Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All Work and No Play is So Very Scary

For those who work at home (especially work at home moms) the lines between work and home can become blurred. It's very easy to throw a load of laundry in while an application is opening on your computer or sit on the couch with your laptop on your lap while the rest of the family watches TV.

Most people who work a 9 to 5 jobs, leave their work at work when they walk out the door.  However, for those of us who work from home, there doesn't always seem like we ever leave work. For this reason is why it is so important for you to find time to play and kick back with the family.  If you don't, you may end getting burnt out and resenting your work at home job all together.  Here's my advice on how to mix work and home.

Set Boundaries 

Setting boundaries is number #1 on my list.  This not only means setting boundaries with clients and customers but it also means setting boundaries with yourself.  Set rules that you won't take phone calls after a certain time each day.  I also suggest you set a schedule as to what days and times you are available.  Let your clients and customers know and then train yourself to stick to it.

You also have to set rules for yourself such as not to check your email during those family times.  I used to check my email firs thing in the morning before I even had my first cup of coffee.  Yea, that was a bad idea.  It's a bad idea because if you receive an unpleasant email, then you have already started the day off on a bad foot.  So, make it a rule not to check email until your scheduled "start" time.

Make "Me" Time

I was notorious for saying that I didn't have time to do things for myself.  I was too busy working.  After 3 years of saying this and finally hitting the wall, I realized that if I wanted "me" time, then I could have "me" time.  I just had to take it.  And that's what I did.  And what was amazing is that by taking time for myself each day to read, exercise or just relax, I approached my work with a clear head and was more focused.  Hmmm, go figure.

Make Family Time

The whole reason why I left my 9 to 5 job and started working from home was so that I could be there for my children.  I could take care of them when they were sick and help with their homework.  For those of us who do work from home, sometimes we momentarily forget why we do work from home and that so we can be there for our children.  This is something I have to remind myself every once in awhile.  I don't let myself forget too often.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Work From Home Freelancing

Back in 2000 when I started looking for work at home job opportunities, freelancing was just something that was available for computer programmers.  However, today more and more freelance opportunities are available for jobs involving social media management, blogging, email marketing, website design and virtual assisting.

Before I started my own business and became a professional blogger and consultant, I worked at home doing all of these jobs.  In this post, I would like to share with you options that are available to you to start working in one of those positions.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Work From No Home Review

I recently heard about a new product from Peng Joon that was backed by blogging professional John Chow and I just had to check it out.  As a blogging expert, I wanted to see what Peng was offering and if it would be of any value to my blogging followers and readers here at The Work at Home Helper.

The Work From No Home system provides steps that take you through the process of setting up a website, getting content to marketing it and bringing in money.  Once you sign up for the system, you are redirected to a website which offers you 9 different topic categories with several sub categories under each of those.  Additionally, you will also get a 30 day action plan that walks you through setting up a website and once that one is up and running and generating money, walks you through setting up a second site.  Basically, wash, rinse and repeat.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pros and Cons and Owning a Work at Home Business

For many people the thought of owning your own work at home business is exciting.  In today's economy, it is the only option that is available.  In fact, my of my clients shared with me how when he wasn't able to find work that he decided to buy a business. Therefore, creating a job for himself.

Owning and operating your own work at home business requires a lot of hard work when you are just starting out.  Many times new business owners don't have the money or capital to hire help therefore they end up taking care of every aspect of the business including marketing, billing, business development and of course client services.  All of this can be extremely exhausting.  This is however the flip side which is that owning your a business can give you a sense of pride as well as teach you valuable business skills which you could use later down the road.  Here are some pros and cons of owning a work at home business:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Make Money Online with Affiliate Marketing

When I starting blogging in 2009, affiliate marketing peaked my interest. I learned as much as possible on it and the best way to use it to monetize my blog. Since that time, I have earned commissions from several different types of affiliate programs. In fact I still earn commissions from blog posts that I wrote over 4 years ago. Blogging is my passion and I really enjoy researching different affiliate programs and sharing with my readers my reviews and opinions on different products.

Monday, January 21, 2013

How to Self Publish and Make Money With Kindle

In a world full of internet scams and get rich quick schemes it is indeed refreshing to find something that actually does work. It involves some work of course, but each 'job' that you complete, if it's up to muster, will provide you with ongoing monthly rewards. I'm talking of course, about the phenomenon that is Kindle.

For many years, getting published in print was all but impossible. Times have changed with the advent of electronic readers. We are in the age of the computer. It is now possible to buy an inexpensive e-reader that is no bigger than a small paperback that is capable of storing thousands of books. With the introduction of the Kindle and other small e-readers the market for electronic books has sky rocketed. There never has been a time like this for would be authors and editors.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Have a Messy Cubicle? Enter the Pimp My Cube Contest

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Contest Factory for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Is your cubicle or office so messy that co-workers fear that it will swallow you?  Does a work neighbor have an office space that is messy, unorganized and dirty? If so, then perhaps these are good candidates for the Pimp My Cube Contest by Contest Factory.

To enter the contest all you have to do is upload a video showing your cube or office space.  In this video, you will explain what about your office space is no horrible and why you should be the winner of Pimp my Cube.  The winner will be chosen by the Contest Factory judges based on how many votes, the worse office space and the most compelling story.  And best of all the grand prize is an approximate $1200 value.  The winner will receive one of three prize packages which includes a new high end computer system, a new desk, chair and decorations or a new entertainment package with high end stereo, espresso machine, etc.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Don't Jeopardize Your Computer's Security - Get Norton

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Norton Small Business by Symantec for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
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More and more today the Internet is flooded with hackers and scammers just waiting to release a virus on your computer or steal your personal information.  This is an enormous problem for the small business owner.
NortonLogo_white.jpgHowever,Norton Small Business by Symantec provides small businesses with the security and piece of mind they need for their business operation. In fact, almost six out of ten small business owners admitted to having experienced some sort of malicious software on their computer in the past three years.  Of those, half of them had to pay an expert to resolve the problem.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Walgreens Brand Panty Liners Review

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
120x30_WalgrensTransparentLogoAs women we all want to feel fresh at certain times of the month.  However wearing something as comfortable as a Walgreens Brand Thin Pantyliners  can help you feel fresh everyday of the year.  I recently received a sample of the Walgreens Brand Thin Pantyliners.  This was the first time I had used the Walgreens brand.  This panty is very deceiving.  It is so thin that one may think that it won't provide very much protection.  But that is just not the case.  This pantyliner is so thin that you will forget that you're even wearing Advertisementa pantyliner.  Additionally, it does a great job at keeping me feeling fresh all day long.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Start a Home Based Business for Less than $500

If the search for a work at home job has left you discouraged, perhaps it's time to think about starting your own home based business.  Starting a home based business is easier than you think. If you have skills that are useful to the public or a business, these skills can be marketed to those markets.