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More moms choosing to work at home

Maria Gonzalez
Special to the Minden Press-Herald

SPRINGHILL — A quick scroll through any social media site calls to attention the immense increase of work-at-home moms (WAHMs) in Webster Parish. With Mother’s Day less than a week away, who better to help you shop for your mom than another mom?

There are 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, and even though the Center of Women’s Business Research does not yet have firm statistics on how many of these are run by work-at-home moms, it stands to reason that the percentage is only increasing in the Wi-Fi age we are living in.

Amber Cobb of Springhill, is a WAHM. She is an independent distributor/beauty consultant for LipSense and SeneGence.
Her three-year-old twins, Cooper and Carol Avery, never have to miss out on their mom’s time and attention, because all of Amber’s sales and consultations are done from home. In fact, Carol Avery has “assisted” her mom in a few of her Facebook Live makeup tutorials.

“You can usually hear the twins watching cartoons, mostly ‘Llama Llama,’ in the background of my Lives,” said Amber. “But, believe it or not, most of my clients love it and miss it when they can’t hear them. I honestly wouldn’t trade it for anything. I get to be there for them and still do my consulting. It’s the best of both worlds really!”
Another WAHM from Webster Parish is Ashley Morgan of Shongaloo, owner and operator of Southern Mamma’s Cake Creations.

Ashley said the idea of opening a bakery came from her grandmother.

“She owned her own bakery, and she was always one of my biggest role models,” said Ashley. “I wanted to combine my passions for both art and baking. So I couldn’t see a better way than to follow in her footsteps. I wanted my own bakery, and what better way is there to do what you love than in the comfort of your own home.”

Ashley says her eight-year-old daughter Lydia, and four-year-old son, Cooper, love coming home to the aroma of freshly baked cakes and cookies after school.

“I know that the little things, like smells and tastes, will stick with them throughout the years.” Ashley said. “And while I do so love being my own boss and making my own schedule, I love, even more so, the memories that I’m making with my kids.”

It helps that both of these women have supportive husbands, because recent studies conducted by the Center for Women’s Business Research show that having a strong support system is crucial to being a successful WAHM.

To help support Amber or Ashley in their work-at-home endeavors, or to take advantage of their Mother’s Day promotionals, just visit their Facebook Pages – Amber Cobb Succulent Beauty and Southern Mamma’s Cake Creations.

There are other WAHMs across Webster Parish who also are sure to need community support.