Book Review: Money Making Mom

You were made for a purpose. You have unique gifts, skills, knowledge, passions, and experience. Use the ideas and practical tools presented in the pages of this book to chart a course for success.” – Crystal Paine

I applied to be on the launch team for the book Money Making Mom but was sure I would not be selected. My blog is new, my readership does not include hundreds of people, and I don’t have a huge following on Instagram or Facebook. I was surprised and thrilled when I received the email welcoming me to the launch.

Money Making Mom isn’t only for moms who need to earn an income. This book is so much more than another book on how to make money.  It’s a guidebook on how to honor the gifts God has given you and use them to the best of your ability while providing for the needs of your family and giving generously. As a long-time reader of Crystal’s blog, I have a huge appreciation for her straightforward, authentic style.

She begins by defining financial freedom and gives readers the tools they need to create a vision for their finances. Changing the way you think about money is a key element of this book. One of my favorite aspects of Money Making Mom is how Crystal guides you in assessing your skills and talents and marrying them with your passion and knowledge. She doesn’t stop there. While she is an entrepreneur, she realizes this is not the path for everyone and encourages people to do what they need to do to make life happen. For some people, this means a traditional 9-5 job. For others, selling products.

She defines what a successful business idea entails and isn’t afraid to urge you to tackle the tough questions. Crystal advises her readers to set “scary goals” while at the same time being realistic about what you can accomplish. This book is a beautiful blend of being bold and courageous while maintaining a realistic view of your own capabilities and playing to your strengths. “Consider your focus, your priorities, your vision. What are you living for? Are you thinking about long-term goals? Are you just trying to live through the next hour? If you want to live an amazing, fulfilling life, you must live for something bigger than yourself.”

Money Making Mom doesn’t shy away from the fact that, to make money, you have to be willing to sacrifice. This is not a “get rich quick with minimal effort” book. She doesn’t sugarcoat the tremendous amount of hard work and sacrifice involved. “Remember, finding clever ways to make money is not going to be easy at first. But the payoff (sometimes the literal one) is worth it.”

One of the things that stood out to me the most was her reminder that you must know your why. Why do you want to earn money? What do you want to accomplish? What is your mission statement? You must have more than passion. You have to know your motivation and what you hope to accomplish. “Enthusiasm, excitement, and determination won’t get you anywhere if you don’t know where you’re going.”

Crystal strongly emphasizes the importance of generosity. Instead of simply giving tips on how to make money, she helps her readers re-think their approach to finances and the vital importance of giving generously. “We should focus on making money to impact our family and loved ones for the better. In addition, our focus for making money should be to help those who are struggling in our community and around the world.”

Money Making Mom is full of practical tips, wise advice, and encouragement to live to your fullest potential. Tonight is the final chance to pre-order the book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble before its official release tomorrow. Please let me know if you read it and how it impacted you!

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