I was surprised no one mentioned Zeal for Life! They are one of the fastest growing businesses in the wellness industry. Zurvita was even featured in Success from Home magazine in April of this year and I am proud to say I work for a Christian company. I love the freedom I have with being a Zeal for Life consultant, but best of all…I love how much my life has changed since using the wellness product! It’s an all in one nutritional drink PACKED with super foods, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants…and it’s all natural! Contact me if you are ready to change your life too! My leader just made $1400 in her first 30 days!
I work with an amazing company that has an awesome nutritional product! Not many know about it, making this a ground floor, rocking opportunity! This product supports health and wellness! There are studies backing it and personal testimonies that are amazing! Everything from sleeping better, more energy, allergies, skin, eyes, stronger, bones, arthritis, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, just to name a few, all improved just by supplementing with this product! As a customer you can earn free product just by sharing with others and as a business owner you can earn free product plus a shiny new BMW! Talk to me!
We make and sell natural products, including magnesium lotion, herbal salves, lotion bars, herbal bath salts and we’ll soon be adding spice mixes and teas! Justyn at Real Traditions and Creative Christian Mama (A note from Shannon: The magnesium lotion is the first “natural deodorant” I’ve used that actually works! Plus, it helps me (and my kids) fall asleep when we’re having a restless night. It rocks!)
Swagbucks is an online platform where you can earn points called SB, which can be redeemed for gift cards and coupons. You can easily earn SB points by watching videos, playing games, answering questions, shopping online, and even surfing the web using their toolbar. Refer your friends, and you’ll earn even more SB points. Your SB points can be traded in for gift cards from Amazon, Target, Starbucks, PayPal, and Walmart.
This blew my mind. I think I texted my cousin that same question on three different occasions because I just couldn’t understand how leaving the lid off our diaper pail could help – shouldn’t we be clamping that thing shut with metal clips?! But she was right! I have found that allowing each diaper to air dry decreases the stench (and if you keep the pail in the bathroom like us then that’s another step to make sure you decrease the odds of any unpleasant stank wafting your way).

I decided that after already dealing with three months of runny, mustard-colored EBF stains (exclusively breast fed... another abbreviation you pick up quickly from blogs), figuring out which materials would prevent my heavy-wetter from leaking and getting a rash, and especially after my $500.00 initial cloth diapering investment, I was going to make this work!  Cloth diapering while working is much like continuing to breast feed while working - they both involve an adjustment period during this learning curve, but are not impossible once you cut yourself a little slack and find your groove.


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?
Pew researchers speculate that the downturn in the US economy—causing fewer employment opportunities and jobs with lower wages—as well as changes in cultural norms are behind the increase in SAHMs. Media hype claiming there’s an entire opt-out generation of moms choosing to leave high paying careers is just that—hype. The percentage of affluent SAHMs (with annual household incomes nearing $132,000) is actually quite small.

There are many different ways to stuff pockets. Most come with 1-2 microfiber inserts, and these may work just fine for you. One small microfiber insert is usually all that a newborn needs. As babies grow and some become heavy wetters, you may want to add a different type of insert that is more absorbant. You can choose from charcoal, hemp, Zorb, and bamboo. I have heavy wetters, and I opt for stuffing my pockets with two inserts: a microfiber on top closest to the inner and closest to the baby to absorb the wetness, then a hemp insert under that closest to the PUL to help lock in wetness. This also keeps diapers trim since hemp is often thinner yet denser than microfiber. See pic 3 for examples of types of inserts (also called soakers and boosters). See pics 4-6 for adding a booster and stuffing a pocket.


You will notice in the picture that my top drawer has stuffed pockets on the left for my toddler, and a condensed assembly line for prefolds and covers for my newborn (these fit her better right now as opposed to pockets) on the right. Under that drawer, I have a bin of fitteds and a bin of larger prefolds. Next to the table, I have my coconut oil, diaper creams, wipes, wetbags, and various liners (bioliners and microfleece liners). You will find a system that works best for you.


Our daytime streets may be completely empty of children over the age of three, and four- and five-year-olds are basically “going to work” each day and returning with the grown-ups, but those are their problems. No one can deny that working moms and dads are happier because the burden of childcare has been entirely lifted from their shoulders. They can now rest easy knowing that their children are safely tucked under the wings of certified teachers in bona fide school buildings, with all the resources and assurances of the provincial educational system.
Do you have a flair for fashion? Do your friends always compliment you on your amazing sense of style? If so, becoming an online stylist could be your calling. Many upscale fashion subscription boxes are offering the services of a personal stylist to help them create individualized and professionally curated boxes. Use your skills for profit and help others improve their wardrobe at the same time.
If you ever dreamed of opening a retail store, that doesn't have to be put on hold because you're a stay-at-mom. The Internet has made it possible to sell products from any location, including your house. The United States Postal Service even offers Carrier Pickup services that will pick your packages at your house making it simple to run a retail business from home. Your children can even help out with the work from home business by packing orders and getting them ready to mail.
Parents choose to swaddle their little ones in cloth rather than disposable diapers for many reasons: most would like to raise their children with the least environmental impact possible; many worry about rashes or other conditions caused by the chemicals and fragrances in disposable diapers; others have done cost-effectiveness calculations and found that cloth diapers may be more economical for their family; and many are hoping that, yes, cloth diapers would lead to earlier potty training.
I opted to go with pocket-style diapers. (There are 243,793,450,138 different styles and options and I won’t lie, I got so confused by all the lingo on the cloth diapering sites that I gave up and emailed bloggers who use cloth for recommendations.) Pocket-style cloth diapers really resemble disposables — there’s a cute outer shell/pant thing that you stuff uber-absorbent inserts into. They fasten with snaps or velcro or snaps AND velcro and are crazy adjustable — you’ll notice the weight limits tend to run from 15 to 35 pounds or so. (To give you an idea of that range: Ezra weighed 15 pounds by four months, while Noah currently weighs around 33 pounds at three-and-a-half. So they wear the same size. Glorious.) (Noah, despite being on the high end of the weight range, is so skinny that he still isn’t on the loosest snap setting on a medium Fuzzi Bunz, that technically says it’s for 15-30 pounds.)
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.

