What’s Up With Working Online?

It’s not surprising now a days to find stay at home moms that are choosing to work as well, hence, work at home moms.  Whether it’s to augment the family’s income or to boost confidence and personal development, I personally think it’s a great way to make motherhood even more interesting.

Putting the welfare of the children and of the family is of course always the priority.  But it doesn’t mean that we should let the opportunity to grow pass us by because we’re so focused at being a mom and a wife.

It does help tremendously to accomplish something – help with the family’s finances or affect changes to other people’s lives or even professional growth – to feel validation that you can be more than what you’ve previously thought you can be.

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Why more and more WAHM are online?

Why, basically because technology is becoming more and more accessible and the internet world, undeniably, is here to stay.  Opportunities are being presented in a way that makes online job and or online business a possibility and a doable venture that even stay at home moms can invest into.

Contrary to what we used to think about working online – that only computer savvy people or those who are very well verse about computers can actually work online – today, if you have a computer and an internet connection, you’re off to a good start.

The computer and the internet is only your tools to actually work ‘on line’ but the skills you have – writing, organizing, designing, marketing, etc –  is still what you basically offers.  For instance, you’re good at writing.  You can then look for people who needs help with writing articles or perhaps reviews and offer them your services.  There are lots of freelancing sites where you can create your account and look for every job imaginable.

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You can also keep in touch with your passion, say baking or crafts, and then market it online.  Social media, Facebook, Tweeter, Tumblr, etc. is one of the most effective ways to get your stuff out there.  You can start website or blogs and really develop an online presence for your chosen passion.

Now, you may say you’re not into that kind of stuff – you don’t bake, you’re not exactly crafty and you’re not good at writing.  No worries, because you can always try affiliate marketing.  With affiliate marketing, you are basically the bridge between the costumers and the product and or services.  You provide the link to people where they can get what they’re looking for and you then get paid for affecting such a sale.  Internet marketing may sound very complicated at first, but trust me, it’s something that you can really learn even by yourself (well, of course with the help of web research).

How much money are we talking about?

Well, it depends really on how much time are you willing to invest and which online business are you going for.  Just like any businesses, success varies.  If you really put your mind into it, work hard, invest time and even money,working online can be a good source of income.

Working online is quite perfect for stay at home moms because quite frankly, they don’t have to literally leave the house.  So, it’s a perfect way to still be the stay at home mom – always there for the kids – and earn extra money for the family as well.

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How to Succeed with Your Home-Based Business

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You have heard of success stories about people and their home-based business, probably for a hundredth time (if not a thousand times already).  And it’s quite understandable if you’re a little cynical about it.  I would be, too, especially when these people tends to oversell the whole home-based business thing – as if everyone can do it, as if it’s that easy.

The fact of the matter is that: everyone may try it but not everyone will succeed; it can be easy but it’s not always easy.

Home-based business may not be for everyone

The idea of working at home, being your own boss and of course having your own business and or company, is a big draw to a lot of people – both working and those who are  unemployed.

It’s not even surprising that there are those who are quick to jump on the idea of putting up their own home-based business without giving it a second thought.  And although it’s true that sometimes you just have to muster the courage to just do it, it will help tremendously if you’ll do your own research and studying first.

This is basically one of the most common reasons why a lot of people are not succeeding with their home-based business. With so many opportunity available on the internet, they tend to grab one (in some cases too many) too soon.

Bear in mind that you have to know what you’re getting yourself into (especially those who are planning to do this full time); time and money are at stake.  And although there are home-based businesses that will require almost zero start-up costs, still you invest your time and theoretically you’re losing profits you should have been earning had you go for the ‘right’ one.

So how would you know which is the one for you?

You’ll have to know what you’re true skills are, what are you good at?  Know the things that interest you the most, what are you most passionate about?

The answer to these questions will help in steering you into the right direction.  For instance, you’re going to start a website that sells automobile parts and accessories – it may not be the best idea to start with when you’re not really into cars or know too little about cars.  But of course once you learn the whole internet marketing thing – you can basically sell whatever you wanted to by simply choosing affiliates that will help you exactly do that.

Or say for example, you wanted to start your own arts and crafts business where you can create and sell your stuff online – this will work best if you’re really into artsy stuff, more so if you’re an artist yourself.  If that’s the case, it will benefit you creative wise and business wise since you can do your own creation and you don’t have to get the products to sell from other people and you also earn full profit as well.

The importance of knowing what you are most passionate about in determining what home-based business to invest into will also play a big factor on whether you will be successful.

Passion and success really goes hand in hand, I believe that when you’re passionate about something success is inevitable.

