For a professional online writer, I suppose $3 here and $5 there, doesn't really seem like much of a paycheck, especially if that person is depending solely on their writing efforts to pay all the bills. However, for this stay-at-home, home-school mom of 4 children ( soon to be 5), the thrill of a $5 bonus here and a $3 bonus there and a monthly check of $200 or so, well, it just makes me smile. Why? I smile because I'm accomplishing something. I'm helping others by submitting informational articles and I'm slowly building a readership on every site I write for: Redgage, Suite 101, my blog, (How Much Do You Save? ), and Christian Music Report. Somebody out there is reading and I must be doing something good.
As a stay-at-home and home-school mom, I know in my heart that I was "called to be Momma," I love what I do. On a typical day I organize and clean the house, do laundry, plan the menus, and cook most of the meals. I have two little children that I personally home-school here at my work station, and at the same time, I'm monitoring the older two as they complete their home-school studies on the computer using Switched on Schoolhouse.
While the 7 year old is reading to me, reciting spelling words, Bible verses etc. I'm on here writing for RG, Suite 101, and CMR. I answer emails and Facebook questions throughout the day and I'm constantly on the look out for sales, deals, coupons and gift cards. I earn free CVS gift cards using My Points and Amazon gift cards on Swagbucks that I use in conjunction with coupons and weekly sales to help buy our family's groceries and necessities. The money I earn on these writing projects help pay for the oldest child's piano and violin lessons.
I heard someone say this weekend that " Parenting," is not considered a full-time job. For many stay-at-home, home-school moms around the world, I'd like to speak up. Those that say things like that. Those that think we do very little, we watch soap operas and eat bon-bons. Those that do not recognize motherhood as a calling and a full-time career, you have no idea.
Actually, as a stay-at-home mom, I probably do much more in a day than the average 8 hr worker, Monday thru Friday. My average work day is 13 hours long, six days a week, Monday thru Saturday. I do manage to slow down on Sunday.
So, here I am, saluting those who hardly get the salute. Most of my writings are for you, the stay-at-home mom or stay-at-home, online worker. I write to help you save money by sharing what I'm learning as an Extreme Couponer. I share recipes to help you plan your dinner and holidays like Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Passover, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Occasionally, I'll share with you about Women's health issues: infertility, fertility treatments, diet and nutrition. The main point here is I share, and that's what Redgage is all about, sharing and networking together. You probably won't get rich on Redgage or anywhere else similar like Suite 101, Hub Pages, Helium, About.com etc. Somedays, you'll make pennies a day. Some days you'll manage a $1 or $2 a day and then sometimes, you'll submit a good link, picture or blog, like my blog on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and score a big bonus. The key is to never give up. Don't get discouraged. Share everything you can. You never know. What you post may help someone else in a unique way. You do matter. You do deserve recognition for all you do in a day, no matter what your job title may be or how others label you. Everyone who does their best to succeed in whatever they do deserves to be chosen as a Featured User on Redgage. Keep Sharing. You do matter. You're the reason Redgage is alive and well! Best Wishes!