Another tactic to adopt when you're in business mode? Dress the part. Aimee Samuelson, a Portland, Oregon, mom of two, who runs a marketing business out of a converted garage, dresses as if she's going into an office when she's on the job. She knows if she works in her pj's she won't concentrate as well and might get distracted by household tasks between conference calls. Not everyone needs a suit on to feel more professional -- sometimes taking a shower and putting on makeup and a clean outfit will do the trick. 

Thank you Avamum! It wasn't until I realized that all I would be able to work are crappy minimum wage jobs with just my high school diploma, I decided to go back to school when my daughter went to school. With the Internet now, a person can do this all online. I didn't have a computer until my daughter was 3. But I was glad I went back to school when I did.
This tutorial will also provide you with some additional resources for information. Once you enter the cloth world, there are so many mamas who want to help you and see you succeed, even if your family thinks you are crazy for wanting to cloth! Soon you will be adding to your "stash" like a pro...yes, we call our diapers a stash because cloth diapering (particularly buying, selling, and trading them) does indeed become an addiction.
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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.
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Stay at home, homeschooling mom of 4. My husband does a great job of supporting our family but I’ve become an independent distributor for 2 or 3 companies that we just love their products! My favorite for a home business would probably be Lilla Rose since the products are something almost any woman/girl can use and the company support is so great. – Tyra Whitlow at Lilla Rose

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

I’m looking for people to join my team with Advocare! It’s a great opportunity to get healthy (especially as the New Year approaches!) and make some additional money! I make a couple hundred dollars extra each month and save on my own orders! I feel so strongly about the program I’m willing to pay people’s start up costs! Email me with “advocare” in the subject line if you’re interested!
I am unsure as to whether this question is completely relevant or not, but: I am, or at least, would like to be a writer. I don’t want to sound overly supercilious, just truthful, but I have a great deal of talent and there is virtually nothing I can’t write. However, I digress. I recently wrote a short story, which, despite its length (9 pages) is really more like a sketch, but its very eclectic and general. What I want to know is where can I sell this story? It’s jocoserious and seriocomic and pseudoautobiographical, and while not overly sexual, does content overtly erotic elements, yet I’d never categorize it as erotica, which, though I can write, and good at it, I dislike to, viewing it as a diminishment and degradation of my talents; also, it’s trashy and overly simple: beneath me and all decent, talented writers in every way! lol.
I used Motherease brand with both of my kids. We used basic flat newborn diapers folded into a one-size Motherease cover for the first couple of months, then switched to Motherease one-size diapers in their covers. As they grew older, we added some Motherease snap-in inserts for extra absorbency. It was a great system for us, grandparents included, and after using them with both kids I sold them for about 1/3 of what I paid for them. The extra laundry just became part of our routine, the diapers and snaps were super durable, and I’m another who really enjoyed seeing the diapers hanging on the line to dry. Looking back I have fond memories of my kids “helping” with diaper laundry, having a picnic under the drying diapers, and knowing that it was the right choice for us.
And yet, in Edmonton where I grew up, private schools are almost nonexistent and a huge majority of children go through a high quality public or public Catholic system. Which leads me to believe that Ottawa may be a rather extreme outlier as far as the rest of Canada is concerned, perhaps due to all those diplomats and public servants in Canada’s capital. Parents in much of the rest of Canada (naturally excepting Vancouver and Toronto) can probably rest easy and keep their retirement savings, knowing that their children are not missing out by going to public school because after all, there are hardly any private schools to send them to.
I have a full time job now but I am also pregnant with #3 so I won't be going back. I have a business on the side that I started a while back it is in health and fitness.  I decided to join beachbody as I was already implementing some of there programs with my clients and this way they got a better discount.  Beachbody Coaching as a career can go both ways like any business it takes time and a lot of effort.  Mlm businesses all require the same thing but it doesn't hurt to try esp if it let's you stay home with your babies.
All in one (AIO): This can be put on and taken off a baby just like a regular diaper. It goes in the wash as one diaper. Some moms feel these do not get as clean for that reason, but diaper technology has been improving. Other moms love the convenience since there is no messing with inserts. As a downfall, however, these can take longer to dry, and some moms are hesitant to put PUL in the dryer as it can melt and lose efficiency.

I do have a partner who has his high school diploma and works full time but I on the other do not. I have been in and out of school forever taking my time but never giving up. I WAS just working for a couple of months on minimum wage when child care subsidy mailed me a letter stating they were lowering what they were going to help us with for child care and that my parent portion would go up. Thus making it worthless spending the time away from my 6yr old son and 1.5yr old daughter at a job I was not enjoying. I would have been working for nothing and the daycare getting very little of what they deserved.
Well, I cloth diapered much more simply than you. We used FuzziBunz + (mostly) Nurtured family double inserts, but first off, we didn’t insert the inserts (except in the few intervals when we were having rash issues, then having the inserts inside the very soft inner of the FuzziBunz outer seemed worth the trouble). So it was just lay the Fuzzibunz down, lay the insert on top, lay the baby on top of that, fasten. I usually found I could just change out the insert the first go round so we got 1 change per insert but 2 per outer.
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Renee Belbeck, a WAHM from Columbus, Ohio, and C.E.O. and founder of the National Association of W.O.M.E.N. (Women, Owners, Moms, Entrepreneurs, and Networkers), discovered a simple rule when her children were toddlers: "If I gave them a little quality time, I'd get two hours to work." She says the rule still holds true, even though her children are now 10 and 6.
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.
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 

