From SAHM to WAHM – 12 ways to start your business

The day to go back to work is just around the corner and you are not ready to leave your baby just yet. You might consider staying at home but then money can be an issue. I started to work while I was still at home with my boys because I needed to do something that is not related to poop and baby food. I adore my children, of course, and I was very content with my new mother-role in the first 2 years. And then I just needed more.

And it is OK. It is OK to express yourself on a new level.

from SAHM to WAHM

Here are my tips how you can begin and how to change your life forever. (No affiliate links in this article at all. Just sayin’.)


You can choose a well-established company. There are many many companies like this, it is called direct sale. They sell kitchenware, courses, cosmetics, aromatherapy oils and the list is almost endless. (Find an article with a huge list here on the workathomewoman page!)

You buy a starter kit and you get all the guidance you need.This is exactly what Francesca did and so created her own business, #themadeupmummy. She is very happy and her success gives her confidence a real boost every single day!

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Another direct sale opportunity that you could try, if you fancy cute nails, is Jamberry. Kirstie started with selling products and now she is working towards a nail tech diploma. You will find lovely photos on her Instagram account @kikkisnailsuk.



Getting a license in a specialised area can be a wonderful adventure! It depends on the field of your interest and expertise. Tara, for example, runs The Daisy Foundation Derby and Belper: Derbyshire and offers antenatal support to several local families!

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There are MLM (multi-level marketing) businesses, such as Forever Living Products that Alice chose (her business is Aloe Alice) or Arbonne. Have I mentioned Chloe’s business yet? She has a health and wellness business with Arbonne: Live what you love. You can also get a franchise business. You might need a few pennies to start, though.



Are you exceptionally talented and would like to create jewellery? Why not? Katie works with her husband and they dream these amazing beauties together! The Flash Jordan Jewellery makes bespoke metal jewellery and corporate gifts. Do you have a small workshop already? Start your planning now!

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Check out Bel’s business, ask her how she started! She found her own niche and created the Yogaberries and her dream came true. She teaches yoga to babies and children. Is this something you would love to do?



Are you organised and do you love structure? With just a very little investment you can become a virtual assistant! You will need to learn a lot, educate yourself before you start supporting businesses but this is normal, it is the same in every business. You won’t start it blind. I know a qualified VA who has several years of experience in administration and projects. Her name is Sarah and she started the Banks’ Business Solutions from scratch. Today she is a successful mompreneur who has to outsource some of her tasks and she is already hiring! I am pretty sure you can get there, too!

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I am not into the details and I hate monotone work. I would not cope well with physical products, the administration, delivery and all sort of things that are required when you run a shop. But there are people who are just simply great with it! Ecoroos is a great example, Paulina created a magical world around her Ecoroos family and their webshop is very popular.



I love the versatility of writing, so I run blogs (yes, you can make money with blogs) and I write books, I help WAHMs with their digital content. Being a copywriter is a great way to work from home and dive into intellectual freedom. Or is there anything you love and could teach? Imagine you move to the beautiful Tenerife and you teach English or writing online. hhmm….


Become a photographer! Check out Jenny’s page, Indigo and Violet Photography, to see how she started. Her photos are amazing, she is very talented. Do you think you could do this, too? Do you have the passion for art? Calculate the costs of the equipment and consider the possibilities how to train yourself. Talk to Jenny or book a session with her.

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Are you crafty? You can make small gifts or any handmade beauty. Just like Andrea! She creates lovely decorations that nobody can resist to buy! How is it even possible? You only need a needle and jump into it! Pöttöm Design is now growing and expanding into the European Market, and she really started with one small piece of nursery decoration.

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oh, hi, me again! You might follow this page for a while, so you know that I support new businesses to plan their first steps. My motto is: from dream to plan. You can become a coach or a business consultant, too! Business planning is the number one support you will need even before you start your business. I would love to chat with you and hear what you are up to! Just message me on my Facebook page, MH Consulting. Is it expensive to become a management consultant, business coach or planner? Hmm… well, it depends on how good you want to be! Just like in any business. So, go ahead and educate yourself, learn and never stop learning.


A good free way to learn is to join our free business group, click on the picture above!

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Mariann Hornyák

7 TIPS and you will never have problem with blogging ever again

Blogging is never easy unless you have a title for every day! Do you have a lot to tell but you do not know how to put your words down? Do you have no idea what to say but you want to post weekly or even twice a week? What can you do to help your situation?

Tip 1

You write a list of titles that you want to write about!

Tip 2

Keep your list of titles close, use the same app on your phone and laptop or the same piece of paper that you have it with you everywhere!

Tip 3

For each title write a few words that belong to that topic!

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Tip 4

Collect photos, pictures from pages like pixabay, make sure your photos are royalty free or you pay to use!

Tip 5

Search for quotes that are relevant to your topic and record it with your title!

Tip 6

If you are useless with blogging, you can try videos! Give it a go with your phone, for yourself only! Then go live!

