Wailings Of A Work At Home Mom

The Wild and Wacky World of WAHMs!


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Working Without Experience, Yes You Can!

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telecommuting (Photo credit: jessamyn)

I’ve met a lot of moms who expressed interest in working from home. Most of those who don’t go through with it have one thing in common. They all believe that they don’t have the experience needed to be able to work at home.

As long as you know how to use a computer, you have experience.

As long as you’ve had a job before, you have experience.

The great thing about working online or having an online, home-based business is you can practically do ANYTHING you want. You can make money on the skills you already have and what you’re passionate about. You can start a business, freelance, or get a job online.

Just to give you an example, let’s say you’re someone with no work experience, you’ve only finished high school,  you know how to use Microsoft Word and Excel, and you know how to use Facebook.

I can already think of several jobs off the top of my head that you can do:

  • Data encoder – There’s a lot of competition for data encoder jobs and the pay isn’t much but it’s something practically anyone can do.
  • Answer surveys/market research – All you need for this is another email account (to avoid spamming your personal email) and a few minutes to fill up a survey and give your opinion.
  • Blogger/writer – If you love to write, why not make a living out of it. It may take a while for you to have regular clients or to set up a blog that earns but it can be very rewarding especially if writing is truly your passion.
  • Online retailer – If you know how make crafts, cook, or you have talents like playing the piano, tutoring, gardening, you can sell you products and services on Facebook, Fiverr, Ebay, Etsy, Pinterest, Multiply, Amazon,sulit.com.ph. etc. I have a cousin who likes to bead everything (not just jewelry, bags and other accessories, she also beads kitchen items) and she gets regular clients and custom orders from that single skills. Once, she created a set of beaded cutlery and she was able to sell that set for 4 times what it was actually worth. I have friend, who is a sculptor, who sells her custom clay jewelry and accessories online and she also markets her art classes there.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless, even if you think that you have no experience. All it takes is a little imagination and a little elbow grease.


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Virtual Assistant/Blogger – March 15, 2013

English: Blogger and Broadcaster

English: Blogger and Broadcaster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For mommies who love to write but can’t write full-time and those who have experience in marketing and strategy, I have the perfect job for you.

Vantage Strategy and Marketing, an Australian business seeks a permanent, part time virtual assistant to help service clients and build the business. Primary responsibilities of the VA/blogger include:

  • Research and write blogs on strategy and marketing,
  • Develop and implement social media strategy,
  • Develop content and implement across LinkedIn, Twitter, web and other channels.
  • Design templates and content for e-newsletters.
  • Update website content and contacts.
  • Undertake web redesign and SEO.
  • Prepare presentations on PowerPoint

Click here for more details about the position.

To Apply please send an email to James at jatkins@vantagemarketing.com.au explaining why you would be a great Virtual Assistant. Please include your resume as an attachment.


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When Are You Going To Get A Real Job – How To Deal With Unwanted Advice

Home office

Home office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things that always comes up in discussion whenever I’m with my friends who also work online is how a lot of people can’t seem to help themselves and tell us that we should get a “real” job.

It doesn’t matter that I’m earning more now than I did in my old office job. It doesn’t matter that I’m working 40 hours a week. It doesn’t matter that I have a fulfilling career. It doesn’t matter that I also encounter the same kind of work related stress.

What matters is that I don’t work in an office, I don’t have a title that I could put on a calling card, I don’t have a boss that makes my life miserable, and I’m not wearing office clothes and make up. Apparently, as long as I don’t have those things, I’m not “gainfully” employed.

For the most part, the advice comes from people who care. It’s annoying but I’ve learned how to live with it. For the most part, I know that the advice stems mainly from the fact that they’re concerned about me. They want me to have my own money. They want me to help my husband with our finances. They want me to feel fulfilled. And those who care are usually happy with this response:

Thanks you for the advice and I understand that you mean well. I’m really touched that you’re concerned for me and my family. But this is the best set up for me and for my family right now, considering our circumstances. I am happy, I am fulfilled, and I have a stable income. If there’s something better out there  I would gladly take it. But for now, this is a good opportunity for me and I want to take advantage of it.

When I give them that answer, they understand. They know that they’re heard and they know I took their advice seriously. They understand that it’s not something that I can use right now but at least they know we’re both on the same side.

But what if the advice comes from people who don’t matter. Complete strangers. Acquaintances. People who think that their opinions should be set on stone and anyone blessed with their advice should follow them or else you would feel the wrath of God?

I have a ton of delicious comebacks for that =)

When are you going to get a real job…

…when my imaginary boss fires me.

…ssshhh, my imaginary boss can hear you…

…you see this (my house), this is all an illusion. We’re actually in a real office. That office that you’re working in is actually your house and you’re working from home.

…when I stop making real money from my fake job.

…when they start letting me wear pajamas to work.

…when a real job can do all my chores, babysit, and errands for me.

…when they release me from house arrest.

…when I can bring my fridge to work.

