Being a Mom Entrepreneur If you choose to start your own traditional business, you’ll likely turn something you likely once did as a job into a service company from home. This might include bookkeeping, freelance editing, operating a mobile nail salon or pet sitting. My home-based business is writing for corporate clients, newspapers and magazines, which is a spin-off from the corporate communications jobs I held prior to having kids.
The fact is, cloth diapers do require more work than simply tossing a disposable into the trash, and they aren't the right choice for every family. But thanks to progress in modern tush-covering technology, they may make more sense for yours than you realize. Read our modern mom's primer for cloth diapering—you might just be inspired to give an old-fashioned choice a new look.
Bethany’s schedule may sound horrifying to any parent already not getting enough sleep, but her response shows the flexibility and self-awareness you need to balance this lifestyle. Recognizing that she won’t be productive at night and using it to motivate herself to get up early is a tremendous achievement. Plus, it must feel good to start the day with some items checked off her to-do list!
ClickWorker is an online platform where you can get paid for writing, translating, researching and collecting data. To get started create an account, fill out your profile, complete a qualification assessment, then bid on jobs. Payments are made by SEPA bank account transfers, and via PayPal once your account reaches $1.00, and your tax information has been completed. ClickWorker’s clients include Groupon, Tennis Point, Honda, PayPal among others.
I started out earning a side income with photography.  All I did was build up a portfolio taking pictures of models (usually good-looking friends and family members who modeled for me) and then I started a cheap website on Squarespace to list my photography services.  The phone didn’t ring often, but I got a few gigs each year ranging from $100 to $2,000 to shoot weddings, engagement photos, senior pictures, corporate events, etc.
As a growing number of parents seek work-from-home jobs, the market becomes more competitive. You have more chance of securing a great work-from-home job if you have the skills and experience to impress prospective employers. Make sure your résumé is up-to-date (check out these simple ways to refresh your résumé) and highlights the skills, experience and qualities necessary or desirable for the job you're applying for.  
When most women think about wanting to work from home, they envision finding a job similar to what they could do in an office, but simply working from home. Still on the company payroll, still with benefits. This might include jobs such as data entry for a medical office or insurance company or working as a call centre agent for a travel agency. However, the reality is that jobs like these are extremely rare, and are usually snapped up by traditional employees at the company offering them, or discovered through word of mouth.
This is probably my favorite benefit of staying at home. Since my husband has varying work hours, it’s really hard for him to be available for the kids during the day. My being home allows him to work the hours he needs to, which include some nights and weekends. You’re also available to run household errands, be home for repairmen or reduce your household expenses by calling your service providers to ask for lower rates.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are sort of in the same situation. We had great jobs, a house, two cars, and great credit scores before the recession came and wiped everything out. We are now living in a different state, renting and barely able to pay the rent, with one car. Even though I have a Doctorate in Education (and have reached my limit on school loans), I still cannot find a job. I have been working overtime trying to find a way to pay the bills while my husband struggles at a $10/hour job and hates it.

Consider a diaper service: For many families, the thought of rinsing poop into the toilet and then putting stained diapers into the family’s washing machine is too much to bear (though many do it with great panache, if with a pinched nose.) Furthermore, the thought of extra loads of laundry can push a stressed family over the edge.  Many cities have a diaper service that will pick up soiled diapers and return them–fresh and clean–straight to your doorstep, a savior for many working parents.  But is it affordable?  One mom recently told me that she had done a comparative analysis of the costs of water, energy, and laundry supplies they would use if they cleaned the diapers themselves, and – even without factoring in the labor – the diaper service was cost-effective for their family.  If you do decide to launder your diapers at home, most families reported doing laundry 1-2 times a week more than they otherwise would have and finding it manageable.
This would include a vehicle, maintenance, gasoline, car insurance, etc. To make it easier to calculate for this example, I am going to just use the $0.345 a mile that the government allowed as a mileage reimbursement at the time I was working. (Currently, this mileage reimbursement is over 50c a mile). I drove 5 miles everyday to drop the kids off at daycare, 6.5 miles from daycare to work, and back again, every day. This would be 23 miles a day, 20 days a month. Total 460 miles per month, or about $160.

