Work From Home Blog

Whether you work from home or in a traditional office, meetings are typically a part of your working life.  They often get a bad rap as being ineffective, too long, and pointless, but they don’t have to be! As a manager or supervisor of employees, you can change the outcome and effectiveness of meetings.  Read along for some best tips and advice to hold meetings that are worth the time of your employees. Determine if it’s needed The first step to ensuring an effective meeting is to see if you even need one! Ask yourself:   Can my questions be answered easily in an email or over the phone? Is…
According to SocialMediaToday.com, “87% of Pinners bought something because of content on Pinterest” - which means that Pinterest is still clearly a very powerful social network.  You can truly make sales from this network, and it’s important that you’re using it to your advantage in business. Not only is Pinterest a great place to find recipes and home ideas, it’s a useful place to share your business knowledge. From images of your work to blog post graphics, it’s crucial to utilize Pinterest’s visual medium to produce content for your clients and prospects. Work on your images Pinterest is a visual platform, so your images are crucial! Pinterest images should be…
While there are plenty of work from home jobs out there, sometimes it takes a less traditional route to get there.  If you’re currently in an office setting, but would like to make the case for working from home with your employer, read along. We’ve compiled some best tips to work with your boss on a home based arrangement.  While it’s becoming more and more common, there are still traditional bosses who see the office as the only way.  Fortunately, we know that working from home offers flexibility, increased productivity, and other benefits that may sway their decision. Present the benefits This is the time to make your case! It’s…
  As the school year winds down, we’re all starting to prepare for one of the best times of the year - summer break! While this is a great opportunity to spend more time with family, it also takes a bit more juggling.  As work from home moms, we have the flexibility to adjust our schedules and truly make the most of this time of year. Childcare Since the kids are home now, it’s important that you have readily available childcare.  Look into options now - whether it’s family, friends, or outside help.  Make sure you discuss scheduling and see where you might need some time for yourself.  Depending on…
We all know how important it is to have an online presence - especially on social media.  It’s a place where we can share information, tell others about our businesses, and hopefully make some sales. Unfortunately, a lot of business owners utilize their pages incorrectly, and don’t post content that intrigues the reader to build a relationship.  Today, we’re sharing tips to build your page, keep consistently posting content, and eventually - make that sale! Value When readers come to your page, they’re likely somewhat interested in you and/or your product or service.  They want to know that you’re an expert, and that you know what you’re talking about.  Make…
Hiring can often come with a lot of pressure - managing the job posting, interviewing, and hiring the right person can be a daunting experience. Although many managers and employers are pros at this, what if you’re hiring for the first time?  Read along for some best practices in hiring as a novice.  With the right preparation and mindset, you can be sure that you’re on your way to hiring successful candidates. Create the right post Creating the right job posting is key in attracting the right candidates and fully understanding what you’re seeking.  It’s important to be thorough when creating the position, including necessary skill set, education, experience level,…
Name: Anza Goodbar              City/State: Denver, CO Kids & Ages: 4 grown kids, 1 grandchild I am helping to raise, she is 4 What’s your success story with HireMyMom.com? Hire My Mom has been a wonderful tool for me to find clients over the years.  I have been an active member off and for more than 6 years.  Every client I have found on this site has been wonderful to work with and flexible with my schedule. Whenever my business is in a lull, HireMyMom.com is the first place I go to find new clients. What’s your educational and experiential background? I have a degree in communications.  I have been a business owner since…
We all hear about the elusive “work-life balance” concept.  It’s the place where our careers and personal lives become balanced.  We don’t feel overworked, we have enough time for friends and family, and so on.  While this is a great concept in theory, and one we should strive for, it can be quite difficult to make it happen. Since reducing stress and making more time for those things that are important to you is truly crucial, read along for some of our best tips in increasing your work-life balance, and hopefully, your quality of life. Declare your priorities When you figure out what’s most important in your life, it becomes…
  Working from home provides a lot of opportunity for flexibility and work-life balance, but it also presents unique challenges.  One of the main obstacles can arise in managing employees, as there’s not quite the amount of accountability that occurs in a traditional work environment. Although management of employees can be tricky, it’s something that can be sorted out with a bit of forethought.  Read along for our best tips for successfully managing home based employees. Management Software There are several options out there for managing your employees and projects from a distance.  Basecamp is a very popular option, but there are others out there as well.  These programs allow…
Sometimes we assume that since we work from home, relaxation and time off shouldn’t be a priority, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! Whether we work from home or in an office, it’s important to practice self-care and take time for ourselves.  According to HuffingtonPost.com, ”there are studies to show that stress is comparable to other risk factors that we traditionally think of as major, like hypertension, poor diet and lack of exercise.”  It’s clearly very important to relax from time to time! While you can always schedule a massage after hours or go on vacation, this type of relaxation is meant to be a few hours out…