How I started my business as a SAHM
I’m Peishan, a stay-at-home mummy to an 18-month-old girl, Baby Y.
I used to be a researcher and worked in the field of water treatment in a large MNC. Life was smooth-sailing and I was the average employee who reported to work at 7 am and knocked off at 4 pm. When I joined the company, I had the thought of never needing to find the next job as it was a great company with great benefits and I was already sure I was going to stay put there.
While having an enjoyable time doing research experiments in the company, I also graduated with my Master’s degree, got married, got pregnant and most importantly, called that place a second home with many happy memories forged with buddies there.
Just as I was about to deliver Baby Y, my company announced the closure of the research lab. I clearly remember that it was 26 October 2016, our 2nd wedding anniversary! I was devastated and in shock that retrenchment could actually happen to me. We were all lost and colleagues started scrambling to find new jobs. I was at a disadvantage being heavily pregnant.
With childbirth almost approaching, I focused on keeping myself cheerful amidst the adversity and convinced myself that it was not a bad thing that I will get to have ‘extended maternity leave’.
I stayed with the company until the very last day before Baby Y was born. It was a gloomy day as I packed up all my belongings and walked out the front door for the very last time.
The chaotic but exciting journey of becoming a 1st-time mom
Baby Y was then born and my life was sucked into a whirlpool of chaos. The excitement and adrenaline that came with being first-time parents slowly wore off. The endless night wakings and short naps of a non-sleeptrained baby took its toll on us slowly but surely. Four months of maternity leave came and went in a blink of an eye. I did not have a chance to get a breather away from looking after Baby Y 24/7.
The days in the next few months were exhausting, it was feed, change diaper, play, and sleep which was the most difficult. I barely had time for myself and often felt defeated. It was like being trapped and I started to miss the days where things could actually be controlled. Taking care of a baby often leaves me frustrated as nothing can go as planned.
Though it was rewarding being able to be around my precious baby girl and witness her development daily, there was a nagging sense of burden at the back of my head constantly. I would worry about the financial strain of being a single-income family. The milk formula, diapers, paediatrician visits and many more do not come cheap as well.
The notion of returning to a workplace with fixed working hours was daunting. There was no other caregiver that could help look after Baby Y and putting her in infant care was of low consideration as she was a really difficult baby.
We were also in the midst of getting our new house which would further contribute to the financial strain on us. Nevertheless, I was eager to be able to finally call a place home. The joy of not needing to conform to restrictions living in someone’s house was thrilling. I felt slightly more alive being able to have full autonomy of how my day-to-day schedule ran.
We had Baby Y fully sleep trained and that was when things started getting better. I was no longer trapped in the same room carrying her to sleep. I no longer had to worry about responding to her every slight whine and cry for fear of disturbing others. I had time for myself and started truly living a life!
Worrying about the financial situation in a single-income family
Then I recalled a good friend of mine had once approached me regarding an opportunity in building an additional stream of income. I was so overwhelmed at that point in time taking care of Baby Y that I could not consider properly. She had experienced the same hardship of being retrenched and was seeking financial freedom as well.
We met up and she shared more about the business she had embarked on. It was the Young Living business. Being an introvert, my first thought was that it was beyond my comfort zone of needing to work in a people business. There was also a common stigma on how the pyramid scheme works and people often shunned such businesses.
My friend then continued to share how she had a similar dislike of needing to sell things in a hard-selling manner. The key was, to be honest and sincere in educating people about the oils and when they see the benefits, naturally they would be interested in Young Living’s trusted brand.
I bit the bullet and went ahead. I never looked back or regretted. I had the mindset that I had nothing to lose and this was for a better future for my family.
Being Baby Y’s main caregiver, I juggled with squeezing time out during her naps to prepare her meals and also to find opportunities. I am very grateful to the AromaMayMay team for the passionate support they have rendered. Never once have I feel isolated and distressed needs to achieve the impossible alone. I have not met many of them in person yet but I do feel the family togetherness as we are all working towards a common goal.
Through this short and fulfilling journey so far, I have learnt not only how to keep my family in better health, but also many skills that are never taught in school. We are slowly ditching our chemical-laden products for a safer home for Baby Y.
Using essential oils for Baby Y’s bumps and bruises gotten from falls and also promoting hair growth!
Also, being a parent now, I can truly understand that all books and study will never guarantee you a stable career in this unpredictable economy.
The initial scepticism of how this business would be a source of income was completely dispelled. I started to see my earnings increase as I continued to share about the oils with the support from my teammates. Most importantly, I was there for Baby Y and at the same time also supplementing the household income! This was completely different from my 7am to 4pm research work which I had to be present in the company. It is indeed a bonus and motivation to push on further. I can now see a brighter future for my family. If I can do it, so can you! This is truly worth fighting for. Financial freedom and time with family which once lost can never be retrieved.
If you are curious to know more, do reach out to me at my Facebook page, Baby Steps Great Dreams where I’ll share more about tips on how to sleep train my baby and also daily recipes for baby.