Jul 302013
 

 

Frustrated Tips for the Work at Home Mom or Dad

Tips for the busy work at home mom or dad! “Image courtesy of Michal Marcol / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

Disclaimer: I know I previously used this picture in another post, but it just seems to fit with this one as well!

 

If you are thinking about becoming a work at home mom or dad, you probably already know that the decision you are making is a huge one. Working at home takes a lot of time, effort and patience. You can’t expect your home business or home job to begin thriving overnight. However, if you work hard and steadily grow your business, you can expect a good return for your effort. If you have decided to work at home to take care of your children, an aging relative or simply to help more around the house, you are going to want to develop a plan from the beginning.

Working at home can be time consuming and difficult and you most likely won’t be able to accomplish everything you want to do—unless you are Supermom or Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives (which I think might have been the same person).

Below I have listed 5 tips to help you build a thriving work from home career from the beginning, while not losing your mind. Keep in mind that these tips are a mixture of things that will help you with your home life and your work at home life—which really needs to balance out in order for your business to grow and your sanity to stay intact.

Maintain a Schedule. I know that you have heard me talk about scheduling before and you may even be getting tired of all this schedule talk; however, I can not stress schedules enough. Your schedule does not have to list hour upon hour activities, but it should be an outline to help you stay on track with all that you have to do. If you are trying to build a contact list or market a product, you need to set so many hours a day so that you put in a consistent effort. Inconsistency will only cause you to have to try to catch up in order to build the contacts or product interest you need. You should also add in the activities you need to complete with your children. Kids, even little ones, can keep you busy. Scheduling all of their activities will help you to see what time you have left in your day and allow you to add in some extra work time.

Don’t attempt to be perfect. I’m throwing this one in here because I have met a lot of work at home individuals who think that they need to be Super Work at Home Mom or Dad and then stress out or even quit when they can’t live up to that title. Life is stressful. Things happen that we can’t control. You need to understand that you don’t have to be perfect at your work from home career and that you can settle for being good. Work hard at your business or job, but not so hard that you end up dragging yourself down in the process.

Start networking. When you begin working from home, whether you are running a business or working an at home job, you need to network. Networking with like minded people—preferably specific to your industry—can help you learn a lot about the work at home world and can even help your business to grow. There are a lot of groups online where WAHMs share business and home advice and swap work at home war stories. Finding one of these groups or simply talking to work at home individuals in your area can go a long way in helping you succeed.

Realize you may not be able to do it all alone. Smart people realize when they need to delegate certain activities to others, while stubborn people want to prove they can do it all. If you have a lot of work on your plate, or the kids have a lot of activities on a particular day, you may need a little help getting everything done. Example: You need to send out emails to potential customers and may even have to call a few to answer questions. However, little Susie-Q has to be at her dance practice at 4. What do you do? If the work cannot be put off, you may need to call in a family member to take Susie-Q to practice. You might even want to consider asking for help with all of your emails. Whichever works for you, simply do it. Stressing out over the amount of work you have to do, or the amount of time you spend running kids here and there, isn’t good for you or your family. As your business grows, you may even want to consider hiring someone to help with your work at home business for a couple hours a week.

Keep set work hours. Even if they have a schedule, many people end up working until the early hours of the morning just to complete tasks on time. I’m not saying that you may not have to do this every now and then, but please don’t make a habit of it. Write up a work schedule (don’t forget to add in the children’s activities we talked about in tip 1) and stick to it as best as you can. If you want to begin work 2 hours before the kids wake up, take a 4 hour break to spend part of the day with them and then start working again after dinner—write your schedule that way. Many of us work “overtime hours” at times, but if you attempt to do it every day—you will quickly burn out.

I hope that you have found these tips helpful. Work at home moms and dads need to ensure that they keep their sanity for the sake of their businesses and their kids.
 

Do you have any work at home tips you would like to share?

Jul 222013
 

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this topic; however, I think it needs to be explored again. I want everyone who is complementing working from home to understand that work from home jobs take real work. If you read my blog, or peruse my website at all, you know that I am an MCA Associate. While the term “real work” definitely apples to MCA, it also applies to any other work from home jobs out there. 

Every now and then, increasingly as of late, I have people inquire about MCA and ask me if they will receive a check even if they don’t do anything. Or if they will get paid for simply posting the adds and not signing anyone up for the program. I also have a friend who is a freelance writer. She once had someone tell her that they could make far more than her and produce thousands of articles a week. This person planned on copying and pasting articles other people had worked hard at writing and then planned on collecting the money. NEWSFLASH! That practice is blatant plagiarism and is illegal—and just plain rude and ignorant! Needless to say, this person was not successful with his plan. Why did he want to do this? He wanted to make what she was making—and more—without having to put forth the work to do so! 

Any job, whether it be a work from home job or a job you are working outside of the home takes work. If you find something that doesn’t please let me know! 

It is true that I enjoy a lot of freedom because I work from home. I get to spend extra time with my family and I can pick up and leave my home to run errands, or just to have a cup of coffee with a friend, almost any time I want—without having to ask a boss if I can—I am my own boss. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t spend a lot of time working on MCA and the other projects I have going. Work is just that…it is work. If you want to be successful at anything, you have to put forth the effort. I would much rather be working from home, where I can be here for my kids when they aren’t in school, than I would working a 9 to 5 job. 

