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I remember being a newbie in the WAH world and desperate for information. Searching madly for some tid bit of knowledge that would help propel me to where I wanted to be:
A successful WAHM ( hear birds chirping and a chorus of cherubs stringing and striking hand bells while a beam of sunlight shines down upon me as I sit at the keyboard)
When I discovered blogs I thought I had stumbled upon the holy grail of wahm tomes. Why, here were words from actual WAHM’s doing what I want to do. Sharing with me all their trials and tribulations and all I have to do is take in this information and learn from it! Ah, joy!
I quickly learned, however that you cant believe everything you read in these little wonders (WHAT! GASP!)
You’d think that to qualify oneself as an expert in some field you would have to have some practical experience in the industry. But not so! Expert blogs the world over are written by folks with very limited or no experience in the very trade they are trying to brag to you about.
Ever see one of those writers blogs where they rave about their selves and their accomplishments? How many clients they have and how wonderful their writing life is. Do a little digging and you’ll find many of them have only two or three years experience writing for local papers and some web content. Sigh…
BUT- if you dig deep enough you’ll find the true blue pros somewhere in the slush. They are easy to spot because they will have a lot less bravado and a lot more links to their work in actual magazines and print venues that pay.
Yes, sadly it is true. You have to wade through the b.s. ego -fest blogs to find the truly helpful, real-deal stuff. You’ll find these so called experts in every field, holding conference calls and chats to spew forth their limited knowledge to eager, naive newbs when the year before they were begging for help just like the next guy.
The good news is you can still pull nuggets of gold out of those crapfest blogs. Chances are those types of bloggers have culled some limited knowledge from their wee bit of time at the trade. If they seem to be honest in their experience and up front about their knowledge learn from what they have to say. If they’ve been in the business 2 years and your just starting then they have at least two years of knowledge to impart. Not the seasoned pro we’d all love to be mentored by, but something.
If your a brand-new newbie (as opposed to a seasoned newbie I guess! LOL!) these blogs are a good starting place. You should first read the “About Me” sections of the blog. Is it full of talk and no links? Look for links to real jobs they have held. If your reading a blog from a wahm daycare owner ask about their licensing requirements and state obligations. If your trying to break into the industry and have been following a blog by a call center operator take a close look at her posts. Do they all point to an affiliate link? Is her blog a paid blog?
Before you take what you read for gospel get to know the person behind the blog.
Supermom. I hear that term all the time. What is that really? Is it a woman that works out of the house? Is it a gal that works in the home, like we do? Is it a stay at home mommy that devotes all her time to her children and makes three course meals at every sitting, perfectly balanced on the food pyramid?
I read this blog post that really got me thinking. Who decides the definition of Supermom?
I wonder if her husband is automatically a superdad? Im not sure I like that title.
Like so many other labels we are just taking on one more.
While it may seem harmless enough in may in fact be doing more damage than we realize.
Labels like these may even have more underlying negative connotations than
some of the overtly negative labels women get tagged with.
What do you think?
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One question I get a lot is “Do you have to be a college graduate to write for a living?” The answer is a resounding NO! But as always with life, if you do it makes it that much easier and better for you. Having a degree gives you a certain edge that others just don’t have. You have more knowledge to draw on for your work. You are also able to get things done a bit faster because you’re more familiar with rules and structure of the language, writing styles and less apt to make mistakes in need of rewriting. There is also the fact that no one should ever stop learning. Dont be afraid to step up to the plate and grab some extra brain food. If something interests you - get your feet wet! But- just because you don’t have a degree doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of getting one. Maybe you have no transportation or can’t afford a go at higher education. Whatever the reason it is still possible to get a whole lot smarter- for free. The internet is full of free classes and seminars. Take advantage of them. Getting your education this way takes much more perseverance than the traditional route. It is up to you to do the studying and find the answers to things you don’t understand. Once you’ve filled your head full of knowledge you can take a test (for a nominal fee or take one of their monthly free tests) and wahmo- you’ve got yourself a degree. Check out the links below for some free education. Then head over to Brainbench and get yourself a degree! Free-Ed - I have raved about these guys for years. From anatomy to zoology, they have it all. Online Education Base- Take any college course for free! MIT Open Courseware- free classes from the Mass. Institute of Tech The Small Business Association offers free classes to help start and run a successful business About.com lists many free classes and coarseware So now that your all smart and stuff how about learning some extra curricular activities! Pole dancing could be fun (and your husband might enjoy it!) Drawspace will teach you to draw for free Billards lessons could be handy, too! I think you get the idea. No matter what you want to lear you can get a great start right there in your own livingroom. What are you learning today?
If you are just getting acquainted in the Work at Home World or if you have been around for a while and still not found exactly what you’re looking for make sure that you have considered all your options. Working at home does not just mean working for a telecommuting company that hires home workers. Although this is a great option, it isn’t your only one. When I first began writing some 15 odd years ago it was few and far between. I started when my first born (now 17!) was a tiny little baby and I had just finished my A.S degree. I wrote a few pieces for Outlaw Biker magazine. I was paid. I felt special and I went on to have a few more tech pieces published but soon enough my second son was born and I suddenly didn’t have the same passion for getting published. I still wrote but I wanted a job that was more structured. I didn’t want the burden that freelance writing puts upon you of coming up with the idea, writing it querying it and waiting for your rejection or acceptance. So I looked for other work. My first wahm job was with Cypher Services. They were a document coding service that has since closed its virtual doors. I quickly learned that while the job in itself was easy to do it was also dull as dirt. I was bored spitless whenever Id sit down to work and it took a toll. I would procrastinate like crazy then end up having to rush to hit deadlines. Sigh… Back to the drawing board. I tried the various texting companies for a while and while that is fun and interesting work I couldn’t get enough to make ends meet. I eventually began writing again but I also took a position with Bizymoms.com helping moms interested in working from home. It was then that I really began to see how many alternatives there are to work at home. You don’t have to baby sit or sell avon to make money at home. No need to pay hundreds of dollars for the “start up kit” to that guaranteed home business. There are literally thousands of home businesses you can start at home with little to no start up. You only need your imagination, determination, a sharp business sense and the drive to succeed no matter what.