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Aug
14

But I Need To Make Money … Now!

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I often hear from people who are looking to work from home asking me about how to get started making money.  This can be a tricky question because there are simply so many factors to take into account.  Most times I attempt to gently steer them in the right direction, giving them tools that will help them make their way in the work-at-home world.

However, from time to time, I am contacted by someone who is looking to work from home out of sheer desperation.  These emails break my heart, as I sense their need and wish I could do so much more to help them.  Unfortunately, there are few (if any) ways to make money from home without putting in some solid time and effort. Even the people who claim to make “passive income” have often spent years putting those systems into place.

Like so many other areas of life, we must put forth the effort to receive the reward.  A person may be able to push there way into a business and even begin making sales rapidly. However, this, in the end, won’t lead to the lasting peace they are truly seeking.

You see, if I’ve learned anything over the last 17 years of working from home and helping others find ways to work from home, it’s that money isn’t an answer. At least, not a long-term one.

Money might be able to fill in some gaps and pay a few bills, but you can trust in money.

We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. Which means that while money CAN be a quick solution, it won’t prevent hard times from coming. Not even the wealthy are immune from things ilke

  • Earthquakes
  • Stock Market Crashs
  • Death of a Loved One

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Aug
07

How to Find “Enough”

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When I ask women why they want to work at home, I generally get the same type of answer – something to do with being at home with their family. It may be preparing for a new baby or the desire to come home from a corporate job to be more present and available to their children. However, the answers always seem to have one thing in common – they are always about relationships.

Never – NEVER – has someone said to me, “Jill, I want to work at home so that I can buy more stuff.

So why, once we get home, does being with our kids not feel like enough?

I know for me, I constantly feel as if I’m not doing enough … or maybe it’s that deep down I don’t believe that I AM ENOUGH.

Ouch.

And I wonder – will we know when we hit the “enough” stage? Will a day come when we think to ourselves, “I’m here. I made it. I have enough. Now I can sit back and relax.”

Maybe the problem is that we’re thinking about this backwards. Possibly, a better way to think about it is that “enough” is an attitude that is cultivated. We can choose to look around and simply decide that we have enough.

We can also build actions into our lives to give us reminders that we have (and ARE) enough:

1. Give some of your “stuff” away.
2. Don’t let your pocketbook be the end-all for your business – there are MANY ways to measure success.
3. Be present with your children – find ways to truly enjoy their company. (I know this isn’t always easy!)
4. Be in the Word. God’s Word is full of reminders that we are enough, because HE is enough. <3
5. Cultivate an attitude of contentment in your life. This doesn’t mean that we stop striving for me. It simply means that we ALSO choose to be content where we are in the moment.

What do YOU do to remind yourself that you are enough?

Share in the comments below!

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Aug
02

Is It Possible To Get Ahead In Healthcare When You Don’t Have A Medical Degree?

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graduation capFor many of us, a medical degree to become a doctor simply isn’t attainable. You might not have the money, or you might not have the time. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a meaningful career in healthcare. After all, moms are very experienced at taking care of people! If you’ve found this is your passion, don’t let anything get in your way. You can get ahead in healthcare, and you don’t have to be a doctor to do it.

Back To School

Healthcare, like many other industries, changes all the time. If you haven’t studied for a while, why not consider getting back to the books? You’ll be able to bring your certification up to date. Learn about the latest innovations and legislation affecting your area of expertise. Perhaps most importantly you’ll give your confidence a boost.

You can take courses like the BA Healthcare online. Studying for qualifications like this give you up-to-date resources and information. You’ll learn about the legal and ethical issues you might now face in the workplace. A course at this level will also give you the training and skills you need to become a confident leader in your role. This is ideal if you want to get ahead in your career. The letters after your name will make you stand out as a candidate for promotion. You might achieve a supervisory or managerial role in a healthcare center or practice.

 

Finding Your Niche

The term Healthcare encompasses many different areas. You need to find your area of specialism so you can work to succeed there. If you love working with children, why not consider taking a role or work experience with children who have additional needs? Perhaps you have some experience working with dementia patients and can develop your career in this area?

