De-cluttering Your Home – Creating a Peaceful Environment

De-cluttering Your Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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De-cluttering your home – one step at a time, one room at a time, one day at a time – is the first step to creating a more peaceful environment.

Getting rid of clutter helps you find clarity in mind and emotions. It ultimately relieves anxiety and guilt!

It can be easy to put it off when you are looking at clutter that has built up over time. You can become overwhelmed and end up putting it off even longer.

De-cluttering doesn’t have to be so difficult. We have a plan to help you jump in and get started, and then finish the race like a champ!

Getting Started:

Make a list of the major rooms you want to tackle. Then, break down each room with a list of the most important goals you have for that room, down to the least important.

Make a list for each goal in the rooms. For instance, I have a child’s bedroom that has been used for storage and now needs to be turned into a room suitable for a pre-teen boy. It is a mess.

The biggest problems in the room are clothes that the family has outgrown, and all the toys that they no longer use. Of course, that would be easy enough, but there are clothes in the mix that we need to save for other children, and toys that need to be kept for others.

It has been overwhelming because things have been piling up in that room for a long time – making it most uninviting  – not even a little bit of de-cluttering going on in there.  I have avoided it at all cost!

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Step number one is to get a bin for clothes that need to be stored and a bin for those to give away, a bin for toys to keep and a bin for toys to give away. It is also important to have a trash can on hand to throw away anything that is broken or clothes that are not worth mending. Turn on your favorite music and jump right in!

Set a timer for 30 minutes at a time and work against the clock to get through the first pile. It is okay  if you don’t make it on time, just reset the clock and keep on going! Take a break in between or at least every hour or so, move on to the next area on your list until all the clutter in room one has been removed.

Pull out your cleaning list until everything sparkles and shines!

Bullet Points

  • Divide and Conquer – use bins to separate clutter into keep, give away, throw away
  • Set a timer – in 30 minute increments
  • Turn up the tunes
  • Check off your list until each section in the room is clutter free
  • Clean the room
  • Move to the next room in the house

One of the best ways to stay on top of clutter is to educate yourself with great homemaking wisdom from The Fly Lady – who happens to be one of the fabulous Molly Green Magazine writers. She’ll help you make a flight plan and divide your home into zones that will keep you from getting behind ever again.

Visit FlyLady.net to learn tips and tricks from a real pro! 

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Easy Cheesy Crackers from Build A Menu and cooking with kids

Easy Cheesy Crackers

You will love these Easy Cheesy Crackers – another great guest post and recipe from our partners at Build A Menu.

I like to give my kids recipes that involve them getting their hands dirty. They love to make a mess, love to get their hands right down into the process. So I figure, why fight it? I took a recipe for cheese crackers, ramped up the flavor a bit with some garlic, and tossed the pastry cutter idea out the window.

Who needs a pastry cutter when you have ten fingers ready to stir and squish? And while using cookie cutters might be super cute, with a relatively crumbly dough I knew the frustration factor (hard to move from board to cookie sheet!) would be too high for my children. So I had them just roll it out right on the cookie sheet and use a pastry wheel to cut squiggly lines.

They loved it! When the crackers came out of the oven, I actually had excited children standing by the cooling rack.

This recipe is a keeper!

Easy Cheesy Crackers

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

• 4 tablespoons butter, softened

• 3/4 cup flour

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1 tablespoon milk

Directions

Heat oven to 350°. Put the cheese, butter (cut in pieces), flour, salt and garlic in a bowl.

Cracker Ingredients

Use clean hands to mix the ingredients together between your fingers (squish that butter!) until the dough is coarse crumbs, about the size of peas.

Add the milk and use your hands to form the dough into a ball. If you are a 7-year-old boy it is okay to make the dough into a volcano first. This is not a necessary step in creating the crackers, but may be necessary to the creative process; volcanoes often are – if you are a little boy.

Lightly flour a baking sheet. We lined ours with foil because it is an old beat-up sheet, but it proved to be useful as we were able to easily remove the crackers on the foil for cooling. Place the dough on it and roll out the dough until it is 1/8″ thick.

