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Arlene's Butterfly

"I'll never forget the day my son, at age 3 1/2, answered the phone (which he'd never done before) when a contact had called. He not only told her I was in the shower, but then had a nice 'conversation' about his toys, what was showing on T.V., and what he was having for breakfast. I guess she figured out pretty quickly that I worked from home!"

Arlene Jacobs, Valrico, FL

 
Arlene's Profile Features:
EP Snapshot
 
EP: Arlene Jacobs
  • Mom to 2 children, ages 2 & 4
  • Partner to Mark W. Jacobs, Environmental Chemist (full-time, corporate job)
Contact Info:
Arlene E. Jacobs
1202 Lake Valrico Circle
Valrico, FL 33594-5830
Email:
URL: http://www.neosoft.com/~acoustic/wwwarlenejhp.html
 
 
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EP Title(s):
  • Freelance Writer
  • Advertising Sales
  • Avon Representative
 
Degree:
  • A.B. from Vassar College in Bio-psychology
  • M.S. from the University of Florida in Nutritional Biochemistry
 
Previous Career: Research Scientist in nutrition
 
Work Hours/Week: 10-20
 
Years : 6+
 
Profile Date: 5/98
Home Career Highlights
Home Biz: Freelance Writer, mostly for Parenting Magazines
  • Advertising Salesperson, for a local parenting publication, selling advertising space to local businesses
  • Avon Representative, selling Avon products to family & friends
Personal Mission: To earn extra income for my family while raising my children.
 
Top Services:
  • Writing on various topics, including nutrition and parenting skills
  • Advertising sales, including ad design
  • Avon sales, include make-up consultation
Home Career Defining Moment: When I knew that I could make enough money to buy my new computer!
 
Home Career Goal: Arlene has been freelance writing for over 2 years now and really enjoys it. She would love to "break into" the national scene and has already made several contacts to national publications with the hopes that her writing will get published. Not only would she like the recognition, but the money would be more.
 
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A Voice of Experience

EP Motivating Force:
I needed to earn money, yet wanted more than anything to be with my child. I started selling a "brand name product" when I was pregnant with my first child, and though I didn't make a lot of money, I leraned that the possibilities were there.
 
EP Musings:
Phone calls to contacts while fixing snacks, changing diapers or even pushing the kids on the swing is normal for me. However, when Mommy is "working" on the computer, things get a bit more complicated. Jessica just loves to sit on my lap while I'm trying to type, and I imagine it must look pretty funny while I'm typing one-handed, juggling the phone AND trying to keep little hands from erasing everything I'm typing. Now I try to time my phone interviews when she is napping -- unfortunately she doesn't always nap in the afternoon.
 
EP Advice:
Remember your priorities. Sometimes I find myself getting upset with the children for interrupting my "work" and I have to remind myself that the reason I'm working at home is to be with my children!
 
Also, remember that working at home is work! If you don't put in the effort, you won't get the results. You need to be very organized and self-disciplined. It's very easy to wake up in the morning and decide to lounge around instead of making those phone calls.
 
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More & Misc.

 
Favorite Pastime: Reading e-mail. Gardening.
 
Favorite Bookmark:http://www.indy.net/~dlands/
 
Favorite Search Engine: Infoseek
 
Keywords: freelance writer, nutrition, parenting, stay-at-home Mom
 
Favorite Quote:
 
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her,...
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her at the gates.

Prov 31:27-28,31

 
 
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