Healthy Finances: Meet Mom of 3 Who Works 20 Hours a Week and Makes “6 figures”


crochet-watermelon-coin-purseBy Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a wife and mother and I also knew that I wanted to be a successful business woman. What I didn’t quite put together was that doing it all and having it all can be extremely challenging and some might even say next to impossible. But, it is not impossible and there are women who are showing us how it is done!

According to Tara Zirker, writing for,

“Women make terrific lifestyle entrepreneurs. They are smart, focused, intuitive and, if they’re moms, able to put the rest of us to shame with superhero efficacy of two-hour blocks otherwise known as nap-time. Best of all, more and more women are leaning in to the opportunities they create for themselves.”

Zirker describes how three women have all made over six figures per year while only working their businesses 20 hours a week.

One of the women is  Jessica Taufer, a mother of three who makes over $100,000 per year. According to Zirker, Taufer’s secret is:

“Whittle Down The Day One Task at A Time [like]Jessica Taufer, owner of the Sharp Crochet Hook, [who]stumbled upon her business while struggling to crochet an edging around a fabric blanket for her third child. Crochet hooks are designed for yarn, and, recognizing a gap in the market, she set off to design a sharp hook that would glide through fabric.”

Taufer shared that she worked over 20 hours a week every week, which is a lot of time if you’re also a very busy mother of three.

“For the first six months, I worked about 20 hours per week–that’s a lot of time for a busy mom,” says Taufer who clears $100,000 a year on her business. “So I streamlined the process until I was down to about five hours a week.”

She began by having the hooks mass produced and then eventually developed an order fulfillment system that eliminated many of the hours needed to run her operation. “I think most people would be surprised to learn how much I make for how little time I put into my business,” says Taufer, who reports that sales have doubled for each of the past two quarters.

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Nomalanga helps Black women thrive in their lives and careers. She is a Social Commentator, an Editor at Your Black World , a former College Professor and Mrs. Botswana. Visit Nomalanga’s Facebook page or Follow her on Twitter



  1. gaobodiwe porogwane on

    hi u r my role model nd i rily nid help i want to be a sucessful business woman i am a mother nd nt workin pls help to become a hard workn person i rily wana be my own boss nd i no i can do it.

  2. So awesome, this is what I’ve been trying to accomplish, being a successful business woman, while being attentive to my child and running my home efficiently.

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