I’ve been a work from home Mom for almost 5 years now! The time has really flown, but one thing that I have been blessed with is never missing a moment with my kids! I’ve seen them do all their “first’s”, I’ve been present for every school party, every after school activity, all their play dates, and every day I get to spend it with them!! Before having kids, I never knew how important that would be to me. I loved working and staying busy and thought I would be fine putting my kids in daycare. Then my first child was born and I knew I didn’t want someone else watching him, I wanted to do it all!! I set out looking just to make a few extra hundred bucks a month. Enough to help pay off my college loans, and eventually get a new car. I also wanted to start college funds for my kids and one day take a family vacation. But finding a work from home job was hard. That’s in fact one reason I started this blog, and the page on facebook, to show women all the different jobs you can do. I get the daily email of how do you find a work from home job? SO today I’ll share a few of my tips for finding a job!
How Do You Find A Work From Home Job
First thing to figure out is what type of hours you can work, and to be realistic. I knew with young kids at home, I could not work set hours. Maybe during nap time and bed time, but that’s only about 2-3 hours a day. That cut out my option of doing a customer service job from home or via the internet. Those require set hours each day, a quiet space, and no interruptions. That was a bummer for me as I liked the idea of a set income each month, as that was what had been normal for me before having kids. Most Mom’s though are in the same boat and can not do set hours. That’s ok!
Second thing to figure out is how much income you need to bring in. Are you looking for $500 a month extra, or $2000. Knowing what you need ahead of time will also let you know how much you are going to need to work. A job working one hour a day usually will not bring in $2000 a month.
Third thing, and this is something I stress all the time to people who email me, be realistic! Work from home jobs usually require people who are self motivated, passionate, and have a non excuse attitude. You have to be your own boss, and while that sounds amazing, for some it is not a good fit. My background is in personal training, and that is one reason I’m able to be successful working from home. I don’t require someone telling me to work out each day, I am able to motivate myself. That is the same with working from home. You have to motivate yourself to show up to work, do it daily, and do a good job. You also need to be realistic about the time you put in and the income you earn. Yes many women who work from home, have the potential to earn a six figure income, BUT it does not happen over night and it does not happen by posting once on facebook everyday. It takes some serious work over a long period of time. The average to build an income from a restaurant is 3-5 years….the same for a home based business. Another thing to think of is the type of jobs you can do from home….there are a few options but not many. Employers can pay people with a Masters Degree minimum wage, so they aren’t going to pay you big bucks, and then let you work from home. Many home based companies where people work set hours actually have a high turn over rate. That costs the company money when they have to keep advertising, training, and hiring people. Because of this, work from home jobs usually pay less. So if you truly want to work from home, be open and willing!
The most common work from home jobs are direct sales. Now, I know what you are thinking, “Ugh I can’t stand all the sales posts in my newsfeed!” Mine is the same way, but that is NOT how direct sales are supposed to be run. Don’t judge them all just by a few bad apples. There are tons of amazing companies, with amazing products, and amazing compensation plans. Yes the social media spamming is annoying, but the good news is, it should be going away soon! More and more companies are getting in trouble for that as the purpose of social media is to share, not sell. I’ve heard of 5 companies lately that will be banned from using social media soon. How direct sales is supposed to work, is sharing a product you love, and showing others how they can get it too! Most direct sales products are things people already have in their homes….makeup, candles, cleaning products, snacks, coffee, fitness programs, bags, clothes etc. All that we buy! The purpose of direct sales is to shop from a person you personally know then a CEO who could care less about your business. Think of it like this, if your best friend became a hair stylist, you would use them! You wouldn’t chose a stranger who you had no clue if they would do a good job, over your friend who you knew was wonderful at their job. The same goes for direct sales! I have a friend who does amazing with her makeup, I trust her over a sales lady at the mall who I have no clue if she even uses that makeup! Its just switching who you shop from. And of course, if you chose this option, do NOT spam your friends! No mass messages, no befriending people and asking them to buy from you, no posting 5 times a day about your products. You have to do it with class to be successful!!
The second most common work from home job is a virtual customer service position. These are great for Mom’s as it’s a set income, and you can do it from your home! It’s also set hours so this one is good for Mom’s who have kids in school. You can do it part time, or full time. With these jobs, you do usually get paid minimum wage, but for those just looking for a little extra each month and don’t mind being on the phone, this is a good option! I like to look on indeed.com as that’s a good place to find some. We also list quite a few on our page. Now, they aren’t always hiring, but you can send in a resume for them to keep on file. Here are some that hire pretty often: Customer Service Jobs
You can also find jobs that pay you based on the tasks you do, like doing surveys, data entry, secret shopping, even being an online jury person! There are tons of random ways to make an little extra money from home. Here is a list of some people do, and enjoy: Jobs From Home
Another great way to finds jobs from home is to ask your friends and family! A lot of time, word of mouth is the perfect way to find something, and with someone you already have a connection with. I get a lot of referrals from people I know, as they know I work from home, and they are happy to send people they know my way! That way they aren’t sending their friend to a stranger, but to someone they know makes a good, and legit, income from home. You can also google, but this is not my favorite way to find a job. The reason is there are so many scams out there, and you can get just about anything put up no google even if it is no where close to being real. Also watch for things that seem too good to be true. Last year a scam was going around about email processing. This year there is one about posting on social media and getting paid for each posts. Remember you have to actually WORK in order to get paid.
A few other tips, don’t be afraid of a start up cost! All jobs have some type of costs, but they must be reasonable! I’m a personal trainer and every two years I pay a fee to renew my certification. I also pay to take classes for continuing education credits and I pay to renew my CPR certification. It’s a legit job, but I pay hundred’s to keep my certification! With any job that requires a start up cost, make sure you are getting something! The average I have found is less than $100, which is reasonable for getting started supplies and training’s. Anything over that…be cautious. Also, just because you love a product, does NOT mean it would make a good job. I see so many people fall in this trap! I love ice cream, but I would not enjoy driving an ice cream truck! You need to make sure the company has a good reputation, is in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission, is Debt Free, and has mostly customers, not just people doing the business side. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of what people earn! I always suggest asking what their “average” paycheck is.
There are tons of different ways to work from home, you just have to look and find something that is a good fit for you! Once you find one you love, stick with it! Don’t company jump (I could write a whole post on how bad this is), don’t try to do multiple companies (again, I could write a whole post on how bad this is, plus not allowed by MOST direct sales companies), and don’t spam on social media. Build your business the right way, and you could one day be one of those Mom’s making a six figure income from home! Above all, find what works for YOU! I personally tried a few multi level marketing companies and found what I liked, not other people did haha. It took me making mistakes, trying over and over, researching many different companies, and finally quitting the multi level marketing world to find a job I loved!! Now I market for a grocery store and it’s the perfect fit for ME. Don’t be afraid to take your time in picking a job. When you find one you love, it opens the doors to a lifetime of freedom and flexibility!