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September 11th, 2017

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Feel like you can’t start your own business with loans and investors? It might take less money than you think. According to a survey by Intuit, most small businesses start with $10,000 or less. That’s good news for small business owners who think they need hundreds of thousands to get their company up and running. But $10,000 is still a big chunk of change. You can bootstrap your business paycheck by paycheck while still making your startup seem bigger than it really is. Here’s how.

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Restrategize your website

Your website is often a customer’s first impression of your business. But before you spend several thousand dollars in a website redesign, look at tools you can use on your own to make your business seem ultra professional.

WordPress and Squarespace are relatively easy to learn and come with plenty of free templates and resources. Opt for a clean, responsive layout that features a professional business phone number, your photo and About page. You can even snag a dedicated phone number from Google Voice for free.

Upgrade your telecommunications

At some point, your smartphone or dedicated Google voice business phone number won’t be enough to make your startup seem bigger than it really is. Set up a virtual office and pay only for the extra telecommunications features and services you need.

For example, 8×8 offers VoIP business phone services can create a virtual office desktop to integrate a business softphone with visual voicemail, a corporate directory, instant messaging and video calling among other professional features like web conferencing and social media. When you combine these features with exemplary customer service, your customers feel like you’ve got it together and are running a thriving business.

Send professional proposals

Clients expect a professional-looking proposal to review your offering, price and more about your company. But it’s more than putting a slick logo on a Word document with a price breakdown and sending it to a client.

There are plenty of low-cost tools on the market that can do most of the tedious work for you. PandaDoc offers straight-forward and easy-to-customize templates and collaboration tools. Pick and choose from a library, add your own content and images, share with your team and send off to clients. It’s also a quick way to get them to say yes and digitally sign on the spot instead of waiting around for a response.

Hire a virtual assistant

Outsourcing time-consuming tasks like data entry can free up more time to focus on your business. A virtual assistant can take care of the little details of running your business without needing to hire full-time help.

Sites like HireMyMom.com empower business owners to find the help they need that meets their budget. Whether you need someone part time or full time, you can find highly skilled professionals that only focus on the type of work and during the hours you need.

Get legal advice

You can get the right legal advice about your business entity and any other issues without retaining a private lawyer. Instead, get advice by asking lawyers just a few questions, learning how to incorporate your business or creating legal documents. Rocket Lawyer helps manage legal needs online by connecting people with reputable lawyers and only paying for services they need.

Temporarily upgrade your office space

There’s nothing wrong with running your startup out of your home, but at some point, you’ll need to hold meetings with clients or investors, run a workshop and meet with team members face to face. While co-working spaces have long been have for freelancers looking for more space, you can now rent entire conference rooms.

Companies like Desks Near Me can connect you with single desks or entire conference rooms near you.

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September 5th, 2017

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Do you remember how nervous you were on the day of your driving test? If you do, then you can imagine how your teen might feel as their own test day is approaching. As an experienced adult driver, it’s easy to dismiss your teen’s anxiety. But it’s not your license that is at stake here: it’s theirs.

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Your experience also has a positive side: you can use it to help your teen feel more relaxed and prepared for their test. Encouragement, support and help go a long toward making your teen feel confident and ready. Here are five things you can do to help lower test day anxiety.

Give Your Teen Lots of Resources

One way to learn and retain new information and develop new skills is to receive information and practice in lots of different contexts. Begin by making sure your teen understands the driver’s license process, from the first knowledge test to the final road exam.Â

Many resources can be found online. Your teen may have a preference for written content, or videos showing practical skills and scenarios. Find content from reputable sources, and share them with your teenager. Make yourself available to answer their questions along the way.

Reproduce the Driving Test Conditions

One way to effectively prepare your teen for the road test is to practice beforehand. This means acting as if you were a DMV examiner and testing all the different skills that the DMV does. Road test guides should have all the information regarding which skills are tested, including the dreaded parallel park!

As test day draws near, practice this road exam scenario several times. This will help your teen be familiar with the test conditions, which will lower their anxiety on test day. Ideally, practice with the same car and on the same roads.Â

Remember to practice in different weather conditions as well: who knows whether it’ll rain or shine on test day!

