As a mother of three girls, I recently did some soul-searching on how I could balance a
career with my busy family. I've worked full time, I've worked short weeks, and I've been a full-time mom earning no outside income.
When my youngest began school, I began thinking about future work plans. I tested many options over the first few years. I operated a niche online business, did small desktop publishing jobs, and did B2B sales. However, I never felt that I had found my perfect job.
I was a bit stuck. To put my Master's degree to use, I would need to return to corporate life, something that I knew would jeopardize time with my family. But unfortunately, the local part-time jobs I found were restricted to low wages and tough hours. So I began researching ways to work from home.
I was very discouraged by the number of scams that I came across! I was finally fortunate to locate a reputable firm that would provide me with just what I was looking for; flexible hours and the ability to work from my home. In doing so, I learned many things about what different home-based job opportunities were out there.
My mission is to share with you my knowledge of telecommuting, virtual business and home-based jobs. I'd like to make it a bit easier for you to achieve your dream of working from home.
I hope to continue to build the information, resources, links, and advice weekly, so please visit regularly. It might take time, because like you, I'm working each day for my family's future. Any contribution that I can make to providing you with the chance to work from home will make it worth it.
Best wishes, Holly Spencer, Founder 9/09
are a small number of products that I think can be helpful to you in starting on your new home business of virtual career. Many of these I personally use myself, including the Canon Rebel camera, which is one of my favorite tools! I am recommending the following:
- For starting a freelance photography business or selling stock photos, a great camera is a must! A easy to use tripod will also become your best friend when shooting indoors or in low light.
- Office ergonomics are key! I personally use this very comfortable wireless mouse at my desk. I hate the whole wire jumble. If you're involved with telecommuting or virtual work (especially phone work) a great headset can make a big difference in your shoulder comfort and ability to use two hands for taking notes or typing while on the phone. They're also very handy during web conferencing.
- This HP printer offers great photo quality, Wi-Fi capabilities and good printing speed and quality for a reasonable price. There are pricier models for higher volume needs, but this is a great option for your home office...it prints, scans, does great photos....to bad it can't type! I have two other models on my desk, but I wish I had this more updated wireless option.
- Resource books - I can never get too many! I've selected these books to specifically help you in freelance design, writing and general business practices. They've all received very good reviews.
- Software - There are many software titles for expense recording, time-log records and other business needs. Because I'm a Mac fan, I know it's often hard to find good Mac software titles. So here is one directly related to freelance time management and invoicing.