Stay-at-home help site a hit
AS tight times hit many Gympie Region families, four Gympie women find they have created a monster with their new website offering help to stay-at-home mums.
Ironically for a project designed to give mothers more time with their children, the sudden and international success of their website has taken them all by surprise.
Based on the philosophy that there is no job more important than parenting, the site, http://www.stayathomemum.net.au, started out as such a simple idea, according to delighted and not quite overwhelmed founder Jody Allen.
At only three-and-a-half weeks old, the Pie Creek mother-of-two’s new website is already a publishing sensation.
So much so that even Mrs Allen herself has a hard time keeping up with its rapidly growing success.
With ideas from all over, including CWA cookbooks, the site offers simple and easy money-saving ideas with the simple object of allowing mums to save enough money to be able to stay at home with their children, rather than going back to the workforce.
“We’ve only had the website up for three-and-a-half weeks and we’re already getting 11,000 hits a day,” she said.
“It’s incredible. We get hits on the site every day, less on Saturdays and lots more on Sundays.”
Such is the success of her new voluntary venture, however, that the information she provided us is already out of date.
The figure had already risen to more like 11,500 hits a day, by the time The Gympie Times spoke to her yesterday.
The website is the evolutionary product of a Facebook page created in January.
The international success of Jody Allen’s new website for stay-at-home mums can create problems with time zones, especially for a mother whose original purpose was to achieve more time for mothers to spend with their children.
At times like that, it turns out, a mother just has to have friends.
All four Gympie women involved with the site are mothers of two, except Debbie Morgan, who has three children (two of them twins).
Jody’s other colleagues in the non-profit venture are Jodie Tydings and Nicole Millard.
“I started it. Deb’s a friend of mine, so I brought her along with it.
“Jodie started blogging on my site and I thought she seemed to know what she was talking about.
“Nicole is a friend of ours who is a registered nurse.
“She works a couple of days a week and when it all got so big we just couldn’t handle it anymore, we got her on the team as well,” Jody said.
But now with fans from places including the UK, the USA, Canada, South Africa and Brazil, time zones can make some shiftwork and sharing essential.
“We started providing simple and easy money-saving ideas, like how to cut grocery shopping to $50 a week, using basic ingredients and cooking from scratch and we advocate using natural cleaning products, such as bicarb and vinegar and we are currently designing a range of inexpensive natural products.”
By the time you read this, the site may have already outgrown its hit record of 11,500 hits a day (as of yesterday).
“It will have in a few days anyway!” a delighted Jody said yesterday.