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What is your end goal?

Why do you spend all your time and energy at work? To make money, to pay bills, to have food on the table, the list can go on and on right?
Well, when you are considering working from home, you really need a clear idea of what you’d like to accomplish by working from home.
I had a lady speak with me the other day and said: “Sheena, I want to work from home so that I can have more free time to do all the things I can’t now that I am away at my job all day.” I had to comment back, and say, I wish I could have free time to get my house clean and organize my house as well, but as a work at home mom, I rarely get free time.

A lot of people have this misconception that if you work from home, you pretty much get to make up your own rules, and work your own hours. Although, that may be the case on some rare occasions the majority of real work at home jobs will be a 9 to 5 or similar. Unless you are hiring employees to work for you, or selling a product, chances are you will have to put in the time.

I have been doing some sort of stay at homework for about 9 years now. Whether it was a side hustle, or as it is currently my full-time job I have had a lot of experience with the work at home life!

Everyone’s WHY is different. What is your WHY for wanting to work from home? Once you can answer that, it will help you get a clearer picture of what type of jobs to look for.

Originally, I started looking for work at home jobs when my first born came along. Keira is now 10 years old. Being a new mom, I refused to let a stranger babysit my newborn baby, so I did everything in my power to stay home. I babysit the kids around the neighborhood, I sold Avon, MaryKay, & still currently sell Scentsy, cleaned houses, and even did marketing for friends in exchange for food, or goods I needed. I filled out surveys online, mailed out chain letters, joined an online membership group where you test out products and get paid to give an honest review (that mostly paid in products though). I even got scammed pretty bad a few times as well. The two I remember being the worst were, I signed up to book cruises over the phone. Even had a phone interview with the company, said after 3 months my family would get a free cruise, and in order to be paid they needed my bank account info. I gave it to them, being naive and thinking this was a great job, and a few days later $200 was gone out of my account. They claimed it was the taxes for the FREE cruise I would get. Needless to say I had to fight the bank to get that money back but in the end, they said it was authorized because on the recording I said I understood that I’d be responsible for paying taxes on the cruise when I booked it. I didn’t even work one day and they took my money and I never got the cruise cause well, I never got the job! The 2nd big scam I fell for was flipping houses. I mean you hear about this all the time right? Well, I was listening to this radio station and they were saying go to this website for a free booklet for flipping houses. So, I went to the website and called the number. Spoke to a guy for about an hour and he had me convinced this was a great opportunity. I had to order their training that was only exclusive to this program. It cost about $80 so I did it, but when they charged my card it was $165. They claimed it was taxes, and handling fees. I got the package and it had nothing in it that you couldn’t find on Google for free. It was a waste of time and money. At least I got my money back with this one! Needless to say, I was not able to flip houses with no money! When you hear that run the other way, cause there is always a catch! It talked about finding investors, but if I knew anyone willing to lend me that kind of money I wouldn’t need the book in the 1st place ha-ha.

So, why do you want to work from home? If it’s to spend more time with your kids, then you may want to reconsider the types of jobs you get. I currently work in sales and marketing for a low voltage company. Yes, I work from home but no, I do not get more time with my kids. As a matter of fact, they ask me to play with them after I pick them up from school, and I always have to say Mommy is working. I hate dismissing them, but I have to work! Working from home is a wonderful thing. I do not have to hire a babysitter, I can take breaks to feed my 2-year-old son, change his diaper, and play with him in small spurts during lunch break or when he’s upset, but the truth is working at home is not going to be easy. I think it’s harder balancing my life now that I am a full-time work at home mom (WAHM).

I would not trade it because I love having the flexibility to be home, and being able to pick my kids up from school, but it’s really tough having a conference call with a baby crying in the background. Or taking the kids to speech class, having a client call and having the noise of all the distractions going on around me. It takes a lot of focus and discipline to balance working at home and being a mom that is for sure!  Oh, and if you are married don’t forget your spouse is going to want dinner on the table and a tidy house. Well, in my case my husband has settled for dinner on the table because cleaning the house and answering hundreds of emails all day is not going to happen by the time he get’s home!