Cross cut dough for cheesy crackers

Cut lines in the dough like a grid to make cracker-sized squares. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden. Cool on the baking sheet, then break apart into squares.

Yummy Cheesy squares

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Teach Kids About Work and Money: Free Online Chore Chart

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I just love this free online chore chart!

The chore list

The chore list (Photo credit: demandaj)

I’m always on the lookout for specials and free deals to improve our lives on the home front. MyJobChart.com is a valuable resource for families. Teaching kids about work and money is an important part of  family life. Having tools that make it simple can take the sting of chore time as they tend to build motivation.

FREE online chore chart that motivates your kids and earns them rewards that they can save, donate to charity, or spend on toys!

Motivating Your Kids Is Easy: Just 1-2-3:

1) Sign-up for MyJobChart!

2) Assign Chores to Your Kids

3) Reward Your Kids For Great Work!

 

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Chores in a children’s home (Photo credit: theirhistory)

A Chore Chart makes it easy to assign chores, and makes it more motivating for children to fulfill them.  It facilitates fun, engaging, hands-on learning and teaches children the principles of sharing, saving, and spending.  MyJobChart.com gives parents the tools they need to instill a strong work ethic and teach financial responsibility.

For me, an effective resource needs to be both frugal and simple to use – in order to be worth the time and effort of using it. As long as you are reasonably familiar with using online services, you should not have trouble with this one. I believe it can be especially beneficial in organizing large family chores.

Once your basic information is in place, it only takes a short time each week to add additional information to personalize any particular week or month for your family.

Do you use chore charts in your home? Have you tried an online version? 

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Raising Bottle Bucket Calves: Family Homestead link up

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Raising bottle bucket calves is a great way to get started on a family farm or homestead. A “bucket calf” or a “bottle calf” is any calf that must be hand fed, by bottle or bucket. Some even just call them “bottle bucket calves” . . . We call them ADORABLE!

Where to Find Them

Dairy farms are a great place to purchase these baby cows. Once they have stopped producing colostrum, the mother cow goes back to work doing her job producing milk for the farm. Often times, a busy dairy farm does not have the time and dedication it takes to care for all of these babies. The calves may then be purchased at an affordable discount. This makes them an extremely frugal choice for a family cow.

Check with your local chapter of 4-H to discover local resources. Track them down through the national 4-H site here. 

Types of Cows

Jersey, Guernsey or Milking Shorthorn may be more affordable choices for a family milk cow than the larger Holsteins. They don’t produce as much milk as the Holsteins, but for the family homestead, 10 or more gallons a day is simply not needed.
types milk calves for family homesteading

The Jersey heifers are known for their creamy milk production, and sweet disposition. They are tan or brown in color are smaller in size, and can usually be found at a much lower cost than the larger breeds.  Guernsey cows are similar, but larger, light reddish brown with white spots. They also make a terrific family cow. The Milking Shorthorn is known as a forage­-efficient, healthy, long­-lived and productive breed of dairy cow. Learn more about various Heritage breeds of cattle here.

Feeding Calves

Much like a human baby, once the mother’s milk is no longer available, there is formula to be had. Mixing the powdered formula with warm water is an important part of feeding the youngest of calves. Although there is some cost involved, overall, feeding your calf is not an overwhelming cost. Of course, if you happen to have a family milking goat . . . you won’t need the formula!

feeding calvesGoat milk is another terrific option and can help avoid any instances of digestive problems. You will have fewer cases of scours and the calves grow quickly.

It is a good idea to begin with a rubber nipple. A healthy calf will always act about half starved! They are vigorous feeders. If you notice any change in this behavior, your calf could be in serious trouble. Pay close attention to any major changes in behavior: unclear eyes or a dirty bottom may be signs of scours. The sooner you get help, the better chance they will have.

Whenever possible, buy your calf from a local dairy farm, where you can observe a feeding, can know that they have at least had several days of colostrum, and have not experienced the stress of travel or shipping. If this is not possible, find out what you can about it. Let it suckle from your finger to simulate a feeding as the healthy ones should be very interested in any attempt at feeding.