I quickly discovered that being a full-time cloth diaperer and being a full-time employee didn't really conflict at all like the predecessors before me had ominously warned; the process just taught me better time-mangement skills.  I still had to do a load of CD-only laundry once every three days or so, and with the assistance of pail liners and the wet bags I sent with my daughter to daycare, it wasn't like I had piles of dirty diapers stinking up my house or diaper bag.  On the days it was time to do laundry, my schedule wasn't altered much.  I'd just throw everything into the washer with a scoop of Tiny Bubbles as soon as I'd get home from work, run the laundry, make dinner, and spend some quality time with the family before my daughter's bedtime.  Then, as my husband would begin getting my daughter ready for bed, I'd quickly throw the wet diapers in the dryer, hang the diaper shells and covers on the clothesline my hubby installed in our laundry closet, and be ready in time for a few stories and our nightly nursing session.  Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that continuing to breast feed is also manageable for the full-time working mother?  That's another story I suppose.
One of the things you often hear from people who work-at-home full-time is the difficulty in finding balance. When your home becomes your office, you no longer have a clear line of separation so you never feel like you can truly shut your work down. From talking to these work-at-home, stay-at-home moms, I can only gather that this situation gets even harder when you add childcare, a third type of work, to your balancing act.
But handouts often come with a catch, right? So if your employer is offering top-ups, make sure to double-check their good intentions. Some employers offer top-ups with the condition that you must return to work after your maternity leave, or else be required to pay back the supplement. As a mom who chose to stay home after maternity leave, that condition could have placed me in a real bind — thankfully my employer had no such requirement.

Some parents get the 55% figure “topped up” by employers who contribute their own funds, so that parents receive a higher percentage of their regular income. At my last nonprofit, my employer topped up my mat leave compensation to 83% of my regular wage for the first six months (the next six months was back to 55%). According to Canadian Business magazine, top-ups are currently available to about one in five parents who work in the private sector (usually for big firms), and about one in two public sector employees (probably permanent versus term employees).
Couples, though, sometimes have more choices when one spouse has a much higher paying job or more work flexibility, or if they've previously lived indulgent lifestyles that can be easily pared back to accommodate newer and tighter budgets. Some "parental care is best" advocates claim almost any couple can afford to live on one income, because child care and other expenses associated with work often wipe out the second income. This 1950s family vision is enticing, but before buying in, closely examine the full financial and lifestyle implications of your choices, and make sure to consider all of the relevant factors. (To find out more about family financial planning, see Kids Or Cash: The Modern Marriage Dilemma and Close The Bank Of Mom And Dad.)
Third, I needed support. We all need support! And sometimes that support means my (awesome) hubby sprays the diapers while I’m still putting the baby to bed. Or sometimes it means he knows I’m doing diaper laundry that night, so he’ll dump in most of the diapers and fill the prewash but leave it open so I can just throw in the poopy diapers after I spray them. Sometimes support comes in the form of older siblings helping you stuff diapers or having a mom or mother in law who loves you enough to put diapers away when they come to babysit for the evening. Having the support of your family, whether immediate or extended, is important for any big parenting decision- cloth included. 

Even the few websites that are truly legitimate and do in fact pay you cold, hard cash for surveys (which I have yet to find), consumer reviews, mystery shopping, or how-to articles, the pay is so minuscule that you would need to be on your computer 24 hours a day just to make enough to buy a cup of coffee at the end of the month. Considering most places state you must have accumulated a minimum of $100 in pay before they release your funds, you may be waiting for a very long time. Some will advertise that they pay $1.50 per review but when you scroll through the fine print, it turns out they pay thirty cents or less.
Working from home means literally doing my work in my home. There’s no physical separation between my personal and professional life, no clearly set times when I’m “on” and “off” one or the other. I love being able to make my own schedule, but that flexibility is also my downfall. If I’m not strictly disciplined with my time, which is not exactly my strong suit, it’s too easy to blur the lines between work and home. I tend to work in spurts here and there throughout the day and evening, which makes it feel like I’m working all day, even though I only work part-time hours.
This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a long time! In a way it’s a follow up to my post on How to Afford to Be a Stay at Home Mom article. And in a way it is at the crux of everything I write about here at Affording Motherhood. In that article, I noted how the average mother only needs to make up $700 per month in order to afford to be a stay at home mom, after taking out all the costs of going to work.
This one can be very tricky. If you are a single parent and have decided to receive social assistance, they do not allow you to collect assistance if you choose to go to school and take out ANY kind of student loan, part-time or full-time to cover the cost of your schooling. If you had some money in savings, social assistance used to force you live on that until you had no savings left, I'm not sure if they still maintain that policy.
When I was pregnant with my first baby, the company I was working for went bankrupt. Having no job was seriously stressful. Bills were piling up. I was searching everywhere for a remote job that would allow me to work beyond my pregnancy so that I could work while enjoying my new baby. The online jobs either did not respond or offered minimal money, yet I kept reading online articles that made it sound easy to find a remote bookkeeping job or to start your own bookkeeping business. But where could I find clients? How could I start with such a short time frame?

