At Work From Home Mothers we not only want to encourage you and help you find a job that you can do at home, but we also want to protect you from the endless scams that exist preying on those who want to work from home.
With more and more companies having opportunities for employees to work remotely, it’s a little tricky sometimes to be sure if a job advertisement you found is 100% legit or not. Don’t worry,
we’ve got some easy ways to tell if you should email or call to find out more or keep scrolling. To make it even easier (because who has time to waste?) we’ve broken this up into three sections.
A legitimate work from home job is always going to be upfront on what your job will be, the hours you will work, what you will be paid and most importantly, who to contact and where. A prospective employer isn't going to contact you out of the blue with an amazing work from home offer that’s only available if you reply right away. A legitimate company wants the best person for the job and is going to have a clear picture of who that is and knows that it takes time to find and interview them. They are going to want to meet in person or over a video call like Zoom to get a feel for you. You will also be asked for a resume and references to make sure you are a good fit for their company. Be prepared for questions such as, why would you be a good fit for our company? Or, why do you want this job?
Look for a company that:
• Doesn’t hide behind vague job descriptions. You want someone who is upfront with the job description, hours, salary and answers all questions you have.
• Is easily researchable on Google so you can make sure they do what they say they do , have a good reputation, treat their employees well and that the person you spoke with is an actual employee there.
• Might have reviews from other employees or former employees on a site like Glassdoor. While some smaller or new companies might not have those, it’s still a helpful place to look for additional information.
Might be legit...but do a little research
Sometimes you stumble upon an advertisement on social media. Those are scams, right? Not necessarily. While many are possible scams and just as many are for multi level marketing jobs such as selling kitchen or health products, often you can find that it’s an honest offer by doing just a little legwork to research the company and person offering the job. With any company you’ll want to research and make sure they are an actual business. Ever gotten a phishing email that looked so good you weren't sure if it was really from that company or not? It’s scary how clever some of those emails are. Scam artists are very good at stealing a company’s logo and trying to trick you into disclosing your personal information for them to use or sell. It’s very important to try and meet your prospective employer in person if at all possible or through a video call. This gives you a feel for the company and the employees. Watch out if they aren’t interested in a face to face or video interview or aren’t asking you questions about the number of hours you want to work, the type of position you are applying for and any previous experience in that sort of position. If those things are happening or they want to hire you on the spot without any questions asked, chances are this isn’t an actual job.
• Google the company and make sure it exists and the person contacting you exists.
• Learn if the company is a multi level marketing job. If that’s what you want to try, read all of the fine print. Check out the company’s reputation.
• Try and do a face to face or video interview. This gives you a feel for the person and the company.
• Did they try to hire you on the spot? No interview? No questions? Walk away.
Avoid Red Flags
Run! Those red flags waving aren’t just for decoration!
There are some very common things that scammers like to do to lure you into “working” for them. Sometimes there’s an application or placement fee. Maybe they request you pay for training or a special software you need to work from home. On the opposite side, be wary if you are given money before you’ve agreed to work for the company and have actually completed work. Other things to be concerned about are if an interview is held only by chat or email. If you can only get hold of someone to speak with when they call you, not when you call them that’s another warning sign. If a job sounds too easy and promises big bucks, has no job qualifications or the email address doesn’t look quite right, it’s probably not a legitimate job. Keep an eye out for simple mistakes as well in grammar or incomplete sentences. It could be a computer generated job and not a legitimate one. If there are multiple mistakes in the job listing, there could be multiple problems with accepting the job.
If you were contacted out of the blue by someone who said they saw your resume (which you never posted) beware! “Recruiters” often gather pieces of your personal data from online and use that to trick you into giving them more personal information in hopes of getting that once in a lifetime job that pays well and has very little work. Sometimes they even pretend to be from a well known company looking for someone like you, using flattery to make you lower your guard. Often they employ a sense of urgency that is used to try and force you into quick decisions, ones that you might not usually make when you stopped to examine all of the facts of the job offered.
Look elsewhere if:
• Someone is asking you to pay for your training, application fees or other expenses before you can start, especially if you are asked to pay by money transfer or gift cards.
