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

What is your dream job?

Have you ever noticed how quick the time passes when you do your hobby? When you sew that new pattern or when you cut that last piece of thread. Time flies when you finally finish that necklace or design that pallet. It is like yoga. Yoga means that you exist in the present. You de-clutter your mind and you focus on being. This is exactly how you feel when you do that one very important activity. You are content. You are happy.

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Would you be content and happy for living? Would you mind doing something that makes you happy and calm and still get money for it? Hmmmm wait, I think this is called success.

Are you successful? Or are you only full of material values, money, nice cars… is it something you are after? Well, in fact, we do not have much in common then.

creativeSuccess is not money. Not for me. Success is when you are full of energy, you are happy just because you love your life, you love every inch of it. You love every segment of your daily work and you would never change it. Success is when you have time to have a decent breakfast every morning and have a lovely chat with your family at the dinner table. Every single day. You do how you please and you live how you have always dreamt. I am already successful. I am already free. I am happy. I am paid to be so.

Is it easy to follow your dreams? Yes. And No. Yes, because you only have to start with one single thing: doing. No, because it is awfully scary. But worth it.

Do you think you could take the first step?

I think I have a great plan for you! My job starts when you decide to dare to dream.


Big hugs,

Mariann Hornyák

WAHMs Café – a virtual place to share creative ideas


Why do you want to belong to a community? What is WAHMS CAFÉ? It is a Facebook group to network, learn and grow AND there is NO membership!

I see many groups growing on Facebook, Forums that have more thousands users. It is not possible to keep up a decent conversation when 1,2k people comment within one hour. Networking is great but connecting is better!

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We aim to keep our group small and informative, interactive. What do we talk about there?

We talk about you. Your business, your success and your weakness. How to grow, how to change, how to stand tall. We learn together, nobody is an expert in every single field of business management. But we are all expert in one field or another. So, better if we share.

You can boost your marketing, learn about campaign planning, set your goals clearly. This bunch of talented and creative entrepreneurs await you already.

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 biggest challenge?

WARNING: You will need pen and paper to read this article! So before you sit down, prepare them, please.

When I ask business owners what their biggest challenge is, 8 out of 10 says: Time Management. And they say it without thinking.

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They know it.

They also know how to do it better. They know all the tricks. They just cannot change.

Are you one of them?

Are you the one who is always busy but not effective? Who keeps forgetting what must be done?

Do you know what the reason is behind this? Habits. Bad habits.

And what is behind good time management? Habits. Good habits.

If you really want to change and give your business a chance to grow or keep feeding you at least, do one little thing now.

List all your habits that you have in relation with your work. Everything. Social media, television, post-its everywhere, chatting on the phone, distractions. I know you just nod your head now, but what if you really give a chance to it? What if you take that 5 minutes NOW and get a paper and a pencil. I wait. Go and get it.Hand_Writing_Small

So, you listed your bad habits that keep you away from your success. Now pick one. Only one. The one that annoys you the most! Let’s say it is that you get lost on your Facebook news feed too often. So, now find a solution. A good habit. For example, when you sit down to your computer, you close ALL your social media platforms. ALL of them. You can access your browser but not until you finished your excel sheet with the admin. Or whatever you must working on.

Apply this single one good habit every day.

Keep your list with the bad habits. And move on to the next one in one or two weeks time.

This is the only way that you will start it.

  • Create good habits.
  • Create a lifestyle.
  • Decide how you want to live.

You can blame others. But if you look into your heart and you truly listen, you will admit that it is all up to you.

I am telling this with my best intention. Because I believe in you. I believe that you can do it.

Pick one bad habit now and change it. It will give a fantastic boost to your life and business.

Take care and let me know how it goes,