"The idea of having her commute to our home office to do customer service didn't make sense," Akerson said. "It was sort of accidental that we hired a parent. It was a blessing to both of us that it was part-time though. Since the company was just starting out, we didn’t have the revenue to justify much in payroll yet, and as a mother of three, she did not want full-time work."


VIPKID recruits North American teachers to provide 1-on-1 online English lessons to students in China. Our mission is to provide Chinese students with the North American elementary education experience from the comfort of their homes. We do this through a unique curriculum that combines EFL teaching best practices with the U.S. Common Core State Standards – fostering creativity, critical thinking, and curiosity for our hundreds of thousands of learners.
Snappi: This takes the place of the old pin and secures a flat or prefold on a baby. Not necessary if you use a pocket diaper, All in One, All in 2, or fitted. Also not necessary if you are just going to trifold a flat or prefold like a pad and use a cover. In other words, this is only needed if you are going to cloth diaper in the traditional way.
When a new baby arrives, young couples face a decision. If both parents work, who should stay home with the child? The mother? The person with the smallest salary? Or should both parents continue to work? Often this decision is about more than money — personal values may determine the best course of action. But sometimes both parents continue to work because they believe they need the income.

Take, for example, a 28-year-old, college educated woman who makes $48,500—the median annual salary for college-educated Americans between the ages of 25 and 34—who plans to leave the traditional workforce for five years. If you do the quick math, her decision to become a full-time unpaid care giver might appear to make sense: She’ll leave roughly $240,000 on the table in the form of her lost wages over five years, but she won’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars a year on child care.
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
I currently use flat-fold diapers (half of my stash are $1 flour sack towels from Wal-Mart, the other half are OsoCozy flat birdseye diapers), which I fold into a rectangle and lay in the diaper cover. I’ve found that I need two flat-folds per diaper after a few months, so I hold two diapers together and fold them as one to reduce bulk. Also, I formerly used Thirsties Duo Covers and Econobum covers, but find that the covers from Assuntastore.com are actually better quality and only about $5 a piece (so I can afford to buy more covers and not have to rinse/reuse the covers). They do come in two sizes, but that’s no different than Thirsties (which they’re virtually identical to in style). Plus, the proceeds support their ministry to Chinese orphans, so I’m happy to support them! This is the cheapest method I’ve come up, and I love that it’s simple and easy to adjust — much less complicated than my former assortment of homemade fitted, liners, pockets, etc. Also, flat-folds are the easiest to launder; they’re essentially one layer of fabric, so they’re not as sensitive to creams (and they don’t smell!). I usually machine dry them, but they dry quickly on the line, too.

Donny was 100% against it from the second it came out of my mouth. Quite honestly I felt he didn’t get much of a say because the man had never changed a diaper in his whole life! It wasn’t until we had gotten into the routine of diaper laundry and he realized they are WAY less complicated than his (and my) preconceived notions that he came around. Now, seven months into our cloth diaper journey, we both love it!
There are different programs, depending on your interests. The one I am most familiar with is Bradley, and they have training across the country every year. The training does cost, but it is a wonderful program. I went through Bradley classes with my husband when we were pregnant with our first and it was just the best experience for both of us. You can find more about training here.

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.
That is so wonderful TaMarra. Congratulations! As a mom of young kids, I would love to learn about how to disciple my kids from an experienced mom. I would recommend checking out Kindle Direct Publishing or Create Space. Both are through Amazon and allow you to list your book directly on Amazon either in print or for Kindle. That’s a great place to start. Also, starting a blog is a great way to connect with potential readers that might be interested in your book.
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. 
So how realistic is this?? I really want honest answers...I'm FTM due in October. I just bought a set from local resale. I got 9 bumgenius, 6 Charlie banana, 3 fuzzibunz, and 40 plus different inserts and folds for $150. We are planning to start with disposables for 1st few weeks and transition. I have 12 weeks maternity leave and will go back to work 32 hours per week.
That's why it's important for moms to find the right balance in their marriage and daily lives. There's nothing wrong with making the most of your family time, including creating gadget-free zones and making sure your kids can't accuse you of being distracted. But you also need to take care of your own emotional well-being and let your children spend some time away from you. Whether it's a date night with your spouse or scheduling one night off so you can have some alone time, you're not going to damage your child because you didn't spend 24/7/365 with her.
Okay, so the title is somewhat misleading.  Whether you work full-time at or away from home, as a mother, you discover you really can't have or do it all, but that is not to say that we can't try, right?  When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to cloth diaper.  In trying to find support with my family and friends (who all looked at me like I was crazy by the way!), I eventually turned to the internet as my main informational resource.  I couldn't believe how many great sources of information there were out there, and I didn't realize what a come back cloth diapering had made either.  I quickly found a supportive, online community via amazing blogs such as this one, discussion forums, websites, social networking sites, and so on.  Before my daughter was even born, I had undertaken a plethora of knowledge on cloth diapering including terms such as AIO/AI2, fitteds, diaper covers, stripping, sunning, Zorb, wet bags, diaper sprayers, wet/dry pails, the pros and cons of synthetic versus natural fibers, cloth diaper safe ointments/detergents, the no-no's of fabric softeners, etc., etc.
I’m a former lawyer turned entrepreneur with Rodan+Fields (makers of ProActiv, the acne system). After welcoming my twin girls, I decided traveling, long hours, and dial-ins were no longer for me. I wanted to work from home on a part-time basis and Rodan+Fields has allowed me to do that. If you’re interested in earning a solid part-time income on your own terms, I’d love to talk to you!
Many Etsy sellers list their items and rarely get any sales.  If that happens, it’s probably because you haven’t done a very good job getting the word out.  One of the easiest ways to do that is to simply make a few free samples of your items and mail them to bloggers who write about the type of thing you make.  They can keep the item for free if they’ll write about it in a blog post.  If you get a few blogs to mention you who have traffic, you could make tons of sales!
It's important to line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. How many hours do you hope to work that day? When will you return calls? What can you accomplish while your son or daughter is coloring in the next room? You'll get more done if you work smarter, not harder, says Christine Durst, a mom of two in Woodstock, Connecticut, and cofounder of ratracerebellion.com, a site that helps people find work-at-home jobs. That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you are your own boss. If your son or daughter is fussing during your office hours and it's a beautiful day, it's okay to push assignments aside and go to the park. You can catch up on work later when your cutie has settled down.
Swagbucks is for SAHMs that love to shop. In fact, it’s one of the most fun jobs for stay at home moms. Members earn points for every item purchased on over 1500 online shopping platforms, including Amazon. Rather than spending money, you can also earn points for taking surveys, watching videos, trying out various services, searching the Internet, and playing games. There’s even a mobile app so you can keep earning during your next parent-teacher conference.
Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, who has fashioned herself a champion of women and children, has laid out a plan to create universal preschool for all children, in addition to affordable child care options, through federal subsidies, tax rebates, and the existing Early Head Start programs. Tax breaks for young families, including the Child Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit, all of which give back thousands of dollars to families with children, are important, she says, but emphasizes that state and federal government must do more.
Great Post! I like the tip on creating a direct sales business. I stated my online fitness business in April 2016 and have averaged $500 a month. The pace has been increasing and mine and my husbands goal is to quit our jobs in Aug. of 2017 to take this business full time. It is possible to make money online you just have to believe in yourself! You can do it!
When we found out we were expecting our fifth child, Zach, I wanted to buy some new diapers for our new baby but the company where I'd always gotten our contour diapers didn't carry them anymore! I turned to Ebay and found a dozen here and half dozen there but not as many as I wanted, and they were all used. As I was searching the internet I came across the most wonderful thing - modern cloth diapers. For me it was like the moment in the Wizard of Oz when everything turns from black and white to Technicolor. There were all in one diapers, fitted diapers, diapers with front snaps, diapers with side snaps, more styles of cloth diapers than I could imagine and in the cutest colors and prints! I spent a whole month feverishly learning everything I could about today's cloth diapering options. I ate, breathed and dreamed about cloth diapers - I was obsessed, and my husband thought I was crazy!

