Month: June 2016

Tips for Some Quick Cash

Hey, everyone!  I had a busy weekend and didn’t get a chance to post anything yesterday, but that does not mean I didn’t spend any time working on my goal of working from home.  I’ve become a huge fan of the setting on my phone that reads any text you highlight out loud.  So instead of me staring at my phone all day instead of playing with the kiddos, I find an article I want to read, highlight the text, and tell my phone to read it to me!  Phones these days really are like personal assistants.  Anyway, so I’ve been listening to all kinds of articles this weekend about work from home jobs.

One thing that has been a little discouraging is the fact that it can take quite awhile before you get hired on with anyone because there is so much competition out there.  Add the fact that I don’t have any experience in most of the jobs I’m interested in, and it makes me feel like I’m never going to get anywhere.  But I’m staying positive and I’m staying on track and I’m not going to let myself get too discouraged.  Luckily for me, my husband has a decent job and we’ve made it on his income for 2 years, so a few more months isn’t going to be the end of the world.  I do feel the pressure to start making some money though so I am very motivated to find a way to get paid while staying at home.

For those of you out there who need to make some cash quick while you are applying and waiting for someone to hire you, I have come across several ways to do so:

  • Ride share programs like Uber and Lyft are great ways to make some extra money.  As long as you can pass a background check, have a reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance, you can get paid to drive people around town, on your own schedule.
  • Let everyone know that you are a great babysitter.  You already watch your own kids for free, so adding one or two more kids into the mix for some money shouldn’t be a big deal at all.  If anything, the kids will entertain each other and you’ll be getting paid to have a little break!
  • Sign up to be on the event staff for a baseball game or concert.  This actually sounds like fun and something I might look into.  You get paid to attend the event, work a couple of hours, and have a great time.
  • Pick up some online work on sites like Fiverr or Upwork.  You have to prove that you’re reliable and are offering unique services, but many people say that they have been able to make quite a bit of cash doing something like this.

I hope some of these things help.  You’ve got to put time and effort into this if you want results.  Manage your time wisely.  Don’t spend all of it trying to make $10 here, $20 there because that’s all you’ll end up doing.  Stay focused on your long term goals of finding the perfect job that you can do from home while spending quality time with your kids also! Refer back to my post about time management for some ideas on how to get the most out of the little spare time you have.

Gotta run…the kiddos are calling!

-Katie

Brainstorming

Hey, everyone!  I am determined to find something that will not only help my family financially, but allow me to spend as much time as possible with my kids.  I’ve been reading all kinds of articles and blog posts about different jobs people can do from home, and have compiled a list of the top 10 jobs I’m going to do more research on to see if any of them would be a good fit for me and my family’s schedule.  Keep in mind that everyone is different and has different skill sets, and there are thousands of jobs out there that claim you can do them all from the comfort of your home, so my top 10 list will probably not be your top 10 list.

Anyway, here are the top 10 jobs I am going to focus on to start off with:

  1. Virtual Assistant:  From what I can tell, VAs are in high demand by business owners and executives who just don’t have the time to keep their lives organized.  They need help with everything, from sending e-mails to scheduling their kids’ doctors appointments.  I’m pretty sure that organizational skills are a must for a job like this, and there are probably deadlines that must be met for particular circumstances.
  2. Online Reseller:  So this one sounds interesting.  An online reseller seeks out people who have a bunch of junk they need to get rid of but don’t have the time to deal with it.  Instead of offering to hold a big yard sale for them, they post the stuff for sale on sites like eBay, and then take either a flat fee or percentage of the sales.  I could probably make a small fortune just helping some of my family members get rid of old, unwanted possessions.
  3. Data-Entry:  This job sounds pretty simple and mindless, and normally I wouldn’t be interested in something like this, but I’m a fast typer and feel that I could make some pretty decent money if I was able to find a company to hire me on.  You basically help businesses convert their paper files to digital versions.
  4. Answering Service:  Have you ever wondered who those people are who answer your calls to your doctor at 10pm?  Neither have I.  This job would fit well with my schedule, though, since I’m tied up with the kids during normal office hours.
  5. Interview Transcriber:  Most journalists and researchers hold hundreds, if not thousands, of interviews to learn more about their subject, but none of them have the time to transcribe the interviews into written or typed documents.  Interview transcribers can receive an audio file in their e-mail and send back a typed version of it from the comfort of their home.
  6. Content Writer:  Writing content for websites sounds pretty interesting to me.  I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I could learn about a lot of different subjects depending on what types of websites I was assigned.  The pay scale for this one is a little vague, though, so I’ll have to do more research on this one.
  7. Social Media Marketing:  Our society has a huge focus on social media sites like Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn, and the majority of business owners have no idea how to use these platforms.  According to everything I’ve read, you can get paid to set up accounts, monitor them, post in them, and ultimately drive more traffic to the business’ website.
  8. Online Tutor:  As long as you have experience and knowledge of a particular subject and a college degree, you can become an online tutor or teacher.  Most families are busy and it is difficult to find time for a one-on-one meeting with a tutor, so the online option is a great solution.  I’ve always been really good at math so I will find out if there are any other requirements for a math tutoring job.
  9. Tech Support:  I always thought that when you call a company for technical support for your phone or computer, that you’re calling a big office with a bunch of people sitting in cubicles, answering phones and giving support.  I guess in this day and age, if it can be done on a computer or with a telephone, it can be done from home.  I’m not sure if I’d actually be qualified for this type of job, but I do feel like I know  a whole lot about cell phones and tablets.
  10. Affiliate Blogger:  I’ve heard of fashion bloggers being gifted items from designers and companies to review on their blogs, but I had never really heard of people getting paid to blog.  If you get enough traffic on your site, companies will pay you to advertise for them, to review products, or to just mention things. I don’t think I could ever get enough people to read this little blog, but go ahead and share away and help me spread the word!  I’m partially kidding, but hey, you never know!  

I’m sure there are a lot of other jobs that would be a good fit, but these are the ones I’m going to focus on first.  Be sure to read about my story here if you don’t know why I’m so focused on working from home.

Gotta run…the kiddos are calling!

-Katie

Tick Tick Tick

Hey, everyone!  I had a busy weekend and didn’t get a chance to post anything yesterday, but that does not mean I didn’t spend any time working on my goal of working from home.  I’ve become a huge fan of the setting on my phone that reads any text you highlight out loud.  So instead of me staring at my phone all day instead of playing with the kiddos, I find an article I want to read, highlight the text, and tell my phone to read it to me!  Phones these days really are like personal assistants.  Anyway, so I’ve been listening to all kinds of articles this weekend about work from home jobs.

One thing that has been a little discouraging is the fact that it can take quite awhile before you get hired on with anyone because there is so much competition out there.  Add the fact that I don’t have any experience in most of the jobs I’m interested in, and it makes me feel like I’m never going to get anywhere.  But I’m staying positive and I’m staying on track and I’m not going to let myself get too discouraged.  Luckily for me, my husband has a decent job and we’ve made it on his income for 2 years, so a few more months isn’t going to be the end of the world.  I do feel the pressure to start making some money though so I am very motivated to find a way to get paid while staying at home.

For those of you out there who need to make some cash quick while you are applying and waiting for someone to hire you, I have come across several ways to do so:

  • Ride share programs like Uber and Lyft are great ways to make some extra money.  As long as you can pass a background check, have a reliable vehicle, and proof of insurance, you can get paid to drive people around town, on your own schedule.
  • Let everyone know that you are a great babysitter.  You already watch your own kids for free, so adding one or two more kids into the mix for some money shouldn’t be a big deal at all.  If anything, the kids will entertain each other and you’ll be getting paid to have a little break!
  • Sign up to be on the event staff for a baseball game or concert.  This actually sounds like fun and something I might look into.  You get paid to attend the event, work a couple of hours, and have a great time.
  • Pick up some online work on sites like Fiverr or Upwork.  You have to prove that you’re reliable and are offering unique services, but many people say that they have been able to make quite a bit of cash doing something like this.

I hope some of these things help.  You’ve got to put time and effort into this if you want results.  Manage your time wisely.  Don’t spend all of it trying to make $10 here, $20 there because that’s all you’ll end up doing.  Stay focused on your long term goals of finding the perfect job that you can do from home while spending quality time with your kids also! Refer back to my post about time management for some ideas on how to get the most out of the little spare time you have.