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Who says home-based business is easy?

Any home-based business just like any other business involves work – and whether that ‘work’ will be easy or not depends on how dedicated you are.  Remember that it can be easy, but it’s not always easy.

Another reason why not everybody succeed in home-based business is that they expected it to be easy and they’re quick to give up once they realized that it involves ‘work’ too.  You have to keep in mind that you don’t know ‘everything’ and nobody expects you to.  But it also means that you will then have to ‘learn’ things in order to know them.

And besides, oftentimes, things seem hard at first but once you get your groove on it, then the easy part happens.  Just like what they say:  the first step is oftentimes the hardest.  If you give up so easily, how can you then enjoy the fruits of your labor?  Errr, that is, given you gave it some kind of ‘trying’ at some point of course.

So, how can you succeed with your home-based business?

Spend time to make your own research and study whatever home-based business you’re interested in.

Know your strengths, i.e. skills, interest, passions.

Set your limit; know how much time and money you are willing to invest.

Expect work.  Again, (for the nth time) it can be easy, but it’s not always easy.  To get to the easy part you’ll have to put work into it first.

Stay At Home Mom: At Home and Working

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It’s totally admirable for any woman to ultimately decide to become a full time mom and put her personal dreams or aspirations on hold or probably even for good.  Whatever the circumstances that lead a woman to become a stay at home mom, she is no less than a bit of a super woman!

The more important question is whether she is happy and content with being one.  Is she being this positive ball of energy that is rearing the children and managing the house wholeheartedly?  Can she readily say that she’s happy and fulfilled being the full time mom?

Stories of women stressing out about being a full time mom or housewife are very common.  But it does not necessarily mean it’s because she’s not enjoying being at home with the kids and managing the house.  Oftentimes it’s more than just the physical aspect of being a mother 24/7, being tired physically you can remedy with a nice spa treatment or a vacation or what have you.  What’s harder to face is the stress coming from an unfulfilled woman – someone whose dreams and passions are put on hold, or those feeling neglected and unappreciated, or perhaps even women who are felling worthless.

While stress can be caused by a lot of factors, oftentimes, for stay at home moms, stress is coming from the fact that they’re no longer working.  Of course, we know that again being a full time mom is a 24/7 job, but sometimes it’s not enough to fill the void inside.  There are many stay at home moms who wants to work and yet couldn’t bear to leave being a full time mom.  It’s great to know that now a days, you can very well do exactly that!

At Home and Working

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You have got to love internet!  It definitely opens up the world to a lot of people including the stay at home moms. Now, the idea of working at home becomes very accessible and surprisingly very doable now to a lot of mommies out there!

Get in touch with your passion

Moms can channel their passions and use it to start their own home business.  Say, you’re into arts and crafts, very well then – make stuff you’d love to share or better yet sell to other people.  And don’t fret, because you can easily do that while you’re home.  Use the power of social media to advertise your goods or services.  Set up a Facebook page and gather in your friends.  Before you know it, word of mouth will do the marketing for you!

Start writing

We pretty much know now that journaling does something positive to us, right?  Because you’re basically letting your emotions out, it’s a way of expressing ourselves.  Well then, how about you start writing and get paid for it?  You can create a blog where you can share your emotions, stories, ideas or perhaps tips to help others out.  And believe me, people read these stuff.  It’s pretty amazing actually how people are connecting to each other because somehow they share similar experiences.  And how you start earning from writing?  Well, when you write regularly and you’re blog or website is consistently updated, you’ll going to get a decent traffic enough to entice advertisers.  You will then get paid a certain percentage for every click/sale they make coming from your website.

Affiliate marketing

If you are quite a web savvy, then perhaps you can try affiliate marketing you make money online by promoting other business’ products or services.  Here you will earn a commission whenever someone follows a link on your blog or website to another site and then sign up or bought products or services.  It can be challenging to set up a website with decent traffic and ideally Google page ranking but once you get the hang of it affiliate marketing can really bring you serious money.

Freelancing

is blogging for everyone 4This is a great way to start working at home with basically zero start up cost.  As long as you have desktop computer or laptop and internet connection, you’re good to start.

You can simply join a freelancing site and start applying for jobs that match your set of skills. Job contracts varies from simple data entry, writing, virtual assistance, web research and technical support.

With freelancing, you are basically free to choose which job (or people) you want to work with.  You can also choose from short term to long term contracts.  You also get to decide how many hours are you planning to work in a day or in a week – I know kids can be a handful!

It will be great for stay at home moms to be able to work while raising the children and managing the house.  It will considerably improve their confidence, ease them of boredom, relieve stress and of course earn extra money.

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