Most working mothers dream about being able to work from home, but don't think it's possible, due to lower pay and fewer career options. However, there are many jobs from home that are suitable for working mothers.
In fact, finding jobs from home isn't quite as difficult as you may think—especially in the digital age.
Here are 10 ways to find jobs from home that are perfect for working mothers:
1. Search Want Ads: When looking for any type of job, the first step is to search out companies seeking to hire people. There are many jobs from home advertised in newspaper and Internet want ads. Search Web job boards and answer want ads that sound appealing to you.
2. Place Your Own Ad: There are many job recruiting sites on the Internet or in print – such as local parenting magazines — where you can place a short ad stating you're seeking a job from home.
3. Use Internet Message Boards: There are many message boards on sites, such as those for people who work from home, where you can post a quick note that you're seeking a job from home.
4. Use Social Media: Post that you are in need of a job from home in your Facebook status. You may unknowingly have a Facebook friend whose company may be hiring for jobs that can be done from home, or he or she may have inside information that can help you find a job from home. If you have a Twitter account, do the same.
5. Network: Join local rotary or business women's groups that will allow you to mix and mingle with people who can provide leads for obtaining a job from home.
6. Market Yourself: Identify your desired industry and target jobs from home that you deem interesting and profitable. Use such marketing tools as short email pitches and sending your resume and cover letter to potential employers.
7. Explore All Options: If you have a specific job you want to do from home, be flexible about job parameters. For example, if you are a journalist, be open to public relations work or copywriting opportunities.
8. Set Short-Term Goals: Write down how long you intend to pursue each avenue. If you aren't getting a job search response, change your course of action. For example, if you've joined a networking group, yet haven't gotten any leads after a few months, switch gears and join a new group.
9. Be Proactive: Don't wait for a job to come to you, go out and get one. You need to network, answers ads and market yourself on a daily basis. You can't send out one resume per week -- with no follow-up -- and think your dream job will come to you.
10. Don't Give Up: If you've been searching for a job from home for months and haven't gotten any bites, continue your job search but tweak it a bit, answer more job ads and try new options. But don't give up until you get what you want.