When my family first moved to New York City I had all intentions to go back to work as a teacher, just as I was doing in Florida. I interviewed at a couple of schools and really thought that going back to work full time was the right thing for me. Once I found some of the schools that I liked, I started to look into childcare for Harlan, who was only nine months old at the time.
Childcare is completely different here in New York City than it is in Tampa. Most children don’t go to daycare while their parents go to work. Parents usually hire a nanny to come into their home and take care of their children during the day.
My husband and I looked into what I would be making as a teacher and then looked into the cost of hiring a nanny. Once we looked at the numbers, we came to realize that the costs were virtually the same. I’d be going to work just so that I could pay our nanny to take care of our daughter. It just didn’t make sense. That’s when we both decided that it would make more sense financially for me to stay home with Harlan rather than going back to work full time.
After our move to the city, I wanted to get out more and find other moms with babies the same age as Harlan. We went to the park, attended play groups and even local mom groups to try to meet people. I started documenting our adventures by starting a personal blog. I also found myself engulfed in social media trying to connect with other moms that were going through many of the same things as I was.
Six months after our move, I found myself writing nearly every day on my blog. Twitter and Facebook were my outlets to other moms in the world, and I was becoming more and more savvy in the entire world of social media. I went out one night for an event and ran into a company that I always spoke with on Twitter. It was amazing to finally meet them in person after speaking with them online for many months. After speaking for a while and getting to know one another they mentioned that they were looking for someone to take over their twitter account. It would be a part time thing that could be done from the comfort of my own home.
I had honestly never thought about doing anything to make money on the side, but because of my passion for social media (and the fact that I was online throughout most of my day) I told them that I was interested in the job. Before I knew it, I was taking over their account and had a part time job all while being able to still stay at home with Harlan.
A couple months after starting the social media job, I had another company that heard of my work through my current client that wanted similar services. I agreed and now had another company to manage.
Now nearly two years later, I manage four companies’ social media accounts. My love and passion for social media has turned into a consulting business that I never dreamed would have happened. Things happened so organically that it was through a passion that my business came to be.I love that I am able to stay at home with my girls but still run a business and help support my family at the same time.
If you are a SAHM that is looking to find a way to make money, my best advice is to find something that you are truly passionate about and go for it. Before you know it, something might fall in your lap, just as it did for me.
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Read more from Lauren at her personal blog, A Mommy in the City, where she chronicles her life living in New York City with a suburban mentality. For more updates, follow Lauren on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram! Check out more of Lauren’s Babble posts at Being Pregnant and Baby’s First Year.