Tip 7

If you still want a blog but cannot write, hire a copywriter or a blogger. There are ways how you can have content on your page for FREE. Let’s talk, I can give you many ideas on that!


Do you want to chat about blogging? Do you want to learn how to make a blogging calendar? Join us in the WAHMs Café —> click.


Mariann Hornyák




One thing you can do to improve your system in style

Maybe it is a bit heavy topic for a weekend but once you become an entrepreneur you never stop being one!
So, I was wondering, does your customer have an outstanding purchasing experience with you? When people come to buy something from you, do they go on a wonderful journey with you? Is it planned or is it just happening?
When we go to the shops we can do shopping in a way we choose. Or we can shop online but then nothing is the same – ok, maybe one thing: our balance on our bank account changes the same way.
Why is that we want to feel, touch, smell what we buy? Certain things are OK to shop online, others are not. So what can you do to encourage online shoppers?
Change the way you promote your products. Make them feel, hear, see your product used in real life. Display your products as if it was really the thing they cannot live without.
Make them feel that they already sitting on your sofa, reading your book, wearing your jewellery or listening to your music.
How can you do that? Upload pictures that feature your product in use. Use high-quality photos. Create videos that show your product in use. If you make music, use it and show people enjoying it. If you sell logs, go ahead and show a well-designed living room with the most beautiful fireplace.
Put effort into selling and it does not mean you need to push your product … it means you need to display your product in a way that it shows how unique it is. How wanted it is. How it solves a problem. How everyone loves it. Make the purchasing experience a great one!
If it is still not clear what I mean, I bring an example from a very talented artist designer who makes bags. Simple as that: bags. But these bags are not only bags. No, no.
These bags will make you feel unique. These bags will make you feel beautiful. And yet, which display would catch your eyes? Which one would make you feel that “I cannot live without a bag like this.”?
The Aranka Bandula brand has a feature that is amazing! You need to see this and copy it!
If you want to read more, here is a good article about the topic.
Mariann Hornyák

What is a discovery session and why is it completely FREE?

What is a discovery session and why is it completely FREE?

Imagine, you are in the grocery shop and you notice that beautiful piece of cucumber on the shelf. It is calling you, telling you how wonderful you are, begging you to take it home. You can go there, touch it, feel it, smell it. You can even taste it if you want. What I mean is that you will know what you buy. You know that the cucumber must smell like this and if it is not up to your expectations, you leave it. You have the chance to choose between cucumbers and pick the one that smells better. nyilak merre hope chance

You cannot do this when you apply for services. While you know that the guy who repairs dishwashers should come out and will use a few tools, might replace this or that and will work until your machine works perfectly well.

And what happens when you need somebody to give you advice? What about consultants? What about coaches? How will you know if they are the right cucumber for you?

This is our biggest challenge, to be honest. We know we smell good but we cannot really prove it. We know we can change your business numbers, we can bring you success or even make a difference in your life. We can only prove it if we get a chance at least one single time and someone hires us, trusts us and then tells others. You will don’t know until you try.

This is why most of us offer a free discovery session, a take-in session to see whether we fit together or not. The first consultation is about to see what you need from us and what we can offer to solve your problem. It is free because we don’t know in advance how it will work out. Being an advisor is not like selling cucumbers.

We, consultants, coaches, want to know what happens to you after we talked, our way of guiding you will change your life. The grocery guy wants to sell you high-quality cucumber but it is not his business what you do with that veggie after all. I want to know how you perform. I want to know what you do with my plans and suggestions, and if you do not follow my instructions, you will not get the desired result.


If I see that you are not willing to work with me, I will not take you. After the first session, I will gently send you away. Because I cannot take responsibility for something that is not dependent on me. This is why I do not take any payment before we commit to our common plans and goals. But how would you know what I can offer before you tell me what you need? You see now. I do not sell cucumber.

This is why I encourage everyone to contact me, talk to me, ask questions. I am not selling anything and you are not obliged to take a second session or opt in for anything.

If you have a dream to talk through, come on! and give me a call, message me here on my Facebook page.

Mariann Hornyák

The 5 Groups you need to join NOW

5-facebook-groups-1Are you growing your business? Are you starting just now?

Here are the 5 Facebook groups that I found the MOST useful to learn about social media, time management and I use for networking and most of them are free!




Jo Bendle’s Productivity Boosters for Female Entrepreneurs is amazing! You cannot miss out if you want to get organised and get your things done! Here is the link to the group. Also, go and check out Jo’s Facebook Page, she knows her thing.

ABW – Aspiring Business Women – already the name tells it all. Lady entrepreneurs who are aspiring and serious about business. The leaders of ABW are experts on business support and they register local networking groups under their umbrella in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, UK. Joining is free for a week, so you have time to look around and have a feel about the community. This networking group has a reasonable membership fee after the trial. Connect with Clair or Andrea when you ask for joining! 😉

WAHMS Café is a group for creative people who are about to launch their business and they are not sure about the steps. The talented entrepreneurs (ladies and gentlemen, too) get inspired by the continuous discussions, thought-provoking questions and challenges. You can join the virtual café here and there is no membership fee at all.


