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Q&A: Work From Home?

Hello and welcome to another edition of Mommy Q & A. I got lots of questions sent to me last time I did this segment and I just could not get them all done. I did pick out a few and have scheduled them and I will let you know when I publish them on my blog. I welcome any other questions and I will let you know if your question has been selected to be featured on my blog. Don't be shy! If your question is mommy related; from potty training to going back to work, or how to save money to how to spend it wisely, you can send it my way. All answers will be answered from my personal experience or thoughts as well as from a professionals point of views. I have many contacts that will give you their ideas.

So, this weeks question comes from a Mamapedia mom, Amy G. She asks:

"Work From Home

Hello Mommies - I am looking for a new job and would really like to find a good "work from home" opprotunity. I have a 2 year old son, and could still send him to daycare or he could stay home with me. Whatever would work. I'm not looking for something like Premier, Tastefully Simple or Party Lite. I'm looking for some type of work I can do either full or part time from my home and not be micro-managed by a boss. If you know anything out there, I would love to hear from you! Thanks in advance!"

The first question I would suggest to ask yourself is can you really do this. This would be like an actual job. It would be a good idea to think if you would be able to designate a time and a place (home office) where you can have some peace and quite so you can do this "Work at Home" job.

Second, do you have transportation? Most parents choose a "Work at Home" job because they cannot travel outside the home. They might not have a vehicle or they might not be able to because they have children to tend to as well. If you cannot travel out of the house at least a few times a week then this might not be a good choice for you. If you are able to this would open up many more options for you.

Third, what kind of work at home job are you able to do? There are home jobs like transcription and customer service that almost everyone can do. Then there is mystery shopping where it would be better if you have great people skills. Then there is merchandising which may require you to be able to lift heavy items.

The choices can be limitless if you are open to many of these things. Answer these questioins and then do some research on a few different companies/occupations that capture your attention.

Personally, I have done mystery shopping, merchandising and customer service for the past six years. I started out by just doing surveys from home for about 5 hours a day. I was very dedicated because at the time we were newlyweds and we needed any extra money we could get. Then I started mystery shopping for one company and now I have contracts with over fifteen companies. They are for fast food to restaurants and theaters to retail shops. They pay is awesome and if I did this full-time I would earn very good money. I usually suggest to most people to start out by looking through the Mystery Shopping Providers Association website and see what kind of shops are available in your area.

Everyone who earns an income must pay taxes, so that is another aspect that you must get advice on. A financial adviser suggests that you make four monthly payments for your estimated taxes on mystery shopping. You must save all of your check stubs and receipts on any expenses incurred. It would be ideal to find a reputable financial adviser that you trust and seek their advice.

I hope this post will help any mom that is thinking about working from home.
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