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HireMyMom.com is an online employment outsourcing service that specializes in working-from-home moms. The company was founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Lesley Spencer Pyle, a mother who had formerly worked in public relations and as a desktop publisher.
The site aims to connect businesses that need help in the areas of bookkeeping, administrative assistance, graphic design, copywriting, online research, and editing, with stay-at-home working moms who are qualified to do the work and can do it on their own schedule.
Pyle discovered an untapped workforce – women who were motivated to earn extra money working from home, but who didn’t necessarily want to go into business for themselves. In addition, the hiring companies are able to get the help they need without the expense and hassle of bringing on a full-time, in-house employee.
If you have work you need done, you can list it on HireMyMom.com free of charge. At any given time, there can be over 1000 moms bidding on your projects. The price you’ll pay will vary based on the nature of the work and the experience level of the mom you hire, but generally ranges from $10 to $35 an hour. It’s free to post your jobs, so it can be a good place to find a reliable virtual assistant.
Moms, if you have experience in a marketable field, you can create a profile and access the job listings. HireMyMom charges about $29.95 for 3-months of this service, or $99 for a full year. The initial fee is non-refundable but your subscription can be deactivated at any time.
The company offers an interesting alternative to the huge freelance outsourcing sites like Elance and oDesk. I think a lot of companies will take comfort in knowing they are helping a busy mom, in North America, make ends meet. And if the quality of work and customer service is good, the one-time job could translate into an ongoing relationship.
The downside of HireMyMom is that unlike Elance, they don’t offer any escrow protection or dispute resolution for employers (or moms) if things go wrong. All negotiations and payments take place “off-site”, which means you’re on your own when it comes to collecting whatever amount is due.
On the other hand, HireMyMom doesn’t take a cut of the contract price like other outsourcing sites, so moms can keep whatever they earn. This should drive prices down for everyone since there are no additional fees that have to be “baked into” the price.
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