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Top 5 Mistakes a Work At Home Mom Can Make

When it comes to working at home, sometimes we could use a little extra help. We don’t all get it right the first time around and sometimes we sabotage ourselves. Here are some things to look out for when wondering why your business is not where you want it to be.

First, do not undervalue the service you offer. A lot of work at home moms believe that they shouldn’t charge too much because they don’t have a lot of experience, YET. Some think their services aren’t worth as  much as someone sitting in a cold building with their name on the front. You do the same job and you do it just as well or better. Do not sell yourself short. Charge what you are worth, because the person getting your services are getting great quality work. You should  be paid for it.

Stick to a schedule. Don’t do personal things like dishes and laundry during your work hours. If your work hours are scattered then you should definitely keep this in mind. Don’t think “I know I have 2 hours of work tonight but let me clean the kitchen first”. What happens? Your work suffers. If you worked at an office then the boss wouldn’t be happy if you said you were late because you were doing the dishes.

Don’t under bid your project or service fee. Evaluate each client on what they bring to the table and what they require of you. Determine your hourly fee then determine how long it will take you to accomplish the project in question. This is the price you quote them. Don’t worry if it sounds high to you. If they want quality work they will pay the price you give them.

Don’t forget the contract. Write out all the details and have everyone agree in writing (electronic or handwritten). Do not agree/start work until the contract is complete. You will have no legal recourse available if there is no written/electronic contract.
Never stop marketing yourself. You may be overloaded with work now, but 4 months from now you may need new clients. If you stop marketing now then you have to start over when you are desperate for clients. Continue marketing and you may even have a waiting list or perhaps you can recommend them to someone else in your business and when that person has a surplus they may send them your way.

Michele Casteel is a freelance writer, ghostwriter and novelist who resides with her four rambunctious children and loving husband in the heart of the South. Last year she created her own small publishing company. She has recently released Writing Fiction 101 for beginners http://www.writingfiction101.com

About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website http://www.barrypublishing.com.

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  1. How can you tell the diff between a bread and butter client and ones you will come and go? What ratio should a VA have?

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