• You are offered or given money before you have performed work for the company.
• Promises of high pay for very little work. For example, $1500 a week starting pay just for a few hours of easy work.
• An interview that was only by chat or email
• An email address that you can’t search to make sure it’s genuine. For example, Steph442@target.url.com instead of StephanieMyer@target.com.
• A website you are directed to that might not be the company’s actual website. For example, Target.com not Tar-get.com. Sometimes a fake company uses an actual business name with just one minor change that’s easy to miss.
• They want all of your personal information through email. Name, date of birth, social security number and more. A real employer will only ask for that information when you are filling out your new employee information on your W4 form for taxes. They won’t ask for it over the phone or in an email or chat.
• You receive or are requested to make phone calls at unusual hours. While you might be working in a different time zone than your employer, any phone calls before 7am or after 9pm might indicate that you are not able to have a compatible work schedule. Even with an employer that has a 24/7 company, they should contact you during usual business hours.
• Poor grammar, obvious typos or incomplete sentences - anything that could mean this was a computer generated job, not a real one.
• If you are contacted by someone who says they saw your resume online (which you never posted) or says they work for a larger company looking for someone just like you.
• If you are feeling forced to make a quick decision on accepting the job without having the time you need to research the company.
Above all else, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, ask questions. If it still doesn’t feel right walk away. There will ALWAYS be another job out there for you, but it can be difficult to get out of a mess if someone steals your identity or bank balance because you fell victim to a scam.
Work from home mothers sharing their experiences
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Hello! My name is Sarah Lamb and I am a freelance writer and blogger. I work about twenty hours a week from home. I have two children, ages seven and twelve. In the last three years I have learned a LOT about trying to find a balance when working from home and I’m thrilled to be able to share some of that with you.
It’s great to have the flexibility of working from home, but
working from home is also filled with distractions and it’s important to have a plan for how you’d like your days to go before things get out of control. When no one is looking over your shoulder to make sure you are staying on track you often feel like you have the whole day ahead of you, so why rush into anything? It’s easy to lounge around in your pajamas, turn your favorite show on TV or pick up the book you’ve been waiting to read. Maybe it’s a child who needs a snack, then lunch, then another snack. Then you have to mediate an argument over whose turn it is to pick a TV show, find Mr. Fuzzy for naptime and the next thing you know, it’s time to make dinner and get everyone to soccer.
And your work? It didn’t get done.
After so many days of that, not only are your stress levels high, but your work is so piled up and everything starts to feel overwhelming. Before you get to that point, let me help you learn from my mistakes with these three tips!
Set boundaries with others
Boundaries are important. If someone wanders in on you constantly it can not only lead to mistakes in your work but it also distracts you. That sippy cup you fill turns into you loading the dishwasher, grabbing a snack, checking the mailbox and then flipping through a magazine that just came.
Before I start to work, I make sure no one needs anything. I get any snacks, juice boxes, etc and then I set a timer for 30 to 45 minutes. If there’s time on the timer, everyone (including myself!) knows I’m still working and not getting up unless it’s an emergency.
It’s also important to make sure friends and family know that even though you are working at home, you are still working. You have deadlines to meet and can’t always meet up for lunch or playdates. That’s where this next tip comes in.
Have a schedule
It’s important to have at least a basic schedule. Knowing when you need to do things keeps you from missing deadlines or your children’s events.
Having a schedule also helps you to stick to your boundaries. Your friend calls and wants to get together for lunch and the mall? “Let’s plan that for Friday, because that’s my day off.”
This is a huge one. If you stay in your pajamas all day, your brain thinks it’s time to relax. You feel tired and sluggish and unmotivated. You don’t have to dress up, but at least get out of the jammies and get some clothes on. Bonus, when someone comes to the door, you don’t get embarrassed!
Working from home can be a great experience and allow you the flexibility to be with your family more. Just make sure that you set aside the time you need to get your work done without anyone (including yourself!) interrupting. Set those boundaries, make a schedule, get dressed and get started! You’ve got this!
