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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Can You Really Make Money By Working At Home?

There is no doubt that the idea of working at home or working from homeis now becoming an option to a lot of people.  While there are those who are very open to the idea and are very optimistic about the thought of living a more meaningful life, there are also those who are a bit condescending and doubt if you can really make money from working at home.

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So, can you really make money from home?

Of course, it’s very possible!  In fact home businesses are becoming pretty popular now a day’s considering the state of our economy and the pretty much non-existent job security.

With enough drive and patience we can really make a living working from home.  A lot of people are not exactly happy with their jobs or may be couldn’t hardly keep one, so it’s not surprising that many are quite ready to jump (or considering) the idea of a home business.

While it’s true that we all have to make a living, sadly, we oftentimes forget to live.  We tend to get sucked into the vortex of eating-sleeping-working-then-repeat-routine.  This makes the very idea of working from home a very sensible option to break free from a somewhat monotonous existence.

Making money from home.

There are a lot of online business ideas that you can start on your own (sometimes from little to no start-up costs at all).  Having said that, don’t be too quick to grab the first one you see online.

Choices vary from internet marketingadvertising and or freelancing.  It would depend on your preferences – where you think you’re strongest at or which ones you’re most interested in.  It’s not entirely required that you’re already knowledgeable about the concept because you can pretty much learn all about it through online. (You just have to be patient of course.)

Remember to be cautious in choosing which home business idea you’d like to delve into.  Of course you can always try new and other things, maybe even at the same time, but it will considerably boost your confidence and fire your desire to do even more, the sooner you see positive results from working at home.

I will discuss more about these business ideas on my future posts;)

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A few pointers before taking the leap.

The ‘world wide web’ is undeniably rich in information and helpful knowledge, but don’t forget that it’s also full of cr*p and opportunist as well.  So, here are my friendly words of advice before you finally decide to work from home and start your very own home business.

Weigh your options first. There are tons of it so don’t get too quick about clicking buttons after buttons.

Make up your mind if it’s really your ‘thing’ – if it is, study it more; if it isn’t, move on.

Research and research some more.  Bumps along the way (just like any businesses) are expected, it doesn’t mean though that it has to be rough, be well prepared.

If you hit a road block, stop, don’t panic but instead relax.  You may be just missing a ‘secret’ passage…or maybe you simply took the wrong turn altogether.

Be brave, be strong and believe.  Really, you can’t expect to go too far if you’re full of doubts to begin your journey with.

Be open.  Open-mindedness will take you a long way.  To learn you must first be willing to be thought.

And lastly – enjoy!

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Business Ideas that Works

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We have already established that you can really make money by working from home.  Earnings may vary depending on which business ideas you decided to delve into and how much time and effort are you really willing to make – in other words, it’ll depend on how passionate are you with this new business venture.

There are apparent advantages of working from home, not to mention that there’s also a big possibility that you’ll be earning more than you would working on an 8 to 5-hour job.  Deciding to work at home – whether you’re a stay at home mom, just got laid out, or just quit from the workforce – may be the best decision you’re going to make in your life.

And although, you may earn yourself a couple of unsolicited advice from concerned individuals or doubtful look from families or friends as to why you don’t have a ‘real’ job – rest assured that you pretty much get the last laugh on this one.   ‘Cuz really, you can make a living by working from home!

Freelancing

Working as a freelancer online can be a good start.  You basically have a zero start up cost; you simply join a freelancing site and start applying for job based on your set of skills.

The good thing about freelancing is that you get to choose which job are you most interested in, you don’t get to experience that feeling of getting ‘stuck’ at something that drains you because most contracts are short term.

You are basically free to choose which job or people are you willing and most comfortable to work with.  You also get to decide how many hours are you willing to work in a day or in a week – which is perfect for stay at home moms or dads with kids (I know kids are a handful sometimes!)

And although the money you will be earning will depend on the hours you are working or job contracts landed, it’s not bad considering you practically didn’t shell out any dollars to start with.  This can be a good idea for stay at home moms or stay at home dads – because time can be really flexible.

