15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

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Do you want to work-at-home, but are unsure how to make it all work? Or perhaps you already started a work-at-home job, but you are struggling to juggle it plus housework, family relationships, and still having a bit of time to refuel yourself.

Don’t despair–there are things you can do that will set you up for work-at-home success. I too was once a young mom desperately wanting to stay home with my children, but knowing that I too had to work somehow if our family was going to get out of debt and stay out of debt. I knew the answer was a work-at-home job, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to juggle it. How did I work, keep our home from looking like a cyclone hit it, keep meals on the table that didn’t always come out of a paper bag, and still have time for my children and husband?

Want to successfully work-at-home? These books can help.

After all, my primary desire for becoming a stay-at-home mom was to spend more time with my kids. If I took on a work-at-home job, how did I do that without sitting them in front of a screen for hours while I tried to get my work-at-home and homemaking tasks done?

The answer came from my favorite source of information–books. I read dozens of books on homemaking, time management, housekeeping, goal setting and I took notes. When I applied what I learned I discovered that I could carve out enough time to work two to three hours a day even when the kids were very little to work at home for pay (because as we all know moms at home are always working whether they get paid or not).

Now that my children are 15 and up I have much more time on my hands to work for pay, do household chores, spend quality time one on one with each child, date my hubby, and dabble in my favorite passions such as running and knitting. And I have the books I read over the years to thank for that (well that and the fact that older children can pitch in with housework a lot more than younger children and they sleep through the night)!

My hope is this list of books will help you too to organize your days in such a way that you find you can work at home without your home life becoming overwhelmingly chaotic.

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Time Management

1.The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

This book will help you hone in on the one goal “thing” you need to keep above all other goals in order to make the most impact in your home-based business.

2. How to Handle 1,000 Things at Once: A Fun Guide to Mastering Home & Personal Management

Although written many years ago the time management wisdom in How To Handle 1000 Things at Once is still relevant in today’s world. In fact, this is one book I re-read every few years because each time I do I glean a few new skills that help me juggle all my different mom hats a bit better.

3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

This book helped me dump a few things off my to-do list that really were unnecessary. It also helped me realize I needed to delegate house cleaning tasks to my kids more than I already was. I don’t think that was a side effect the author thought of when he wrote Essentialism, but it was what I ended up doing as a result of reading the book and doing so gained me hours to work on my business and taught my kids some valuable life lessons.


15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success


4. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

I just recently finished Start With Why. The book is filled with inspiring stories of great business men and women and how their approach to business is what made them successful. Learn to answer why instead of how and watch you and your customers become inspired.

5. Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference

Learning the story of Crystal Paine and how she began blogging thinking she would just make enough to cover a few living expenses and ended up creating one of the largest blogs in North America will inspire you to realize that you might be small now, but with hard work and a “stick to it” attitude your business could grow bigger than you ever thought possible.

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Life Balance

6. The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You

Just because you are both a stay-at-home mom and a work-at-home mom doesn’t mean you don’t have time to spend on yourself. In fact, if you want to do both roles well you need to make time to refuel your tanks so you can help refill theirs with attention and love. However, making time for you isn’t as hard as you might think. The book The Fringe Hours will show you precious minutes each day you are probably wasting that could easily be turned into personal refueling time.

7. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

Guilt can make us say yes so often that we end up filling our days with tasks instead of cuddles with our little ones and errands instead of work. The Best Yes will help you set the right priorities for you and your family and set firm boundaries around them.

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success


8. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Warning: some of the language in How To Talk To Anyone is outdated. However, the tips are a goldmine for those who struggle to start meaningful conversations with people who could have a positive effect on your at-home business. How To Talk To Anyone will help you start conversations with potential customers as well as your fellow work-at-home coworkers. And oh, how we need to talk to others who do that same work as us–it keeps one sane.

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success


9. Plan It, Don’t Panic

Meal time happens three times a day, and snacks happen two to three times a day–all that meal prep and eating can take up a huge chunk of our days. Minimize that chunk by implementing the meal planning ideas found in Plan It, Don’t Panic.

10. Clutter’s Last Stand: It’s Time To De-junk Your Life!

The more things we own, the more time we spend maintaining them, cleaning them, rearranging them, and so on. Reduce your stuff and you will gain time to work. The book Clutter’s Last Stand will inspire you to toss, toss, and toss some more.

11. Sink Reflections: Overwhelmed? Disorganized? Living in Chaos? Discover the Secrets That Have Changed the Lives of More Than Half a Million Families…

Cleaning routines can cut your time spent cleaning drastically. First, you don’t have to spend time thinking about what needs to be done because it is just part of your routine to do it. Second, it doesn’t take as long to clean when things are being cleaned regularly. Use the book Sink Reflections to create cleaning routines for your home. Don’t forget to get those kids helping you with them!

15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Goal Setting

12. 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

Most people know how to set a goal, but few know how to break it down in a way that can help them achieve it. If that is you, read 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life and learn how to break your business and life goals down into manageable chunks.

13. 5 Habits Of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit

Are you trying to figure out why you always quit on your goals? Then 5 Habits Of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit should be on your reading list. Figure out why you quit all the time and how to stop doing it.


