“I had to learn early on to get into the ‘mom mode’ and step away from my business when I’m with my family.” Here’s Elna Cain’s #MyMotherHustle Story.

When and how did you begin your business? Give us the backstory!

I started my blog with the intention of making money. My first blog was a service-based blog. My twins were around 16 months when I decided I wanted to stay home permanently. Since my husband works online at home, he was the one to introduce me to the possibility of making an income online.

I was attracted to mom bloggers that did freelance writing. I love writing, and I’m a creative person. So I explored how to become a freelance writer. I created a website marketing my business. I also started a blog to help freelance writers and, eventually, a course to jump-start their business. Twins Mommy happened about two years into freelance writing. I wanted to connect with other work-at-home moms and felt that Twins Mommy was a better platform than my freelance writing blog.

On Twins Mommy, I share tips to help other mom bloggers make money online through various strategies. I also talk about what it’s like to be a work-at-home mom and offer suggestions. Right now, I have several courses for writers and bloggers, I also do affiliate marketing and freelance writing, and have expanded my business to include more niche blogs.

Tell us a little about your family. 

I’m married to my college sweetheart and just recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary. We have 5-year-old twins—a boy and a girl. They started kindergarten last year, and that’s when I became a full-time blogger (most of my business grew when I was a part-time blogger).

What were the biggest challenges you’ve faced or lessons you’ve learned since starting your business? 

For me, it’s balancing it all as a mom and being present with my twins. Business can consume you, and it can be all that you focus on while you’re cooking or eating or dropping off your child at school. I had to learn early on to get into the “mom mode” and step away from my business when I’m with my family. Since my husband also works online he does the same and we carve out family time to ensure that we are present.

How does motherhood affect or influence your business? Your creativity? 

I honestly feel that if I wasn’t a mother, I wouldn’t have started blogging or an online business. Blogging requires stamina, persistence, and creativity, and motherhood fueled a lot of this.

What advice would you give to a brand-new creative entrepreneur? 

If you are interested in freelancing or starting your own home-based business, make sure you create goals and a plan. This means carving out dedicated time for growing your business, creating a workable blogging schedule and managing your time as a blogger or freelancer.

What advice would you give to a brand-new mom? 

Congrats on your little one! Focus on creating a safe and loving environment for your baby. Give yourself grace, and make sure to care for yourself!

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Elna is a stay-at-home working mom. She is also a professional blogger and freelance writer. She helps mom bloggers make money blogging while raising little ones at home. Follow her on Pinterest at Elna4 and on Facebook at TwinsMommyBlog. Make sure to join the Mom to Mompreneur Facebook group and check out her course, Write Your Way to Your First $1K.


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