Hello! My name is Celestine Chelimo Kurgat. I’m from Nairobi, Kenya and I am a Remote Customer Service/Virtual assistant Specialist. I am a wife and mom to two wonderful boys, ages 6 and 3. I love working from home. I currently work around 30 hours per week depending on the project.
I am a trained Medical Microbiologist but decided to venture into the Customer service Industry due to a lack of opportunities in my area of study. I have been working for 7 years in the BPO/Customer Service industry majorly in IT solutions and Telecommunication companies. Last October, I resigned from my office job to venture fully into freelancing.
It has been quite a journey. To get started I created a list of all the requirements needed to set up a home office. I needed a laptop, a noise-canceling headset (important for the kind of work I wanted to do), a good chair, and motivation to start! With time, using the little savings I had, I was able to set up the office in a few months.
For fellow moms who have sons, you will agree with me, it is quite challenging to work around them. I had to find a way to channel their energies. We created fun activities to keep them busy. Lucky for me, I work for International companies, the time difference has really helped, as mostly I work at night. As I write this they are all asleep and mommy gets to work undisturbed.
For all mommies who would love to start on this awesome and fulfilling journey here are a few tips:
Home Office/ Work area
Set up an area in your home as your working space. Get yourself a desk and a good chair with great back support. Having the designated work area is important as the kids will be able to see and understand that is mommy’s work area and will, therefore, keep off or try to.
Imagine the fun of “reporting” to work in your own home. Log in on time if it is a fixed shift job or if you are working on deadlines, keep them. Shower, dress in clean clothes (not necessarily official attire), and dab some little make up (if that is your style). There's something about looking good that spikes up your energy to work! This will also boost your emotional and mental wellbeing.
Schedule your work
When working on different projects it can be quite overwhelming. Personally I use the calendar on my email to track and schedule my work. This way, I am able to get time to spend with my family. When I started my freelancing journey, I took on more work than I could handle. This led to a crazy, burnt-out mom. I couldn’t deliver on my work and also I wasn’t keeping my promise of spending more time with my family, the reason I switched to freelancing in the first place. I had to change tact and currently, I work on one project at a time.
All the best as you start on this wonderful journey. Cheers!
I love this quote by Serena Williams: “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”
Being a mother can be very difficult. The need to continue your career can become stressful. Balancing family life, professional life, and caring for your little one is a real chore for many of us. Everything seems impossible, but,
... please, rest assured: it's not! I've been there.
My name is Anastasia Pislari-Cazac. I used to work in an International Cooperation and Communication Department (starting from a simple Specialist to the Head of the Department) for about four years. It was an amazing, fast career growth, with many interesting international work trips and challenging projects.
After getting married, I gave birth to my baby girl, Gabriela. I became a home mom. I've kept helping my former colleagues to accomplish some specific tasks to escape the daily routine (this was not remunerated). After two years, I gave birth to my baby boy, Christian. One more soul to love and care about. I was very happy, but something was missing. When the baby colic stopped, and he began to have a normal sleep regime, I started to think of getting a remote, well-remunerated job. So, I was looking for the online announcements, and asking friends, but it turned out that finding a remote job vacancy while still being a stay at home mom was really challenging.
I researched the labor market a bit and decided to lean on my own advanced SEO techniques. So, just a few months later, I got the job I envisioned and craved so much – a Content Manager for a financial services company with a fully flexible work schedule and a highly competitive salary. I am now working 6 hours a day, Mondays to Fridays (however, sometimes I work on the weekends too, either to cover the hours for the last week or to make some extra hours for the next week).
I can say that it is not easy to work from home with two toddlers, but it's not impossible either. I'm now merely working when the kids are sleeping (in the nights when they finally fall asleep, in the mornings till they didn't open their beautiful, little eyes, and at noon when they take their naps), or safely playing (this happens very rarely; moms will understand).
I’ve been working remotely for almost two years. All you can envision – you can accomplish.
If you are now struggling to find a job as a home mom, please believe in yourself and that you can do it, don't give up, even if you think it's impossible or you won't handle it. It's not, and you will! And this will actually be super beneficial for your well-being.
