A Bizymoms' Exclusive Interview with Tammy Embrich
1. Why did you decide to work at home?
I started out searching for a way to supplement my income when I worked outside my home as a floral designer. I started dabbling into various programs and ended up making a little pocket change. What I was really searching for was a "real work at home job" much like the telecommute job leads I offer for free on my work at home website and blogs today. Little did I know at that time, I would be making money doing searches for these job leads and offering them as well as other work at home resources through my sites to job seekers.
While continuing my journey looking for online work, my Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and I had to quit my job to tend to her needs. So I had to take this work at home situation more seriously. It was then that a friend of mine helped me get my first website up and running. I quickly discovered that I could earn legitimate income with advertising space, Google, and affiliate programs. So I decided to continue earning this way. I feel confident in knowing what I offer is helpful to the work at home job searcher.
2. Some people are skeptical about the idea of working from home. What’s your advice to anyone who is doubtful about working at home?
Working at home is definitely a real option to anyone willing to actually work and not expect to earn with little or no effort on their part. You have to be disciplined and work hard to make money. You will first have to determine what it is you really want to do as a person working at home. Then you begin conquering your apprehension by weeding out the scams.
If you're seeking a telecommute position, the top key things (red flags) to look out for in a job scam is; the company asking for a fee to get started, a company not offering a way to contact them, the company telling you "no experience required," and finally, the company promising huge earnings in a very short time. All of these are major red flags. You shouldn't have to pay to work at home. You should be able to contact the person hiring you. And you usually have to have some kind of skills to do the job.
If you follow the tips above, you should avoid the scams. And you will need to realize that sometimes it takes time to find a home position. Be patient, believe in yourself, and keep applying.
3. When someone who has been self-employed is ready to call it quits, what advice do you offer them?
First you need to determine if you are truly ready to retire from home employment. Consider your age and also the pros and cons you will continue to face with working from home. You might consider working at home part time. Simply cut your work time in half, or even cut back even more. Maybe spend just a few hours per week on your home business or home job.
If you own several websites, sell some of the domains and keep the sites that you can comfortably handle and size down according to the time you wish to spend working. Also consider your lifestyle and your family's needs. Do you have grandchildren? Perhaps an elderly parent that needs tending to? You can maybe work part time and still have the time for your family. Carefully take all the above into consideration. Only then, will you be able to make an informed decision on your retirement.
4. What are your future plans and methods to further help women and self-employment seekers?
I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and that is offering job leads to job seekers. I list free telecommute job leads on a website of mine and 2 of my blogs. I also help job searchers through the articles I write. I offer tips and advice on helping people select the right scam-free home jobs for them.
There are specific red flags to look for in a work at home scam and I try my best to help people recognize these red flags. Hopefully through my tips and advice, more people will find a way to make an income from home, legitimately. I look at it this way. Even if only one person that reads each of my articles or visits my sites in a given day or even a week finds a home job, my efforts will be well spent.
5. Tell us about your websites and how they can help work at home moms?
I own and operate a work at home website and 2 work at home blogs. I list free telecommute job leads on those sites along with work at home articles. My articles are about of course working from home for one, home business tips, home employment motivation, marketing tips, and more.
I also offer legitimate telecommuting companies that hire homeworkers. A lot of job seekers are simply not aware of these online companies and they think that in order to make money they have to sell something. That is not the case at all unless you choose a home business as your source of income.
So, hopefully my sites speak or will speak volumes to work at home job seekers out there as well as work at home moms needing tips and advice.
6. What are the top 3 work at home opportunities you find generate the most success for anyone?
One of the most successful ways to make money at home is through freelance writing. Various home business owners choose to outsource and hire freelancers due to conflicts with time and family. These writing jobs can be in the form of articles, blog posts, press releases, and web content. Many freelancers are making a nice income for themselves at home today.
Many home job seekers have found telecommuting jobs such as transcription, customer service, and the like to be both rewarding and satisfying. With these types of jobs, you don't have to sell anything to make money. You work the desired amount of hours and you're paid for those hours.
Affiliate marketing remains on the top list of ways to earn money online. There are so many reputable affiliate programs that are big money makers, depending on how you work them. Once you get the hang of marketing and test the waters yourself and learn what works and doesn't work for you, you can make a handsome profit with it.
7. Is working at home only for stay-at-home-moms/dads and retired persons or do you think even new collage graduates could venture into this career path?
I think anyone who wishes to work at home can and also should be given the chance to. I see more people joining the self employed everyday. College is not just for training for a brick and mortar job. You can train for website design, graphic design, software developer, art, writing, and many more options. These jobs can all be performed from home. Getting a college degree doesn't necessarily guarantee you a job in your field.
Tip: You can start a home business and work on marketing and establishing it while attending college. This way you will have something to fall back on if you don't find a job in your field after graduating.
8. Having your own small business means you are most the time your own boss, how can this varying factor from an office job be both motivating as well as de-motivating?
While having a home office job is beneficial in many ways and also fabulous, it does have both good and bad qualities or motivators. When I started my journey working from home, I thought everyday would be without conflict and all would run smoothly. Well as from my own experience, I was wrong. Just like any other job, self-employment has it's down side too.
Good motivators are; work when and where you want, you say how many hours you put into it, you say when you take breaks or go on vacations, and you have free time with family.
Bad motivators are; conflicts with separation of work like and home life, distractions and interruptions, isolation, and family and friends demanding your time. For me the biggest obstacle is family and friends demanding my time. For example, my Mother-In-Law calls and expects me to sit and talk with her. She just doesn't get that I have a set job schedule.