Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Difference Between a Work At Home Job and A Home Business by Stephen Kreutzer

I've had a few at home businesses and currently are a Virtual Customer Service Rep. For this gal, I really enjoy my telecommuter position. If you're still a bit confused about the difference please read the article below.
The Difference Between A Work At Home Job And A Home Business
by: Stephen Kreutzer

Sometimes people get confused by the terms work at home job and business opportunity. They are two different ways to work at home. Some people think they are interchangeable, but they really each have their own characteristics.

A work at home job is most like an job outside the home. The person works for a company. They are assigned work and often have a schedule to follow that is set by the company. While most work at home jobs do not hire on people as employees, they are still basically working in the role of an employee. Most work at home positions are as an independent contractor, which basically means the company does not withhold taxes and do not have to guarantee work for the person. The person is also paid by the company like in an outside job.

A home business is like any other business. The person is generally responsible for every aspect of the business from customers to products to administration. A home business owner can work with a company and sell their goods, so they do not have to worry about products and in some cases orders. However, the main point to a home business is the person is not given work to do. They are responsible for managing their business. Sometimes a company may send them a commission check, but often the business owner handles their own pay.

The two terms, work at home job and home business, are often a cause for someone to get wrapped up in a work at home opportunity they do not understand. Many people mistake a home business for a work at home job and are disappointed they have to handle so much work. Others get a work at home job and are not happy at having someone give them work to do. That is why it is important for anyone wanting to work at home to understand the difference between the two.

In Memory of Missy Gray - Community

Missey Gray of Heartschooling Blog, at passed away on March 1st while giving birth to her daughter, Melissa Kate. Missey was the devoted wife of Tom.

She was a dedicated mother to Nathaniel, Samantha, Susan, Natalie, and newborn Melissa. Missey was also the friend to many in Arkansas and online. She began several Yahoo Groups to encourage woman in the Lord and homeschooling. Missy has been a tremendous source of wisdom and encouragement to so many ladies in the homeschool community.

Click on the link to read the many tributes to Missey. You will find information on how to send a donation or note of encouragement.

Explore Careers with Your Homeschooler

A few years ago a friend asked our son what he wants to be doing for living when he's all grown up, his reply was "I have no idea." Many, not all kids know what they will be doing when they graduate from high school.

As homeschool parents we have an opportunity to help our kids explore various careers and post high school options. Job Shadowing is just one of the ways to introduce them to a possible career.

Our son had secured a spot in the Job Shadowing Opportunity at our local Old Navy Store. He had the opportunity to get a first hand look at retail sales and management. The program offered orientation and training program, shadowing at the register, receiving and stocking, merchandising and managerial. He experience a Old Navy employee's work day. He had the opportunity to see if this is a possible career choice for him.

You can create your own job shadowing opportunites by contacting businesses and explaining that you would like your teen to experience the job for the day. For more information, visit, for more information on job shadowing.

Don't forget to stop by Sondra Clark's website. She has a book on her experiences of job shadowing. She provides tips on pursuing your own job shadowing opportunites, dressing correctly, taking notes and more. You can purchase it right on her website or check with your local public library for a copy.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Building Teen Character: Volunteering for Community Service by Rachel Paxton

As you may already know our teenage son is part of a volunteer group, Teen Korps. Besides the fact that he's contributing to his local community, we've seen him become more comfortable in unfamiliar settings, outgoing, a team player and just a great kid and friend. Read Rachel Paxton's article for her views on how volunteering can help build your teen's character.*******************************

Building Teen Character: Volunteering for Community Service
By: Rachel Paxton

Volunteering in the community is a great way to serve the people in the area where you live. Many non-profit organizations are run by people who give a lot of their own time and money to make your community a better place, and volunteers help these services to continue.

In addition, community service is a great way for teenagers to become aware of needs outside themselves. Don't wait until your teenagers are required to perform mandatory community service to help them get more involved in your community.

