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Flexible Part-Time Jobs for College Students

Flexible Part-Time Jobs for College StudentsBy Holly Reisem Hanna

When I went off to college, my parents agreed to cover my tuition. But if I wanted to live out on my own, I had to cover my rent, food, books, and bills. My parents, of course, gave me the option to live at home rent-free, but what college student wants to live at home when they can be out of their own?!

Needless to say, working was not an option for me. Even if I had decided to stay-at-home with my parents, I was still responsible for gas, car insurance, and college text books – which are expensive!

Luckily, I fell into waiting tables (I initially applied for a hostessing position, but was hired on as a waitress) which was great! I made good money, and my schedule was flexible. While I had my scheduled shifts, if I need to make more money, I could pick up a shift, and if I needed more time to study, I could try and give my shift away. I ended up waiting tables for nine years while I got my two degrees.

If you’re a college student and you’re looking for a flexible, part-time gig, there are a lot of options available to you, and you don’t have to wait tables, although it is a good option.

Here are ten ways you can make money and still have time for your classes and studying. (more…)

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Three Possible Employment Problems for Home-Based Businesses

Three Possible Employment Problems for Home-Based BusinessesBy Deborah Sweeney

Running a home-based business is very different from any other type of company. You don’t have an office or a strict workspace – it’s just whatever you can carve out of your home. And while, traditionally, home-based businesses were solo ventures, more people are hiring people to help them out when the work piles up. While most entrepreneurs know this creates a few extra responsibilities, like having to apply for an Employment Identification Number or withhold payroll taxes, there are a few other possible pitfalls that could trip up a home-based business owner if she isn’t aware they exist.

Violating Zoning Laws.

Zoning laws are already a huge thorn in the side of home-based businesses. Residential areas typically aren’t zoned for business and, if you run one out of your house, your city could come knocking. But even if you’re cleared to run your business, you may still run afoul of zoning once you hire an employee because of what they bring with them. An employee means someone is going to be in and out of your house every day. Further, they have to drive through your neighborhood and park on your street to get there. It might seem odd that, if they were just visiting, it wouldn’t be an issue at all but once they start coming as an employee, that changes everything because their visits are so frequent. Check with your city and, if you have one, homeowner’s association to see just what they have to say, if anything. The last thing you want is to find out your business is now breaking the law because it hired somebody. (more…)

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Why Being a Work-at-Home Mom is the Best of Both Worlds

Why Being a Work-at-Home Mom is the Best of Both WorldsBy Holly Reisem Hanna

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a mom. In fact, every year in my School Days Keepsake Album, it would ask the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And while I had no clue what I wanted to do professionally, I did know that I wanted to be a mom.

As I got older and thought more about becoming a parent, I knew that I wanted to be my child’s primary caregiver. Maybe it was because my mom had stayed at home with my siblings and me. Or maybe it was the fact that I didn’t like working as a nurse. Whatever the case when I got pregnant, I started planning for my transition out of the workforce.

During my last nine months working as a nurse, I saved as much money as I could so that we wouldn’t feel the financial loss. But my savings dwindled much quicker than I had anticipated. Having been a parent for nine months, I knew there was no way I could put my daughter in daycare; it would have broken my heart. So I started looking for work-at-home jobs.

After searching for a few months, I secured a part-time, freelance, marketing position which gave me a steady paycheck and the idea for this website. I worked approximately 10 to 15 hours a week while my daughter napped; it was perfect. I had money coming in, and I was able to witness all of my little girl’s special milestones. (more…)

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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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