I love interviewing work-at-home moms. You can have any crazy cool business to make money from home. Today’s interview is with Tiffany, a homeschooling mom of two. I love how she’s been able to earn an income, from home, while still managing kids and a chronic disease! Read on to find out more.
1. Tell me about your yourself.
Hi! I’m Tiffany, and my husband is Phillip. We have two kids who I homeschool. My degree is in math education, and I taught for a few years before having kids. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and my health has made me unable to work. I love all things chocolate, and I really love to read.
2. What is your business?
Phillip and I own the blog The Crazy Shopping Cart. We don’t sell anything, but we find coupons and deals for people so they can save as much money as possible.
3. How long have you been working with your business?
We’ve had The Crazy Shopping Cart for a little over two years. Phillip does the tech side of it (he also has a full-time job as an engineer), and I find the deals.
4. Why did you want to work from home?
Even before I was diagnosed with severe Crohn’s disease, my plan was to stay at home once we began having kids. Crohn’s just sped up the process. I’ve been admitted to the hospital over 35 times in our 6 ½ years of marriage. I blog because it helps me have something outside of my children to help me feel successful, it is flexible to work around my frequent sick days, and it helps pay for medical bills.
5. Why did you start this business? Did you look into any other business ideas? Have you tried any others before this one?
We chose coupon-ing because it was something I was already doing. A friend taught me how to coupon a few years ago, and I was hooked! Since I was already creating elaborate shopping lists to save hundreds of dollars, it was easy to type them up into blog format! I’ve also written a book, but I haven’t gotten very far with it.
6. What kinds of things do you do to make money?
Our blog is monetized with affiliate links for the deals we find. We don’t sell anything, and we require a membership to be able to see what we find.
7. How long did it take to make a profit?
My original goal was to earn about $50 per month from my blog so that I could support my couponing habit! When I earned that amount in the first month, I was ecstatic. Since I originally started out using Blogger instead of WordPress, my profit (albeit a small one) was immediate.
8. How do you help your customer? Why would they buy from you?
My goal is to help people take the money that they earn and make it stretch as far as possible. I try hard to find deals for items that people are looking for, but I never try to talk them into buying something that they don’t need. It’s only a real deal/saving if it’s something you were going to buy anyways. Since I don’t push any of it at all, people feel comfortable telling me what they want.
9. What do you like best about your business?
I love helping people learn how to budget, save money, and live a thrifty lifestyle without feeling like they are in poverty. I try to write blog posts that focus on ways to save money that are actually possible. And I know they’re possible, because they’re things that I do! I love it when I see how excited other people get about being able to fit more into their budget because they spend less, not because their budget amount increases.
10. How would someone start a business like yours?
I recommend getting a free account with WordPress.org (I had to pay money to have someone transfer me from Blogger to WP). Then purchase a domain name (I paid $12/year) and set up hosting (costs vary, but can be as low as around $5/month).
After that, almost everything else you can pay someone to help you with (like design your website), or you can learn how to do it yourself for free (Google is my friend!).
11. What do you do to help your customers succeed?
I try to work with what their needs and budgets are. They are only really succeeding if they are staying in budget and are still able to make ends meet.
12. What kinds of expectations should someone new to online business and working from home have?
It can take a very, very long time to be successful. Be patient with yourself and others. If you have children and are trying to work from home, make sure you schedule your children first and your business second. You will always have time later for your business, but you won’t have time later for your children. They’ll grow and move on.
13. Anything else you would like someone to know about you or your business?
Sometimes a chronic illness diagnosis can feel like a death sentence – it feels like life as you know it has ended. But you can move on and you can find ways to feel successful with the “new” you.
14. How can someone connect with you?
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