With so many choices, you might not yet have it all figured out. That’s OK. Part of getting ahead in your career is taking on the roles and opportunities that come along. It might be that one of these takes you in a direction you hadn’t yet considered. Who knows where your passions lie until you get there to find out?

 

Networking

When you’re looking for those opportunities to explore new areas and get ahead, networking is the key. Meeting people just like you looking for the career boost they need can help a lot. Attend seminars, workshops and lectures about topics that interest you. Ask questions, and introduce yourself. If you have something to contribute, do so. It can all help you to be noticed.

Networking can also be done online. FaceBook groups and forums are a great place to meet people who have something to say about the career you’re looking for. You might visit for advice, or you might have a specific question to ask. Find out who has the biggest voice and develop a connection.

 

Jobs

If you’ve been out of work for a while, it can be very difficult to get that first job back in. Temping is enormously helpful here. You might not be paid at quite the rate you would hope for, but you can start work almost instantly. Once you’re in, you can network with people in that department or even others. Best of all, you’ll have access to the internal recruitment board. As new roles come up, you can put yourself forward for the opportunity.

Make sure you are subscribed to receive latest jobs postings from your favorite recruitment websites. Choose specialist providers as you’re more likely to see genuine opportunities rather than fishing ploys to boost an agency’s books. Always check out hospitals and practices websites to see what opportunities they are posting.

 

Juggling

Of course, heading back to work when you’ve been a full-time mom can be quite the culture shock. You’ll naturally worry how your kids are coping with you not around. It’s impossible not to worry or feel that touch of guilt. Juggling your mom time with your career time isn’t easy, but with trusted childcare provision in place, you can relax a little more.

Quality time with your kids is crucial when you have to work away from home. Try to stick to strict schedules, so you all know when you’ll be together again. It helps to have a strict routine too. You might find you are studying hard in the evening, working all day, and struggling to have those quality moments with the kids that you want. Many employees recognize the need for parents to have that family time so don’t be afraid to ask for it when it’s needed. Good luck with your new career!

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I don’t know about you, but I am already beginning to think about Christmas shopping. I know, I know – it’s WAY to early for some of you. BUT, I like to get a great deal, so in my mind – the earlier, the better!

So, in order to find that REALLY great deal I’m searching for online, I need to find a code. But that can be challenging, especially with stores like Starbucks, who don’t offer as many site-wide codes as other retailers.

But fear not, fellow coupon queens! There are a few ways you can still save money on Starbucks products by finding working Starbucks promo codes – you just have to know where to look.

Let’s use this as an example. Say I want to buy an awesome mug for my teen daughter:

I add it (or…..maybe more than one) to my cart, and go to check out. But that promo code box is staring me in the face.

I don’t know about you, but I can never click “checkout” without at least searching to try and find promo code. But how can you find promo codes for stores like Starbucksthat don’t offer many?

Well, turns out, you just need to know where to look.

First Tip: Sign up for the Starbucks Newsletter

Like most, Starbucks offers a promo code in exchange for signing up to receive their email newsletter.

On their homepage, scroll down (or simply wait a bit) and their newsletter/promo offer will pop up.

Within the next few minutes, you should receive an email with a 10% off promo code.

However, what if you’ve already signed up for the newsletter? Surely there are more code available somewhere, right? Right!

This is where coupon sites come in. Gracious deal-hunters share codes on coupon & deal websites, making them a great place to find working promo codes right when you need them.

Second Tip: Check Coupon/Deal Sites for Promo Codes

My personal favorite is Dealspotr because I find useful codes there most often. I’ve also been known to share codes there, which is honestly a lot of fun! Dealspotr even tracks how much you’ve helped others save, which I love – it makes my day each time I check in and see that dollar amount has grown.