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Akerson: Yes, absolutely! Work-from-home-moms are incredible – even if your target customers aren’t mothers. They know how to maximize their time, because they are moms, and know what a resource time is. Many are also willing to work for less than you would pay if hiring full-time, simply because they want the flexibility of still putting their family first. And you don’t have to pay for a full-time role if what you need is less than that. You also don’t have to worry about employees taking sick time to stay home and care for sick kiddos, as they’re already working from home. Work-from-home-moms are amazing.
So to recap – scams are plentiful but not hard to recognise; finding a legitimate work at home position for a company is hard to find but not impossible, and starting your own company or joining a direct sales company is simple but not easy and not guaranteed to be profitable either. In the end, there’s no easy answer to what opportunity will be right for you. Just be sure to take your time deciding and don’t jump into anything, especially if you’re handing over your credit card.  

GoGoKid hires home-based online English teachers to work with Chinese children. Home-based teachers earn $14 to $25 per hour. Scheduling is flexible. You set your own hours. These are independent contractor positions. From the company: "Gogokid creates a connection between children in China and the world by providing a global learning experience. Our … Read More 

It's one chunk of the day when you can generally expect to be able to plug away without interruption (at least not from your child). Whether your kid sleeps for one hour or three, use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration, says Erin O'Donnell, a mom of two and freelance writer and editor in Milwaukee, who often schedules work-related phone calls during her 20-month-old Jonas's naps. If for some reason he isn't tired, they have quiet time instead: O'Donnell puts him in his crib with books and closes the door. "I can usually get in 20 minutes of work before he grows restless," she says. If Jonas wakes up while she's on a work call and begins crying, O'Donnell has trained herself to resist hanging up and rushing right in to check on him. "It hurts a little bit to listen to him," she says. "But it won't kill me -- or him." Plus, she believes it's important for him to learn how to soothe himself. 

I totally agree! (In fact, that’s what I was going to write.) I love that using 100% cotton prefolds and a separate cover means NEVER STRIPPING DIAPERS! Snappis are a prefold’s best friend and the folds are easy after a short learning curve (even Daddy agreed). 1-layer covers meant I could easily wipe them out and toss them in with a towel load, then hang dry. Plus, washing the pieces separately means they last A LOT longer. 🙂
This didn’t surprise me at all. A full-time job is just that, full-time. Being a stay-at-home mom is also a full-time, around the clock job. Just because you have the option to do both things from the same place doesn’t magically help you create more hours in the day. I don’t know if I could handle always feeling like I’m failing on one side of things or the other.
Unfortunately, since most of were taught that "more money and more things" leads to "more happiness," and since we've all been given easy access to credit (allowing us have more things with less upfront money), the financial aspects of quitting work to stay at home must now be considered. Because regardless of how much happier you and the children might be if you could quit work to be a stay at home parent, that happiness can be easily offset by an onslaught of creditors pounding on your door -- all looking for repayment for all the happiness they fronted you in the past.
Akerson: A completely remote team comes with many benefits, the first of which is we can pull talent from anywhere in the country, and when jobs are posted, our pool of qualified applicants is always overflowing. Another benefit is that worktime is maximized – no commute means more productive working time. Employees LOVE the flexibility of scheduling their working hours around what works best for them and their family. We have a couple of weekly meetings, but otherwise employees are free to work whenever they want. This can mean late nights or early mornings for moms with very small children, but the benefit is truly work-life balance. The biggest benefit is that employees get to be part of a company whose mission they believe in, without worrying that they’re missing out on their children’s lives.

It's important to note that, while the numbers for stay-at-home moms do support Gallup's results, the difference in most of the percentages isn't a huge gap. For example, the number of stay-at-home moms who feel they're struggling is 42 percent, compared to 36 percent of working moms. And the number of stay-at-home moms who smiled or laughed a lot the previous day was 81 percent, compared to 86 percent of working moms. A majority of SAHMs, 50 percent to be exact, reported stress in their previous day and 26 percent reported sadness.


