Working From Home

A mother of two seeks advice regarding a stay-at-home job.

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Dear Michele,

I am a single mother of two; I have a son that is to turn 17 this month and a 5-year-old girl. I am VERY stressed out.

I put myself through college and gained a BA in Public Administration. I am now working through a temp agency and have been assigned a receptionist position. I am applying for other work, with no luck. I would like to be able to work from home. Are there any home-based businesses that you can recommend?

— Wondering

Dear Wonder,

First, congratulations on getting your degree. That tells me that you are a hard worker and pretty daggone determined. Both are key things most employers are looking for.

When you decided on a degree in Public Administration, what did you want to do? If you wanted to work for the state, local or federal government, please start looking there. Many departments and agencies have work-from-home programs which might be perfect for you.

You might also want to look for government contractors who provide call center services which often use skilled, trained customer service representatives who work from home — but watch out for fly-by-night operations who want you to do cold calling. Not much money there, and not much stability.

Try to stay with government services, so you can use the degree you worked so hard to get. By getting that degree you’ve set a great example for your kids, and for plenty of other women — thank you.

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