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Jun
23

Cool Careers For Super Moms

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If you love spending time with your kids and you think you have a great handle on what it takes to be a brilliant parent, you might want to consider incorporating this into your career. Rather than just working to pay the bills, you can make a difference in the lives of children other than your own. There are lots of careers that provide this possibility, some of which can be completed at home, so let’s start there.

Personal Tutoring

You can work from home as a personal tutor, providing services to children that need a little more than what their school is providing. The benefit of working as a private tutor, of course, is that you can complete it as a little side hustle. Or, you can turn it into a fully fledged career. It’s entirely up to you and will depend on how much time you have.

To do this, you’re going to need to choose what subject you want to tutor in. You should choose a subject that you either have prior experience in or that you excelled at in school and through your studies. Don’t forget that if you have a proper qualification, you will be more attractive to parents who want nothing but the best for their kids.

Teaching

Alternatively, you can work as a teacher, and there are a few differences between this and tutoring. Firstly, you probably won’t be able to complete this career from home. Although, we promise the day is coming when teachers will be on a screen rather than at the front of the class. In fact, in some of the classes in America, this type of teaching method has already been introduced.

Secondly, you’ll be teaching a whole class rather than individuals. This can be more stressful as you need to make sure that each student is getting the level of support that they need. You’ll probably have to develop methods of engaging the class and ensuring that everyone takes part. That said, you will be providing a vital service to the community because most places desperately need more teachers.

Counseling

Of course, it is possible to provide a more personal level of care to students through counseling. To take on this career, you’ll need a school counseling degree. You can study school counseling online, while you’re still working from home, building up your knowledge and skill. Eventually, you will be in the position where you’ll be able to enter real life scenarios, working with students through their issues. It will be up to you to help them with personal issues and combat the problems that they might be having at school.

Coaching

Finally, if you love sports and working with kids, you can combine the two and take the position of a coach for a local team. This is a job that you’ll probably be able to complete in your spare time, and when you’re not at games, you might even be able to work from home.

Any one of these careers would be perfect if you want to spend your day working with kids.  

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coffee and computerThe majority of people pursuing a master’s degree do so to push their careers forward. The lure of a better position and a higher paycheck are indeed very appealing, and a master’s degree in the right field can be the perfect way to achieve those goals. The presence of online courses designed to help students pursue master’s degrees in various fields makes getting one even more rewarding.

For those who are working from home, however, the paycheck is not the only reason to consider a master’s degree. Pursuing a master’s degree can be highly rewarding, especially with the benefits we are going to cover in this article waiting for you at the end of the experience.

Boost of Credibility

If you’re a professional running a home office or a home business, credibility is one of the most important things to maintain. Your clients and customers use the services you offer – or decide to buy your products – because they find you credible. There are even more elaborate ways to maintain a strong credibility online.

A master’s degree in a specific field is the perfect ingredient to add to that credibility. Let’s say you’re running a business consultancy. An online masters in business administration degree from reputable names such as Washington State University is the perfect degree to have. The online MBA will give clients that extra confidence, knowing that you have the skills and expertise needed to advise for their businesses.

A master’s degree is also the perfect way to acquire new skills that can help you as a professional. A lot of today’s best courses, especially online programs, are designed to be up-to-date and in sync with market demands, so you can easily acquire the skills you need to succeed by enrolling in a suitable program.

Extra Safety Net

One of the challenges of working from home or running an online business is the risk of failure you constantly face. For many, failure can be catastrophic. This is why a lot of business owners set safety nets in the forms of emergency savings, additional sources of income, and the potential of a career should the business fails.

The later can be established with the help of a master’s degree. The job market is actually very lucrative for those with graduate degrees. You will be able to apply for a mid- to a top-level management position without a problem if you have to.

New Fields to Explore

Last but certainly not least, a graduate program is the perfect way to step into new fields, particularly specific fields you’ve been wanting to explore. If you’re interested in IT, you can pursue a degree in information technology or data management and study a specific part of the industry.

