Playing both Roles: Caretaker and Provider

 

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Single mothers who want a job with the best pay and the right hours can take advantage of the varied career prospects available in the market. But the search for the ideal job can be quite difficult at times. Listed below are the best job options that will allow women to care for their children while earning a decent income.

Education: Jobs in the education field are well-paying. Single mothers can either work online, at a daycare center, or at a school. You can work for online companies from home and thus be available for your children when they need you. Daycare centers and schools generally have the same working hours, which will allow you to be there for your children when they get off the bus.

 

Sales: A sales job offers single mothers a fulfilling and enjoyable career with great pay. Moms in sales can set their own work schedules, allowing them to be there to read a bedtime story or to hear the proceedings of the day around the supper table. The paycheck is normally dependent on commission, thereby allowing women to earn as little or as much as they want.

 

Freelance work: An increasing number of single mothers are opting for online work from home. Thousands of online job opportunities are available for mothers who are looking for great pay and flexible work hours.

 

Healthcare: There are many health care jobs that offer work opportunities outside the house with flexible hours. They also allow women to earn a decent income that helps provide a comfortable life for their children.

 

Real Estate Agent: This job requires you to sell, buy, or rent properties for customers. It is a very flexible job that involves studying property listings, interviewing prospective clients, listing new properties, showing clients a property or house, drawing up contracts, and clarifying the conditions of sale. Individuals need to take real estate appraisal classes and pass an exam to get a real estate license. The income is normally dependent on commission.

 

Medical Transcription: This job involves listening to varied recordings dictated by medical experts and then transcribing them into medical reports, administrative material, and correspondence. It is a well-paying job that can be done from home.

 

Graphic Design: This is another great job that offers single women flexible working hours along with good pay. Graphic designers create efficient solutions for communicating a message via color, type, illustration, photography, and animation. Newspapers, magazines, websites, corporate reports, and journals all use the services of graphic designers.

 

Marketing Consultant: Large businesses, the government, and several industries are always on the lookout for marketing consultants. Marketing consultants are instrumental in influencing the operations of various businesses by offering vital information and necessary tools. The job does come with rushed deadlines. However, the work hours are flexible and single mothers can telecommute from home.

 

Byline: Martha Burke recently found a freelance financial planning jobs with moneyjobs.com.  Ever since she has been able to set her own work schedule, ensuring that she is able to care for her children when they get out of school.

 

 

 

 

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Homemakers Working from Home

woman on computer So many moms want to be home with their kids but they know finanially they need to be bringing in money.

It’s one thing I think the homemakers of previous generations had better than us. They were able to stay home to raise their kids.

I know there were women who wanted to work outside the home and were not allowed to. Now it seems though the tables have turned. Many women want to be home but can’t be.

The good news is there are jobs and businesses you can do at home. The bad news is they are sometimes hard to find. But scams are plentiful.

First, let me give you this mantra to keep in your head. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t legitimate.

The scams will have you convinced you can make a fortune by doing very little work.  But you will need  to send them $49.99 or whatever as a “processing fee” to get started. Just a warning folks. If they ask for a fee, it’s not legit!

The only exceptions to this is if it’s a party plan type of biz like Avon, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, etc. You will need to buy a sample kit for these type of businesses. And they are legitimate.

Some things may advertise themselves as work at home opportunities and you can make money at them, but the money is so low, it’s not something that you can really do as a job. Mystery shopping and doing online surveys come to mind.

It’s much easier to start your own business than it is to find a job that will allow you to work from home but one thing to keep in mind, if you are starting a business, it will take a while to start turning a profit.

Before you go out there looking for work that you can do at home, get out some paper and pen and make a list. What do you like to do? What are your talents? What do people tell you that you are good at doing? What do/did you do when you were working outside the home?

Now that you have your list, look it over and see if there is anything that can be transferred to a business or job at home.

Are you good at customer service? Well, there are some customer service jobs that can be done from home. The only thing is they do require you to be in a quiet environment. No loud kids, crying babies or barking dogs.

