Great Tips To Balance Working From Home When The Kids Are Out Of School!!!

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I can relate well to working at home with kids and for moms that have had their kids in school all year, summer can bring new challenges.  For moms just getting accustomed to having the kids home all day, it may be very hard to figure out how this is going to work.  It can work but there is an adjustment period and some strategies to help you both have a fun, productive and memorable summer.

Top Tips for Working From Home With Young Kids Home For Summer Vacation:

1. Plan, plan, plan. Create a schedule for the day– I sometimes hate to plan because it always seems there is some monkey ready to throw a monkey wrench in.  However, you really must try to plan and have a schedule to have the best chance of keeping everyone on track this summer.  Plan out some fun for you and the kids every day.  It will really help everyone to feel connected, refreshed and will not only make you feel better as a mom but return and work more productively.  When fun time is on the calendar, kids will know there is something to look forward to and are more apt to leave you alone when you do need to work.

The routine of having a plan is comforting to kids and they like to know what to expect.  So even if you have a monkey or two that does throw a wrench in the mix you should be able to handle it and get back on track. Post the schedule in a place that is accessible and easy for the kids to see. Include other items like conference calls, writing time, meeting time, play dates, activities and meals so that everyone can clearly see what the day holds.

2. Get up earlier than your kids or stay up and work later– You do this anyway, right? When my kids are home during everyone else’s traditional work hours, we have a lot of together time during the day, and this means I have to plan for work when they’re asleep, or I’ll carve out more time over the weekend when my husband is home. Just knowing I have time mentally set aside in a few hours allows me to relax a little more and be more present during the times I’ve scheduled to be focused on my children.

3. Be Honest With Your Clients– If you are in a business that is family friendly, and you have chosen to accept clients that appreciate your focus on work/life balance, then let your clients know you are juggling the kids and your business during the summer.  Tell them how blessed you are to have the option to work from home but that the summer means that there needs to be some extra creativity and scheduling to keep things in order.

Make sure clients know you will live up to your expectations for them and that you will make sure to meet deadlines so they are at ease.  The heads-up will let them understand if it takes a little longer to reach you or something along those lines.

4. Plan for interactive crafts or activities they can do independently– What did we do before Pinterest and blogs? There are so many crafts that kids can do on their own, and I find setting kids up with a fun activity keeps them happy and lets you get work done.

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5. Make Meal Time A Priority–  Set aside ample time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Turn off  and unplug from all distractions. Make eye contact with your kids and have conversation. Remember you are making great memories here and spending quality time.

6. Take breaks when the whining starts– There will be times when, despite your best intentions and planning, your kids will not be able to NOT bug you. When you can, stop what you are doing, get up, and spend a few focused minutes with your kids. Give them the attention they need to let them know you are there for them, and ease them into resuming their independent activity. Sometimes the whining is a good indication that they’ve had enough independent activity time, too, so listen to their cues and if you have to, move around the schedule and have some quality time now versus later.

7. Save Busy Work– Entrepreneurs have many busy work tasks that can be set aside and completed after hours. Filing, paying bills, pulling reports, organizing digital documents, preparing for meetings, updating web content and scheduling social media posts are all tasks that sometimes can be put off and tackled outside of the times when your children are home & awake.

8. Save screen time or quiet reading time for your conference call times– When you have to make calls, this is a great time to set the kids up with a movie, tablets, computer time, or other activities that you know will take a while longer, such as their quiet reading time or movie time.

9. Get out of the house– If you are able to work from your computer or can make calls away from home, do it!  Go pack up and take the kids to the park or sit and work outside while you supervise them riding bikes or playing with frineds.and refreshed, ready to begin again.

10. Ask Your Kids For Help– Even elementary age kids can help you with some business tasks. Enlist your kids to help and they will keep busy and feel special.

11. Go with the flow– Always remember the monkeys with the wrenches, things will happen to throw you off track so be prepared.  Working from home with kids can lead to many interruptions that cause us to take longer to complete things and to have to start things over.  If your perfect plan does not work remember there are 25 other letters in the Alphabet so just roll with ti and try the next letter.

Most of all, get off the guilty mom train & stop trying to do things the way you think other people think you should.  Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for working or taking care of things while your kids do something independently and don’t feel like you are a bad mom.  Independent activities are very beneficial for kids and they do not need a helicopter mom who does not let up.  In the end the independent activities and time will help them be better equipped for real life.

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Have a great Summer!!!

Strategies To Free Yourself From A Creative Rut!!!