Entering new fields bring a wide range of opportunities to your doorstep. You can expand parts of your business, use the skills you get from the course to offer new services, or even make the jump to the new field you’re studying completely. Either way, the opportunity to explore an entirely different industry – and the previous benefits we covered in this article – are more than enough reasons to start your pursuit for a master’s degree.

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Starting a new e-commerce business today doesn’t come without its problems. Not only do you need to come up with a unique idea for a product but you will also need to spend lots of time and money in getting your business out there. Once you do get the basics out the way, you’ll then need to provide support to existing and potential customers, which is going to take further time and effort. If you still want to proceed in starting an e-commerce business from the comfort of your own home, follow the below steps to make sure you do it perfectly.

Choose a Low Competition Product Niche

The niche of the products you want to sell is important to the success of any e-commerce business. Many new online stores don’t realize this and later regret it because the market they are serving is highly competitive. Do some research before spending money on inventory to try and come up with a product niche that isn’t competitive – it will give you a much better chance of becoming a top competitor in the future.

Make Room for an Office

It’s important you have a spare room in the house that you can convert into an office so you have your own space to operate your business in. If you have a small enough room to fit in a desk and chair that will usually suffice, but as your business grows, you may need to consider other options.

Invest in the Right Accessories

For the office, you will need a host of accessories to ensure the business runs smoothly. These are generally cheap accessories such as folders, staplers, and pens, but as your business grows, you’ll want to invest in a printer and a label printing machine to make work more efficient. You may also want to consider investing in a tape dispenser and some branded packaging to make your business look more professional when you are dispatching goods.

Keep Your Office Clean and Organized

A clean and organized office will only make your job much easier, so always spend an hour or two every week making sure everything you need is in arms reach and there isn’t any paperwork or rubbish floating around. Shred paperwork you don’t need and file everything that’s important, and label folders so you know where to find paperwork in the future.

Use Your Garage for Storage

A small room in the house is usually only good enough for an office, and that means you’re going to need to find storage to house your inventory. In the initial stages of business, paying for storage facilities isn’t going to be a viable option, so you will have to turn to your own garage to help you out. Make sure the garage is clear of personal items, clean, and isn’t going to damage any of your products because of a leaky roof.

Keep Your Accounts in Excellent Shape

Keeping your records and accounts in an organized fashion will give you an advantage in the future. Decide whether it’s more viable to hire an accountant or get an online accounting degree (online MACC) via the UAB Collat School of Business.

The points to consider when starting an online e-commerce business are practically endless, and while the initial costs of starting one are small, the costs of running the business as it develops can grow considerably. Always make sure you have a detailed business plan in place so you know what to expect in the future.  

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Pam Bass, When Marriage Matters bloggerSome Thoughts on Power, Prayer, and Pleasing by Pam BassI’ve been reading in 2 Chronicles lately, through my daily bible reading plan. It always amazes me amidst all the wars and violence of the Old Testament there are verses tucked away that speak to me. One verse in ch. 25 is, v. 2: “Amaziah did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but not wholeheartedly.”  It appears he started off well, but it didn’t stick. [he didn’t finish well?] He did seek God via a prophet and in verse 9b it states: “The man of God replied, “the Lord is able to give you much more than this!” But it seems that God’s abundance wasn’t enough for him. His son Uzziah then becomes king at age 16 and “He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had done.” He rebuilt towns, he sought God, and listened to Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of the Lord. And as long as the king sought the Lord, God gave him success.” (v26:4-5).

What’s amazing is I think we’re a lot like him: we start off well in our marriages, saying to ourselves, ‘I’m gonna be respectful, wise, kind, and loving; I’m gonna be the modern version of the Proverbs 31 lady”. And bless our hearts, we try and try. But then he does something stupid or unkind, or totally thoughtless, etc. and we stop trying. We stop seeking God on our marriage, on ourselves. We think, ‘well, he’s not doing his part, I’ll just quit doing my part and wait for him. After all, he’s supposed to be the leader (head) of our family. This is not good, ladies.

