online business http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11140/all en-US 3 Technologies That Help Stay-At-Home Moms Build an Online Business http://www.wisebread.com/3-technologies-that-help-stay-at-home-moms-build-an-online-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-technologies-that-help-stay-at-home-moms-build-an-online-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iphone stock photo.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="149" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="openforum-link"><em>This article is </em><a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2009/11/3-technologies-that-help-stay-at-home-moms-build-an-online-busines.html"><em>Wise Bread's contribution</em></a><em> to <a href="http://mylifescoop.com/personal/">Life Scoop</a>, where ordinary people learn how to make surprising things happen with technology.</em></p> <p class="openforum-link">Raising kids and building a business don&rsquo;t instinctively go hand-in-hand. It takes a certain amount of savvy, perseverance, and a unique amount of creativity to mesh your personal life with your professional life. While Moms have moved beyond the days of working in their pajamas and scheduling important calls only during naps, the struggles still exist. These three tech solutions can help a Mompreneur expand her working potential, without sacrificing her precious role as Mommy.</p> <p><strong>Don&rsquo;t Slack, Track!</strong></p> <p>Ask any Work-at-Home Mom what her biggest challenge is, and she&rsquo;ll almost always answer, &ldquo;I need more time!&rdquo; While there will always only be 24 hours in any given day, understanding where it all goes to is step #1 in creating efficiency and improving profitability. Today&rsquo;s best tools for tracking time are free.&nbsp; My favorite is the popular <a href="http://www.toggl.com/">Toggl.com</a>. Toggl is as simple as it gets, giving users a free basic membership and an entirely web-based solution. (Working between a PC, laptop, and an iPhone? No problem. Just log in from anywhere to start tracking those minutes!) Since tracking time is as simple as pushing a red button, you can make sure you get credit for every second that you are engaged in your business, making billing clients an easy task again.</p> <p>Moms who check their client emails from the waiting room of their child&rsquo;s dentist have no reason not to get credit for their time. (And you can finally explain to your kids that you have NOT been working all day, but rather 5 hours, 30 minutes, and 27 seconds.) Conversely, time tracking tools can help with Moms who have boundary problems, giving them the satisfaction they need when putting in a hard day&rsquo;s work, and giving them the freedom to leave work at the end of a day to cuddle with kiddos and spend precious time with their spouse.</p> <div align="center"> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/Toggl_screen_shot.jpg" alt="" /></p> </div> <p><strong>Communication Can Be a One-Way Street</strong></p> <p>I pride myself on being accessible to my clients but understand that sometimes, communication should not go both ways. With several young children in the home, it becomes necessary to control communication to present the message you really want to send, and technology is the key to making it all happen. While Moms have traditionally limited themselves to &ldquo;shooshing&rdquo; kids during important calls and hiding in the laundry room for new client interviews, there are better ways to get the job done.</p> <p>For the mom who never seems to have a good time to chat, email is indispensable. Not only can you have a few moments to proofread your responses, you can be sure that your conversations will not carry a hint of whatever kind of day your kids are having. With clever tools like <a href="http://GoToMeeting.com">GoToMeeting.com</a>, you can attend presentations via the web, and not have to utter a word during the exchange. Chat functions allow you to raise your hand, ask questions, and provide valuable feedback during the event, regardless of how many you have sitting on your lap at the time. <a href="http://www.greenyourdecor.com/">GreenYourDecor.com</a>&rsquo;s Jennae Peterson adores this particular one-way communication tool. &ldquo;Being able to attend a web seminar while I'm cooking or combing my daughter's hair is invaluable and it allows me to get more out of my time.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.skype.com/">Skype</a> is another precious tool for letting your voice (and your voice, alone) be heard. With many useful options for keeping communication clear from any room in your home, it&rsquo;s possible to take your laptop with you and out of the range of blaring TV&rsquo;s and Tonka Trucks. In instances where advanced planning will serve you best, you can always record a quick video presentation via a Flip Video Camera and send it to your client at their convenience. (This lets the client really get to know you, and it can help display your willingness to work with different kinds of media.)</p> <div align="center"> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/skype_stock_screen_shot.png" alt="" /></p> </div> <p><strong>Always Take Your Business With You</strong></p> <p>While I can&rsquo;t argue with the need for keeping business and personal separate, there are certain definite benefits to keeping your most precious business tools with you at all times. In addition to having an ample supply of custom-made business cards stashed in your diaper bag or purse, Moms with an online business should consider a mobile device equipped to help them complete daily tasks from anywhere. &ldquo;My phone has saved my business tremendously. It's like I can be in several different places at one time,&rdquo; insists Melissa Garcia of the popular <a href="http://www.consumerqueen.com/">ConsumerQueen.com</a>. &ldquo;I never have to worry about missing important messages from important clients. I also don't have to worry about turning down awesome opportunities due to being unavailable.