Teach Relaxation Techniques

If your teen tends to be nervous, it’s a good idea to teach them a few relaxation techniques. This will help them keep their nerves in check on test day.

Some relaxation techniques include:

  • Taking ten deep breaths through the nose can help you relax and calm down your nervous system.
  • Learning a few yoga stretches you can do quickly before the test.
  • Visualizing the different skills tested, focusing on the more challenging ones.
  • Use aromatherapy and take advantage of relaxing scents, like lavender.

Encourage Them Regularly

Noting the ways your teen can improve is important, but so is encouraging them and reinforcing their self-confidence. This means noticing when they do things right, and acknowledging their progress along the way. Positive reinforcement in the form of small rewards at every step of the licensing process is also an excellent way to encourage them to work hard to succeed.

Support Them On Test Day

There are many ways you can support your teen on test day. Encourage them to eat a nutritious meal (no skipping breakfast!) and to avoid caffeine. Plan ahead and get to the test center at least 15 minutes before the appointment.

Prepare a bag with everything they need: learner’s permit and other documents, ID, sunglasses, a bottle of water. Stress can make people forgetful! If you can, tell them to leave their phone with you so they won’t be distracted by potential phone calls or texts.

Most importantly, remind them that they are perfectly capable of passing the test. They are probably worried about all the ways they can fail; telling them that they are already good drivers can help dissipate some of the anxiety.

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July 28th, 2017

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Noah waited 100 years for God to send rain, the first rain the earth had ever seen.  In a society where it seems everything is fast paced and wireless technology can preoccupy us every second of every day, patiently waiting has become a lost virtue.  In the life of a believer, one of the most difficult things to do at times can be waiting on God. When it comes to answering our prayers, I have come to learn that God is rarely if ever early, never late, but seemingly right on time — His time.

I remember a difficult period in my life when it seemed God was so far away and the pain and uncertainty seemed to have no end in sight.  Instead of focusing on my troubles and having a pity party, I chose to keep my eyes on Christ and trust God’s plan and not force my own.  As I waited, I actively spent quality time daily in God’s word.  I wanted to know His will for my life and thought knowing Him through His word was the best place to begin!  My prayer life grew tremendously and at first I admit I offered up many prayers asking God to intercede and make my situation all better.  After I while though I realize my prayers were selfishly all about me. What if I did like Job and offered up prayers for others.  The Bible says, “Job’s circumstances changed” when “he prayed for his friends.”  What would happen if my prayers where more about aligning myself with God and His will?  What if it was more about His Kingdom come?  As I began praying more like Jesus did, for OTHERS, I found my prayers didn’t necessarily change my circumstances, my prayers began to change ME.

Amazingly I began to see God working all around and it was not my ability that matter, but my AVAILABILITY.  I used this “unanswered prayer” for 3 years to focus my activity on aligning with God and what He was already doing and then simply joining Him.  This grew me and prepared my heart for the blessing that most certainly would come.  My investment in a closer relationship with God ensured me that when God did speak and answer my prayer, I would surely hear Him correctly.  And when your prayer involves who God wants you to spend the rest of your life with, you don’t want to hear wrong on that one!  Just as God restored Job many times over what he allowed Satan to take away, God also did the same for me!  It has literally been UNBELIEVABLE! Keep trusting as you actively wait on God.

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July 20th, 2017

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As a mom, you enjoy spending time with your kids and taking them to have some fun away from the house. At the same time, you do not have an endless supply of money, so you cannot always spring for an afternoon at the movies complete with popcorn and boxes of Goobers or trips to the zoo or local theme park.

Fortunately, there are plenty of budget-friendly things that are fun to do with the whole family, some of which won’t cost you a dime. Here are a few your family might like.

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Ask for a tour

If your kids crave donuts and bagels or are fascinated with money, you might be able to arrange a behind-the-scenes tour of a local business. Call the bagel bakery, bank or pet grooming shop and ask to speak with a manager, explaining that your kids are obsessed with their shop and would like to take them in for a tour. You might find yourselves seeing what the bank vault looks like or watching fresh donuts go from fried to frosted.

