Wailings Of A Work At Home Mom

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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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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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Web Developer – February 19, 2013

The Web Developer toolbar

The Web Developer toolbar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lugh Media is a start up Internet Marketing company looking for a full time Senior Art Director & Web Developer. We are currently hiring for immediate work to develop the following things quickly.

1. Logo
2. Website
3. Product Brochure (5 pages)

We are looking for a candidate to do this work in one week.

We will use this week to assess the candidate’s qualifications for full time employment as our Senior Art Director & Web Developer.

If interested, please send here samples of your work and a rate for one week full time work. Thank you.


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Software Developer – February 14, 2013

Software Developers working at Magenic in San ...

Software Developers working at Magenic in San Francisco, California, USA (Photo credit: Wonderlane)

Bringing some love to all the techie moms out there with a software development project.

Global Officeworks is working for a software developer to help them upgrade or recreate a program that integrates  customer database, does basic accounting and invoicing, and medical records which can be accessed using the MS access program.

Client will provide a video describing the detailed functions client requires. Developer will design and build new program. Expected time to complete project is 1-2 months of full time work.

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


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4 Best Places At Home For Work (And How To Make Them Even Better)

When you work at home ideally you should have a home office. But that’s not always possible especially when you don’t have the space or the resources to build a home office.

Even without a home office, there are plenty of rooms within your own home that would make great work spaces. Finding the best one for you would depend on your situation at home, you schedule, and the type of work that you do.

1. Living Room

For the most part, living rooms are great because it allows you to work comfortably without falling asleep. But if you’re the type of person who is easily distracted, this would not be a good place for you. That because the entire family and guests often hang out in the living room. More often than not, that’s also where the TV is, which can distract you even when you’re alone.

Image courtesy of hit-decor.net

To make the living room work for you, try to carve out some  space away from the couch and the TV. Having a pair of noise cancelling headphones can also help keep out the TV noise so you can focus on work and won’t be tempted to watch TV with your family. And with a bit of creativity, you can blend or camouflage your work space and make it fit with your living room decor.

2. Bedroom

Image courtesy of HGTV.com

I usually retreat to my bedroom when I’m working on a major project and I need to focus. It gives me the privacy I need and it’s a space I know my child respects. But the problem I have with the bedroom is it’s too comfortable. The bed is right there. just a few steps away, calling me to rest my head and take a nap. I can’t count the number of times I’ve fallen asleep simply because I was working in bed.

In order to work in my bedroom without falling asleep, I had to get a table and chair that looked away from the bed. My set up was a lot like the photo you see above. I had a tiny table facing the wall and a chair that’s comfortable enough so I can sit for hours on end without falling asleep. I even resorted to putting curtains between my bed and my work space so I wouldn’t be tempted. That space worked well while it lasted but eventually I had to give it up because of home renovations.

3. Kitchen

The kitchen is now where I have set up shop and it’s been good so far. It’s not as distracting as the living room and it’s not as comfortable as the bedroom which is a good thing. My only complaint with this space is I had to pack up my things every time we had to eat. It’s a good thing I only need my laptop to work so it’s not really a big problem. But my sister and I are thinking of having something like this:

http://media.treehugger.com/assets/images/2011/10/trunk-station-office-workspace-in-use.jpg

That way we can easily hide our office stuff when we have guests over.

4. Outdoors

I know it’s not the best place to work when you’re at home. There’s virtually no privacy, it’s not very comfortable, and the electrical outlets are inaccessible. But it’s actually refreshing to work outdoors, especially when the weather is nice and I don’t have that much to do anyway. All I need is a folding  table, a chair, and a fully charged laptop.

Image courtesy of HermanMiller.com

 


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Note Taker and Test Question Maker – January 10, 2013

For work at home parents who have teaching experience or any a parent who was a good student in their youth. This is a short term job which would require you to watch 10-15 minutes lectures, take notes about those lectures, and write test questions about these videos. It’s that simple.

The job pays $2 per video and there around 800 videos available right now for ID-10013636qualified applicants.

Click here for more details about this job and how to apply


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Online Job Hunting Tips

Some of the best jobs for WAHMs are online jobs. These jobs let you work from home, choose your own schedule, and can pay really well depending on your skills and experience. LinkedIn, the biggest professional social networking site , just released a list of tips on how to hunt for jobs online. I want to share that list here with a few suggestions on how to make it more adaptable for Filipino WAHMs.