Once your calf is home and has been feeding by bottle well for several weeks and is healthy and strong, you can switch to bucket feeding to save time and effort. Hand-fed by bottle or by bucket, the trouble and effort you go through for a small calf is well worth it and can be the perfect way to get an affordable milk cow for your family homestead.

Get more detailed information for raising, feeding and housing your calf from Jackie Clay here

Detailed feeding and care instructions can be downloaded from SavaCaf.com here.

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Free E-book about God’s Extraordinary Love

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Enjoy a copy of this wonderful FREE Ebook by Jennifer White!

These tales of God’s Extraordinary Love will inspire and delight you, as you are reminded of how much our Father God loves you!
Description of the E-book:

This short book is filled with eighteen real life problems that were given to God in prayerEach problem was met with the incredible power of God. Each victory reminds us that God is alive. God hears. God moves on behalf of His people when they call out to Him for help.

God’s love for you is extraordinary! Be encouraged. God is Who He says He is. He is proving it all around us. We can depend on Him. He and His Word are alive and active. He is aware of you and your needs.

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Join with me in celebrating this God Who is faithful to each of us. Let these accounts of His faithfulness fill you with hope.

God is listening to you. God wants you to discover His giving, shepherding nature.

God Answers Prayer. 

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Jennifer O. White is an author, speaker and encourager to those seeking a life of hope, peace and confidence. You are invited to join her on a brave life, marriage, and world-changing adventure with Jesus at her blog: Prayerfully Speaking, and her free E-bookPrayers Spoken, Lives Changed: God’s Extraordinary Love in 18 Ordinary Lives. Check out her upcoming book for new brides here.
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6 Major Benefits of Family Homesteading

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There are many aspects of homesteading, and the challenges are great, but the rewards are even greater! These are only a few of the major benefits of family homesteading:

Homesteading shows you what matters most

Homesteading brings you back to basics. It changes the way you look at things, the difference between wants and needs become much more clear when in most other modern day life, the lines are much more blurred.

It is a Journey towards self-sufficiency

Homesteading is a lifestyle, a way of thinking, getting back to nature, back to the land, a journey towards becoming self-sufficient. There are many different levels of homesteading, and even for those who live in the city, changes can be made which will set you on that journey and enable you to incorporate various aspects of the homestead life into daily activities.

Homesteading is a Rewarding endeavor 

Homesteading moves away from the “instant gratification” that comes along so often in today’s culture. There is a lot of hard work that goes in to the entire process of becoming a homesteading family.  There are plants to be tended, animals to care for, and always plenty of work to be done. It is also one of the most rewarding endeavors one can ever undertake!

Satisfying and Healthy 

When you sprout seeds, nurture and harvest them and place them on the table – there is not much that is as satisfying as this back to basics, provision for the family and honestly, well, the food just tastes better!  Although it takes a lot of hard work – it also creates joy and provides a deep feeling of satisfaction in knowing you are making healthy choices for the family. Growing your own food is one of the healthiest life choices you can make these days.

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Homesteading Teaches Respect 

Most people rush off to the grocery store each week and fill the cart full of various meats without ever fully appreciating what it means. There is a loss of life, a sacrifice which has taken place to put that meat on the table. Sadly, most people never have a full appreciation or develop respect for what it means to be a meat eater. It is easy to forget where the food we so often take for granted, comes from.

There are sometimes hard choices and difficult tasks that must be done to maintain a sustainable lifestyle – but in the process, there is a respect for the animals God created. There is a connection between the animals and the sustenance, an appreciation.

Deep Sense of Gratitude and Belonging 

There is an attitude of gratitude which comes from investing time, work, and effort into homesteading projects. The end result is something to be proud of. For children, participating in the work to feed the family, can produce a strong sense of belonging. They understand early on that each member of the family plays an important role. It builds self-esteem, and deeper character.

Although it takes a lot of hard work – it also creates joy and provides a deep feeling of satisfaction which can be hard to find otherwise in today’s society and fast paced lifestyle.

 

These are but a few of the many benefits of family homesteading. Most often, it does not happen overnight, the change of mindset to that of a homesteader. Even taking small steps towards a more back to basics lifestyle can make a positive difference in your life. One step at a time – works for me!