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Are you feeling unmotivated, uninspired, lacking focus? Has the flow of those creative juices seemed to dry up?  Well, don’t feel bad because it happens to all of us at one time or another.  I have some great tips that can help you break free from the rut and get you back where you want to be.

Let the creative ideas flow and worry about editing after.  Just sit and write without worrying about logic or if something will work, just write and get your ideas down.  When you are trying to do both  you will stifle your creative side, you can edit later, create now!

Give yourself permission to make mistakes and look at mistakes as  learning experiences.  If you’re so afraid of making a mistake, you might just miss the chance to make a huge breakthrough.  So remember success comes from making mistakes and you can learn more from failure than you can from success.

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Believe in yourself, have great posture that you can do whatever you set your mind to.  Positive affirmations are a great tool you can use that will help you see your assets and not focus on shortcomings.  When you break down the road blocks in your own head you unleash your true talent and abilities.

Stop letting others and their negative beliefs make you doubt yourself, your ideas or your success.  Ignore what they say and instead focus on showing them how wrong they are.  Small people try to crush other people’s dreams, so don’t listen to them!

Research is good but over thinking is bad.  It is a fine balance between doing your homework on an idea or project and over thinking everything so much that you never get started.  So know when enough is enough and don’t let information overload hold you back.

Remember that work and play for a creative thinker can be the same.  In fact sometimes play can get the ideas flowing better, so free your brain and give it some play time.  The next bit idea is right around the corner!

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Winter Blues Got You Down? Telecommuting Is A Viable Option For Moms!!!

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Most of the country is buried under mountains of snow, experiencing severe, bone chilling temperature blasts and dealing with kids who are home from school more than they are in.  Many school districts have used up their snow days and parents who work outside the home are scrambling to find care options for their children so they can go into work.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your commute was just down the hall?  That you wouldn’t  be in a frenzy trying to find alternate care for your child if school was cancelled?  Most of all, how would you like to not have to travel on those snow, ice-covered road ways and Arctic temperatures?

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If you think it sounds great but don’t know where to begin to find something like that, we can help.  Moms 4 The Win specializes in helping moms find career opportunities where they can telecommute right from their home office via virtual offices and conference lines.

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We also know moms need and want flexible schedules and time off to stay engaged and attend activities with their families.  This is not possible in conventional jobs that would not allow mom to just scurry off at 1pm to see Junior in his school play or take Sally to the dentist at 3pm.  We are focused on making the ability to do such things a priority and feel that moms that have the flexibility they need will have a better balance in their lives.

If you are suffering from a case of  the winter blahs and know you need a change, contact us via our contact form and we will get back to you right away with available options that can put that balance back in your life.

Wouldn’t it be nice to head into spring with a new outlook on life because you have the career you dreamed of?  Make that vision reality today and contact us to put the wheels in motion.

Giving Thanks For The Ability To Telecommute & Work From Home!!!

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Well, we are in the season of Thanksgiving.  It really has me thinking of how lucky I am to have the ability to work from my home office and build my career without a costly commute, daycare expenses, missing my children’s milestones or activities plus the freedom to work flexible hours.  I really can’t stand driving in snow and ice and when I was working in my corporate career, I had to do that.

I cannot tell you how many white knuckle rides there were to and from the office and just how many close calls.  In fact, I had a very bad accident in 2003 where I was lucky I survived.  It was a double roll over in an SUV on my way to work in the morning that was caused when my SUV hydroplaned in extreme rain conditions.  I was trapped upside down in my car and it was one of the scariest times of my life.

So I will say a Happy Thanksgiving to you all this holiday season and you can know that I will be giving thanks for the ability to commute to my coffeemaker in the morning and then to my desk.

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If you would like to explore more about the possibility of working from home and have a real career, contact us and we would love to explore the options with you.  I can safely say you won’t regret it!!!

Summer Survival Tips For The Work At Home Mom!

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Being a work at home mom has its challenges.  It has great rewards though and so those challenges are often easier to take than in another type of workplace.  One challenge is when your school age kids are off for summer break.  This will impact moms of only school age kids very significantly.  They are used to their children being in school and having many hours to work uninterrupted.

Now the kids are home and there can be conflicts.  The first would include summer activities, perhaps your child is in swim lessons or other activities that require you to drive them and pick them up during the times you normally devote to work.  Or maybe your home seems like it has been equipped with a revolving door that is bursting at the seams with your children’s friends and demands for snacks, lunches, cold drinks and supervision.  There are many other scenarios but I think you get the picture.  So what is the solution?  First and foremost, you need to know it can be done.  Have the faith that you can do this, it will take some careful planning and sacrifice but you and your kids can have a great summer break and still have your career when school starts again in September.