I totally agree! (In fact, that’s what I was going to write.) I love that using 100% cotton prefolds and a separate cover means NEVER STRIPPING DIAPERS! Snappis are a prefold’s best friend and the folds are easy after a short learning curve (even Daddy agreed). 1-layer covers meant I could easily wipe them out and toss them in with a towel load, then hang dry. Plus, washing the pieces separately means they last A LOT longer. 🙂
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Symbria provides programs, services, and tools to post-acute care providers, including skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, outpatient, and home health. They occasionally hire data entry clerks to input prescription information; search for the positions “Pharmacy Technician Specialist” or “Prescription Entry Clerk”. Symbria is an employee-owned company.
Compare the start up costs against what you could reasonably expect to earn. If the start up kit costs $150 but the consultant you’re signing up with admits you’ll actually have to invest another $1,500 to do well, do the math. If you earn 25% of total party sales, you’ll have to sell $6,600 just to break even on your investment. How many parties will that take? Will your kit need replenishing or supplementing? Are there sales minimums you have to meet even if you head out on long summer holidays, or your kids are sick for weeks on end? Who pays for the catalogues and order forms you’ll need again and again?

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Awesome Hannah! I really felt like 6 months was the magic number with both of mine too, where we started getting back into a routine. I was just thinking about this today, and I really feel like there’s room for any blogger who is willing to be brave and share their unique perspective and story. You’re the only you! So don’t be intimidated by how many others there are. If you do decide to start one, feel free to email me! I’d love to answer any questions you might have. Have you thought about doing something with your graphic design on Fiverr? Or perhaps contact bloggers, as they often need help making nice Pinnable images.
Great list Whitney! Another great option is Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) There are apps (like Profit Bandit) that will allow you to scan the barcodes of clearance items at local stores and know instantly if the item can be sold for a profit on Amazon. The beauty of FBA is you simply ship all of the items at once to Amazon and they handle picking, packing and shipping your items when they sell so you can get back to being a mom 🙂 I know three people that make a legitimate six-figure income doing this from home.
If you are like I was and only have high school, your job prospects will be limited, especially if working evenings and weekends are an issue. Even "some university" is really the same as "no university" when it comes to potential employers, trust me. I've been to enough interviews to realize this. If you have family or friends close by that can help out, make sure you find out specifically what they are willing to help you out with. Are they ok with watching your kids if you need to work weekends? Do you have 2 extra back-up sitters or help when they can't take care of them? What is the daycare situation like? Are your children happy there?
Adelaide, I can tell you right now that you are not incompetent! You used the word “well” and “too” correctly. As an employer, I can’t even count how many applications I’ve filed to the back because of poor grammar! (some of you might be thinking why is she on this site if she has her own business… I don’t want to be at my business, I want to be able to pick up my girls from school!) I market for an online store by referring shoppers, but I can’t replace my income yet. Maybe when my student loans are paid! I’m making that my goal!
Once you have your final list of expenses, subtract the money you'll save by staying home. That's right: Working creates its own costs – transportation, parking, clothing, dry cleaning, lunches, your daily coffee fix, and more. Don't forget the cost of picking up take-out food for dinner or buying prepackaged meals because you don't have time to cook.
Ultimately, he says, the goal of the calculator is to illustrate to families and policymakers alike what a huge impact childcare costs have on the American economy, since many moms now decide to stay home rather than fork over thousands for care. It stands to be an especially big loss for Millennials, a group where a greater percentage of women have degrees than men.

Hi Alexa, I just want to thank you sincerely for this article – it was such a breath of relief for me (in a BIG way)! I own a small business and am due soon and was hoping for a way to seek out an at-home supplemental income but was only landing on continual scams (and that’s from someone who considers themself a thorough researcher). Again, I cannot thank you enough for all the legitimate links and sources (finally!). I’ll certainly be sharing this article.


