Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Book Review: Making Work at Home Work

Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing a Business and a Family under One Roof
by Mary M. Byers

If you have ever thought about starting a home-based business, especially with children still at home, please read this book first. The author has done a thorough job of addressing what it's really like to run a business from your home while trying to rear your family at the same time, all from her own personal experience and those of many others.

I appreciate the fact that Mary Byers doesn't pull any punches. I understand her purpose is to help mothers succeed at their work at home. But at the same time, she is completely transparent about "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of such an endeavor. By reading what she has to say with an open mind and a willingness to accept the realities of working at home, a woman should come away with a clearer vision of what she should and should not do.

You will find one thing which sets this book apart from most of the pie-in-the-sky, you-can-have-it-all advice out there for young mothers looking to start a home business: balance. While Mary never intentionally tries to discourage you from such an adventure, her advice will keep your head from floating too far into the clouds and plant your feet solidly on terra firma.

As you read Making Work at Home Work, I'm sure you will find many things you might never have considered could hinder your aspirations. Yet, she gives so much to think about, important aspects to discuss with one's husband (very important), preparations to be made beforehand, and encouragement to make your "work at home work."