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Monday, 26 March 2018 17:47

HireMyMom Success Story: Whitney Shutt

Name: Whitney Shutt
City / State: Houston, TX
Kids & Ages: Elijah - 2 years 

What’s your success story with HireMyMom.com?

I am a bit of a rare situation, I was at a full time job when I got pregnant and wanted to stay home with my son so I became a member of Hiremymom.com in May/June of 2015 and it only took me about a week or two to land my first interview and was hired on at the company that I still work for today (going on 2.5 years) in August of that same year.   

What’s your educational and experiential background?

I have my bachelors in Corporate Communication and have about 1 years worth of experience in a non-profit organization and 2.5 years of experience if business development, web organization, ghostwriting, transcription, and other various virtual assistant tasks. 

What is your top tip (or tips) for landing a gig on HireMyMom.com?

Be open to anything, even time zones. I work on pacific coast time, but live in central. If you are willing to put in the work and be flexible then you should more often than not find exactly what you are looking for.   

What’s your favorite thing about HireMyMom.com?

The ability to have a website where the jobs have been vetted. I know I can go to this website and know that I won't get scammed and that everything that I see listed are honest employers looking for employees. 

What’s one fun fact about you?

I love to read when my husband takes over toddler time :)

Published in Work from Home Tips
Monday, 19 March 2018 14:24

4 Resources for Remote Teams

Successfully managing remote teams is becoming more necessary as telecommute jobs are more widely available.  There are countless tools and options to make this possible, and we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite options.

Whether you’re looking to track time, communicate with your team, or send professional invoices and billing notes, we have something for you!

Slack

Slack is a great communication and messaging tool that keeps everything in one place.  According to Creative Boom, with Slack you can “hold conversations that are open to others or private; organize and prioritize conversations based on topic or project; share files; connect up your favorite tools; search the archives later” and more.  

It also integrates with several other productivity products and allows your workflow process to be more streamlined.

Google Drive

Google Drive offers everything you need to communicate! You can create documents via Google Docs, spreadsheets via Google Sheets, forms via Google Forms, slideshows through Google Slides, and so on.  It also automatically saves and updates, so you can make changes in real time with your team.

You can search for and share files, create folders, and generally work together on projects as they’re happening.  Google Drive offers “online storage, so you can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos – anything,” according to their website.

The first 15GB of storage is free, then goes to $1.99 per month for 100GB.

Moon Invoice

Moon Invoice is a simple billing and invoice tool that lets you complete tasks such as businesses accounting, estimates, purchases, payment reminders, and so on.

According to their site, “Not only you could add and manage multiple business but you can also create unlimited invoices.  Irrespective of the nature of business, whether you are trying to simplify the complex business model and process, maintain databases, remove errors and simultaneously increase the efficiency online invoicing, Moon Invoice lets you do it all effortlessly.”

Moon Invoice offers a free trial and then costs $14.99 to purchase with unlimited invoices.

For Windows: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/moon-invoice/9wzdncrdchr8

For Mac: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moon-invoice-easy-invoicing/id1109397812?mt=12

Basecamp

Basecamp is a great tool for teams, and it comes with many features.  It's a great project and client management tool that offers messaging, to-do lists, schedules, file storage, document storage, chat, and more.  You can share information with your team and/or your clients, and it keeps everything in one convenient location.

You can also sync it with Google Docs, so if you want to take notes in a separate location, it can all be stored in Basecamp in the end.

If you’re looking for more tools with helpful descriptions, check out this comprehensive list from Creative Boom.

Published in Work from Home Tips
Monday, 12 March 2018 20:31

5 Tips to Prepare for Spring

Spring is just around the corner! With warmer temperatures starting to become more and more frequent, it’s only a matter of time before spring is here.  We associate spring with new beginnings and a fresh start, so it’s the perfect time to implement some of the ideas below for a great start to the new season.

Get outside

Fresh air equals a fresh mood! Get outside as much as you can during this time of year.  Start looking for local outdoor events and festivals. Go see a sporting event, attend an outdoor concert, or simply make time for a daily walk around the block.

Nature gives us positive energy and an energy boost, so it’s only fitting that it would be a perfect start to the warmer season.

