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The Confessions of a Working Mom

When Lesley Spencer Pyle began working from home more than a dozen years ago, she had an incentive: she wanted to raise her baby girl, but also financially contribute to her household.

“I was passionate about being a mom and continuing my career,” she says. “I was nervous about bringing in the money and getting established but my hard work and determination helped me succeed.”

Pyle is the founder and president of and, two Web sites that provide advice, sources and networking for mothers who want to maintain their professional careers. She is also a published author and a columnist for two online entrepreneurial sites.

Although Pyle credits determination as the means to her success, not everyone has the wherewithal to run a home-based business. Before scaling back hours or quitting a full-time job, the business owner suggests taking a hard look at the necessities for running a successful home-based venture.
I believe it is important to find a business you are passionate about so that you will stick with it during the tough times,” explains Pyle. “If you truly love what you are doing, it makes it a lot easier to sit down to work each day. You don’t dread it; you actually look forward to it.”

Potential home-business owners should consider whether they have enough seed money to properly market their venture, to purchase inventory or other materials and to cover expenses until the business turns a profit, adds Pyle.

Working from home decreases the need for childcare, but depending on the type of business being run, Pyle suggests having outside help to look after small children.
She adds that people lacking initiative, or those who need a nudge to finish a task or start a new project, likely won’t be successful running a home-based business.

“I don’t recommend throwing your whole life into starting a business,” she says, however, “it is also important to take your business seriously and give it all you’ve got when you are dedicating that time to your business. Talk to others and reach out to others online to learn from them.”

Pyle says her home-based business allows her to spend more time with her family, but it takes discipline to be your own boss.

“Having written goals and good time management skills and not allowing yourself to waste time are good traits to have or develop,” she says.
Lesley Spencer Pyle is the author of The Work-at-Home Workbook: Your Step-by-Step Guide on Selecting and Starting the Perfect Home Business for You. She has been working from home for more than 13 years. She can be reached at or check out her Web sites at or

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