Wailings Of A Work At Home Mom

The Wild and Wacky World of WAHMs!


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The Social Job Search Revolution

Gone were the days when all you needed was a resume and references to get a job. Nowadays, HR managers, employers, and potential clients are looking into social media to help them find the right candidate.

So, what does this mean for the work-at-home parent? How can you leverage social media to help you find a job or more clients for your business?

First and foremost, you have to have a social media account, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler or LinkedIn. For a lot of employers and clients, having an online presence increases your credibility and, at the very least, confirms your identity.

Secondly, keep your accounts family friendly. Don’t post or share anything you would hesitate sharing with a stranger. Think like a celebrity when you’re online, protect your reputation and enhance it with relevant posts and information.

Lastly, create a online portfolio of what you can do and market yourself. Catch their attention by showing your best work. Encourage your friends, family and acquaintances to spread the word on what you can do. Remember, it’s not bragging if it’s true and if you’re really good, your portfolio would be more than enough to get you the job.


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Working Without Experience, Yes You Can!

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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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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.

 


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Forever Grateful For My Child

"Wakey wakey, eggs and backey!"

“Wakey wakey, eggs and backey!”

This weekend was a stressful to say the least. I wasn’t feeling well last Friday, which was the reason why I wasn’t able to do my regular job post. And my daughter was being a little difficult. It’s not that she was being naughty. She was just being her same old active, cheerful self and I simply didn’t have the energy to keep up with her.

I know a lot of parents that feel the way I do. Parenting is a marathon. The daily grind does take its toll on you. And no matter how nice or even tempered your child normally is, there will be days that you just want to take a break from it all, have a drink, vent, and go somewhere you’re the one babied for a change.

I wanted to wallow and vent over the weekend, but a barrage of news from friends and acquaintances over Facebook made me realize I had more to be grateful for than anything.

I wanted to complain about how tiring it is to have a child. It sounded selfish compared to couples I know who wanted to have a child, who would have made wonderful parents but couldn’t. And I know they would give anything to feel the way I’m feeling right now and for that I’m grateful.

I wanted to complain about how my child would wake me up so early on the weekends. Hearing “Wake up Mama! Wakey, wakey eggs and backey” every few seconds stops being cute and starts to become annoying when you don’t get enough sleep. But then I heard of friends who just lost their child. I know if I was in their situation I would have given anything just to have my daughter wake me up every morning and for that I am grateful.

I wanted to complain about my daughter’s incessant chatter and her seemingly never ending need for hugs and kisses. Then I found out from some parents how painful it can be when your child refuses to run into your arms, when your child can’t return your affection either through words or actions. I have a child who can’t stop hugging me and always wants to talk to me and for that I am grateful.

She's a handful and she knows it.

She’s a handful and she knows it.

Lastly, I wanted to complain about my daughter’s boundless energy. She’s always ready to run and jump and I simply can’t keep up with her anymore. The I realized there are parents out there who would give anything to see their child stand up and play; how it pains them that their child can’t enjoy what most children take for granted. I have a child who is always ready to play and is  living her life to the fullest, for that I am grateful.

 

Yes, I was exhausted over the weekend but I was able to salvage it. My husband, daughter and I focused on having a relaxing time. We quietly played paper dolls, bonded over ice cream, Phineas and Ferb, and Dr. Who. We had food delivered and postponed chores for Monday. We had a good weekend and for that I am grateful.


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Personal Assistant – February 22, 2013

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Canadian entrepreneur looking for reliable team member to help build and grow an online business. The business is an online store that sells computers and IT-related products to people and businesses throughout Canada.

Duties will include:

  • Product Research
  • Building Online Catalogue
  • Building Customer Database (data entry – customer lists will be provided)
  • Marketing online store (basic SEO and link building)
  • Creating and maintaining social media profiles for Facebook and Twitter
  • Processing orders and returns
  • Other various administrative tasks

This is a full time, long term job. Click here for more information about this job and how to apply.


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Facebook Landing Page Creator – January 14, 2013

Faith Computing PTY LTD is looking for a Facebook Landing Page Creator who can create a landing page containing a heading, video and email opt-in box on Facebook.

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Image courtesy of Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Click here for more details about this postion and how to apply.


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Social Media And Reputation Manager – January 2, 2013

Just found a great job posting to start 2013! We all love using social media, right? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. They’re all really fun to use so it’s no surprise why its so addictive. Do you know that there are jobs that actually require you to be on social media all day long?

Moran Internet Marketing is looking for a social media and reputation manager to join their ranks.

The Reputation Manager exists to put out positive press and maintain a healthy image for their clients and their client’s  company. He or she is in charge of maintaining the company image and reputation. This includes managing the Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts, website comments, forum posts, and search engine optimization for the company name and the CEO name.

One a daily basis, the tasks performed may include:
– removing negativity from internet marketing forums (contacting negative posters and mending the situation)
– performing SEO for properties that rank for our product and company names
– building Web 2.0 properties about the CEO so that they rank for his name
– sending our press releases about donations to charity

The manager must also utilize  social media resources to maintain our audience, keep them active, and post about cool things that we are doing. This may include links to blog posts, press releases, or helpful articles. Messages and comments are also to be managed.

The job comes with a $400 starting salary and is expected to last for at least 6 months. Visit onlinejobs.ph for more information on this position and how to apply for it.