4 Best Work At Home Forums Part 3: Work-At-Home Mom Support Forum

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We are down to our last work at home forum in this 3 part article series. So far, we have discussed Digital Point Forum, Warrior Forum and Why Do Work Forum. In case you have not yet found the forum that you want to join, you may find better luck with the last one.

Work-At-Home Mom Support Forum

Work-At-Home-Mom support forum is a popular site the specifically cater to mothers who wish to find an online career. WAHM provides the job support page where you can search for the best Internet-based careers in your state. Another thing that you can find here are business job posts that you can select from. You can get professional tips and advice from the site through blogs and articles.

The forums and discussion threads also provide announcements about site-related issues – most of which can be found in their Getting Started forum. If you have started your online business, you can promote that online by posting, advertising and displaying your social network links. WAHM has a Professions forum where you can browse job opportunities by specialization. It will allow you to narrow your search by focusing on discussion threads of the niche that you want to look into.

More than that, there are also discussions about sales in different categories, saving money, and WAHM life. You can get tips from actual experiences of the other members and you can return the favor by submitting your own experiences too. The site also has a help forum where you can specifically post questions to help you maximize the tools and resources available online.

That caps off the 4 work at home forums that you might want to look into for help as you embark on the wonderful world of online freelancing.

Always remember that these websites are discussion forums and that means you must abide by the rules of each site. To keep yourself from being banned or considered as a spammer by the administration, you have to fill out important details about yourself. These are done in the strictest of confidences. Feel free to join different forums and just be honest about your information to avoid being marked as a spammer. Read the rules, be sincere and observant as you go through each thread. Forums can be a gold mine of information – you just have to know how to look for them.

When you think about it, these forums will not only give you the information that you need about online jobs, it will also help you make a lot of friends. Joining a community board is like joining  a club. You are entering a group that share the same interests as you are in hopes that you can enjoy and enhance your skills with those who share your passion.

Work at home jobs help you set up a very promising online career. In order to find online opportunities, you need to be patient in exploring the web.  Discussion forums are a great source of help for someone looking for an online career. So pick a forum and join in on the discussion. You don’t have to limit yourself to the 4 forums that we have discussed in this article series.

Good luck!

Pursuing Your Dream Job At Home: What Makes It Successful (Part 2)

Pursuing Your Dream Job At Home What Makes It Successful

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Looking back at how I started my current career and I realized how far I’ve gone and how far I have yet to go through. It definitely wasn’t easy at first and the pay was not as much as I expected. However, that did not hinder me from pushing through with it because bottom line is, this is something that I love to do. It is my dream job after all so the motivation to succeed was there.

In my case, this was something that I had to gamble with. I had no professional background to speak of and all I was armed with was the confidence that I know I can do it. But I knew that I had to face the fears just to pursue what I know call my dream job.

It may be bold to say but I never heard of anyone failing at their dream job. If there were cases, then it is probably rare. I honestly don’t think it’s possible.

If you love what you are doing, you have more chances of succeeding because of the following:

You exert less effort in it. Since it is something that you love to do, it can be assumed that you have developed the skills to make it as effortless as possible. Those who love to draw know how to do it. The talent is there so the effort exerted for an output will not be great.

You don’t need much motivation to do it. If you love to do it, you don’t have to drag yourself every morning just for work. This is the only job that I know I can wake up at 6 am for with enthusiasm.

Most of the time, you won’t feel like its work. I used to say that it does not feel like work but truth be told, when I am on a deadline, there is still a bit of stress. However, I am able to cope more easily because, as is said repeatedly, it is something that I love to do.

You are more productive. Since it doesn’t feel like work, you enjoy it more and that happiness will bring forth productivity.

You satisfy more than just fulfillment. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. You are doing what you love to do and you are earning. In my book, that is double the personal satisfaction and fulfillment.

While the success rate is higher, you need to realize that it is because of your enthusiasm for the job and your hard work that you will succeed. It is your attitude towards the whole thing that makes it different from any other job that you can take.

Trust me when I say that earning through your dream job has more benefits than sacrifices. Despite these sacrifices, I have to say that it is all worth it. However, I want you to approach it with a plan. That is very important. Know your back up plan in case your success is stalled. As much as I want it to work for you as much as it has for me, I want you to be wise about this and cover your back. Be prepared for any instance and take disappointments in stride.

Think about it. Good luck!

Pursuing Your Dream Job At Home: Is It Right For You? (Part 1)

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written an entry and I must say things have been really busy during the holidays. Amidst three weddings, new projects and of course, preparing for the holidays, I’ve had very little time for myself. Things are still quite hectic now but I must say, it had been a time of many realizations too.

Pursuing Your Dream Job At Home Is It Right For You

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I was talking to a friend last night and he was telling me about his intention of pursuing his dream job. He is the artistic type and he used to direct shows for living. Now, he does a bit of visual merchandising as a side job and since it was doing so well, he thought of finally taking that step towards his dream job. It is a hobby that he never thought he enjoyed.

I told him straight out that pursuing your dream job over a stable and steady income is personally fulfilling, but very risky. I can never claim that there wasn’t a risk involved. When I looked back at how I started, I realized the immensity of the courage that I had to display to push through with it. My son was turning one and we still had to pay for a couple of loans. My husband’s job can cover only the basic bills but we both decided that it was now or never.

There were signs that told me it was time to move on from my corporate job and that taking the plunge to pursue this path was just right. The signs include the growing difficulty to get up each morning to go to work. The compensation was not enough to motivate me. I felt drained and I wasn’t being productive. My inability to do 100% at my job was no longer there. Those were the signs that told me I had to change something.

