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Steps in the right direction…

This week we talked with Angie Wright. Her story is one a lot of moms can relate to as they weed through various “work-from-home” careers out there. Angie found herself in serious debt after investing her precious time, energy and money into a business that drained her on all fronts. Understandably, she was skeptical to learn about Moms Making Six Figures. Would it be different than her past experiences? Read on to learn more about her journey!

Can you give us a little bit of your background? What were you doing before Moms Making Six Figures?

Of course! I was born and raised in Oceanside California. I went to Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and studied Intercultural and urban studies. When I graduated in 2000, I was a youth pastor for 3 years in the Los Angeles area. I loved working with youth and when I moved back to Oceanside in 2003, I started working with teenagers in group homes. My heart and passion still lie with helping at-risk youth. I eventually became the Director of a crisis program for teens through the YMCA, but in 2014 the program lost funding and I was let go. 

After all of that happened, I decided to stay home with my kids. I have a 10-year-old son named James, an 8-year-old daughter, Janise, and then our two-year-old son, Jasiah. I loved being at home with my kids, but I knew I still needed an income. I tried anything and everything to be a stay at home mom and contribute financially.

What were the types of jobs you did to maintain your lifestyle as a stay-at-home mom? 

Initially, I helped run a daycare with my mom in her home for about a year. After that, I dabbled in some direct sale companies. I sold juices, jewelry, and the biggest one was LuLaRoe, which I worked with for about two and a half years. The initial investment was a very hefty $5,000 for the clothing and roughly another $3,000-$5,000 for all the equipment needed. I enjoyed my time with LuLaRoe because I loved helping women feel beautiful and I love the clothes myself, but it was a very hard business to be in. I spent countless hours advertising on Facebook, ordering more inventory and getting severely into debt. Not to mention, working events where I had to literally haul 300-500 pieces of clothes back and forth from my home.

I realized I was spending so much money and time away from my family that the business just was not worth it anymore. So, I left.

What did you do with your left-over inventory? Were you able to sell it before you stopped working with LuLaRoe? 

I had the option of returning inventory, but below wholesale because I would have had to pay a restocking fee. The process was so arduous, instead I decided to discount my remaining inventory to other retailers and my current customers. I definitely did not make my money back because I had to discount it way below wholesale to sell it all. 

One of the hardest parts about selling LuLaRoe is that we were not able to pick the patterns of the clothes. We could pick the style and the size, but they would send us whatever print they had. To tell you the truth, there were some prints that no one wanted to buy, and retail consultants would end up getting stuck with them!

So, tell me a little about how this journey led you to Moms Making Six Figures? 

In January of 2018, my friend, Jennifer Becker contacted me and wanted to share more about her business. I knew if anything, we would be good source of referrals for one another.  We had become friends when our daughters started kindergarten together in 2016.  I knew she did some sort of work-from-home business because she had a table set up at a fundraiser at the school. Unfortunately, I was too busy setting up my 300-piece display and did not have time to go check it out.  So, I told her that I would be open to hearing more.  Little did she know I was struggling financially and having regrets for starting a LuLaRoe business.  

Jennifer came over to my house, we sat at my kitchen table and she shared with me what Mom’s Making Six Figures was all about.  By the end I was literally in tears because for some reason I saw a hope and a future in her presentation I hadn’t experienced with any other company.  More than that, Jennifer was so genuine. I believed she would be a supportive friend and business partner, which is something I never had before.  

How have you found Moms Making Six Figures to be different from your career with LuLaRoe?

At first, I’ll admit I was a little skeptical to jump on board based off my previous experiences. In the past, I had become “star struck” with other business presentations and none of them had worked. They all left me broke, in debt and hopeless. However, I decided to give it a try to see if there really was NO startup cost or fees. If what Jennifer had said was true, I thought, what’s the risk? 

Jennifer helped me get my business rolling by mentoring me, helping me educate others and so much more. I was amazed that I truly did not have to spend any money to become successful in this business. Month after month, I have received a paycheck without having to sell any products, carry inventory, or invest any money in supplies.  I haven’t had to lug 100+ pieces of clothing to fairs and vendor events or bombard my Facebook friends with posts about buying my products.  My work now revolves around the relationships I build and sharing my experience with others.  

I am so grateful to Jennifer for introducing me to Moms Making Six Figures and for the continuous support she offers.  On top of that, we have an entire team of supportive women I can turn to for anything at any time.  Because of my new career with Moms Making Six Figures, I will have the financial freedom to support my family and give back. 

