5 Ways To Avoid WAHJob Scams



I have seen my fair share of scams throughout my journey as a work at home mom! I was so eager to make money at home that I was trying any and all things. I mean I have some horror stories for you, but just for another day.  I wanted to warn you about some of the things to avoid when starting your journey as a work at home mama. Now, this journey can be great but you just have to take all necessary precautions at any cost! So, grab a glass of wine and come on a journey with me!

Working at home can be a blast! More freedom, more time with your kiddos and all sorts of entertaining. But if you don’t avoid these scams, it can be a night mare!

5 Ways To Avoid WAHJob Scams

  • Asking for your personal information: If any company is asking you for money and your personal banking information. That right there is a red flag. I can’t tell you how many times I fell for this one trick. Some of these people can sound so convincing.
  • Verify the company. One great place I always check is the Better Business Bureau (BBB+). Google them to find out about previous customers and their experiences.
  • Sending you interview via chats: I mean that one right there, really. You can’t schedule a phone interview? Please be aware of this
  • Check their website: If there is no obvious sign of any kind of website or social media profile, I wouldn’t even bother.
  • No contact information: You can’t find a phone number or email (legitimate), there there is another red flag.

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I hope this post blesses you in some way! If you know of family and friends who might need this, would you please share this? Have an amazing day and leave me a comment below.

QUESTION: Have you encountered any scams and how did you recover?

Love & Prosperity,

LaTersa



5 Ways To Make Money From Your Crafts



I am a crafty gal at heart! My happy space is when I’m doing my crafts and for those of you who have been following me for a long time, you know that I started my first business The LaTersa Diaper Cakes™. When I began my journey in the gift business industry, I had no clue where to start. I began selling through my online store. Along the way, I got better and better at how to fully function as a gift business owner. Now, mind you I was the freebie queen and it took me a long time to realize that the questions I had in my head were not going to get answered from searching YouTube or Google. After my first year in business, I made a -$3,000 of my income return. It frustrated me so badly, that at that very moment, I made a decision to try something different.  This was a turning point for me and was when I hired my first coach and the icing on the cake was that she was also in the gift business industry. Today, I want to take some time to share with you some of my favorite ways to make money with your crafts.

3 Ways To Make Money From Your Crafts

  1. You can sell your crafts at local craft shows. Usually, the fees include your admission to the show and your table. The highest I ever paid was fifty-five dollars. I must admit, my very first one was not so profitable, even though I made a little amount of money, I didn’t make a profit. You have to count up the cost of inventory and your fees to attend the event.
  2. Sell them to your family and friends. Everywhere you go, tell people about your gifts and what you have to offer. Remember, people won’t know what you have to offer or sell, if you don’t open your mouth.
  3. Sell them on online crafts sites. When I first started selling my diaper cakes, I opened a free shop on Bonanza and their fees are pretty reasonable. You pay once you make a sell.

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I hope this post gets your creative juices flowing! Let me know some of the ways you are making money in your gift business. If you enjoyed this post, please share this with your family and friends.

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How To Start A Blog

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how to start a blogI’ve been a work at home mom since early 2009. I can tell you first hand that when starting a blog with little to no knowledge of what you’re doing can be a pain in you know what. Since starting my very first blog, I have learned a lot of things and I can tell you this; your blog has to have the proper resources in place in order for it to function.  Earlier this year, I lost all three of my blogs due to hacking and malware.

Now, that I got The Mommy Maven’s Blog back up and running, I have taken the necessary precautions to make sure my site is protected. I will be sharing with you tools and resources that I use on a daily basis to make sure my blog is running properly.

 

 

Several Tools Needed To Start A Blog

There are a few things that must be in place before promoting your blog to the world. Blogging platform, hosting, domain, SEO tools, backup tools, plugins and etc.



Blogging Platform: I highly recommend wordpress.org because it gives you more control and ownership of your content and blog.  In order for you to have a hub for all of your blogs, you need to understand what a platform for blogging is and it is simply your content management system.

Hosting: Is a website server that houses your content such as blogging, videos, and etc. I use Siteground for my blog.  You can get hosting from them for as low as $3.95. I find that you save more when you opt to pay annually instead of monthly. I paid $92.00 for an entire year for the business package. Before switching to Siteground, I was with HostGator and I always had issues with them; like shutting down myself without notice or warning. It was always something.

Domain: A domain is what you will use to direct people to your site. www.latersablakely.com is an example of a domain and you can grab domains for as little as $0.99 at godaddy.com.

Blog Design

Now, that you have your blog up and running, it’s time to design it and make it feel like you. Well, my first blog was Moms Wearing Multiple Hats and I uploaded an already mommy blog from one of my mommy friends, while it was nice and all, I couldn’t make changes to it because it wasn’t my own.  I kept it for years because it was very appealing to moms, which is my ideal audience.