I’m mom to three 5-and-under kiddos and I wear a number of hats. I try hard to blog (my site mariposablvd.com needs a revival) and I’ve tried to keep up an Etsy shop. Right now I’m enjoying working as an educational consultant with Usborne Books doing book parties, school book fairs and fundraisers. It’s an awesome company and I’m learning a lot about business and goal-setting and it’s very fulfilling. It’s right for me at this point to have some structure because trying to create that for myself was a huge challenge that I just couldn’t focus on. I’m also a big green living advocate and I just signed up with Poofy Organics because I want to be able to offer the choice of products I am comfortable recommending.  I love hearing about how all of you wonderful mamas are making things work! It’s not easy! Sarah Cody at For the Love of Usborne Books

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?
When my first son was born, I was able to split my days, working three days in the office and two days at home. When I got pregnant with my second, my family and I relocated across the country–and Edgenuity let me stay on full-time remote. It’s been an awesome opportunity and really helped with the transition for us. It’s tough working full-time–sometimes tougher when you’re totally remote–and having a toddler, but totally worth it. Cutting out all the costs and frustrations of a daily commute [which was 3 hours a day minimum living in NYC] and gaining back that time with my family has been priceless.
You really need to look at the entire financial picture when considering staying at home. There were times when I worked part-time outside the home that I was putting gas and groceries on my credit card because I simply didn’t have enough money in my checking account to get me through till payday. I can tell you first-hand how awful that feeling is. I cried more often about not having enough money while I was working than after I started staying at home with my kids.
I started a business with four other moms and our teenage daughters – in order to teach them about business, marketing, fiscal responsibilities and in order to empower them with the confidence that they could help contribute tuition money for college. Christian Bling (www.ctbling.com) is now in 27 states with 150 Consultants after just a couple years. Our consultants sell hand-crafted faith-based jewelry made in Atlanta by struggling moms. The method is called social selling, and it combines home shows, social media, events, exhibitions, blogging, Business-to-business, fundraisers and networking. Christian Bling is retiring nurses, teachers and hairdressers (to name a few). Minimal start up cost is $199 for 7 pieces of jewelry (retail $600+). Visit our website to feel inspired to start your own jewelry with Christian Bling!
If you can type well and have basic computer skills, you may enjoy being a work from home transcriptionist. Transcribe Me is an online company that offers moms a chance to make money transcribing audio files. These files are generally short in length and are required to be converted into text by typing out what is being said on them.  For other work from home transcription opportunities, check out this post.
I planned my Stay-at-Home while I was working my 40hr+/wk Sales Job over 8 yrs ago. I found something dear to my heart, HERBS, and made a business out of it! I now help heal children’s eczema, and provide Organic, healthy alternatives to the mainstream bath & beauty products for the whole family!! Lots of hard work, networking, and persistence has built my business to what it is today! – Melissa Carr at Honeybee Holistics 

I was wanting to get my Photography off the ground but am worried that it is a useless effort. I guess I just needed an outsiders help/viewpoint… Does anyone have tips to get over this? I don’t exactly know what I am looking for as an answer, so anything would be perfect… I don’t want to work too closely with people because I feel like I just make a mess of that and say the wrong thing often. I think Data entry would be good? I just need help and I don’t know where to look/ask. 