15 Books That Will Set You Up For Work-At-Home Success

Customer Relations

14. Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results

People remember business owners and workers that went above and beyond what was expected. Learn how to implement wow factor into your business with Fred 2.o.

15. Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers

One quote that has stuck with me from this book for over a year now is “You get further with relationship than interruption.” Are your business tactics interrupting your customer’s day or are they building a relationship? If you are not sure, read Permission Marketing.

I divided up the book list into elements and struggles of work-at-home moms so you can pick a book from the area you are currently struggling with most at the moment. So pick out your title and start tackling your work-at-home problems–you’ve got this! Apply what you learn and watch your work-at-home success grow.

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10 Simple Ways To Earn Gift Cards With Swagbucks

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Want to earn gift cards each month without spending hours on the computer doing it? Swagbucks can help you do just that. Swagbucks offers many simple ways to earn SB points that you can cash in for gift cards. Some of the ways to earn are for things you probably do online now without earning a cent–like online shopping and web searches.

10 simple ways to earn gift cards with Swagbucks. Earn gift cards each month doing things you already do online.

10 Simple Ways To Earn Gift Cards With Swagbucks

I have written several Swagbucks plans in the past, such as How To Get $25 Each Month To Spend On Cool Summer Treats Using Swagbucks, and although they are helpful to my readers they do get outdated pretty fast since Swagbucks is continually changing how many SB points they offer for each way to earn points as well as adding new ways to earn and getting rid of others.

So today I want to concentrate on the different ways to earn Swagbucks and let you decide which ones work for you and which ones you simply want to pass on. Depending on just how many ways to earn you implement you could earn anywhere from $10 to $25 or more with Swagbucks (I have some readers that tell me they earn $100 each month with Swagbucks)

What I suggest you do is first sign up for a Swagbucks account, and then set aside a good 30 minutes to explore each and every area of the Swagbucks homepage (on your laptop or desktop computer) including those areas explained below, and then decided which ones you think you could easily fit into your daily online habits.

1. Perform Web Searches

Swagbucks offers random SB points for web searches done through either their SwagButton or home page. You can currently download their web button to the web browser of your choice by scrolling down your Swagbucks homepage to the bottom where you will see the “Swagbucks” heading, under it is written “extension” there you will find all the information you need about the SwagButton.

These random winnings can add up significantly depending on how often you search, even though they are generally only 5 SB to 25 SB each time.

2. Shop Online

Swagbucks offers cash back in the form of SB points for online purchases at a wide variety of stores. All you need to do to earn it is to have the SwagButton installed on your web browser.

The SwagButton will automatically notify you if the website you are visiting offers cash back for shopping. If it does, then you can activate the Swagbucks Shop & Earn opportunities with the click of a button, right from the store’s website.

If you prefer not to download the SwagButton you can still earn cash back through Swagbucks by going to their homepage and entering the store you want to shop at into the search area. If the store of your choice does offer cash back through Swagbucks, you will see a box pop up that says “shop now” with the percentage of the cash back you will earn listed below.

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3. Do The Daily Poll

Scroll down your Swagbucks homepage and you will find a “to do list”. Under it you will find “Daily Poll”. Click on it and then answer the poll question and earn one SB. Super quick and simple!

4. Enter Swag Codes

Swag Codes can be entered into the Swag code box found at the top of your Swagbucks home page. They are usually just a few SB points each but every little bit adds up and this point earning action is so quick and simple.

If you have the SwagButton you will receive special Swag Code notices through it. Simply copy and paste the Swag Code into the Swag Code box to get your SB points. You can get more Swag Codes through liking and following the Swagbucks page on Facebook or following them on Twitter.

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  5. Play Games

Hit the “play” tab found on the side of your Swagbucks home page and scroll down to the bottom of it. There you will find the free to play Swagbuck games that do not have in app purchases, yet offer SB points when you play them.

6. Answer Surveys

Answering surveys can be very time consuming, but they are usually full of  “few brain cells required” questions so you can easily multitask them. You could do them while watching TV, or sipping your morning coffee.

What I like about the survey section of Swagbucks is that it they provide a time estimate of how long the survey should take to complete. This really helps you pick the surveys that match the time you have available.

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7. Scroll Through Featured Offers

Featured offers are found under the “discover” tab on your Swagbucks homepage. These change fairly frequently, meaning you can usually find one or two simple offers each week or so that don’t require too much time and effort to complete.

8. Use The Apps

You can find the complete listing of apps that offer SB points when you scroll down to the bottom of your Swagbucks homepage under the heading “Swagbucks”.

Many of these apps contain short video clips that you receive SB points for watching. I haven’t used these in a while, but when I did I noticed that you could simply get the videos running and then check on the phone every few minutes to make sure they were going. Providing the app doesn’t pause, you could earn the daily limit with very little effort.

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9. Buy Gift Cards

Scroll down your Swagbucks homepage and under the heading “Ways To Earn” you will find a link to MyGiftCardsPlus. Click on it and you will be taken to the the MyGiftCardsPlus website where you can earn a SB point cash back on gift cards (electronic ones).

