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5 jobs that you can work from home

workfromhomeMany 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.

Virtual assistant

A virtual assistant does different tasks such as sending thank you cards on behalf of busy executives, bookkeeping, market research and management of websites. A virtual assistant can charge about $5-$20 dollars per hour for their services. The working hours and job flexibility varies depending on your employer. This job is very competitive so it is important for you to properly market your services and the areas you have specialized in. Continue reading

Why I left Trucking And Decided To Be A Work At Home Mom

work at home momWhen I went into trucking, everyone thought I was crazy since it was viewed to be a man’s thing. But I am the kind of a person who believes in achieving whatever I want regardless of what people say. I admired riding on trucks and so I did it. However, times have changed and technology has come, giving people an opportunity to work from home. I got fed-up with the weekly routine at 6am or even earlier. Here are the reasons why I chose to work from home:

1. Being rewarded for the work I do
When you work from home, you are the one who determines the financial reward that you get in relation to the effort that you put in. as an employee of a trucking company, I was making money for the employer and so the money was going into his pocket but this changed when I decided to work from home. Even if truck drivers make good money per year, I cannot regret working from home because apart from making good money, it’s fun working at my own pace.

2. I was able to discover my passion
When I stopped trucking, I was able to contemplate on the passion that I loved to have. As human beings, we rarely fully understand what it is we want to be in life and so we end up doing what we weren’t meant to be. When I was growing up, I admired my uncle who was a truck driver and once I completed my high school education I was lucky to find a good company offering CDL training and made trucking my career of choice, but I didn’t know there was another opportunity that could satisfy me even more. Once I started working on my computer from home, I realized this is what I wanted to do all along.

3. More time to spend with my family
With the ever increased pressure and spending most of my time on the road, I found myself spending more time at work and less time on my family. As much as I tried to get a work-life balance, it was almost impossible. Now that I work from home, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my younger son and life is more fulfilling.

4. I’m my own boss
We used to complain about our boss behind his back. At times I could clash with him and no matter what we did, he was rarely pleased. Now, I do not have to meet other people’s expectations and deadlines. I set the targets that I want to achieve.

5. Flexible hours
The traditional 9 to 5 routine restricted what I really love to do. Working as a truck driver means that you have to keep time for you to be able to deliver goods to customers on time, and so failure to keep time with no enough reason could lead to a disciplinary action. As a work at home mom, am now able to manage my time and am able to live life the way I want. If I want to go for a holiday with my family, I just organize my work and live as I wish.

It’s really great working from home. Ever since I started working from home, I was able to strengthen the bond between me and my kids since am getting enough time to spend with them. If you are bored having to work for someone else, it is about time you consider a home based business.

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Healthy Eating For Work At Home Moms

eathy eating for work at home momsKeeping healthy is a lifestyle. Everything about staying healthy is about developing good habits such as diet and exercise in your daily routine. People who have had successful, healthy weight loss attribute it to hard work and perseverance. Some tips to healthy eating can be eating lots of fruits but this may mean you have to cut on whole food when in actual sense you require this so that you can be energized the whole day. The best advice though is to always do things in moderation. Beginning to eat healthy and changing what to eat can be very easy if only you change your mind and focus on doing the right thing for your body.
Eating healthy can have very huge benefits for you as a work at home mom. You feel more energized and are able to meet your set targets without getting easily fatigued. A good healthy diet also has benefits for your hair. To be able to have strong and healthier hair and you will find that you will only use a little wen to wash your hair and it will look all healthy and shinier. If you have thin hair, eating a healthy balanced diet makes your hair fuller which when combined with some shampoo for hair repair to give you a full head of hair.
How then do you plan healthy eating when working from home? The easiest way for planning healthy eating is to make a daily healthy eating plan for weight loss. You can research about foods that will give you the benefit of losing weight without having to do any exercise. Food such as blueberries and yoghurt are great for calcium and antioxidants and they have fat burning properties. You can also list down all the foods that you consume each day. This is called a food dairy. This will enable you to count all the calories that you have consumed and cut back on the unnecessary foods taken. You can substitute the food s that you should cut back on with healthier options especially if you were consuming a lot of junk.
Another healthy eating tip while working from home is to cleanse regularly. Have you ever wondered why French women are so thin? Well it’s because they tone down what they eat the next day especially when they indulge the night before. Eat yoghurt and leeks if you want to tone down after a day of indulgence then you can return to your normal healthy eating plan.
Increasing your meal times can also drastically reduce the fat in your body. However, it is important to remember that although you can increase your meal times, you will also have to cut down the amount of food you eat. You can take 6 meals in a day, but take them in smaller portions. It is also important to remember that breakfast is the meal that you should never miss because it determines how fast your metabolism goes.
These are just some tips to healthy eating that a work at home mom can try. They are easy and affordable and they are not drastic so everyone can have a smooth transition to healthy living.

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Tips On How To Keep Fit As A Work At Home Mom Or Dad

home workout coupleAfter 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.


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Working From Home? Heres How To Avoid Distractions

Work From HomeAfter 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.

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Why I Love Working from Home

mom working at home with babyEvery 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.