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Thursday, 27 September 2018 18:38

Spotting a Work-at-Home Scam

Here at HireMyMom, we strive to be "the" resource for moms looking for great work at home jobs. And we aim to keep HireMyMom 100% scam free. Each job that is posted goes through our approval process. We look for negative reviews and other red flags before deciding if a job will be posted to our members. And there are many that do not pass the test and do not get posted.

We want to help educate our audience on what to look for if a job starts to seem suspicious. 

Here are some signs of potential scams:

• The person offers to send you a check to buy equipment, supplies or some other business items. In this scenario, they will usually send a large check and have you purchase the items and ask you to send back the remaining balance. Once you have sent the balance back, their check has bounced and has left you out your own money that you sent them. 

• Another red flag is if the person wants to chat by text or Google Hangout or hires you without an interview. Normally a person hiring for a real job will use email and then interview you by phone, Skype or FaceTime. 

• Also of concern is if the person asks for personal information up front relating to your identity or banking information. 

These are some of the techniques that we've learned of scammers attempting to use. There may be others. If you have any suspicions or are unsure about a job posting, please contact us so that we can look into it further. 

If you are aware of a scam, here are some other places it can be reported: 

 

 

Let's work together to keep scammers out of business! 

 

Published in Work from Home Tips
Monday, 24 September 2018 17:54

4 Unique Benefits of Working From Home

We all know that there are several benefits of working from home - no commute, more flexibility, and less stress.  But there are lesser known benefits that aren’t discussed as often!

Check out this week’s blog for some of the unique benefits of being a work from home employee.

Get more done

When you work from home, you have access to your home! This is obvious, but it’s a great thing because it allows you to get some things done around the house, which helps you keep up with the housework and reduce stress.

When you set aside a few of your breaks for light housework everyday, you get more time with your family and friends in the evenings.  If you go to a traditional office, you don’t have this benefit, so it’s something that can easily be worked into your day. Of course, working from home is still working, so keep these cleaning breaks to 5-10 minutes at a time.

Break anywhere

As a work from home employee, you can take breaks or really work from anywhere! From lunch breaks to trips away, you can work from any location with internet access.

If you have the opportunity to tag along on your spouse’s work trip, you can come along! When they’re working, you can get your work done too, then enjoy time together in the evenings. It’s very freeing to have your whole work life attached to your laptop, allowing you the freedom to travel and set up shop all over.

Be more accomplished

According to Fundera.com, “86% of employees say they’re most productive when they work alone - devoid of distractions like inefficient meetings, office gossip, or loud office spaces.” Of course, you can occasionally meet up with friends to work at a coffee shop together, but this study shows that most people are more productive outside of a traditional office.

You’re more free to work through workday interruptions, distractions, and so on.  You can set your own schedule and often don’t have as many spontaneous meetings and office drop-ins.  When you work from home, meetings are typically planned ahead since everyone is on a different scheduled, and they’re also usually shorter and completed over phone or Skype.

Time with family

As we mentioned in a few of the benefits above, working from home just gives you more time with family and friends.  You can typically stop working a bit early if you want, and if your work is complete, it’s not a big deal. This opens you up to attend more functions, be there for people more often, and simply not be restricted by a rigid office work schedule.  If work is complete, you’re usually good to go!

Family also includes pets! Those who work from home are able to spend their day with their furry family members too, strengthening those bonds as well.  You can also save money by not having to hire a dog walker or have someone let your dog out during the day! Pets are great stress reducers as well, so being around them all day can be a calming presence.

Working from home has numerous benefits, from stress reduction to more productivity.  Beyond the obvious benefits, you’re able to get more accomplished, work anywhere, and spend more time with those you love.

Published in Work from Home Tips
Name:  Sandra Lewis
Business:  Worldwide101
City / State:  New York, NY

 

Tell us a little about this business and how it got started.

