Today’s Work-At-Home Momma is Emily. Emily lives in Star, Mississippi with her two sons and her husband Lee. Emily has a degree in Psychology and taught special education for five years before becoming a full-time mom. She currently stays at home with L.J. (7) and Caden (5) while she works for Travelmation, LLC as a travel agent. She specializes in Disney destinations, but also books for any major cruise lines and all inclusive resorts. The past two years she has been named Top 8 in the agency! Take a look at what it is like for Emily to be a work-at-home momma.
When did you decide to start working and why?
Emily: I love to travel, and I found myself helping many friends plan their Disney World vacations. One day, my husband suggested I make a career of my passion, and that is where it all began. As long as I have internet access and potential clients wanting to travel, I can do my job from anywhere!
What is the hardest part of being a work-at-home mom?
Emily: My biggest struggle is wanting to answer emails and texts immediately. I want to have zero turnaround time, and that is not always possible or practical. I have been doing this for two and a half years, and it took me a long time to realize that it is totally acceptable to put a 24 hour gap in place to get a travel quote out to a client. I was was wearing myself out trying to do it faster, and that wasn’t healthy for anyone! I am a better mom, wife, and travel agent when I put realistic expectations in place.
What is one piece of advice you would give to a mom out there who is scared to step out and work?
Emily: You can do it! Start small and start slow. Surround yourself with a tribe that will encourage you but also be real and honest with you.
What would you say to a mom worrying about feeling guilty for working instead of focusing their time 100% on their child?
Emily: If the guilt is overwhelming, and the money is not needed, you do not have to do it. Babies don’t keep. Once they start school, the possibilities are endless. If you have a calling to work from home, take your time, and figure out a balance and a schedule that works for you. Your children will adjust. They are way more resilient than we give them credit for most of the time!
When do you find time to work?
Emily: I always joke that I do my best work once everyone is asleep. It is true! I love working late into the night. I also get a lot of work done in the car rider line while waiting for my boys to get out of school. I am one of those moms that other moms laugh at because I like to arrive 30 minutes before dismissal. That 30 minutes is often the most productive time of my entire day because I know the crazy fun chaos is about to begin.
What do you find is your biggest obstacle as a work-at-home mom?
Emily: My kids become deafening whenever I need to make a phone call. Whether it is a vendor or a client, I can almost guarantee they will have 12 meltdowns, 5 fights, and 16 world shattering life or death situations while I am on a 3 minute call. They definitely keep me humble.
What is one tip you would give parents interested in planning a trip?
Emily: Do not wait! I have people tell me all the time that they want to wait to go to Disney World when their kids are older. The first time we went as a family, my youngest was 2. No, he won’t remember the trip, but I will NEVER forget seeing it through his eyes. It was truly magical watching him buzz with excitement. The best part is kids under 3 are FREE! Don’t let fear hold you back from making memories. We only have so many days with our children before they are gone. It is important to make the most of our time together!
Okay, now how about a plug for your business?
Emily: People are always shocked to find out that I do not charge any fees to book or plan their trips. The vendors (Disney, Royal Caribbean, Universal, etc) pay me at ZERO cost to my clients as long as I make the booking. Even if you love to book and plan, why not have a highly trained professional in your corner? I have had many instances where clients have had an issue on their trips. They call me. I handle it, and they never miss a second of fun. I can plan and do as much or as little as my clients need, and I am constantly training and traveling to learn more What do you have to lose? Give me a chance to help make memories for your family. Here is a link to my Facebook page or you can email me here. Send me an email, and we can get started.