4 Popular Online Jobs for Stay-at-Home Parents


Since having two children, life around the SPF household has gotten busier than ever.  This seems to be the case with most families. While many dual income families can remain so after the birth of the first child, the birth of the second child often necessitates change.  Day care costs are doubled, and one of the spouse’s paycheck may not stretch far enough to make it worth the expense of working outside the home. If one parent decides to stay home with the kids, she or he can still make money.  When caring for young children, days are busy, but…

How to Reduce Distractions When You Work from Home


One of the things I love about what I do is the fact that I get to work from home. I enjoy sitting at my home office, setting my own hours, and being home for my son if needed. It's a great setup. Unfortunately, working from home also comes with distractions. The kitchen is a few steps away, and if I'm working while my family is home, it's a little harder to get things done. I've learned a few things in the last 10 years of working from home, however. Here's how I reduce distractions while I work from home: Create…

5 Cheaper Ways to Go to College


Despite rising tuition costs, an overwhelming percentage of college graduates in the U.S. – 83 percent – say that their college education was a good personal investment. On average, college graduates make more money than people who have only a high school education. People with bachelor’s degrees have median earnings of $45,500 while people with only high school diplomas have median earnings of just $28,000 per year. According to some estimates, over a lifetime, college actually costs a negative $500,000. In other words, not going to college means a financial loss of half a million dollars. Despite its obvious long-term…

Is the New Freelance Economy Such a Bad Thing for You?


One of the trends becoming apparent following the recent global financial crisis and worldwide recession is that the "new economy" is likely to be a freelance economy. Since the economic troubles that swept much of the globe, there has been an increase in temp jobs, freelance jobs, and adjunct jobs. I've seen this trend first hand. First of all, my client base has expanded dramatically as I've done more work for corporate clients. When companies hire me as a freelancer, they don't have to pay overhead for my office space, and they don't have to worry about payroll taxes and…

How Telecommuting Can Save You Money (and Help the Environment)


Many of us like the idea of working from home. I have my own freelancing business, so working from home comes with the territory. However, you don't have to be self-employed in order to work from home. An increasing number of companies are allowing workers to telecommute -- at least some of the time. So, even if you work for someone else, there is a chance that you can telecommute between one and three days a week, even if you have to go in to the office sometimes. Telecommuting isn't just about working in your pajamas some days (although that…

Looking for a Job after University


The job market looks a little tough right now. If you want to find employment after you graduate from university, you need to stand out. This means that you need to showcase your value -- and you might even need to be willing to do a little hard work for little to no money. If you are looking for a job after university, here are some things you can do to improve your chances: Internship One of the best things you can do while still at university is to participate in an internship. An internship can provide you with hands-on…