Work From Home Blog

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…
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. Kids or Family 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…
  Remote teams are becoming more and more prevalent as more people work from home.  Although working from home tends to boost productivity, eliminate sick days and commuting, it can also make communication more difficult. As businesses grow and hire more employees, communicating as a remote team becomes crucial.  Read along for some of our best tips for staying connected in a home based career. Use a program There are several programs out there that can make communication and collaborative work much easier. Google Drive features word documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentation templates, and other options that allow you to work as a team.  The best thing about Google Drive is…
Name: Katrina Martin Location: Shelton, WA What’s your success story with HireMyMom.com? I was only a member for 1 quarter. I found a job within the first few weeks!  What’s your educational and experiential background? I have over 20 years' experience in a broad range of fields including office management, customer service, purchasing, inventory, and personnel management. What is your top tip (or tips) for landing a gig on HireMyMom.com? I checked every day for new posts but I also looked at older posts, which is how I found my current position. What’s your favorite thing about HireMyMom.com? First and foremost, the quality of the leads.  The fact that they are vetted and…