I tell you this not to discourage you, but rather to inform you that there is no such thing as EASY money from home. If you want to earn a living from home, you are going to have to work for it. Even if you are starting your own business. Actually, more so if you are becoming a business owner because you are building your brand and that takes time, as well as peoples trust. It takes time to build people’s trust! I had a mom in one of my MOPS groups (Mom’s of preschoolers) tell me that she started her own business so that she could set her own hours and have more free time with her family. However, the business ended up growing so fast that by the 2nd year, she was never home and was on the road weeks at a time. She started a consulting firm for wellness and fitness counseling. She went into it thinking she would travel a few times a month to do workshops and what not, but it ended up she was traveling more than she was home.

This is why I asked the question. I want you to have a clear goal in mind so that when you start this work at the home journey you will know why and where you want it to end up. What is it that you want to achieve working at home? Is it vacation money, extra spending money, or helping with kids activity money? Whatever the reason, keep that in mind when searching for your new work at home career. If you don’t want a real time-consuming job, then stay away from sales. If you want more flexibility then maybe transcription work is more up your alley. It’s going to be easier to evaluate the jobs that will help you get to your end goal if you start out knowing what that end goal is!

As for me, I want to eventually be a full-time paid blogger, so that I can help each of you find your passion, help you avoid the scams, and give you all the tips I’ve learned along my journey. I want to be able to set my own hours so that writing can happen during baby’s naps, and bedtime giving me the freedom to spend time with the kids after school, letting me have time to tidy the house, and letting me be able to be the wife that I am too exhausted to be right now. That is my end goal, but right now the bills have to be paid so I’ll continue doing marketing and sales until blogging takes the front seat!

I love hearing from you, and if you have a story or question that you’d like to share please email it to me! You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or listen to my podcast

5 ways to find real work at home jobs!

One of the main questions I get on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, is how can I find real work at home jobs?

This is a loaded question. Not because you can’t find legit work at home opportunities but because every person is good at something different. So a job I find may not work for you. Let me give you an example. My husband wanted me to find him a work at home job because he was done working in the Florida heat. So, I worked my magic and found him a job working as a Remote Computer Technician. What he did was when someone would call into the company, he would have to answer their questions while going into their computer with a program from this company and try to fix the issue with them on the phone. Well, this sounds great, right? WRONG! Don’t get me wrong it is a great job for the right person, but for my animal loving, people person husband this was pure hell! He hated it and actually ended up having an anxiety attack before I begged him to quit! He could not handle it.

Now, he is back in his element as a monster truck driver and loving every minute of it. The reason I tell you this story is not to discourage you, but rather to make you think about what you like to do. If you are an outdoor person then being stuck in the house all day is going to drive you crazy. We spend the majority of our time at work, if you don’t enjoy what you do, then you are going to turn into a grumpy, miserable person. Johnny has a blog if you’d like to follow his adventures (Gator Johnny).

So, let’s think about things you enjoy doing. Take me for example, I love talking to people on the phone, and I have been in sales pretty much my entire life. I love social media and writing is a passion of mine. After knowing all that about myself it’s no wonder I find joy in writing blogs, and that I found a perfect remote job for me. I am the marketing and sales specialist at a low voltage firm. Sorry folks they are not hiring, but the real jobs are out there you just have to narrow your search and know what it is you want to do.

Now, let’s say you don’t really want to work for anyone. Maybe you prefer to work for yourself. This is the perfect time to start your own business. However, this is no easy task. You have to have money to make money when you go into owning your own business. This is where opportunities like the MLM sales is a good place to start, just to see if you can actually make money selling stuff. In my case, I think I have done every sales MLM there is. Avon, MaryKay, Juice Plus, I am still currently selling Scentsy. (Shameless plug). Direct sales have actually helped me in my day job and have really given me great customer service skills. So, this might be an idea even if it’s just to test out your marketing and selling skills. I will put my link here if you’d like to join me so I can help you with this process. https://sheenadiane.scentsy.us/join

 

Here are 5 ways that I have found real work at home jobs.

