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Tips For Stay-at-Home Moms Getting Back in the Work Force

With the economy stalled and a lot of families struggling financially, many stay-at-home moms are looking for work to supplement the family budget. Telecommuting is more prevalent than ever. Global Workplace Analytics estimates that telecommuting in general has risen more than 26 percent since 2005, and by more than 73 percent in government agencies and nonprofits. Working from home is ideal for moms with young children, and the internet has made it easier than ever to find work that can be done right from the comfort of your own home. Here are five ideas to help stay at home moms get back into the workforce and bring in extra cash while still being there for their children:

Online Data Entry and Transcription

Legal, medical, office and closed captioning are just some of the types of transcription services that are needed. You should possess good typing skills as well as the ability to meet deadlines. Visit work-at-home job boards to find freelance jobs. If you’re fortunate, you might connect with a client who really likes your work and you could receive steady projects from them. One word of caution (for all online job opportunities), never pay a fee to work for a company. It’s likely a scam.

Virtual Call Center Rep

Call center work allows you to do customer service right from the comfort of your own home. Call center representatives are needed for businesses such as online retailers, help desks and IT solutions. If you have a pleasant phone demeanor and like helping people, this could be the ideal work-at-home job for you.

Freelance Work

If you like to write, do graphic design or create computer software, there are a wealth of freelance opportunities available online. From businesses that allow telecommuting to online content provider hubs, it’s easier than ever to break into freelance work, no matter what your interest or experience level. Pay will be commensurate with experience and skill level, but freelancing is an excellent way to work from home and earn extra money. Start with guru.com, elance.com and odesk.com. Even Craigslist can be a source when you search under “Gigs.”

Product Reviewer or Survey Taker

Believe it or not, these are legitimate ways to earn extra cash online. Businesses are always looking for feedback about their products and services, and product reviewers and survey takers can help them to accomplish this. Look for a hub service like MySurvey.com that will find out your interests and product usage patterns in order to connect you with review and survey jobs for which you’re a match.

Child Care

While obviously not an online job, offering child care service in your own home is an excellent and flexible way to earn extra cash while still spending time with your own children. You’ll also bring in built-in playmates for your kids.

 
The Perks of Working from Home

Would you like a more flexible work schedule which would save commute time and allow you to work around your kids’ schedules?  Telecommuting may be just the option for you.

Telecommuting has grown significantly in recent years.  Although the U.S. workforce grew just 3% in the last seven years, the number of regular telecommuters grew 66%.  Now some 64 million employees (half the U.S. workforce) are able to telecommute at least part-time.

What are the benefits of telecommuting?  Employees who telecommute are happier, healthier, and more efficient (not to mention richer).

  • Savings on gasoline and car insurance. Since the average commuter spends $1500 a year on gasoline, a half-time telecommuter could save $750 a year.
  • Healthier employees. Three in four employees say they eat healthier when working from home.  Also, people who telecommute have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI), lower blood pressure, and lower levels of stress.
  • Better work-life balance. Eight in 10 employees who telecommute part-time feel they have a good work-life balance.  Also, the average employee says their stress decreased by 25% when they switched from working in the office to working at home.
  • Higher productivity. We all know that a happy employee is a productive employee.  Studies show that working from home increases productivity anywhere from 10 to 50% (according to The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation).
 
When you Work at Home: Separating Work and Home Life

Karen, who works for a large technology company, has the luxury of telecommuting from home.  While working at home provides great convenience and flexibility, it can also pose challenges in separating work and home life.  Oftentimes, Karen will check e-mail after dinner only to get caught up working an additional 2-3 hours.  When your work is so easily accessible, it’s easy to end up working 24/7.  How do you set boundaries in order to separate work from your home life?  Here are five tips.

  • Set regular work hours. Set regular hours of work, and stick to it.  This allows your mind to switch gears and focus on either work or family.  Also, be sure to let family members know your work hours, and ask them to not disturb you during these times.
  • Close the door to your home office. By doing so, this sets a physical boundary, which also helps you gain closure at the end of the work day.  Also, the saying “Out of sight, out of mind” applies here.  If you can’t see it, you won’t be reminded of it.
  • Establish a way to “switch gears”. Find a way to “switch gears” from work to home life.  You might walk the dog or watch the news or take time to yourself to relax.  I always exercise at the end of my work day.  I either go to the gym or take a walk.  Then when I come home I switch to home activities like cooking dinner.
  • Don’t check email after hours. Even if you want to take just one quick check, you can find yourself, like Karen, spending hours on email.  So don’t even check!
  • Turn off your electronics during family or personal time. Be sure to turn off your cell phone, pager, PDA, or other devices, so you can spend quality time with your family or enjoy personal time to yourself without being interrupted.

By following these tips, you can enjoy better balance by separating your work and home life – even when you work from home!