Work work work!

Lately, I had been getting so many requests and questions about working from home: “what’s like?”, “How do I get started?” and the like. Before I get started, let’s be clear: working from home is NOT a skill. I repeat, NOT. A. SKILL! It’s a privilege, and privileges can be taken away! Instead, think of what you can bring to the proverbial table within the setting and privacy of your home. Think of industries that best complement your skill set and goals. Also, embrace the idea of entrepreneurship if you cannot find anything to suit your aspirations. BUT……after all of that, and you’re like “I just want a job from home!!!” OK. I hear you! Just so you know, there are tons of companies out there that hire at home workers. The challenge is where to find ’em! For me, I learned to take a more unconventional approach. I have found the best job leads thru the following:

Babycenter Work at Home community board
Single Moms Income
The Work at Home Wife
Money Saving Mom

You’re probably thinking, “But these are mommy blogs?!” And yes, they cater to the working mom. From my experience, Indeed, Career Builder and such did not meet my needs in the search for remote jobs. With the aforementioned blogs, the content is up to date daily ( if not hourly) and you’re smack dab in the community of like-minded folk. For those who are serious about making money from home, let your fingers do the walking and log on! Let me know if the sites work for you in your search for remote employment!

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Truth about working from home……

So… it has been nearly 6 months now since agreeing to work for The World’s Biggest E-Retailer, and as expected, I have learned some pearls of wisdom. Juggling mommy duties, wife expectations, and work responsibilities are never easy, and working from home hasn’t lessen the burden. In fact, it has basically burst the air out of the following lies:

1.) “Working from home means that you can cut daycare out of the equation”. – WELP. Let me explain: working from home is great and it does allow you to be close to your kids when it is especially needed. However, in order to effectively complete the duties of your job, childcare IS needed. Currently, I work a shift opposite my hubby’s, meaning that when he is home, I work and he is in daddy mode for our kids. So far it is working, but for how long…..I don’t know. All I know is that my natural energy level is at its highest from 5 am to 2 pm, while he is at work. So for me, working at night is not preferred but rather out of necessity. So outside childcare may be comin’ around that mountain pretty darn soon.

2.) “Working from home is flexible and you can work whenever you want!”- That aforementioned statement really depends on your line of work. Even so, you must manage your time properly. For those who conduct project-based work assignments, I assume that those individuals can do 2 hours here and another 4 hours there in order to complete the task at hand. But for those who electronically “clock in/out” between available work hours of 6 am and 11 pm CST (such as myself), I have to force myself to carve out a schedule that not only works for me, but for my entire family as well. For example, work after 9:30 pm is a no-go!

3.) “Working from home isn’t real work”. – A lie from the pit of hell. Listen, working from home is a privilege, and privileges can be stripped. Oftentimes, I find myself working a bit harder than the in-office worker. Computer is a bit wonky? I am responsible for getting the kinks out so I can work. Need an ergonomic work chair? It is out of my pocket, buddy. Have an ultra-annoying customer on the line? Deal with it, because my manager and team leader are 5 states away and not always readily available. In short, everyone doesn’t need to be micro-managed but all are not ready for the idea of working solo.

Despite all of what I’ve mentioned, I love working from home, but the real question is : do I want to continue to work from home providing customer service to angry consumers? Uh, not really. But it has allowed to learn some new skills to list on my resume, meet some cool folks, and prep for the next adventure in land of work!

‘Til next time!