I’m excited to introduce you to a great blogging friend of ours — Kristen from Shakadoo.
Kristen is an inspiration to both Janice and me and if you chatted on the phone with her for a few minutes about business you’d understand why.
This woman is a go-getter!
She has created an amazing set of blogs with her site Shakadoo and is dynamite at contacting companies to negotiate advertising across her sites.
I’ve asked Kristen to share a few thoughts with us about working at home.
When and how did you decide to start a work at home business?
I have been home raising kids for the last 14 years and now that my youngest is just starting school I wanted something for myself and I wanted to start contributing to the household income instead of just the outcome.
I always knew any business I did would have to be a home based business so that I still had the flexibility to be where I needed to be for my kids. I started brainstorming with a friend of mine after reading an article in Business 2.0 magazine about blogs about a year ago. My friend is a realtor and we just sort of sat down one day and came up with the ideas for each Shak at Shakadoo.
What is the focus of your business and what are your websites?
Shakadoo is a site powered by 8 different blogs each pertaining to a niche of the home.
Shakinstyle is all about home décor, Shakyard is all about gardening and landscaping, Shaktronics is all about home electronics, Shakhammer is home improvement and DIY ideas, Workshak is about working at home, LoanShak is about home finance and Shak and Jill is our real estate section.
Oh, and of course, Loveshakbaby is our mommy blog where we like to write about 5 minutes for mom!
Can you share some of your challenges and blessings about working at home?
One of the biggest challenges I face with working at home is when the kids are home. Especially this summer, I have needed to work and they want to go places and that takes me away from what I need to do with the site. I have had to really plan my days with their interests in mind as well as prioritize my schedule. I have to remember that they will all be back in school in no time and it’s ok if I don’t get done all that I need to get done. There is always tomorrow.
One of the biggest blessings is just being able to work and have freedom to set my own schedule. I can work as early or as late as I want and wearing whatever I want to wear. Mostly pajamas.
Do you have any tips for women who are thinking about starting a new business?
I would encourage any woman contemplating starting a business to take your time and really decide. Family should always be the priority. I know there’s not much to the identity of being “just a mom” but the rewards are great. God’s timing is perfect so just make sure you are in accordance to His plan and all will go well.