This is a way to stack the discounts as you can buy a gift card at MyGiftCardsPlus and earn SB points through your purchase and then when you go to use your gift card, you can earn more SB points if your store is offered in the Swagbucks Shop & Earn program.

10. Refer Friends

Once you get the hang of earning Swagbucks and are hooked on earning gift cards each and every month doing things you already do online as well as other simple no brainer ways to earn you are going to want to share Swagbucks with your friends.

When you do, make sure to use the handy referral link that Swagbucks gives you in the “refer and earn” section found at the top of your Swagbucks home page. When you do you will be rewarded. Currently Swagbucks gives you 10% of your friends’ earnings for life!

If you are already a Swagbucks member, what is your favorite way to earn SB points? Share it with me in the comments section.

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Earn PayPal Cash With These 12 Websites & Apps

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You have probably heard that you can earn gift cards through websites and apps, but perhaps you don’t shop at the places the gift cards are offered for. Don’t let that stop you from earning money doing things you already do in your daily life through these types of websites and apps because many programs offer PayPal cash out options so that you can then take your earnings and spend them on whatever you want wherever you want.

Earn PayPal deposits using these websites and apps. Real cash you can spend on what you want.


These programs will pay you to use them while you shop for groceries, eat at restaurants, search the web, answer surveys and more. You won’t earn a significant amount at each app or website, but a little earned through this app plus a little earned through that website can add up over time to a nice stash of cash.

Earn PayPal Cash With These 12 Websites & Apps

Apps that will give you cash for grocery shopping & more


You can use the Ibotta app to earn cash back on both in-store and online purchases from everything from milk to movie tickets to daily deal offers.

Go here to sign up for Ibotta

(Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use Ibotta, some information is outdated but the app still works the same)


My two favorite things about MobiSave is that you can use it wherever you shop and you get paid within a day of entering your purchases regardless of how much you earned. So if you claim just a $0.50 offer you will get your money for it, you don’t have to wait until it equals a high sum to ask for a cash out.

Go here to sign up for MobiSave. Enter my referral code OGHHUVPZ into the promo code area.

(Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use MobiSave)


If someone in your household is gluten intolerant or if you eat a real foods diet, then you are going to want to sign up for BerryCart–an app that offers cash backs on gluten-free foods as well as organics and real foods.

Go here to sign up for BerryCart

(Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use BerryCart)

Receipt Hog

No need to claim rebates with Receipt Hog, just scan your receipt into the app to earn either coins or spins which will soon add up to a cash out. This app works at grocery stores, clothing stores, department stores and even some chain fast food restaurants.

Go here to sign up for Receipt Hog

(Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use Receipt Hog)

Websites that will give you cash for shopping at your favorite stores


Most cash back sites have a minimum payout threshold–TopCashBack does not. The moment your cash back is in your account you can claim your cash out no matter how small it is. TopCashBack offers cash backs at a variety of different stores online.

Go here to sign up for TopCashBack


The selection of stores that you can earn cash backs through at Ebates is amazing and they often offer higher than normal cash back value days.

Go here to sign up for Ebates

Websites that will give you cash for filling out surveys


What I love about MintVine is that they tell you exactly how long a survey should take before you get into it and I’ve found that that time is fairly accurate. I also like that their pre-screening process is fairly short and often you get something for your time even if you didn’t make it into the survey. Plus their cash out threshold is just $10 so you don’t have to wait forever to get paid.

Go here to sign up for MintVine

(here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use MintVine)

Paid Viewpoint

No pre-screening, paid for every survey, $15 cash out threshold–those are the things I like about PaidViewpoint.

Go here to sign up for Paid Viewpoint

(Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use Paid Viewpoint)

Websites that will give you cash to search the web, shop, answer surveys, watch videos & more


Swagbucks is like an all-inclusive road stop…except for people who want to earn gift cards (or PayPal cash) instead of truck drivers in need of gas and food. There are over 20 ways to earn points. My favorite ones are the ones where you can earn points for things you already do online, like using their toolbar for entering web searches, I earn several points each and every day for just that action.

Go here to sign up for Swagbucks

(Here is a tutorial I wrote for those that are unfamiliar with Swagbucks, it is a bit outdated but most of the information still applies)


PrizeRebel offers nine different ways to earn points with the major way being surveys. PayPal deposits begin at just $5 .

Go here to sign up for PrizeRebel

(Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use PrizeRebel)


I prefer to cash out my InstaGC points for other types of gift cards and not PayPal simply because they charge a 20 point fee for a cash out, but if you don’t cash out often and you are saving up cash for something the InstaGC PayPal payout is a great option to help you reach your goal faster.

Go here to sign up for InstaGC

(Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use InstaGC)


MyPoints was the first point rewards program I ever sign up for. That was well over 10 years ago now and I am still an active member. My favorite ways to earn points with MyPoints is through their click through emails. When they send you an email it will often say “5 points for going to…” and when you do you earn 5 points. It is quick and simple and those points add up over time.

Go here to sign up for MyPoints

(Here is a tutorial I wrote on how to use MyPoints)

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