If you are proficient in a second language, becoming a document translator is an option you should definitely consider. Not only would this job pay more because of your unique qualifications, it will also help you to maintain and improve your language skills. There are job opportunities in a wide variety of industries that require document translation into other languages, and this is a job that can be easily done at home.

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 am a single mom of 3 beautiful girls. My oldest has decided to move out on her own, but my other two are still at home. I work part time, go to school part time, and supplement my income by selling candles for a company called Jewelry in Candles. I have only been doing this for a few months and not many people have heard of this company where I live so it has been slow going, but it is going. I used to work 12 plus hours a day, 6 days a week and did it for years. I decided it was time to slow down a little bit so I can be around for those sporting activities.
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!
In college I earned a good amount of money by flipping our car.  I took the old beat up piece of junk car we already owned and listed it on Craigslist for about $800 more than I thought it was worth.  It took a while to sell at the higher price, but it eventually did!  Then I bought another car with the additional $800.  I flipped my car about 4 times per year (my state only allows 5 sales per year before you have to be a dealer) and each time rolled the earnings into a new car.  Eventually we had a much better car and it hadn’t cost us a dime.

I love all the ideas here. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 9 years Until recently I haven’t had a need to work from home. I would really love to do something that is flexible and strictly online due to having a critically ill child at home. My passion is research for financial assistance for families in need. I would love to be able to find a way to turn this into a profitable stay at home business but I am completely lost in how to get started and if there is even a need for it. Until then I would be interested in data entry or research virtual assistant. If anyone has an idea where to start or if there is something I can do until I can start I would be interested in talking with you. Thank you
Unfortunately, many moms feel powerless because they can’t find legitimate work-from-home opportunities and sometimes fall victim to Tupperware, handbag, cosmetics or other “parties” that usually charge you a lot of money up front to start selling and rarely result in the success you want.  Or, businesses that want you to pay thousands of dollars to get a “certificate in medical billing,” or “secret shopper” scams.  Certainly these can be completely legitimate, but all too often it ends up costing the person more money than they ever earn.
I can’t work at home very well with my kids here, even with my husband watching them. The older boys aren’t an issue because they’ve been trained to behave when I’m WFH but the little guy has a ways to go. So I only WFH under extreme circumstances, or when I’m sick. I definitely feel like I take the easier way out by working in an office instead of trying to get stuff done at home!
You might find that the emotional and practical benefits are worth the sacrifices. If you have time to prepare to be a SAHM you can work toward getting out of debt and start living on one income while you still have two. Bank your income to use as an emergency fund. If you find yourself thrust quickly into making this decision, check out my book So, You’re Broke?: 18 Drama-Free Steps To A Richer Life to learn practical ways to not only survive, but thrive on one income.
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.
Then there's the childcare expense: If you stay home, you won't be paying for daycare, regular babysitters, or nannies. (If you're expecting your first child and don't know the going rate for daycare in your area, do some research so you'll have a good idea of how much it costs.) If you have older children, staying home may mean that your family spends less on after-school activities and summer camps.
I blog at Smithspirations where I share encouragement and inspiration for Christian homemakers in the areas of faith, family, and natural living. I’m also a Lilla Rose hair accessory consultant, which allows me to earn income and occasionally get out of the house! A win for a homeschooling & busy mom of 5! Kristen Smith at smithspirations.com and Lilla Rose

Just wanted to make a little correction here for anyone reading…Earths Best do have gel. They are free of other perfumes, dyes, and chlorine and are a great diaper – but they do have the absorbent gel crystals just like any other disposable. The only disposables without gel are the Tushies brand which are really hard to come by, very expensive, and not very absorbent for obvious reasons.