So for all those people who wonder if MCA takes actual work. Yes, Yes it does. And so does any other work from home job!

 

Jul 162013
 

Recently, I was turned onto the Bubblews website and how you can make money bubbling by my good friend Stephanie Stevens over at Frugal Mommy Talk. Bubblews is a site where you can earn money by speaking your mind. Bubblers earn by receiving likes, comments and views from other people on this website. The site earns ad income which is shared between the site and the Bubblers—50% going to the Bubblews site and 50% being shared among all of the people writing on Bubbles. Each view, comment and like receives .01 cent–from what I understand. While this doesn’t seem like a huge amount at first, several people are doing very well on this site.

There are several different topics to choose from, such as entertainment, personal items, business and food topics. I have noticed that you can write about most anything as long as you place it in the personal category. 

Now, even though you can definitely pick your own topics, there are a few things you can’t do. These are the standard rules you must follow on Bubblews: 

  1. Your content must not be plagiarized—it must be 100% original.

  2. Individuals must give you view, comments and likes because they want to—you cannot ask people to like, comment or view your posts.

  3. Absolutely no IP Manipulation.

  4. All Bubbles must be at least 400 characters long (about 100 to 105 words). You cannot post a bubble with only pictures.

  5. Absolutely no pornographic—or even semi-pornographic—content on this site.

As long as you can follow these simple rules—you can write and earn money with this website. 

To kick off my first week writing on Bubblews, two of my friends and I are starting a challenge—which we are issuing to you, as well. 

Please join Melony Gilstrap of Legit Online Work From Home and Stephanie Stevens of Frugal Mommy Talk, and myself, on our challenge. We challenge each of you to post 5 Bubbles daily for the next two weeks—are you up for it? Check it out and see what you’ve earned. 

Join me on Bubblews http://www.bubblews.com/?referral=51e4b222890608.47440008. Please be advised that this is my personal referral link. If you choose to create a Bubblews account, you can share your referral link on your website or social media sites. 

Happy bubblying!

Apr 092013
 

Are you considering work at home employment?

 

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Today, many people are choosing work from home employment over traditional office jobs.
“Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

In these times of rising gas prices and long commutes, work at home employment is quickly becoming a more viable option.  While not for everyone, those individuals with strict time-management skills and a little ingenuity can thrive in the work at home environment.  Work at home employment can be beneficial for those looking to supplement their income or who want a full-time career at home.  Yet, as with any line of work, home employment depends on the time and effort put into it to be successful.

Work at home employment requires commitment in order to accomplish your goals.  When starting out, determine the amount of time you have to dedicate to the job.  Whether you are working as a freelance writer or doing telephone work from home, you should approach it as a normal job with a set schedule.  This may take some trial and error, but soon it’ll become clear how much time you have and what hours work best for you.  Also, allow yourself time for breaks while working, especially if you find yourself getting frustrated.

The working environment is another key factor in work at home employment.  Making a home office relatively free of distractions usually works best.  Laptops make it easier to take your work to the couch or down to a fast food restaurant, but most people are more productive if they have a regular work space.  This makes it easier to focus on the task at hand.

One reason some are wary of work at home employment is the risk in not knowing about how much income it could generate.  It is best to approach working at home like getting into a hot bath, ease your way in slowly.  If you have a full-time job, keep it; on your days off, or after work, commit some time to your work at home job and see if it suits you.  Also, there are many types of work at home employment so it’s best to diversify.  Try several different types of work at home jobs until you find the one that best suits you and can generate enough income.

Work at home employment can be risky, but it can also be rewarding. It allows for more time at home which many with small children find advantageous.  Also, the commute from the bedroom to the home work space is less crowded and saves gas.  Yet, with any job, your success is determined by your effort.

For more information on how you can begin your work at home career with my favorite home business (MCA), click here!

Feb 042013
 
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While reliable work from home jobs exist, you must put in time and effort to turn a profit.
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Are you at the point of giving up your work from home job search? Do not quit just yet; I can assure you that reliable work from home jobs exist—even though those jobs may be few and far between.

When people ask my opinion on working from home, I often tell them that it may take them a while to find the perfect opportunity. You may not uncover your perfect opportunity right away; it may take a lot of searching, and some trial and error, before you find that perfect work from home job.

What I really want to talk to you about today is sticking with an opportunity long enough to see an income. I have been working with Motor Club of America for a few months now and have made almost $12,000.00. That is quite a bit of money for part time work; however, if I had given up during the first few weeks or months, I wouldn’t have made any money from this business. While reliable work from home jobs exist within Motor Club of America, it will take a little work and time to get this business started. The first couple of months of my MCA career did not produce a large amount of money; I had to put some time into my business posting ads and drawing attention to my website before the money became steady. Now, after 7 months of working my business, I have made almost $12,000.00—which was definitely worth the first few months of wondering whether or not the income would show up.

My message for today is not to give up before you give your opportunity a chance. Any work from home opportunity takes time and effort—no opportunity is going to automatically hand you money—you have to actually do the work. Reliable work from home jobs exist; however, you have to put in the effort and time to see a profit.

What reliable work from home jobs exist that you are aware of?

Check out my latest video about Motor Club of America and working from home.

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