I also changed back in 2011, to optimizepress because I wanted to be able to create my own landing pages and not have to continue to pay a designer to change my banner or create a landing page for me. I was spending tons of money just to update a banner. Yes, it can get very expensive if you add it over a year’s time.

If you want to stand out in the crowd and not look like everyone else, you should get an avatar or logo made. I have used a few designers in the past, but I recommend when starting out, invest at the level that you can afford. Fiverr is a great one starting at $5. Always look for the designers with the top ratings. I now use Canva for business and that is what I highly recommend to all of my clients.  I still use picmonkey for backup and it’s super user-friendly.

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How To Make Your Blog Run Smoothly

Congrats on getting your blog up and running. So now you want to make sure it’s running properly and I have a few tools you want to incorporate within your site. These are plugins. Just add a new plugin and search for it.

  • All-in-One SEO
  • Jetpack
  • SG Optimizer
  • Speakpike (allows your visitors to leave you voice mail)
  • SumoMe (allows you to get visitors to opt-in to your list)
  • Askimet (spam plugin)
  • Shareaholic (allows your visitors to share your content via social media)
  • Wordfence (Antivirus and spam control)

How To Get Your Blog Visitors

Social media.  Are social sites that bloggers and mompreneurs use to get traffic to their sites. My all-time favorites are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Google Plus. Now, my advice to you is to start with one platform and get good at that before you start trying to be all over the place. You want to share consistently on a daily basis because with how social media works, if you are not showing up regularly, people will forget about you.

Guest posts/Writing. You can sign up via other people’s blog that are within similar niches as your blog and do guest post. I have done this a lot through out my career.  In order for readers to visit your blog regularly, you have to have great content that they love reading. But, please don’t make the habit of just rushing through writing because I promise you, you will have a few typos. I suggest you use Grammarly, it’s one of my favorite

Email Marketing.  This is a way that you communicate with your audience. I have used Mailchimp my entire time working at home and I highly recommend them when you are first starting out. You can stay in contact with your readers via emails.

 

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How To Make Money With Your Blog

I have been blogging since 2009 and I can tell you from my beginning days, I have learned a quite a bit. However, earlier this year, I lost all three of my websites due to hacking and malware. I lost over two hundred something blog posts and valuable content; but never the less, I have since made my big come back. I will be sharing with you the basics of how I began making money from my blog.  Don’t shortchange yourself thinking you can’t-do this; because the truth of the matter is, I am and so can you.

8 Ways To Make Money With Your Blog

    1. Pick a niche. I always say first and foremost before you ever start blogging, pick a subject or topic that you are passionate about. It makes no sense for you to start a blog about something you have no interest in. Do your research and find out about more of the things you love and start there.
    2. Valuable content. You must first start off with blogging and give your readers valuable content. Build up your audience by providing them with tips and topics that they love.



3. Affiliate marketing. This is one way that you can make money by joining various affiliate programs. You get a certain percentage of selling someone else’s products

  1. Amazon Affiliate Associate Program
  2. Commission Junction
  3. Shopher Media

If you are new to this and want to know how to start your blog and make money doing it, click here! 

You can also check out my post: How to start a blog. With the holidays fastly approaching, I share a few ways to make money during the holidays so you won’t break the bank.

4. Advertising Income

  1. Google Adsense
  2. Advertising from your own website. Sell Ad space



5. Selling your own products. If you have digital or physical products, you can sell them from your website.

6. Coaching Services. Offer your coaching and consulting packages via your website

7. Membership site. You can offer exclusive classes and courses via a paid membership site.

8. Offer various services. For example if you are a freelance writer, you can offer your editing or writing services via your website.

I hope this blog post has helped you at least to get the basic understanding of how you can begin to make money with your blog while at home taking care of your family. I love you guys and leave me a comment letting me know how you are making money with your blog.

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5 Call Center Companies You Work For At Home




About three years ago, I had my big break with getting a call center job at home. Since having over five years of call center experience, I thought I would give it try. As you know i’ve been working from home about eight years now, with occasionally re-entering back into the work force. I must say it was super exciting finally being able to work at home. Now, that my kiddos are in school now, I figured I would try my hand at it, now that my home is pretty much quiet for a few hours during the day and sometimes, I would work in the early part of the morning before waking them for school.

5 Call Center Companies You Can Work For At Home

  • ACD Direct. This one was one of my favorites of all time. I did get a lot of hours with them, but mainly worked in the late hours. The customer service people were very nice. The only reason why i’m not working for them now is because where I am the internet service sucks and if you can’t get good call quality, you can easily get written up. As long as you give them a head of time notice, they will excuse your shift.

 

  • Call Center Q/A. I worked with them for a bit as well, and you get paid $5 per call you make. It’s kind of like being a mystery shopper. You call like you are going to purchase their product or service.  They also have a referral program, that pays you $5 for each referral but at this time, they are not doing that.