Do you have some simple tips for those who want to begin a journey towards a more back to basics lifestyle?

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Frugal living: ways to save money this year

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You may have heard the news – the all new Molly Green magazine has turned over a new leaf. We are spreading our wings to include homesteading, self-sufficient living, back yard farming, and all things home industry.

But, we are nothing if not a frugal bunch! And, in that spirit, I wanted to start our New Year off with a super frugal post to help you find ways to save money in 2014.

10 Ways to Save Money in the New Year:

  1. Fix it yourself – use the internet to watch video’s and read tutorials on how to fix various household items. Learn to stitch up clothing and make repairs to the things you use regularly.

2. Cut the Entertainment budget by finding frugal ways to play together.

3. Cook at Home & Take Advantage of Specials.

4.  Ask for a Discount! 

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5.  Get a Discount on Children’s Activities

  • Volunteer your services to the organization for a discount on children’s sports when possible – certainly, you want to give of your time for free to help out, but you may be able to offer other services such as – photography, computer work, accounting, or other skilled work to save on sports and more for your family. Look for services they might normally have to pay for & fill in the gap where you are qualified. 
  • Set up a co-op or trade with other parents for sports and extracurricular clothing items. 
  • Take advantage of free programs like Kids Bowl Free

6.  Barter for Services. 

  • As with the above info on getting a discount on children’s extra-curricular activities – consider trading for other services as well. Think outside the box and look for needs that you can meet and then offer up your solutions to the problem in exchange for a repair or other service you cannot do yourself. Small businesses are great for this, but don’t count out the larger companies either. Big companies need endorsements, or reviews from consumers and are sometimes willing to trade for free products. Bloggers do this regularly. 

7. Grow Your Own. 

8.  Up-cycle 

9. Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners.

  • Simple ingredients can go a long way and can be used safely and inexpensively –  Baking Soda, Borax, Vinegar, Alcohol, Mild Dish Detergent, & Washing Soda are a few simple ingredients that can be used to clean almost anything. 
  • Get recipes from The Family Homestead here

10. Educate Yourself. 

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Guest Post — The Best Mobile Phones to Buy on a Budget

Mobile phone technology has taken leaps and bounds toward the future in the past couple of years. Unfortunately, so have their prices. With the mobile phone market littered with high cost, feature rich smartphones, those who are budget conscious may be lost as to which phone offers the best bang for their buck. If you are shopping for a new mobile phone and trying to avoid the high priced options, consider the following budget minded smartphones that offer a variety of features for a fraction of the price of the latest trending mobile.

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Huawei Ascend G330

Lately Huawei has gained popularity in the budget Android market, offering a variety of low cost models that offer higher functionality than you would expect for $100. The phone boasts a 4 inch touchscreen display, dual-core processor, and a decent battery life. The phone comes standard with 4GB of internal storage, but accepts MicroSD cards up to 32GB.

Huawei included a front facing and rear facing camera for video chatting. The video capture is limited to 864X480 pixels, however the camera app does have a few fun features to play with and the main camera snaps pictures at 5MP, so you can get some decent photos.

Samsung Solstice II

With the current battle between the Samsung Galaxy and the iPhone, many smart shoppers overlook Samsung’s other great devices. The Samsung Solstice II is a budget friendly alternative to their higher priced models. With a 3 inch touchscreen display, a 2MP camera, and 256MB of internal memory, this device can handle most of your smartphone tasks. If you require more space, it is expandable to 16GB of space.

The Solstice runs on the Samsung Dolfin browser, so if you are looking for an Android phone with app capabilities, you may want to keep looking. The Solstice offers various tools to increase productivity, however downloading and installing apps is not an option. With basic mobile functionality, picture taking, and at around $80, the Solstice is intended to offer value in exchange for high tech.

Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia U

If you are looking for style without the price, the Sony Xperia U offers just that. With a price ranging from $80-$150, this budget minded Android phone will get you noticed for both frugality and taste.