Other things I’ve found particularly unique about Dealspotr are:

— Community members can upload single-use coupons, often giving a site-wide discount (they are only good for one use, but we typically have several codes at any given time)
— Members can also add referral codes, giving friends and family-type discounts
Dealspotr also shows third party codes – discount codes at other retailers that can be used to score discounts on the brand the shopper is looking for.
All these codes in one place! What more can a bargain shopper want?! 🙂
So, I head to the Dealspotr site and scroll down on their Starbucks page so that I can see the options to filter by types of codes:

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Aug
01

August Featured CWAHM

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For the last few months, we’ve been featuring CWAHMs from some of the best work-at-home opportunities available. This month’s CWAHM spotlight introduces you to Brooke Williams, an author with a brand new novel coming out September 1st!

Brooke Willams
Author
Website: authorbrookewilliams.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorbrookewilliams/
Email: authorbrookewilliams@gmail.com

“I spent over a decade in radio on KGBI FM, but once my first daughter was born in 2009, I left the full time working world to be a mom.

After about a year, I wondered if there was something I could do at home that I could build upon to someday enter back into the working world once she was in school. I’ve always loved to write so that seemed like the logical option. I started searching out writing jobs and getting tiny little tidbits here and there. They pay was abysmal but it was fun and that’s all I cared about at the time.

That inspired me to branch out in my writing and the novels started pouring out. I entered into the romantic comedy genre and it became addictive. I put out a whole series called the dandelion books, which include Accept this Dandelion, Dandelions on the Road, and After the Final Dandelion. They revolve around a local version of a Bachelor-like dating TV show and nothing goes right for the poor contestants!

They were so much fun I wrote The Leftover, which revolves around a local version of a Survivor-like TV show. Also a lot of fun and also…those poor characters! The fiction side of my “job” is really just a hobby and fun.

My “real” job (though it doesn’t feel real because I love it so much!) is freelance writing. I have a number of clients that I write blogs and web content for on a regular basis. Actually, right now, I’d estimate that I write over 200 blogs per month for clients. Sometimes more.

I learn something new everyday and I couldn’t be more in love with the job. In order to support me, you could buy any of my books and read and enjoy! Then, leave a review on amazon or wherever. Reviews are important, not only to the author, but also to the amazon algorythms.”

 

And here’s a blurb about Brooke’s new novel, The Leftover

Megan Malone is the ultimate homebody. When her sister talks her into taking her place on the local version of the TV show Survivor called The Leftover, she isn’t sure she’ll make it past the first vote. Cane Trevino is nursing a broken heart by joining the show as a medic. With time away from his regular job and a host of contestants to distract him, he hopes he can finally get over the woman he thought was “the one.” As the contests ramp up, Megan faces her shortfalls as well as the bullies that hit the beach alongside her while harboring a crush on the show’s medic. How far will Megan get on the show? Will Cane get over his broken heart? Join a host of characters for contests filled with laughs, blind sides around every corner, and the ultimate showmance. Who will be The Leftover?

 

* If you’d like to apply to be a Featured CWAHM, you can do so here! 🙂

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Jul
31

Work-cation: A guide for Traveling CWAHMs (Part 2)

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at the beachTraveling with your family is one of the best parts of summer. However, when you run a business, you can’t always drop everything for a week or more at a time. Below are a few more tips to help make your trip a stress-free success.

Be Realistic
Each time we go on a trip as a family, I expect to have extra time to work (where I think this extra time will come from, I’m not sure). So, I tend to take a bundle of work with me in hopes of coming home ahead of the game. And every time, I come home further behind. 🙂

Set realistic expectations and don’t push yourself. Let yourself relax when you can and be okay with getting done as much as you can while you’re traveling.

Plan Worktime
As you might guess, it is important to set aside time to complete any tasks which absolutely need to be completed, especially if you are on a deadline. If you have calls to make, emails to answer, and/or orders to place you’ll want to be sure to find time where you can work in a quiet environment.

I’ve found that late at night – or early in the morning – when everyone else is snoozing away is a great time to work. There have also been times when my husband will take the kids to the pool for an hour or two in order for me to have some work time. We’ve found that this allows me to not only get my work done, but to then be able to focus on my family and relax.

Plan Downtime

Even more imperative is finding time to relax and actually enjoy your time away! Plan in specific times (even if you must do it day-by-day) where you will set aside your work and be truly present with your family. Leave your work in the car or hotel room and head out for a hike or a great meal!