Worldwide101 is a premium subscription staffing company that connects busy founders, entrepreneurs and executives with experienced remote staff seeking flexible and remote work. Our experienced team members get to continue their careers on their own terms (our team is made of marketers, designers, accountants, project managers, as well as moms, dads, military spouses, expats and general flexibility seekers!), and our clients--mainly small businesses and entrepreneurs--get access to top talent on a fractional basis to help grow their business.

I founded Worldwide101 in 2012 with the idea that I wanted to start a business I would want to work for. I wanted to continue to work in a rewarding environment but also have the freedom to work outside of the traditional 9-5. I decided that there must be others who aspire for the same!

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

It’s okay to ask for help! I used to think that it was a sign of weakness if I couldn’t do it all myself, or if I didn’t know how to do something, and I would struggle along, and spend sleepless nights worrying about figuring it all and showing off. Over the years and as I grew into managing people myself, I have realized that speaking up and asking for help is actually a sign of great strength and yields fantastic results both on a personal level and for the company.

In your opinion, when should one consider outsourcing or hiring additional help?

The most common reason we see clients seeking to hire additional help is that they are experiencing a period of growth and they can no longer, or no longer wish to, manage things on their own, or the work exceeds the capability of their current team.

 

At the same time, the business owner or executive may not feel ready to take on a permanent employee. Also, they may not feel they have the time or resources to go through an extensive hiring process, or maybe they live in an area where it’s difficult to find experienced talent, or that they don’t want someone full or even part-time. Those are all good reasons to look at using a remote staffing firm such as ours. We can listen to the client’s needs, suggest an experienced staff member for the job, (our client and team both meet first and agree to work together) and then we manage all the backend personnel matters, all for a simple monthly subscription fee.

How many candidates have you hired from HireMyMom? And what is your top tip for hiring great talent on HireMyMom?

We’ve hired several candidates from HireMyMom, it’s been a great recruiting tool for us!

Our top tip is to be specific with the requirements you’re seeking and be diligent in following those requirements when selecting candidates. Worldwide101 has a very competitive and selective hiring process, and are constantly seeking exceptional people for our team. We’ve found that being selective pays off, though, both in our team’s satisfaction and our clients’.

What’s your favorite thing about HireMyMom.com?

A lot of our team members are working parents, and they are incredible in their organization and time management skills! Most of them left the corporate 9-to-5 world because they wanted more flexibility for their families. We appreciate that HireMyMom.com connects working parents with resources to find flexible and remote jobs so that they can do their most important job (parenting) along with moving their careers forward and contributing to their family’s income.

Published in Work from Home Tips
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 22:42

Meredith Bell, Performance Support System

"We highly recommend HireMyMom.com. We got several solid resumes, interviewed four excellent candidates and wished we could hire all of them. Each had an additional skill set beyond the one we required. We are thrilled with person we chose - quick learner, commitment to quality/doing things right, and a happy, can-do person."

Meredith Bell, Co-Founder and President, Performance Support System

Monday, 10 September 2018 14:14

5 Ways to Stay Fit From Home

Fitness should be a crucial part of our lives - it keeps us healthy and active. When you work from home, you may not have time or want the expense of an intricate gym routine. The good news is - you don’t need to let those challenges hold you back!

Read along for some of our best, simplest tips to stay fit when you work from home.

Take breaks

One of the major benefits of working from home is that your breaks can take place in your house! You have access to house chores, possibly a family dog, a side job, and much more. While this can also make focusing a challenge, it can also hold many benefits, especially when it comes to sneaking in fitness.

Use a few of your breaks during the day to do a short workout. You can even schedule these around meals and other breaks, and they don’t need to last long at all.  It’s even better to get up and move throughout the day, as we all know how bad sitting is for our health.

Make it short

Working out for an hour is not necessary, unless you truly want to.  Choose a reasonable amount of time and don’t make it overwhelming, especially in the beginning.