Know your tax situation. Taxes can make a big difference in your overall financial picture. So don't underestimate the value of tax breaks -- for dependents, for childcare costs, your home, etc. -- and how your tax bracket will affect things (if one person stays home, you may drop a bracket). Want to get a sense of where you stand? Here's a good calculator for estimating your taxes: http://www.dinkytown.net/java/Tax1040.html

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.
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.
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!
Cloth diapers aren't perfect, either: Laundering requires energy and water and introduces chemical detergents into the environment. And while cloth diaper services that pick up your dirties and drop off clean ones use less water than home washings by operating in bulk, they require gas-driven cars, contributing to air pollution. From an environmental perspective, neither option is perfect; go with the one that feels best to you.
I am a distributor with It Works. Started my journey in April to supplement my WAHM income as a staff recruiter for occupational, physical and speech therapist. I have a soon to be 2 year old and my husband and I realized it actually cost us more for me to work outside the home, and I was fortunate enough to be able to work out a situation with my employer to allow me to do my job from home. I have a sitter that helps from time to time to allow me time to meet deadlines, meetings, jobfairs. I schedule wrap appointments and parties when my husband is home. This also also allows me to have a positive work life balance for myself and gives our child a chance to have a mom at home but to still be able to have someone to give her undivided attention when I have work priorities. So far it is a win win for us.
We’re very happy with the choices we’ve made. Can everyone make these same choices? By no means. Everyone’s situation is different, everyone has different beliefs, everyone has different priorities, and everyone sees money in a different light. You have to make the best choice for you and your family regardless of what anyone or any website recommends. But do your homework and ask yourself, will I every regret any of this? Will I, in my retirement years, wish that I had more money or will I wish I had spent more time with my children? You have to use common sense and realize that you must make the best choice for your individual situation.
This calculator will add up all of the expenses and taxes that you are paying just to keep your job, and then calculate the net effects of eliminating those expenses and taxes by quitting work to become a stay at home parent. The calculated results include a Printer Friendly Report button so you can print out your entries and results for later reference.
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.
I am a distributor with It Works. Started my journey in April to supplement my WAHM income as a staff recruiter for occupational, physical and speech therapist. I have a soon to be 2 year old and my husband and I realized it actually cost us more for me to work outside the home, and I was fortunate enough to be able to work out a situation with my employer to allow me to do my job from home. I have a sitter that helps from time to time to allow me time to meet deadlines, meetings, jobfairs. I schedule wrap appointments and parties when my husband is home. This also also allows me to have a positive work life balance for myself and gives our child a chance to have a mom at home but to still be able to have someone to give her undivided attention when I have work priorities. So far it is a win win for us. 

I used mostly cloth with #2 for a little over 4 years and #2 for a little over 2 years. When we had to go out of town for funerals or visiting sick elderly relatives we did disposables because I couldn’t deal with cloth on the road during those times. I switched to disposable diapers 4 months ago because I just couldn’t keep up with the laundry anymore. We live in an apartment without washer/dryer hook ups so we were washing our laundry in a washing machine that attaches to the kitchen sink that does about 1/3 of the normal size load that our previous washer did. We don’t have a dryer and aren’t allowed to hang our laundry outside. Drying diapers inside on the portable umbrella or rack was taking 24 hours or more. I decided it was time to move on and donated all my pocket diapers to a friend and then all of my prefolds/covers to one of my sisters assistant. They both recently had babies so they’ll get lots of use out of them. I am looking to get some sort of cloth pull ups for night time accidents for the littles. On the 7th we’re going to start working on potty training. Several days of staying home, nakedness, bathroom trips every 15 to 20 minutes and lots of stickers!
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.
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Amy – thank you for your post. I couldn’t sleep last night because I was thinking about how tired I am of literally throwing our money away with disposables. But I always told myself that cloth diapers wouldn’t work out for us since I work full time and baby goes to daycare. Last night I did a google search for “working moms cloth diaper” and your blog came up. I really appreciate you sharing your routines and giving your advice, it has helped me realize that this is something we can do, even though we’re both busy parents who work full-time. I’m going to talk to my daughter’s (she’s now 12 mos) daycare tomorrow to see if they will work with me on this and we will at least give it a try. Many thanks to you!
You can totally do this. We didn't start right away honestly just because I didn't originally consider cloth diapering but we've been using cloth since dd was 3 months old and she's close to 6 months now. I also work 32 hours but with lunch and my commute I'm away from home during work week 44 hours. I also bf so am dealing with that as well. I honestly think washing the diapers is way easier than washing and drying bottles to use while I'm gone. Plus cloth diapers are a ton of fun.
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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.
Take your double income and subtract the figure you calculated in step 3 (the cost of working). Now compare that number to your spouse’s single income. If the numbers are worlds away from each other, you might not be able to make it work. If they are closer together, staying at home to raise your children might be feasible, with some slight lifestyle adjustments.
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).
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