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Four Steps to Creating Your Work at Home Career

Four Steps to Creating Your Work at Home CareerBy Kelly Robbins

Do you want to start your own home-based business, but you’re not sure where to start?

Some of us start a business working from home because we have a clear passion and desire to help people in a certain way. We feel a calling deep inside and know exactly what we are meant to do and how we are meant to help people – we might not know how to make money at it, but we are clear on our mission and purpose.

Others of us know we want to live a certain lifestyle or want to leave the constraints of the corporate world. We are clear about the lifestyle we want to create – but not how to create it. We feel a strong desire for change but feel constricted or unclear on what steps to take next. If you feel stuck and are in either one of these positions, try answering these four questions and view your business in a different light.

Here are four steps you need to take in order to start creating your life on your terms.

1. Define what lifestyle you want to create for yourself.

For your family. Describe it in as much detail as you can. Be vivid in your imagination. How many hours a week do you want to work? Weekends? Does it matter as long as you can be home with your kids or travel? Or are you really aiming for that three day weekend each week? Look at four specific areas, relationships, work, home, and self. (more…)

Interview with Becky Flansburg — Virtual Assistant and Freelance Writer

Interview with Becky Flansburg Tell us a little bit about your entrepreneurial journey.

I’ve only had four jobs in my 48 years on this earth; babysitting, picking sweet corn, working in the office products industry, and running my successful virtual assistant and freelance writing business. Pretty amazing in a world where some people change jobs like they change socks!

I worked in the office products industry for 30 years, yup, I said thirty. I started when I was 16 and worked for two different companies in 15 year stints. For the longest time, I loved my job and loved sales. But soon I noticed the challenge was draining away and going to work wasn’t fun or exciting anymore. Right around my 43rd birthday, I had this epiphany moment of, “is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?”

The answer was a resounding no. I felt a strong need to try something new for the “second half of my life” because … well … life is an adventure, right? Writing was something I had always loved and blogging gave me a thrill and freedom in writing that I had never experienced. Social media ran a close second and was also something that fascinated me. The problem was I just didn’t know how to make a living doing those things. Then one day I mentioned my dilemma to an acquaintance and she immediately piped up and said “You want to be a Virtual Assistant.” I have to admit, I’d never even so much as heard of a VA much less thought of myself as one. But, once I had that word … that title of Virtual Assistant, I very quickly discovered where to go for support, training, skills and even clients. It was the piece of the puzzle I needed. (more…)

14 Short Task Sites for Making Money from Home

14 Short Task Sites for Making Money from HomeBy Holly Reisem Hanna

If you have a little one at home — you know how difficult it can be to get things done. But just because you have a household filled with chatter and unpredictable schedules, doesn’t mean that you can’t work from home. In fact, short tasks, sometimes called microtasks are the perfect way for busy moms to earn some extra money, while still being readily available for their kiddos.

A short task is any job or assignment that can be completed in a short amount of time. The tasks that can be completed vary greatly in nature (writing, editing, taking surveys, transcription, watching video, online research … ) as does the pay. But the reason why this is such a great opportunity for moms is that the tasks can be completed at anytime, and the majority of short tasks don’t require moms to be on the phone, which generally requires a quiet household.

So if you have kiddos running around here are 14 short task sites to check out.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Over at Amazon you can make money online working on HITS (Human Intelligence Tasks). A few of the tasks that I saw listed were, transcribing information from a business card to a form (more…)

Men, Women and Workplace Flexibility

Men, Women and Workplace FlexibilityBy Christy Schutz

Here at The Work at Home Woman, we obviously tend to focus on how flexible work arrangements impact women. But, as I brainstormed for this post, I wondered what the trends looked like for today’s men in the workplace. Turns out men are seeking flexible, work arrangements from their employers, too, but the facts may surprise you.

I came across one study done in 2013 by Catalyst, the nonprofit organization focused on expanding opportunities for women and business. They polled more than 700 “high potential” men and women – MBA grads around the world from a variety of industries – about their perspective of and history with flexible working arrangements. This study was done after several high profile companies like Yahoo made their controversial announcements that they were ending their flexible work arrangement programs.

Some key findings the survey uncovered included:

  • 81% of those surveyed reported that their companies provided flexible work options (defined as including telecommuting, flexible start/end times for the work day, flex time, compressed work weeks, reduced work/part-time and job sharing).
  • It is just as common for men as it is for women to utilize their company’s flexible work arrangements.
  • The type of flexible work arrangements men and women were most likely to take advantage of, however, were different. (more…)

7 Odd Ways to Make Money from Home

7 Odd Ways to Make Money from HomeBy Holly Reisem Hanna

I guess you could say that I was born with the entrepreneurial bug. Since the age of six — I’ve been exploring different ways to make money. I’ve gone door-to-door selling homemade arts and crafts to neighbors, hosted lemonade stands, collected salamanders and sold them to the local pet shop, as well as participated in many garage and yard sales.

As I got older this trend continued, I provided baby sitting services to friends and family, I sold stuff to consignment stores, I even participated in pharmaceutical research studies. If there was a way to make money — I found it.

Well, not much has changed. To this day, I still get excited when I find a new way to make money. So if you’re looking to make some extra cash here are 7 ways you can get started.

Do you like to test things out?

Become a product tester and reviewer and you can earn free products, services, gift cards, sometimes even cash for sharing your opinions. Check out these companies to get started.

Do you have the latest and greatest in tech gadgets? (more…)

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