Check out the interesting things happening around you

If you have a toddler who is enchanted with bulldozers, cranes and backhoes, watch around your neighborhood for signs of new construction and take her there to watch the action from the safety of your car. Everyday attractions are great ways to get out of the house and enjoy some time with your kids, while also learning something in the process. If a guy is on scaffolding painting a tall building, that might be worthy of a stop and watch moment, so is parking near train tracks to watch the locomotives chug by or heading to the airport to see the jets taking off and landing.

Go see a play

While you might think that “live theatre” and “frugal” are not words that go together, with some last-minute planning they definitely can. Families who live in or near New York City can score some insane deals on tickets to plays and musicals. Browse online ticket sales websites for their selections of discounted theater tickets, many of which go on sale close to showtime. If you don’t mind going to the theatre on the fly and don’t need a lot of time to prepare, this can be a terrific way to get some culture in while saving money.

Go yard sale shopping

Yard sales can be fun and budget-friendly for kids in a variety of ways. Your children may get into the thrill of the hunt that often comes with scouring peoples’ discarded treasures at garage sales — maybe they will find that old LEGO set they always wanted or a gently used book or doll they will love. You can also make it into a game and challenge them to find the goofiest or most colorful item with a certain price limit; just remind them not to crow about how hideous the ceramic cow wearing a sombrero is so they don’t offend the people holding the sale.

Outlet shopping for a set price

If your kids need some new duds, head to the outlet mall and have a little contest to see which kiddo can pick out the coolest outfit for less than a set amount of money. Set your max budget ahead of time and let them choose as much of a complete outfit as possible including socks and accessories.

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June 16th, 2017

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By Brian Zeng

New moms juggle rising family expenses, long work hours and the responsibilities that come with raising a young family. It is no surprise that many are opting to earn an income and support their family while staying at home.

Working from home gives many women the flexibility they are looking for, while enabling them to contribute to their family’s income.

When selecting a job, flexibility is one of the most important deciding factors that count for women after compensation, according to a survey by Fairygodboss.

Working from home, though attractive, is not easy. Firstly, you need to decide on the job that you would like to take up. This has to be done keeping in mind your existing skill sets and the ways in which you can upgrade or build on them. Setting up online shops is an option open to moms looking to work from home.

Several factors need to be considered before deciding on the right work-from-home opportunity. Here are a few tips in this regard:

1)  Do Your Homework

Any major decision requires careful planning. It also requires you to do proper research and ensure that you make the right choices.

Several online resources allow you to check out the best opportunities available. This infographic on well-paying work-at-home jobs will give you an idea of the skills that are the most sought after.

With rapid strides in technology, it has become possible to collaborate with team members working in different time zones. It is also possible to develop and grow businesses on a global scale without worrying about whether or not seamless coordination and communication between global teams are possible.

So, whether you are great at web designing, coding, tutoring or project management, it is possible to solicit business and acquire clients from virtually any part of the globe. Automattic, parent company of WordPress, lets its employees work from a location they choose, and is proud of the fact that they operate without email or physical offices.

So if you have the right skills, the opportunities are endless.

2)  Think Long Term

You should ideally try to explore work opportunities that you are genuinely interested in and are passionate about. Work-from-home jobs require a massive amount of self-discipline and self-motivation. You need to be driven to market yourself, seek out opportunities and complete projects on time. If you find the work dreary and uninteresting, maintaining the tempo will prove to be hard.

The best thing will be to approach this as a long-term commitment. Check out a few jobs and take up a few assignments. You will be better able to understand where your strength and interest lie, and make choices accordingly.

If you take up creative and innovative jobs like that of freelance photographer or writer, then you will have to ensure that your work speaks for itself. Since you mostly get time-bound projects you will have to be intrinsically motivated to complete them on time and in a professional manner. If you are a remote-working project manager, you will not only have to manage your work, but also ensure that your team does so too. Keeping tabs on team performance is easy now with the latest technology at your disposal, but you will have to evaluate whether or not you will be able to cope with tight deadlines, especially if you have young kids at home.

So ensure you choose a career path that is sustainable and manageable in the long term.

3)  Learn to Manage Contingencies

Remote jobs are not free from job-related contingencies and stresses. Escalations often reach a boiling point because the employees do not see each others’ facial expressions and miss cues as to what the other person really means.

