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22 Jul

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Top 5 Benefits of Being a Work-at-Home Mom

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Image credits to nkzs

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I am a work-at-home mom. I freelance my writing services for a living, wash the dishes, do the laundry and feed the baby at the same time. Sounds like too much of a juggle? I don’t think so.

It is true that being a work-at-home mom poses a lot of challenges, and so do traditional jobs. The only difference is that being a work-at-home mom allows you to still be able to keep a career for yourself while being able to spend quality time with your family.  This spells out F-U-L-L-F-I-L-L-M-E-N-T for me. There’s no other kind of work that would allow me to grow professionally while watching my 11-month old baby turn into a charming toddler. And for those who’d rather keep arguing about the challenges of being a WAHM, let me tell you: No pain, no gain! I was a call center agent before and I used to be a sounding board to irate callers. If you aren’t willing to sweat your way to have a good income, there’s no way you are going to get any. I am a work-at-home mom now, and I earn way better than what I earn when I was still working for others. The work is equally challenging, but I get to enjoy the following benefits;

I get to manage my own business

They say that the only way to gain financial independence is to set up your own business. This proved true in my case. Working on traditional jobs comes with investments: transportation, food and clothing allowance. As a work-at-home mom, I am able to work without all these. My desk is just within my room, I get to eat what my family eats (which is within the family budget) and I get to work even if I am still in my pajamas! Now, most of the expenses that used to burden me when I was still working outside home are already well-spent on fun family outings, business investments and/or allotted to family savings.

I treat working from home as working on my own business so there are still times when I don’t get to work in my pajamas. I still occasionally wear the ‘dreaded’ corporate attire when speaking to clients personally or on Skype. I also invest on it, but I get to keep my investment just like my laptop which allows me to work on café’s and out-of-town sans worries of losing business because of unreturned e-mails.

With it as a business of my own, I am able to maximize every earning/savings opportunity that it has provided me with. I am also able to plot my own goals for my own business. The flexibility allowed me to be the best that I can be sans the boss asking me to work harder for a paycheck that’s not even worth it.  As a work-at-home mom, I am working smarter to keep my business growing so I can be financially independent very soon.

I get to choose my clients

When working on traditional jobs, choosing a boss is not an option. You have to work with an ‘ancient dinosaur’ whether you like it or not. As a work-at-home mom, I am able to classify prospect clients as either bad or good. Of course, I only work with the good ones.

The good ones aren’t difficult to find. There are more good ones than bad in the market because the marketplace is literally crowded with professional and business- minded people who are also working smarter to grow their own businesses. In addition, work-at-home people are a lot cheaper to work with than regular employees, so if you are good at what you do, you can expect to attract good clients too.

I get to choose my projects

I prefer to work on writing projects on topics of working from home and freelancing— and I am able to observe this preference when applying for new projects. With a market as wide as the world, you are definitely going to find work that suits your taste and passion. Not to mention finding work that pays you your worth.

I get to choose my work hours

I am a night person. My brain seems to be most efficient at night. Therefore, 9AM-5PM work is simply not for me. As a work-at-home mom, I get to work on my preferred hours without hurting my timecard with absences and lates.

I get to see my family grow as I do all these

Now, the best thing about working from home is the ability to grow my own business while seeing my family grow at the same time. Life is short to spend most days at work, but you can’t earn a living unless you work. I feel so blessed to have a skill that I am able to market online. It allowed me to pursue a passion, earn a living and take care of my family without having to send my baby to day care when I work. Sure, it is challenging, but it is all worth it.

How about you? Are you a work-at-home mom, too? Or are you looking to be a work-at-home mom soon? With time management and strong desire to grow, working from home can be the best career decision that you can ever make. Leave your tips and questions as comments below.

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21 Jul

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Work-From-Home Market Trends Report Q2 / 2010

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DoNanza, the world's leading work-from-home job search engine, releases its quarterly trends statistics report for Q2/2010. The report is based on the analysis of millions of work-from-home projects, aggregated from all over the web, indexed by the DoNanza search engine.




Demand by Skill Sets

Demand by Skill Sets

Software development leads the DoNanza demand by skill sets category with 24 percent, way out in front of any other skill category. The closest category, with 15 percent, is graphic design. Other categories worth mentioning are writing, marketing, admin assistant and translation.



Demand for HTML5 Developers Increases While Demand for Flash Developers Decreases

Demand for HTML5 Developers Increases While Demand for Flash Developers Decreases

It seems that Apple’s decision to not support flash technology on their iPad/iPhone platforms, and go with HTML5 instead, is showing its influence. But, while the trend is toward HTML5, don’t be fooled - the number of Flash-related projects is still 11 times higher than HTML5 projects.



iPad Overtakes Android in Mobile Development Projects... in Just Three Months

iPad Overtakes Android in Mobile Development Projects... in Just Three Months

The number of mobile-related projects keeps growing at a rapid rate where Apple seems to dominate this world, especially after an astonishing jump in the number of iPad application development projects after its release in April 2010, which already crossed the number of android projects. In addition, the average budget for iPhone-related projects is 30 percent higher than Android projects, which may be the result of only 28 percent of iPhone apps being free, compared to the Android market with 57 percent of its applications being free.



