Meet Lisa: A Mompreneur on ElanceElance_Cathy | Jan 07, 2008
Part 1 of a 3 Part Series
This is the first article in a three-part series spotlighting professional women who are using the internet to begin or continue new careers on Elance while simultaneously starting and raising their families.
Meet Lisa Mondello, mompreneur and Elance provider (Elance ID: lisamondello) in the Writing & Translation category. Lisa is an accomplished writer with eight published novels to her name, owner of a successful freelance writing business, and a work-at-home mom for her four children.
In a previous life, Lisa was a Sales and Account Manager with a Subscription Agency.
"I lobbied with my firm to be able to work from home when I became pregnant with my first child in 1992," said Lisa. Lisa started to telecommute to her job so she could spend more time with her new family. "By telecommuting from home, I was able to be with my daughter Melyssa, so I was able to catch all of those special moments I might have missed by going into the office," said Lisa.
Looking for a way to continue to stay at home with her children and earn a living doing fulfilling work, Lisa turned to her passion for writing.
"Writing is something I've always done, but never thought I could make a living at. I had written my first romance when I was 10 years old, and then wrote poetry and short stories in high school. After being 'downsized' at my firm, I chose writing because I knew I could still stay at home with my children, be creative, and do what I love," Lisa said.
"I started out professionally in fiction and sold my first book, then another before deciding that perhaps freelance writing would give me the best of both worlds."
Now, freelance writing is Lisa's full-time job, and it enables her to spend time at home to raise her four children. "This is the ONLY [sic] job that fits into my life with 4 children. I've had a home office since my oldest daughter was born," Lisa shared on the Elance Talk Forum. "Because [my daughter] was used to seeing me at the computer, she thought all mommies worked at home."
When asked how she does it all, Lisa responded, "You have to be flexible, but you have to also be organized. In the beginning, the kids went down for a nap and the computer went on. It was a given. As soon as they went down at night, the computer went on."
Learn more tips from Lisa on how she manages a full-time writing career and freelance business at home while raising her four children.