaker. With the (re)launch of Simple Kids and all that it is going to take to create a successful, helpful site there, I am realizing I have got to reframe myself in my own mind as work at home mom.

    Essentially, I just need all kinds of help. Thanks for this series.

    OH! And by the way, insprired by your home office post, I found a desk on craigslist and am going to overhaul a tiny corner of our house into my office – in the LAUNDRY room of all places! Whatever works, right? You are awesome. Thanks for the inspiration and help.

  6. I also think I need help in multiple areas. As my kids get older, they can play more independently, but they also notice how much time Mom's on the computer and not with them. I need balance!

  7. I would love to read this. I've been working from home for 3 years now, but there is always more to learn about it! (And I am already subscribed!)

  8. Wow, do I ever need this! I've been a stay at home mom for so many years, that as my blog has grown into a full time job, that I'm having a really hard time getting it 'all' done. I think what I need to learn is how to balance 'all.' I've gotten help around the house, but still I try to do too much. One of the biggest areas I need to learn is how to set up my business–books, money in and money out, balancing business income vs paycheck, and how that all plays into helping my family by working from home!

  9. http://Stephanie%20Rains says

    I don't work at home yet, but would love to. I am looking into the travel business as well as MT. My biggest problem is prioritizing and scheduling. I am afraid that I will be doing housework when I am supposed to work and vice a versa. Both my kids will be in school starting this summer, so that shouldn't be a problem. Even though I feel like I would be ok working on my own, I am also a little afraid if I would get sidetracked by things like chatting, Facebook etc.

  10. i was home schooled when i was still very young and i have to stay that it is also a great way to educate your kids `-*

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