The choice was between having a steady income month on month but through a source that was making me unhappy or through a not so consistent source that allowed me to work on something that makes me happy. This is the dilemma that most people I talk to are burdened with.

I’ve had friends who profess that they envy my work conditions, being able to earn by doing something that I love. Most of them are working moms like me and we all agree that earning while being able to stay at home with the kids is a luxury that a few can enjoy.

I was probably lucky that my husband was there to take the plunge with me. That was one of the things that helped jumpstart my earn-at-home career. But whether or not you have the support of your family and friends, it all boils down to your courage.

If it is something that you love to do, ask yourself if it is worth the risk. Ultimately, it all points towards what you can afford to lose financially. Truth be told, this is one of the first things that could get affected – at least if you are venturing out on your own – whether you will go freelancing or put up your own business.

But nevertheless, if you stay true to what you want to happen, it is an uphill climb. It will get better. But this involves a lot of hard work too.

In my next article, I will tell you why I think it is all worth the risk. Stay tuned and I sincerely hope that you can decide on what your next step will be in pursuing your dream job.

On Working Overtime at Home

On Working Overtime at Home

Some of you will cringe at the thought of working overtime and who likes it anyway?

As a general rule, I always inform my clients (especially the new ones) of my preferred working hours. I never go for clients who would require me to work during their local 9-5.

On Working Overtime at Home

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I also tell them that I’d rather not work during the weekends and that is stated at the beginning of our partnership. In the event that I had to work during the weekends, that is only because it was on offset of a weekday that I was unable to accomplish my task. I wanted my weekends to be free for family time and household errands.

When you work from home, you need to be organized about your schedule to make sure you do not miss out on anything. You need to specify your availability to your clients so it is clear when they should expect output from you.

While working overtime may increase your profits, it may be at the cost of family time or your health. Try to keep in mind why you started working from home. If that is to be with your children, then make sure this new career will not hinder that from happening.

When It is Alright to Work Overtime

While that is true, there are cases wherein putting in longer hours is expected. If you are new at freelance writing, you can expect that you will find yourself working overtime a lot. This is understandable because you basically have no market yet. You need to grow your client base and build your online portfolio.

When I started working from home full time, I had to work overtime and I tried not to be too picky about my project choices.

Price was also one of the reasons why putting in longer hours seemed acceptable. A high rate was not really something that you can negotiate just yet when you are starting. I was working through the oDesk platform and a lot of clients will not take a second look at your application unless you have had a couple of successful projects to your name. Only a few clients will take note of you. These are the clients who will offer a really low price for your services. To reach my financial quota, I had to take in more jobs and that meant working overtime.

But as I was able to build my work history and portfolio, I started to be strict about my schedule. I tell my clients the time and day of the week that is allotted for their projects. I am quite transparent in telling them that I have other clients and that I need to stick to my schedule to make sure I attend to all my responsibilities.

While I think it is every contractor’s right to charge extra if they are forced to working overtime, this is something that I do not practice. That is probably because my working arrangement with most of my clients gives me the flexibility to work anytime – as long as I complete the time requirement for the week. I usually say no and I haven’t been put in a position wherein I was forced to say yes. There were instances wherein I said yes – but these were clients that I have developed a respectful friendship with – having worked with them for more than a year already.

Your client cannot force you to working overtime and use up your family time. However, that is really under your discretion. Granting them a favour may benefit you. If it is only 3-4 hours, that may not be too bad to give in to. It’s your choice.

Working Mom

Working Mom

Let me tell you how a working mom came to be a work at home mom.

A change in status really does a lot of things to shift you priorities. You realize that some of the things you thought you enjoyed do not matter anymore. As soon as you experience that one change, you will begin to reassess your life and shift everything so you are more focused on the object of your priority.

I am, of course, speaking about motherhood. It’s quite heart breaking every time I hear my son cry in the morning when I leave for the office or have him reach out to someone else when he is in pain.

So that being said, the road towards being a work from home mom was clear.Working Mom

But the big question was, how? And more importantly, was I ready for this next big shift?

There are a couple of things that you have to ask yourself first.

1. Are your finances stable enough to allow your family to survive with your unstable income? Remember that freelance work will mean you will have no income if you have no projects. There will be a dip in your income in the beginning as you build your portfolio. If you need to keep a steady cash flow so the bills get to be paid, that’s alright. You can start freelancing part time. For instance, I had to spend a few hours writing my articles after I got home from my day job.

2. Is your family supporting your decision? I wanted to be a stay at home working mom for the longest time but I had to wait until I had my husband’s full support. He had to shoulder more of the financial burden as I was getting my freelancing job in order.

3. What career path will you go into? I am talking about online jobs of course. There are several things that you can enter into but it has to be something that you are passionate about. That is very important. If you want to succeed, you need to capitalize on offering something that you are already good at – or at least a niche that you are patient enough to learn.

I will be honest with you. This journey to be a working mom from home was with a lot of doubts. I had to do a lot of thinking and researching to make sure I will not fall flat. This was something that I really wanted to work. I’d like to believe that the passion I placed into this endeavor was what helped me succeed.

Well I got a lot of help from an outsourcing website called Odesk.com too. I will explore on that further as it rightfully deserves a whole article on its own. There is so much to discuss! But the bottom line is, I got my first few projects from this site.

In the freelancing world, all you really need is to find someone who is willing to take a chance on you.