  1. Make time. It’s easy to let job hunting fall to the bottom of your to-do list, but you can’t afford to let that happen. Schedule at least 15 minutes a day in your calendar to work on your resume, update and check online networking profiles and search job listings. Opportunities come and go quickly, so you need to be in the game on a daily basis. – This is completely true. Most of the best jobs posted online are filled within 24 hours. Taking the time to check online job posts everyday, including weekends, can increase your chances in finding a good job.
  2. Get noticed.
    What better way to impress a recruiter than to have a professional networking profile appear as the first search result for your name? Completing your LinkedIn profile to 100% with your education, experience, recommendations and group memberships will increase your search ranking and give employers a strong impression before you ever meet in person. – If possible, have more than 1 jobseeker profile (onlinejobs.ph, easyoutsource, outdesk, etc) and make sure all these profiles are completely filled out. Make sure you have a photo and complete education and employment background.
  3. Be keyword savvy.Make sure your profile is chock-full of keywords that will attract a recruiter’s attention. Look through job postings and LinkedIn profiles that appeal to you and incorporate some of the same words or phrases. In addition to job- and industry specific words, recruiters also love leadership terms (captain, president) and action words (managed, designed). – Keywords are important because these are the words HR managers use to search for employees online. Choose the keywords that best apply to you and the job that you want to get.
  4. Reach out. Connect on LinkedIn with everyone you know — friends, family, neighbors, professors, family friends, internship colleagues and others. Once you’re connected, send each person a friendly message on LinkedIn, asking if they would keep an eye out for the particular kind of job or jobs you’re seeking or if they can introduce you to other helpful contacts. – The more people in your network, the bigger your chances are in connecting with the right people that could find you a job.
  5. Spread the word. To build your credibility and stay on people’s radar screens during your job hunt, regularly update your status on LinkedIn and other social networks. You might share links to articles you think would be relevant to people in your field (to show you are up on the news), announcements about events you’re attending (to show that you are actively networking) and good career news (to show that you’re headed for success). Just remember to keep your updates clean and appropriate. – Don’t hesitate to share your resume on Facebook and Twitter. Online job hunting is a lot like marketing. The more you market yourself, the more employers you’ll reach.
  6. Get into groups. Beyond connecting to individuals, join LinkedIn groups related to your alma mater, professional associations, volunteer organizations and industries you want to join. Every discussion in which you comment is an opportunity to market yourself to people who might be hiring, and every group contains a “Jobs” tab where members post opportunities to one another.- Facebook groups are a great source for online jobs. Join as many groups related to the job that you want to have.
  7. Search high and low. What makes LinkedIn’s job postings different from others is that they don’t just tell you who is hiring, they tell you how you are personally connected to that company through your network. Even when you see a job listed on another site, LinkedIn can help you research people at that company and tell you how you are personally connected through your network. No matter where you look for jobs, cast a wider net by altering your search terms and location criteria from time to time. – Don’t limit yourself to LinkedIn. Go through all the job sites and social networking sites.
  8. Follow companies. When you see a job you like on another job board, use LinkedIn as a company research tool. Check out the LinkedIn Company Page of any organization where you’d like to work and click “Follow company.” Activities of that organization on LinkedIn (job postings, hires, announcements) will appear on your homepage and alert you to potential opportunities. – This is good advice if you want to work for a specific company.
  9. Persist (without pestering). While you don’t want to be a pest, persistence is a very important component of the job search process. Sending followup messages through LinkedIn can help you stand out from other candidates. Every time you send someone a message through LinkedIn, the recruiter or hiring manager can easily click over to your profile and check out your credentials.- When going after the job that you want, it pays to be assertive. There’s nothing wrong with asking whether or not you’re shortlisted for the position you’re applying for. Most employers appreciate applicants that are frank and direct to the point.
  10. Consider Job Seeker Premium. Once you have a strong LinkedIn profile, you want to make sure it gets to the top of recruiters’ inboxes when you apply for jobs. LinkedIn offers an upgrade feature called Job Seeker Premium that, among other benefits, places your profile at the top of the list of applicants to the jobs you apply for on LinkedIn. Premium subscribers are twice as likely to be contacted by recruiters and 80% more likely to be found in search. Check it out at http://www.linkedin.com/jobseekerI’m not sure how applicable this would be for most Filipino WAHMs and I think this is a paid service. But if you think it would help, go for it!