You can actually save up from your earnings working as a freelancer and then later invest in other home business ideas.  And besides, who knows, freelancing online could be the perfect business idea for your given circumstances.

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Affiliate Marketing

You have probably heard of this a million times before – affiliate marketing – you make money online by promoting one business’ products or services.  Generally the publisher (you) earns a commission whenever someone follows a link on your blog or website to another site and then sign up or bought products or services.

This business idea requires that you maintain a blog or website where, for instance, you can talk about gardening or baking and then suggest and or promote related affiliate products that you are connected with.  You can target specific niche depending on your blog or website’s theme.

It may take time before you can get your website going and needs work to get more traffic and ideally Google page ranking, but once you get the hang of it affiliate marketing can really bring you serious money.

Web Advertising

This works wonderfully for those who already own a blog or a website (of course you can always start one for this purpose).  Advertisers either pays for the ad space or the number of clicks or conversion their ads received through your site.

There is a considerable traffic generated by those who regularly blogs or update their website – high traffic as well as other considerations such as page rank, page authority and others are being considered by the advertisers.

Unlike in affiliate marketing, there is no need to promote the product and or services.  Ads can simply stay on your blog or website visually (generally on the header or sidebar) and you just go about your thing as usual engaging with your readers and ideally increasing your traffic.

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The Challenges of Working At Home

In as much as I’m enjoying working at homehaving the freedom to manage my time anyway I want to – it is undeniably challenging as well.

Just like any work – be it a regular 8-5 job or managing a brick and mortar business – working at home also needs discipline and dedication as well.

Don’t be fooled with the idea that working at home means you can sleep all day or lull around in your PJs while you fatten up your bank account.  Seriously, let’s be real here.

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Why Work at Home?

With the current state of our economy today plus the fact that job security is pretty much non-existent – having  something that you can either fall back into or provide you with supplemental income proved to be not so much of an option anymore.

Working at home is no longer viewed as risky as it used to be.  In fact, with the right tools, proper guidance and positive mindset you can actually ensure your family’s future by working from home.

The Perks of Working at Home

You basically manage your own timeYes, you can wake up late and work late at night or work early so you can free your evening.  You can go on Holiday vacation with family, you don’t have to miss your kids’ school activities, you get to choose your own ‘break time’ – you pretty much control your schedule.

You are your own boss.  Yes, you’ll be working with other people as well in the course of your home business or working from home, but you get a say on how to go about things.  You don’t have to blindly obey just because you’re told to.

In the same premise, you get all the credits.  You rightfully get the credits for working hard on something that you genuinely believe in.

The Challenges

Not everyone is a believer of this concept – working at home or working from home.  They still view it as good as being unemployed.

For me, these basically are the people who are too afraid to let go of what they have grown accustomed to.  They believe that a ‘real’ job is one where you clock in and clock out every day for 6 days, one where there is a boss, one where you have ‘office mates’ or ‘work mates’  and basically one where you need to go out of the house to ‘go’ to.

Hmmm, isn’t being tied to 9+ hour job per day proved to be stressful?  How about the ‘boss’ who constantly hover or expects too much? And the office politics, the bullying and all?  Don’t forget the time you have to spend traveling to work.

People think that when you’re working at home, you can be bothered anytime of the day since after all you’re just sitting at home, right? Well, not quite.

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Working at home does mean you manage your own time, so the key is managing.  There is still some sort of order you have to deal with.  Yes, at times you can simply just go on a walk if you want to or decide to go AWOL to unwind.  But you get to decide when to do just that.

Say you’re writing an article, it’s not working, you can’t get a hold on a single thought…by all means take a leisurely walk instead, perhaps hang out with some friends for an hour or so. Or let’s say you feel all burnt out, you can then ultimately decide when is the right time to take a leave of absence and take a breather first.

So you see, there has to be some time management in place to make working at home work for you.

Working at home can be very challenging, just like any other ‘real’ job out there.  But I can honestly say that I’m leaving a fuller life – enjoying freedom, security of work and a much meaningful life.

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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!

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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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