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Here are some helpful tips:

  • Try and use carpool solutions with other moms to shuttle your kids to and from their summer activities.  
  • Hire a mother’s helper for the summer to help you out.
  • Have easy snacks ready for your kids by making them the night before.  That way they are able to quickly refuel with healthy food.
  • Plan your family time and make sure to enjoy these days with your kids and take quality time to enjoy the season.  This will leave you all with great memories and feeling less stressed.
  • Plan a quiet, fun activity for your older kids they can do easily while you need to take a conference call or something similar.
  • For a break for you and the kids, go burn off some energy by taking a bike ride, going for a swim, taking a long walk or hike.  You will all feel better.
  • If you are able to work while your kids are at activities then do it.  If you have emails to send try to find a wi-fi or hotspot connection to catch up on that while you are waiting for them.  
  • Most of all breathe and take some time to enjoy summer activities with your kids.  Have a great summer!!!

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The Benefits I Have With My Work At Home Career!

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There are so many benefits in being able to have a financially profitable career from home.  I have worked in the corporate world and upon the birth of my fourth child, I could not fathom leaving him and missing his life.  I had been home with my first three children as babies and only ventured back into the corporate world when they were in school full-time.  I was blessed to be able to find a way to work at home and never had to leave my fourth or fifth child in daycare in order to earn an income.  This reason is the number one benefit in working from home.  I am there for all of the firsts and that’s priceless.

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The second reason is that I have flexible hours and can take off when I need so I can still be a mom and go to my children’s events and activities.  I don’t have to fight with a boss over taking some time or be penalized without pay if I do take more than I am allotted and again this benefit is priceless.  Even if you don’t have children, flexible hours are wonderful for giving you options when scheduling doctor’s appointments, time at the gym, hobby time, going to school or any other activity or obligations you may have.

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Third benefit is the savings.  I don’t waste gas and time commuting, don’t have to buy lunch or coffee out, don’t pay for day care or wear and tear on my car. On top of that I have great tax benefits because I can write off many of my business expenses and save money not having to adhere to an office dress code.

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Other things I just love is that I don’t have to be subjected to illnesses from coworkers who come to work sick because they cannot afford to take time off.  You know the coworker that comes to work sick as a dog, tells everyone just how sick they are and then gets everyone else sick because they are touching everything, coughing all over and spreading their germs.  Yuck!  Same holds true for not having to leave your child in a germy daycare where parents who go to work sick also bring their sick children.  Then you most likely end up sick, with a sick child and spend more money and time going to doctors and on prescriptions.

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One of the last benefits I will touch on is how I can achieve financial and time freedom that allows my family the ability to save, pay off debt, go on vacations, and just enjoy life along with the time freedom working from home provides.  I would never have this working for someone else and would reach a ceiling that I could never pass no matter how hard I worked.  You just can’t get this working a typical J-O-B!

If you would like more information how you can find a legitimate, financially profitable and rewarding career that you can enjoy right from your own home office, contact us through our contact form and we will get right back to you with the information you need.

 

 

 

Why 95% of People Fail in Multi-Level Marketing (MLMs)

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In recent weeks we have seen a few MLMs have the rug pulled out from under them.  Along with those actions are the tales of individuals who have lost their life savings trying to find the American Dream via MLM or multi-level marketing opportunities.  I know what MLM really stands for though; Most Lose Money!  Multi-level marketing opportunities are not about helping people,  superior products or great savings.  Sure some may tell you that you need to buy their cell phone, or services and that you will save money and even offer you an opportunity to make money getting people to do that same.  However MLMs miss the mark, and they lack key factors that cause 95% of those who join an MLM to fail.

I will tell you recently I was in disbelief as I saw two families I know plunk down a large sum of money to buy into two different MLM opportunities.  I could not believe that they decided that either was a great opportunity.  One company sells only an anti-aging cream, that’s all.  The other is one of those cell phone, and home services deals.  I saw this after the fact and I know anything I would say at this point is a moot point, they are not going to be able to bow out now, there is no risk free money back guarantee. Their hard-earned  money that they put down is gone and it’s highly unlikely this is going to be the big break or their ticket to financial freedom.  Sadly, what will probably happen is they may sell some cream and some services to a few friends and family who might feel sorry and want to help them but it won’t be enough to justify the effort involved or the money they will have to put in month after month.

