Online jobs for mums
The modern world has provided a great resource for mums who wish to work form home i.e. the Internet. This is not just a great tool for finding jobs and circulating your resume but you can also do a job that contributes to this online cyber world. There are many writing jobs that could be managed from the comfort of your home such as writing articles, doing web content, data entry, accounts, internet marketing, selling, graphic design and certain secretarial functions etc.
But as attractive as working online from home seems there are many things to consider when being an online working mum!
For general working from home considerations refer to the working from home article but for online working advice here are a few things you need to give additional consideration to:
- Do you have the equipment and the skills?
- Space, where will you work?
- Who can you trust?
- What records should I keep
- Do I need a website?
If you are going to be an online working mum you need to be confident that you are able to deliver the work regularly and timely and have a back up plan if your home office fails you! Your Internet and word processing skills also need to be up to date. You should learn email etiquette, as this will be a major form of communication as it is very easy for people to misinterpret the tone of your writing.
A useful article on email etiquette: http://www.homeworking.com/library/net1.htm
You need to make sure you have a reliable Internet service provider and that you are not going to lose connectivity for long periods. You will need an up to date PC that can handle the software and programs you need to use. The PC should also have the necessary firewalls and anti-virus software.
You need to back up your work daily preferably to a disk incase you do lose power or Internet connection. This way you can if necessary continue your work from another pc at a different location.
You may already have your PC and related office equipment, such as telephone and printer, fax, files etc conveniently situated in your home. But if you do not, you need to consider where you will put all these things.
If your children are home with you, then your home office needs to be located such that you can still provide the supervision your children require.
This may mean that you need to relocate from that lofty office to the lounge!
If you plan to be seated for long periods in front of the PC you should take regular breaks and make sure you are seated on a comfortable chair with adequate lighting.
There are lots of scams on the Internet but there are plenty of reliable sources to go to for legitimate online jobs. You may find the best ones on sites dedicated to mums. Ask around and use your ready-made network of working mums to find out what they are doing and if they can recommend something reliable. Join some online newsgroups both for mums and others working in the same field as you. These groups or forums are a great place to go for tips, advice support and even morale boost if you need one. You can chat online and get instant help or leave a message on a board that others can reply to later.
One thing to note is that legitimate employers will not ask you to pay for anything, and this includes software etc so do not pay anyone to do work for them. Go to a reliable mum friendly site where the employer's credentials and jobs have been tried and tested, ask questions and be careful.
Keep records of your hours and rate of pay and any expenses you incur such as childcare, equipment running costs, i.e. phone, Internet, paper, etc.
Depending on where you live in the world there will be a government department that can advise you fully on what to do to register your working status and how to record your income and outgoing costs. They can advise you on what taxes to pay etc and how to pay them and also let you know about any provision they have for you to pay into a pension or health scheme.
If you have your own business or are marketing yourself online as having a particular skill you could establish some sort of web presence. This could be in the form of a simple but professional looking blog, provided free by the likes of blogspot.com etc or a website that you pay a small monthly fee for someone to host along with your own exclusive domain name. If you wanted an all singing dancing website then you could hire a web designer to put it together for you.
Finally, more useful Links to help you in your online job search.
Home Office Magazine
Home Based Working Moms