Gotta run…the kiddos are calling!

-Katie

Kids Come First

Hey, everyone!  My name’s Katie.  I’m 29 years old and am married with two kids, ages 2 and 4.  Before I had our first child, my identity was consumed by my career.  I mean, I worked ALL the time and in the very little spare time I had to eat and sleep, I was thinking about my work or replying to e-mails.  At the time, I really enjoyed the work I was doing and didn’t mind the fact that I hardly ever saw my friends or family.

I got pregnant, and while I still worked way more than I should have, I just knew that I would be able to balance having a successful career and still be a good mother to our child.  We found a great daycare for our son, and while I enjoyed my maternity leave, I couldn’t wait to get back to work again.  It was sometimes hard for me to get away from work to come home and spend time with our son in the evening, but for the most part, I did a really great job of leaving my work at the office in order to spend quality time with him.

A year and a half later, I got pregnant again, and since working a full time job with one kid was doable, we just assumed that the second child would follow suit.  Boy, were we wrong.  About halfway into my pregnancy, I started having issues with my blood pressure.  I was put on bedrest, so I obviously had to take a leave of absence from my job.  My poor husband ran himself to death for two months between working full time, shuttling our son to daycare, feeding, bathing, and entertaining him in the evenings, and trying to take care of me as much as possible.  We did have some help from my mother, but for the most part, it was all on him.

Fast forward a month and a half…I went to the doctor for an exam and my blood pressure was out the roof.  They told me I would not be going home that day and that I would be admitted into the hospital.  I was monitored, poked, and prodded for two days, and when they couldn’t get my blood pressure to go down, decided to do an emergency C-Section in order to prevent any complications with me or the baby.  So if you’re doing the math, our daughter was born two months early, at 3 lbs 6 oz.  She spent a month in the NICU while her body continued to develop.  She had to learn how to breathe on her own, drink from a bottle, and gain weight before she was released to go home.  That was the longest month of my life (besides the month and a half I spent laying in bed).

Because our daughter was a preemie, the doctors strongly advised us to keep her indoors, keep guests to a minimum, and basically keep her in a bubble away from germs and changes in temperature.  They told us putting her in daycare would be one of the worst things we could do and that the best thing I could do for her was to breastfeed until she was at least a year old.  Now, with our son, I breastfed during my maternity leave, but as soon as I went back to work, I couldn’t keep up with pumping and my milk supply dried up pretty quickly.  So all of this, along with the fact that hiring a nanny to come to our home and keep our tiny, delicate daughter scared me to death.

We knew that we ultimately wanted to do what was best for our little girl, so I made the decision to quit my job and stay at home with her so that I could continue to breastfeed and give my undivided attention to her care and development.  Since we would be losing my income, we decided to pull my son out of daycare because we wouldn’t be able to afford it, and that is how I became a stay at home mom.  Never in my life did I imagine I would be staying at home with my children full time, staying in my pajamas half the day because there was just not time to take a shower and get dressed, but I am, and am so thankful that I get to spend such quality time with my kiddos during their early years.

Now that our daughter has caught up developmentally, I could probably go back to my career, but after taking so much time off and after seeing how much I actually enjoy staying home with my children, I don’t want to go back to a 40+ hour a week job.  My heart wouldn’t be in it, and I feel that it wouldn’t be fair to whoever hired me.

We have definitely missed my income these past couple of years, and although we have gone without a lot of things to make it work, we are now at the point where I need to start making some money so we won’t always have to tell our children “no” when they ask for something.  We want to be able to take them on trips, buy them cars when they are old enough to drive, pay for them to go to college, and basically give them a better life than we ever had.

I’ve started doing a lot of research about working from home and I just know I am going to find the perfect job that I can do to help our family financially while still spending as much quality time as I can with our children.  So that’s where this website comes in.  I plan to post about my experiences of becoming a work at home mom.  Hopefully I’ll hit the job jackpot in the very near future and then I’ll be able to tell you all about how you, too, can become a successful work at home mom!

Gotta run…the kiddos are calling!

-Katie