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Knoxville moms find creative ways to make extra money for their families

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - More Knoxville moms are finding creative ways to make extra money for their family, and it doesn't always mean working full time.

Tiara Evans, mother of three, decided to take her hobby of embroidery to the next level. She opened her Etsy shop, "Your Way Creations," in 2016. She's since quit her full time job and now runs her business from home.

"We were just trying to figure out more ways I could be home with the children. I prayed about it," said Evans. "I said I might need to budget a little more, but we can make it happen."

Miranda Vandergriff with the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center said Etsy can be a great place to turn if you are looking to make some extra money.

"It's incredibly flexible. You set your schedule. You get as much out of it as you put into it," said Vandergriff. 

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center also offers classes on how to get your Etsy shop up and running.

"It's just really empowering to be able to build and online store and start making a side income, an extra source of revenue doing something they love," said Vandergriff.

For moms who are not looking to join the Etsy world, Courtney Jones, founder of Mom Source Network here in Knoxville says there are work opportunities that will work for your family.

"It can be so daunting to be the kind of mom you want to be and also fill that professional void," said Jones.

The Mom Source Network is designed to be a gateway between the women who have paused their careers and the organizations who want to hire them. The goal is to help find opportunities that create a work-life balance.

Jones said there are women in more than 42 states who have used the online service.

"I think that just proves that there are a lot of moms out there that say I have some time available I want to contribute, but I'm in a place where I have to prioritize my family," said Jones.

Both Jones and Evans said it is all about finding what works for your family, look at how much time you have available and what you would like to do. 

"I still feel like I'm doing the same amount of work, but I'm doing it in an area that's more about me, my children and my family, so I'm happier everyday," said Evans.

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