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Real Opportunities To Work From Home!

Jul 18, 2008
In less than ten years there has been nearly a 50% increase in the number of Stay at home parents in the US according to the US Department of Commerce's Census Bureau.. The year 2004 averaged 5.6 million stay-at-home parents. Father's made up about a fourth of this number. As of today, that number has drastically increased to nearly 11 million parents. With the number of stay-at-home parents soaring, the demand, want and desire for legitimate work-at-home jobs are also increasing. These jobs seem like a dream and impossible to obtain, but don't fret they are at your finger tips!

In 1999 my first daughter was born. I wanted the best for my daughter, and there were so many things I knew I would not be able to do for her if I continued to be in an outside work environment. After taking care of her for those first 3 months after her birth, I was missing working as a professional, but I loved my daughter and had a hard time imagining going back to work. As someone who has always been very self-sufficient, I hated the thought of having to rely on someone else to bring in the money. Initially as a joke, my brother suggested I ask my job - on which I was on maternity leave from - if I could work from home. It was crazy enough that I decided to give it a shot, and while that employer said no, the point is eventually it did happen! Doing this is much easier than you would expect. In the next few paragraphs I'll explain how you, too, can learn how to do legitimate work from your home, and the benefits of working out of your home.

When I started off, I knew I would have to brush up my resume and make myself stand out from the crowd. I put together lists of my experiences, skills, and qualities, and I gathered reference letters from my previous employers. After I was set with my resume and recommendations, I searched the job market for any position in any industry I knew that I was capable of doing. I imagined during these searches what I would say when contacting prospective companies, and then when I did call them, I was already prepared for what I would ask. Back then I received lots of \"no\" answers to when I asked if the companies had workers from home, but back then home employees were not popular as they are now. If they answered no, I then asked if they hired contract employees. Larger companies seemed to not take the contract positions seriously, but smaller companies were more willing. I ended up being hired as a Bookkeeper with a law firm, where I worked for some time before more opportunities arose.

When you look for your work at home job, there are several things you need to consider.First, you need to consider if you are looking for a contract based employment, which tends to pay more but lack benefits. Or, are you looking for an employee based position with benefits. With the changing times, there are so many legit opportunities that are obtainable. Contract employment may be a little easier to obtain and will also get your foot in the door with work-at-home experience. It will show you are independent and a self starter and put you one step closer to an employee based work at home position. However, you need to keep in mind that many contract positions require experience in the field or a degree.

When approaching companies be sure that you have references lined up that will be happy to vouch for your work ethic. Since you'll be working independently, many companies will also do background checks on your references. Make sure your references know you by your real name (your full name that is, not a nickname). Do not choose references that are related to you, but preferably ones you have worked with in the past. Relatives and friends can be more biased.

Next is to make sure your resume stands out. It is extremely important that your resume has no grammatical or spelling errors. It is also best to put what is most impressive about your background on your resume first. For example, if you have little work experience, then put your education first. If you have a more impressive work experience however, place that first.

Lastly, basing home employment jobs off of internet sites is not a good idea. It doesn't hurt to do your own research. Lots of websites out there for working from home are scams, although there are a few here and there that are legitimate. If you aren't sure if you've come across a scam, it doesn't hurt to do a web search on the prospective company in a search engine. Make a list of who you'd like to work for and give them a call. The worst that can happen is that they will say no, and you really have nothing to lose. Follow these steps and you're sure to not just stay at home, but also work from home too!

In conclusion, I wanted to mention a couple of the good things about working from home. You'll save lots of money on gas and on food. Many work at home jobs let you set your own schedule. You can watch your kids, pick them up and drop them off from school and from friend's houses, attend all those PTO and scout meetings you've missed, and all the plays and recitals you couldn't go to before. The downside is you might have to work in front of a web camera, which means no rolling over to the computer in your pajamas - but the positives far outweigh the negatives. You'll love the flexible schedule, which accounts for more time for your children, spouse, and especially yourself!
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If you are looking to make extra money from home, then make sure you check out Jessica's free movie about jobs for stay at home moms, and work for stay home moms .
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