More working mothers than ever before are taking advantage of stay-at-home work opportunities. The trouble is that finding established companies to work for can be difficult. Because of the influx of this type of information on the Internet, commit to doing the research to find an established company offering stay-at-home mom work that fits your skill set.
One source for finding information about the types of legitimate jobs available to working mothers is right here at the WAHM site. For a minimal subscription fee, you can join the Independent Homeworkers Alliance and get access to the largest freelance and work-at-home jobs database online. Once you're armed with a list of companies offering stay-at-home work, it's time to weed out the legitimate offers from the scams.
Find an Established Company
Avoid any company that charges you a fee to work for them. Many companies make their money by selling you information, not by offering legitimate work. Read the pertinent information such as how long they have been in business and the About Us page. Finally, do a simple search of the company itself. Look for reviews or forums where other people share their views and experiences with these companies. This is a good way to get a feel for how the company treats its employees and its legitimacy.
Examples of Established Companies
If you already work for a company and have a few years of service on record, then that's an example of an established work from home opportunity. Many companies are happy to have their employees return home to work as it cuts down on overhead costs. Large companies like Qwest, Verizon and Cox Communications also hire independent contractors to provide call center services to their customers. Companies like www.secretshopper.com and www.nationalshoppingservice.com provide a simple online application for getting started with them as a mystery shopper at no charge. In the case of medical transcription or billing, you will first need to obtain training. Look for a training program that fits your budget and offers job placement opportunities after completion.
Network Beyond the Internet
Depending on your skill set, another avenue for finding legitimate companies who hire employees to work from home is right in your local community. Network with other moms you know to find out how they supplement their income. Use www.craigslist.org to advertise freelance skills such as writing and sewing. Take every opportunity to attend meetings for self-employed and freelance professionals and pass out your business card.
It may take some time and effort to find, but the rewards of a stay-at-home job for working mothers can be great. More time to spend with your family and a flexible schedule are just a few of the perks of working from home. Find job listings via a work-at-home website. Research the company and find out as much information about it as you can. Beyond the company website, look for blog posts and reviews that detail other people's experiences with the company before you pursue a job with them.