Work at home mom sites are everywhere. A quick search on Google for “work at home moms” reveals about 1,160,000 of them! Some of the results provide some helpful resources for people who are looking to enter the world of telecommuting, so I thought I’d talk about a few of those sites that were actually around back when I first began searching for telecommuting opportunities.
The first result on Google for that search is WAHM (work at home moms). This site has been around for quite some time and is fairly well known by most work at home-ers.
Cheryl Demas started working online in 1994 and WAHM has been online as long as I can remember. I hung out there quite often when I first began looking for telecommuting work opportunities because I found advice, some job postings and lots of other moms who were either already working from home or were looking to do so.
Some of the useful resources at the online magazine for work at home moms include: Articles, Job Listings, WAHM Message Board and Cherylâ€™s Blog.
Another stie in the search results that has been around for quite a good while is Home Based Working Moms, founded by Lesley Spencer in 1995. HBWM.com is a great resource for moms who are looking to begin a home-based business. The site is a professional organization which offers work at home moms an online community where they can share ideas and network with eachother. They do not provide job listings, but rather have a Home Business Resources page. Some of the other sites in their network include: Mom’s Work-at-Home Site, the eDirectory of Home-Based Careers and HBWM Canada.
Liz Folger’s BizyMoms.com is another site focused on starting a home-based business. The extensive list of home-based business ideas is a helpful way to determine if there’s something out there you might be interested in getting into based on your interests and your talents. The ideas are listed by category with some of the ideas highlighted with an actual story. If you are already working at home, stop by to see if there’s something you can add. It’s fun to read how other moms have made their way into the alternative work-force of the work-at-home lifestyle. The categories covered so far include things like cooking and baking, fitness, kids, internet, jewelry, landscaping, painting, number crunching, organizing, sewing, writing and lots more. Reading through some of the success stories are educational, inspirational and amusing. For example, one mom who had worked for a major airling company turned her knowledge and skills into her own vacation travel company.
Listed by category, you’ll find actual ideas under each category with some of the ideas highlighted with an actual story. If you like to do crafts, the list of ideas in that category is quite long. Other topic categories include things like cooking and baking, fitness, kids, internet, jewelry, landscaping, painting, number crunching, organizing, painting, sewing, writing, and lots more. Reading through some of the stories from successful telecommuters and how they made it happen for themselves often illustrates how to take your own strenghts and grow from there. One mom who had worked for a major airline company turned her knowledge and skills into her own vacation travel company.
The Moms Network is another site that’s been around the block (so-to-speak). Started in 1997, it’s still offering moms networking opportunities as well as loads of other stuff (like recipes, coloring book pages for the kids and family tips. Highlights of the site include Cyndi’s Blog.
I’m sure that I’ve missed some really great resources that are out there. I chose these in particular because I actually remember visiting them back in 1998. If you find a good work at home mom site, be sure to add it in the comments section of this post!