Our first experience with volunteer work came about when our daughter was about 12. I was working full time, and we were looking for something for her to occupy her time during the summer. We contacted our local "volunteer center" to find out about available volunteer opportunities in our community. Through that center we found out about a local day camp for disabled children. It is administered by adults but almost completely run by teenagers. The older kids (ages 16-21) are employed by the organization as camp counselors, and the younger teens (ages 12-16) are volunteers. Each disabled child has a teen "pal" for all activities. They go to the park, go swimming, and a variety of other activities for about 4 hours a day. Volunteers sign up for 1 week at a time, and can volunteer all summer if they want.

This kind of volunteer work isn't for everyone, of course, but our daughter had a great time volunteering for this organization and worked there every summer for four years. A lot of the volunteers come back as paid counselors when they turn 16. The younger teens also love hanging out with the older teens, and the disabled kids love all the attention. This service gives the parents of these kids very needed time off and is a wonderful resource in our community, while also offering a unique experience for the volunteers.

There are many other types of volunteer work. Other types of services our daughter has been involved with:

* Your local humane society is a great place to volunteer as a family. My daughter and I used to go to our humane society and play with the cats and take dogs for walks. They called this "pet socialization", so that the animals would have an easier transition into new homes. We had a great time doing this together. Our daughter also organized her own yard sale and published a newsletter for kids to raise money for the humane society.

* When our daughter was 16, she became involved in a teen "suicide hotline" program sponsored by our community. She went through an intensive training program to teach her how to talk to teens who are considering suicide. Teens volunteer to man a phone line in 4-hour shifts.

* Local churches are great resources for volunteer opportunities. For several years I was a youth group leader in our daughter's high school youth group. One year we spent a week in Billings, Montana, working in their homeless shelter and food bank. To me this was quite an eye-opening experience, especially talking to and sharing experiences with the people who work at these places every day. Last year our daughter spent a week in Idaho fixing up and updating several schools, and this year she is travelling to Honduras for two weeks.

The services performed through volunteer work are only a portion of the benefits of volunteering time in the community. Teenagers by nature are very often self-focused and need to be offered opportunities to reach out of themselves and help others. The earlier they learn to do these things the more natural it will become for them later in life. Other benefits of volunteer work are valuable experience for applying for jobs and college scholarships.

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Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For more inspirational articles and tips for everyday living, visit her web sites at and

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

To Clean or Not to Clean (Your Child's Room) by Rachel Paxton

I realize that I need for my 14 year old son to take over his room cleaning duties. I would hate to hear from his future roommates and/or spouse about his inability to clean up after himself. Read the following article for more inspiration.

To Clean or Not to Clean (Your Child's Room)
By: Rachel Paxton

Whether or not to help your child clean their room. It's an age old dilemma. I still clearly remember my dad patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) explaining and demonstrating to me how to fold the sheet corners on my bed. I just didn't understand how the way he learned to make his bed in the army had to do with me and how I made my bed. Why was he torturing me this way?

I never did figure out why having such a neatly made bed was so important to my dad, but he eventually gave up and found other ways to ensure I grew up with serviceable housekeeping skills. So how do you pass these skills along to your children without them hating you for it?

I've heard several theories on how parents should encourage their children to keep their rooms clean. Some parents just insist that the bedroom is kept clean, every minute of every day. That's fine if your child was born with a true desire to live in a home that is neat and organized at all times (like my husband). Personally I quickly tired of arguing with our 12-yr-old daughter about keeping her room clean.

When our daughter was younger, I never insisted her room be spotless. It always had a "lived in" look, but I encouraged her to pick up after herself. As she got older we noticed that she was not as organized as my husband and I hoped she would be. So we decided to come up with a better way to keep her belongings in good order.

It's mom's very nature to just go in her child's room once in awhile to clean things up just a bit. That was the approach my mom often took, and I won't deny that I haven't been guilty of it myself from time to time.

I decided to "help"our daughter clean her room, because her excuse was always that she didn't know where to put everything. Well, that's easy enough to fix. About once a month, we regularly went through all her clothes and toys, sorting out what she no longer needed or wanted, to give away to friends, charities, or to save for the annual yard sale. I have found that when space is an issue, (which it almost always is), it is absolutely essential to minimize the clutter.

