Sorry, guys, I’m straying from the schedule this week and having Daring Women Friday instead of Daring Women Wednesday! My birthday was Wednesday and I wanted to share 27 Things I Learned last year. So here is a belated Daring Women interview…
Today I’m featuring freelance writer Elna Cain from Twins Mommy. Elna is rocking it as a blogger, writer, and mompreneur. Thanks for sharing with us, Elna!
What do you do and how long have you been doing it?
Hi! My name is Elna Cain and I’m a mom to twins. They are 3.5 years old and a handful to say the least! I’m also a freelance writer and blogger.
I’ve been freelance writing for over two years now and I just recently started my personal blog earlier this year.
My blog, Twins Mommy, is where I help stay-at-home moms and mommy bloggers become mompreneurs and kick butt! I mostly write about growing your traffic, followers and email list as well as offer productivity hacks and ways to earn more money as a mom.
What excites you most about your work?
Since I work from home full-time and take care of my twins also, the one thing I love about my work is how flexible it is.
I can go to the park anytime my twins want to, take them to swimming lessons and gymnastics and make them lunch.
And on the weekends, I can focus on my family and spend time taking care of the house and having fun with my kids.
At the same time, I’m able to grow a successful freelance writing business and blog while doing this part time.
What’s the hardest part?
One of the hardest parts of being a mommy blogger is finding time. Because I’m a mom first, finding the time to work on my client work and write blog posts for Twins Mommy is a challenge. I am fortunate to have help from extended family on a daily basis and my husband also works from home.
What works for me is batching my tasks, turning off any distractions when I’m working and typing fast!
What does it mean to you to work on your own terms? What inspired you to do so?
I’ve been working for myself since college actually. In my early 20’s I was a behavioral therapist for children with autism. I worked privately with families, going to their homes all around the city. I worked 1:1 with their child helping them establish their talking, their self-care and socialization with other children.
So, it seems that I have always had the desire to be my own boss in a way. My husband also started working for himself while I was in college and that inspired me as well.
For me, when I work for myself it means there are no limits to what we can do. My husband and I are going to collaborate on a future project, which will be exciting. I have some ideas to make a course for my Twins Mommy audience as well as create another course for my freelance writing audience. The possibilities are endless.
When did you know that this is what you were supposed to be doing with your life?
As I mentioned, I worked for myself ever since I went to college. Before I had my twins I was working in the school system as a teacher, but knew that once I had my twins, I wanted to stay home with them.
This burning desire helped me realize that if I wanted to stay home and raise my twins I needed to find a way to make an income online. I found out about freelance writing and never looked back.
Now, with blogging, I’m exploring some affiliate marketing, but am interested in creating a product in the future.
What inspires you most in your life right now?
Other moms inspire me! Whether they are mommy bloggers or my mom friends from play dates, I’m always in awe about how they can do it all!
I’m a first time mom and I struggle every day. It truly is hard being a mom and a mompreneur!
Name 3 lessons you have learned through your work.
Three things I learned working from home:
- You’ll never get your to-do list done at the end of the day
- When you’re in your groove and writing, you kids will wake up from their nap so optimize your time for high efficiency when you have it.
- SEO is a beast so don’t try to learn it right away
What is your biggest goal over the next year?
Right now my biggest goal for Twins Mommy is to grow my traffic. I know that I need to keep up with my content schedule in order to grow my traffic. I did well when I was posting twice a week, but for months now I’ve been only posting once a week.
Once I have enough traffic I can really start thinking about creating a product. I predict this will happen next year once my twins are in school.
What advice would you give to other women who want to work on their own terms and create a life they’re passionate and excited about?
I say go for it! The one thing that holds people back is themselves. Taking action is hard! And investing in yourself is even harder. Once you can get past those mind blocks you can create a life that you’re passionate about!
Recommend something that has shaped your business.
I actually don’t have a book or product that has shaped my business. What has really shaped my business are other lady bosses or mom bosses. People like Melyssa Griffin, Caitlin Bacher and Mariah Coz have really inspired me to set the foundation for my blog.
How can we connect with you?
Thanks again, Elna! It was such a pleasure reading this interview and learning about how you’re inspiring other moms who want to make the choice to work from home.
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