&rdquo; Melissa also admits that it has helped her keep her family life in check, &ldquo;It has helped me stay connected to friends, organize my kids&rsquo; busy schedule and allow me to post hotel deals to my community in real time! I don't know what I would do without my phone now!&rdquo;</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="guestpost-blurb"> <p>For more ways to do everyday tasks better, faster, and smarter, check out these great tips from <a rel="nofollow" href="http://mylifescoop.com/personal/">Life Scoop</a>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2009/11/3-ways-technology-makes-personal-finances-easier.html">3 Ways Technology Makes Personal Finance Easier</a></li> <li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://mylifescoop.com/top-10/2009/11/10-great-blogs-for-advancing-your-career.html">10 Great Blogs for Advancing Your Career</a></li> <li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2009/11/the-wired-kitchen.html">Building a Wired Kitchen</a></li> <li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://mylifescoop.com/featured-stories/2009/11/jetset-nearly-effortlessly.html">5 Tips For Jet-setting (Nearly)&nbsp;Effortlessly</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-technologies-that-help-stay-at-home-moms-build-an-online-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-myths-about-starting-a-small-business">8 Common Myths About Starting a Small Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-how-to-travel-forever-from-these-7-digital-nomads">Learn How to Travel Forever From These 7 Digital Nomads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/self-employed-heres-how-to-get-your-apartment-application-approved">Self-Employed? Here&#039;s How to Get Your Apartment Application Approved</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship lifescoop online business stay at home moms Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:00:02 +0000 Linsey Knerl 3859 at http://www.wisebread.com Location Independent Career Basics http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/location-independent-career-basics" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/location independent.JPG" alt="location independent tools" title="location independent tools" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you like to have the ability to work from anywhere you wish? The backyard? The café down the street? Your bedroom? Or even <a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/cheap-travel/" target="_blank">on the road</a>&hellip;a tropical island somewhere, perhaps?</p> <p>A location independent career is your ticket to workplace freedom. More and more people are striving for this freedom themselves. We&rsquo;ll look at the basic qualities (good and bad) of a location independent career, and in so doing, you may come up with a few ways to make your own career location independent.</p> <h2>What is Location Independent?</h2> <p>As it sounds, location independent refers to a career that does not require your presence in any one place for your job to be done. You may still opt to attend meetings or networking events here and there, but for the most part you are free from any geographical commitments.</p> <h2>The Basics &ndash; How it&rsquo;s Possible</h2> <p>Location <st1:city><st1:place>independence</st1:place></st1:city> is enabled by technology. Without telephones and cell phones, the Internet, virtual offices and conference functions, scanners, faxes, and express postal services, most location independent careers would not be possible.</p> <p>So although you don&rsquo;t need to be a technological wizard with an ability to speak three different computer languages, you will need a basic understanding of computers, the Internet, and the various modalities of communicating.</p> <p>Many location independent careers do indeed require a high level of proficiency in all things Internet, but this is not always the case. As you will see further on, there are many people out there who have the ability to be location independent; some may not even know it!</p> <h2>Advantages of a Location Independent Career</h2> <ul> <li>You save money, time, and resources since you don&rsquo;t have to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/car-sharing-why-own-when-you-can-just-share" target="_blank">commute to work</a>.</li> <li>It&rsquo;s more casual. Most location independent people don&rsquo;t wear suits. Heck &ndash; you can work in your PJs if you want to (just turn the video off on those conference calls).</li> <li>You make your own hours. Are you a night owl? Then feel free to work until <st1:time minute="0" hour="3">3am</st1:time>. Would you prefer to take time off in the afternoon to be with your kids? Go ahead; you&rsquo;ll make up the time when you need to.</li> <li>You can explore the world slowly with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/cheap-travel/">long-term travel</a>, since you can work from the road.</li> </ul> <h2>Disadvantages of a Location Independent Career</h2> <ul> <li>You must be very self-disciplined. Rarely is anybody holding you accountable.</li> <li>It is easy to become distracted if you work from home. You can potter around the house all day in the name of &ldquo;working&rdquo; without actually getting any work done.