Work From Home Blog

Your cover letter is often the first thing that a potential employer will read from you, so it’s a very important document! Of course, your resume will be crucial since it lists all of your experience and accomplishments, but your cover letter is a place to add personality and make a case for your hiring. Read along for some of our best advice for a cover letter that stands out. Restate When you start your letter, it’s best to restate the position and company which you’re applying for.  This ensures that it goes to the right place, and states again what you’re seeking. In addition to restating the position and…
We all know the importance of a resume when you apply for a job, but there’s often more to the application than just that. There’s the cover letter, recommendation letters, resume, and anything else requested by that particular position. We’re sharing our best tips to keeping your whole job application professional and effective, so you’re ready to apply when those ideal positions come along. Keep it up to date Even if you’re not actively job searching, sometimes the right position just pops up. Be ready for these opportunities! Every month or so, take a few minutes to update and review your materials.  This will keep things fresh, keep you from…
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. Clear distractions 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…
As we get closer and closer to the end of summer, we’re starting to think about back to school and fall routines.  While there’s still plenty of time for summer fun, it’s important to begin thinking about the transition into the school year.  Read along for some tips to be prepared - mentally and physically - to get back into the groove! Shop early By shopping for back to school items earlier than most, you can typically get in on the best sales.  Better yet, you and your kids will have your pick of supplies. If you wait until late into August or after school begins, there’s usually not much…
Name:​ Kari Turbeville​ Business Name:​ Studio Barn Creative LLC​ What’s your success story with HireMyMom.com?​ I was rejected for the first job that I applied for on Hire My Mom. That, ultimately, ended up being the beginning of my success story. ​ When I was rejected, I was crushed, but I emailed the employer thanking them for their time and asked that she keep me in mind for future projects. To my surprise, she did reach back out to me when her selected applicant went on vacation. After working with me for two weeks, she decided that she wanted to keep me on. That was almost five years ago and…
  Working from home is appealing to most - there’s the flexibility, lack of commute, and the ability to be more productive.  While it’s typically a huge benefit to work from home, it’s important that you know what you’re doing ahead of time. It takes a specific type of person, personality, and lifestyle to enjoy and thrive in a home based position, so don’t enter hastily! Read along for our best questions to ask yourself before taking the leap into a work from home job position. Am I independent? Are you okay working independently? Yes, you will likely have a boss and other co-workers, but your actual work time is…
There are many tips out there on how to be an effective manager, but it goes to another level when you’re managing a remote team.  Your workers are out of sight, and it’s very important that you manage them, hire the right people, and still stay sane in the process! Managing home based employees can be a challenge at first, but it will give you more flexibility and freedom if you master it. Read along for some of our best tips for management of remote teams. Manage reasonably Since you can’t physically be with your employees, it can be tempting to micromanage every task, client, and project.  But this goes…
Name: Doug Holbrook Business: iVention City / State: Louisville, KY Website: ivention.us   Tell us a little about your business and how you got started. A 3-year-old named Rowan and a newborn named Aspen captured my heart and made working for non-flexible, non-caring, family-hostile business very difficult.  My wife and I decided to set out on our own using my expertise in Laboratory Informatics software.    What advice do you have for entrepreneurs and home business owners? Take a deep breath, and keep walking through the hard parts. Each struggle gives way slowly to success. It takes so much longer than you can anticipate to build and profit from a business.…
When you work from home, your home office is a space you’ll spend a lot of time in, so it’s important that it works for you.  Whether you’re just starting out from home, or you need to renovate, you’ll need to make the space your own. Renovating any room in your house can be quite a process, and it’s usually not inexpensive either. Read along for some of our tips for renovation on a budget! Repurpose Repurpose furniture with a fresh, new coat of paint, or utilize unused items from other rooms.  Can that table behind the couch be used as a table for your printer? Take what you have…
  We often hear of work life balance, but how do we achieve it?  Bridging the gap between work, family, relaxation and social time is a challenge in our busy world, but it’s crucial to quality of life. According to Small Business Trends, “66 percent of full-time employees say they don’t strongly believe they have a work-life balance,” which is a huge figure.  It’s important that we take the time to find a balance for better health and happiness. What’s important? The first step to work life balance is establishing what that looks like for you, along with what’s important in your life.  If you say it’s family but spend…