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What to Do When the Naysayer in Your Life is Someone Close to You

What to Do When the Naysayer in Your Life is Someone Close to You? - The Work at Home WomanBy 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…)

5 Fab Touch-Ups to Pimp Your Work-at-Home Image, So You Get Hired Like a Pro

5 Fab Touch-Ups to Pimp Your Work-at-Home Image So You Get Hired Like a Pro - The Work at Home WomanBy 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…)

Career Tips for Moms Who Want to Reenter the Workforce

Career Tips for Moms Who Want to Reenter the WorkforceBy 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…)

Insider Tips on How to Get a Job as a Freelance Writer

Insider Tips on How to Get a Job as a Freelance WriterBy 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…)

10 Ways to Search Job Sites for Work From Home Jobs

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.  Virtual Jobs Searching “virtual jobs” is a great idea because it will bring up jobs that require you to be available virtually (i.e. from home) instead of in person. This can include all kinds of things, ranging from virtual assistant work (taking care of administrative duties online, from sending emails to tracking finances, etc.) to running errands or doing virtual chores.  Telecommuting Jobs This term is basically interchangeable with virtual jobs, except that it may require you to be available for more video calls and conferences. It implies that there is a remote office to which you are “telecommuting,” so the hours might be more concrete than a virtual job. Thus, this search is more for women who are seeking full-time or steady work from home employment.  Freelancing Jobs Freelancing just means working as an independent contractor so these jobs could be anything from freelance movie production to freelance writing. I like to peruse these listings because you can undertake many different kinds of freelance jobs, so my work has the possibility of fitting my mood for the week.   Remote Jobs This search will bring up all jobs that don’t require you to work from a specific place. However, it’s likely to pull up a lot of unpaid work or internships, as well as commission jobs, so make sure you understand the terms of the job before you contact anyone.  Blogging Jobs Blogging jobs are great because they can almost always be done from home and can be fun! Larger blogging sites tend to employ paid bloggers to keep their sites updated regularly. You can often write on different topics that you’re qualified for and get creative with your work.      The following jobs are more specific than searching simply for “work from home” jobs, but they will often offer work from home opportunities. Read the fine print of these job descriptions to understand exactly what they require.  Outside Sales Associate Jobs These job postings are usually looking for someone willing to work off-site, whether it’s online or at a different location, to help companies and businesses with product sales. If you like interacting with people and are a good saleswoman, jobs like this can be fun and lucrative!  Editing Jobs Often, publications, organizations or authors need outside editors to help them fine-tune writing for a website, article, books, etc. Outside editors can work from home and generally make their own schedules as long as they are willing to make deadlines. Of course, you’ll need to have stellar grammar skills to make this kind of work from home opportunity work for you.  Design Jobs Design jobs are usually jobs for graphic designers, who sometimes have the ability to work as freelancers. Work from home design jobs may include doing things like designing ads, banners, websites or other promotional tools. If you have the right software to design from home, try your hand (or mouse) at freelance designing.   Resume Writing Jobs This search will pull up either companies who outsource resume writers or individuals who need help with their resume. As a resume writer, all you have to do assess the skills of a particular individual and create a resume based off of those skills. You’ll likely even learn how to develop a better resume for yourself.  Online Teaching Jobs Online courses are becoming more and more popular and the need for online teachers is growing! Qualified teachers can teach anything from test prep courses to guitar lessons to university level academics. This kind of work from home job often requires use of a webcam, so make sure you have a good one before applying.    I hope this post helps you find the kind of work from home job you’ve been dreaming of! Good luck with your job search!   About the Author Katie Elizabeth has been a freelance blogger, remote content coordinator and part-time writer of the Federal Resume Services for several years. Job searching is one of the most difficult parts of being a work at home woman, but finding the right work from home job is so rewarding! Follow Katie on Twitter @katiegelizabeth to get updates on her latest posts!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…)

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