Today’s stay-at-home mom population comes in at approximately five million, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Some may want to work, but find themselves forced to stay home for fear they can’t find a job that pays enough to support childcare and other costs, states NBC News. Sure you can find creative ways to save money at home — you might dive into extreme couponing or read up on expert advice from personal finance pros like Princess Clark-Wendell about teaching your children how to live within a budget. Still, all too often, the savings just aren’t enough. For women seeking to secure an adequately paying position, it may be worthwhile to invest in optimizing your job search and improving your odds.
Invest in Yourself
Education is the gateway to higher-paying career options, and investing in yourself can open doors to more rewarding jobs. For mothers who want to update skills or broaden their knowledge base, distance learning is opening up new higher-learning opportunities. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are enabling an increasing number of students to enjoy the equivalent of remotely auditing courses at major universities for free or a reduced fee, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of course, this is not the same as earning a degree, and for those seeking accreditation, for-credit coursework also is increasingly available online.
Bring Your Own Device
To make it easier for you to attend online classes, you might consider investing in a mobile device. Devices can be quite expensive, but are crucial to long-term success.This can also benefit you when you land a job, since by 2017, half of employers will require workers to bring their own devices to work, research firm Gartner predicts. Many employers are already requiring this, which can conceivably put you in the position of getting offered a job where you need a device you don’t have yet.
Build Your Online Presence
A mobile device can also help you take advantage of job-hunting and recruiting apps, such as those recently released by the business networking site LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the primary online tools used by employment recruiters and job seekers, and creating a profile can help you research employers and make contacts.
You can further build your online resume by getting your own domain and setting up a site showcasing your job qualifications. If you’re on a budget, use a free blogging platform. Or, you can invest in a premium site for more flexible design and app options. Use your site to highlight skills and experience, display certifications and portfolios, post testimonials and create content illustrating knowledge an employer might find impressive.
Emily is a blogger and stay at home mom. She’s the only woman she knows who can ride a wheelie.
Today I am attaching an article that hits home for many business owners who are seeking to increase their visibility either through social media, blogs, or website.
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The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council estimates from the current U.S. Census data that there are more than 22 million solely-owned businesses in the U.S. That’s a lot of individuals responsible for every aspect of their business. Save some time doing those mundane tasks with these tools. You’ll have more time for the creative endeavors that drew you to freelancing in the first place.
This application lets you track your time and break it down however you want for billing purposes. The Office Time data can then be downloaded to a spreadsheet for analysis. You can create client project folders and sort the time by category. Timers record the actual time you worked on a task, which is useful for tracking time on business correspondence or email. Know where all of your time is going so you will have a record of all the time to be billed.
Office Time is available on the PC and Mac. It is also available as an app for the iPhone or iPad for $7.99. Record your time worked while on the road and sync it up with your desktop or laptop version when back in your office.
Simple invoices can be created with this cloud-based application or on its Apple or Android app from your smartphone or tablet. Zoho supports online invoicing and works with many of the online payment processors such as PayPal and Google Checkout. It integrates with other Zoho products such as project management and CRM applications.
You can also customize your invoices with Google Apps integration and use Gmail to send them. You can use Zoho for free for up to five customers. Your invoices will display the Zoho logo. For $15 a month, you can support up to 500 customers and you can customize the invoice and remove their logo.
Mint.com is a company owned by Intuit, the makers of Quicken. Mint is an online tool to review all of your financial accounts in one place. The home screen gives you a summary of all of your balances. Click to drill down into individual accounts and transactions. It will give you alerts when balances are below budget targets and when bills are due. It will help you with some simple business budgeting, too.
Mint is free for use from any browser, so you can work with it from your PC or Mac. It also has a free Apple and Android app version for those times you need to check balances while on the road or at a client site.
This is a cloud-based backup service that enables you to automatically backup any type of files you use in your business. Photos, audio, video, text and proprietary file formats can all be backed up on Mozy servers. You can easily restore lost or damaged files from your backups with the browser or mobile tools.
All of the data is encrypted. Automated backups can be set up from multiple devices. With the right Internet service for your business, you can set up automated backups for all of your critical files to Mozy. You’ll never again need to worry about losing data.
Mozy is available for Windows and Mac computers. For $5.99/month, you get 50 GB of space in which to backup your files, and $9.99/month gets you 125 GB. You get one month free for signing up for one year.
When she is not reporting on the latest mobile technology, Blanche keeps busy on social media.
If you’ve spent more than five seconds on any tech website recently, you’ve seen mention of the cloud before. With the amount of praise that gets lavished upon it, you might assume it’s some mystical creature that cures all of your IT ills. In a way, this is completely accurate, as Gartner predicts that 60 percent of the current workforce will be in the cloud within the next year, due to the advantages offered, according to OpenLogic.com. Cloud computing technology goes far behind cloud file storage. Learning the ins and outs of each type of cloud computing allows you to create the perfect mix for your situation.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
SaaS cloud services are those you are most likely familiar with. Gmail, Basecamp and Dropbox are all examples of an SaaS cloud model. The application provider handles everything involved with a single, cloud-based application. TechTarget points out a few of the many advantages SaaS has for a small business owner. You have a fully developed and supported application that is available from any device that has access to the Internet. You don’t have to buy the servers, the network operators, or anyone else to maintain the script. The most complicated thing you have to do is remember to save your password on the service’s web page or app. You’ll find cloud-based apps in many industries, such as the financial field, evidenced by Brian Ferdinand Liquid Holdings, which uses the cloud in its asset management product.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
PaaS takes cloud computing to a completely different level. Instead of only accessing applications that are cloud-based, you can outsource part of your own computing platform to the cloud. This type of cloud service allows you to set up development frameworks, operating systems and other essential tools for your needs, according to Salesforce. This type of cloud computing environment is excellent for application development, since you have a range of operating systems to choose from, and you can create OS instances without having to requisition a completely new server box. It also cuts down on the amount of equipment you need to create your own applications and software.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
When you end up really liking what the cloud can do for you, you can choose to offload your entire IT infrastructure to the cloud. This type of set-up uses the cloud-based resources as you would your own local network. If you’re working with a limited budget, and you want a scalable cloud solution, IaaS gives you a great deal of room for flexibility and growth. The saving of costs is also significant, as you need less network professionals to look over your shoulder since many of their normal tasks are getting off-loaded to the cloud. You can go through a public cloud provider, or opt to build your own hybrid or private cloud for your business. Public cloud offerings are completely provided by the cloud service, as you use their on-site equipment for your servers. Private cloud consolidates and virtualizes resources you’re already using, making it convenient if you have a lot of equipment laying around, and you don’t know what to do with all of it.
Tracey is a blogger who covers the tech industry.
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