There are a lot of reasons why you may want to work from home. You may have children at home or possibly aging parents who you care for. You may even have a health issue that simply makes working from the comfort of your own home a better option. Or it could be that you simply want a better life balance.
Sharon was spending an hour to an hour and a half on her daily Houston commute each way. That’s 2 to 3 hours a day and 10 to 15 hours a week.
Her Life Felt Like It Was Disappearing
The busy Mom began to see her social life disappear. “By the time I got home I was exhausted”, she told me. “We were eating fast food because cooking took too long and too much effort. I gained 20 pounds last year! I know it is from the food and the lack of physical activity.” When the weekend rolled around Sharon felt consumed with chores and chauffeuring her 14 and 15-year-old daughters to their activities. Like a lot of women, she began to look for other options.
Work From Home?
Her boss wasn’t keen on her working from home. As an administrative assistant, he wanted her close by in case he needed something. “It was more of a control issue” Sharon said. “I could have easily done most of my work from home.” Sharon discovered that she could work as a virtual assistant. She could set her own hours and work from home.
Brenda was also looking for options. She commuted from Cypress to downtown every day. The trip on Highway 290 was a night mare. With all of the construction driving was stressful. And Brenda didn’t need any more stress. She was taking care of her 80-year-old mom. On top of that her mother was starting to show signs of dementia. Brenda’s boss was already unhappy that she had to take off a lot. But she was the only sibling in town and mom couldn’t drive any more. When mom needed to get to the doctor Brenda was the one in charge. She had to take her.
Time For A Change
Both ladies decided it was time for a change. They decided to strike it out on their own. Brenda’s degree was in art. When she couldn’t find a job she ended up being a bookkeeper. She has been working as a bookkeeper for 23 years. But now she decided to explore other possibilities.
Here are 5 websites that may help you find freelance work.
Though there is a cost to use this website, it may be worth it. This website focuses on part-time, flexible schedule or freelance work.
This is a new service. Make sure you have a fully created profile on LinkedIn. Once accepted into the program you will be notified if a job is available in your area. Leads will be sent to you for your area of expertise. The search is local so you will be connecting with business’s in your area. You have to send in a bid but only five people are allowed to bid on each job. There is no charge at this time.
With Upwork, you decide how much you will charge. You also have the ability to negotiate with employers. Some jobs will be short term while others may be ongoing. There are over 100 categories of job tiles from writes to virtual assistants to customer service managers. Upwork will take a commission from your earnings. In the beginning, as much as 20% but as you build experience that rate will drop.
A hand-selected database of online telecommute jobs from more than 2,500 vetted companies. The website updates with more than 450 new jobs every day.
This platform caters to those in the finance industry. Specialist in fundraising, market research and consulting can be found on this website. You have to apply to their site to become one of their financial experts.
These are just a few of the top websites. Hundreds or even thousands of opportunities are available to help you get your new work at home business started.
As Certified Long-Term Care professionals since 2003, and members of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, both Sue and Allison have the training, knowledge, and experience to help you understand your options.
With over 20 years of experience, both women are committed to ensuring that their client’s long-term care needs are met while their wealth is protected.
Sue Myers CLTC and Allison Younger CLTC