Pregnant and Preparing to Work at Home
Q: I recently discovered I am pregnant. Right now
I am in management, but when I have the baby, I want to be able to work from
home. Please give me some suggestions on where to look for jobs that are
home-based. Computer literacy and communication skills are my strengths. Any
A: Fortunately, there are now
many more opportunities to work at home than
ever before. Without knowing your industry
or career, I can't give you a specific
direction. However, I can offer a variety of
options that are often home-based. Perhaps
one of these will work for you.
answering customer questions over the phone
is a great way to generate income. Since the
client can't see you, it doesn't matter if
you are in a call center or at a desk in the
bookkeeping and other types of accounting
activities away from your company's location
is another common practice. You can use
Peachtree or Quickbooks to write up
financial transactions; then, either email
or print out the reports and deliver them.
projects lend themselves to working at home.
Proposals, newsletters, brochures, direct
mail pieces, books and articles, seminar
materials and editing can also move easily
back and electronically.
also consider computer-based jobs that
require spreadsheets, databases, or graphic
design. The right software makes it possible
to maintain database fields and email
pictures, pages with columns or boxes and
artwork to a variety of people quickly.
individuals are achieving excellent incomes
doing research on the internet for
companies, writers or consultants. If you
know good query techniques, you can find
just about anything online while wearing
your bunny slippers and sipping your
favorite mug of coffee.
If you are
willing to start your own business, the
opportunities are endless. Most of the
independent consultants I know work out of
their homes. They conduct meetings at the
customer's office because it's more
convenient. There's no need for an imposing
conference room. Other viable home-based
businesses may include any of the above
options, plus multi-level marketing,
personal shopping, customized baskets,
advertising and PR, dog sitting and errand
running, or whatever your creativity and
business acumen can imagine.
also research hot trends in our economy. For
instance, social networking is becoming more
and more important to doing business.
Companies must have a well conceived website
or they arenít considered to be serious
contenders. Most people look for products
and services online. When was the last time
you used the yellow pages to find a
business? If you listen to the experts,
blogs, Facebook, Linked-in, YouTube,
Twitter, search engine optimization, mass
emails, mutual links with others, etc.
should all be part of an organizationís
companies are overwhelmed by the thought of
developing and keeping up with these new
networking initiatives. If you are willing
to takeover these tasks, there are lots or
organizations which will be happy to make
you their online expert.
fast internet connection, smart phone,
copier/printer/scanner, voice mail,
letterhead, business cards, a checking
account and a phone line are all you need to
appear quite professional. One other thing:
always have a few clean cloth diapers to
drape over your shoulder or lap when you are
holding your little one. Slobber or spit-up
on your silk blouse diminishes your business
persona. I know this from my own unfortunate