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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey.
I’ve always loved writing, even as a child. But I always thought of it as a hobby – not something you could ever make a living at (unless you wanted to be the ill-fated “starving artist,” and I’m a lot more high-maintenance than that!).
So I wrote for fun and subscribed to writer magazines, but I took the traditional college route, focusing on pre-med, and then got a master’s degree in public administration. My plan was to go on to medical school and then work in public health.
But a funny thing happened on the way to that plan. I had a lot more fun writing my thesis – a 90-page behemoth – than I did actually researching the topic. I realized I didn’t really want to be a doctor, which was a tough epiphany. It was the death of a dream I’d had since I was 12.
I went on to get a cushy job in program management at a medical school, since I had a degree that got me there. But making thrillingly complicated spreadsheets wasn’t my idea of excitement, and I had a boss who tried to nitpick and control everything I did – to the point of trying to dictate emails I was supposed to write.
I spent a few months looking for other jobs, but the clock was ticking on my ability to stay sane. That’s when I got a letter in the mail from American Writers & Artists, Inc., that introduced copywriting as a viable freelance writing profession.
I’d made it all the way through grad school without ever having heard of copywriting, so I was plenty skeptical. But I researched it and found nothing but good news. (more…)
By Christy Schutz
Last week I clicked on a funny link on Buzzfeed called “38 Things Only People Who Work From Home Will Understand.” There are several examples that definitely ring true, like our insanely awesome commute or the sad fact that we rarely get to enjoy office Christmas parties. There were a couple of other examples of how others might be a tad bit confused about what we are really doing at home, even our family members. As I reflected on that fact, some interesting questions popped into my head. Will any of my children choose to work at home during their professional careers? Are there some important things I need to teach them about working remotely? As a result, I compiled the following list of things I’d like to teach my children about working at home.
1. You will be able to stay more connected to your family.
The flexibility telecommuting typically offers and a physical presence at home is what gives remote workers the edge in this instance. And this point alone may be enough to entice the next generation into considering arrangements that allow them to work from home, particularly when considering the career goals and needs that research shows are most important them. For example, according to a study done by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), which has been surveying incoming freshmen at U.S. colleges and universities for the past 50 years, 73.6% of kids who participated in the 2012 study reported that they considered “raising a family” to be an “essential” or “very important” aspect of their future lives. This work situation can help you to keep your family a priority. (more…)
Tell us a little bit about your blogging journey.
I began blogging 4 years ago, in June 2010. I wasn’t sure what a blog really was at the time, but it seemed like a great way to publicly store the information that I had been researching. At the time I was working from home for a virtual call center but many major life changes were on the horizon. I knew a phone job would no longer work for our family. I began a search for a job I could do from home that was flexible enough to work around my two very young children’s schedules. As I began learning about the opportunities available online, I ran into two issues. One problem I faced was the lack of quality information available about companies offering remote jobs. At that time, it seemed there was a common mentality of keeping things on the low-down. But on the other hand- I personally knew of hundreds of people who were eager to find legitimate work from home but felt every turn they made led to a dead end. I wanted to share what all I had learned and help others find what they were so desperately seeking.
My online friends quickly began coming to me for help finding work from home jobs and the blog just made sense. It seemed a lot easier to share a link than to type out the same questions/answers to each person. (more…)
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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey
I am excited to meet all of you here at The Work at Home Woman. I live in Dallas, Texas with my two amazing daughters, Gabby (4 years) and Elle (3 months), and my husband Roger.
Before I had children, I worked at Big Blue (IBM) for many years in sales and then moved into what they called their learning department where I trained and mentored new employees and managers and developed leadership and mentoring programs.
Then in 2010 everything changed …
We had our first child!
After my first daughter was born, I started to teach an ‘Introduction to Business’ course at a local college in Dallas to keep me sane while I was staying at home with Gabby.
But it occurred to me one day that here I was teaching a course about business, but my only first-hand experience with business was working in Corporate America. I felt like I was doing my students a bit of a disservice by not being able to offer real-world entrepreneurial examples. I noticed my students were not only interested in learning about big businesses, but also wanted to know more about how to become an entrepreneur and how to start their own company versus working for someone else. (more…)
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By Erika Volk
I have been a personal trainer nearly six years and in that time have become very familiar with the struggles of the working mom. If there is one piece of advice I could give to busy working moms, it would be to get off the treadmill and go play with your kids!
For many parents squeezing a workout into their over-scheduled day means sacrificing time with the family. I hate this win-lose scenario! In college I worked as a babysitter at the local gym and could see the heartbreak on parents faces as they poured into the door at 5:30 pm and dropped their kids off with the babysitter for the second time that day.
My solution to this problem is something I call “Cardio Playtime.” Cardio Playtime allows mom to get in an intense metabolic workout while kiddos benefit from some physical activity and attention from their #1 fan.
Cardio Playtime is also an opportunity to teach your child by example. According to the journal of American Medicine, one third of U.S. adults are obese. Unfortunately, this alarming trend has affected our children too. Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity rates have tripled. Now one out of every 3 children is overweight or obese (letsmove.gov). Kids that workout with their parents will be more likely to value and enjoy an active lifestyle as an adult. Just ask me - I started doing aerobics VHS tapes with my mom at age 3! She taught me how to lift weights when I was a teen and, by the time I was 29, I owned my own fitness business. Thanks, Mom! (more…)