Facebook Trumps Twitter and the Gap Continues to Widen

Facebook Trumps Twitter and the Gap Continues to Widen

With Facebook driving measurable revenue through applications, it’s no surprise to see three times more project requests related to Facebook than to Twitter. Projects on Facebook see a much more significant return on investment. It’s important to mention that there is still growth in the demand for social campaigns in both of the networks.



Location-Based Social Networks Development Are on the Rise

Location-Based Social Networks Development Are on the Rise

The world of location-based social networking is also growing rapidly, with an increased growth of 70 percent for Gowalla and more than double for Foursquare with 150 percent growth.
The average budget offered for projects related to Foursquare is bigger than the other social networks’ average budget, and might be a result of a lack of geolocation social marketers and developers. We assume that the average budget and the growth rate will keep increasing as a result of location-based social networking’s fast growth.



The Browsers Battle: Chrome is Taking the Lead for Developers

The Browsers Battle: Chrome is Taking the Lead for Developers

The competition in the browser arena can be traced through the demand for extensions, and Google Chrome is winning the battle against IE, Firefox and Safari. During Q2 we saw for the first time that there were more requests to develop extensions for Google’s Chrome browser than for all other browsers. In previous quarters, requests for Firefox developers were in the lead, but no longer.



PHP Dominates

PHP Dominates

PHP is defiantly the preferred technology for businesses to create websites. The request for .Net developers is decreasing dramatically even though the average budget for .Net projects remains the highest among the other programming languages. This is a result of the lack of developers, unlike PHP where the number of programmers available is much higher.



An American Designer, English Writer and Indian Programmer Meet in a Bar...

An American Designer, English Writer and Indian Programmer Meet in a Bar...

Although the Internet causes some of the boundaries to fall between people in different countries, where an employer in the US, for example, can hire skilled professionals from different parts of the world, one thing is hard to change – peoples’ nature.
Monitoring the skilled visitors to the DoNanza search engine, we can see that in the US the favorite skills are software development and graphic design where in the UK, writing is the most popular skill with graphic design a close second. And in India, software development is most popular, with the following skills a distant second.



Q2/2010 - The top 50 Requested Skills

Below is a table showing the Top 50 requested skills for work-from-home projects, based on all projects indexed by DoNanza during Q2. The change in demand, quarter-over-quarter, for each skill, is noted in the table.

Top 50 Requested Skills Q2/2010
#Rank Skill Rank Change #Rank Skill Rank Change
#1 PHP - #26 Content Writing -3
#2 Translation - #27 e-Commerce -8
#3 HTML +4 #28 Advertising -4
#4 MySQL -1 #29 Excel -4
#5 SEO - #30 Social Networking -4
#6 Graphic Design -2 #31 Lead Generation +1
#7 Photoshop +5 #32 Link Building +1
#8 Wordpress +2 #33 Sales -2
#9 CSS -1 #34 XML -
#10 Article Writing +4 #35 Ghostwriting +2
#11 Flash -2 #36 Academic Writing +3
#12 Website Design -6 #37 Technical Writing +5
#13 Data Entry -2 #38 SQL -3
#14 JavaScript -1 #39 XHTML -9
#15 Copywriting +1 #40 Drupal +1
#16 Joomla -1 #41 Craigslist +5
#17 Logo Design - #42 Animation +9
#18 Internet Marketing +20 #43 Data Processing -
#19 AJAX -1 #44 Magento +6
#20 Facebook +9 #45 ASP -
#21 iPhone +7 #46 Linux +6
#22 Illustration - #47 Video Service +9
#23 .NET -3 #48 Bulk Marketing +1
#24 JAVA -3 #49 Creative Writing -2
#25 Research +2 #50 Twitter +10



Winner-Take-All vs. Best-Bidder-Wins

Not to get you confused or anything, but we are sure that a lot of independent contractors argue over this: Contests or Bidding Sites? Without plans of settling this argument to an end, DoNanza reveals that bidding sites keep their wins to 75 percent of projects available in the web. Marketplaces like oDesk.com, Elance.com, Freelancer.com, Vworker.com and Scriptlance.com, continue to make ‘bidding-on-projects’ a standard among professionals working online.

However, with the graphic design industry growing each day, we have observed an increase in the use of contest sites for work-from-home projects. In fact, the remaining 25 percent of the statistics are won by contest sites using the select-from-entries format of project award. These contest sites are 99designs.com, crowdspring.com, logotournament.com, designcrowd.com, graphiccompetitions.com and geniusrocket.com. These sites are growing in number, and so are the design contests that they host.

This indicates that the usage of contest as a way to create logos and other brand-related elements is considered as a successful way because it saves money and it attracts many people to the process and by that increases brand awareness.



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