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Getting Started

So you want to be a work-at-home mom? Getting started -- whether it's launching your own home-based business or setting yourself up as telecommuter -- takes planning and perseverance. Learn where to find work and tips on child care and home office setup.

Getting Started: Work-at-Home Moms
Work-at-home moms are a diverse group. There is no one way to do this, but when you're getting started many have the same questions: Where do I find a work-at-home job that pays well? Aren't so many of them just work-at-home scams?

How to Turn Your Current Job into a Telecommuting Job
Convince your boss to let you telecommute. After all, your current job is the place to start when looking for a work-at-home job.

How to Write a Telecommuting Proposal
Write a telecommute proposal that will convince your boss to let you work from home.

How to Find a Work at Home Job

8 Reasons to Be a Work-at-Home Mom
While work-at-home moms’ career paths, home office setups, and childcare arrangements may vary greatly, the reasons they choose to work at home are more consistent.

6 Possible Drawbacks to Working at Home with Children
OK, now that you've thought about the pros of being a work-at-home mom you're all ready to give up the rat race (or maybe join it if you’ve been a stay-at-home mom). But here are a few other issues to mull.

Why Can't I Find a Job From Home?
Why can't I find a job? A good question with no easy answer, especially when you are looking for a work-at-home job. This is a question I am asked often by readers who are frustrated in their work-at-home job search. When you can't find a jobs from home, click through these reasons and consider if any apply.

Finding Online Work
Finding the right online work at home job for you means taking a good look at your marketable skills. There are no magical job opportunities that will pay well no matter what your skills. Those are work at home scams. Like any other job, the more experience you have the better you are paid.

Best Keywords to Find a Job Online
To search for a telecommuting job online efficiently and effectively choose the right keywords. There is no single, best place to look for a work-at-home job online. Often you end up searching in many places, i.e. company websites, job boards, etc. And, unfortunately, many of these sites use different keywords to tag the home-based jobs. One...

Dos and Don’ts of a Telework Proposal
Sometimes the best way to get started working at home is to turn your current job into a telecommuting one. Read these dos and don'ts before you write a telework proposal for your boss.

How to Write Email (That Gets a Response)
Follow these 9 tips for more effective electronic correspondence when you write email for professional or personal reasons.

How You Became a WAHM
Everyone follows a slightly different path to becoming a work-at-home mom. Some WAHMs take an existing office job and become telecommuters, while other might strike out and start their own home business. Many take the route from working mom to stay-at-home mom to WAHM. I started as a freelancer in my chosen profession, writing, even before my...See submissions

Advice on How to Find a Work From Home Job
Ready to give up the commute? Follow these steps to find a work at home job.

Why Are You Working From Home?
Working from home isn't for everybody, but for most of us who do, we wouldn't have it any other way. When it comes to working from home, everyone does it a little bit differently and for different reasons. Tell others why you enjoy working from home.

Home Business vs. Telecommuting Job
Working from home might mean having a telecommuting job or it could be running a home-based business, which would include consulting or freelancing. Each has its ups and downs. From your own experience, what are some of the pros and cons of each situation?

Home Business vs. Telecommuting Job - Which Is Right for You?
So you want to work at home, but you’re still in the planning stages. While everyone’s journey to working at home will take a slightly different path, one of the first things most of us decide as we’re getting started working at home is whether we want to find a telecommuting job or start a home business.

What Is a Bid Site?
Using a bid site is one method for a freelancer to find freelance jobs. Bid sites are basically online auctions for services.

Submit a Photo for Publication
I sometimes ask readers to submit digital photos for publication on About.com Work-at-Home Moms. If you would like to submit a photo, please use the following guidelines. Plus, be sure that your photo fits with the criteria of the call for photo submissions, i.e. "Creative Home Office Designs" or "Work-at-Home Mom's Helping Kids" etc.

What Is a WAHM?
What does WAHM stand for? Find out the definition for WAHM as well as find more resources for being a WAHM.

Determining If Your Home Is Zoned for Business
When starting a home-based business, you must first determine if you can legally operate a business from your house. Local zoning laws may restrict the type of business, if any, allowed in a neighborhood.

What's a Legitimate WAHM Job and What's Not?
When getting started working from home, figuring out which work-at-home jobs are legitimate, and which are not legitimate, is the first step. As you cull through the many Internet job postings and ads, a pattern of deception becomes clear.

Commuter Connections
Calculate how much you spend in commuting costs.

5 Ways Working From Home Saves Money
While working from home is not without start up costs, many of those costs can be defrayed by the savings that working from home brings. So if you're thinking about switching from the office life to telecommuting, here are some areas where you can save a little of the green stuff.

Work at Home Job Scams
Work-at-home scams typically fall under several variations on a few themes. Some are pure cons while others are simply poor money-making opportunities. This list of possible work-at-home scams outlines both types.

Personality Traits for Working at Home
While the benefits of working from home are many, it is not for everyone. It takes a certain set of personality traits to navigate the pitfalls of a being a work-at-home mom. And while it is not necessary to have every single personality trait when you start, you'll need to work on developing them to be successful.

Who Works at Home?
Today, the many types of jobs for work-at-home moms reflect the diversity of careers now available to women. Take a look at these real-life examples of parents who support their families while working from home.

Find a Work-at-Home Job
Alison Doyle, About.com's Guide to Job Search, gives tips on finding legitimate jobs to do from home.

Using LinkedIn for Networking
Using LinkedIn for networking can seem daunting. It shouldn't be. Getting started using LinkedIn is as easy as picking a password, explains About.com's Guide to Working Moms.

Resume Types
Work-at-home moms' employment histories, which may include gaps or part-time work, do not always lend themselves to straight chronolgical resumes. Alison Doyle, About.com's Guide to Job Search, outlines several other types of resumes.

How to Overcome Your Employment Gap
Though Susan M. Heathfield, About.com's Guide to Human Resources, offers a less optimistic outlook for stay-at-home parents returning to work, her 10 tips for those considering a return to the workforce are useful.

How to Ask if a Position Is Telecommute Job in an Interview
When a company wants to hire for a telecommute job, that is clearly stated in the job description. However, an onsite position can be converted into a telecommute job, this is often not stated. Here’s how to find out during a job interview if a position can be telecommuted.

Worst Email - What's the Worst Email You've Received?
Let's dish about the email we receive, specifically the worst email that's landed in your inbox. What are your email pet peeves? Whether it's the style (no caps, no punctuation) or the substance ("Your fired!), share your story of the worst email (or emailer).

Advice for Working at Home
The road to becoming a work at home mom takes different twists and turns for everyone. But we can still learn from each other. So what's your advice for working at home? What mistakes did you make or solutions to common problems did you find?

Work at Home Mom Questions - Questions for Work at Home Moms
I bet people ask how you do it. I know I get questions about how I manage all the time. We work at home moms can inspire a little wonder from people, and so often we get questions about being a WAHM. "How can you get work done with the kids home?" "How did you find a work at home job?" "Who do you keep yourself from watching TV all day?" What...

Getting Started Working From Home
For many people, working from home seems like a fantasy. No commute. No annoying coworkers. What’s not to love about working from home? Reality, however, is a bit different. There are many obstacles to overcome in order to work from home, not the least of which is finding a work at home job. Use this guide to help you get started working from home.

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