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

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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Working Mum GuiltIt’s a given that as parent we feel an enormous amount of guilt. Are we doing a good enough job? Will our child ever forget we missed a sports day? Are we too strict, or too laid back?

But what about work?

We feel guilty about going out to work, we feel guilty when we stay at home; but what about when we do both?

There are numerous studies and articles written about the benefits (and pitfalls – just to make us feel extra guilty about our life choices) of being a stay at home mum or a working mum, but when you’re a mum working from home, you are both of these things. Does this mean double the guilt? We’re not quite a working mum in the respect that we leave the house in the morning and return later in the day, but then we’re not quite a stay at home mum either because we’re often having to work when the children are around.

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Untitled design (96)Our contributor Heather shares her top 10 reasons to start a home business.

  1. Be the best boss you’ve ever had!
    I’ve experienced working for some great bosses and some not so great bosses in my employed life, however I now have the best boss ever – ME!
  2. You can start immediately
    Most home-based business opportunities offer immediate start-up so you earn an income or commission immediately.  You also have the option to choose whatever business you like, however you have to have belief, honesty and passion for it to be a success.
  3. Low start-up costs
    Direct Sales businesses tend to have very low start-up costs so this is a huge advantage when you are starting up.  Other home-based businesses will also have lower start-up costs, however research should be done on all options before deciding which business to choose.

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Untitled designGuest post – Sandra Swan Coaching

I’ve enjoyed building a successful business from home whilst being a wife, and Mum to two boys aged six and seven. It’s meant that I’ve been able to offer flexibility to my clients, and be there for my family when they need me.

I wanted to share the things I’ve done to achieve a great work/life balance so that if you’re struggling, you might find these tips help:

1) Set clear boundaries for myself
Deciding what hours I work on my business is one of the benefits of being my own boss. If you’re an early morning person you might like to start at 7am and finish by 3pm for instance.

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