Not for networking but learning about WordPress, this group, WordPress Help and Share, is a wonderful source of information and help. I learned a lot only by reading! Ask the admins to approve your joining request by clicking here!

And do you know where do I run when I need to ask something about my books? Right, I go to the experts. The group called ‘I run a small business’ has always been helpful, from day one. It is UK based, crowded with experienced and helpful small business owners. Click here to join them! Remember, no advertisement in this group!


Anyway, always read the descriptions before you join and open the pinned post for instructions. These groups are for your benefit, show respect. And enjoy networking! GO!


See you in the groups,

Mariann Hornyák

The number one key to build community

What do you need to build community? Why do you need to build community at all?

Nowadays markets are overloaded. What makes you different from the guy next door is that some people know and trust you. Others trust him. What will make people trust that you will deliver quality to them? YOU. Your personality, your brand. Your communication.

For example, if I know someone selling knitted saucepans and I start to follow him, I will see his notes, comments, we even make friends on social media, so I see his posts. I love his work, I am thinking of ordering a whole big set of his knitted kitchenware. And then, I see him posting about other clients.. making fun of them. Ridiculing his own followers, his own people. He starts posting about the “idiots” who believed that knitted saucers are great for cooking and makes jokes about what messages he gets.

I have seen this many times. And not only me, but everyone. Every single follower. Do you work hard to build a brand with one hand and then you ruin everything with the other one?

Or are you smart and you build your brand with one hand and you support it with the other one?

What will your profile tell about you?

This is the number one step. That you understand the importance of your communication. How much, how, to whom and when and where… this is essential.

I am writing a piece about channels, too! Next blog post is coming up soon!

If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact me, I am available to chat anytime!

Mariann Hornyák


Do you plan your working hours well?

Time management is one of the hardest things to learn. You know what you should do, in most cases… and then you spend your time with something else. Worst case scenario: you waste your time! How will your business suffer from your bad habits? Have you realised it where you could be right now if you spent your working hours well planned? Do you think you are as effective as you could be?

I am sure you want to do more. You started your business to become more, to express yourself, to do something for yourself and of course, to earn money! I know we do not need to race and it is not always priority as often family comes before work. BUT, what if I tell you that you can actually do something very small every day that will change your way of work? Would you like to know what I am talking about?

First, work in teams. Are you self-employed with no colleagues? Join our WAHMS Café club on Facebook!

Second, clear your mind before you go to sleep! I am sending you a template to copy. Here you can add your e-mail. (I hate spams, I do not spam. But I send out important training materials and access to online courses soon.)

You can simply subscribe to my newsletters that I draft once a month, and you will see it is good to be connected.


Newsletters, online courses – BIG NEWS!

Hi there! I am so excited, I am launching a new service, I will send you newsletters from now on. This is something very new and I decided that I will value my newsletter audience and they will get the best of the best! I will start a vlog about business basics and tips and tricks and I might add social media – and I will use human language that every one of you will understand! Are you interested now? Sign up, do not miss out. Oh… did I mention that it is all free???

Here is the link to sign up to my newsletters and vlogs and info and you will get one surprise immediately! I cannot tell what it is yet 🙂

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Talk soon!

Mariann xx


My vision board

… or dream board…

I share a secret with you now. This is so personal. I have dreams that I have not yet shared with anyone here.

This is how it started: I was dreaming about the sea and a life that allows me to spend ALL my time with the ones I love. I was dreaming about feeling healthy and pretty and actually look good in that damn sexy bikini. For too long it was just a dream.

One day I felt it is time and started to think about the “how to” part, so the planning began.

I discovered how to cheat my brain and how visualizing my success would lead me to actual success. I created a vision board, or dream board. I collected pictures, I find the best words that expressed what I wanted to achieve. I did a plan to calculate how much money I need, what I must do, what the steps are and I put these on the board. I have a plan to follow to make my dream happen and become true.

I love my vision board. So easy to create one, if you understand the logic behind it.

I recommend this book, it is brilliant.

What I did was easy. I printed pictures about the beach where I wanted to live, I printed a picture of myself (I was not brave enough to do it in a bikini), I picked a photo of my extremely handsome husband and put the numbers and words on a board along with the photos.
So, what do you want to achieve in your business or in your life?

What is your product, again?

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Cofresh Monkey Nuts

Roasted Peanuts in Shell

Ingredients: Peanuts

Allergy Advice: This product contains Peanuts.

Is this clear enough? If not, it is in a transparent bag, so you can even see the product.

Do you know what you buy? No doubt.


So what is your product?

Do your potential customers know what they get if they pay you? Is it clear what you offer?

I had to realise that often they do not understand the terminology we use. Or they do not have a clear picture about what will happen if they approach us. So why not telling them? Which format would you choose to communicate about your products and services?