WAHM Cloth Diapers My journey from old fashioned to modern WAHM cloth diapers How I Became a Cloth Diaper WAHM. Hi, my name is Amy Sue Nogar and I'm the work at home mom (WAHM) behind Zany Zebra Designs. The Search for the Best Cloth Diapers. Overview; Ratings; Price vs. Value Chart; From eco-friendliness, to comfort for baby, and convenience for mom, there are many different factors to consider. all this into account when testing these 15 diaper systems to help sift through the products and find the one that will work best for you. Lazy Mom’s Guide to Cloth Diapering By Amalah. Cloth Diapers Dear Amy, How do Cloth Diapers Work? But! Fine. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty details: How do they work? Do you have to train them how to do this and do they accept it? I am not a stay at home mom, and love the idea of not disposable diapers, but am not sure how.
You’re getting out in the world, and if that means working with twenty year olds, fine – maybe your body will silently absorb their youth. And if you’re shy about it, work in another part of town. But remember this: we make the road by walking. This job is about starting. Start somewhere, start anywhere, and don’t worry about what anybody else thinks. Take a job, even if it’s one you might not have considered before you had kids. This job does not define you; it’s simply a stepping-stone to help you become another version of yourself, even if you’re not yet sure who that is.
I have my hand in almost every one of these categories. You know, of course that I blog here at AffordingMotherhood.com. I have a couple of books on Amazon: 76 Free Things to Do with Kids and Natural Birth Stories. I also have a shop on Etsy where I design purses and knitting needle cases that you can sew yourself. You may not know that my “real” job is working from home as an architect. I haven’t tried direct marketing or in-home childcare yet, but who knows?!
“What helps is a daycare center that is cloth friendly, a husband who is supportive and on board, routine, and a decent-sized stash so you’re not washing every day or every other day. I have a stash that is close to 40 diapers, and end up washing 2-3 times a week. When I’m paying attention, I’m a day ahead of the end of my stash, meaning I’m rarely stuffing diapers the morning they’re needed. I like to put together wet bags ahead of time as well.” – Jade C
Ah, do as I say, not as I do…as a Canadian with two American university degrees on my wall, I can only look back and say, what was I thinking? If only I had gone to the University of Toronto, especially on scholarship as they were offering, I would have graduated in the black rather than having to sign away a good portion of my life to loan repayment.
You already spend way too much time pinning on Pinterest and posting fabulous pics on Instagram. Now get paid for your social-media savvy! The social-media evaluator will need to improve the relevancy of the newsfeed for a leading global social-media client. You’ll need to commit to working one to four flexible hours a day, five days per week. For some projects, at least one day must be a weekend day. Doing outstanding work will make you eligible for additional social-media projects. To qualify, you’ll have to perform online daily social-media use (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), have strong communication skills and a high-speed Internet connection. 
"I'm the poster child for making it work," she says. "I was making a higher salary than my husband when I quit my job. We were living in the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area. And I had no experience at budgeting or cutting back: I was raised in an affluent family. We lived overseas and had five servants when I was growing up. If I can do it, anyone can."
I was feeling discouraged, as I would soon join the ranks of the working mother after my precious maternity leave would expire, and although the idea of staying at home with my child was enticing, it was simply not an option.  I was the one with the steady job and even more importantly, the one who carried health insurance, flexible spending accounts, and other much needed resources.  I have so much respect for these overworked, undervalued mothers and working from home one day a week has taught me to empathize with how much effort being a full-time mom while trying to accomplish other tasks truly is.  That being said, there had to be answer to this cloth diapering and working conundrum.
This would include a vehicle, maintenance, gasoline, car insurance, etc. To make it easier to calculate for this example, I am going to just use the $0.345 a mile that the government allowed as a mileage reimbursement at the time I was working. (Currently, this mileage reimbursement is over 50c a mile). I drove 5 miles everyday to drop the kids off at daycare, 6.5 miles from daycare to work, and back again, every day. This would be 23 miles a day, 20 days a month. Total 460 miles per month, or about $160.
For example, the calculator estimates that a 30-year-old woman who began working at age 22, who makes $100,000 and plans to take just five years off from work, could lose more than $1.2 million in income going forward, including $500,000 in lost wages, $424,561 in lost wage growth and $340,590 in lost retirement assets and benefits. Men typically lose more, Madowitz said, because their wages are often higher to begin with. But fewer men take time off to become full-time dads.
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As a front-end engineer, you’ll aid in the development of solutions that support consistent information architecture, taxonomies, visual standards, interaction patterns and use cases across multiple applications. In addition to reviewing designs and documenting front-end technical specifications, you’ll provide time estimates for the implementation of features/fixes. To land this full-time work-from-home job, you should have five-plus years of professional work experience as a user-interface developer of Rich Internet Applications, as well as experience coding rich, immersive interfaces using HTML5.
Nyla and Noelle – Run your own fashion empire from home. Clothing is the hottest new trend in social selling, and you can get in on the ground floor. We are a boutique clothing and jewelry direct sales company. Our fun and fashionable clothing is offered only through our Curators who sell socially from in-home parties, local events, and online through social media. Our Curators purchase a POP box of inventory to get started. After receiving their POP box our Curators choose every style and color of clothing they receive from our always rotating selections. We offer many truly boutique styles from BOHO chic, western chic, casual basics, dressy clothes, and high-end boutique items. We offer sizes S-3XL. Our Curators enjoy a generous profit margin. 
Note that my expertise is in creating online calculators, not necessarily in all of the subject areas they cover. While I do research each calculator's subject prior to creating and upgrading them, because I don't work in those fields on a regular basis, I eventually forget what I learned during my research. So if you have a question about the calculator's subject, please seek out the help of someone who is an expert in the subject.
But the truth is that we are also different, and we like to keep it that way. It’s not just that we drink Tim Horton’s rather than Starbucks (although we do), or that curling is our favorite Olympic sport. It goes deeper than that. Life for mothers and families really is easier in Canada in a number of ways. As a Canadian mother of three young children, I’d like to share my top nine:
Before going after that remote job, you need to be honest with yourself about your schedule and your energy bank. You’re schedule will of course be dictated by your baby’s feeding schedule, doctor’s appointments, naptimes, your partner’s schedule, and other factors. Understanding your personal schedule will let you know what hours you might have available for a job, and whether those hours are late night, early morning, or midafternoon.