Do you like doing crafts?  You can get your own little online shop on Etsy.com to sell your crafts. I actually do crafts and sell them myself. I don’t sell on Etsy, I have my own website. My crafts are very seasonal so I sell at local craft fairs in the Fall. I have been able to make a fairly good part time income doing this. If my crafts were popular year around, I suspect I could make a full time living at it.

Do you like to write? There is a huge need for good online ghost writers. There are places online such as About.com where you can be paid to write for their site. Or you can start your own website and write on that.  After your site is getting some good traffic, you can monetize it with affiliate links, adsense and/or selling ad space.

Were  (or are) you  an administrative assistant? You can easily transfer that online and be a virtual assistant.

Are you a programmer or have some other techy type job? That can also be easily transferred online. Lots of people need help with their websites or even have a website built.

If you are good in sales and enjoy being with people, one of those party plan type of businesses I mentioned above would be ideal for you.

If you are a fast typist, you can be a general transcriptionist. And if you are a medical or legal transcriptionist, there are plenty of job opportunities you can do from home.

If teaching is your thing, why not try tutoring.

If you are a musician, offer lessons.

If you love kids, start a home daycare. One of my friends makes almost $1000 a week doing this.

Just do some brainstorming.  A few good sites to help you out are wahm.com and WorkAtHomeSuccess.com

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Friendly Careers

The Most Family Friendly Careers

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If you have children, then you probably know all too well how quickly they become the focus of your life. This often means that dreams of success and big, important careers that take up all of your time fly out the window. Of course, you don’t have to sacrifice a great job in order to have time with your children; you just have to choose the right “great job.” Here, we’ve provided a list of some of the most family friendly careers—careers that will enable you to work, get good pay, and still have plenty of time for games, cuddles, and fun with the little ones!

Make Like Mary Poppins!

Nannying is an awesome line of work for those with small children. Nanny jobs can actually pay incredibly well (as much as $40 per hour in cities like New York and Los Angeles!) Plus, many families allow the nanny to bring his or her own children to work. These families often enjoy the added socialization that their child gets. Some even prefer to hire parents over non-parents as nannies, simply because they know that other parents understand how much love and attention a child deserves to receive. In other words, they expect that a fellow parent will treat their child the same way they would want their own child to be treated. Nanny jobs are fairly easy to come by—Craigslist has a great childcare section, and Care.com is another good place to start. Individuals may nanny full or part-time, and individual agreements can be worked out on an employee to employer basis.

Write Your Heart Out

Print publications may be going out of fashion, but internet zines are alive and well! As such, there’s a huge demand for skilled content writers, and many of these writers work from home, creating their own schedules and managing their time as they see fit. Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, you can get involved in things like search engine optimization (SEO) writing, technical writing, and crafting marketing and advertising content. Many positions are widely listed on the internet, and some require only a solid writing sample to land you the job. Pay can vary widely from one writer to the next and is often dependent on how much time you want to devote to your career.

Home-Business Owner

There’s nothing more conducive to the home and the family than a small home business that you can manage without too many demands on your time. Moms and dads have been known to great creative and start all kinds of home-based businesses, like pet-sitting businesses, in-home daycares, and online companies that sell various products and services. If you’ve got an idea for something small scale that you can do right from your own home and that won’t take too much time away from your family, now is the time to act!

Online Teaching

If you’ve got teaching credentials under your belt but hate the long hours away from home and the kids, consider becoming an online teacher! Online colleges and even high schools are rampant these days, and instructors with sound content area knowledge and decent technological skills are in high demand. You can work only a few hours a day or do your work late at night after the kids are in bed.
Byline: Jessica Gordon understands the importance of finding a career that suits your personal needs, whether that be in the form of nannying in Seattle, doing freelance work in LA, or working for an ad agency in Phoenix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaos Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Get Things Done!

Life with kids is hectic. It doesn’t matter whether you are a stay at home mom, work at home mom or you work outside the home. If you have kids, you have chaos.

Today though, I want to talk about the chaos we work at home mothers deal with. Think about all you have to do in a day: meals to prepare and clean up after, kids to take places, and to make sure they are dressed, clean, loved, and have their homework done. Then there is the house to take care of, and laundry to do. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to actually work on your business.