It is important that you learn to deal with remote-working teams based in different countries and collaborate on a variety of projects. Many companies like Elastic, a software company, maintain a constant video channel to let employees see each other when sorting out critical issues. Elastic has no physical HQ and has 500 employees working in about 32 countries. They are brought together periodically when the company flies them down to various global cities for team get-togethers.

4)  Enjoy Your Flexible Schedule

Contrary to the stereotype that is associated with remote jobs, taking up a work-from-home opportunity does not mean that you spend the entire day in pajamas and unkempt hair. Most remote workers prefer to maintain an organized office space, where they can work without distractions. Even if you have not opted for a full-time remote job, it pays to keep regular work hours and stick to a routine. This will train your mind to stay focused during ‘office hours.’

Since your job affords you flexibility, ensure to use that to attend to the important work at home or spend some time on yourself. The pleasures of a flexible remote job include finding time for your young kids as they come home from school or daycare, signing up for a weekly yoga or dance class, or choosing to cook healthier meals than rely on takeouts. That fact that you can mold your life according your preference alone makes the whole effort of building a successful remote career worthwhile.

Conclusion

Women, especially moms, find remote-working opportunities extremely attractive. Make sure that you are mentally prepared to take up the challenges that come with a remote job. Do your research well and zero in on an opportunity that gives you the best of everything.

 

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Brian Zeng is a Blogger  at Ponbee.com. He is a digital marketing enthusiast. His interests include aiding small business growth and following e-commerce trends. He is a tech junkie with an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys spending his time on staying updated on the various aspects of digital marketing and website design

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June 13th, 2017

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By Abbey DeHart

 

For some families, a fancy, designated home office isn’t a reality—but for moms who work from home, it’s a necessity! You need a place to store important papers, put your printer and scanner, and work at your computer easily. The good news is you don’t need a whole extra room to create a functional office space. If all you need are a small desk and a storage area, here’s a simple and easy way to combine them both.

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Cube storage is an easy and affordable way to stylishly add extra storage space to your home—but have you ever considered using it for anything other than that? For this project, we took a normal corner of a room and created a functional desk area with plenty of space to store projects, supplies and more. The cube storage desk shown here is being used as a standing desk, but you could easily add a counter-height chair or stool to the desk to turn it into a seated desk, as well.

To create your own, start by purchasing two cube storage “boxes” at your desired height and width. For our desk, we assembled two 24×36-inch cube storage boxes with the backs left off of them, so that storage could be accessed on either side of the desk.

Next, we added a 24×60-inch white board over top of the cubes, and applied Gorilla glue between the cube and the board to stabilize it.

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After you install the desk, you can use the hardware that comes with the cubes to fix it to the wall to ensure that it doesn’t tip over or shift. Then, can get to organizing your space with all the items you’d put in a traditional home office.

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You can easily customize the look of your home office by selecting different colored organizers and the wood that you use to put on top. Try adding a stenciled pattern to the top of the desk or installing floating shelves above the desktop. You could even make a two-person desk along a wall by adding a third cube organizer in the middle.

Jodi Holzband of SpareFoot recommends adding a physical barrier to add to the feel of having your office, even if you don’t have a door to close: “Put up something that creates a feeling of separation from your living space, like a row of tall plants or a Japanese folding screen. Working near a window is a great bonus, but many office environments don’t even have that, so make sure you invest in good lighting for your space and the kind of work you are doing,” she says.

The options are endless (and affordable) with this project. The best part is that you can knock it out in just a few hours!

 

Abbey DeHart has a passion for DIY and home decor and writes about it for several publishers, including The Home Depot. She gives tips and ideas on topics such as creating an DIY office space using storage cubes and white boards

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May 31st, 2017

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Just like anything else, working from home has its pros and cons. Many times you can set your own schedule, be in a comfortable environment and increase your productivity. However, working from home also can be distracting and chaotic if there’s a lot happening around you. This is why you need a home office. While you have a lot of flexibility in your workspace, there are a few tips you should follow.