I would like to chime in with the others who have pointed out that the decision to stay-at- home isn’t just about dollars and cents. Yes, it might cost more to pay for childcare and other work-related expenses than one takes in, but staying home is NOT just a financial decision. Women (and it is usually women who stay at home) get satisfaction, stimulation, a sense of self worth, and a sense of accomplishment from working outside of the home, things that are often in short supply when staying home year after year with small children. Staying at home works for some, but many women I know need something else to feel happy and complete, and work is often that something else. I doubt this calculator takes into account these more elusive and less concrete “costs” of staying at home vs. working.
Heritage Reporting Corporation is seeking home-based legal transcriptionists in the U.S. Both full and part-time home-based positions are available. You must have your high school diploma or its equivalent. From the company: "Heritage Reporting Corporation, a privately owned nationwide court reporting and transcription firm based in Washington DC, has … Read More
According to the Center for American Progress (CAP), the average annual cost to have two children in a child care center is nearly $18,000. Where I live in Los Angeles, that number can easily double. And the costs keep rising at a rate of insanity—child care expenses have jumped almost twice as fast as inflation since 2009, according to data from the Department of Labor. When weighing the costs alongside with one’s wages, some families conclude that having one parent leave the workforce to stay home with the kids makes plain financial sense.
Women in Canada are a vulnerable group, and not to mention the highest group on the poverty list (especially single mothers). This is a false representation. Women all over Canada struggle with parenthood. There are so many variables you have left unaccounted for. Inadequate/unaffordable childcare, the small amount the government gives is not enough to live on for many mothers, 55% will not always pay the bills, top-up’s are a luxury that not many people receive.. I could keep going.
You can start by going to your personal Facebook page and posting about the teething ring you like and telling your friends about it.  Then include your Amazon Associates link to the product.  If one of your friends buys the teething ring after clicking on your link, you get a percentage of the sale.  Your friend doesn’t pay any extra, and you make money.  Win-Win.  Oh, and if your friend clicks your link to the baby teething ring and gets distracted and ends up buying a new vacuum–you still get your commission even though that’s not what you linked to!  Awesome!

Good news for stay-at-home moms knee-deep in diapers and temper tantrums. Two studies state you being home with your children during those early stages is better for your kids than them being in childcare full-time. The studies from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute of Child Development of the University of Minnesota found that children who spend a large amount of their day in daycare experienced higher stress levels and aggression as opposed to those who stayed home. Follow-up research seven years after the original study confirmed those findings still held true.

I rarely saw posts about cloth diapering mommas who worked outside the home.  Upon this revelation, I began actively seeking out information on full-time working mothers who CD'd, and was discouraged at the themes that kept popping up. The comment from these gals I unfortunately came across time and time again was, if you are not a full-time mother or work-from-home-mom, you cannot cloth diaper for an extended amount of time.  I'd see posts like, "I tried, but it's just not possible", "Too much laundry, not enough time", "I gave it a shot, but seriously ladies, it's not worth the effort I put into it for as long as I did", or even, "Cloth diapering and working outside the home are like the combination of oil and water - they just don't mix".  Really?  So I shouldn't even give it a try?
I am a 36 year old single mom of a 5 year old son I have custody of and 2 daughters who are 13 and 11 that I get most weekends. I live with and care for my disabled mother in a wheelchair, and have since 2011, since I care for her and my son it’s very hard to get a job outside the home. My income is very limited and I have got scammed a lot of times on the WAH jobs that charge you a fee and don’t really work. If anyone can give me info on REAL and legitimate home jobs that do not charge a fee please email me info and help me out. cindy0579@yahoo.com
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, approximately 21% of employees work from home on an average day. I’m sure a significant proportion of these people are mothers who are taking care of their children simultaneously. It can be hard to juggle so many responsibilities, but the key to making it work is finding a job with the perfect fit – one that has built-in flexibility, reasonable compensation and engages all of your greatest strengths.
Woolies: These can be diaper covers, pants (longies), shorts (shorties), or skirts (skirties). They are made of 100% wool and must be lanolized and washed separately from your other cloth. The benefit is that it is an all natural fiber whereas PUL is not, and some babies are allergic to PUL. The other benefit is that it is breathable allowing air to pass through, which helps cut down on diaper rashes when wetness is locked in. The downfall is that some moms find the lanolizing process time consuming.

These are two at-home gigs you can work in your spare time even when you’re completely fried (though some will have weekly or monthly minimums). The pay isn’t the best you can do with an at-home gig, but it’s income. Search evaluators will look at search results and rank them for quality and relevancy, and you can look for these gigs at Lionbridge, Appen, and Leapforce.


Direct Marketing Home-Based Businesses (aka Home Parties) For every mom who makes big bucks selling products like Tupperware, Mary Kay, there are many, many more who sell to a few friends and family members and no one else. It’s relatively easy to host the first few parties when your friends want to support your new venture, but more difficult to convince strangers to host parties and buy the products you’re hawking. You’ll need to get comfortable with sales techniques, hosting home parties, and lose all inhibitions about making cold calls or approaching strangers.

Couples, though, sometimes have more choices when one spouse has a much higher paying job or more work flexibility, or if they've previously lived indulgent lifestyles that can be easily pared back to accommodate newer and tighter budgets. Some "parental care is best" advocates claim almost any couple can afford to live on one income, because child care and other expenses associated with work often wipe out the second income. This 1950s family vision is enticing, but before buying in, closely examine the full financial and lifestyle implications of your choices, and make sure to consider all of the relevant factors. (To find out more about family financial planning, see Kids Or Cash: The Modern Marriage Dilemma and Close The Bank Of Mom And Dad.)

