Working from Home

Need work from home job ideas? You’re in the right place. Our useful articles are ideal for mums already running a home business and give inspiration to wannabe WAHM’s

Working from HomeThe number of employees who are beginning their own business and working from home nowadays is constantly on the rise, and many of them have had great success!

There’s no denying that working from the comfort of your own home is very appealing, as well as being your own boss, and luckily technology has helped to make it possible. Such advances mean there are many types of business you can run from anywhere in the world. However, there are numerous things you need to consider before you take the first step.

Have You Got What It Takes?

Believe it or not, not everyone has what it takes to start a company, particularly one you’re going to be running from your home. Do you have the right personal traits? For example, are you motivated, adaptable, confident and resilient? Working from home can be a challenge, you will face distractions every day, so you need the drive and determination to ensure you work when you need to.

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Business from HomeIf you are thinking of getting back into the world of business again, then you might well be looking at the possibility of running your own business from home.

A lot of mothers do this, and it’s not hard to see why. After all, this is a great way to make money, and something which can actually be relatively straightforward to do once you know what you are actually doing. In this article, we are going to look at a few of the major concerns you will need to face head on in order to ensure that your home business goes as smoothly as possible. Take care of the following and you should find that you have a business which you can be proud of – all without having to leave the home.

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Home Based BusinessThe internet has allowed many stay-at-home mums, or even working mums with big aspirations, to make a living based at home.

Having an at-home business and being able to make a living from it, however, requires a long-term strategy so that you can expand your business as it matures. Don’t get caught by an unexpected surge in popularity, and be prepared for when your product finally takes off (and help it take off) with these top tips:

  1. Curate Your Online Presence

When you want to become a success, you need to develop your online presence. That is why it’s time to start your own website and associated social media sites today. Though selling on marketplaces such as Etsy and eBay can be a great source of income, having the complete power of an online store is what you’ll need to grow your business. It is also how you will be found by more customers and avoid the costs involved with using a third-party site.

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Untitled design (7)Could your boss hire a robot to do your job? According to some experts, more than 20% of US companies have already replaced human workers with machines for certain positions. Those figures are expected to increase.

From driver-less cars to self-service checkouts, the trend is clear. Everyone from accountants to shipping clerks could be affected. If you want to enhance your job security, consider these ideas.

It’s a good idea to make yourself indispensable wherever you work. Cultivate the qualities that will give you an edge over machines.

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Untitled designIt’s imperative to stay focused at work if you wish to meet your deadlines and succeed in your career. However, such concentration isn’t always easy to achieve. Something always seems to sabotage even your best efforts. Someone calls a meeting, a client throws a monkey wrench in your plans for the day, or your child gets sick at school.

 How can you sail past these normal interruptions and keep your focus?

Implement these strategies into your work routines:

  1. Set priorities. Setting priorities is integral to planning your day. Schedule the most difficult tasks early in the day and the easier ones later. When prioritizing your day, make a list of your required tasks. This will keep you organized as you tackle each and every issue.

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Untitled design (55)We often hear that success is the result of hard work. Hard work does pay off, but not everyone has the right work ethic to put in a full day of work. It’s common to daydream, avoid work, and procrastinate. A strong work ethic is both useful and admired. Many of the most successful people in the world are known for having an unrelenting work ethic.

Try these tips for strengthening your work ethic and making progress:

  1. Avoid time-wasters. Television, Facebook, text messaging, email, and the internet are good ways to waste a lot of time. Having a strong work ethic requires focusing on work. If you’re wasting time, you’re not working. Regularly ask yourself if you’re spending time on the right things.

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Untitled designDo you dread deadlines? If so, that feeling could be sending you into a state of inaction, causing you to miss your deadlines, which then increases your stress about them. It’s a vicious, self-perpetuating circle. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it easier to meet those deadlines.

Try this process to turn missed deadlines into things of the past:

  1. Set up your priorities. Determine which tasks are the most important. When you have deadlines, they usually speak for themselves on what tasks need to be done first. If you’re having trouble with setting up your priorities, you may need to ask your supervisor which tasks are more important than others.

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Untitled design (20)Personal assistants have always been thought of as the backbone of the office, and until recently the idea of having your PA working from home was unthinkable. Technology and flexible working arrangements now make being a PA possible from home and many women have decided to go it alone, working for one or more companies on their own terms.

Research

Your first task will be to research the idea, and find out whether you think it’s feasible for you to work from home – will you be able to get childcare sorted, for example? Although being a VA does take the commuting and stress out of getting to work, you still have to be available for the times you’re being paid for so it’s really not a job you can do if you still have little ones at home.

Get your skills up to date if you’ve been out of the office for a while, so that you know how to use things like Skype, content management systems, social media, scheduling apps and anything else you think you might need to do a PA job in or out of an office.

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Make Money From HomeWorking from home has many advantages, the lack of commute, flexible hours and freedom. It’s often been thought of as a low paid option but in fact there are ways to make a lot of money while working at home, especially if you have specialist skills.

Here are a few ideas that you might not have thought of, and the amount of money you can expect to earn from them*

  1. Voiceover Artist – £70 per hour

This is one you might not have thought of, but with the boom in videos, how-tos and help guides on social media, voice overs are more in demand than ever and if you are able to set up with a home studio and send electronic files, you could make a lot of money.

  1. Designing Infographics – £45 per hour

If you have a talent for designing entertaining infographics, it’s very sought after. Infographics are everywhere and again, loved by social media, so practice your skills and you could command a very good hourly rate for your services.

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Working Mum Life HacksBeing a working woman is very demanding, and even more so if you are a working mum!

Apart from the everyday expectancies of holding down a job and keeping up a home we obviously have the added stress of ensuring that our babies are taken care of too. I can think of no better or rewarding job than being a mum. Our children command our thoughts 24/7 and their wellbeing is always a priority.

I am a busy single mum. I have three wonderful daughters who rely on me to be there and to provide for them. I run 2 network marketing businesses that, luckily, I can work as and when I have the time. I also work in a college on the mainland, which means that as I live on the Isle of Wight I have a two and a half hour commute each way, 5 days a week! My time is very limited and very precious. Having the commute time though is actually beneficial to me in some respects. It gives me the time to plan and do jobs while I’m travelling. I do, however, have to be organised on a day to day basis.

There are some ‘life hacks’ that I have found that work for me which help me ensure that I can still run a family home, even without a partner to help.

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