My Dare for You Newbies!

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I will be posting another job review today. It will be another job with benefits but I have this nagging feeling to talk about what holds us back from applying to jobs?

I have talked to many new moms and such who are desperate to find some way to work from home. Yet when a job comes their way they just cannot push the trigger and apply! I know how unnerving it can be to enter into something very unfamiliar. I was there once myself.

But until you start doing and stop dreaming your goals will never be met!

I am daring all of you new to the idea of working from home to apply somewhere this week. Applying does not mean you have to accept the job, it means you are interested in learning more about it. There is such a range of work at home job types- from minor jobs you do not even have to apply for, just sign up and start working, to full on careers with a steady schedule.

If you are not sure where to apply fill out my Job Matching Service Survey and I will give you a few ideas based on your background. Unfortunately, I have had such a huge response from this service that I am backlogged and it may take a week before you hear back from me.  But I hope you will still accept this challenge and apply SOMEWHERE,

break the barrier that is holding you back!

What is holding YOU back from finding a work at home job? Is it the unknown? The fear of being scammed? The fear of failure?  Please share with me in a comment below:

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Tori Redmond-Mize

April 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

I think, given the emails I have received- it's big time fear of being scammed. I guess that is a big part of why I decided to go with the series that I'm doing, and why I've collected you guys to help out. It's my way of virtually kicking the scammers in the shin! LOL

WAH Adventures!

April 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

Yes Tori! I wish Google would kick them off the first page!!


April 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

I think fear is such a big issue. Writing still scares me when I venture into something new, but it was the first job that I felt comfortable with the process.

What bothered me is I had applied for challenging positions in the "traditional" work force that required portfolios, panel interviews, etc. It was not just a matter of filling out an application and being hired. However, it has been harder applying from home than it ever was with traditional formats. I have no great reasons or explanations.

Scams are part of the problem, but for me it was adapting to a different culture. I like the freedom and independence, but the rules are sometimes different. That is not bad, but it does require learning.


April 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

Fear and the old mindset that we were brought up with prevents people from doing what needs doing. I am reminded though of a quote from Thomas Edison, "If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."

Are there scams out there? Sure. But with due diligence in research, you can quickly spot them. Is there a possibility of failure or making a mistake? Yes, but they are learning and growing experiences.

Take action. Now is the time. Break the barriers. Bust down the walls. Let go of the rope. This is your time.

WAH Adventures!

April 18, 2011 at 10:41 am

Bailey you are right! I remember the nervous feeling about stepping into something so different. I had no idea what to expect. I guess what drove me to break through and just jump in and do it was the extreme desire to make it work. It was make it work or put my daughter in daycare and I was REALLY not liking the latter.

Ken! What an inspiring post! No more excuses, there are too many resources to not know how to find answers and calm fears 🙂


April 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

I get this a lot…wanting so much to work from home, but fearful to take that first step.

If you are following the right crowd, like here, you can trust the recommendations. Now, get out there and apply! Best of luck!


April 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

I've been self-employed, working from my home office for several years. I've tried many different things over the years.

Has every job had a happy ending? Of course not. I've worked for companies that decided to offshore all of their work, some companies have gone out of business, a few have decided they just were not going to pay their contractors what they owed, some jobs just were not work what they paid …

But, I've also had some great experiences and earned a living on my own terms. I've been a member of several work at home forums for years. If a new person follows the advice offered on blogs like this and forums, they can steer clear of scams.

Chrystal Mahan

April 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I am sure scam has a lot to do with it. But there are some very reputable websites like and ratracerebellion that are upfront and honest about the jobs posted. With resources like these, you can be a lot safer in the wah department.

Another thing I have heard many talk about is a resume. Many wah places want to see a resume that will showcase how well a person is going to work while being at home alone. Many do not have this, and then there are those that don't even have a resume.

I have helped a few put one together and have thought about offering a resume service for those who are trying to get into the wah market.


April 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm

It took me forever to have the nerve to apply and now I have too many eggs lol Just do it and believe in yourself!


April 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I think Mandy has a good point it takes time to work up the courage and then to do it. I read for a long time before finding the writing folders first on WAHM and then on WPLH. It took me a while to find work that fit. In a better economy I could likely leave home and find work because I understand the expectations and how the system works. I still don't have that confidence in the WAH world good or bad economic times. I am working towards fining better income opportunities. It would be smart to have too many eggs.


April 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Chrystal I think that would be an awesome idea! I wish I were more of a pro at resume writing because i have been wanting to give tips and encouragement for it.

If you ever decide to start offering a resume service please let me know so I can use you as a resource. 🙂

Katie Jones

April 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am scared and uneasy because throughout my whole work experience, it has been concrete meaning that I go to work in a building and I can see what is going on.
Working at home is still a new venture to me and I have only done the things that require little work such as surveys and KFC. But just recently, I received a call about an actual WAH position and I don't know what to do.
I am scared of how my family will look at me and how they might judge me because I have been wrong about so many other opportunities in the past.

WAH Adventures

April 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Katie you are so right about what others think. Because they have not done the research you have, they may just assume you are falling for a scam. If you want to tell me what company you are considering I can give you some information that will help you feel more confident about either pursuing it or not. you can email me or comment here (mirandag55225(at)yahoo(dot)com)

WAH Adventures

April 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

nevermind 🙂 I see you did on a different post 😉