If your wife can’t stay home without generating income, she needs real work, not a blog or pyramid scheme

This post leaped out at me today as I was surfing (and to be honest, avoiding the housework actually…). Our financial situation has changed drastically over the last few years to the extent that we are now completely dependent on benefits and I absolutely hate it. I have been wondering for months what I could do or how I could help to get us back on our feet. Additionally I have been dreaming (literally) about my job. I haven’t worked outside the home now for maybe 15 years, but I often dream about the work I used to do and I confess, I really miss it. I miss the office, I miss dressing up for work, I miss the social side, I even miss commuting. But there’s no going back – for various reasons, working outside the home is just a non-option for me. I need to find an alternative. So what do you think, is this post reasonable in its assertion that WAHMs need proper work? What to you actually constitutes proper work, and are blogs or pyramid schemes or selling franchises like Usborne or Pampered Chef not even worth looking at?

The Practical Conservative

The title says it all.  Blame pregnancy brain for this placeholder of a post.  I shall return this one day when I’m a little less gum-brained, but I wanted to post a little at least about what I mean in the title.

To be blunt, if your wife has to make money while she’s at home or else you all have big financial problems and she can’t get a job outside the home for whatever reasons, then she needs to do something real for money.

Too many housewives who have to be economically viable beyond canning and couponing get caught up in the pursuit of professionalism in their work-at-home endeavors.  So they turn to monetized blogs and pyramid schemes because you “join networks” and “build inventory” and sometimes get to wear a business suit or go to a conference.  Such things are just traps, sucking money out of families that…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hope Egan
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 17:40:59

    Even writing and selling books, which many gifted moms dream about, doesn’t pay what you think it might.

    My husband encouraged me (that sounds a lot, um, cheerier than the process that this actually was) to return to real estate, which I have done in my pre-mom years. It’s actually a great fit for SAHMs: flexible, work from home, own hours, etc. AND gives me connection to the outside world and the excuse to dress up. 🙂

    The company I am with (Exit First) even has a program where you earn residuals from earnings from others you bring into the company. I am focusing on helping homeschool families with their real estate needs (see http://www.HomeschoolHomes.com), which allows me to work with folks I enjoy serving.

    I battled against this for a long time, believing that the home was the ONLY place I belonged…after hearing my husband and following his advice I’m enjoying it quite a bit! 🙂

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    • lillbjorne
      Feb 11, 2014 @ 17:51:34

      Thanks Hope! I’m in the UK so a lot of the opportunities available in the US aren’t available here. But hopefully your link will be helpful to other readers.

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