If you decide to use your breaks, maybe start by dedicating three, 5-minute breaks to do some type of fitness moves.  When it’s a doable amount of time, you’re much more likely to stick to it in the long term.

Use what you have

You don’t need to run out and buy anything fancy! Chances are, you have exactly what you need, or can get a few small, inexpensive items to start.

Most of us have some kind of fitness selection of gym equipment, machines, or dumbbells.  If you don’t have these things, you can start with bodyweight strength exercises or simply use the road for running.  If you don’t know what type of moves to do, you can access tons of free fitness content on YouTube. You can search by length time, type of workout, etc. For example, 5-10-15+ minute workouts that feature High Intensity Interval Training Cardio, light weight training, Tabata intervals, and so on.

Make it social

Fitness is great to share with others.  This is a great time to get out of the house - walk with friends, join a gym or exercise class, or join a running club.

When you work out with others, you come to depend on each other, which keeps you consistent and motivated.

Keep it consistent

In the end, consistency is key with fitness. If you don’t stick with it, you won’t reap the results that come from a regular workout routine.  Start with 10 minutes per day and go from there. You can simply walk or lift some light dumbbells if you’re a beginner, or find a way to make fitness social.

Set a specific number of workouts to aim for each week and start with at least 2-3.  Once you begin to feel better, sleep better, and generally improve your health, you’ll want to stick with your new, healthy habit!

Published in Work from Home Tips
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 14:12

4 Tips for a Fall Refresh

With September here and Labor Day behind us, we’re officially started into the fall season. It’s a time where work and school pick up again, and we move away from the lazy days of summer.

While we’re getting back into our routines and potentially a more challenging workload, it can be a great time for a refresh as we enter this new season.  Read along for some of our best tips to refresh your body and mind before we move further into fall.

Take a new class

Learning is always a new and challenging way to reboot yourself. Whether your interests lie in fitness or cooking, or potentially computer programming or writing, find something that will take you out of your comfort zone.  Often times mixing things up allows us to feel more inspired in our daily life, whether that be personal or professional.

You can find classes that are offered locally through your library or community center, or search websites such as Udemy for online classes that you can take from the comfort of your home.

Refresh your wardrobe

A wardrobe update does not have to be expensive! You can visit a local thrift shop for new style choices, or find a nice vintage shop that offers unique, inexpensive goods.  Additionally, you can search sites like Poshmark, ThredUp, or Mercari. While you’re doing this, you can also go through your current clothing and figure out what need to go. Especially since we’re through with summer, those clothes can be packed away, sold or donated.

Do you have several pieces that you haven’t worn in a year? Have a few articles of clothing that you just don’t like? Take an honest look around and pitch what you don’t need.  Whether you sell, donate or give away older items, you’ll feel lighter by clearing the clutter!

Do some good

When you’re looking for a change or refresh in your life, doing good for others can be a great starting point. Not only does it make you feel great, it helps others in need.

Look around your community for who needs help, or search your own heart for which causes call to you the most. Are you an animal lover? Volunteer for a few hours at the local shelter each week.  Love kids? Find a library in search of readers. You can even plan a service day with your friends or family members - clean up a park, build something useful for the community, or hand out food to the homeless.

Making time and space for others is very important and always needed, and don’t underestimate the meaning and fulfillment that it will bring to your own life as well.

Plan ahead

While we’re in the mode of restarting and refreshing, it’s important to put a plan into place. We’re headed into the busiest time of the year - school is back, work is busier, and the holidays will be here before we know it. Making a plan will keep yourself and your family sane!

Take a look at where you’re spending your time now, what’s coming up ahead, and how you can plan now so things don’t get too crazy down the road.

Start with a nice planner or online calendar program - make completing the days part of your daily life. Get into the habit of time management and calendar planning, as it will make you feel more calm and in control of your schedule. Additionally, it’s just a great habit that will carry you further in your personal and professional life.

Published in Work from Home Tips