WAHMderful Life in Illustrado Magazine, March-April 2013

WAHMderful in illustrado mag

I was recently interviewed by Illustrado Magazine on the topic of “the modern mom,” an article that was released in the March-April 2013 issue. (This is actually the second time Illustrado interviewed me; the first time was last year, for their “Going Solo” solopreneurship feature in November 2012.) For the modern mom feature, I shared about my insights into the work-at-home mom’s lifestyle.

Whenever I’m asked, “What’s the difference between a WAHM and a mompreneur?” Well, several things, but not a lot. All moms — whether they work in the office or from home, or don’t hold any sort of job — are working momsEven if a mom doesn’t strictly do any kind of work from home, she still works! Managing a household and raising kids is a full time job in itself!

A work-at-home mom is simply a niche within the umbrella of the stay-at-home mom. She’s mostly home-based, mainly because she would like to be hands-on with her children. Yes, she may have a home-based business, but she may also choose to work for a company, just on a “work-at-home” or telecommute work setup. [Read more...]

How to Get Clients When You’re Just Starting Out Working from Home

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This is a guest post by Bridget Sanderford. Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You finally decided to take the plunge and start working for yourself from home. You are going to get the flexibility you crave and can finally start getting all the financial rewards from your own hard work. There’s just one problem: You don’t have any clients.

It can be difficult to get your first clients when you start out working from home. After all, you don’t have an established reputation or clients that can refer you for more business. However, there are plenty of things you can do to get your business start right and start getting the clients you need from day one. Here are a few tips for how to get clients when you’re just starting out working from home: [Read more...]

Apps and Devices Every Work On-The-Go Mom Needs

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This is a guest post by Julia Sta. Romana of Wailings of a WAHM

The thing I like most about being a work at home mom is it has given me the freedom to work at home and practically anywhere I want.

Because when you really think about it, work-at-home moms don’t really stay at home all the time to work. We run errands, shop for groceries, pick up the kids, etc. With the right tools and software you can squeeze in more work while waiting or commuting, making you more productive and freeing up more time for the family and yourself.

Having these devices and software has helped me stay on top of work every time I go out of the house. And the great thing about these devices is that they don’t break the bank and most of the apps I use are free. So here’s a comprehensive list of hardware and software I use and any Techie WAHM would need to keep work or business going even while on the go!

Let’s start with the usual combo:

Netbook. Offline or online, having a small, light netbook has allowed me to stay-up-to-date with deadlines and writing assignments. They’re cheaper than laptops, small enough to be carried in a regular sized purse and light enough that I can use it practically anywhere. [Read more...]

How to Tell Your Boss You Want to Work from Home

Working from home isn’t a new concept; it’s just become more of a buzz phrase this day and age. Whether you call it telecommuting, WAHM-ing (if you are a mother, for instance), working from home can mean keeping your regular day job at the office, without having to actually goto the office.

These days, more and more companies are seeing the value in work from home arrangements, especially for employees who are mothers. If you are one of those considering a telecommuting or work at home option, here are some approaches you can take before pitching the idea to your superiors.

Create a telecommuting proposal.
Zig Ziglar said, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” If you want your boss to approve your plan to work from home, make sure you have a solid proposal. This plan should include the following elements:

  • The days of the week you would like to work from home;
  • The duties and commitments that you can work on, on a remote capacity;
  • Your technical specs, including the kind of hardware you have, Internet connectivity, cellular data (if there will be a need for you to work on-the-go)
  • Methods and processes for communicating with clients, if your job requires it.

Your telecommuting proposal will be unique to your situation, [Read more...]

Freelancing for Success: Small changes to boost your game!

Deadline markThere was a time when I used to see my sideline jobs as just hobbies. That was fine, for a while. However, when I began seeing the possibility of my freelance work as a possible service I could offer, I had to shift gears. I had to start looking at my craft as a profession, rather than a fly-by-night type of gig.

When exactly did I start thinking differently about my sideline gigs? Well, simply when they started to take up more of my time. I was enjoying the time I’d give to writing for other people’s blogs and businesses, to the point that I thought, “Hey: I can do this full time. 

You see, unlike a hobby (which is typically something you do in your free time), a sideline job might be an essential part of your income. That was what it was for me, and I had to make a decision: If I was going to make a living as a writer, I couldn’t simply write when I felt like it. I would have to create a working system that would allow me to launch-pad into a real career.

How does a part-time, sideline freelance gig become more than just a hobby?

Have you ever thought about your sideline [Read more...]

5 Job Ideas for Potential work-at-homemakers

wahm 1I will say it again for the nth time: I love being a work-at-home mom. It’s not for everyone, I’ll admit, but it’s working for me so far. And there are so many options for work in terms of what you can carry out at home. For me, it’s obviously freelance writing. However, in my conversations and Net chats with other moms, I’ve discovered other work options that prospective work-at-home moms can give a whirl. Here are the top five, off the top of my head, as well as mentions of some real work-at-home moms:

1. Freelance Writer. I never thought I’d manage to freelance as a writer–the idea freaked me out in the beginning, to be honest. However, things started to pick up in a matter of time, and now I’ve pretty much gotten the hang of writing for several clients at a time. Freelance writers like me can write for magazines, newspapers, and media companies. On the net there are blogs, content writers, SEO writers and many other people hiring writers to fill up their pages.

2. Coaching. Some moms are just built with a capacity to turn others out for greatness. Such is the job of a life coach, business coach or any type of consultant. Basically, a consultant teaches people a specific expertise, or provides guidance in business affairs. A good example of a mom “coach” is Lara Galloway, who set up Mom Biz Coach as a full program for support and mentoring, which is designed specifically for mom entrepreneurs. Another is Tsh of Simple Mom, who is not a coach, but a thought leader and a talented young mom who created her own media company dedicated to helping families live more simply. [Read more...]

How to Be Successful When Freelancing on the Side

Depositphotos_6239811_mThis is a guest post by Angie Nelson of The Work at Home Wife.

While many women dream of working from home, jumping in with both feet isn’t always the best course of action. For many, a slow transition is necessary. This gives you time to build up a client base and steady income before leaving your “day job.” Freelancing on the side can be a challenge however. Here are a few tips to ensure work-work-home balance.

Be “In Business” From the Beginning

Client Expectations

Just because you are not yet full-time does not mean your freelance clients are not a priority. It will likely take you longer to complete projects when working on them only part-time. Establish turnaround times that reflect this to prevent unhappy clients.

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Don’t quit your day job: Tips for WAHM transitions

wahm 4One of the most common concerns of would-be or potential working moms is: “Will I have a steady income as a work at home mom?” As a mom who had a steady income from a job with a monthly salary, I can understand how difficult it is to think of giving up employee status and security. However, it is possible to make the transition from working girl to work at home woman or mom.

When you’re starting off, opt for outsourced work as a regular stream of income.  When I first started thinking about working from home, I actually did freelance writing jobs part-time. Writing, along with office assistance, virtual assistance, or any type of Internet-based work are readily available in online job boards, [Read more...]