If you already have a remote job – try to get any help you can receive from your friends or family members. If the grandparents or other siblings of the kids are offering to babysit – grab the opportunity and work some extra hours. However, please only entrust the kids to someone you fully rely on, nothing's more important than their happiness and safety.
The main pieces of advice I'd give to a home mom friend are:
• Firstly, stop blaming yourself for wanting to get back to work, especially since you're thinking of a remote one.
• Try to make one of your hobbies into a paid job, be it writing, painting, crafting, etc. There are a lot of great ideas. Do quick researching.
• Hire a part-time nanny or ask your family members to babysit.
• And most importantly, when you’ll reach your goal (and YOU WILL) don't let it consume you entirely. Try to maintain a perfect balance, you're still a loving mother, and your kids need you.
Hello, my name is Juliana Tamayo Quintero, I am a biologist and a master's degree student in biology. I’ve been working on the completion of my postgraduate thesis for the past three months. I spend three to four hours a day on the results and analyses of my thesis, as well as
... the compilation and systematization of my scientific literature .
I worked in research and consulting in person and from home. I also worked in wildlife, primarily in bird ecology, and also worked as a biology teacher. I have a nine year old son who is in the fifth grade. He is an intelligent and very curious kid. I taught him to read, write and think independently and purposefully from an early age. He loves math and science. He asks complex questions that challenges me every day as a mother and as a professional. Although my biology degree is demanding due to the amount of research involved, I am always present for my son. I dedicate quality time to him and support his entire educational process.
Working from home can be stressful if you have children, pets (in my case two dogs), household obligations and professional obligations. However, it is possible to dedicate time to each activity. Here are some tips to be a "super mom" and not get overwhelmed trying:
Make a routine of your day to day to generate habits at home. Habits and routines provide a very important mechanism of consistency and regularity, which is why they are fundamental for both family and school lives of our children. It is also important to establish daily or weekly goals that allow you to fulfill your obligations. Make your children participate in the obligations and chores at home. This way, you will be forming a functional human being and will receive help.
Find jobs you enjoy
A Chinese proverb says: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”. Sometimes we have to take difficult or unpleasant jobs, but whenever you can, choose jobs that you enjoy and allow you to grow professionally while still having enough time for yourself and your family.
Find entertainment spaces
The most important thing for us multitasking mothers, is to remember that we are also people. We play different roles as friends, wives, daughters and sisters. We must maintain a healthy relationship with all the people around us, that is, taking care of those ties. Go out occasionally to see a movie, meet with your friends, go on a romantic date or take a short vacation with your partner or friends. This way, you will be able to renew your daily obligations.
In the past years, there were only two types of mothers: the career moms and the house moms. Now, a new category has been added to the list: The Work from Home Moms! – house moms turned online entrepreneurs, bloggers, or social media endorsers, among others.
... In fact, some career moms also opted for this gimmick (especially new mothers) as they wouldn’t want to miss
those fleeting moments with their kids.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to working from home. One who says it is fun, pliable, and productive; while the other, that is excruciating and that nothing gets done. Either way, I could not make a stand as I have been working from the office for almost two decades.
Lately, office work schedules became relaxed, thus, making employees choose from different work schedule schemes. Without a second thought, I chose the “work from home” arrangement. I have never tried working from home since I started my career in the Government, and so I thought: why not?
As a typical modern working mom who spend forty (40) hours in the office, working from home is definitely a challenge – and sometimes, yes, a bit excruciating – yet fulfilling. Over the years I was accustomed to always have an imaginary planner inside my head: things to do upon waking up, things to finish at work, things to accomplish before bedtime – and the list goes on. Time, for me, is always of the essence.
Today I want to reveal a snippet of my work-from-home experience life and share what my observations are:
Morning Has Broken
I was used to waking up at four in the morning to prepare for work, a daily routine I was too familiar that my mind and body connived every 4 a.m. even when I started working at home. As a result, I am given an ample time to meditate and practice gentle yoga; a great way to start my day.
