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Is Working From Home Really More Flexible?

By Dawn BerrymanIs Working From Home Really More Flexible?

Many of us seek work-from-home employment or start our own business because we want more flexibility. We want the ability to work the hours we choose, be with our children when we want and take care of our personal and family needs while we work.

Is that realistic?

There are many scenarios that can upset this ultimate work-life balance that we all seem to seek.

Income.

In many cases, women don’t just want to work; they need to work. Their families rely on their income to help support their needs and wants. When a woman decides that she wants to start her own business, this is sometimes hindered by the family’s needs. She may not be able to afford to quit her existing job to launch her venture. The family may not be able to simply absorb the start-up costs and the difference in pay that she may experience.

A lot of women entrepreneurs start their businesses while they continue to work either full or part-time. This can cause the business to get off the ground more slowly. It can also be overwhelming for the woman who decided to start the business because she wanted more flexibility when in actuality it’s causing her to spend even less time with her family. (more…)

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The Best Work-at-Home Boards to Follow on Pinterest

The Best Work-at-Home Boards to Follow on PinterestBy Holly Reisem Hanna

You may think Pinterest is all about crafts, recipes, and fashion. But guess what? Pinterest is also an awesome platform for finding jobs, furthering your career, and starting a business!

So where do you find these gems?

Here are 20 of my favorite pinners who offer great content on how to work from home, make more money, and launch the career of your dreams. Boards and pinners are listed in random order by category — enjoy!

Work-at-Home:

Anna Thurman shows you Real Ways to Earn Online with honest company reviews and huge lists of categorized work-at-home job leads. If you have a unique situation where you need to work at night or receive checks weekly, Anna’s written about it.

Check out her pin, Work at Home Jobs That Pay Weekly or More Often — it’s been pinned over 1,400 times!

Lisa Mills, the publisher of Work at Home Mom Revolution offers up daily job leads and business ideas. If you’re looking for legit telecommuting leads or information on becoming a general transcriptionist, which she’s been doing for over eight years, follow Lisa. (more…)

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The Best Work-at-Home Jobs When You Live in a Small Town

The Best Work-at-Home Jobs When You Live in a Small TownBy Kimi Clark

When you live in a small town, it can be hard to find a job, period. That’s one reason working from home has become so popular. (And because it’s awesome!)

But just what are the best work-at-home gigs in a small town? Of course, you’ll want to do your own research, but here’s a list to get you started.

Find a Remote Job.

One complaint I constantly hear is … “Why isn’t this work-at-home gig available in my state?!” There are many reasons why certain jobs are not available in all states; ranging from state regulations in regards to Independent Business Owner (IBO) status and release of information, to cost effectiveness, efficiency, taxation issues, and location-based training requirements.

To help fast-track your job search here are some nationwide companies that hire remote Customer Service Reps:

Concentrix is a leading global company that supports some of the world’s best brands. If you are organized, independent, disciplined, personable, effective at communicating and focused, then you might be a good fit to become a Product Support Advisor for Concentrix. (more…)

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How to Know if That Potential Work From Home Job is a Scam

How to Know if That Potential Work From Home Job is a ScamBy Kimi Clark

Maybe you desperately want to find a work from home job that will allow you to leave the rat race and be more present for your family. But with all the scams out there, how do you know if the job you’re applying for is a scam?

While the internet makes it easier to find the good stuff, unfortunately, it also brings out the crud in people (and businesses!) You should always make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into to avoid any horrible mistakes, possibly significant ones.

Here are a few things you should know to steer clear of red flags and avoid the scams:

Never Pay For A Job.

If the company asks you for money upfront, don’t fall for it, it’s most likely a scam. Now I’m not talking about a direct sales business where you have to invest in a startup kit or materials to get started, but a work-at-home position with an established company should never ask you to pay them to begin working for them. The chances of you ever seeing your money back are pretty non-existent.

Watch What Google Says.

Always do your due diligence and research a potential employer before beginning work. Look at reviews, and even type in the company name with the word ‘scam’ after and see what comes up. Chances are if you find several scam posts about them on Google — you’d better watch out! (more…)

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5 Practical Ways to Earn $500 This Month

5 Practical Ways to Earn $500 This MonthBy Ashlee Anderson

Earning extra money in any given month doesn’t require getting a part-time job. In fact, you don’t even have to go out of your way to add to your monthly income. You can take your existing skills and the things you already have lying around the house and turn them into a nice chunk of change by the end of the month.

So, whether you’re looking to pay down debt, need a little boost to pay a bill, or simply want to add some bank to your emergency fund, here’s 5 practical ways to earn $500 (or more!) this month.

1. Sell Your Skills

What are you good at? No matter your skills or talents, someone is willing to pay you for them. On popular freelance marketplaces, like Freelancer, Upwork, and Guru, you can sign up and starting bidding on projects that are perfectly suited to your skills and interests. You have complete control over your earnings and can work as much or as little as you’d like.

The skills or services you sell are entirely up to you. Some of the most popular offerings include content writing, web design, social media management, and graphic design. These are just a small sample of popular ideas but, really, you’re only limited by what you’re willing to work on. (more…)

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