Running a blog (whether it's part-time or full-time), while also being a full-time mom is an effort that can feel impossible at times.
There were many instances that I considered quitting my creative pursuits and simply focusing all my attention on “mommying”. But I knew in my heart that I needed a creative outlet. That's what running a blog is for me–a creative way for me to share my talents, passions, and interests with the world…and get paid to do it!
One of the things that inspired me to keep going was reading about other mompreneurs. Listening to their stories to hear why they started, where they struggled, and how they found success was just the dose of encouragement I needed to keep going.
In the spirit of inspiring more moms, I'm highlighting a different mompreneur and her story every Monday for the next few months.
These women are hardworking, amazing mommas who are balancing family life and creative business life. They are at varying levels with their blogging business. Some are just getting started. Some have been blogging for years.
Each mom offers a different perspective on what works (and doesn't work) for her when it comes to being a mompreneur.
Take a few minutes to read the mompreneur stories each week and find the inspiration you need to move forward with your own mompreneur journey! Be sure to check out the resources they recommend, take a closer look at their blogs, and signup for their mailing lists to keep in touch!
Interview with Jackie, owner of JackieBeck.com
What's the name of your blog? What do you blog about?
My site is JackieBeck.com, and I write about how to get out of debt and love managing your money. (My site's tagline is “Debt is not forever” and it’s absolutely not! We paid off over $147,000 and have been debt free ever since.)
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start a blog?
I’ve been blogging about personal finance since 2006. I originally began because I wanted to improve both my money and my writing, and blogging about personal finance seemed like a great way to accomplish both goals at once. I continued doing so because I love it! My site also provides a home for the app I created, which is called Pay Off Debt. (https://www.jackiebeck.com/pay-off-debt-app-info/)
How many children do you have? Ages? What do they think about you being a blogger?
I have a son who is 24. It’s strange to think he was just barely a teenager when I started blogging, and now he’s an adult living on his own. As far as me being a blogger goes, I think it’s just a normal job to him. He doesn’t think much about it either way, but is glad I’m doing something that interests me. When he was younger he would help me out occasionally.
What's your favorite thing about blogging?
Getting to interact with all the amazing and interesting people you meet, which includes both readers and fellow bloggers.
What your least favorite thing about blogging?
I hate when I end up wasting a lot of time trying to fix something that I should have just hired out. For example, I spent about 6 hours trying to fix a CSS issue recently. $15 and 1 hour after that, someone from Fiverr had everything working the way I wanted.
What's your favorite blogging tool that you simply cannot go without and why?
I love Social Warfare because it makes it super easy to add images that are optimized for both Pinterest & Facebook/Twitter to each post. It’s super important to be able to do that so that posts get better traction when they’re shared on each platform, and Social Warfare makes it silly easy to include the necessary images.
What's the best advice you would give to a mom looking to start her own mompreneur business?
Do not waste time trying to come up with the “right” business name, business plan, business card, etc. Instead, focus on finding out what works regarding your target goal as fast as you can. For example, if you’re going to sell a product on your site, test out selling it to ground-floor people who know it’s not yet completed but who want to be the first to get it when it’s done. There’s nothing that gauges interest more accurately than people actually making a purchase. If your goal is to write, start writing NOW and then promote what you’ve done. People have to know about what you're doing for it to make a difference. In short: Don’t agonize. You can always change things up later. And promote way more than feels natural.
Just for fun: If you were a beverage, which beverage would you be?
I’d have to say fresh lemonade. I love the tart flavor and how it actually seems to cool you down on a hot day. I’m also a fan of just plain water. (I drink a LOT of water.) I think what you probably can tell from this answer is that I live in Arizona, land of the burning sun 🙂
Want to connect with Jackie?
- Visit her blog at JackieBeck.com
- Take her free email course: Debt Mindset Reset
- Follow her on Pinterest at pinterest.com/realJackieBeck
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