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.
You don’t just want any ol’ customer-service job. No, you want to be a smashing success. In this fast-paced position, you’ll be the point of contact to answer merchant questions. You should be able to determine the best plan and proactively identify growth opportunities that will help the merchant’s business skyrocket. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial flair, two-plus years of customer-service experience, and an inquiring mind to find solutions for specific issues.
Traveling Vineyard – Pop open opportunity and get ready to change your life one cork at a time. The only real requirement of this job: being awesome. It helps if you like wine, too. Other than that, the rest is easy peasy. Maybe you’re looking for a little extra spending money. Or maybe you just need a reason to get out of the house. Your reason for becoming a rock star Wine Guide is up to you. But the opportunity is all yours—all $30 billion of it. You ready? Let’s rock this dream.
Wow this is a well-done list! And I see all the time you put into it has paid off considering it has been shared over 50,000 times! Congrats to you! I personally like the virtual assistant idea. I have not done it, but I love the idea of it and I think it can be a great way for decent income if you find the right company. Just takes some time and effort to apply to some places if you want to make significant income. I was doing research on VA jobs and it looked like there are multiple companies available to get with. It kind of looked like the higher paying companies wanted a bit of experience though. Anyway, great article thanks!
Working Solutions hires independent contractor home-agents to provide sales, technical support and customer service. Home agents can put their experience to work and enjoy the freedom of working when they want, where they want. They select highly educated, experienced professionals with product knowledge, certifications and industry experience to match our clients’ business needs. They never charge any fees. Home-agents earn anywhere from $8.00 -$20.00 per hour, depending on the program.
Daycare and other larger scale childcare services can get expensive. To figure out your earning potential, shop around to find out what daycare centers are charging in your area. Coming in a bit under their prices might help make it more affordable for friends and family who need childcare, while still providing an excellent source of supplemental income for you.
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 work at home as an Operator Services contractor. Many people are scared of some of these jobs because they appear to be “too good to be true” and because you do have to pay for your background check up front. Some of them might be, however I have worked for http://www.LiveOps.com for 3 years now, and it has been great. My neighbor worked for them for 9 years. I choose my own hours, with shifts as short as 30 minutes. I have worked my way up to a specialty line, which I enjoy more that the “starter” line all agents start on. There are pros and cons, as with any job, but the pay is good (I average $15/hour) and I love the incredible flexibility. Agents are needed 24 hours per day, so you have lots of options. It is not available in every state though, So check the web site for more info.
Not only that, but – I am never ALONE as a stay at home mom (let’s face it, hours and hours with only babies to talk to can feel lonely after a while. The babies are great company, but the conversion is not exactly  – I have stay at home mom blogger FRIENDS. Women I talk to everyday online; we support and encourage each other and learn blogging things together.
Learning doesn’t only happen in a traditional classroom setting. Education is one of the most popular work-from-home jobs out there, allowing teachers and educators alike the opportunity to school students from anywhere in the country—and frankly, the world. For this full-time remote job, you’ll work one on one with students virtually offering math tutoring in geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, AP statistics, and so on via iPad and iPhone applications. You’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree and a current teaching license to apply for this position. 
Then I got laid off and suddenly I couldn't find another job and I knew that I had to make rent and get food, but I was no longer eligible for social assistance (long story- involves student loans). I had NO safety net if I wasn't able to find work. My back was against the wall and after much praying, my sister showed me how to sell things on Ebay. I was skeptical, but my mother's stuff she left behind was a bit of a gold mine.
Thank you all for the encouragement! Seeing that there really are a lot of working moms that do it too is comforting. It seems in the area I live most CD moms are SAHMs. But I'm hoping 12 weeks of maternity leave will help me get into a good routine. We are fortunate to have grandmother watching her so 3 days of the week so I may allow disposables for her but do cloth for the other 4 days when she's with myself or hubby. And I'm also fortunate to have a husband who is on board so I'm sure that helps tremendously!!
Maybe you just want to get out of the house for a few hours to make some spending money, or get a discount at a store you shop at often. If that's the case, a part-time job in retail could be great for you. The pay isn't necessarily amazing and the job might not be particularly satisfying, but the flexibility and the you time you get could be exactly what you need.
That's why it's important for moms to find the right balance in their marriage and daily lives. There's nothing wrong with making the most of your family time, including creating gadget-free zones and making sure your kids can't accuse you of being distracted. But you also need to take care of your own emotional well-being and let your children spend some time away from you. Whether it's a date night with your spouse or scheduling one night off so you can have some alone time, you're not going to damage your child because you didn't spend 24/7/365 with her.
Writing eBooks is an excellent strategy for people who are skilled writers and feel like they could do enough research to learn what is necessary to write a book on some topic.  I wrote my first eBook about photography.  I wasn’t a pro, but I really liked photography and thought I could at least share what I’d learned so far.  It did so well that it is what motivated me to start a blog and work online.

This one can be very tricky. If you are a single parent and have decided to receive social assistance, they do not allow you to collect assistance if you choose to go to school and take out ANY kind of student loan, part-time or full-time to cover the cost of your schooling. If you had some money in savings, social assistance used to force you live on that until you had no savings left, I'm not sure if they still maintain that policy.
Parents choose to swaddle their little ones in cloth rather than disposable diapers for many reasons: most would like to raise their children with the least environmental impact possible; many worry about rashes or other conditions caused by the chemicals and fragrances in disposable diapers; others have done cost-effectiveness calculations and found that cloth diapers may be more economical for their family; and many are hoping that, yes, cloth diapers would lead to earlier potty training.
Beautiful and truthful hub. I am not a single mom, but I can relate a bit to your situation. Last year my husband was hurt in an accident at work, and lost his job due to permanent injury. Nothing has worked out well. It took a year for him to find a new job, and it pays almost 70% less than his last job. While he was recuperating, I had to stay home and care for him as well as my baby. Now we have both agreed that having me stay home full time with her is much more important than having two incomes. Yes, we are struggling, and backsliding. I do clean houses for extra cash, but its only a few days a month. The rest of my income comes from writing online. Just when I was ready to give up and go back to work, the horrible school shooting happened, and again we both decided that I would continue to stay home. I know it isn't the politically correct thing to do, but I commend you for choosing your daughter. We all have the rest of our lives to rise to the top, but babies grow up too fast.