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Jun
15

And The Award Goes To…

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Rare is the time when I actually am all caught up with my schedule. Whenever I think I am caught up, something happens that takes that and throws it out the window.

Such was the case this past week. I was very much happy with the fact that I was on schedule and I had everything in hand. Nothing makes me feel better.

Of course, this is mostly delusional, at least for me. If there ever was an award for being delusional, I am quite certain I would be at the top of the list. The amazing thing about being delusional is that you never think you are.

As I was wallowing in my delusion and enjoying every moment of it, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came and said rather sharply, “Are you ready to go?”

At the moment, I had no idea what she was talking about. And so I responded, “Huh?”

I’m not sure if that is really a word or not, but it accurately described my delusional moment at that time. I had no idea what she was talking about.

“You haven’t,” she said, “forgotten what day it is, have you?”

I was tempted to say, “Of course not. It’s Tuesday.” Fortunately, I did not yield to that temptation and just responded with another, “Huh?”

With a disdaining look she said, “You would forget your head if it wasn’t attached.”

I wouldn’t tell her, but I probably would not miss my head if I would forget it. After all, I don’t wear a hat.

“Today,” she said in a very serene voice, “the two grandchildren are getting awards at school.”

I’m not quite sure if I forgot or if I was not listening when the instructions came my way. At this point, I was not going to let anybody know, particularly my wife.

“Oh, yes,” I said getting up from my chair, “I’m all ready to go. Let’s go.”

She gave me one of her classic sarcastic grins and we headed for the door.

Our one granddaughter was graduating from the third grade and the other from the fifth grade. Unfortunately, one was at 8:30 in the morning and the other was it 1 o’clock in the afternoon. It would make sense to have them all at once, but what has sense to do in our world today?

I did not want to complain, after all, it is our grandchildren, but I think the planning could have been just a little bit better than that. After all, sitting in the school cafeteria listening to the award ceremony is about as exciting as it can get.

The chairs that we had to sit on were uncomfortable, which was very fortunate for me because I was not tempted to fall asleep during the ceremony. I believe that was done on purpose.

Imagine getting an award for completing the third grade!

I cannot remember any such thing when I was going to grade school. Our great award was leaving school and going home in the afternoon. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

We live in a different world today where everybody gets an award for something or sometimes for nothing.

Then I remembered my cell phone in my shirt pocket. It is times like this that God had in mind when he invented this cell phone technology. I pulled out my cell phone and started checking my email.

Then I felt a sharp pain in my right ribs (thanks Eve) and I heard a voice saying, “Put that away and pay attention.”

Slowly and reluctantly, I returned my cell phone to my shirt pocket and tried to pay attention but I didn’t have enough quarters. Paying attention can be very expensive when you’re in situations like this. Read More→

Jun
12

June Featured CWAHM

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For the next few months, we’ll be featuring CWAHMs from some of the best work-at-home businesses available. This month’s CWAHM spotlight introduces you to Lynnae Bussell, Fashion Coach and
Mary Kay Consultant:

Lynnae Bussell
Fashion Coach & Mary Kay Consultant
www.lynnaebussell.com
www.marykay.com/lynnae.bussell

“I am a wife, mom, friend, employee, and entrepreneur. I began my business out of a desire to provide income for our family while being available to my two beautiful daughters.  I worked for several years after marrying my husband and best friend of almost 25 years. I worked for several types of businesses. The jobs varied from retail sales to lease administration. I enjoyed all of the positions, but I’ve always had a passion to help women create a unique style of beauty. In 2011 I took a HUGE step of faith and went through a training program to become a certified Christian Image Consultant through Fashion Meets Faith and I opened my business in 2012.

I call myself a Fashion Coach because I coach women through a process of finding the best colors to wear, how to dress their body type in the most flattering way, and how to accessorize clothing so that they can create a finished look to their appearance.