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Find a Dedicated Space

Your kids are running around, the dog is barking, laundry is piled up in the corner and the TV is going off in the background. How can you get any work done in this environment? You need a dedicated space and time for your work, and the rest of the household needs to respect this as your place. Whether you have a room with a door or a quiet corner somewhere, you need a dedicated space that’s just for working. Then you can get in the right frame of mind to be productive and not be caught in the craziness of home life.

Make It Ergonomic

Once you have chosen the perfect spot, make it comfortable. Set up your desk and chair with ergonomics in mind so you can be there for hours. Your desk should be high enough so there is clearance for your thighs, knees and feet. If your desk is too low and can’t be adjusted, place boards or raisers under the legs of the desk. Next up is your chair. It should be high enough that your knees are level with your hips and your wrists and hands are straight and level or below your elbows.

For your computer and keyboard, place your monitor about an arm’s length away from your body. The top of the screen should be at eye level so you don’t have to stain your neck looking up or down for long periods of time. Invest in an ergonomic keyboard and mouse to prevent tendonitis and carpal tunnel.

Lighten It Up

Don’t forget about lighting when you’re setting up your home office. You need enough light to work, but you don’t want a glare. If you spend most of the time on a computer, face your screen so that your main light source is to the side to prevent a glare. Natural light is best for your office, so try to pick a room with windows. You also should consider task lighting and other sources of light, such as a desk lamp. Eye strain is a common problem, so do what you can do reduce it.

Add Some Personal Touches

You want to reap all the benefits of working from home, so take advantage of making the space your own. You are not limited by your boss or the owner of a building so you can do anything you want. Hang up a beautiful tapestry or painting that reflects your style and helps the room feel finished. Put down a rug and add a comfy chair to make it feel cozy. Hang up pictures of your family, pets or favorite places to remind yourself why you’re working so hard. Make the space your own and full of things you love. Just don’t go too overboard so you don’t add in too many distractions.

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May 16th, 2017

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Today, the average American owes 11 percent more in household debt than a decade ago, Federal Reserve data shows. If that statistic isn’t shocking, perhaps these next two will make you gasp: The average household has accumulated massive credit card debt to the tune of more than $16,000. Meanwhile, the number of Americans who could pass a basic financial literacy quiz fell from 42 percent in 2009 to 37 percent in 2015, according to the FINRA Foundation.

Indeed, these disturbing numbers reflect poor financial management skills, underpinned by individuals’ and couples’ inability to distinguish wants from needs. Here are some guidelines you can follow to achieve more effective budget management skills.

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Budgeting Principles

One simple budgeting guideline many financial experts recommend is the 50/20/30 rule. Under this rule, you’ll need to budget 50 percent of your monthly income toward any fixed expenses, including rent and utility bills. Another 20 percent of your income should go toward variable expenses, such as family entertainment and eating out. Finally, the remaining 30 percent of your income should be set aside for savings and repaying any outstanding debt.

Fixed Expenses

However, the key to making the 50/20/30 rule work is your ability to identify which of your expenses should be counted as fixed expenses. You and your family’s health and well-being is second to none, and if you’ve racked up bills at your dentist or physician’s office, paying off these sums should be one of your top priorities.

Understanding you have to put a roof over yourself and your family, budgeting to pay your monthly mortgage or rent should also be a top priority. Additionally, setting aside enough money for monthly utilities is also essential; after all, who wants to freeze during winter and sweat it out in the summer?

Finally, if you drive to work, you’ll need a vehicle to get there and back, so car payments and gas expenses should also be considered a necessity. The same rule applies when budgeting for grocery expenses. These are costs that should remain fairly stable from month to month.

Variable Expenses

While eating is a necessity, dining out surely is not. Last year’s U.S. Census Bureau data revealed that, for the first time in history, Americans now spend more on eating out than they do on groceries. If you find you’re running a tight budget each month — and eat out a lot — then this is probably one of the first areas in which you can make cutbacks. Going forward, make sure your restaurant budget is part of your variable expenses — and not your fixed expenses.

This same rule applies for other non-essential spending, including going to the movies. However, not all variable expenses are created equal. For instance, no one needs to buy new tires every month. But, when you get a flat or your tread is worn, you hope you’ve saved enough money to buy some replacements. Remember to factor occasional necessary items — such as new tires — into your variable expenses, so you’re not scrounging for money when an emergency pops up.

