What I really do for a living… And no, it’s not watching soaps and playing on Facebook.


I work a lot of hours, most of which are done in my home office or at my kitchen table.  Occasionally I’ll take off to teach a seminar, attend a conference, or spend an entire day holed up in the back corner of a coffee shop (the rarest of all occasions).  I’ve been trying desperately to follow a routine that allows me to have the tiniest bit of a social life, which I’ve found simply opens me up to more questions about my work.

For some strange reason, when someone asks a family member (outside of my husband and kids) what I do, they reply ‘she coupons’.  How impressive is that?!?  I went to college SIX times to coupon.  I guess I see where they get it.  I’ve taught couponing workshops for ten years, but they are just a small portion of what I do, and honestly, they are a ‘for fun’, make no money job on the side.

Even though I know exactly what I do, when someone asks me, I usually reply with a canned response, ‘I work from home’. That used to invoke curiosity.  Everyone was interested in working from home. Now it can stop a conversation dead in its tracks and send the person who asked running for safety.  Working from home is now associated with multi level marketing scams and direct sales recruiting.  So why the canned response?  Because I do so much that it’s hard to narrow it down to a short conversation, and when you work at home, you’re so excited to speak to another human that it might actually take longer than normal.  It also lessens the idea of success.  I tend to keep to myself because I fear that even speaking of my accomplishments might be considered bragging.  I prefer to be humble.  

So, what do I really do?  I own a media company, which encompasses several small companies.  I’m actually in the middle of incorporating, which is a huge step!  I’ve always loved learning about anything and everything, and I’ve found a way to wrap all of that useless knowledge up and create my own dream job.  

  • I create and photograph recipes and crafts for hundreds of popular magazines, cookbooks, and websites.  
  • I own and run 23 active websites, along with over 100 Facebook pages and groups, in addition to all other social media accounts.  
  • I design planner pages.  
  • I have several books published, both fiction and non-fiction.  
  • I design party supplies.  
  • I am an accounting consultant, specializing in freelancers and internet businesses.

In addition to all of the above, I also have a lineup of over 40 workshops that focus on bootstrapping and personal finance.  I’ve taught at four universities and several technical schools, along with hundreds of conferences, events, and private groups.

The opportunities that I’ve been blessed with are things that I never thought possible.  I’ve worked with and met dozens of celebrities, including Bob Harper, Mario Lopez, and Molly Ringwald. I’ve written articles for magazines that I idolized as a child.  I’ve taped segments for national news shows and syndicated columns for newspapers.  The biggest blessing has been the tens of thousands of families that I’ve helped get their spending under control and bootstrap their dream job.

I’m often asked how I found my job- and for that, my answer is simple.  I created it.  




Freelancing 101 Workshop THIS Wednesday


Gateway to Saving will be holding a Freelancing 101 workshop on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Springfield. 

The increase in internet business has led to a high demand for freelance positions.  A freelancer is simply someone who contracts their skills to businesses.  This workshop will teach you how to start your own freelancing business, hone your skills, obtain proper licensure, find clients, set rates, basic bookkeeping, and more.

You can turn almost any skill set into a freelancing opportunity.  Some of the popular freelancing jobs include:

  • Technical Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Blog Posting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Virtual Assisting  (encompasses all office skills)
  • Newsletter Development
  • Photography
  • Event Planning
  • Business Writing
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Data Entry
  • Business Consulting
  • Financial Planning
  • Personal Shopping
  • Personal Assistant
  • Copywriting
  • Document Design
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Proofreading

This class will help you kick start your work at home career!

Freelancing 101

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the door (if seating is available)*

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This class is part of the Gateway to Saving Work at Home Series.  This does not require attendance of any other workshop in order to attend.  It does expand deeply on the freelancing topics covered in Sensible Earnings.

Mom-Preneurs Needed!

If you are the owner of a home based business, I’d like to feature some in upcoming blog posts! Whether it’s a craft based business, product sales, or services, please contact admin@thesensiblefamily.com with a full description of your business. A website or Etsy page is very helpful.

There are limited spaces for this event. As much as I hate to, I will have to limit these features to one per type of commercial business (such as Mary Kay or Avon). Mom-Preneurs will also be able to sponsor giveaways and product reviews.

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