 



 

  • Secret Shopper. If you love shopping then you will love being a mystery shopper. I can share with you all my tips and tricks at Mystery Shopping 101. You can even get paid to take trips to Disney World and go on dates with your husband. Go ahead give it a try!

 

  • Talk2rep. A few of my mommy friends worked for this company.

I hope these companies lead you to your next work at home job opportunity. I’m congratulating you in advance! One last thing, you will need a great headphone set that has great reception and noise free control. I will share with you the top two that I used and loved. You will not regret this investment. And a lot of the companies require this phone set.

 



20 Work At Home Jobs



I have compiled a list of jobs that you can do to make extra money while at home with your kiddos. I know how you feel when you really want to support your husband financially, but you struggle with finding a solution.  Sit tight and grab a glass of wine cause it’s my desire that you will find something within this post to help you.

30 Work At Home Jobs

20 Work at home jobsCustomer Service-Phone

Data Entry

Direct Sales

Driving

Freelance Writing/Editing

  • Blogher: pays $50 per approved article
  • Upworks (Formerly Elance)

Tech Support

  • Best Buy: They hire at home phone support known as Geeksquad
  • Apple: At home Advisors

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5 Advantages Of Working From Home



Have you ever thought about quitting your regular job and starting working from home instead? You’re not alone! Countless people make the switch every year, and it doesn’t look like this trend is stopping anytime soon. As technology gets better, more and more jobs can be done just as well without leaving the house. It’s no wonder most people are interested in it either, as there are many advantages to working from home:

5 Advantages Of Working From Home

1. You set your own hours

You’ll no longer be limited to working when someone else tells you to. Nothing is stopping you from pulling a 16-hour day on Monday and taking Tuesday off, or taking a few hours off in the middle of the day to go grocery shopping. If you’re the type of person who works best in the evening/night, you’ll no longer have to drag yourself up at 7 AM just because someone else tells you to.

2. You can work from anywhere

It’s usually referred to as “working from home”, but a better term might actually be “working from anywhere”. You can work just as well in a hotel room in Thailand, or from your favorite café, there’s no need to limit yourself to your home office.

3. You’ll save time and money

Working from home completely does away with the daily commute, meaning you’ll save both time and gas money. For some people who are used to commuting for 2-3 hours per day, this is huge. Use the money you save to improve your home office instead, or take an extra vacation every year!

4. You’ll be able to work un-interrupted

When you work in a regular office you’ll often have people interrupting you as soon as you get into “the zone”. It can be very frustrating, especially if you’re in a rush to complete an assignment. This is another huge advantage of working from home; unless you have household members who like to bother you (tell them not to!), you’ll be able to enjoy completely focused work with no interruptions.

5. You can invest in your health

Working in an office it may be difficult to find the time to eat healthy and visit the gym. When you’re working from home it’s generally easier, as you’re free to cook whatever you want for lunch/dinner. You can also take a couple of hours off in the afternoon a couple of days per week to hit the gym outside peak hours, avoiding the crowds of office workers who come in after work.

I hope these few tips will help you with deciding to work from home and have the flexibility to be home with your kids. If you want more ways on how to properly work from home and have harmony within your home, grab my Juggling Work & Family System Now.

Love & Prosperity,

LaTersa

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3 Ways To Make Money With Shopping



As moms and mompreneurs, it’s always wise to have multiple streams of income especially in today’s economy. I have been working from home for years now and believe me, I have seen my share of scams and lies. When I first began this journey, I literally wanted to pull my hair out because I just couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t making money in my new business.  My biggest desire was to be able to support my family’s household income and at this time, I wasn’t. I wanted Mr. Blakely to feel like I was on his team and was supporting him, but again, no money was coming in from my business.

I got so frustrated to the point that I became a not so glamorous girl. All I wanted to do was make money from home so that I can be home with my children and eliminate childcare. Well, after years of being lied to and falling for every scam there was, I finally caught a break and learned about a thing or two that could bring me in some revenue while I was growing my business.

3 Ways That You Can Make Money With Shopping

  • Shop with Ebates: Yep, that’s right! The majority of you already shop online for your kids clothing and household items, now instead of just going straight to Amazon or JcPenny. Go through Ebates

 

  • Sell handmade items: If you are a crafty gal like me, I know you are always creating some beautiful pieces and just giving them away. Why not sell them on sites, like Etsy, Bonanza, or Ebay.

 

  • Become a mystery shopper: Did you know you can get paid to go on dates with your hubby? Did you know you can get paid to shop or take vacations at Disney World. Grab my ebook: Mystery Shopping 101 and get the details now.

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I hope these few tips spark some fire inside of you to do something different today to begin to make some extra money from home. I want to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below what other ways you are making money from home.

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