I’m a new mom, before my baby I was a college student staying on campus while working at a daycare. Now I’m back at home trying to rebuild myself. I desire to work but I take care of my daughter 100% of the time. What are some jobs that I can do based from home with no concern about background noise or strictly from a computer. All these moms up here are a great inspiration and I hope to one day be the same to another new mom :)
Hi I’m a newly mother of a 3 month old girl. I have 0 money to put into starting a investment into anything. I’m not married. And am struggling to find a job to help support my daughter. Is there any ideas I can do without having to put money into it? I just don’t have that kind of investment…. Really would aprechate it. I need to have money for my baby girl and our two adopted kittens. Thank you for any help!
Traveling Vineyard – Pop open opportunity and get ready to change your life one cork at a time. The only real requirement of this job: being awesome. It helps if you like wine, too. Other than that, the rest is easy peasy. Maybe you’re looking for a little extra spending money. Or maybe you just need a reason to get out of the house. Your reason for becoming a rock star Wine Guide is up to you. But the opportunity is all yours—all $30 billion of it. You ready? Let’s rock this dream.
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. 

I’m a new mom, before my baby I was a college student staying on campus while working at a daycare. Now I’m back at home trying to rebuild myself. I desire to work but I take care of my daughter 100% of the time. What are some jobs that I can do based from home with no concern about background noise or strictly from a computer. All these moms up here are a great inspiration and I hope to one day be the same to another new mom :)

NextWave Advocacy, LLC contracts with news junkies that are politically aware, home-based individuals who are critical thinkers to make outbound calls to educate citizens and help them participate in contacting their elected officials. No sales or fundraising calls are involved. This is not a telemarketing opportunity. The pay is $12.00 per hour with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.
I’m mom to three 5-and-under kiddos and I wear a number of hats. I try hard to blog (my site mariposablvd.com needs a revival) and I’ve tried to keep up an Etsy shop. Right now I’m enjoying working as an educational consultant with Usborne Books doing book parties, school book fairs and fundraisers. It’s an awesome company and I’m learning a lot about business and goal-setting and it’s very fulfilling. It’s right for me at this point to have some structure because trying to create that for myself was a huge challenge that I just couldn’t focus on. I’m also a big green living advocate and I just signed up with Poofy Organics because I want to be able to offer the choice of products I am comfortable recommending.  I love hearing about how all of you wonderful mamas are making things work! It’s not easy! Sarah Cody at For the Love of Usborne Books
LOVE our cloth diapers! We use prefolds and Thirsties covers. The Velcro works best for us, because we do Elimination Communication, and it just makes the dipes that much easier to get off. My daughter started pooping on the potty very consistently at 6 months, so our cloth diapering experience has been a breeze. And it has been nice to get a break from them; our second baby is due any day, and yes, I am dreading all that extra laundry and keeping up with it, etc. We dry our cloth diapers out on the clothesline, so coordinating the fact that I can’t dry all the diapers plus a load of sheets is a little frustrating, but worth it. We will probably end up using the dryer for our clothes more than I would prefer for a while. But we aren’t going to start with the cloth diapers until I have breastfeeding all under control and settled; once we are good with that, then we will ditch the sposies. 🙂
The United States is our country’s big sister, and we Canadians spend a lot of time and effort trying to be like you. We’ve succeeded pretty well — in terms of culture and language we are pretty much like another American state (except Quebec, which is its own country culture). And our celebrities are just like yours — who can tell that stars like Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Michael Buble, Sandra Oh and Russell Peters were born and raised in Canada? (Please tell me you can’t tell.)
Going to work may be the way many women make a living, but if staying home to work sounds good to you, you're not alone: About 21 percent of employed adults did some or all of their job at home, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Considering becoming a work-at-home mom (WAHM) yourself? First, heed the advice of moms and experts who have learned the best ways to navigate life at the intersection of WAHM-ing and Mom-ing.
My husband and I have been thinking about this issue in terms of future possible children and are facing the difficult issue of health insurance. Health insurance is through my low paying job, while my husband’s high paying job does not offer a group plan, therefore, we are stuck between losing health insurance or having our children in daycare full time. (We can’t live off my income alone, though could off of his.) We feel caught between a rock and a hard place in thoughts of having children and the issue of daycare (we’d prefer to have me stay at home with the kids) and health insurance.
In honor of National Flex Day, Tuesday, October 16th, FlexJobs - the easiest, most stress-free way to find a work at home job -  is offering up to 50% off the cost of membership! National Flex Day, which takes place during October's National Work and Family Month, seeks to promote the cause of work flexibility. From the company: "FlexJobs seeks to raise … Read More
I am a stay at home mom of 2. I recently joined Keep Collective, the “little sister” of Stella & Dot. Keep is only in the Beta-phase and will be launching in January 2015. I wanted to be a part of something new and wanted to wear all the jewelry! In just over one month, I am reaping the benefits of bringing in income for my family AND learning about a business from the ground up! http://www.keep-collective.com
Inserts: These go inside a pocket diaper or can be stacked for additional absorption. Sometimes referred to as a soaker or a booster. They are made of many materials such as microfiber, charcoal, bamboo, hemp, fleece, Zorb, windprofleece, and cotton. You want to look for the most absorbent material with the least bulk. Many moms like hemp for this reason.
Also please note, I’ve tried my very hardest to confirm the accuracy of all the sources mentioned in the list. To my knowledge every single one of the jobs I’ve listed is legitimate. However, I’m only human and sometimes I make mistakes. If you feel that one of these companies should be removed, let me know. Likewise, if you’ve had an awesome experience with a company that hasn’t made it on the list let me know in the comments and I’ll add it.

