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More Than 20 Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms

More Than 20 Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms
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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…

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        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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        Published on July 27, 2021

        15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

        15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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        During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

        But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

        Put the Pro in Professional

        After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

        1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

        The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

        Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

        2. Dress the Part

        While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

        Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

        For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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        Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

        3. Stage Your Workspace

        Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

        Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

        4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

        Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

        Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

        Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

        Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

        5. Arrive on Time

        In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

        Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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        6. Turn on Your Video

        Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

        If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

        Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

        7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

        Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

        Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

        Attend to the Pesky Details

        8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

        With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

        Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

        9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

        Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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        Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

        10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

        As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

        Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

        Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

        Talking Has a Time and a Place

        11. Chat Appropriately

        Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

        At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

        12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

        The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

        Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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        13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

        In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

        Manage Yourself

        14. Minimize Distractions

        While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

        Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

        15. Save Snacking for Later

        Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

        However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

        Final Thoughts

        Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

        Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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