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Member Close-Up: Sonyareads

Runs an Internet book store and waits tables at night

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Each week, we take a little time to introduce you to another member here at Work It, Mom! This week, we'd like you to meet Sonyareads, a mother of three who runs an Internet book store and two other business from her home in Alabama and also waits tables on the side.

1.) What do you do?

Somedays I feel like I do EVERYTHING! I have three home businesses that each add something different to my life, and I wait tables two nights a week at a local restaurant, too.

2.) How did you end up in your current career?

I started waiting tables when I was in of college. I thought I was playing it safe, getting a business degree, because I could get a job anywhere. Then when college was over, I realized that while yes, I could get a job anywhere, the pay wasn't all that great starting out. So I just kept waiting tables. We moved to a larger town, and I did start looking for jobs that would make my student loans worthwhile, but nothing really paid all that great starting out, so I went back to waiting tables again. My mom kept asking me why I wasted my education, and I kept telling her that I make an average of $20 to $35 an hour waiting tables, or I could make $8 to $10 an hour working a 9-to-5 job.

Then we had our first child and things changed. I wanted to be home not just more, but all the time, so I started looking for that one business that was going to bring me home permenantly. I have tried everything. It started with Avon, and went through about 15 different businesses that never took off. Luckily, we didn't have to use daycare too much; I work evenings, my husband works days, we can just swap out and the kids can always be home, but I still wasn't with them.

I gave up looking for a long time. Last year was the worst. My oldest started Kindergarten. He rides the bus, so we would get him up at 5:45 a.m. to catch the bus at 6:20, I left for work at 3:30 p.m., and he got home at 4:00 p.m., after I was gone. I was seeing my firstborn for 30 minutes in the mornings, a time period where our whole communications were "Get your shoes, where's your backpack, are you finished with your breakfast, and hurry, you'll miss the bus." Seeing him 30 minutes in the morning, and on weekends was NOT working for me or him.

I was online one morning and ran across an ad for BookWise, clicked on the link, and fell hook, line, and sinker. This was the perfect business for me. I have had a love affair with books my whole life. I researched like crazy, emailed a dozen different reps with a ton of questions, and really connected with one woman in particular. I signed up with her a week later. Then, I enrolled my first rep four days later, before I had even got my business kit in the mail. For the first time in my life, I had made back my investment in a company.

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