When a child walks into a hopelessly messy bedroom, they don't even know where to start. Make it easier for them by getting rid of the unnecessaries. After doing this enough times, our daughter finally started bringing me her unwanted belongings on her own, without me constantly having to go through her things with her. Progress. That's good!

I still often help our daughter clean her room. My husband hates it. Yes, she is capable of cleaning her room by herself now, but I think we honestly both enjoy the time we spend together while doing it. I have to say, though, that minimizing the clutter has reduced our combined effort to 15 minutes or less. Most of the time is spent sorting through school papers she's stashed away in every corner of her room. I've also found that the less stuff our daughter has, the better she takes care of what she does have.

My husband and I have laid down some ground rules that I really think have helped our daughter think about keeping her room clean and organized on her own.

1. No food in your bedroom. No exceptions.

2. Clean the hamster cage once a week, or no hamster. (Luckily for the hamster she has a great deal of concern for his living conditions).

3. Keep CD's put away or no new CD's.

4. Keep dirty clothes in the hamper or they won't get washed. (We've made sure she only has a week's worth of most items of clothing so she runs out quickly if the clothes don't make it into the laundry).

The other day I caught our daughter sitting on her bedroom floor with her socks and underwear spread around her. She was painstakingly folding each pair and organizing them in the drawer. "I hate it when they're all mixed up and I can't find something!" she exclaimed. There's hope yet, I thought to myself. I couldn't help but laugh.

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Originally published at Suite 101. Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For complete resources for the Christian home, visit her web site at

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Save Our History - Homeschoolers Can Win Scholarships

Students Can Win Scholarships Of Up To $5,000 For
Their Local History Projects
Let your students, principals and parents know that
Save Our History also honors students who have made a
positive contribution to their local community by
learning about, documenting, and/or preserving its
history. Are your students working on an in-class
project that explores the history of their city, town,
or neighborhood? Is there a student in your school
working on a history themed, independent
service-learning project? Are they volunteering at
the local museum or historical society, or
participating in a cleanup of a historic site, park,
or monument?

Twenty-four students who submit the most creative
projects demonstrating their efforts to study,
document, and/or preserve their local history will win
$1,000 cash prizes. One student will receive a $5,000
cash prize and a free trip to Washington D.C., where
he or she will be recognized as the Save Our History
Student of the Year at the Save Our History National
Honors event in May 2006.

For Details On Save Our History and The National
Honors Please Visit

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Newspaper Education Week - March 6 to 10

As this homeschooler knows the newspaper is an inexpensive and very resourceful teaching tool. You can use your local newspaper to incorporate in all your school topics. Many newspapers even offer free curriculum to be used with the paper.

This week, check with your local paper's website for some lesson plans. Stop by the Newspaper in Education website for lesson plans, teacher's guides and
'This Week in History'.

The Newspaper Association of America website offers a free Teacher's Guide.

Education World website offers several lesson plans for grades from K to 12. Your student can interview a local newspaper report, use the food ads and coupons to create a menu plan, draw an editorial cartoon, and much more.

Consumer Education and Family Science Curriculm

Our eighth grader started a Consumer Education and Family Science curriculum last month. We're using a textbook, 'Today's Teen' and 'Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers'. offers Reading Comprehension worksheets on health, safety, and careers.

With 'Today's Teen' he'll be covering personal skills like decision making, goal setting, and accessing resources, plus consumer and money skills, and career exploration. Friendships, health, and nutrition are also covered. Sewing, cooking and menu planning are just a few of the Family Science topics that are included. The book has questions/answers and hands on activites.

The 'Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers' by Barbara Frank. There's a Reading List for financial, living and working themes. The Project List gives your student a variety of projects, such as food expense, shopping for health and car insurance and filling out college applications.

Along with attending cooking lessons, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities this curriculum is educational and fun.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

CWAHM RAdio Show - February 26th

On this week's show, Jill Hart, host, speaks with Diana, about teamwork. Angie Peters, gives this week's Devotional message. Lequetta Bramer, Transition Home, gives the Telecommuting Minute.

