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Being an Industrious Proverbs 31 Woman {working from home}

on May 2, 2013 by Jami Balmet 8 comments

We can learn so many valuable lessons from the Proverbs 31 woman. She is the picture of the domestic wife working hard at home and taking care of her husband, children, and home.

She is shown as a non-lazy woman who works with willing hands, she brings healthy and nutritious food for her household from afar, she gets up when it’s still dark out to prepare meals, her husband loves her and her children call her blessed! {Proverbs 31: 10-31}

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She is a woman who knows God’s calling on her life and she works hard to serve her house! She is a stay at home mama with a mission: To Glorify God in her Homemaking!

But this Mama is also industrious and works from home!! Is this okay for a Christian mama to work from home when your goal is to be staying home and being a homemaker?

Working From Home – Is It Right For You?

The Proverbs 31 woman works hard for her family but also brings income into her family! She makes business decisions and is business savvy enough to buy and sell real estate {Proverbs 31: 16}, plants a garden {Proverbs 31:16}, is wise to discern that her products are profitable {Proverbs 31:18}, and she buys and sells with the merchants {Proverbs 31: 24}.

Is working from home right for you? Are you excited about the idea of bringing in some extra income to help pay off debt, save for a house, or have more money to buy healthy food? Is it okay to be a stay at home and try and work from home?

I think it depends.

It depends on you. Do you have a house full of little kids and you can barely keep your head above water between laundry, dishes, poopy diapers, cooking, cleaning and the 800 other things you do each day? Then working from home may not be right for you….at this time!

Everyone’s situation is different so no one can say if you should work from home or not…but answer this for yourself: Can you still do your duties as a wife and mother FIRST and then have time for work? Will your house and family suffer while you spend hours each day on your business? Then this might not be for you!

The Proverbs 31 Woman via youngwifesguide.com

As a Christian mama, remember that your first priority is to your family. {And remember, mamas who have to work…I feel for you and don’t think any less of you. You do what you have to do for your family ! I’m talking to the busy mama who really can’t fit another activity into her day}.

So with that said, I think working from home can be an excellent option for some women. I started my business when I was working full time outside the home. Then we moved and I got pregnant and I started working from home. Now I have cut back my hours and work part time from home while my twins sleep. This works well for me now but it IS hard work! I am busy from the moment I get up in the morning until the minute my husband gets home. But it’s worth it to us at this point 🙂

Tips for Working From Home

Working from home is hard work! You have to learn how to juggle your family and your business and that usually takes a steep learning curve. Plus there is the small question of WHAT you will do from home.

Here are some excellent resources to help you get started on working from home:

Websites

Blog posts and articles are wonderful resources but they often only give you a taste of what you need to know. To really dig into details you often need great books to give you what you need. I highly recommend the following books on working from home and blogging!

Books

The Bootstrap VA by Lisa 

The Bookstrap VALisa is a virtual assistant extraordinaire and in her resource-packed book she tells you step by step how to become a VA, keep clients, and do a fantastic job! Being a VA is a GREAT way to start making money from home and so many bloggers are looking for VA’s. It’s a great job for stay-at-home moms because you can work only a couple hours a week around your schedule.

I’m not a VA but I am the community social media manager at Keeper of the Home. It’s a fun job where I get to interact with the community at KOTH the hours are flexible. Get The Bookstrap VA today if you are interested in being a virtual assistant!

How To Grow Your Blog & Manage Your Home by Jacinda

How To Grow Your BlogWhile this eBook is not a comprehensive guide to blogging, it does offer a great beginning step for anyone interested in blogging but doesn’t know where to start. Some resources available on blogging are so complicated that the beginner feels so overwhelmed!

If you are wanting to learn what it means to be a blogger who also serves her home, then this book is for you!

 

Have Your Cake & Eat It Too by Mandi

Have Your Cake and Eat It TooWhile this might look like a cookbook at first glance, it is NOT! It’s a comprehensive resource on time management and productivity when working from home. She gives you the tools to manage your house & your business without going insane!