I serve my clients from home by providing great content on social media, blogging about relevant fashion tips and ideas, and networking online and in person at a local level. I offer virtual fashion coaching and in personal shopping for my clients. I am a professional speaker and trainer. I love doing workshops about fashion and sharing my Christian testimony. I enjoy being a keynote speaker for weekend retreats and one day events. I would love to serve your customers by helping each person create a unique style of beauty from the inside out. My passion is help women realize that they are beautifully create for a God given purpose.”

You can learn more about Lynnae here:

www.lynnaebussell.com
www.marykay.com/lynnae.bussell

 

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

Jun
08

How to Make a Difference in Your Community

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Do you want to make a difference in your local community? Unfortunately, there are many people who struggle in life and need your help. As well as this, many people want to improve their neighborhoods and make their locality a safer and more enjoyable place to live in. Below are some of the ways you can help.

Work as a Public Administrator

The residents in your local area need people they can rely on to represent them and individuals who want to address any local social and economic problems that exist. If you believe you have the personality and skills to do this work, becoming a public administrator could be the job for you.

You can start by getting involved in local projects and attending community events. However, to really advance in this area and become an effective public administrator, you should consider enrolling in an online master in public administration degree course or a similar type of program. Once you have completed a course such as the online MPA degree from a recognized university like Norwich University, you will possess the skills and knowledge required to work in local government or in a wide range of non-profit organizations.

Help Senior Citizens

People are living longer, which means there are more seniors who need to be taken care of. In many cases, these older citizens simply need some company and support. In other situations, you may be able to help these senior citizens by helping with home deliveries or providing your services at a local senior center.

Become a Coach or Mentor

Many of the social problems that occur in a city or town come about because of the neglect of younger members of society who have not been guided in the right way in their formative years. By becoming a coach or a mentor with a local team or youth organization, you can act as a role model for many of these children and teenagers who might otherwise go down the wrong path in life and enter a life of crime. Read More→

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Jun
08

5 Tips for Choosing the Right SEO Company

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It’s never been easier to start your own business from home. Bloggers, affiliate marketers, retailers, and service providers can start companies with plenty of earning potential, from the comfort of their own home and often with little start-up capital.

However, if you are considering starting or have already started your own home business, then the main thing that you will need to consider is how you’re going to market it to your potential customers and gain exposure in front of your target audience. Creating a business is the easy part; now you have your work cut out for you and must ensure that you find the right professionals and companies to help you take your company to the top and gain the results that you need.

For many businesses today, whether they are mainly run online or offline, having a strong online presence is an absolute essential. To do this, you will need to focus on search engine optimization (SEO), which will help your business website get a better ranking in search engine results, leading to more users finding it when they search for keywords specific to your business, brand or industry.

However, many small business owners today don’t have the time or expertise to carry out their own SEO. So, they must find and hire a reputable company that can take on this mammoth task for them. We’ve listed some top tips to help you find the perfect SEO agency to help you successfully market your brand.

Tip #1. Consider Their Past Work:

If you’re looking for an SEO expert or company, then you’ll surely have no issue finding some suggestions. However, it’s important to bear in mind that not all SEO agencies are created equal; some will brand themselves as experts, but in reality have little experience in actually getting great results for their clients.

So, before you make a final decision, it’s important to consider their past work, and look at the kind of results that they have gotten for their clients previously. No good SEO company will withhold this kind of information; it will be readily available for potential clients to see, so that they can prove just how good they are in their areas of expertise.

Tip #2. Look at Their Services:

Although there are several reputable SEO companies out there who will offer a range of services, such as the HOTH, don’t assume that all will. For example, if you’re hoping for a company that will be able to help you with things such as on-page SEO and optimizing your website content, then it’s probably not a good idea to opt for an agency that mainly specializes in blogger relations and guest posts, for example.

The best way to determine which SEO company to choose is by first creating a list of the kind of services that you will need from them. For example, if you’re able to handle your own guest posting, but need a company to help you with the technical side of things, then you may also be able to save money since you won’t require a full package. Read More→

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Jun
07

Where Do You Look When She’s Lost Her Voice?

