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More Than 20 Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

More Than 20 Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

Thanks to technology, there are plenty of job choices for stay-at-home Moms. When you think about it, a lot can be accomplished with a phone, a computer and a creative mind. Many people who are not stay-at-home moms do not follow the 9 – 5 schedule either, and work remotely or flexibly. The future is about productivity: it’s not how many hours you clocked, it’s what you did during those hours.

This list is not limited to moms—anybody who is housebound or chooses to work from home can avail of the ideas here. It would be a huge benefit to have some training or work experience to start you off. If not, try to take some online classes when you have a spare hour during the kid’s nap time. Many universities now offer long-distance qualifications. Or, if you have a partner or helper, try to get some night classes for jobs that require hands-on training.

Make a list of your skills, and rate your ability at them (from beginner to expert). Then, plan out how much time you could put into a home-based job, and on what days. This will determine which kinds of jobs suit your combination of skills combined with your availability.

What stay-at-home moms can benefit most from are jobs that involve short and irregular appointments with non-specialised equipment.

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    1. Beauty: Hairdresser, Manicurist/Pedicurist,  Massage Therapist, Make-Up for Special Occasions

    These are jobs that can be done skilfully with or without training depending on your personal skill and time practising. It is a good move to start on friends, build up a reputation and start advertising online with the before-and-after photos of your successes. The tools required are not too expensive and the facilities can be improvised in your house. For the massages, you may want to take care to book them during nap time!

    2. Web: Social Media Manager, Content Creator, Blogger/Vlogger, SEO Specialist, Online Marketing Executive, Remote Assistant, Critic

    The internet brings a wealth of stay-at-home possibilities. Using online resources, it is quite easy to keep up-to-date with your team. Thousands of people work in global virtual teams today—so can you. Using online tutorials and studying core textbooks, you can become a competent online marketer and SEO optimizer.

    If you enjoy writing, you can become a critic of issues that you are knowledgeable on, and perhaps get picked up by a webzine. Or, you can handle the content for websites (just think of all the terrible websites you have seen and think you can fix them!).

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    There is always the possibility that somebody needs a part-time assistant for organizing their virtual lives (email, social media, applications, bookings: all can be done via computer or phone). Depending on the duties required of you, as long as you are savvy at using email and cloud-sharing platforms such as Dropbox and Google Drive, it is very possible that you can be a part-time assistant.

    If you have a flair for story-telling, passing on knowledge in an entertaining way or simply engaging with the masses, a video blog (vlog) or blog can bring both fame and fortune. Check out the top YouTube personalities and see if it’s the way for you. Money is typically made from advertisements on your vlog/blog.

    3. Creative: Artist, Designer, Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Musician

    The creative mind is always at work and knows no hours. If you happen to have a creative skill, there is no reason why you can’t squeeze it into your spare time. You can sell yourself as a freelancer, you can take up at-home project work, or you can start giving video tutorials. If there is a large project you want to tackle requiring more resources, it’s worth it to set up a crowdfunding campaign using a platform like Kickstarter or Indiegogo and see if you get lucky.

    4. Business: Phone Sales, Event Organizer, Wedding Planner

    OK, phone sales may not be the sexiest job out there but it pays bills, and all you need is a phone.

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    Event organizing and wedding planning can be possible depending on whether you can occasionally take your kids with you to view a venue or taste some cake. Generally speaking though, it is again a case of using the internet for your background research and presenting the interested parties with options to satisfy their budgets and wishes.

    5. Teaching: Music, Languages, Tutor (various subjects), Fitness

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      Using Skype, or any video chat medium, you can teach or tutor others in the areas you are skilled at. Set up an online calendar with your free times and let them book a spot to be with you!

      6. Care: Counsellor, Childcare

      Training or certificates in these areas can also be very useful. Counselling may require a quiet environment, depending on if your clients enjoy children or not. It’s up to the trained counsellor to know best. Childcare is also an option if you acquire the certifications for keeping extra children in your house. If you can handle two kids, perhaps you can handle three and get paid for it!

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      7. Freelance Projects

      Being registered as self-employed or a freelancer can give you the freedom to pick and choose projects based on your immediate situation. It depends on your area of expertise of course, but have a long hard think about your skills and see if you can use them to be self-employed.

      8. Repairs

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        People bring their broken stuff to your house, and you fix them.

        And finally…

        Make the most of time management technologies and to-do lists so you can keep track of your activities and be able to structure your day. If it has been many years since you worked, it may seem intimidating to pick it up again. Conquer your doubts and give it a try. Give it enough time to flourish—just like going to the gym, the results can take some months to be tangible.

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        10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

        10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

        Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.

        You have to work hard to develop the right skills

        If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.

        1. Make your presentation short and sweet

        With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.

        JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.

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        2. Open up with a good ice breaker

        At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:

        • Joking
        • Tugging on their heart strings
        • Dropping a bombastic statement
        • Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
        • Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons

        You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.

        3. Keep things simple and to the point

        Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.

        4. Use a healthy dose of humor

        Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.

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        It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.

        5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting

        Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.

        6. Practice your delivery

        Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.

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        7. Move around and use your hands

        Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.

        8. Engage the audience by making them relate

        Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.

        9. Use funny images in your slides

        Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.

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        10. End on a more serious note

        When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

        As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.

        Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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