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What's the Best Automated Proofreader? Review of Grammarly.com


For serious writers, ensuring the quality of articles you make each day is crucial. This is particularly true if you publish your written content online since any grammatical mistakes can impact your reputation significantly. Although you have already reread and checked your work, an automated proofreader will come in handy when you want to get things done quickly. Thus, you need a reliable tool other than your computer's auto spell-check to help you detect any misspelled words or grammar issues in your articles.

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Best Features of Grammarly

As a blogger and web content writer, I make it a point to double-check my work before I hit the "submit" button. The idea of publishing a less-than-perfect article can be as frustrating as reading blogs with grammar mistakes in nearly every sentence. Not only does it interfere with your readers' ability to comprehend the text, but it gives an impression of your unprofessionalism. Fortunately, you can find several online tools to help you proofread and identify any mistakes such as Grammarly.

Although Grammarly does not offer very accurate results unlike what manual editing offers, it is as good as it gets when you want to speed up the proofreading process. Aside from pointing out spelling mistakes, it also detects other grammar issues such as capitalization, use of prepositions, subject-verb agreement, and proper use of modifiers. It also scans for poor sentence structure and offers suggestions to improve your text.

If you need a more suitable word to use in your articles, but you could not think of one, Grammarly could recommend appropriate synonyms that would enhance the idea in your text. This is a great help for those who need to write an effective research paper or sales page for personal or business use. Most importantly, this tool can check for plagiarism, which other grammar check services do not offer.
Bottom Line

Grammarly may not be a perfect automated proofreader since it still has some flaws, it can be a useful aid when you want to check your written work in a matter of minutes. This tool also offers in-depth explanations to refresh your understanding of basic grammar rules. With that in mind, you can count on Grammarly to help you write original, well-written and top-quality content all the time.

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Careers That Fit Around Family Life


With child care costs rising and the average wage certainly not increasing at the same pace, having more than one child makes returning to work full time impractical for most of us.

Unless you were lucky enough to have a particularly well paid job that you loved doing before having kids, the reality of returning to work and missing out on time with your small children is often not worth the sacrifice financially.

Finding a job that you enjoy and which fits around your kids’ hours is the ideal compromise and easier than you might think. Consider our pointers for inspiration:

Working on a freelance basis

If you have a marketing specialism, such as PR, web design, social media or copywriting and still have contacts in your industry becoming a consultant or working on a freelance basis can fit well around your family life.

Employers are increasingly looking to outsource their work and as well as being able to choose your hours you will experience great tax benefits and avoid commuting costs.

Working in a school

One way to ensure that your hours fit around your children (if they are school-age) is to work in a school! Obviously becoming a teacher will require at least a year of teacher training, but there are plenty of other roles that are based in a school or university.

How about a playground supervisor or lunch time supervisor/dinner lady? You could also work in the administration side of the business if this is where you have previous experience, or become a school secretary or a classroom assistant. These roles can be pretty competitive but are worth going for, especially if you have worked in similar roles in the past.

Fostering

There is a false misconception that fostering is badly paid and can’t be considered a career, but this is actually not the case. There are plenty of chances to undergo training and develop further skills as a foster carer, and depending on the age and individual needs the child you foster has it can actually be very well paid. 

You need a spare room in your family home before you can consider applying to become a foster carer, but as long as you have this, coupled with a caring, resilient and energetic attitude, fostering can certainly be one of the most rewarding changes you make in your life. You may also find that it has a positive impact on your children, opening their awareness up to the hardships some children have to face and encouraging a more compassionate and understanding attitude in them.

Creating your own company

Starting your own business can be time consuming and expensive, but  there are ways you could do it on a small scale; for instance, renovating furniture and selling on Ebay or creating an Etsy account to sell paintings, crafts etc you have created in your spare time.

If you are a master baker you could begin a cupcake order company, you could do pet portraits if you are artistic, or if you are good at sewing how about a curtain making business? Starting small like this can be pretty informal and avoid any big costs up front, as well as meaning you can work from home and fit your time around your family.

What Type of WAH Worker Are You?


The advancement in technology makes it possible for anyone to do their jobs at home. You can perform tasks just by having a few tools - a telephone and a computer with an internet connection. This is primarily the reason why the number of individuals who work from home is growing fast and huge because of a variety of reasons.

There are Moms who choose to leave the traditional workspace to take care of their children and the household. There are professionals who simply prefer to go freelance and quit the corporate world. While there are other people who fell back to working at home not by choice but by being laid off. Who else perform works and jobs from home?

The Self-Employed. These people are the entrepreneurial type - they own and manage their business from home. I see a lot of this group of people on Facebook. They are mostly Moms who own stores and shops, either with a physical location or purely operating online. Some have physical products for sale while others only engage in offering services online and offline. The crafty folks at Etsy belongs to this group.

The Telecommuting Employee. I belong to this group, people who are employed in a company based elsewhere, locally or abroad. These are the paid workers. Employment status can be full-time, part-time or project-based. I began telecommuting in 2006 working as a Community Manager / Customer Support Specialist for Zorpia.com, an international social networking site based in Hong Kong. That was my first telecommuting stint where I gained traction. I left my job there in 2009 to work as a Customer Support Manager for a software development company based in the United States.

