How Do You Find A Work From Home Job?

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

How To 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!

How Do You Find A Work From Home Job?

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

How Do You Find A Work From Home Job?

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!

How Do You Find A Work From Home Job?

Dana

Virtual Chat Jobs

Let me be honest. Working from home is hard!! For many people, it takes awhile to build a steady income which can be tough when you need money right away! The logical choice is a customer service job as they pay a set income for set hours, but if you are a busy Mom like me, set hours with kids at home does NOT mix!! So what do you do??? Well we all know I’m a big fan of direct sales, but that does take time. Another option while you build your business, chat based customer service jobs!

 

pppppppThese sound like the perfect job for us busy Mom as you chat with the customers while not having to worry about your kids being loud in the background! Some do require set hours, but not all. Here is a list of a few to check out and apply to!! Happy chatting 😉

 

Arise

http://www.arise.com/

Hires work at home chat agents with flexible scheduling and earnings at $9-$19 per hour

Needle

https://register.needle.com/

Hire online chat agents to help customers with online shopping

Talk 2 Rep

http://talk2rep.com/

Handel consultant sales and recommending product features to customers all via chat

24-7 InTouch

https://247intouch.catsone.com/careers/

All different job options including chat based and email based customer support.

Capital Typing

http://www.capitaltyping.com/live-chat-support

Answer questions for customers through a virtual chat room

PostLoop

http://www.postloop.com/

This is not a chat based job, but rather a company that pays you to comment on different online forums. You can get paid via Paypal each day.

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Presto Experts

http://www.prestoexperts.com/lp/Experts-jobs-online

This site allows you to sign up listing your qualifications, education, specialties and type of clients you can help. You can charge per minute to answer questions and help people with their goals.

My Live Pro

http://mylivepro.com/jobs-mylivepro

Hire for online chat based support agents

Venture Loop

http://www.ventureloop.com

Bringing you jobs at venture and seed capital backed companies. Search thousands of jobs at thousands of great startups

Weebly

http://careers.weebly.com/

Offer customer service chat based jobs when they have openings

Site Staff

http://www.sitestaff.com/

Virtual chat based jobs, must have good typing skills, reliable computer and good internet access

Televated

http://www.televated.com/

Work as an online chat representative

Uber

https://www.uber.com/jobs

Work as an email or online chat support agent

 

 

 

 

 

Dana

Save $400 Off Your Grocery Bills

saving moneyWhen extra money is needed, my first suggestion is to always look at your budget and see where you can make cuts. My family was living paycheck to paycheck and we had a strong desire to pay off all our debt, but with no extra money that was hard to do. A detailed look into my budget showed me my family of 5 was spending over $1000 a month on food. Eating out, snacks, extras, desserts….all those goodies were adding up, and adding up very fast. So I decided to make some cuts. Ok, BIG cuts to be honest, and get our grocery bill down to $400-$500 a month.

 

Is it doable?? YES! I have been sticking to this new plan for over 8 months now and have saved tons of money, and in fact I wrote the whole plan out to help others do the same!! ((you can read more about that at the end plus how to get it for 50% off!)) The hardest part for me is I am a healthy eater, so I needed foods that were cheap, but also healthy for my family. That took some researching, trial and error, and finding bargains. But it worked and we are now able to put at least $400 a month into our savings!

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Here are a few of my top tips for eating on a budget, and scroll down to the bottom for a list of cheap, easy recipes!

 

TIPS:

*Plan out your meals for the week. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! If you know what you are going to eat, you will be less likely to spend money eating out

*Make your own snacks. I make all my kids snacks except pretzels. I do homemade cheese crackers, graham crackers, yogurt, muffins, bread….pretty much everything can be made from home for cheaper and a LOT healthier

*PLAN PLAN PLAN: I promise this is the number one tip for staying on track

*Make two nights a week a “veggie night”. Meat is pricey and you can get just as much protein from veggies, but for cheaper.

*Make a grocery list and stick with it! If its not on the list, and you don’t need it, then don’t buy it!

*Go with frozen or canned fruits and veggies. Cheaper!!

*Buy from stores like Aldis, Save A Lot, Costco, or Sams. Make sure to compare prices though as items aren’t always cheaper.

*Buy discount items in bulk and freeze! When I see meat or cheese on sale, I buy a lot and stick it in the freezer.

*PLAN! Keep snacks in your bag so you aren’t tempted to go through a drive thru

*Coupon! But make sure you have your meals planned out before looking for coupons. Otherwise you end up spending more by buying things you didn’t need that were on sale.

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*Grilled Cheese

*Cheese Quesadilla

*Veggie Quesadilla

*Soups (chicken and rice, vegetable beef, broccoli and cheese, etc)

*Veggie Spaghetti Sauce

*Chili

*Rice and Beans

*Chicken or Tuna Salad Wraps

*Tacos

*Casseroles (chicken, broccoli, rice and cheese is my favorite!)

*Potato “Bar” Night

*Breakfast for dinner

*Homemade pizza

 

OR take all the guesswork out of meal planning and go snatch up my copy of Healthy Eating on A Budget. (( https://sellfy.com/p/inKs/ )) Over 100 copies sold and thousands of dollars saved!!! Make sure to enter code “ Musings ” when you checkout and get it for 50% off! This program includes:

4 Weeks Of Meal Plans (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)cover
Recipes For the Meal
Additional Healthy, Cheap Recipes
(over 30 total recipes)
Weekly Grocery Lists
Money Saving Tips
Grocery Shopping Tips
Healthy Cheap Foods List
Meal Ideas
Specific Food Tips

And more!!!!

Go read a few of the fabulous testimonials from people who have used this program and saved big!

