Many people are earning decent salaries by working from the comfort of their homes. These jobs just require skills you already have and can easily fit in any schedules. Best of all you do them in the comfort of your home and some even in your pajamas.
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After working in a gas station for several years, I decided I wanted to pursue my other passion. I have loved doing transcription since I was in high school and I used to do it part-time when schools went for summer holidays. I told my boss that I would be quitting which of course, didn’t make her happy, but I had to. She requested me to help in looking for another cashier. We had to advertise the vacancy and a lot of people dropped their resumes for the cashier job. We had to pick just one person from the many resumes we received which was quite easy because we chose the person who had the best cashier resume.
I decided to do my transcription work from my house because I would also have the chance to bring our children up. We have a nanny whom we got from an office that usually has nannies with good resumes and who love her job, but I wanted to still take part in bringing up our children. Our nanny also decided to pursue a career as nurse assistant. I even advised her on writing a good resume for this popular healthcare job.
Working from home and bringing up kids is not a walk in the park. After a month of doing transcription, I realized that I was gaining weight very fast and I needed to lose it. I talked to some of my friends who work online and here are some of the best tips on how to keep fit as a work at home mum or dad.
Put on you work out clothes all day
I know this may sound funny, but it practical. With deadlines to meet, hopping on the treadmill or just doing a 30 minute video can be difficult. Your workout clothes will get you in the mood and make you work harder even if you are just doing house chores. They act as a reminder of your goal to exercise and make workouts easier for you.
Always have some work out ideas ready
To stay fit with a hectic schedule, you should be ready to make use of the free few minutes that you get. The most important thing is to use the time appropriately and try getting the most out of it.
Exercise with the children
This is not easy but it is practical. Involve your kids when you’re exercising so that they do not get fussy and start crying for your attention. Children always have lots of fun exercising with mum and dad.
Involve your friends and family
If you have a spouse, you can take advantage of them. Each one of you can do their workouts as the other one takes care of the children.
Use a personal trainer
If you can afford, consider working with a personal trainer maybe once or twice a week. Home personal training is very convenient and it is becoming very common and affordable. Many parents who work at home find it a better way of getting great work out ideas and keep their exercise routines regular.
Being a work at home mum or dad does not mean that you should not exercise. Exercise is very important because you will keep fit and be more productive.
After convincing your boss, that you can be more productive while working at home, then you should be ready to prove it. Though it may sound very great that you can work from the comfort of your home; no set time, work in pajamas, no traffic and all those other perks that come along, it is not as glamorous at it may seem. As good as it may be to spend the whole day in your pajamas and with your family, if you fail to plan your time well, then you may not deliver as expected.
Here are some things I have learned as a work as a home entrepreneur that are very vital if you need to succeed.
Let family members know your work schedule to keep distractions minimal
Although you may be at home, let your friends and family members know that you are working and that there are deadlines that should be met. If you have young babies, get a nanny to help you in taking care of them. Ask your parents and friends to refer you to places where you can find samples of good resumes for nannies so that you can interview them and settle on a great nanny that will assist you take care of your kids. If you are breast feeding, take some short breaks from your work desk so that you can breast feed, then get back to work as soon as you are done.
Have a workstation
This may be a whole room that is your “home office” or a corner of you bedroom that has your desk and computer. Create space that is specifically dedicated to your business. This will keep you organized and also create a quiet working environment that does not have any unnecessary distractions. You will also be more comfortable when making business calls.
Make a schedule and follow it.
This may be difficult when working from home but is very crucial. Just like being in a normal office where there is a daily routine, create your own routine. Creating a schedule that will work for you will enable you to be more productive while you work from home and help you accomplish all your set goals in time.
It is also important to also create a schedule for your children so that the house is not in chaos immediately you get down to work. This will also help your nanny to get better control of the children. My children love swimming so I bought an above the ground pool for them. This keeps them busy and I ensure I schedule some time for that whenever I am planning their day.
Social media and web surfing
This can be the worst kind of distraction since you do not a co-worker who may distract you from the social media. If you are a social media addict, then you should learn to completely shut them down during working hours. If they are just small temptations to peep to your social media accounts, then just limit them to maybe lunch breaks. Either way, it is not good to have them running as you work. It does interfere with productivity.
Most people think that working from home is not challenging, but it has its own challenges. The best thing about it is that these challenges can easily be avoided for maximum productivity.
Every time I hear the early morning buzz of cars as people head to work, I count my blessings. Working from home is something that I won’t be giving up any time soon. Being a working citizen is no mean task for anyone. The pressures of dealing with deadlines, bosses and colleagues can really wear you out. The stresses of work are made even worse by the hassle of commuting to and from work and dealing with the peak-hour traffic. Working from home is a suitable way of eliminating all this trouble while still remaining constructively engaged.
The first joy of working from home is the ability to spend ample time with my family. In a conventional situation, I would have to leave home very early and come back late in the evening, leaving very little time to spend with family. Fortunately, working from home allows me enough time for my spouse and children. For the school going ones, I get to help them prepare for school and ensure that they have everything they need. The younger ones remain home with me, and I enjoy watching them grow and instilling in them important values. I get to work during their playing and napping hours.
Working from home also helps me prepare healthy meals for my family. Without enough time, it is common to buy fast foods or semi-prepared foods. In most cases, foods are not healthy as they contain preservative chemicals. While at home, I take time to prepare good quality meals, mostly using natural foods. I have a great grinder for my herbs as well as a multipurpose juicer which helps me prepare healthy meals.
Other than spend time commuting to work, I spend the early morning hours running house chores. I fix beds, clean and iron before I sit down to work. Once am ready, I just get into my home office and start working right away. In the office, I would have to sign in at the receptionist desk and exchange pleasantries with co-workers before settling down to work, which wastes time. I can also take lunch as I work. I normally complete my assignments of the day when it’s still early. I use the remaining hours to prepare dinner, help kids with homework and basically bond with them.
Apart from saving time, I save money as well. Driving to or from work every day requires a lot of gas. I am more than happy to save money I could have used for fuel or fare. I do not need expensive clothes; I can work in pajamas if I like. I also take care of my children myself, instead of paying a nanny or daycare to do the same.
Finally, I do my part in preserving the environment by working from home. I spare the atmosphere from the fumes arising from the car. If more of us worked from home, we can reduce the rate of global warming a great deal.
When all is said and done, working from home allows me to be productive yet avoid excess fatigue, which is the case with most workers.