Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Making work at home work by Mary Byers

Mary Byers is an award-winning communicator and freelance writer
who encourages and equips others to live and work more fully.
Combining personal experience with dedicated research, she
presents practical, hands-on programs that help men and women
tackle universal issues as individuals, spouses, parents, family
members, friends, or co-workers.

In her first book with Harvest House Publishers, The Mother Load:
How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family, Byers
teaches women how to take care of themselves so that they can nurture
a happy, healthy family. The mother of two lively children, she offers downto-
earth suggestions, spiritual truths, and real-life advice on how to juggle
family responsibilities while creating a balanced life through supportive
friendships, stress-relieving laughter, regular exercise, rejuvenating
solitude, and an intimate relationship with the Lord.

A professional writer for 19 years, Byers has written for several
publications, including Christian Single, Entrepreneur, Association
Management, Professional Speaker, and the Fort Wayne News Sentinel.
Prior to becoming a freelance writer, she worked as Director of
Communications and Member Services for the Illinois State Dental
Society, as Director of Advertising for the International Order of the
Golden Rule, and as Assistant Advertising Director of Marine Bank of
Springfield, Illinois. Byers served as a Board Member for Big Brothers/
Big Sisters of Sangamon County, Illinois and was named Big Sister of the
Year in 1992. The Illinois Society of Association Executives recognized
her with its Association Excellence Award in 1996 and its President’s
Award in 1997. She has also received many other awards for publishing
and promotion.

The founder of Word Works, Byers graduated from Indiana University
with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications. She is also a
Certified Association Executive. Byers and her husband, Stuart, reside in
Illinois with their two youngest children, Marissa and Mason.

A little about the book:
Making Work at Home Work shows moms how to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set without sacrificing their families. It covers important topics such as developing a successful business philosophy, balancing time between work and family, setting realistic goals, and handling the challenges of being both "Mommy" and "CEO" while running a profitable home-based business.
In addition to including her own experiences, author Mary Byers profiles real moms with home-based businesses who offer their hard-won advice.


Making Work at Home has some very practical advice. I know that I struggle with the balance of writing from home and raising my family. I love that this book looked at other mom's who stayed at home and ran a business. This is a wonderful resource on working from home for moms in any business whether it is selling avon, writing to other service businesses. I found myself nodding in agreement in the first few chapters. If you are a mom working from home you have to be serious about making it work and setting up some guidelines to make that a possibitlity. I know for me writing started as a hobby of sorts when my kids were napping. Now I have a scheduled time and amount I expect myself to get finished. I reccomend this book to others who are trying to balance work and home under the same roof.

I have one extra copy of this book if you would like to win a copy please leave a comment telling me about your home business and if you have a website please leave that too.

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Donald James Parker said...

Hi Ironic,
I just befriended Mary on FaceBook a couple of days ago and here she is. My home business involves sales of my eight novels. I hope to sell software someday as well. My website is http://DonaldJamesParker.com

Donald James Parker
Author of Love Waits

David said...

The internet can be a complicated place - especially for anyone who doesn't have a lot of experience or knowledge about modern technology. But making money on the internet isn’t really that hard, you just have to find a niche and find a way to work everything. There are certain pros and cons to earning cash at home. The pros are your flexible work times, the good pay and the fact that you are your own boss. But the cons are the inevitable loneliness you might feel, and the repetitiveness the job might have.

Donna said...

David you bring up a good point about the loneliness and repetitiveness of the job. I know that I struggle with the loneliness issue myself.

robynl said...

my home business used to be Avon; now I buy items throughout the year and donate to families in need or someone who has just moved into town. I just do this on my own and it can take time. I give them whatever as in a year ago a family moved in - mother with 3 kids; the oldest liked doing crafts so I gathered up all sorts of lace, silk flowers, material, do-dads and gave her. Sometimes I sell items but at a very reduced rate.

luv2nurse02@yahoo.com said...

hello my name is tina luv2nurse02@yahoo.com this would be a wonderful book to read. I need help in this area, I am trying to launch my home business Heart of An Angel Nursing Solutions so I will surely need more help with managing home and my home business.

Linda said...

I'm trying to find a work at home job to help bring some money. This book could help me. I'd love to win it.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

HollyMag said...

I would love a chance to win this book. It's a tough time in our economy so ideas would be great. Thanks for offering. Blessings to you!

Jo said...

I would love a chance to win this book. It sounds great! I am in two different home businesses. The first one is Send Out Cards and the other is Trivita since health and wellness are a passion of mine. My websites are www.ladijocards.com and www.trivita.com/11572404


Lorraine said...

After reading the excerpt, I would love to win a signed copy of this book. Thanks.