By Rebecca Flansburg
You may remember last month when I did an article about the value of having a strong support system called, Run with the Motors and Leave the Anchors Behind. This article covered the importance of mindfully choosing who we share our hopes and business dreams with and how a strong support system is the safety net all work at home women need.
In the article, I talked about the “motors,” the people who cheer us on and support our endeavors and the “anchors,” those who tend to weigh us down with negative views and their “can’t do” attitude. I recently heard productivity expert and author Dr. Ned Hallowell refer to these people as the “lilies and the leeches.” Being a business owner and a Minnesota native, I can honestly say I am familiar with both kinds of “lilies and leeches!”
So, wildlife and flora aside, what do you do when the biggest naysayer in your life just happens to be someone who is the closest to you?
It could be your significant other, a BFF, your parents or other family members. The people who are closest to us tend to have a tremendous influence over our lives and we tend to value their thoughts and opinions more than others. But sometimes these thoughts and views can make-or-break our ambitions and cause us to second-guess ourselves.
Once we start feeling uncertain, thanks to the well-meaning criticism from those key people in our life, our resolve can be shaken and that the leap of faith we were about to take can turn into more of a stutter-step. (more…)
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By Martine de Luna
I’ve been working at home for almost five years. In the beginning, I had no clue about what I was doing. I remember the first time a potential client asked me to “sell” him something over the phone so he could “test” my skills as a copywriter. I, having no professional copywriting experience whatsoever (I am a former preschool tutor, and an urban-based missionary!), took on the challenge. I thought: How would I respond to an ad or a website trying to sell me lipstick, like my client asked? I’d never written ad copy before, and I had certainly never worked with anything more than construction paper and worksheets.
What did I do?
Well, I plucked up my courage, used my writing experience in creative writing and in ten minutes, wrote an elevator pitch for lipstick — my first attempt to ever do anything unrelated to ministry work, education, and teaching. To cut the story short, I sealed that client. I was placed immediately as the creative copy and editorial director of the company (a cloud-based one), from all the way here in the Philippines. I worked with them for three years, creating campaigns for social media, copy for their brands — with nothing more than a preschool tutor’s experience under my belt.
That was when I realized I could “pimp” anything, even my abilities as a work-from home professional. I could set myself up to do any task that a potential client would ask me to (as long as it in my skill set), or learn anything that was asked of me. (more…)
By Holly Reisem Hanna
Dear Work at Home Woman,
I have been a stay at home mom for over 12 years. I have been trying to find a job for over a year and a half with no luck. I have an extensive (over 20 years) background in health insurance. I cannot figure out why I am no longer hire-able. Is it the lapse in my employment? My age 52? I really want to find something part time as I have an 11 year old son. Do you have any suggestions for a low moral stay at home mom who is beaming with tenacity to find her second act and help contribute financially?
Your opinion is greatly appreciated and I love your website.
Warmest Regards, Kim (more…)
By Alicia Lawrence
Like most other opportunities for freelance work, freelance writing jobs can seem scarce and highly competitive, especially for people who have little or no previous experience. I recently had to hire a few freelance writers, and just in three days I received over 400 applicants from my two ads on craigslist and Pro Blogger. Fortunately, there are a few useful tips I’ve learned from both hiring and freelance writing that could help you land a freelance job.
Check for Job Leads Daily
Try to spend at least a half hour each day actively looking for work. That amount of research will give you an idea of what kind of characteristics you’ll need to display as a candidate. More importantly though, looking at the most recent job advertisements every day will give you a leg up on people who may not be checking so diligently. When I hired our freelance writers, the majority were from the first two days the ads were up. I found so many great writers right off the bat that after the fourth day I stopped looking at the applications that came in. The sooner you put in your application, the easier it’ll be to get noticed. (more…)
By Katie Elizabeth
More and more of us are feeling the need to work from home these days, whether it’s because of a busy home or family life, a need for a more flexible schedule, or a plain old resistance to going into the office! Whatever your reasons are, working from home can be a wonderful alternative to the daily grind.
However, finding work from home jobs can be a little tricky sometimes. When I search online for “work from home” jobs, the results I find are often spam or scams. Instead, I find it works much better to search for specific types of jobs.
Here are some job searches you can try to find legitimate work from home jobs and a little information about the results of each one. (more…)