…I’m enjoying the real responsibilities of my fake job too much to quit.

…but I can’t leave my imaginary officemates. They depend on me.

…I have a real job. I mentally project myself into an office everyday.

…once I get the controls of the TARDIS right, then I’ll be back in an office in my real job.

…once I’m able to climb out of this black hole I call my home office.

…when I shop for groceries again. I’m going to get a  real job, with real milk, butter, sugar…

…and miss “Walking Dead”? No way…

…once I find a cure for my condition, real-job-itis.

Please let me know if you guys have any funny or witty comeback for this. Would love to hear how you guys responded to this annoying question.


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Booking Coordinator – March 12, 2013

AllGraduates.com.au, an translation and interpretation service based is Australia, is looking for full-time booking coordinators who will be responsible for booking requests and allocation of bookings to interpreters. Specifically, booking coordinators will be responsible for maintaining a database of booking and interpreters, allocating/dispatching of bookings to interpreters via telephone or SMS/email, confirmation of these bookings and answering general inquiries made by interpreters and clients.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience in the following skill areas:

  • Keyboard and database
  • Administration
  • Consistency in providing genuine care and customer service to clients, interpreters and team members.
  • Call center or customer service experience

For more details about the position, click here.

Interested applicants can email their CV and cover letter to Ismail Akinci, CEO, All Graduates., email: grace@allgraduates.com.au.

YOU MUST INCLUDE THE CODE WORD ‘ IBC ‘ in the subject field and attach your CV and cover letter.


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Real Estate Virtual Assistant – March 8, 2013

Real Estate

Real Estate (Photo credit: allan.hane)

A  real estate company in the United States is looking for a real estate virtual assistant to deal mainly with phone support. They want someone who has  good command of English language,  can speak it clearly and is eager to learn.

Responsibilities include:

  • Call into Voice Mail account to retrieve message and return calls.
  • Process data from phone conversations into our database
  • Browse Craigslist and other online sites to make outbound calls (scripts provided)
  • Outbound Text Messaging
  • Other Real Estate duties

Click here for more details about the position and how to apply.


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Working While Pregnant: Perks and Pains

A pregnant woman

A pregnant woman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know a number of work at home moms who started working while they’re still pregnant. When I was still working as a medical information analyst, my office allowed me, and other pregnant employees to telecommute.

I also know a lot of women who think that the best time to become a work at home mom is while you’re still pregnant. Working while you’re still pregnant does allow a lot of perks.

For the most part, working at home is more relaxing than working in an office. You don’t have to commute. You’re comfortable. You can take as many bathroom breaks, snack break, and naps as you want.

You get an idea of what it’s like to work at home before the kid(s) arrive. You can set aside workspace as you’re preparing for the baby.

Telecommuting and working at home has allowed a lot of pregnant moms to stay productive. However, pregnant working moms, especially those in their first pregnancy, have to be ready for the surprises and problems childbirth can bring.

No matter how prepared you are to work at home, once the baby arrives, everything changes. You have to give your body time to recover and you have to adapt to your child’s needs.

Not Superwomen

We hear stories of moms going back to work after only 2 weeks from giving birth. These moms are admirable but it’s not for everyone. Some work at home moms feel compelled to go back to work so soon because they feel like they don’t have an excuse to take a longer leave. They’re working at home, which should give them all the rest they need.

But that’s not often the case. Even work at home moms have to take extended leaves for their health and for their child. This means a break from business/employers/clients. This means you might have to change everything you’ve prepared for before you had the baby.

I was hoping for a normal, natural birth and I believed I was healthy enough to go back to work in less than 2 months. Instead, I had an emergency C-sections, surgery complications, a colicky baby, mild post-partum depression and limited childcare options if I did go back to work. From being able to work 12 hours a day (even during my pregnancy), I had to stop working completely for the 8 weeks and slowly pace myself back. As much as I wanted to be like Marissa Mayer who went to work after 2 weeks, it would have been impossible.

Once you have the baby, it’s who new ballgame. Will talk about that more tomorrow.

 


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Social Media and SEO Content Creator – March 7, 2013

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English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a great opportunity for experienced SEO specialist and social media manager moms who want to work part-time.

Brandon Trader is looking for a SEO and social media content creator with the following skills:

  • Has excellent written skills with 3 to 4 years blogging and creating original articles experience
  • Has 2 to 3 years of social media and SEO experience
  • Is an expert at managing social media accounts
  • Is very flexible as the role will require some lead generation work (however not cold calling and full training will be provided)
  • Web development, video editing and graphic design skills would be a bonus but not a must for this role
  • Is committed to the success of his her company
  • Is not afraid to make a decision
  • A person that does not require constant supervision

You can find more details about the position here. To apply send an email at: mark.riordan@BandonTraders.com and use a Subject Line of “SEO & Social Media Content Creator”. In the body of the email, let them know why you’d be great for that job, the best time they can call, and links of as many examples of your work.