Traveling while running a business that needs your attention can be stressful. However, if you plan ahead you can create a plan that will allow you get any necessary work done while still carving out time for some R&R.

Have a great trip!

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Jul
28

Work-cation: A guide for Traveling CWAHMs (Part 1)

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Traveling with your family is one of the best parts of summer. However, when you run a business, you can’t always drop everything for a week or more at a time. Below are a few tips to help make your trip a stress-free success.

Plan Ahead
A week or two before your trip, begin making a list of everything you’ll need for both business and family. Be sure to think big AND small – things like laptop chargers (which are small) make a BIG difference when you’re miles from home and I still seem to forget mine every time!

Also, try to think of things that may cause you trouble or have caused problems for you in the past. For example, if you’ll be in a fairly remote location and a cell signal is hard to find, make arrangements ahead of time for how you’ll handle this.

Pack Well
Now that you’ve thought through everything that you’ll need for your trip, be sure it all gets packed. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made lists upon lists, but still missed getting something important INTO my luggage. 🙂

Be sure to pack any business necessities as well as kid necessities in an easy to reach place – in the top of your suitcase or on top of the pile in your trunk. Bring along activities, snacks and other things to keep your children interested.

And what about a notebook, pencils, and anything else that will allow you to work on the go?

Use Travel Time Wisely
I found on our last twiddy beach house vacation that travel time was a great time to get work done if I planned ahead. I would pull out my notebook as my husband drove and jot down ideas for blog posts and articles. It helped pass the time and even my husband got into it, helping me brainstorm ideas. Bonding and business all in one!

If you’re traveling by plane it may seem like you don’t have as much travel time, but think about using the time while you wait in the airport or while flying for reading, checking voicemail or catching up on emails.

Tune in tomorrow Monday more tips!

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Jul
19

What You Need to Start Your Own Healthcare Practice

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If you have experience working in the healthcare sector, as a doctor, nurse or administrator, you may have dreamt of one day starting your own healthcare practice. Running your own practice means you get to set your own hours, help people your way, and experience the great sense of satisfaction and pride that only comes with working for yourself and being successful. Starting your own practice can be tough but, ultimately, incredibly worthwhile. Here’s a look at what you need to get started.

Education

Even if you already have a degree and have spent time working in the industry, it’s a good idea to make sure your knowledge and training are fully up to date before you get started. The healthcare field is advancing all of the time so, a degree such as an online MHA degree from ADU Online could be perfect. An online master of healthcare administration in strategy and innovation would ensure you are ready to lead the industry in the right direction.

A Business Plan

While most people go into healthcare wanting to help people, there’s no denying that it’s also a business. To get financing and be successful, it’s important that you have a business plan. If this isn’t something you have experience with, look online for templates and guides.

Money

To start any business, you need finances. Even if you’ve managed to save for things like premises and marketing costs, you may still need a bank loan to help you get started. Make an appointment with your bank and remember to take your business plan.

Premises

When searching for premises you need to consider things like location, a large reception area, private rooms, staff areas, and ease of access. Make a list of everything you need, in order of importance, before you start your search.

Licensing

To be compliant, you will need certain licenses and documentation. These can change so check with your local government to find out what you need; in most cases, you can apply online.

Staff

As with most new start-ups, you may end up doing a lot yourself, to begin with, with just a few doctors and a nurse. But, you’ll need to plan what staff you will need going forward. What kind of services do you want your practice to provide? You’ll need doctors and nurses qualified in these fields.

Electronic Record Systems

Most practices now have electronic systems for keeping records and renewing prescriptions. This makes things much easier, safer, and faster. You’ll need to do some research to find which system you want and they make sure all your staff is fully trained using it before it goes live.

An Online Presence

The internet is fast becoming a huge part of our lives and how we do things. If you want your practice to do well, you’ll need an online presence. You will at the very least need social media accounts and a basic website. To increase your presence, consider a YouTube account and a regularly updated blog.

This might seem like a lot, but don’t be put off. Starting your own practice is a very real possibility. Just take your time and work through this list bit at a time and you’ll soon be behind the desk in your very own practice.

