May

05

Posted by : Becca | On : May 5, 2008

One thing that has enhanced my life greatly is reading. When searching for options on working from home, I read a lot of books, blogs, articles…anything I could get my hands on. The first book I ever read that had to do with working from home was “Making a Living Without a Job” by Barbara J. Winter. It truly inspired me and opened my eyes to the many possibilities there are for someone who wants to earn income without a traditional job. Since then I have read many books, articles, blogs etc. on working from home and each has given me great ideas, resources and inspiration.

I encourage everyone to check out the many books Amazon has to offer on the topic of making a living. I put together the Eclectic WAHM Bookstore to create a resource of all the books I could find about telecommuting, business ideas and anything to do with working from home. Check it out if you get a chance – you may find just what you need to inspire you or get you on the right track for your at home career!

Here are some great books to check out:

On another note…I have been doing more reading lately. I recently had one of those birthdays. You know, those certain milestones that make you sit back and think “What have I done with my life? What am I doing with my life? What do I want to be when I grow up?” Something I realized was that I was ready – more than ready – to finally finish something I started a long time ago. I thought “well, I work from home…can I go to school from home?” The answer to that question was a resounding YES! Since I really enjoy web design, computers and marketing, I found a program that was a great fit for me. I’m now enrolled in the University of Phoenix online program to get my Bachelor of Science in IT/Multimedia & Visual Communication degree. I was astounded to find that many of the credits from :::ahem::: about 20 years ago actually transferred, so I am closer to my degree than I even imagined. It’s really exciting to be back in school with a real goal in mind. I love learning in the online environment. Doing it this way makes my schedule so much easier.

If you’ve been thinking about going back to school check out University of Phoenix. The people there I’ve encountered have been so helpful. The instructors are great, my academic, financial and admissions counselors have all been fabulous. I was able to get Federal student loans and a grant, so I’ve had no out of pocket expenses so far. It’s been a great experience and I’d recommend them to anyone looking to further their education.

I haven’t been spending as much time on my Squidoo lenses as I’d like lately, but I’ll be catching up there very soon.

So, that’s what’s up with me. What’s up with you? ­čÖé

Apr

08

Posted by : Becca | On : April 8, 2008

I’ve worked several at home jobs with legitimate companies – they DO exist contrary to what some may say.

If you’re looking for a work from home JOB (not a home based business), there are lots of companies who hire for call center type positions. And don’t listen to the nay-sayers who say work from home and telecommuting jobs are all scams or that there aren’t real jobs. There are. You just have to know where to look and how to avoid the scams.

Do NOT pay for a list of jobs or pay to get a job. There are a few of the legitimate companies that, after you have qualified for the job, ask you to pay for a background check if you will be handling sensitive information like credit cards. It’s usually $20-$30 and from legitimate companies is a legit fee to pay. Other than that, there is no reason or need to pay anything if you just want a job. Some of the call center jobs, you are an independent contractor (IC) and some you are an employee.

If you want to start a home based business, there will be fees involved and business expenses. There are many legit business opportunities out there in direct sales, multi-level and network marketing. There are great companies to work with, but having a business isn’t for everyone.

For info on jobs, you can check out this comparison chart from RatRaceRebellion.com – it shows a huge list of companies, their requirements, pay, where they are etc. http://www.ratracerebellion.com/CS_Comparison.html

Also, check out the telecommuting forums at WAHM.com and WorkPlaceLikeHome.com

And here’s my huge list of work from home companies.

Read up on telecommuting, home businesses and various ways to work from home at The Eclectic WAHM Bookstore!

Good luck!