Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Working from Home with Kids: Summer Vacation

Since my daughter attended full-day prek this year, I increased my workload at home. It was nice because I was making extra money and was still available for school functions, vacations, and sick days. In a little less than one month, my daughter will be home for the summer. I can’t wait, as we have a lot of plans, but I am sort of dreading my work schedule. I think it will be back to the long, late nights and little sleep.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: Do You Have an Answering Machine?

In my last post, I stated the benefits of working from home with caller id. You get to screen your calls! However, if you are like me, you may still find yourself answering the phone a lot.

Personally, I always think in the back of my head “what if it is an emergency?” Yes, the person calling will likely continue calling in the event of an emergency, but having a working answering machine may give you comfort and peace of mind.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: Do You Have Caller ID?

Working from home with your kids is nice, but that alone can produce enough distractions. So, it is ideal if you can reduce distractions or interruptions from those outside of your home. One of the best ways to do so is with the use of caller ID. Caller ID can let you know who is calling and whether or not you should answer it.

Caller ID comes standard on most cell phones, but if you are using a landline phone and do not already have it, you will need to contact your phone company.

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Uploaded By: CraigPJ

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: Communicating with Clients

One of the major downsides to working from home with kids is communicating over-the-phone with clients. This is particularly true if you have young children. My daughter is at the stage where she loves talking on the phone and wants to talk, no matter who is on the other end.

If this describes your household, here are a few options for you.

* Look for other methods of communication, such as email or instant messenger programs.

* Wait until your partner (if you have one) arrives home to schedule phone communications with a client.

* Ask a friend or relative to come over or hire a babysitter, even just for a couple of hours.

* Find something fun (yet safe) for your child to do and enter a nearby, but different room.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July for those in the United States!

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Uploaded By: jenben27

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Working Home with Kids: Rewards for Making Online Purchases

Although this is not necessarily a work-at-home opportunity, as you can’t make a lot of money and you aren’t actually paid in money, I recommend trying MyPoints. You can do so at MyPoints.com.

This is a website where you are rewarded for making purchases online. I use it whenever I shop online. You will earn points when visiting the MyPoints website to go to website of your choice for shopping.

The retailers that you can earn points through varies, but they are well-known companies, such as Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Barnes and Noble, Overstock, Target, and so forth.

You can also earn points for reading a small amount of emails. I just received a $25 gift card to Old Navy. In the past, I have earned another $25 gift card to Old Navy, a $50 gift card for K-Mart, and a few other $10 gift cards.

If you do a lot of shopping online, MyPoints may be worth the look.

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Uploaded By: nazreth

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: Are Paid Surveys Worth Your Time?

If you are looking to work from home with your kids, you may be looking for easy ways to make money. One opportunity that many work-at-home parents come across is paid surveys, but can you really make money?
Yes, you can make money from paid surveys, but you may be disappointed with the results. When I first started working from home, I tried doing paid surveys and I wasn’t actually paid anything. The companies that I came across always sent me surveys with the “chance,” to win some money. Of course, I never did, so I quit doing them.

With that said, paid survey companies do exist. Once again, you may not make very much money, but it may still be worth the look. As a personal recommendation, I recommend avoiding the surveys where you are only given a chance to win money, as they can waste a considerable amount of your time.

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Uploaded By: Dominik Gwarek / kikashi

Friday, June 6, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: The Pros and Cons of Working After the Kids Go to Bed

If you have been reading my blog, you may know that I work as a freelance web content writer. I have a couple of steady clients that provide me with work, but for other projects, I go out in search of them. This basically gives me the freedom to work when I want. Since I have a 4 year old at home, I often opted for working nights, but it wasn’t always easy.

Working after your child has gone to bed has a number of benefits. Those benefits include fewer interruptions and the fact that you get to spend more time with your child during the day.

There are, however, also a few downsides as well. One of those downsides is the late nights. There were some nights where I was up until 2 or 3 in the morning. Up again at 5 to send my partner to work and then up again when my daughter woke, which was typically between 7:30 and 8:30. This type of schedule can really mess you up after a while.