</li> <li>It can be very lonely. Depending on your line of work and the degree of social contact that it entails, location independent careers can be a touch lonesome. Sometimes office banter is refreshing.</li> <li>It can be easy to lose yourself in your work and be at the grindstone for longer hours than you should be. (Again, this is a matter of self-discipline).</li> </ul> <h2>Three Types of Location Independent Careers</h2> <p>Location independent careers tend to fall under three main categories: entrepreneurs, freelancers, and telecommuters.</p> <h3><strong>Entrepreneurs</strong></h3> <p>As an <a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.openforum.com/2009/05/11/four-common-mistakes-to-avoid-in-running-your-small-business">entrepreneur</a>, you are your own boss, and have complete freedom to call the shots. But simply being an entrepreneur does not give you a ticket to location independence; many industries or business structures require your physical presence.</p> <p>Where entrepreneurialism enters into the location independent realm is in the entrepreneur&rsquo;s intrinsic ability to see (and act on) business opportunities and market needs. <strong>Successful location independent entrepreneurs tend to be inventors of items or technology, import/exporters, or pioneers of business ideas that can be marketed virtually.</strong></p> <h3><strong>Freelancers</strong></h3> <p>Any location independent career involves a degree of organization and self motivation; qualities which most entrepreneurs and freelancers share. Where freelancers differentiate themselves from entrepreneurs is in the nature of their work and who they work for. Freelancers usually juggle projects for multiple clients, and in the location independent business, frequently work across different industries.</p> <p>I have met any number of location independent freelancers who wear multiple hats, such as online marketing, PR, writing and copywriting, business strategizing, virtual assistance, and publishing. Many will package up their repertoire as &ldquo;business services&rdquo; and take whatever work comes their way, outsourcing what they cannot do themselves.</p> <p>I am location independent myself, and although I boast a mean entrepreneurial streak, I am solidly planted in the freelance category, with multiple clients and publications that I write for in the realm of personal finance and travel.</p> <h3><strong>Telecommuters</strong></h3> <p>Rounding out the spread of location independent career categories is the telecommuter. This is somebody who (usually) works for one boss or company, but has the flexibility to work from home (or anywhere that has the technology available for the telecommuter to keep in touch with the office).</p> <p>Some companies are incorporating &ldquo;flex hours&rdquo; into their <a href="http://blogs.openforum.com/2009/06/22/tax-free-employee-benefits/" target="_blank">employee incentive programs</a>, which allow employees to do some of their work from home. It saves the company paying for dedicated office space for all employees, in addition to the advantages of location independent careers, listed above.</p> <p>As more and more companies look into <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/outsourcing-your-life-and-creating-new-businesses" target="_blank">outsourcing</a> to reduce their expenses and increase productivity, I believe that telecommuting will become even more prevalent. In fact, the gap between telecommuting and freelancing is easy to bridge; if your company cuts your hours or responsibilities as a result of these <a href="http://blogs.openforum.com/2009/05/11/how-your-small-business-can-survive-the-recession/" target="_blank">hard financial times</a>, you might complement your work with another part-time telecommuting job, and whamo: you are a location independent freelancer before you know it.</p> <p>And just in case you still think that location independence is solely for computer geniuses, here are a handful of wacky location independent careers that I&rsquo;ve come across in the last week alone:</p> <ul> <li>Jewelery Designer</li> <li>Hand Analyst</li> <li>Professional Barterer</li> <li>Coach (this encompasses a lot, since you can coach within many areas of specialty)</li> <li>Lawyer</li> <li>Industrial Designer</li> <li>Voice-Over Artist</li> <li>Airport Services</li> <li>Game Designer</li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-you-need-to-fire-your-financial-planner" target="_blank">Financial Planner</a><o:p></o:p></li> <li>Sales</li> </ul> <p>If you have a pressing desire to embrace a location independent lifestyle but aren&rsquo;t sure where to start, there are plenty of online resources for you to check out. For starters, you may want to take a peek at the Web Site whose address says it all: <a href="http://www.locationindependent.com/" target="_blank">locationindependent.com</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-does-taking-a-regular-day-job-mean-giving-up">My 2016 Budget Challenge: Does Taking a Regular Day Job Mean Giving Up?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meet-meg-favreau-our-senior-editor">Meet Meg Favreau, Our Senior Editor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life">Three E-Books to Help You Make Money, Travel, and Change Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-work-at-home-without-driving-your-spouse-nuts">How to Work at Home Without Driving Your Spouse Nuts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-paths-to-being-a-digital-nomad">Three paths to being a digital nomad</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income entrepreneurs freelancing location independent online business telecommuting Fri, 17 Jul 2009 17:00:03 +0000 Nora Dunn 3394 at http://www.wisebread.com