  • Monster and Indeed – These sites are full of real jobs. No one with false info can even post on these job sites or it gets flagged. That means, going to one of these sites is a sure way for you to know the job that’s posted is legit. This is actually how I found the computer tech job for my husband. If you want a work at home job then you would type Remote jobs or work from home. However, you do need to know what you are looking for. So, don’t just type in remote jobs. Instead type in remote sales jobs, or remote computer jobs, remote marketing jobs, transcription, and you could try remote call center jobs. Whatever it is that you are good at then type that in. You will find the occasional Avon and those sort of things but if you have a clear idea what you want, then it’s easy to weed through them.

Here is an example:

 

 

 

  • Google keywords – Another way I have been able to find real work from home is going into a Google or other search engine and typing in keywords. Again, you have to have a clear idea what you want because just putting in work at home is going to give you a bunch of scams to weed through. I used this method when I wanted to book more Freelance writing gigs. My keywords were (write for pay) (paid to write) (paid writing gigs). Now to make it a little easier to narrow it down, instead of just write for pay, I would type in (write for pay dogs). I am a former Vet Tech and my first weekly writing gig was with a pet sitting website that I wrote a blog post for weekly. I loved it because I didn’t have to do a ton of research on the subject. Here is an example of (writing for pay dogs):

 

  • Craigslist – This one is hit or miss and one that I would be really leery of. Yes, I have gotten paid jobs with Craigslist, but I have also heard from so many people who were scammed using this very site. Having a clear idea of what you want gives you a better mindset going into it. If you know you want to work for a company and book cruises, for instance, you are less likely to fall for a person with no website, and asking you to pay them for training. Be professional and that way you can sniff out the fake people right away! Don’t ever give out any personal information until you have done your research and know the company is real, and you have proof. In Florida, we have Sunbiz.org that gives all the legal documentation for businesses. Your state will have one as well, so go on there and make sure it’s a real company before giving out your info. Be smart.

  • Word of mouth – This one is not as quick as going into a search engine, but I got my last job this way. Before I got into Marketing and Sales I was a full-time transcriptionist doing insurance claims. I was at a mom’s group and one of the moms was telling me about her job and that she worked from home. I was all ears at this point, and she gave me the information for her job. I was not cut out for transcription work. Yes, I can type about 80 words a minute, so that part was not bad, but the part I did not enjoy was listening to the people talk about the accidents they were in. It was depressing and I was isolated in my room. I am a people person so, in the end, I could not hack this job. That’s why I say make sure you know what you enjoy because after a few months I started to dread clocking in and that’s not what you want when you work from home. Ask around your group of friends, church, or mom’s group. Chances are someone knows or is working from home. A lot of companies are hiring remotely now because it cost them less!

 

  • Newspaper and classified ads – Yes, the good old-fashioned newspaper always has jobs listed in the classifieds. Every big newspaper has a website. Mine happens to be the Orlando Sentinel. If you don’t want to wait for the paper to come the next day, just head over to your local newspaper website. Go to the classified section and type in remote jobs. In this case being too specific will give you a blank search so don’t get to narrow on these searches. You can even try work from home. These are great because you know a person trying to scam you is not going to pay to put an ad in the paper. These ads are not cheap! Here is an example:

 

These are 5 real ways I have found work at home opportunities. I have had some sort of work at home hustle for the past 10 years. I love being able to have the freedom to work remotely, and I want you to have that as well. I hope this helps you get started on your work at home journey. I would love to hear from you so please feel free to find me on my social media or email SheenaDiane@gmail.com. I also do a daily podcast on iTunes. 

See you soon!

Bonus: I have seen some new remote jobs posted on Apple.com as well as Amazon… Keep me posted and good luck!