Debt Repayment and Savings

When it comes to managing the remainder of your budget, repaying debt should normally take priority over savings. As you’ve learned by now, monthly interest is compounded to your debt, so your best option is to pay off any outstanding sums in a timely manner. Prioritize paying off student loans and credit card balances before you start investing your savings in the stock market.

There are, however, some exceptions to these general rules. First, you should save at least $1,000 for emergencies before pursuing other debt repayment obligations, according to personal financial expert Dave Ramsey. Additionally, while mortgage debt should be handled under fixed expenses, you shouldn’t ever attempt to pay off more than your minimum balance until you’ve:

  • Paid off smaller debts, like credit card bills
  • Saved up enough emergency funds to live on for at least a year
  • Started building your retirement savings

Finally, if your employer has a matching 401(k) fund, you should normally take advantage of putting part of your monthly income into this retirement savings plan, even if you have not yet fully paid off any credit card or student loan debt.

Mistakes to Avoid

To apply these guidelines successfully, avoid making some common financial management mistakes that can run up your debt. To maintain a good credit rating, always pay your bills on time, and don’t let your credit balances run up beyond 10 percent to 20 percent of your limit. If you find you’ve exceeded these balance limits, increase the portion of your income that you budget toward repaying debt in order to bring your balances back down.

You should also remember to factor holiday and birthday gift costs into your variable spending. Most Americans spend more than $900 per year on Christmas gifts. If you don’t include these costs in your budget, your debt will certainly creep up each year. Avoiding these mistakes — and following the 50/20/30 rule — will help you keep down your debt. Put these financial literacy principles into practice and you should gradually see your debt shrink and your savings grow over time.

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May 10th, 2017

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Being a work-from-home-Mom is the embodiment of a jack of all trades; a mother, a doctor, an arbiter, a cook, and a working professional. Sometimes, in favor of more pressing matters, one’s own professional development and goals can fall by the wayside.

This Mother’s Day, to complement the breakfast in bed and bouquet of your favorite flowers, do something to stay professionally “tuned up” and connected by implementing the following tips.

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1. Study Online: Enrolling in an online class or certification to update and validate your credentials is a perfect way to stay “fresh” and “current” with what is in demand in the market today. You can tailor classes to fit your schedule, loading up your schedule for slower months or taking one class in busier seasons, all without the commute to a campus. You’ll be able to work on your own time, without having to be distracted waiting for the Comcast guy who never comes, or having to interrupt a lecture to go pick up your kids from soccer practice. Check out the following free online course websites below to get started:
Khan Academy: With over 3,000 videos on subjects ranging from welding, to SAT prep, to advanced physics, Khan Academy offers a platform where courses are broken into smaller and shorter videos or text, in order to fit your busy schedule. Coursera: Coursera offers classes ranging from Introduction to Guitar, to Employment Law from some of the top law schools in the U.S. Unlike some other “go at your own pace” sites, the courses are monitored by a professor, so you’ll have to complete your online coursework in a certain amount of time.nMIT Open Courseware: If you’ve always wanted to attend a big-name school with some of the world’s best professors, check out MIT Open Courseware to access the online lectures, readings, course calendar, assignments and study materials.

2. Spruce Up Your Resume: Dust off that outdated resume of yours and spruce it up with an up to date, concise resume, that addresses a past employment gap, and stresses your qualifications and skills relevant to the job you are applying to. An updated and “focused” resume can help leverage your worth and salary, and increase your chances of landing a work-from-home job that fits your schedule. If you are looking for a guide on how to structure your resume and hide unemployment gaps, consider using what is know as a functional resume. There are also work-from-home-Mom resume templates, covering professionals with little to no work experience and those with years of experience.

3. Reach Out to Coworkers: It can be easy to fall into a social and professional rut while working at home, due to loneliness and the lack of interaction in the traditional sense with coworkers. Make an effort to get out there and be an extrovert, as the organic building of work relationships and opportunities is more limited, but not completely out the window. Forego an informidable email or text to your boss or coworkers in favor of a phone call or coffee.