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megaphoneIt has been a quiet week at the parsonage. Far quieter than usual. I cannot remember a time when it was quieter. If silence is golden, the week glowed with a yellow brilliance.

Have you ever noticed when you lose something, it is always in the last place you look? I could save a lot of time, not to mention energy, if I would look for that lost item in the last place first.

Back to the sounds of silence in the parsonage.

When the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage awoke from her beauty sleep on Monday morning, she discovered sometime during the night she lost her voice. It was a strange sensation that bears repeating – often.

At first, I thought I lost my hearing. I am not accustomed to starting the day with such silence. I could see my Beloved’s lips moving, but nothing reached my ears.

I must confess that there have been times when I feigned not hearing her, but this time I really could not hear a word she said. Immediately I plunged a finger in each ear to check for any foreign correspondent.

My fingers reported nothing. I must admit that clean ears are a novelty for me. God gave me such large ears attracting all sorts of stuff.

My ears produce enough wax each week to take care of 17 Rolls Royces. The strange thing was, I had just waxed my car the Saturday before.

With nothing in my ears – or between them, for that matter – I could not explain this sudden silence of my Little Lamb.

I am the kind of person who tries to find good in everything. Some circumstances severely try my efforts in this endeavor, but, believe it or not, I was able to find some good about this little incident in our parsonage.

The good news was my wife had lost her voice; the bad news, however, she insisted that I look for it.

Have you ever tried looking for something you hoped you would not find?

Through the years, I have engaged in many things my heart was not totally in full sympathy with.

Such things as Christmas shopping with my wife at the mall; going to a wedding reception for some family member; attending the Christmas play by first graders at the elementary school.

All these activities are good in and of themselves; if only they would merely keep themselves to themselves, it would not irate myself so much. As a dutiful husband and father, I bolster up both chins and go forward.

Being the considerate soul that I am, I submissively went through the motions of looking for the lost voice. (I did have my fingers crossed.)

My problem was: where do you begin looking for a lost voice? In my lifetime, I have looked for many lost items. My car keys, my wallet (especially when the check at the restaurant is due), and my mind, which I have yet to find.

However, where does a voice go when it turns up missing?

I began my search under the sofa and found a set of car keys I lost seven months ago and my checkbook that I looked everywhere for and finally had to close the account and start over again, but no voice.

I spent a few moments meditating in the garage, but did not find or hear the voice of my Beloved.

I looked in the refrigerator – pausing for a small snack without fear of remonstration from you know who. Of course, I may have been remonstrated, but I did not hear a thing. Read More→

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Jun
05

The Power of Words in Business

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I love email. I know it’s silly, but I truly love receiving emails – especially from women who are a part of my ministry, Christian Work at Home Moms. I love hearing what God is doing in their lives and how He is creating businesses out of the very fabric of who they are and the things that they love to do.

I received an email not long ago, however, that wasn’t nearly so encouraging. The woman was upset. She had been hurt by people during her work-at-home journey, she felt used and abused. She took that anger out on me. I was heartbroken as I read that email and felt this woman’s pain. My heart ached not just for the anger that she expressed, but at seeing the pain behind her words.

Words give us power. They allow us to communicate what God is teaching us. They give us the ability to share the joys and triumphs of life.

And yet, words can be used to wield another sort of power as well – the power to injure. We can so easily hurt others with the words that write and speak. I can think of countless times that I have spoken something without thinking – with no intention of hurting someone – and injured the person on the receiving end.

James 3:3 -6 tells us:

“Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.
Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”

What a powerful statement that last line is. Read it again: “It [the tongue] corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” The words we speak can corrupt us if we choose to speak words that belittle others, hurt others or tear others down.

On the flip side, in Proverbs 31:26 we find out how a godly woman uses her words:
She speaks wise words and teaches others to be kind.” Read More→