So you've got an entrepreneurial spirit, and you're thinking you can forgo the grind of the 9-to-5 office life (possibly along with its perks of medical benefits and a regular pay check) to work for yourself and spend more time with the kids. And perhaps you're not quite ready to invest your life savings in a home business venture. What are some careers where you can use the experience and expertise to build a career freelancing freelance from home?
These four WAH occupations can be traditional employment, but when done from home they tend to done by typically independent contractors or freelancers.
Laureen Miles Brunelli
Search the Internet for telecommuting companies, and you'll get lots of results. But few of those results really shed much light on what makes a telecommuting company. So I wanted to make a list that would.
It wasn't easy because companies don't always like to advertise their telecommuting policies. Perhaps, this is to avoid a flood of resumes, or maybe it's because telecommuting is allowed in some positions and not others or maybe companies are supportive of jobs but not hiring. (Appearing on the list does not mean that these companies are necessarily hiring at this time. The list has links to the companies' jobs databases; carefully search them to find positions that match your skills before contacting a company.)
I already have a list of more than 200 companies with work-at-home opportunities, but many of the companies on this list only have jobs in specific divisions. However, the major corporations I highlight are more than just "telecommute friendly." They have a proven track record of using a remote workforce across multiple divisions within the company.
See who is on my list of telecommuting companies.
Summer vacation lasts only three months or less, but parents can spend more than that amount of time planning for their kids' summer vacation.
Setting up summer child care is always tricky because you are likely planning around a schedule that is full of vacation dates and deadlines--all while hoping to add some summer fun into your kids' days. For work-at-home moms, you'll need a full repertoire of everyday summer activities too.
More on Planning for Summer:
When trying to find work-at-home jobs, one of the most important steps when getting started is to take stock of your skills. What skill do you have that a potential employer might be seeking? And can that skill be translated to a home setting? If you are bilingual, this is a great place to start!
However, bilingual jobs require a multitude of other skills, outside of language.
- Teaching (or tutoring in) a language and translation jobs require good writing skills in both languages.
- Interpretation, which is not as likely to be a work-at-home job, takes a high level of fluency in both languages and the ability to think on your feet.
- Bilingual call center jobs don't require quite the same level of fluency in the spoken language as interpretation, but you must be able to speak absolutely clearly in both English and your other language for a bilingual call center job.
If you're considering a bilingual job and want to work at home, consider what skills you have and then check out these resources.