Hi Moms and Fellow Entrepreneurs!
The newsletter is a little late this month! But don't worry - I'll make it up to you with some really great freelance job leads and tips!
I hope you're all enjoying winter and staying warm. We're in the middle of February vacation here. We have a gorgeous fresh blanket of snow and the kids have been spending lots of time ice skating in the back yard. Getting work done is a challenge though - hence my writing the FreelanceMom News at midnight ;-)
A women signed up for the newsletter today and emailed me personally. She's a Mom of two little ones and with a career as a lawyer. She wrote to me about an issue many of us share - talking about how it's difficult to work and yet impossible not to. Like many of us, it isn't solely for money that she wants to work, but also because she feels 'alive' when she's working.
So many intelligent, creative women do decide that they would rather sacrifice their career to stay home and care for their children. This is not an easy decision to make, it really isn't. Especially when we add economics into the mix.
This Mom wrote to me asking for some suggestions on what type of business she could do from home. She stated that in her country there was economical problems and she would like to find a way to work from home and to help other Moms to do so also.
My first instinct for a question like this is to suggest becoming a Virtual Assistant (VA). Virtual Assistant's do all their work from their home office as independent contractors. VA's are much like secretaries or administrative assistants - but the field is actually quite vast.
Responsibilities of a Virtual Assistant can range from simple data entry, website maintenance, or customer support to graphic design, internet marketing or staff management.
So many businesses are based online these days, and even those that aren't are beginning to recognize the benefits of outsourcing certain areas of their work to virtual workers.
This is a job that is possible to do from pretty much any country and the opportunities are only growing. We have several areas on FreelanceMom where you can learn more about becoming a VA if you are interested in pursuing that option. You can read more about becoming a VA here. This page will also list different articles for you to read and other resources that will be helpful to you.