I just recently got this book and I love the practical advice and encouragement she gives! She has a passion and a dream and wants to share how she juggles that AND being a stay at home mom! I love this eBook and highly recommend it for anyone thinking about working from home or trying to figure out how to better juggle everything.

Simple Blogging: Less Computer Time, Better Blogging by Rachel

Simple BloggingIn the world of blogging there is always something more you can do! More social media platforms to join, more writing to do, more commenting and connecting to do! As a blogger it can seem like you have to do all of this!! But Rachel shares in her nearly 150 page book that you don’t {and can’t} do it all!

She gives practical tips and advice on how to grow your blog even if you only have a few hours a week to do it. Learn how to do better blogging with less time online! A lesson that all bloggers need to learn I think, including me!!

Your Blogging Business: Tax, Talk, and Tips From a Bookkeeper Turned Blogger by Nikki

Your Blogging BusinessWhen I first started making a little bit of money from my business I realized that I was going to have to figure out taxes uuug!! And even those I knew who owned small businesses didn’t know how to handle taxes from money made online.

That’s when my friend Nikki released Your Blogging Business and all my questioned were answered! If you are a blogger then this is a MUST READ book for you and even if you own a small business {especially online} then this is a valuable resource as well! Nikki walks you through everything you need to know to run your small business!

 

 

Do you still need a little encouragement?

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More Homemaking Resources

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I still find the bundle a bit overwhelming with so many resources. HOW will I find the time to actually put the bundle to good use? So that’s why this year, I’ve broken down the bundle into 5 main sections for you – Revamping your finances, DIY products for your home, Organizing your life and home, Reinventing your cooking, and working from home. 

What does this mean? I went through the 5 biggest categories of the 76 eBooks and developed a course of action for you to work through the bundle (or just one section). For example, I went through the organizing section of the bundle, took all 8 books and planners (which seems like a lot) and broke them down into 8 bite sized, easy to manage challenges to take you through all the important content from the organizing books – without having to sort through the books yourself and read them all! 

If you don’t have time to sit down and read through a few books (let alone 97 eBooks) then these 5 specially designed courses to go along with the bundle are perfect for you! All you have to do is purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through my link HERE and the email me your receipt (to jami@youngwifesguide.com) and I will email you back ALL 5 guides for FREE!! You can find out more about the guides and what’s inside HERE.

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  1. I really want to start working from home. My husband and I could really use the income but we make it by without it. We have a baby boy that I currently LOVE staying home with. I see that being a wife and home maker and mother are the BIGGEST roles for me. When I think about taking up another thing to help bring money into the home, I start feeling selfish. Not about wanting more money, but wanting things “my way.” I know it is good to be prosperous for the home, and working from home is good thing, yet I get this overwhelming sense that the tasks that I will need to do in order to get to a ridged schedule and stay on it will cause neglect from my wife/mother/homemaker jobs. SO, just starting becomes a stress……. 🙁

  2. I don’t bring much money in, but my biggest contribution is that I keep money from going out. I make as much stuff from scratch as I can, I started a garden, try to mend/fix everything before I go buy new, sew, use cloth, conserve gas, coupon, etc. Eventually when the babies are a bit older, I hope to have time to do extra sewing and gardening so that I can sell some.

    • Yeah. That’s a lot like what I do now. Just be as prosperous as I can with everything. Couponing, making home made EVERYTHING. I am hoping to plan a garden this year nit will be my first time sink am a bit nervous about it. But I hope I become a pro and help save even more money.

  3. The proverbs woman was a working woman who went out into the world with her merchandise. Also remember, there were no micowaves, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, cars and no sedatives to ease labour pains. Just pointing out facts. She goes to merchants to sell. She gets out the field after she meets with real estate agents.

    31:24
    She maketh fine linen, and selleth [it]; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant

    31:16
    She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard

    • Remember – She does all these things by managing and delegating to her servants. Try not to work too hard – save time for God each day.

      …She gets up while it is still night;
      she provides food for her family
      and portions for her female servants…

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