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"hat I love most about being a work-at-home parent is taking frequent breaks from writing to help my son, David, with his work. He sits at his little desk, banging on his keyboard, talking on the phone with toddler clients, and writing business notes on his Magna Doodle. Then we break for a snack or take a long walk around the block. Working in my home office while listening to children's music and eating peanut butter sandwiches keeps me focused on my REAL job -- guiding and nurturing my son! I highly recommend it."

Debbie Williams, Houston, TX

 
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Debbie Williams
 
EP: Debbie Williams
  • Mom to a 2 year old boy.
Contact Info:
Debbie Williams
Let's Get It Together
P.O. Box 590860
Houston, TX 77259
Email:
URL: http://www.organizedtimes.com
 
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EP Title(s):
  • Organizational Consultant, specializing in home management
  • Freelance Writer of procedure manuals, identity literature, and organizational tips
Previous Career: Medical Marketing and Management.
 
Degree: Bachelor of Education
 
Work Hours/Week: 20+
 
Years : only 1 month!
 
Profile Date: 5/98
Home Career Highlights
Home Biz: Let's Get It Together, a home and office organizing and time management service for busy parents.
 
Mission: To help parents balance work and family by offering organizing tips and teaching time management skills.
 
Mission Accomplished: "I have always been a totally unorganized person, wanting to be organized. Now with the help of Debbie I am on my way to finally becoming organized. I wrote to Debbie asking for help with my laundry room/pantry that was a total mess. I basically told her what I had for shelves and cupboards and what I needed to store in there. She e-mailed me back that night with a lot of advice. I used most of her advice. Her advice got my little thinker going and I came up with some ideas on my own. I like doing the organizing via e-mail because I dont think I would feel comfortable with a stranger in my home arranging my stuff. Also I have two young children, so I would not have the free time to have someone come in my home, without children underfoot. So far Debbie has helped me with my laundry room and bathroom. I feel so much better about the rooms I have gotten done, and Debbie has kept me motivated to keep going. I one day will be an organized person!" -- Tammy Dye
 
Top Products:
  • Organizing Newsletter
  • Organizing Forms
  • In-home Consulting
  • Online Consulting
Primary Market: Mothers of young children
 
Home Career Defining Moment: When I received writing assignments and requests for interviews online after being in business only one month! What a great networking opportunity that was. 
 
Home Career Challenge: At this time the web site, http://www.organizedtimes.com, is up and running, with quite a few link exchanges already established. Let's Get It Together is still new, though, so I am excited about branching out into other aspects of organizational consulting. My present goal is to expand my talents as a writer, and offer local seminars and in-home consulting.
 
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Mention the EP Profiles and you'll receive a FREE back issue of the "Let's Get it Together" newsletter (hard copy or electronic version). Just send a message to Debbie at , with the subject heading "EP Profiles" and your preferred contact info, and I'll be in touch soon!
 
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A Voice of Experience

EP Motivating Force:
I started working at home because it enabled me to return to the work force a year earlier than planned, before my son started preschool. I'm able to set my own hours and work totally from the office.
 
EP Rewards:
Although our household budget is challenged by the lack of an additional income, my husband and I agree it is definitely worth a few sacrifices. When you stay at home to raise your kids, you don't seem to need lunch money, working wardrobe, or day care fees. If you are creative, you find bartering systems for babysitters, are able to go to work in playclothes, and learn to like pbj every day of your life. And it's so rewarding to watch your kids at work or play, and secretly catch them being good.
 
EP Advice:
Work around your children's schedule. Provide special toys/activities for your children that are only to be used while you are working, such as a basket of toys or a desk beside your computer. This keeps them mildly distracted while you do a small bit of work. Use naptime to make phone calls, and Mom's Day Out is a great time for running errands. If you work around your kids, rather than expect them to work around you, things run much smoother.
 
Also, don't be afraid to take the risk -- with a minimal investment, you don't have much to lose except your efforts. And you will never know if it could be unless you try!
 
 
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More & Misc.

 
Favorite Pastime: My favorite pastime is gourmet cooking or baking. It is so therapeutic to knead bread dough, or grill a brisket that you have been preparing for three days. The process is definitely more important here than the product. Cooking allows a lot of creativity, and I thoroughly enjoy it.
 
Keywords: time, time management, organize, organizing, clutter, home management, organized
 
Favorite Quote:
"Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much."

 

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

 
 
 
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