Now you would think someone who has been through this would never do it again, but ironically that’s not the case, they don’t see that this kind of business structure will not work for the majority of those who try it.  They will think it was the product, so they may try a miracle juice next or maybe a weight loss magic pill and sadly, the same outcome will most likely occur. Will they give up on MLMs after that?  Will they realize that if they really want financial freedom they need a different business model?

The answer is usually no, and many people try multiple MLMs sometimes realizing a financial gain but quickly losing it and then ending up in the red again.  It doesn’t matter if it’s cell phones, energy services, fountain of youth creams or magic weight loss pills, MLMs are risky, depend on when you get in, and the people above you will always be making more.  Some choose to try an opportunity that is brand new, thrilled they’re in on the ground floor and they are determined to ride it to the top this time.  Then comes the rude awakening when the company folds and  they are left with nothing, it’s not worth anything to be on the top of nothing.

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There are 12 factors any business you are looking to start should have, if it’s missing even one the rate of failure is high and the venture risky.  Watch the video below and make sure to do your due diligence and find out if the company you want to partner with meets all 12 of these key factors.

 

Oh and stay away from MLMs.  If you are curious to find out what company is the only one that meets every one of these 12 factors just go to our contact page and ask, we are happy to tell you.
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If you ask most adults if fairy tales are real, they will tell you no.  Yet, we see these same adults searching every day for magic beans.  Whether it’s for personal improvement or financial improvement, there are those always hoping to find a shortcut to success.  They want to believe in instant gratification rather than the reality that anything worthwhile takes effort.

The part that always leaves me shaking my head is that when they are presented with false claims of these outrageous schemes they are ready in a heartbeat to invest hundreds to thousands of dollars in  something that will never pan out.

They will do this again and again from one scheme to another. However, when they happen to hear a real opportunity, one that does not tell them they will be making $2000 a week selling cell phones or stuffing envelopes, one with a proven track record and offers financial and time freedom without  an investment of dollars but of their time, their effort, they walk away.  They walk away and to the next multi-level marketing scam, the next “get rich quick” scam, or to some direct sales company selling a product that in this economy will never sell and will have them wasting more on gas traveling to parties then they could ever make.

I guess it has to do with the fact that most people would rather believe they can somehow pay for success.  It doesn’t work that way, if they think back on all the time, money and life wasted chasing a dream that will never come true, I am sure it is downright depressing for them.  What if they had listened and taken the opportunity that told them the truth; it will take work, it will take time, it will not be easy, but in the end if they just stick with it they will realize their dreams.

Every day I deal with people, people looking for a change, people looking to start over.  Every day I show them the opportunities that can change their lives as they have changed others.  I give them the keys to a future that can be greater for them then they ever dreamed and the price tag for all this is hard work.  Rolling up their sleeves and putting time in will let them build a business that they can run out of their home.  A business that has propelled people from every walk of life to success.  Whether it is a doctor, teacher, homemaker, stay at home mom we can help them all find what they are looking for.

We can show them in black and white what they can earn and how they can keep earning  consistently while building a business that is willable to their family, a business that will have true residual income so they can earn even if they need to take off a month or two for medical reasons or just for a vacation.  A business that they can run from anywhere.  For those that are able to see the truth in what we offer and the lies in other “work at home” opportunities, they shine and succeed.

Do you want to make a change?  Do you need to find something better?  Do you need to do something before it is too late?  If so please contact us via our contact page and let us show you how you can.  Opportunity is knocking, are you listening?

 

We Can Help You in Your Search for a Legitimate Work-at-Home Business!!!

In my experience of helping others find the financial freedom and flexibility working from home can bring, it never ceases to amaze me when I hear the misinformation so many people have about working from home.  First, we have those who don’t understand the concept that any credible opportunity will require work.  There are always those who feel that work at home is a vacation and maybe they will devote a couple of hours if that a week and expect to replace their income.  It is these same people I find who are skeptical about real opportunity and yet will sink a hefty sum of money into a scam that makes phony promises.  Somehow, the lies, the deception of scammers just sound more appealing than work.

If you are really looking to change your life, for whatever your reason or your “why,”  I implore you to do your due diligence when researching any opportunity.  If a company does not want to provide you with facts about their company or is asking for a hefty investment up front, you can probably be sure it is not on the up and up.