Clean it up

It’s a great time to get that old dirt and dust out! From your living room to your office and pantry, use this time to get it all into shape.  Do a fresh coat of paint in your office, bring in some organic plants, or simply do a thorough cleaning.

You can also air out your house when it’s nice enough! Get the dust out. Start fresh for spring. Clean out clutter and donate, sell, or give away items that no longer serve you. This is great for your own energy and gets you into the feeling of a lighter season.

Refresh your resume

Homes aren’t the only thing that you can clean up this time of year.  Take a few hours to refresh your resume and hiring materials if you’re seeking employment.  Warmer weather tends to give us a more positive perspective, so use that vibe to restructure, edit, or redo your materials.

If you already have a job or business, you can update your website, order new business cards, or simply revise your business plan.

Lighten it up

While you’re lightening your burden in your home, be sure to do the same for your body! Get more exercise in the fresh air and choose lighter foods.  Our bodies typically crave lighter foods this time of year anyway, so fill it with hydrating, nourishing options.

It’s an ideal time of year for fresh fruit, healthy smoothies, and cooking nutritious meats and veggies on the grill.  Use seasonal produce for even more health and nutrition!

Take note of your schedule

How was your winter schedule? Did you cram too much in, or did you have a lot of extra time? Before spring comes, take a few minutes to examine your schedule.  Cna you better allocate your time over the next several months? You might need to fill some work space, or you might need to unload some work.

If you’re seeking a freelance, part-time or full-time work from home job, take a look around HireMyMom.com for some options that will fit into your schedule!

Published in Work from Home Tips
Monday, 05 March 2018 15:57

4 Tips for Boosting Effectiveness

Becoming more effective is not just applicable to work.  The more available time you have for your family and friends, the more your quality of life increases.  However, effectiveness at work is also important, and can make your work day much more manageable.  Working to be more productive or effective means saving time, money, and leaving time for those things you love most, all while producing quality work where you need to.

Read our blog for some of our best tips and advice for boosting effectiveness in and out of the workplace.

Where’s your time?

To become more effective, it’s very helpful to know where your current time is being spent.  Spend a few days taking inventory of your time, from business to personal.  If you find you can cut a few unnecessary hours in front of the TV, or eliminate a meeting that you no longer enjoy attending, you might find more time for the things you need and love.

You can avoid wasting time by taking inventory, prioritizing the most important tasks first, and truly listening.  Many mistakes and wasted hours can be saved by really listening to what a client or employer is looking for.  This eliminates hours of edits, re-dos, and spending time on projects that could’ve been done correctly from the start.  This can also be helped by asking a lot of questions at the beginning! Work smarter, not harder, and you’ll boost effectiveness quickly.

Focus on quality

Even though you’re trying to be more effective, quality is important, and focusing on it can save you time down the road.

Don’t just speed through your work - take your time to do it right.  When we want more time for ourselves, we can often speed through work, but it ultimately does not save us time.  Focus on quality in everything you do, and you’ll end up saving time in the end.

Set a timer

Break up your tasks! For example, exercise for 40 minutes, work on freelance job #1 for 60 minutes, break for 10 minutes, then work on freelance job #2 for another 60 minutes.  When you break up your day into sections, it helps you to focus directly on the task(s) at hand, and you know that you’ll get to other things later. Set an actual timer for these tasks, so you aren’t tempted to keep working when it’s time to move on.

This is also a great way to fit in the things you want to do! When you know you’ll be working on freelance work for 3 hours, but then have a 60 minute walk with a friend later, it makes your day that much better.  Not only are you being effective, you’re adding some more enjoyment to your day.  Your whole day does not need to be mapped out, but once you do this for a while, you’ll get into the habit of focus and effectiveness - one task at a time.

Take a break

Breaks are so important! As we mentioned in the tip above, you should even factor them into your schedule.   Breaking up your tasks and your day makes you more productive and keeps you fresh, leading to less mistakes and less chance of burnout.

We’re often believing that more work is always better, btu keeping yourself healthy - mentally and physically - is the first key to success.   You know how you feel after a vacation; you often feel refreshed and ready to work again.  Breaks in your day can do this on a smaller scale! Breaks can be 5 minutes to do a meditation video, a 10 minute walk, or a nice hour and a half lunch break with a friend from time to time.  The more you add some ease into your life, the more zest you bring to your job and your life.

Published in Work from Home Tips