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I would tell a mother who is starting to work from home with small children to not give up and to be patient with herself, her business [or career], and her children. Your children aren’t going to be small forever, so enjoy them while you can. Don’t let their young years slip by… And if possible, find another mom who is going on this crazy and exciting work from home adventure so you two can set weekly goals for your business and hold each other accountable. Life and running an at home business is more refreshing and possible when you know that you’re not alone. – Micah | Home Faith Family
Great post Carly! I am in the same boat without as you with going back to work after having a baby. My husband and I decided it’s best that I stay home. I am blogging as well and hope to contribute to my family financially as well. ITs so nice to hear of someone’s success blogging so close to home (I’m from Saskatchewan) it gives me the fire to keep keep going!
This is a great list. I’m thinking about leaving a corporate job to stay at home with my 2 year old until he goes to school. My husband travels extensively and I feel like my son doesn’t have either of his parents right now with the hours I work and stress I’m under. I’m very hesitant however, because I’d be leaving a good salary and I never, ever thought being a stay at home mom would be for me. I have a long background in marketing, advertising, business development and training. Would appreciate any suggestions or words of wisdom to help me make this decision.

Flexible spending (dependent-care) accounts offered by many employers allow employees to set aside up to $5,000 of income before taxes annually to pay for child care. Higher-bracket couples can save up to $150 monthly in federal/local income tax, and FICA deductions versus paying with after-tax funds. Even without such accounts, the federal child-care credit can save (per child, up to two children) higher-income families about $50 per month and lower-income families up to $1,050 annually. Note: You can choose only one of these two methods each year. (To find out more, see Money Saving Year-End Tax Tips and How can I use a child tax credit?)


Gma left CDL-A semi driving 2 yrs for 4 mths return granddaughter to health, need $3500 min mthly online income, need mentors to learn blogging, also where are publishers who pay for photography. A daughter who’s also remaining home for homeschooling big brother while giving same grand-baby a healthy path to becoming 1 yr old in Tennessee winters. Unemployed since 2/15/15 plz help begin great blogging foundation for all.

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While I still would rather not work outside the home, I can see the benefits of my job. Beyond my salary and benefits (the benefits where I work are VERY good), I have provided a lot of stability for our family. DH has had a turbulent career, including six months of unemployment and working for years in an unstable job with threats of layoffs and a paycut. In addition, from age six months until kindergarten (and the summer after kindergarten) we were blessed with a daycare situation that provided a sort of “second family” for our child. We can no longer use the family because they moved, but we keep in touch. I’m unconvinced that daycare cannot, in fact, be beneficial to a child if you find the right situation.

You know, before I started cloth diapering I was always baffled by the fervor of the cloth diapering people because OH MY LANDS, could they ever go on and on and on about cloth diapers. I mean, I get the landfill thing and all that, but the excitement seemed to go deeper than that typical smugness people get from their reusable grocery bags and their hybrids and their compost piles. These people seemed genuinely jazzed about diapers.

Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s solution, meanwhile, has focused on compelling private sector companies to provide child care to their employees. “It’s not expensive for a company to do it,” he said at a town hall event in Iowa last fall. “You need one person or two people, and you need some blocks and you need some swings and some toys…It’s something that can be done, I think, very easily by a company.” Trump has not elaborated on the plan or explained how, exactly, companies would be encouraged to spend on in-house childcare.


Fitteds can range anywhere from about $15 per diaper to over $100 for custom embroidered ones or hard to find prints. Some people buy used ones to help keep costs down, but be aware that for a great brand or a well made diaper that is EUC, a used one can cost 80-90% of its retail value. I would recommend that you try one or two to see if you and your baby like them before building your whole stash out of them.
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When one of you leaves the workforce, your tax bill will go way down, perhaps even more than you think, because that lost salary was effectively paying taxes in your highest bracket. Let’s say you were making $30,000 a year and that $30,000 pushed you into the 28% bracket by about $20,000. That means your total tax bill from just that one salary was $8,100, or $156 a week.
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After reading this blog I decided to try one of the places – Clickworker – thought it was right up my alley. I assume these are legit online businesses, but unfortunately, as soon as I signed up with all my information – my Facebook account was hacked! I’m concerned as to what else might happen, but hoping that was it and my account at Clickworker was closed fast enough. Just be careful….


A well written article which applies to most ’employed’ (i.e. by employers) women in Canada. A quick mention might have been made referencing self-employed businesswomen (not sure if they pay their own EI and then get it back on “mat leave”) who cannot afford to put rent/hydro/telephone/expenses on hiatus for a year without generating income. A major difference, perhaps, for physicians in Canada is that virtually all are self-employed, even if they are hospital based. No third party employer or HMO paying a salary, so we do not pay into EI and thus receive that automatic $47K, and no one to “top up” to a percentage of former income. One year off for physicians is fairly rare. Hospital-based MD’s have definitely been denied that request or made to feel guilty if begrudgingly agreed to (and that year off remains unpaid, often with colleagues covering your call). Office-based MD’s may hit the jackpot and find a locum MD to cover their practice and expenses but if they cannot, all of those expenses persist with no income generated if patients are not seen. So they too, like the Americans posting here, look enviously upon their “typical employee” friends.


Your blog is very inspiring! Am currently in EBA 3.0 and I need for this to work. LOL! I been a SAHM for years and recently became a school bus driver to earn money and the schedule works around the kids for the most part. But the Hubby’s schedule is changing in Jan. and I have to make this work. Thanks so much all the freebies and inspiring stories.


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