The Side Hustler. This group of people may be working full time or only part time like the Telecommuting Employee. What makes them different from the other group is that their income stream is variable, as compared to the fixed income an employee receives from his/her employer. Their earnings depend on the hours and the effort they exerted for their work or job. Freelancers who get clients from Upwork and Freelancer belong to this group. Bloggers who receive earnings from their blogs fall under this category, too!

I am a fusion of the Telecommuting Employee and the Side Hustler. Do you work from home as well? Are you a self-employed, a telecommuter or a side-hustler? I would love to hear your comments!

Earn Money Without Losing Quality Time with your Family

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A proper work-life balance is essential for all career women. As opposed to common misconception, even mothers who work from home don’t find it so easy to divide their time between taking care of their families and running a business or working freelance. 

Moms who are torn between looking after the children and forging their own careers now have the option to work at home. The Internet has made it possible for them to attend to the needs of their family, while being able to also contribute to the family income and apply their skills and talents.

Through online job marketplaces, it is now possible for anyone, including moms, to work remotely and make a living without having to report for work on a daily basis. The same goes for entrepreneurial mothers, who can now easily set up online businesses or find other ways to earn online.

Benefits of Being a Work-At-Home Mom

The most obvious benefit of being a work-at-home mom (WAHM) is being able to work on a flexible schedule, which allows them to tend to their kids anytime they need help, such as when the kids get sick or need assistance with their homework. There are many successful WAHMs who have discovered that they could actually earn the same paycheck as when they work a full-time job, without actually having to work through a full eight-hour workday.

Another possible advantage for WAHMs is that they can manage their own business without having to leave home. Nowadays, we see a lot of mothers selling products through Facebook or online channels a variety of products such as cupcakes, clothes, perfumes, and other items. Setting up an online store is easier than ever. Setting up an online payment system has also become a simple process.

And with a variety of online payment and credit card options available in the Philippines, customers can now pay for the products online using their credit cards and debit cards. They don’t need to go to the bank to deposit payment for purchases.

Mothers who work at home also have the advantage of incurring minimal expenses. They save on public transportation or gas. They don’t need spend a lot of money on expensive restaurants or fast food takeout—unlike when they work in an actual office. WAHMs also save on grooming and clothing costs because they don’t need to buy make-up, perfume, accessories, and clothes as often.  

Apart from the expenses, moms who work at home can also enjoy a less stressful working environment. But only if they manage their time really well. Without a boss or a supervisor to keep you on your toes, working from home comes with the tendency to slack off or to get distracted. To be able to enjoy all the advantages, working from home requires a lot of self-discipline, focus, and time management skills.

Balancing Work and Family

For work-at-home mothers (WAHMs) who want to continue earning money at home but who also want to spend quality time with their loved ones, here are some helpful suggestions:

1. Devote weekends to family. WAHMs sometimes have a tendency to think that every hour they do not spend working amounts to money lost. As a result, they even work on weekends. This is definitely a bad idea. You need to give yourself a break and make a decision to devote Saturdays and Sundays to resting and spending time with your family—nothing else. Work hard during weekdays and enjoy weekends with your family.

2. Stick to a fixed working schedule. While flexibility is a great advantage to working from home, be careful not to make it too flexible that you end up not accomplishing anything, as a result of jumping from one task to another. Even if you work from home, you still need to follow some sort of schedule, which you would have to “design” around your family members’ habits and respective schedules.

Some factors to consider in creating your own schedule may include your baby’s sleeping habits, what time the older kids get home from school, your spouse’s schedule, and others. Set a fixed number of working hours for yourself when you are least likely to be disturbed.

3. Don’t let distractions get to you. Once you’ve set a schedule for working and a schedule for your family, follow it strictly. Don’t let phone calls, e-mails, or other things distract you from whatever it is you are doing at the moment—whether it is family time or working time.

4. Maximize your time. Sometimes, all we need is a little resourcefulness to make the most out of our time. Search the internet for life hacks that can help you save time when doing household chores. Saving time on chores and at work can mean more quality time to spend with your kids.

As you can see, your quality time with your family need not be compromised with work concerns. Strike a healthy balance between work and home life by following the tips mentioned above.   
This is a guest post from Ryan Del Villar, a writer for Money Max, Philippines’ leading online comparison portal and a Philippine market news provider. Ryan is also a freelance writer at Helm Word, an Online Reputation Management company. He worked as an online video editor before he started his writing career.

Valentine Gift for My Husband


Ten days to Valentine's Day and I'm still stuck on what to get for my husband this year. Though I know he'll appreciate just about anything, I'm still making the effort to choose items that will make his heart smile.

Zalora Philippines saved me a great deal of time last Christmas as I saw him looking at the Mick+Marty shoes range especially at a black loafer that looked great indeed. Not sure if he wanted me to see him looking at it but I did see alright, and he was ecstatic when he saw what was inside the gift-wrapped box.

This Valentine's Day I want to give him something really functional. Something he can use every day. So I'm thinking I'd buy him a watch. He's so much into watches anyway, in fact he never goes out of the house without one. But since I don't have the luxury of time to go to the mall and get lost with a gazillion of watches, I'll be buying online instead. It's awesome that I still have Paypal funds these days. I also just won $10 Paypal cash last week from Mommy Mylene's blog Online Mommy's Corner. Thank you!

Anyways, I looked at online shopping sites and found a nice range of Timex watches at Zalora Philippines. I'm sure I can find a stylish and chic watch that's perfect for my husband.

And I hope he likes it.

How about you? Have you bought anything for your significant other lately? Let me know in the comments!