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How to Start Working from Home … Today

How to Start Working from Home ... Now!By Holly Reisem Hanna

On any given day, I’ll receive an email asking, “How can I work from home … now!?” While I can offer up some general suggestions on different work at home paths, without knowing your background, expertise, passions, and skills, it is tough to offer up a concrete recommendation. With this said, there is an easy way to start working from home immediately, and that’s by freelancing.

You may say, “I’m not a writer” or “I don’t know how to code websites”… well, that’s okay. Being a freelancer is more than just writing, coding, or designing. Freelancing is a way to sell services, whether it be writing, voice acting, editing, bookkeeping, translating, or consulting without being an employee. Freelancers work as independent contractors, filling in gaps where companies and small business owners need help, but the not capacity of a full-time employee.

The best thing about freelancing (besides working from home and naming your own price) is that everyone has some freelance-able skill, from software development and recruiting, to project management, sales, translation, virtual assistance … and the list goes on and on.

So how can you start working from home as a freelancer when you don’t have any experience? (more…)

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4 Helpful Tips for Beginning Freelance Writers

4 Helpful Tips for Beginning Freelance WritersBy Angie Nelson

Freelance writing is one of the best jobs in the world if you love to write. The freedom to make your own schedule, work in the fields you love, travel to new places, meet amazing people, and truly make a difference with the written word is one of the draws of the profession. But this freedom does not come without some hard work and sacrifice – and a lot of planning. Your first six months as a freelance writer will be trying, a little scary at times, and will teach you many lessons about what works and what doesn’t.

However, these tips can help you make the most of your first six months as a freelance writer and avoid making some of the most common mistakes that new freelancers make.

Planning is Everything.

While you don’t want to get too caught up in the analysis side of things, you do want to make sure that you are making careful plans. There are many areas where planning is essential, but these are some of the best tips to follow.

  • Have a savings account that will cover at least four months of bills if at all possible.
  • Know where you’re going to prospect for work, which venues you are going to pursue, and how you’re going to track your income.
  • Organize your desk space and have a filing system, physical or digital, to help you track projects.
  • Set up a writer’s website. You can add credentials to it as you obtain them, but at least have a one-page site that acts as a digital business card.
  • Try to develop a loose idea of how you will structure your day when it comes to prospecting, working on projects, marketing, etc. While this will change from time to time, it’s more efficient to know how you intend to run your day.
  • Set up social media sites for your writing and tell everyone you know that you’re beginning your freelance writing career. Leads and clients come from the most unlikely places.


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Maternity Leave: What It’s Like When You Work From Home

Maternity Leave: What It's Like When You Work From HomeBy Anum Yoon

Being self-employed can be incredibly liberating. You are allowed to follow your passions and make your own rules. Being self-employed can also be incredibly burdensome. If you aren’t working, you aren’t making money.

When it comes to taking long periods of time off work, like maternity leave, self-employed women must be more prepared than women who get employer-paid time off. It’s not impossible, but it does take some careful consideration.

Here’s how to make the best of your maternity leave when you work from home.

Save, Save, Save 

Some states offer paid family leave for self-employed women, but most don’t. If you don’t live in a state that offers this kind of disability insurance, it will be up to you to save money prior to your leave. Decide how much time you’d like to take away from work then plan your savings accordingly. Also consider your future medical bills.

Everyone has heard the old adage a penny saved is a penny earned, but I’ve got a new one for you: a penny gifted is a penny saved. In other words, be smart about your baby shower registry. Yes, those frilly dresses and miniature tuxedos are adorable, but they are not practical or necessary. Ask friends and relatives for baby items that require a constant supply – diapers, wipes and creams. The less money you have to shell out for daily expenses, the further your saved dollars will stretch. (more…)

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Escaping the 9 to 5 Grind

Escaping the 9 to 5 GrindTell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.

I graduated from Penn State last year with degrees in Marketing & PR. Two weeks after graduation, I started my career. It was a pretty traditional job with a marketing company, which was great – but wasn’t making me happy. I wasn’t being challenged and didn’t see myself growing as a professional, and I went looking for something that could fix that.

The whole search for career happiness thing is what inspired me to start Punched Clocks. From there, I started freelancing and have loved every bit of it since!

Outside of being a huge PSU fan, a marketer, and a writer, I’m also:

  1. ENGAGED, and planning a wedding to my wonderful fiancé! (Can you tell I’m still super excited?!)
  2. A proud mama to two beautiful dogs. One boxer, Bella, who actually helped us announce our engagement! And more recently, we adopted a boston terrier named Ruby.
  3. Part of a huge, close-knit family from which I’ve gained infinite wit and wisdom, hand-me-downs, and an extremely loud voice.
  4. A lover of all things health, DIY, wedding, style, and marketing related.
  5. A busy, busy woman with a short attention span and a need to be moving at all times.


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Something More Important Than How Much You Are Paid . . . and Seven Ways to Improve it

Something More Important Than How Much You Are Paid . . . and Seven Ways to Improve itBy Diana Schneidman

What is more important than how much you are paid for your freelance, work-at-home assignments?

Many people would say “nothing.” After all, for a person trying to make a living, what you are paid is darned important.

Some would give a more spiritual answer. Perhaps self-fulfillment is more important. Doing work you love. Making the world a better place to live in.

I can’t argue against those values. Work is about more than money. But for the purpose of this article, I’m going back to the financial side of it.

So here is my answer as to what is more important than how much you are paid. It’s how quickly you are paid.

Sadly, the waiting time for corporate payment to self-employed, work-at-home freelancers is often much longer than it used to be. Payment far too often stretches out for interminable periods . . . or at least what seems far too long if we need the money for food, rent, and other necessities of life. Sometimes payment never shows up. As time extends and the funds never appear, we suspect we will never get paid. (more…)

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