The work from home routine is not a foreign concept to our SimplrFlex Experts; however, to millions of Americans, this is a new reality that requires some major acclimation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping across the nation, the confines of our homes are the new offices, schools, and just about everything else for the foreseeable future. Families across the country are now adjusting to the new normal: sharing workspaces with their spouses and children all day, every day. While these unusual circumstances can create some cute moments, being stuck at home with the whole family during an anything-but-normal workweek can deal a severe blow to your efficiency and focus when working from home. In this post, we will share some advice on how to handle the new dynamics at home. Topics covered include staying focused, creating a plan, staying sane, and controlling your spending. Create a schedule for everyone and stick to it Our routines ruled our daily lives before COVID-19, and they are a necessity for productivity, especially when working around spouses or children that aren't usually there and have daily routines entirely different from your own. Make a plan for your workweek that is flexible, but intentional. Just like working from home
SimplrFlex and one of our amazing Experts, Vickie Barnes, were recently covered in First for Women magazine. In the article, Vickie talks about earning money on the SimplrFlex platform and how it has had a positive impact on her life.
Women are increasingly turning to the gig economy to make a living Women have historically faced career-altering events that often do not impact men equally. Having a baby in a “traditional” job can have a significant impact on career trajectories, morale and ability to find a sustainable work/life balance. Prenatal appointments, maternity leave, nursing, and finding childcare can further complicate employment in a full-time position. Other more glaring issues such as the gender pay gap have also affected women unequally. However, with the recent rise of the gig economy, there are now countless opportunities for women to earn income and not have to sacrifice the time and flexibility that a traditional full-time role might require them to give up. Why the rise of the gig economy is good for women In a recent survey of 2,000 women working in the gig economy, the three most popular benefits of these roles included flexible hours, control over earning potential, and more personal time. These results ring true here at SimplrFlex, according to two of our Experts: As a mother of 3, SimplrFlex has provided so many benefits for my family and me. The biggest benefit is that I'm able to still put my family first while also helping
What is Open Enrollment? Open Enrollment is the period each year when anyone who needs to purchase their own health insurance plan can compare and enroll in plans for the upcoming year. You will need to purchase your own health insurance if you don't already have coverage from an employer, a spouse or parent's employer, TRICARE, the VA, or Medicare. When is Open Enrollment? November 1st marked the first day of open enrollment for 2020, and most Americans have until December 15th to enroll in a health insurance benefits plan. Selected coverage will take effect, in most cases, on January 1, 2020. Why is Open Enrollment important? The most important takeaway for independent contractors is that they must enroll during this period. Enrolling outside of this period is only possible if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Special Enrollment Periods are only available when experiencing an event such as getting married, losing coverage, having or adopting a child, or moving to a new state. How do I get started? Open Enrollment can be a confusing time for independent contractors due to the ambiguity surrounding workplace benefits in non-traditional work settings. To assist our Experts with this important process, we've teamed up with Catch. Catch makes it easy to
Many work from home jobs can become a bit boring and isolating. You often miss out on the adult interaction you'd normally have with coworkers. But, not at SimplrFlex. We have a growing community where our Experts interact with one another, provide suggestions on how we can improve SimplrFlex, and participate in events such as our first Halloween Costume Contest. Our Experts also get to engage in interesting and satisfy work. Because they handle customer support inquiries for a variety of companies, each day holds new and interesting challenges. Interested? Learn more about SimplrFlex on our website.
Military Spouses face extreme difficulties in finding gainful employment. A 2017 study found that the unemployment rate for active-duty military spouses is as high as 24%. While the reasons behind the difficulty can vary, much of it comes down to employers who are rigid in their expectations. SimplrFlex is proud to provide flexible earning opportunities to military spouses stationed all over the world. As a SimplrFlex Expert, military spouses set their own hours allowing them to work around timezone differences, family activities, and daily life. Erin, a military spouse based out of Hawaii, enjoys earning extra money and helping customers in her spare time. Working for SimplrFlex has been such a blessing for my family! As a Military Spouse, it is not always easy to find a job or reliable childcare. This is the perfect opportunity, I can log on to the platform and answer tickets whenever I have time, day or night! The extra income has really been nice, especially with having three growing boys! -Erin Interested in becoming an Expert? Learn more and apply today at SimplrFlex.com.
Let’s face it; the market is flooded with work from home scams. Whether they’re trying to steal your identity, take your hard-earned money, or just get you to do a few hours of work for free, it’s easy to get caught up in a bad situation. Luckily enough, though, it’s just as easy avoiding work from home scams and finding legitimate opportunities. Follow these quick tips to help ensure you’re earning money… not losing it. Too Good to Be True If an opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Trust me… if it was possible to make thousands of dollars per week doing practically no work, everyone would sign up. You may think you found an opportunity early, but that’s highly unlikely in today’s age where information travels at the speed of light. Look for opportunities that make logical sense and where the compensation is reasonable and fair. Background Check Not Required All legitimate companies will take reasonable steps to protect themselves and ensure applicants are legitimate and trustworthy. If there's no background check or other requirements for validating your identity, then the opportunity really has no idea who you are. Look for opportunities where a background check is required (on their dime;