I will once again have the time to use experience in social services and as a youth pastor to help those in need.  I have always dreamt of opening a center for at-risk youth since beginning my work with teens back in 2000. I am confident Moms Making Six Figures will help me realized this dream!

Career Family Freedom

Why putting your family first matters

Meet Allison! She is a mom of two and one of our wonderful team members at Moms Making Six Figures. Before having children, Allison was a teacher. Now that her kids are 14 and 18, she has time to dive into a new career. Moms Making Six Figures ended up being the perfect fit for her… We are excited for you to read on to learn how her business has grown and fit into her life!

What drew me into working with Mom’s Making Six Figures? 

Before I had children, I was an elementary school teacher. I always knew once I had children, I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. I was fortunate to be able to do that. I loved being a stay-at-home mom but as my children grew older, I knew I needed something more than being a mom and volunteering. Instead of always giving to others, I needed something of my own. Moms Making Six Figures provided exactly what I was looking for. I like knowing my teaching credential is still being used, but instead of educating children and teaching them how to read and write I can educate families on how to live healthier lives!

What does my weekly schedule look like? How do I determine where my attention goes?  

Working from home is everything to me. As much as I wanted to work again, I also didn’t want work to be too disruptive to the life we were used to. I still wanted to be the mom who could go on field trips and take my kids to school. Being able to work from home and set my own hours allows me the flexibility to still put my family first. Each week I schedule out my time based on drop-off and pick-up times as well as volunteering and appointments. The beauty of this job is that I can work while my children are at school. A typical workday for me starts around 9:30 and ends around 2:00.

How has your business grown since the beginning? What has been the biggest factor in its growth?

When I started my business five years ago my children were 9 and 13. There were many days I couldn’t spend any time on my business because I was helping with a school event or going on a field trip. Now that my son is 18 and a freshman in college and my daughter is 14 and a freshman in high school, I can devote much more time to my business which has been the biggest factor in its growth. I’m not needed as much; which is why I appreciate having Moms Making Six Figures and the camaraderie this business brings. That being said, I am still able to be present for my son and daughter and not miss these precious moments that go by way too quickly.

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Is there more than an ‘either, or’ career?

Meet Lyndsey! She is a mom of three, a military spouse and an awesome mentor at Moms Making Six Figures. Lyndsey realized she needed a career with flexibility, but also wanted something she could be passionate about. Like many other women in her position, the question of there being more than just an ‘either, or’ career flooded Lyndsey’s mind. Read on to learn how Moms Making Six Figures met both her family and career needs!

Why was a career with Moms Making Six Figures a fit for you?

As a military spouse and mom of three, my schedule needs to be flexible and movable, literally and figuratively. My career experience is in mental health. However, when I moved to California from Florida, I transitioned to a very rewarding career in the commercial and military diving industry. During this time, I met my husband, who is a Navy Diver. 

Fast forward to now, where we manage deployment schedules, training trips, moving to different duty stations every few years along with the normal time management of raising three young children and managing a household.  Following the birth of our second child, we decided the value of having me at home with the kids was worth more to us than a corporate income. I would never change that decision, but it has certainly been challenging personally and professionally.  I trained and partnered with a great financial company to trade stock options at home the last few years. While it afforded the time freedom I needed, I hated it.  

Enter Moms Making Six Figures.  

My career with Moms Making Six Figures has afforded me time freedom AND everything else I enjoyed in my corporate positions (namely the human interactions, haha), but nothing I disliked about those same corporate positions. (Such as employee management, inventory and production management, etc.)  Instead, I get to focus on client relations, goals and problem solving. Everything I enjoy with the time and location freedom to meet the challenges of my life as a mom and military spouse.  

We’ve featured some of your awesome family vacation pictures on our Instagram and Facebook! From hiking in the desert, to adventuring in your own city, does work ever interfere with family time?

Quite the opposite, actually!  My work with Moms Making Six Figures is so organic. It fits right in our lifestyle, from daily interactions to extra adventures near and far.  My career goes where I go, I don’t punch a time clock, and I don’t need anything other than my computer and phone.

We all know there is much more to this career than just the fun times that are often highlighted. In what ways have you had to step out of your comfort zone in order to be successful in your business?