Dana

10 Awesome Perks To Working From Home

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1) FLEXIBLE HOURS! This is key for me as my kids are 4, 3 and 8 months. I’m able to work when I want such as nap times or when they are in bed. I have had to cut back since my youngest was born, but thanks to working at home for awhile, It hasn’t affected my income!

2) Working Everywhere! Sometimes I answer emails while at the park, or in the grocery parking lot while waiting for my kids to wake up, or most common: in the backyard while my kiddos play! Its great to take my work with me and allows me much more flexibility.

3) Never miss the milestones of my kids growing up! Lets face it, time passes by quickly and being a work from home mom, I’m able to help with our income AND make sure I never miss a moment of my kids growing up. It’s the best of both worlds!!!

4) Taking Off When I Want and Need too. With 3 kids, I love that I can take off from work to go have a fun day at the park, the museum, or when someone is sick! I never have to worry about a boss getting mad or missing too many days. Because Im the BOSS and that’s priceless!

5) PJ’s And Coffee! I don’t have to rush around in the morning. I can enjoy my coffee and stay in PJ’s all day if it suits me! In fact, my work wardrobe is whatever I want it to be! (that saves money too!)

6) Less Stress For My Husband! With me being at home with the kids, my husband doesn’t have to worry about taking off if someone is sick or about running errands and doing chores on his days off from work. Being a work from home Mom allows me to help him more so he can enjoy time with the family when he is off. With me working, we also have a larger income and are able to do more fun activities, pay off debt, and put money away for our kids college funds.

7) I’m In Control!! Being in control is super important with kids. No only am I able to be the one teaching them how to act, treat others, and to have manners, Im also in control of my home. I don’t need someone else to come in and cook or clean, Im around all day and can do it when I have the time!

8) Family First! This is HUGE for me as I never want my kids to miss out on something. With me being home, I’m able to devote time to them FIRST and everything else last. The dishes and laundry can wait, spending time with my kids is most important.

1922359_10152741781254576_5496341979720602245_n9) No Stress!! I don’t worry about making my boss mad, being late to work, having to take time off, missing out on my kids activities, or not being around for my kids. Working from home lets me have less stress and more joy!

10) More Time and Money! Losing my income was tough, but being home with my kids all day is worth it. Finding that I can make that same income from home, with fewer hours is the best of both worlds. I still bring in a full time income. But on average I work 2-3hrs a day. And I work when my kids are asleep most the time so they never miss out on spending time with me!

 

Learn how you can work with ME!

Dana

Get Paid To Write

transcribeOne problem many people encounter when looking to work from home is the time involved. In my experience, most people want to work from home to have MORE time and to be with their families. The problem is that many set income jobs require you to work set hours each day. I don’t know about you, but working 8hrs and having to keep my kids quite and away from me that whole time just wouldn’t work for me at all. That would basically be the same as me working outside the home! So what to do???

Jobs with flexible hours are the solution!!! Now the great thing about these jobs is YOU set your hours, work when you want, and work as little or as much as you want. The downside, you have to WORK to make money. You have to devote the same amount of time as you would with any job, but you pick when that is. For me, I get up before my kids, and stay up later than them. I also work during their nap time. I average less than 20hrs a week most weeks but that’s what works for me. Im also established in what I do so for that work I make a full time income.

The most common flexible hours income provider is by owning your own business and sharing products you love. Another popular option is writing/transcribing/data entry jobs. Now these are hard to find and most times you do need experience or a degree in transcribing. When you find a good one, make sure to hold onto it and they are hard to get. This is pretty much the job everyone emails me looking for. A job where you enter information on the computer a few hours a day and get paid. It’s a good deal for busy Moms! Here are a few companies to check out for these types of positions:

Quicktate https://typists.quicktate.com/transcribers/signup

Quicktate employees transcribe voicemails, memos, legal files, medical files, letters and other audio files. Some files are 2-3 minutes long, others are hours long. Employees must use proper spelling and punctuation, must follow instructions, quickly type what you hear, have your own supplies. No convictions of a felony of misdemeanor on your record. Average pay is $1 for every 400 words typed.

BloggingPro Job Board http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/

This is a great place to find writing jobs on any topic! You can find a steady stream of employers looking to hire bloggers here and if you can write on multiple topics, you can bring in a steady income.

 

TranscribeMe https://workhub.transcribeme.com/Account/Register

Register to transcribe documents and files with one of the largest online transcribing agencies. Pay is by the hours and ranges from $10-$20 and hour depending on your typing speed. Jobs are not always available so you work when something comes in. Must have a computer, internet, and a good understanding of the English language.

 

MediaBistro http://www.mediabistro.com/joblistings

If you visit the freelance section of this site, you can find many job options such as ones for writing, articles, blogs, marketing, etc.

 

Aberdeen http://abercap.com/careers/

Get paid to transcribe documents and videos with this family based business. Many jobs require you to work at their office, but the “real time captioning” and “transcription” jobs can be done from home.

Capital Typing  http://www.capitaltyping.com/

Hires independent contractors to do jobs such as transcribing, secretarial services, data entry, and online customer service.

Tigerfish Transcribing http://tigerfish.com/employment/

If you are a quick typist, have a good ear for language and written English then you can get paid to transcribe from home. Must have a computer, phone, and internet service to do this job.

Speakwrite http://speakwrite.com/

Work from home in the US or Canada as an independent contractor doing transcribing and typing jobs. Must have a typing speed of 65 WPM to qualify.

Scribie https://scribie.com/freelance-transcription#intro

Earn $10 per hour transcribing files from home. Must have a good typing speed and good listening and comprehension skills.

 

http://beafreelanceblogger.com/betterpaidbloglist/ This is a FREE list that has options for making over $50 per hour blogging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dana