“Mommies Mean Business” Monday: Melanie Searl

By Guest Author, Melanie Searl:

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I’ve been teaching for a long time!  It was my life long dream since I was in middle school. I feel so blessed to have a career that I love!  Not everyone can say that!

I am very passionate about education and children.   I received my National Board Certification in 2007, I have written and received Donorshoose.org funding over the past few years and two grants for my school just this year!  I have created new programs within the schools where I have worked, reading programs, Kindergarten camps, and such.  I am very successful and I truly love my students.  So what’s the problem?   Teachers in NC have had a hard road the past 5-6 years…no raises, higher demands, fewer supplies/resources to name a few.  The price of everything is going up and our paychecks are not.   It is VERY disheartening for even the most dedicated teacher!  Life happens…. I wish I could do my job for free but I cannot…my family is growing up and so is the cost of living!   I have 2 boys of my own and I recently remarried and now have a step son and step daughter. They all range in age from 7-13.  Additionally, in 2011, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.  I am happy to say I am a survivor but the bills still linger on.  My kids are growing…2 need braces right now, then there are field trips, clothing needs, the cost of gas and health care!!!!

 I’m sure you can all relate…

 So, what is a teacher with one of the lowest salaries in the country to do (NC is ranked #47 out of 50 in teacher salaries) Some teachers can fall back on their husband’s salary and some leave the field altogether.  Many get a second job working part time…I tried that too!  They paid me $7.50 an hour minus taxes. I had to put more gas in the car weekly and I missed baseball games and school functions with my kids because I had to work.  Not a very good option, but I did it for over 2 years!  Ideally, I would love to open my own childcare facility but the cost and the risk is just to steep at this point and a franchise is a half million dollars.

 On January 1st of this year, I decided to begin a journey in direct sales…I can make my own hours, work around baseballs games, dental appointments, writing lesson plans and completing report cards.  Which one????   There are so many!!!

994693_702289513138793_890327440_nMy answer was…South Hill Designs.  It is a direct sales company that launched last year and has experienced tremendous growth!  I call it my “affordable little franchise.”  It costs $199 to start up and they even have a kit for$59.  I started with the $199 kit and made that back with out even trying.  The product is affordable interchangeable lockets and charms. “Share your Story…Wear your Story” is the company’s motto.  I’m not in it to make a fortune…just help out w

ith the bills and still have time to be a mom, plan for my students, and help out at my church.  It is a fun way to meet people, be creative, and make what is turning out to be decent extra money when I want, not when some tells me to be there!

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 If you are looking for a way to supplement your income, I highly recommend you take a hard look at direct sales…of course, I highly recommend South Hill Designs!  If not South Hill, look for something that suits your personality. Find a product that would be easy for you to promote.

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I am building a team of women that want to start their own “affordable little franchise.” You would be in business for yourself but not by yourself!  South Hill Designs has amazing trainings and support plus you’d have me to help you!

Please check out my website: www.southhilldesigns.com/melaniesearl

You can shop, host a social, or join!

“LIKE” my facebook page…  Charming Reflections

I welcome questions!  Please email me: melaniesearl212@gmail.com

Best wishes to you!!!!

Melanie Searl

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“Mommies Mean Business” Monday: Randi Eccleston

Today’s Mommy has been a huge blessing to my family and to many many other families in the Charlotte area with food allergies.  She has chaired our local FARE Walk and has put in countless hours of hard work for these events.  As a food allergy parent, I can say without a doubt that the absolute most important resource is other food allergy parents.  Thank you, Randi!  Now, get to know this wonderful Mommy and her business…

by guest author Randi Eccleston

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Randi Eccleston began teaching in the late 90’s as a substitute teacher at a Montessori school and she fell in love with the philosophy. It just spoke to her! She went from substitute to assistant to lead teacher.  After about 15 years in the classroom she decided to leave teaching to stay home with her children. After she was home for a year she learned that her youngest daughter has a life threatening food allergy to tree nuts. This eventually led Randi to become involved with the local food allergy walk. She was chair of the walk for three years. Randi still felt the urge to teach so she recently started a small Montessori playgroup. It meets at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center. Her classes meet every Tuesday. The toddler class meets from 10-11 and the three year old and up class meets from 1-2. Each class is $10 or $35 for 4 sessions. Randi runs two blogs, one about Montessori and one about food allergies. She has been happily married for 16 years and she has two amazing daughters.

*Any opinions expressed within this blog post are those of the author. For the most up to date information, prices, offers and more regarding this Mommy’s business and/or products, please contact the featured mommy directly.  Supportive comments are also welcome!!!  Thank you for reading and sharing.  -Allergenmenumom