The resources out there for women considering stepping out and starting to work-at-home are very slim. That is the main reason I am featuring work-at-home mommas on the blog. I want these women to be an encouragement to you! These mommas are REAL. Some of them are fighting desperately to get to stay home with their child, but still provide someway financially. Some of these mommas are using one hand to make things to sell online while using the other to breastfeed their baby. Most of these mommas are missing out on much-needed sleep to cram in a few hours of work after everyone else in the house goes to bed.
We are moms. We fight for our families. We do what we have to do to provide for our families. If you are able, please support these mommas!
It’s a new year, so it is only fitting we feature a momma who is starting a new business, from scratch, from home. Her name is Kelly. Kelly lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and her 17 month old daughter Cecelia. Kelly is a wonderful, loving momma and Cecelia is just the cutest little girl! Kelly’s bubbly, sweet personality made me want to be best friends with her immediately!
Kelly has a background in Communications, specifically production. Most recently, she was evening Anchor at CBS2 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She and her husband made the move to Nashville to be closer to family and this gave her a chance to try her hand at being a stay-at-home momma.
Having a child made Kelly look hard at her goals and the reasons behind them. She came to the conclusion that she had veered away from doing what she really enjoyed and it was the right time to get back on the path to fulfilling her lifelong dreams.
Kelly is now launching a business doing freelance voice over and on camera talent work. Just to give you an idea on what that is, voice over is anytime you hear a voice, but don’t see the person speaking. Places voice overs can be heard are audio books, commercials, voice mail for business, radio stations, elevators, movies, etc. On camera work would include things like commercials, movies, etc.
Kelly is at a point in launching her new business where childcare is an issue, especially when it financially doesn’t make sense to have someone take care of her daughter a few hours a week unless she has the work coming in to help pay for it. She gets to work while her daughter is napping during the day or sleeping at night. She loves to work at night because she can really focus and accomplish things uninterrupted. This is also the great part about doing freelance work, she can set her own hours and work at her own pace.
When asked about a piece of advice she would give to a mom out there who is scared to step out and work-at-home, Kelly said “Just do it. Just start. Figure it out as you go.” She continued “write down short-term and long-term goals with deadlines and take steps every day to meet them. Each day will bring challenges, you just have to take baby steps and keep going.” Kelly is learning quickly that things can come up that will kill your productivity, like your child rejecting their morning nap which means you lose a couple hours of valuable work time. This can be very frustrating to any momma counting on those hours to get their job done.
Lots of mommas feel extreme guilt with focusing their attention on work instead of 100% on their child. “I think mom guilt will always be there,” Kelly shared, “but we have to speak truth to ourselves and put things into perspective. I feel like I have these talents and skill outside of being a mom and it makes me feel good when I use those. It energizes me. It makes me feel confident and brings me happiness. It makes me well-rounded. It gives me a mental break from thinking about mom stuff. I also want to be a great example for my daughter of pursuing and achieving my dreams.”
Kelly talks about fears she is facing as she launches this business. “What if I’m not talented enough? What if nobody wants to hire me? What if I never see a return on all the money I’ve invested into this business? Am I trying hard enough? I constantly have this little nag in my mind that there’s something else I should be doing and that I’m not hustling enough. These fears are not rooted in TRUTH.” Kelly continued, “I have to analyze where these fears are coming from and get to the heart of what’s really worrying me or why it’s worrying me. That tends to help me get rid of some of my fears. If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough.”
Kelly can be reached for your voice over or on camera work at www.kelly-dambrosio.com or Instagram and Twitter at @kmdambrosio.