Being home makes it too easy to be distracted by all these other things that need your attention too. Believe me, I have been there. I have been running a business from home since the early nineties. Sometime I also held a full or part time job. And I was raising 3 kids at the same time. And we always had multiple animals too.

Now, with only one child left at home, and he is in college, things should be easier right? Well, they are a little but not all that much. I still watch my granddaughter almost every day and a few nights too. She is two. Need I say more? I also am my elderly mother’s caretaker and actually she is more work than the toddler. And we still have multiple animals. Right now I have 4 dogs and 2 fire bellied Asian frogs. So life is still pretty hectic here.

But I still manage to get work done. I have had 20 years in learning how to do that, even with lots of activity and distractions going on here at my house.

The first thing you have to do is have your mind set on doing whatever it takes to make it all work. That means you may have to sacrifice sometimes.

I don’t watch much television, except for a few shows during the week that I like to watch with my family. Sometimes if I’m doing mindless work, I will have the TV on in my office. Or I’ll listen to music or to podcasts. If I’m doing anything that needs my full concentration, I won’t have anything on.

Often when I am watching TV with my family, I’ll bring my lap top out and do mindless tasks like checking for bad affiliate links or doing maintenance work on my sites.

With meals, I have other family members make dinner one night a week. I always have a meal plan in place ahead of time so there’s no wasted time trying to find something to make for dinner or having to make a last minute dash to the grocery store.

I do a lot of meals in the crock pot. It’s so easy to put the meal together in the morning and have it ready that evening. I also sometimes make a double batch of whatever I’m making and freeze the second batch for later in the month. I do have one night a week (Friday) where we pick up fast food for dinner.

For cleaning, I have a ritual. Mondays mornings, I dust, sweep all the floors and mop them. Tuesdays, I clean all the bathrooms. Wednesdays, I sweep again (4 dogs, lots of dog hair). Thursdays I work on whatever organizing project I have planned. I do all this the first hing in the morning and it usually just takes an hour.

I also try to keep ahead of things. Whenever I walk through a room, I pick up anything I see that shouldn’t be there. Before I got to bed, I load the dishwasher and so a 5 minute walk thru to make sure everything is in it’s place. Just little things like this keeps things from getting out of control.

When I had a full house, I did laundry everyday. I would bring down a load in the morning and  when I took a break an hour or so later, I’d throw the load in the dryer. After lunch, I’d put the dried load away. I still do laundry this way but now I just do it 3-4 times a week.

I work whenever I get a free 15 minutes. I try to do my work in 15 minute increments when I don’t have several hours at a time to work. You would be surprised how much you can get done in 15 minutes.

If the baby is napping, I work. After the dinner dishes are done, I work. I often will work late into the night and sometimes I will get up earlier than everyone else to get a few hours of work done in peace.

When my kids were younger and home during the summer, I’d work in the morning while they would play on their own. They also had a few simple chores to do during this time. Then after lunch, we would do something fun. Sometimes we did a craft or went to the park. Sometimes we’d go to the beach, or to a movie. When they had something to look forward to, they would give me that time to get some work time and most of the time, they behaved well.

Keeping us all on this loose schedule seems to work best when you are dealing with children. We all know how fast things can change. The need to be flexible is important.

Now with young children, like my 2 year old grand daughter, it isn’t as easy to work but I still manage to work some with her here. Like I mentioned before, I will work when she naps. I also will do some easy work on the lap top while sitting out on the deck and watching her play in her playhouse or sand box.

And I bought her own little Fisher Price desk that I put beside mine in my office. She will “work” while I wirk. I let her watch videos or play games on my ipad. She can work that ipad as well as I can. It’s amazing watching her on it. She also has paper and crayons so she do her “paperwork” while I am working. Our “office time” will last between 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on her mood. I can usually get a lot done in that time.

Most people think that when you are working from home, you have loads of free time and are just laying on your couch eating bon-bons. Actually it’s hard work to keep life balanced and in control. I’m here to tell you it can be done and after awhile it will become second nature to you.

Do you have any hints and tips on how you keep your life running smoothly?  I’d love to hear. Leave a comment and share!

Cathy