As early as five or six in the morning, I start by cleaning indoors, prepare breakfast, hit the shower; by that time then the kids are up and about while I am off to start spreading documents on my desk (also a warning gesture to my kids that work starts now). It never occurred to me that this might be my new normal. I was merely enjoying the luxury of time in my hands. I can do household errands within the day without compromising my deadlines. I’ve got a lot of time in my hands!
Before I opted for the WFH schedule, long weekends and holidays for me meant a lot, since it usually meant I would clean the entire house and try a new recipe for the family, among others. As expected, however, everything comes with a price. In this case, it was back pain.
Now that a lot of free time is tilted in my favor, I get to adjust and balance household chores and office deadlines. Say I start my office task around 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., I could squeeze in a 15-20-minute siesta (which of course could not possibly be done in the office, unless it was during lunch break!), and continue working for an hour again (if I were able to finish my job early, I could reward myself a Netflix movie). Having a mental planner has helped me a lot in budgeting my time wisely.
Health is Always Wealth
Stress is inevitable either we work from the office or we work from home. Given that genuine fact, I have jotted down some factors that has lessened my stress:
• Rush hours/Zero commuting;
• Multi-tasking. I do the reports while the laundry spins. I need not wait for the weekend to have them done.
• Dedicated workspace. I can work in the bedroom, living room, or in the garden.
• More time with the family.
It is true that boredom sometimes hits me, where I feel like I haven’t seen other people for a long time aside from my family. As a career mother who have worked in the office for a long time, I must say, though, that nothing beats the comfort of working inside one’s home. A privilege I get to experience now.
Here’s a caveat: reality bites when there are days where I feel lethargic – that’s normal especially for mothers like me who have spent most of their time in the office. Just learn to manage your most productive time. Stretch out and move around. Everything is a matter of mind-setting. For one, gardening helps eliminate those attacks as plants eases our emotions (and this will require a new blog post).
Embracing the New Norm
Primarily, I enjoyed and is still enjoying (as I write) my work from home arrangement. I feel more relaxed, productive, and I get to spend more time with my family and friends. Dramatically, I can now spend my weekends engaging in leisure activities which I found it impossible back when I was still working in the office.
To all working from home mommies: embrace and savor the experience because not everyone can have this privilege of working from home. Some employees can arrange work schedules with their Employers, while others – because of the nature of their job, just can’t.
I should say working from home is a pretty good deal for me. If it works best for me, I hope it will work best for you, too.
Hi there! My name is Sona Bakale. I am from India, and relocated to Malaysia last November. I am an Interior Designer and a Lifestyle Coach. I am currently working as a freelancer and an online trainer. I am mother of two lovely kids, ages 11 and 9.
It was an interesting journey to transition from a business woman to a freelancer. A journey from running a hectic life towards a systematic, organized daily schedule. All that was required of me was a mindset of balancing my work and family under one roof.
I believe that all women are self-motivated. All they need is a small push of inspiration to start working from home. Below, I am sharing some of my learning tips from the past 8 months.
No matter how rich you are or your husband’s income is, unless you work and earn on your own money, you will not feel dignified. That’s my personal experience.
Set Up Rules
Being responsible mothers, we always try to fulfill all our kids’ and family’s demands, and by the end of the day, we feel irritated for not completing our job because of our priorities towards our family. I stopped overwhelming myself and made some timely rules for breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, kids’ study, TV, play time and even for tea, coffee and milk.
Seek for Helping Hands
There is nothing wrong with distributing house chores among family members as per age and capacity. When most of your day is spent on cooking and taking care of your family members, you can have a few hours with no disturbance, dedicated for your work. Remember, a happy and healthy woman can make a happy and healthy family.
Work Area and Dress Up
It’s really important to have a proper work corner with a clean desk to create a professional atmosphere while working.
Even if you are working at home, you need to dress up for dual benefits – 1) when you dress well your confidence level increases drastically. 2) when your family members see you dressed up and working on your work desk, they will not disturb you during that particular time, unless there is an emergency.
It’s a great idea to begin your day with your Me-Time. Spend at least one hour in the morning for some personal activities like exercise, yoga, meditation or any spiritual activity you like to do. This will help you to be positive, calm and active for whole day.
I love this line – How you do Anything is how you do Everything.