Making Work at Home Work~Book Review and Give Away

by adustyframe ~ May 15th, 2009


**We have a winner. James chose #16 which is Princess of Quite A lot(fun name!)

I was given the opportunity to review this book. Since I work at home, I wanted to see what advice she gave.

I enjoyed the book and thought it was easy to read and filled with good information.

I especially enjoyed the interviews with other work at home moms.

The best thing I took from it was to learn to say that I work at home and take that seriously. Sometimes I feel that what I do isn’t really a job, but it definitely is and it’s ok for me to be honest about that. I DO work at home and now when people ask what I do, I tell them I work at home selling online.

The book assumes that the work at home mom also has a husband to support her and doesn’t address how to homeschool and work at home! But I guess one book can’t “have it all” right. I definitely think it would be much easier to implement many of her ideas if I had a husband around to lean on, or if my child was in school all day, but all in all I found the book helpful.

  • I have a copy of this book to give away. Leave a comment and let me know what work at home you do or you’d like to do. I”ll draw a name on Friday and send the book to the winner. Make sure you leave a valid email.
  • Earn an additional entry by tweeting about this giveaway–make sure you leave a second comment with a link to your “tweet”

About the book:

Making Work at Home Work shows moms how to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set without sacrificing their families. It covers important topics such as developing a successful business philosophy, balancing time between work and family, setting realistic goals, and handling the challenges of being both “Mommy” and “CEO” while running a profitable home-based business.

In addition to including her own experiences, author Mary Byers profiles real moms with home-based businesses who offer their hard-won advice.

About Mary:

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


20 Thoughts Shared to Making Work at Home Work~Book Review and Give Away

  1. Jenny

    Great opportunity! I work from home making items to sell on etsy, and I love it. I used to work from home making calls for a business but since baby #2 came it’s easier to create things on my own schedule. 🙂

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  3. Ame

    i would love to read this book. right now i keep kids in my home, but i’m reconsidering all my options as we’re moving soon 🙂

  4. Little ONE Boutique

    Would love to read this book! I am an army wife and a stay at home mom who creates birthday shirts for little ones and I sell them on my etsy site. I love being able to do things on my own schedule and getting to spend all day with my little one!

  5. Jennifer

    Oh, I’d love to read this book. I’m currently trying to figure out how to work at home with an infant and 6-year-old – and no husband – all while trying to go back to school and get my nursing degree. Thankfully, it’s summer and schools out for me for three more months!

  6. Joanne

    Ughh…just typed a big long comment and it didn’t work! Here we go again!

    I am a stay at home mom! Along with raising my 13 month old son, getting ready for my July wedding, keeping house and yard as my fiance works away 2 weeks out of the month, I have two Etsy shops!

    I’m a busy gal but always have time for a good read! Love to read this one!!!

    Thanks for the contest!!

  7. Jody

    Sounds like an interesting book, and anything that would be helpful would be great! I do work at home, sewing baby and kids items, but I haven’t found it to be the least bit profitable in today’s economy. Plus, homeschooling four kids, being a single Mom, having a newborn, and having a teenager to drive around doesn’t leave a great deal of time.

  8. Janean

    I WANT to work from home. Have tried many different things…Amway, Lingerie home parties, EBay, Foster care, sewing piece work and a few others, but find that I am not good at managing my time. Now that I am working toward starting my own homebirth practice, I want to do it right…support my family and still have time to SPEND with my family. Sometimes i wonder if it is possible.
    Thanks for the book review! Even if I don’t win it, I will STILL find it at the library and read it after hearing your opinion.

  9. Gina

    God bless you Lizzie. I pray for you everytime I get an email update.

    I am a WAHM who homeschools FT! I have three kids: one DD who is 11, one DD who is almost 6, and one DS who is almost 3. In my spare time I work for an online HS as an English teacher. (I have 112 students online, not counting my own three kids!)

    Winning this book would be a blessing since I am seeking God’s will in knowing how to better manage my time, energy, and resources.


  10. Barbara H.

    This sounds interesting, Lizzie. I’d like to be entered. I’ve been wanting to make some little plaques to sell on Etsy but haven’t plunged in yet.

  11. Christina

    Hey Lizzie:

    As you know, I don’t currenty work from home, but in order to continue to homeschool my 4 kids and make ends meet I am going to have to. I am not sure what to do, or even how to get started. Hoping this book will help.


  12. Alesha

    I make jewelry at home and sell it in my Etsy shop. My main job, however, is a stay-at-home caretaker/mom/homeschool teacher for my little man Isaac.

    Would love to read this book.


  13. Christina

    Just RT your tweet on your giveaway.

  14. Heidi

    I am a work at home mom. I work as a Resume Writer and also have my own business on the side…my jewelry. It is a hard balance w/a job, own interests, husband and a 1 yr old. Being that I work from home, I find myself working more! I sometimes get torn about reentering the “outside” working world in order to “punch a clock” and not have to take work home w/me…However, I have to step back and think about the flexibility I have and the supportive family. I have extremely interested in reading this book!


  15. Becky

    Hi! I am a work at home mom. I have an etsy store where I sell all of my handmade scrapbooking items, recycled fishing lures and recycled crayons. My fiance works out of state 3 out of 4 weeks a month. He is self employed and I also do all of his paperwork for him, billing, insurance, and all that good stuff. It is very hard for me to keep up with everything. I would love to read this book to maybe get tips in time management, and keeping up with everything while still being a MOM first! That is definately my goal. I don’t want my son to ever feel second to any of my jobs! Thanks for the oppurtunity! Good luck with your situation too:) To me you sound like a very happy person who is making the best out of her life!

  16. theprincessofquitealot

    Is it too late to enter the drawing???? If so, that’s OK.

    I agree, people don’t realize that working at home needs to be taken seriously……I get comments like “well, it would be different if you were working.” I bite my tounge, but I want to say, “what do you call running 2 businesses and being a mom?”

  17. Diana

    Like you, I am a single mom who works from home. I am very interested in seeing what tips she has in this book.

    Thanks for sharing and for offering up this book today!

    Diana aka BiT

  18. Jennifer

    First and foremost I am a mother to 5 wonderful kids, then a wife, photographer and a Swanky Strap maker. 🙂

  19. Lindsay V

    I’d like to start my own graphic design business from home. I have to master some programs first, but I’d really like to do that instead of working full-time and leaving my baby with the sitter!

  20. theprincessofquitealot

    Thank you!!!!! I’ve never won anything online before!