What about MLMs?  MLM opportunities are a dime a dozen.  They can be very risky, have a high percentage of failure, depend on what time you “got in” to determine if you will make any substantial income, have breakaways, require you to meet quotas in order to earn and to start from 0 every month, having you sell overpriced products to your friends and family as well as stock and inventory you may never liquidate.  Many people get involved with MLM companies over and over again hoping to find the one that works.  Lots of times they try to get in on the ground floor with a new company and that is so risky because the rate of failure of MLM companies in the first year or two is huge!  Then they can just kiss their investment good-bye and chalk up another MLM failure.

MLMs also carry a huge stigma because people have been burned and know others that have been as well.  Take the company Amway that had such a bad reputation they thought changing their name would cure that.  It didn’t, people learned it was just Amway under a different name.

So are there real businesses that are not scams and not MLMs around that you can successfully build from your home?  The answer is a resounding YES!!!  How can you tell what is a real opportunity and what is a scam?  Here are some important tips to help you in your evaluations?

1. Are they asking for an initial investment?  It is normal to have to make some kind of investment with any business venture whether working from home or not.  Uniforms, supplies, work attire, gas for commuting, self-help resources etc.  However, when you are asked to pay a substantial amount and have no guarantee of getting your money back if the opportunity is not for you, my advice is to walk away.  A legitimate company should offer you a grace period in which you can decide if the opportunity is the right fit, if not you should be given any investment made no matter how small.

2. Do they have a good support team to help you build your business.  Even with the most motivated, self-disciplined people it can be quite a change to work from home.  To be successful you really need a good mentoring team to help you, train you, coach you and just to vent to.  If the company is just interested in getting your money and then leaving you to your own resources, it is going to be tough if not impossible to be successful and will have you wondering if they are setting you up to fail.

3. Ask to see the companies credentials in print.  They should be happy to give you reports from the Better Business Bureau, and other accolades that the company has received.

If you are looking for an opportunity to build a home business and would like some help with finding credible companies to work with, please contact us using our contact form on the top of our webpage or clicking HERE.  We make it our goal to help moms and families find a way to reach their goals from home.

Don’t get scammed, contact us today for more information!

Stop Dreaming and Start Working!!!

If you are dreaming of the perfect opportunity to work from home, make your own hours, be your own boss, have unlimited earning power, financial security, the ability to build your savings, pay off your debt, and have peace of mind with a willable income for your family; you need to stop dreaming and start working!

There are a lot of scams, especially on the Internet making promises of big money for very little effort.  Maybe you have been the victim of one of these scams, maybe you know someone who has, either way I bet it has made you a very skeptical person.  It’s good to be skeptical, it is important to research any work opportunity with the facts.

Are there legitimate work at home opportunities?  The answer is yes, but you need to do your homework.  The first thing I will tell you is to open your eyes and your ears.  If someone is promising you huge money for doing next to nothing, it’s 99.9% certain it’s a scam.  Any opportunity that is legitimate will require WORK.  Working from home is possible but is not for everyone.  Individuals who do not have self-discipline will not do well managing their time. Unfortunately, it is these individuals that will flounder even in a legitimate work from home position because they lack the skills needed to be accountable for their own time.  They don’t put in the effort, work or have the drive to be successful.  They will often try by just being home, and then when they are not doing well, not making money, they look for someone and something to blame other than themselves.

People like this are dangerous because they have a very poor attitude and instead of looking at the situation for what it really is.  They failed because they did not work, they transfer the blame to the company and perpetuate lies so that others will not succeed where they failed.  As long as they are dissuading others and putting the blame on the company, they do not have to accept the truth.  It is sad though that so many people who are researching work from home opportunities do not do the due diligence needed.  Many times they will  just do a search on Google and read anything that comes up and make a decision based on that.  They should make a choice to only take their information from reputable sources like the Better Business Bureau.

Another industry that has tainted work at home opportunities are the MLMs.  Multi-Level Marketing is risky, requires a hefty investment, has an unbalanced compensation plan, requires you to buy inventory, meet quotas, and many fold in their first few years leaving people in financial ruins.

So what should you do when you are trying to find out if an opportunity is legitimate?

The first thing is check with the BBB on the company.  Check with the local and National Chamber of Commerce. Examine your feelings.  Is it a company you would be proud to be working with?    How are the company’s ethics?  Do they represent something you believe in?  Is the compensation fair?  Do you have to make a risky investment?  Get the facts and make an informed decision.

If you would like more information on legitimate ways to work at home full-time or part-time, please contact us for more information using our contact page or clicking HERE!