Internally the Xperia offers 4GB of space with no expansion slot. This is good for everyday use, however if you are into movies and music you may find you need more. The front facing camera allows you to video chat, while the rear facing 5MP lens offers the ability to take great photos. If you are looking for a 3.5inch display with a speedy 1 GHz processor, the Xperia may just offer the best price for your needs.

Nokia Lumina 620

For the Windows lovers out there, Nokia has dominated the market of Windows phones with their Lumina series. The Lumina 620 is a low cost Windows phone that offers a lot of function for not a lot of money. If you are looking for an all-around feature rich phone, this may be the option for you.

Compared to other phones in the price range, the Lumina’s 3.8 inch screen is a bit smaller than others. But what it lacks in screen size it makes up for in internal memory. At 8GB of internal storage and the capability to handle a 64GB microSD card, there is plenty of storage for music, videos and pictures.

The front facing 0.3 MP camera allows for video chat, however the rear 5MP camera lets you capture pictures and video of decent quality. Overall for the money, the Lumina is definitely priced to sell to those looking for a great phone at a great price.

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HTC Desire C

To round out the list, you have to include the HTC Desire C. The Desire C is claimed to be the last cheap mobile to come from HTC. With a price tag of around $200, the Desire C offers Android users the functionality they have come to love. The 4GB internal storage is expandable with the microSD slot hidden under the back cover.

The 3.5 inch screen lets users line up the 5MP camera to take the best shot they can. The design of the Desire C is what many customers immediately notice. With a plastic rubber case, the phone is designed to stay in your hand with less chance of slipping out.

Even in today’s high priced mobile market there are a variety of low cost solutions that allow budget minded consumers to have the features they want while saving money. Before choosing your next phone, determine the features you want and the budget you can afford, then take a look at low cost smartphones.

Andrea Witherspoon is a tech writer for www.businessmobiles.co.uk. Follow her at @AndreaWTweets to keep up to date on the latest mobile devices.

Pioneer Photographer: Evelyn Cameron ~ FREE FOR YOU!

Guest Blog by: Inger Koppenhaver

LADY EVELYN CAMERON ~ FRONTIER PHOTOGRAPHER

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Picture this . . . it is the early 1900’s. You have chosen to immigrate to the wild prairie ranch land in Montana. Your goal is to try your hand at raising ponies for the game of polo back in England along with your husband, Ewen, an ornithologist and naturalist. You grew up in an affluent family in which, as a child, you had a dedicated servant to help you with such tasks as brushing your hair. If this sounds familiar, you may also have the title “Lady” spoken before your proper name.

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Do you know which frontier photographer matches this description by now?  Until the early 1990’s, her name was only shared locally in and around the Terry, Montana area. But, a Time Life books author, DONNA M. LUCEY, was granted permission to view the extensive journals, photographs, and glass plate negatives which were bequeathed to her loyal friend Janet Williams. This large discovery was monumental and it was at that moment the legend of Lady Evelyn Cameron was finally uncovered.

The first time I heard Evelyn Cameron’s story was when I moved to this small picturesque town with its own set of badlands outlining the town which is nestled by the Yellowstone River. Viewing the photographs and watching the PBS documentary, “PICTURES FROM A WORTHY LIFE”, has shed light on the fascinating story of her rugged life on the prairie on the Eve Ranch which lies outside of Terry.  During a recent viewing of the documentary, I could not help but think of Molly Green and Midge as I learned more about her life.

From growing up in a home with money to spare to moving out on the prairie where they had to scrimp & save to pay for their daily needs and pay for their property; her life became the ultimate example of living frugally and managing a life of sustainable living. Like Midge, Evelyn had to learn the art of homemaking and the tricks of the kitchen and garden which mothers in those times most likely passed along to their children while on the prairie. Even though her neighbors were at times miles away or further, she asked questions, took detailed notes of her daily living, and tried her best to manage her household with limited help from her husband. In her later years, she was able to help others, like Janet Williams, learn the ways of prairie life. I imagine her as a bit like a Molly Green on the Western frontier.