Her other kid-centric tips: Set aside a few cool toys that your kids can play with, or arrange playdates or special movie viewings only during "Mommy's work time." If your children have something to look forward to, they'll be less likely to interrupt you. You can also try setting up an activity center in your home office so kids feel as if they have their own designated place to do projects while you catch up on e-mails. If their interest in that fails, create a "boredom bowl," suggests Durst.
LOVE our cloth diapers! We use prefolds and Thirsties covers. The Velcro works best for us, because we do Elimination Communication, and it just makes the dipes that much easier to get off. My daughter started pooping on the potty very consistently at 6 months, so our cloth diapering experience has been a breeze. And it has been nice to get a break from them; our second baby is due any day, and yes, I am dreading all that extra laundry and keeping up with it, etc. We dry our cloth diapers out on the clothesline, so coordinating the fact that I can’t dry all the diapers plus a load of sheets is a little frustrating, but worth it. We will probably end up using the dryer for our clothes more than I would prefer for a while. But we aren’t going to start with the cloth diapers until I have breastfeeding all under control and settled; once we are good with that, then we will ditch the sposies. 🙂
Even the few websites that are truly legitimate and do in fact pay you cold, hard cash for surveys (which I have yet to find), consumer reviews, mystery shopping, or how-to articles, the pay is so minuscule that you would need to be on your computer 24 hours a day just to make enough to buy a cup of coffee at the end of the month. Considering most places state you must have accumulated a minimum of $100 in pay before they release your funds, you may be waiting for a very long time. Some will advertise that they pay $1.50 per review but when you scroll through the fine print, it turns out they pay thirty cents or less.
Tell Wut is a survey site where you can win prizes and earn rewards for sharing your opinion. Most surveys award 5 to 15 points per survey, but you can also earn points by referring friends (25 points), creating an account (100 points) and providing your information (100 points). Points can be redeemed for Best Buy, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Visa, and various other gift cards. Tell Wut has an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Ambassadors can sell and advertise how they like when they like and are free to make decisions that best fit their lifestyles – ranging from a few hours a week to a full-time job (bringing in a salary that matches)! In addition to being family-friendly, Barefoot Books often actively involves children in the process. “My daughter is truly my partner in my Barefoot Books business…we set goals together, I pay her a commission on sales she makes, we celebrate success together – usually with her favorite dinner of burritos! We make a great team!” stated Liz Hughes, a Barefoot Ambassador since 2010. Our mission concisely affirms not only our goals but also how we operate: “Connect families. Share stories. Inspire children.”
Some moms don't want to play the "parent card," admitting to clients that a finicky child is preventing them from meeting a deadline. In that case, it may be best to keep the fact that you're working from home out of the conversation completely. Give your child a nonverbal "Do not disturb" when you need quiet time. Perhaps you could wear a tiara when you're on the phone to signify that kids are not allowed to make noise or interrupt -- unless there's an emergency. If you have an office door, tie a red ribbon on it when you're not to be bothered. This tactic is best for older kids; toddlers won't understand that they can't always have your undivided attention.
Sorry to say, but the numbers aren't working in your favor to support the stay-at-home life you envision -- yet. But if you take these tips and strategies to heart, and if you're willing to consider making some big changes, you can reevaluate in 6 months or a year. You might find that your financial situation is looking brighter then, offering you more choices.
In planning for children, many couples can find substantial savings possibilities in expenditures for dining out, travel and entertainment, recreation, gifts for each other and personal-care indulgences. Furthermore, when one spouse stays at home, many work-related expenditures evaporate, and other savings and earnings opportunities materialize. Here are just a few opportunities for you to save money on:
Please, can you let me know what your great online job is? I have been combing the internet for a legitimate job now for quite a while and I come up empty-handed most of the time. I am a fast typist (62 WPM), but have found that you need to either know how to translate or transcribe. I have a hearing problem, so sometimes it’s hard for me to understand what is being said in a recording, especially if the person talks fast. Thanks
So for the moms out there who do all that but want or need to earn some cash, don't lose hope. There are some jobs out there that will allow you to do it all. Being a working mom isn't easy (and the same should be said for stay-at-home-moms), but with the right job that accommodates your schedule, it can be rewarding — for your family but, more importantly, for you.
If you see a “Work at home! Make $3000 a week” ad, or ads that promotes stuffing envelopes, assembling crafts, computer work at home or medical billing ads, they’re likely scams. You’ll be out your cash, and all you’ll have to show for it will be useless, badly photocopied documents about how you can place ads and scam people into sending you the same money you yourself were scammed into sending. If you’re not sure the ad you’re considering is a scam, send the information to a few friends you trust and ask them your opinion, or spend some time on Google checking it out. The more vague the ad about the actual work involved, the more likely it’s a scam.
My advice would to try and have their day as structured as possible. Kids thrive on routine. They want to know/need to know what is expected of them and when. Make sure you take the time to spend with them also … that is the whole point, after all, right? I would also recommend making sure you know what your priorities are and focusing on them. Personally, my house is low on my priority list so it gets the least amount of attention. If I have a break from work I don’t want to spend it cleaning I want to spend it playing a game with the kids or getting them and me outside for some fresh air. – Summer Price
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