2017. Not one of my best years, but that’s just how things go sometimes. I’m ready to move on from the problems of the year and keep things moving forward. There were some good times, after all, and I would like to focus on that by sharing some of the top posts I shared here on Home With The Kids in 2017.
Work At Home Jobs Top Posts 2017
Amazon announcing in April that they would be adding 5000 work at home jobs was big news this year. The jobs were part time positions in their Virtual Customer Service program. The jobs weren’t available in every state, but such a great opportunity to those who could get the jobs.
Medical coding is a fairly popular work at home job, so it’s not surprising that there has been interest in my post about getting into medical coding. I’ve been keeping this one updated. You have to get training before you can apply for jobs in medical coding, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you spend money on it. I also added a post on whether medical transcription is still a viable career.
Posts about work at home jobs here are usually popular, so the post about 115 freelance writing jobs naturally got some attention. Freelance writing is one of those gigs many people feel they can do, but it’s really a lot of work to do it right.
Finding a solid work at home job is hard, so people liked hearing about ways to earn money at home when you can’t find a work at home job. There are a lot of ways to earn money while still looking for something more stable. Most don’t pay as well as a regular job, but others can be turned into something pretty good.
Your social media accounts can help you to find a work at home job, but if you aren’t careful, they can also be a liability. Check out my social media checklist for job seekers before you start looking for work.
Work At Home Advice Top Posts 2017
You know what’s really fun about working at home sometimes? You don’t have to be stuck in your home office all of the time with some jobs. There are jobs where you really need to stay in your home office, but others give you a lot of flexibility to work where you’re comfortable. That said, there are times when a home office is your best choice for working at home.
There is so much work at home advice I can give, and some of it can be given quickly, so I shared 100 simple work at home tips in a post this year. Sometimes a few sentences is enough to get the idea across for each tip.
One of the great things about freelancing is how flexible it is. You can start a freelance career even while working another job in many cases. If you really work at it, it might just become the work at home job that you create for yourself.
Working at home isn’t as simple as finding a work at home job in some ways. You need to make sure you’re ready for how different it can be from working outside the home. These questions can help you get ready to work at home.
One of the huge problems I see a lot of people have with working at home is their dreams of how it will be. They think it will be easier to work at home than it actually is, or that it will be more flexible. The realities can be far different from what many people expect. It’s better to get a dose of reality before you start working at home than to have your dreams shattered when the reality hits.
Then there’s one of my favorite posts from this year, about how to distract your cats while working at home. If you have cats, you know what I’m talking about. Some of them are worse distractions than kids or even husbands!
Online Business Top Posts 2017
One of those things you need to expect when you run an online business is that sometimes your computer will give you trouble. It’s just one of those things. If you can handle some basic troubleshooting on your own equipment, these problems will be much less of a setback than they would be otherwise.
I contacted some online business owners this year about their best social media advice. Five were kind enough to share with me. I think it’s pretty good advice.
When you have a home business, there are a lot of little things you need. If you aren’t sure what to ask for, check out my gift ideas for entrepreneurs list. There might be something you hadn’t considered.
Everyone makes mistakes when starting a home business online. These are some of the most common.
Parenting Top Posts 2017
Not everything is about working at home here. When you’re a parent, sometimes you need free or cheap ways to play with your kids. More time with the kids is one of the big reasons moms and dads like to work at home, after all.
Sending the kids off to school can mean preparing lunches for them to bring along. I shared a bunch of recipes from other bloggers to make preparing school lunches for the kids a little easier.
I love to give kids gifts that encourage them to be more creative. Kids sometimes don’t get enough time to express themselves creatively, but if you give them the tools, they’ll go at it.
Blogging Top Posts 2017
Blogging is one of the most popular ways to work at home, so I shared a lot of advice about it. The most popular post was about free image editing tools. Great images help great posts do well on social media.
It came as no surprise to me that when I posted about how to start a blog, the two most popular sections were about brainstorming ideas and making money off your blog. Those are two of the most important and sometimes most challenging parts.
One thing I’ve had to learn through the years is how to get a quick bit of work in even when I know I’m going to be distracted. That was the inspiration for my blog post, Quick Blog Tasks For When You Know You’re Going To Be Interrupted. Not everything you do for your blog has to take a lot of time.
Despite the problems I had in 2017, I will continue to work so that 2018 become a much better year. I’ve put a lot of thought into where things went wrong, so hopefully I can make things far, far better in the future.