You can listen online, at the CWAHM website or download the show to your MP3 player.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Breakfast for Dinner - Why Not?

Looking for a relaxing dinner idea? Why not serve breakfast for dinner? Just add a bowl of fruit, juice and decaf coffee. And since today is International Pancake Day, how about pancakes?

Visit for more about breakfast for dinner and a yummy pancake recipe.

Other breakfast for dinner ideas courtesy of Taste of Home cookbook magazine:

Buttermilk Waffles

Baked Omelet

Apple Fritters

Deluxed Scrambled Eggs

Family-Style French Toast

Sunday, February 26, 2006

What Are the Differences Between Telecommute Resumes and Standard Resumes" by Jennifer Anthony

Are you planning on applying for a work at home customer service position? You'll need to create a different resume than the standard resume. Read more below courtesy of Jennifer Anthony.
What Are the Differences Between Telecommute Resumes and Standard Resumes?
By: Jennifer Anthony

1. Telecommute resumes have to stand out.

Recruiters and hiring mangers are flooded with resumes when they post a telecommute job. I spoke to a recruiter that stated he gets between 750 and 1,000 resumes, each day, every time he posts a project. It starts to taper off a little after the third day. So after just three days, he could easily have more than 2,000 resumes to sort through.

Because of this, you absolutely have to have a resume that stands apart from the crowd. I don’t mean that you should add all kinds of clipart and colorful graphics - so don’t go crazy. You should take time to make sure your information is presented in an easy to read and eye-pleasing format. You will need to emphasize your skills, particularly your ability to work independently, and your time management skills.

2. Telecommute resumes are highly scrutinized.

You are competing with people all over the country instead of just local applicants. The telecommuting employer has the “cream of the crop” to choose from. They are going to analyze and make judgments on what they find in your resume.

You have to pay extra attention to spelling and grammar errors. Make sure you aren’t using the word, “I” anywhere on your resume. Pay attention to where you place commas, and remember to end your sentences with a period.

Don’t rely on MS Word to teach you proper grammar, those little green lines look intimidating, but you can make them go away (see below). Instead, refer to a manual such as the Gregg Reference Manual or some online manual.

3. Telecommute resumes have to take the place of you.

The hiring manager is not going to be able to meet you. They may call you for a phone interview, but they will make most of their hiring decision based on your resume alone. You want to make sure to cover everything you think is applicable, and leave off information that isn’t. Read over your resume and think about what impression you will make.

In addition, if you have taken any online certification tests, (offered at be sure to add that information. If you belong to professional associations, (like the International Virtual Assistants Association) be sure to note that on your resume. Going the extra mile might make the difference between a regretful e-mail, and “you’re hired.”

-- How to make those green squiggly lines go away:

In Word 2002, go to the “Tools” menu and scroll down to “Options.” When you click on “Options” a new window will open up that has several tabs to choose from. Select the “Spelling and Grammar.” Look for the check box that says, “hide grammatical errors in this document.” Check the box and hit the “OK” button. Voila! All of the little misleading lines have vanished.

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Jennifer Anthony is the owner of ResumeASAP, offering professional and affordable resume writing services.

She also moderates the forums at

If you have comments about this article, please contact Jennifer Anthony by e-mail.

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It's Our 'Little One''s Birthday! Happy Birthday Marcus

On February 26, 1992, at the Maine Medical Hospital, Marcus Joseph Berry was born at 4:30pm. My husband just knew it was a boy and picked out the name. (My husband's a Marcus Allen fan..Joseph is my husband's middle name) I really thought I was having a girl. But I've never been more happy to be a mom of a boy.

It's been a joy being mom to our 14 year old son. He's always going to be my 'Little One' even though he's now 5 feet 10 1/2 inches and wears a size 13 mens shoe.

As my husband and I reflect on the last 14 years, we occassionally shed a tear or two and look at all the scrapbooks with huge smiles.

He's spending the day with his dad, working out at our local gym and playing some basketball. (no surprise there) So, after I get done with my work shift today we'll be heading to Marcus' favorite restaurant, 'Red Lobster'.

Happy Birthday Marcus!

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