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How to be a Work-at-Home Mom

16 Jul

I am a work-at-home mom and I love it.  I like the fringe benefits such as being able to work according to my own schedule, being able to take as many breaks as I need to, and not having to rush off to prepare for work in the morning.  I save a lot in terms of transportation expenses, plus I don’t have to maintain a corporate wardrobe—which was my biggest career-related expenditure when I used to do office work.

The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk

It all started by idly browsing the internet from some work-at-home opportunities.

Here is what worked for me:  The On Demand Global Workforce – oDesk,  which is a job market which puts employers and freelance contractors together.  So far, I have been working through oDesk through almost a year.  Because I am a freelancer, my income fluctuates from month to month depending on the projects that I am able to get and depending on how much free time I have from taking care of my son full-time without a nanny.  However, since I started, I have always managed to earn at least minimum wage, despite being able to only work part-time.  It mostly depends on how many projects you have, as well as the skills you can offer.

There are many jobs available through oDesk, from programmers, to website designers, to admin support, etc.  I can definitely say that it is not a scam, and freelance contractors are not charged anything to sign up.  Just create your profile and build it up so that prospective employers will be enticed to approve your applications.

oDesk contractors are paid upon job completion (for fixed-rate projects) or at the end of every work week (for hourly projects).  You can withdraw your earnings through Paypal, or a bank account.  oDesk has recently launched their Local Wire Transfer feature, which allows you to withdraw oDesk earnings directly through a pre-existing ATM at any bank here in the Philippines.

I would recommend spending some quality time building up your profile. There are various ways to do this such as creating a portfolio or better yet, just taking some online tests available at the oDesk website.  These tests are free, and you can take as many as you want.  They serve as some sort of certification in order for employers to see that you really are qualified for a certain job.  An example of an oDesk skills test is one in English Vocabulary.

All of these exams are time-limit, multiple choice questions.  oDesk indicates high scores and includes them on your profile.  However, if you happen to have a rather low score on a certain test, you can just opt not to display the exam score on your profile.  Plus, you have unlimited chances to re-take any exam later on, after a prescribed time has passed.

Just click on the oDesk link on this page and create your account.  Make sure that you note down the username and password that you use so that you can come back to it later and make the necessary improvements.

There are many more facts that I cannot conceivably include in just a single post, so I will have to get back to this later.  In the meantime, you can learn all you need to know about oDesk
by clicking this link.  Also stay tuned for more posts regarding this topic under the Working at Home section of this blog.  Good luck on your job hunting!

The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk