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!
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.
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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’.
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.
Working from home is a dream scenario to most - more flexibility, no commute, and more time with family. But once you’ve landed a home based job, how are you successful in it? It’s not quite the same as a traditional office job, so different things need to be considered.
Read along for some of our tips to ensure success in a work from home position.
As much as possible, clear distractions from your home and work time. If you know you’re going to be on an important call, place a note on the door to ask people to not ring the doorbell. If you have dogs, exercise them early and put them in their crates or on beds when you’re trying to get work done.
If your kids are home on summer break, work out some playdates or child care when you really need to focus. Often times we can manage to fit all of this into our work days, but sometimes we need a break. Keep in mind, if you worked in a traditional office, you wouldn’t have the same distractions.
Being a successful home based employee comes down to working independently. Sure, you may have a supervisor or head boss that you report to, but it likely isn’t regulated the same way as an office job.
To get work done, stay on track, and avoid overwhelm, it’s so crucial that you manage yourself. Keep tabs on how you’re spending your work time with a simple spreadsheet, and make to do lists your friend!
However, independence doesn’t need to carry over into your personal life. Be sure that you’re making time to be social and get together with co-workers or other home based workers when you can.
Along with being independent, in a lot of cases you might have to manage yourself. Some home based positions tend to be more freelance in nature, so while you have a “boss,” it’s not in the same way.
Manage yourself with to do lists, as well as clear check ins with your immediate supervisor. Whether it’s a daily summary of work or a weekly check-in call, it’s up to you and your boss. You can create a schedule of communication that works for all involved, and this will allow you to stay on track with your employer.
Working from home offers a host of benefits, but motivation can be hard to come by. It can be tempting to spend the day watching Netflix, or doing something fun with your kids. While this can be part of your day from time to time, you are still working from home.
Do your best to save other activities for breaks or after work hours. When you commit to a typical workday and a set amount of time and hours, you’re providing yourself with the structure and boundaries to get things done.
Staying motivated to do your work will come from having a solid schedule and process for accomplishing tasks. This may be challenging at first, but once you find your rhythm, it’s easy to stay on track!
Working from home has many benefits, from more time and flexibility to a non-existent commute. Although it’s mainly a positive experience for most, there can be challenges involved, especially in the beginning.
Check out this week’s blog for some tips on working through those challenges successfully.
While kid, family, pet and friend time can be a huge bonus to a more flexible job, they can also require a lot of time. Sometimes you’ll need to have focused work time, meetings or conference calls that demand your attention.
For your kids, ask your mom friends or moms in your groups if there are any play groups during the day. You can exchange playdates while other moms need to get things done as well.
You can also take your work outside! Since most home-based jobs involve only a computer, you can bring your office with you. Take your kids or the dogs to a park while you work.
Distractions are part of every job, but can be even more prevalent at home. Between the aforementioned family members and dogs, there’s postal deliveries, homes to be cleaned, and TV shows that can be a little too tempting. If you struggle at all with independent work, it can be even more challenging.
Instead of eliminating these things entirely, give yourself breaks to do what you’re tempted to do during work time, such as watch a TV show, put in a load of laundry, or start dinner.
Your distractions can become a healthy part of your life, as long as you work to manage them while still getting things done. Create a schedule that allows time for the extras or “distracting” parts of your day while still completing your work.
One of the first concerns when accepting a work from home job is the possibility of isolation. Whether you have kids or not, it can still be lonely to not work out of a traditional office.
To combat this, it’s important that social interaction remain part of your life. Can you plan to work with a friend at a coffee shop? What about a weekly happy hour date with a friend or family member?
If you can, look into co-working spaces and spend a few mornings or afternoons working from Starbucks. Even though you might not be working with anyone else, the energy from others, as well as social interaction, will help you feel a bit more normal.
Also, if it’s possible in your situation, be sure to meet up with your co-workers from time to time. If you aren’t local to each other, schedule frequent Skype dates. Video conferencing can still feel like an in-person conversation much more than the phone!
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Success looks different for everyone, but it’s something we all strive for. Whether success is a career goal, or a certain way of flexible living for you and your family, you can take specific steps to get there. With a clear plan and a few tips, you can achieve the success you’re seeking.
What does success look like to you? Just because someone you know feels successful in their life, doesn’t mean you ought to achieve the same things just because. This can lead you down a path of striving for things that truly don’t mean much to you.
How do you enjoy spending your time? What would a successful life look like to you? Take some time to write these thoughts down. Once you know what you’re striving for, it makes it easier to prioritize and eliminate those things that don’t fit on your path to success.
Goals are always very important and very motivating! Start by breaking down your vision of success into achievable goals. For example, if one of your definitions of success is more flexibility in your workday, you might strive to work from home. Goal #1 would be finding work from home sites, Goal #2 could be applying to at least 3 jobs per week, and so on.
Working on yourself first is the best way to gain momentum and improve your outlook. A positive outlook is always conducive to greater success! Start by doing what you really want to be doing, as much as possible, even if it’s on the side at first. For example, you could start a side job or business, or paint or do another hobby on the side.
Another way to work on yourself and make yourself happy first is to work on self improvement, if that’s your thing. This can look like a spiritual practice, getting deeper in your faith, meditation, etc.
According to Time.com, “socially isolated people are more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those with a solid social circle.” Despite your outlook on what success means, maintaining a healthy social life is key.
When you’re focusing heavily on your goals and successes - career or personal - you can start to neglect your social world. It’s a really important part of health and life, and may even be another key to success. Socializing is another part of networking as well, which can lead to job opportunities, business ventures, and so on.
The smartest, most successful people are lifelong learners. You can start a book habit - one new book per week (or month), depending on what works in your schedule.
Take time to read news or pursue an interesting hobby on a daily basis. Take interest in new things. Subscribe to information magazines and publications. Take a local course. Always work to grow your knowledge base! You never know what will strike a cord, change your path, or simply boost your perspective on your way to success.
Working from home affords a lot of flexibility and often improves quality of life, but it brings into focus the question of work life balance. If you’re always in your “office,” does work ever stop?
One way to ensure that working from home is, in fact, working from home, it’s important to set expectations - and boundaries. You can still be there for friends and family on a more flexible basis while still having time to complete your tasks.
Even though you aren’t going to an office, it’s still important to have fairly consistent office hours. Not only does this set an expectation for friends and family, it keeps you on a schedule. We typically get more done when we’re on a daily schedule, so it’s a great method for productivity.
Just because you set office hours doesn’t mean they have to be 9 AM to 5 PM. If it works better for your family to start earlier or later, go for it. It might be helpful to carve out an hour or two for kids’ obligations, car pool, or anything else that you typically need to get done.
Create a family calendar and fill it in. You can create a schedule around this, giving yourself time off, extra days of work, and so on.
If you work from home, you might find that more of the house work and kid responsibilities are your job. This can be a great benefit of working from home, but it can also become overwhelming.
If you feel that the home obligations are out of balance, or you aren’t able to complete your work, it’s time to have a conversation. Delegate some tasks to a babysitter or family member, and simply make it known that you’re only available at certain times.
Working from home is still working, and it should be treated as such. Create an office space that you enjoy, keep housework to breaks only, and work as you would in a traditional office.
The benefits of working from home include flexibility and comfort, but it’s easier to take it seriously and work successfully as an independent employee when you work in a more traditional way. When you, as well as others, see your job as more “real,” the balance of work and the boundaries of time are more likely to be adhered to.
Working from home has many wonderful benefits. From productivity to more time with friends and family, it’s a great way to work with more flexibility.
If you’re new to working from home, you’ll notice it’s a big change from a traditional work environment and schedule. Read along for our best tips and advice for a seamless transition.
If you have the opportunity, start slowly into your work from home career. HireMyMom.com offers freelance and part-time jobs as well as full-time, so start small if you feel like it will be a big transition for you and your family. Many of these positions also often advertise as part-time with the option to go full-time if things work out; this can be a great compromise!
Whether you’ve quit an office job or chose to stay home with your kids, there’s an in-between option for working from home. You can still create income and contribute with a freelance, project-based, or part-time position. This way, you get the best of both worlds while doing other things, or while you prepare to go full-time.
As with everything in life, having a plan and schedule is ideal. Since it’s been proven time and again that home based work results in more productivity, you’ll need to get a sense of what you can accomplish during a day.
Whether you’re staying at the same job but moving to a home office, or starting fresh in your home based career, it’s important to map out your days with a plan. It’s still easy to get distracted at home, so it’s best to work from a to do list and work schedule.
Work from home is just that - work! Many people assume that since you’re home, you’re available 24/7. This could be true, but not if you want to get any work done.
It’s important to set boundaries and expectations with friends and family as much as you need. Whether that’s setting up specific times for meeting friends, or having your spouse pick up your kids at an inopportune time for you, it’s still important that your schedule is considered.
When your spouse, friends, or family members go to their traditional office job, they are essentially unable to leave for many obligations. This is great for you to be able to step in, but it’s not always assumed that you will be available either. To take some tasks off of your plate, it can still be helpful to have a few babysitters on call to help you out when your work is also demanding.
Beginning your work from home journey is so exciting, but also comes with transitional changes. Take your time, make a solid plan, and set expectations with others and you’ll do just fine!
We’ve talked a lot about being a successful leader and manager, but how do you go about being a successful work from home employee?
Whether you’ve recently come from a traditional office job or you’ve been a home based worker for years, it’s always a good time to reevaluate what you’re bringing to the job.
To be a successful worker, it can be helpful to track your time. Whether this is done at your boss’s request or to see where you’re putting your time, it can help you prioritize.
One of the best ways to be a solid employee is to know how to prioritize and not let things slip through the cracks. Tracking your time is also incredibly helpful if you’re paid by the hour, as your employer will appreciate the details.
The best employees are those who communicate! If you go off the grid, especially in a work from home position, it can spell trouble.
If your employer doesn’t know what you’re doing, they may start to lose trust and begin questioning your employment. Do your best to communicate with your employer on a consistent basis, and even do check-in calls as needed.
If you do client work for your employer, be sure that any communications are clearly noted there as well. Since you aren’t in a traditional office environment, staying in contact via email, phone, and text becomes even more crucial!
Along with tracking your time, a schedule can help you stay on task. It can be best to make an outline of your work week schedule for the upcoming week. Start with the items that you do on a daily basis, then add in other items based on due dates.
From here, you can add the “special” projects and unique items as they come in. Working with a schedule or to do list also helps things to not get missed, as they simply go to the next day’s schedule if they aren’t completed.
Staying connected and being a successful work from home employee begins with communication. Once that trust has been built and nurtured, you can begin to build relationships with your employers and co-workers.
Since everyone likes to work with those they know, like and trust, establishing strong, trusting relationships with your team is very important. This will ensure that your value is communicated beyond the professional sphere.
Being a good employee involves personal accountability and responsibility, solid scheduling, and lots of communication! If you take time to do these things on a consistent basis, you will certainly find success as a home based employee.