If you are currently looking the best way to work from home, I recommend using trial and error. I found that working late at night was nice, but I couldn’t do it every night. I will occasionally alternate days and nights. Since my income isn’t necessarily needed, but still helps to pay some of the bills, I decided to cut back my hours. Personally, however, I was lucky to be able to do so.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: Balancing Family and Work

One of the many reasons why some parents decide to work from home is so that they can spend extra time with their children. With that said, you need to proceed with caution. If you are overloaded with work, your goal may not be accomplished.

To help ensure that you have a healthy balance between work and home, create a schedule for yourself. This is particularly important if you work as a freelancer and can create your own schedule. Since I don’t have a traditional nine to five job, even a home based one, I am able to work a little bit, take a break, work some more, take another break, and so forth. Since I work from home with my daughter, who is 4, this helps to make sure she isn’t lacking needed attention.

As for others, be sure to schedule family time with your family. Whether it be a movie night or game night, make sure you have a few times a week where you guarantee that you will turn the computer off and spend time with your family.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Message Boards Great for Work-at-Home Parents

In my last post, I discussed how you can benefit from joining online communities that are geared towards work-at-home parents. Here are a few that you may want to checkout.

As an important note, some of these message boards say mom, but most all also welcome members who are work-at-home dads.

WAHM.com Forum

Work Place Like Home Forum

My Mommy Biz Message Boards

MommyJobs.com Forum

Friday, May 30, 2008

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Message Boards for Work-at-Home Parents

If you work from home or if you want to, there is a good chance that you spend a good amount of time online. If so, are there any message boards that you visit? Although most of your time should be applied towards working or finding a work-at-home job, there are a number of benefits to visiting online message boards that are designed for work-at-home parents like yourself.

In fact, three reasons why you should are outlined below.

1 – Socialization

It is no secret that working from home can sometimes get lonely. Messages boards for work-at-home parents are filled with others who know exactly how you feel. The socialization, even though it is only online, can still do you wonders.

2 – The Information Shared

Work-at-home message boards for parents come in a number of different formats. Most, however, allow job leads to be shared and work-at-home opportunities can be discussed. For example, I started doing freelance web content writing after learning about it on an online message board.

You can get great job leads, but also learn about companies or individuals that are known for scamming home based workers.

3 – You May Be Able to Promote Your Business

Many online message boards allow signatures. These are short messages that will automatically appear at the bottom of all of your posts. You could place a link to your website or your eBay auctions.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: Work-at-Home Links

If you are looking for more information on working from home, I have some great links to share with you. These are websites that are ideal for work-at-home parents. A wide range of topics are covered, but most have a focus on parents working from home.

The WAHM Spot

The Work-at-Home Center

The Blog Guide

Monday, May 26, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: Supplies Needed for a Pretend Play Workstation

In my last post, I mentioned how you may want to create a pretend play workstation for your toddler or preschooler. This helps to keep my daughter occupied when I have to get some work done. She loves pretending to work and be like me.

The supplies needed to do so include:

(1) A Desk

I lucked out and found our daughter’s desk at a yard sale still in the package for only two dollars. Even if you must pay $20 or more for a new desk, I think it would be a wise investment.

(2) A Crayon/Marker Holder

We put a crayon/marker holder on our daughter’s desk. This not only gives her the option to color whenever she wants, but it also gives her a more professional looking desk. A cup can do.

(3) Paper

Since my daughter likes to color a lot, we always try to have a few sheets of computer paper on her desk for her to use.

(4) A Kid Computer

Now, having a computer is definitely optional, as with even creating a pretend workstation, but I find it absolutely amazing. My daughter has a couple of kid computers and we just put one of them at her desk.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Working from Home with Kids: Pretend Play Work Station for Toddlers and Preschoolers

As a parent of a toddler or a preschooler, you likely already know how much your child likes to pretend to be you, their parent. That is why setting up a pretend workstation can work to your advantage when working from home. This is particularly true if you make your child’s workstation in an area that is close to or next to yours.

This is what I did for our daughter and I find it works wonders. She loves pretending to work like me. If she is sitting at her desk and you ask her what she is doing she will say “I am working hard!”