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Jul
19

Three Advantages of Getting Your Medical Laboratory Scientist Degree Online

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If you are thinking of getting your medical laboratory science degree, why not consider doing it online?  Today, we are going to learn more about three key advantages that going to college online can provide you.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Better School Options

There are many different online medical lab science programs out there today, including one from the prestigious University of Cincinnati.  These online degree programs offer a comprehensive learning program that is recognized by companies around the world.  So if you live in a location that does not offer many school options, you might want to think about going online.  By doing so, you will have many school options to choose from and finding a school that meets your needs will be easy.  

A More Comfortable Learning Environment

If you get nervous in public environments then going to school in person is probably stressful for you.  Even sitting in class can make some of us uncomfortable.  So if you suffer from social anxiety or you just like to learn alone, then a medical laboratory scientist program online can help.  You can study and do your classes from the comfort of your own home, which will allow you to focus more on your work.  This will eliminate any social distractions and the best part is you can go to school any time of the night or day!  A brick and mortar school can never offer this much comfort and convenience. But remember, you will need a quiet space in your home to do your school.  For more information on how to create a special space for learning, please check out this link.  

You Will Avoid the Commute

One of the worst parts of going to college is the daily commute.  Sitting in your car even for a short period of time can really put a damper on your day.  So why not go to an online college and avoid commuting altogether?  This will help save you lots of time and money as well.  The money you will spend on gas can be used for other things like taking yourself out to eat or paying for those expensive college books.  Also, by commuting less, you will help keep your car in tip-top shape.  The less you drive your car, the less you will have to worry about replacing the tires, changing the oil and paying for expensive repair costs.  Additionally, you won’t be putting miles on your vehicle that can bring down its overall value.  To learn more about the cost of commuting, please check out this helpful website.

These are just a few of the benefits of getting your degree online.  As you can see, going to school from the comfort of your own home can reduce stress.  Plus, you will not have to worry about the expense of daily commuting.  So if you are thinking of going back to school soon, why not check out the many online options that are available to you?

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Jul
17

Putting Faith Into Practice As A Small Business Owner

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The BibleSome Christians who have taken the plunge and placed perhaps just a little bit more faith in God than the rest of us often find that their vocation and their faith are rarely in conflict. However, regardless of one’s political leanings, the gradual drift towards a more ‘modern’ and liberal society is bringing with it unprecedented challenges and previously unseen scenarios for men and women of faith who wish to balance respect for other beliefs with their own sincere convictions.

It is when presented with these dilemmas of faith that many of us turn to the teachings of the Bible, but it is not always practical or possible to do so. For those day to day conundrums, we rely on our best judgment in the absence of higher authority.

As a small business owner, it can be hard to find the most suitable balance between your faith and your finances. Fortunately, you are not alone in this conundrum and there are a variety of people and organizations happy to share their own take on the matters. Here is a selection of both specific pieces of advice with broadsheet applications, and words of general guidance from those who have successfully navigated the minefield.

Open More Doors

Having qualifications under your belt is a tremendous boon when looking to attract potential employees to your business, as well as when presenting yourself to the public at large. Of all the qualifications available, many of which can be obtained for little to no cost, and in some cases without even leaving the house, only a small fraction will be relevant to your chosen vocation.  

This doesn’t mean other qualifications can’t add considerable value to your CV and you as an employer. Remember that the cost of a qualification is a poor metric for measuring its real world usefulness and when considering your educational and training options. There are many options for those looking to supplement their existing contributions to the community by studying, for example, an online MHA degree such as that offered by Ohio University gives students a formal training in healthcare administration, this an area that is currently poorly represented despite its vital importance.

Training and qualifications that allow you perform additional work on the side also give you the opportunity to increase your spiritual and financial contributions to your life and work. An online master of healthcare administration in strategy and innovation is also the kind of degree which will retain its value for a long time and potentially open a variety of doors for you.

Support Good Causes

As a small business, supporting good causes, particularly local ones, is a fantastic way of making inroads with the local community and helping to build your brand as a part of the local fabric. Charitable and other ventures put your company’s name at the front of people’s minds when organizing local events. Read More→

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