4. Establish Work Boundaries and a Schedule to Remove Distractions: For professional success and efficiency, you need to mentally separate between mom and businesswoman. The issue: most of the time, you never know which role you are playing. Try designating an area of your house or apartment to be used as a work station. Implementing a system with your children to let them know when “Mommy means business” can also be extremely effective. Try using a red-light, green-light system, where a green light posted on your office door means your children can be loud and interrupt, while a yellow light allows for mild interruption, and red allowing interruption only in case of emergencies.

5. Dress for Success: Professional dress and attire can serve as a catalyst for a productive day by establishing a professional aura and mindset. You don’t need to throw on heels or pantsuit, but ditching the flip flops and bathrobe in favor of business casual is a step in the right direction. A good rule of thumb is to be in something that could withstand a surprise visit from a neighbor or even a colleague. If you are physically prepared for the day, your mental state will follow, leading to a more productive day. Unsure of what to wear? CorporetteMoms.com – dubbed as fashion for the “overachieving moms and moms-to-be,” addresses everything from makeup to budget outfits, and even get-ups for your children.

6. Keep It Legal: When searching for work-from-home job opportunities, you’ll likely be working as an independent contractor rather than as an employee. Use an Independent Contractor Agreement to outline your duties under the employer, liabilities, and expenses. Doing so will give you a clear and structured understanding of what is expected and the specific deadlines you will need to meet. Understandably, working as an independent contract can be a daunting thought, as employees enjoy predetermined, set benefits, including; paid vacation, health insurance, paid sick days, and clear tax deductions. However, independent contractors benefit from an array of incentives, including unfettered freedom to choose jobs and opportunities that appeal to them the most, tax deductions for maintaining a home office, and rights in their intellectual property. Don’t dismiss a great opportunity due to apprehension or confusion over minor legalities and tax deductions.

This Mother’s Day, take a proactive step towards “tuning” yourself up professionally in order to stay in demand in the market while working from home. Afterall, it’s time you did something for you.

 

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Rachel Ryan a legal writer for LegalTemplates.net. Rachel specializes in providing professional, diverse and creative articles, equipping individuals with the perfect tools for a variety of legal issues. When she’s not writing awe-inspiring content, she can be found trying to become the next Martha Stewart.

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April 26th, 2017

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When you desire to align your life with God, you first need to hear from Him. I’ve had seasons where I did not feel like I was hearing from God often, and it troubled me. I missed Him, and I wanted to know what I could do.

I went through the usual steps to make sure I wasn’t harboring sin or unforgiveness and was regularly confessing areas of known sin.  I was in my quiet place, but I still struggled to hear from God. I felt like my thoughts would not be quiet long enough for me to hear from God at times. Perhaps you’ve experienced something similar.

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Two books have made a major impact in my ability to hear from God. The first is John Eldredge’s “Moving Mountains” and especially the “Listening Prayer” chapter. One of the most powerful things I learned was simply asking Jesus what I should pray. Normally I would start right in with giving thanks and praise followed by all of my prayer requests. I would try to hear from God but a lot of times, it was one-way communication.

The other book that has been transformational for me is “4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice” by Mark Virkler. I also watched a YouTube of his teaching, which was very helpful. His book will thrill the intellectuals of the group. For me, it is a bit of overkill, but I still gleaned a lot from the parts I read.

The biggest thing these books helped me discover was two-way dialogue. So when I begin my prayer time now, I find a quiet place. I still my mind and ask God to allow me to only hear His voice – the voice of the Uncreated.  I sometimes try to picture myself with Jesus in a calming setting like near a river in the mountains. Then I ask Him, “Lord what do you have for me today?” or “What should I be praying in regards to this person or this issue?”  I then begin writing what comes to mind and the words start to flow. I don’t analyze or try to figure it out as I’m writing. I just write until there’s no more to write. If God is speaking to you, what you write will align with Scripture.

I feel like I have regular two-way communication now with my King. He has given me reluctance where I was ready to plow forward and told me to close a door at least for now. I’m learning to obey and trust He has a purpose in all things even when I don’t understand. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8) but He promises to bring good out of all things. (Romans 8:28)

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