I am an introvert by nature, meaning simply that I need (and often prefer) my quiet space to recharge.  That is my comfort zone.  To be successful with Moms Making Six Figures is no different than my other corporate careers in that I must be willing to step out of my comfort zone and build relationships.  The difference is with Moms Making Six Figures, the nature of the relationships we build are genuine and helpful.  We offer such value to our clients. Although I do have to step out of my comfort zone, at the end of the day my job is extremely rewarding. Unlike my corporate experiences, I’ve found working with Moms Making Six Figures doesn’t drain me.

 

Children Family Freedom Productivity

If it’s worth it. Don’t walk away from it.

This week we talked with Katie! She used to run an in-home daycare and knew working for herself was the right fit for her life. With Moms Making Six Figures, Katie has the freedom to work for herself, put family first and earn an income. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did!

How did you find MMSF and were you skeptical to seek more information? What ended up being the deciding factor for you to join the team?

I was introduced to the Moms Making Six Figures Team through an acquaintance on Facebook. She invited me to learn more about a referral program and it honestly sounded too good to be true.

My friend invited me to an event where I could learn more, and I realized this team could be perfect fit for me. I was excited to change my family member’s lives! Not to mention, I could also help other women to change their family’s lives, too. Joining the team was a no-brainer!

How do you decide how much time to give to your business each week?

It depends on what is happening in my kids’ lives. I have a 6-year-old son and 7 1/2-year-old daughter. I am room mom for both classes, on the PTA Board, at every ballet class and I substitute teach a few days a week.

I love that I can schedule my hours around my kids. I used to run an in-home daycare. I opened it when my daughter was born, and I have worked for myself ever since. I cannot imagine going back to an 8-4pm, 5 day a week schedule. I love not having to ask permission for time off if my kids are sick, have a special event at school, or need me for any reason.


There are some specific things that I do for my business each week, but they can be done when I have the time. I always put my family first!

Have you ever had a moment of wanting to give up? How do you push past those feelings and doubts? 

Yes, doubts creep in regularly. Working for yourself isn’t easy, but SO worth it. If it weren’t for the incredible leaders on the team I probably would have given up on myself and my dreams.


 

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Finding balance in your life!

This week, we had the chance to chat with Kellee! She is a wonderful mom, friend and mentor! With a hectic schedule, she knew life would pass by way too fast if she did not make a career change. Fortunately, Kellee found Moms Making Six Figures and was able to achieve the balance she craved. But, with every career comes a challenge of prioritizing what is truly important – read on to see how Kellee manages this task in her life!

So, we know you went to Europe this summer with your kids for vacation! Can you tell us a little bit about how you coordinated that with work?

This summer I took a three-week trip to Europe with my family.  Luckily, I don’t have a boss, nor do I need to ask for time off.  This allowed me to be extremely flexible with my travel dates and find the best deals for the summer.  While I was there, I chose to work a little.  The time zones made it a little difficult to do too much, but that is where our team comes in.  Although, I don’t have a boss, I do have an amazing network of women who are amazingly helpful. I was mentoring a new business partner and didn’t want to wait my travel to keep her from connecting with the team and making progress.  Stacy and Heidi were both quick to jump in and assist.

As a working mom, it can be easy to over-commit and take on too much at once. How do you find the balance between the commitments you’ve made to your kids, your work and yourself?

After working in a career that required me to work 70+ hours, I was adamant that I wanted to conquer the dream of work/life balance.  I’ve learned quickly it is ok for me to say no, but more importantly it is also ok for me to say YES. It is all about priorities and calendaring my time. I use an old school planner.  In pen, I lock in things that I am committed to, whether that is allotted time for work or a competition/game for my kids or the gym for me.   When it comes to work, I have very specific goals each week that I complete no matter what! Around that, I have flexibility to live my life and achieve my goals.

What is the most rewarding part of your career with Moms Making Six Figures?

It’s going to sound insane, but the most rewarding part about my career with Moms Making Six Figures is that my children know who I AM! My kids are amazingly talented, smart and funny. I’ve been given a gift.  I see them grow up, I help them develop and grow. We have time to laugh, play and learn together.  Prior mornings were chaotic and rushed getting everyone ready and out the door.  I often found myself yelling and frustrated because they were moving at a child’s pace and I needed them on turbo drive, so I wasn’t late for a meeting.  We now listen to music, enjoy breakfast together and make it to school with smiles on our faces.  Every time I look at my kids, see how well they are doing in their lives, it makes me so grateful that I took a leap of faith and pushed hard to have what I do now.

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