I can’t tell you how many moms have contacted me, wondering how to get a work-at-home job and tips on finding them. I decided to start a new feature, I Want Her Job!, to let you know that the jobs are out there. You just have to make sure that you’re putting yourself in the position to be found.
First up is Jenn from http://www.jenn.nu/. She works with Eden Fantasys (don’t click if you’re at work) to raise awareness among bloggers. Seriously. That’s her job. I had to get some info from Jenn on how she does what she does and why it’s works so well for her lifestyle.
Kids: 7 and 5
My job is to promote EdenFantasys across the blogosphere. I pitch to bloggers that I feel (or simply hope) would be interested in blogging about us in exchange for a gift card. Unlike other companies we don’t ask bloggers to review any of our products or even write anything explicit about us. This approach works really well – bloggers feel comfortable blogging about us, so they do. We get exposure, they get free gift cards to spend as they please. The majority of my work involves email, visiting blogs, updating the official EdenFantasys blogger Twitter account (@EdenBloggers), and updating databases and spreadsheets so we never lose track of who’s blogged about us and where we’ve sent gift cards (and the occasional product). My job involves a lot of blog reading, email correspondence, and copying and pasting, but I love it.
EdenFantasys approached me with a job offer in February of 2010, after the previous employee who worked with bloggers left the company. The company knew of me because of a few product reviews I had written on my blog (for which I received the products free, from the employee whose vacancy I filled, actually). They liked my open approach to writing about adult products, they liked my blog, and they liked my daily social media presence and devotion to blogging. It was a good match for us both.
Besides the nice paycheck and being able to work from the comfort of my own home, in whatever clothes I want to wear? Getting to meet so many bloggers! I have been blogging since 1998, and it’s great to meet so many people who are so varied from one another. My RSS feed reader is overflowing with blogs, and I add new ones all the time. Also, company perks are always nice.
The best part of working from home is, without a doubt, being able to fit in work around my husband and children – rather than fitting them in around my work, as is so often the case when you work 40-50 hours per week. The worst, for me, isn’t the self-discipline required, but my tendency to be a workaholic. On many days work is the first thing on my mind in the morning, the first thing on my mind when I return from running errands or being out with my family, and the last thing on my mind when I go to bed at night. Even when I’ve been in the hospital due to abdominal issues and surgery, I’ve been known to check in on my work email account and take care of a few quick tasks!
You need self-discipline, and you need a schedule. Whether your schedule is the same all the time, determined a week ahead of time or the night before, it’s important to wake up each day with a plan in mind. This is even more important if you have a household and a family to manage. And, remember to leave some downtime for yourself. If not, you’ll push yourself to the point where you’ll crash and turn into a total slacker for a few days, which isn’t good either. It’s all about moderation – and a schedule!