Do you REALLY want to be a stay at home mom (SAHM), but don’t know if you can live on one income? I was in the same position a few years ago after the daycare I started six months earlier failed. At the time, my five-year-old was about to start Kindergarten and my youngest was two-and-a-half. The thought of finding another job that would only earn enough to cover the cost of daycare was depressing.


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Interesting article with good advice, I have looked at many on-line and work form home options over the years too and as you say most of them are a hard slog with very little at the end of them. Yet there are ways to make money on-line and I have done but as you say it takes experience and a lot of gumption to make any reasonable amount. Selling products is the way to go though I think too, source something and open an Ebay store and others. This is my next route over the coming months and when you can combine that with lots of SEO articles about your products too in various sources hopefully it might all work together. Voted up.
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Think it through carefully. No matter where you’re standing, the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes it sounds like a fantasy to me to work in an office outside of my home and to be able to take lunch breaks that are for me, have a few minutes to myself in the car each day, etc. Sometimes I wonder if my son wouldn’t do better in a daycare setting for the social and developmental aspects. It is easy to get distracted working from home. If you are not a highly organized and self-motivated person, working from home, especially with young children, may not be for you. If it is right for you and your family, set your priorities early on and reflect on them frequently. – Ashleigh
This group is for those looking for work at home jobs or work at home businesses. We have information on how to avoid work at home scams and how to find the right work at home opportunity for you! This group is here to help Moms find their perfect work at home opportunity! Please read the post below entitled "Welcome to the WAHM Community! READ THIS POST FIRST" so you know what is allowed in this community if you have your own business and if you are looking some key things to look over. Welcome and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
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