Financial Opportunities for Stay-at-home Moms

1-Take paid surveys
Answering online paid surveys is one of the ways to earn easy extra money. Plus, these are the things you can do even if you’re pregnant, on bed rest, or just killing time.

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Below is the list of legitimate survey companies:
Opinion Outpost is one of the sites that actually offers the chance to redeem points for cash. You are paid through PayPal when you choose the cash option. You can also earn Amazon gift vouchers and be entered to
win in quarterly
Swagbucks is increasing in popularity because it is one of the easiest of the best survey sites to earn points with. You can earn points for taking longer surveys, but there are also plenty of other good ways to earn points. You can earn points by answering simple questions, performing searches, doing your regular online shopping, and watching videos.
There are even times when you are given freebie codes for free SBs that can be added to your total.
Pinecone Research is one of the best survey sites is due to the fact that this is one that pays cash for completing surveys. If you qualify for an online survey, you can get paid $5 for almost everyone you complete.
Maru Voice Canada offers you the chance to earn Survey points when you complete various surveys. You can redeem your points for cash which can be directly deposited into your account or which you can receive prepaid Visa debit cards. It’s also possible to ask for Amazon vouchers or Aeroplan Miles.

2-Use rebates and cashback app
You might as well make sure you are getting as much cash back you can on your purchases by using these tools. You’ll get rebates on groceries,
cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothes, travel, wholesale memberships, pet supplies, and alcoholic beverages.
These are the list to get cash back on just about any purchase:
– Ebates- Thousands of stores offer 1-40% cash back for things you’re already buying online.
Ibotta– Get easy money back for things you buy anyway- milk, bread, crackers, toilet paper, baby wipes, formula. Take pictures of your receipts and get real money via PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards. They would also send you $10 for just signing up.

3Sell anything you don’t need
If you’re pregnant and need money fast, sell anything you don’t need or love. You would be surprised what people will pay for. Declutter by selling your books, CD’s, phones, LEGOs and more. These are a list of possible buy & sell groups that you can find:
* Facebook Marketplace
* ThredUP- online thrift store where you can downsize your clothes and make money
* eBay
* Craigslist
* Amazon
* Etsy

4-Volunteering
Volunteer positions are an excellent way to get involved in your local community and gain experience from different organizations. There are
many benefits to doing unpaid volunteer work, this includes:
– Learning new skills in a different environment therefore expanding
your range
– You get to meet a wide variety of people which helps with networking
– If you do volunteer work well, you can secure references for future
employment regardless of where you apply
Suggestions on where to volunteer:
-Local food banks
– Health Centers
– Shelters
– Daycares
Visit this link to find volunteer positions in your area!
https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/2018-holiday-wish-list/

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Job Searching Tips Post- Pregnancy

What is Workplace Etiquette?

Workplace etiquette is a code that governs the expectations of an individual’s social behaviour in the workplace. The code is put in place to respect and protect time, people and processes. Work etiquette can include aspects such as body language, good behaviour,
communicating effectively with others or appropriate use of technology.

Tips to Maintain Workplace Etiquette:

-Be Polite! It is important that you are using your “please and thank you” manners. -Do not interrupt others while they are talking. Let them finish before you begin. If you do interrupt, apologize. -Refrain from checking your phone while at work. This can be seen as disrespectful and unprofessional. -Maintain your appearance to always look professional, regardless of the type of work being done.


Work Attire
This is the clothing that employers wear to work, depending on the workplace. An excellent tip is to see what your boss and other employers are wearing. The goal is to start your first day by giving a good impression.

  • Traditional Business Attire Consists of: Skirt suits or pantsuits with formal business blouses or tops, stockings, closed-toe and heel leather shoes, and appropriate business accessories including a briefcase, a leather folder for pads of paper, and a conservative pen. Women were encouraged to keep jewelry, makeup, and perfume subtle and elegant.
  • Smart casual business attire, just a step down from traditional, formal attire, consists of: Jacket or dressy sweater, dress pants or skirt, blouse, shirt, top or turtleneck, hose, dress shoes, and accessories as described in traditional business attire.
  • Business casual attire consists of: Nice pants or skirts, blouses, tops, sweaters, vests, occasionally an informal jacket, and attractive leather shoes and accessories
  • Casual business attire ​consists of: Casual pants, skirts, and jeans, blouses, tops, sweaters, vests, sweatshirts, casual shoes including sandals and athletic wear.

When going in for an interview, remember to bring the following items:

Cover Letter x2 (One for yourself and the employer)

Resume x2 (One for yourself and the employer)

Note Pad and Pen

Prepared questions to ask the employer

Written by York University Nursing Students,
Andrea and Julia