Evelyn Cameron once said that she hoped to live a worthy life. But, she felt like she had missed the mark on her goal. Yet now, with her frontier photography re-discovered and her writings being transcribed, many believe her hopes for life have now become true. Her life was worthy and one from which we can learn (and take notes on!).

Are you familiar with the story of Lady Evelyn Cameron? Which historical figures inspire you? Have you, like Evelyn, crafted a vision for your life and set one goal which you hope to attain?  

 

CLICK HERE FOR TWO FREE LESSON PLANS FOR CHILDREN ABOUT THE LIFE OF EVELYN CAMERON!!                                    In this curriculum, you can step back in time with your children and learn more about this captivating woman and her tremendous frontier spirit. If you would like to learn more about this frontier photographer and this period of time, you can watch the full documentary for free here: “PICTURES FROM A WORTHY LIFE”  For more information about Evelyn and the history of her home in Montana from the Evelyn Cameron Heritage Center, click here: EVELYN CAMERON FULL BIOGRAPHY

 

 

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Inger grew up in a city by the beach in California, but loves living in her small Norman Rockwell kind of town on the prairie in Montana. She is a published author and a homeschool mom of four adorable children who also just happens to own a 50′s style café with her mother-in-law. You can find her blogging at www.hidingthepeas.wordpress.com and her café can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/badlandscafemt.

Five Telecommuting Opportunities You Might Not Know About

Guest Post by Jill Hart

 

Work At Home Mom

Because I run a website dedicated to work-at-home moms, I get a considerable amount of email filled with questions about working from home. Without a doubt the question that I get asked most often is, “Do you know of any companies that I can work for from home?” The exciting thing is that yes, I do. In part because of the hard economic times that we find ourselves in, more and more companies looking for qualified professionals to represent their businesses from their own homes. Here is just a sampling of companies currently hiring at-home workers:

1. VIPdesk (http://vipdesk.com) – This company hires home-based workers for customer service positions. They represent numerous high-profile brands such as Eddie Bauer and BlueFly. From their website: “A proven premium service provider with 20 years of experience, VIPdesk specializes in delivering Concierge and Virtual Call Center Services for national brand leaders in several industries that include travel, auto, financial services and retail, by providing high-touch, high-tech branded service platforms that deliver real results and real return on investment.”

2. wiseGEEK (http://www.wisegeek.com) – This is just one of the many websites that pay freelance writers. These sites generally pay per article written. From their website: “wiseGEEK writers get to choose the topics to write on out of a pool of hundreds of titles. You can opt to write on categories that you are familiar with, or venture out a little to explore new frontiers.”

3. Convergys (http://careers.convergysworkathome.com/WorkFromHome.aspx) – At-home agents are nothing new for Convergys, a company who also supplies customer care services to well-known companies. From their website: “As a Convergys Home Agent, you’ll interact with customers of well-known and respected top companies. You may answer questions, determine product opportunities that best meet your callers’ needs, place orders on their behalf, provide technical support, or enroll callers in health, entertainment or other plans.”

4. American Express (http://amex.co/13Vm6q1) – American Express is, of course, primarily known for their credit card, but in some cases they also hire home-based travel agents. From their website: ” …American Express operates 2,200 travel offices and many call centers around the world. Some Travel Counselors work on-site at our clients’ businesses, while others may even work at home.”

5. West at Home (http://westathome.com) – Another customer service related employer, West at Home has been employing home-based workers for over twenty years. From their website: “Greater staffing flexibility, better educated, highly motivated and more productive agents – it all contributes to what makes West at Home the leading provider of home-based agent solutions.”

There are many home-based positions available today. It does take time to sift through them all to find the “diamonds in the rough” yet in the end the flexibility and comfort offered by a work-at-home position can be well worth the effort. So, polish up your resume – make it as professional and current as possible as you’ll be competing with hundreds if not thousands of other job candidates – and get to work.

Jill Hart is a writer, speaker and coach, showing others how to follow their calling and build successful businesses. She teaches her clients how to overcome the fear of getting started and helps them discover ways to make money from home. Ready to discover how you can work from home? Check out Jill’s short and sweet ebook, 70 Creative Ways to Make Money from Home Quickly (http://bit.ly/70creativeways).