Soon after the column appeared I got a call from the Boston ABC TV affiliate WCVB TV “The Boston Channel.”  They wanted to get a local angle on dads returning to work. One at-home dad, David Hubbard from Stow, MA had a particularly interesting story because his experience disclosing his at-home dad status on his resume yielded positive reactions instead of the negative results reported by the other dads. Dave is back at work at in the same position at the same company he left before he began his career break in 2004. He’s Director of Government Contracts for DSD Laboratories. Following is his “Relaunch Success Story"
Being an at-home call-center rep requires a computer and may require specific software or equipment. A great phone voice helps as well, as does any experience in customer service, data entry, retail sales, or management. Dozens of sites list job openings for call-center representatives, including Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, and SimplyHired.com. However, you may also find listings offered by local businesses in your local newspaper.
If you have knowledge about certain subjects, consider sharing it with the world through blogging. You can event start a blog on parenting and tell people how it feels to be a single dad and how they can handle things better. Sharing gorgeous pictures of your babies can add a personal touch to your blog and make it work even better. Just set up a blog and market it on websites such as Pinterest, Craftgawker, or Foodgawker to earn money through it.
Fusion Cash is an online platform that allows you to make money from taking surveys, watching videos, shopping, completing short tasks, and much more. Sign up and immediately earn $5.00 just for joining. Most offers pay between .25 to $30 per offer, and payments are made via PayPal, check, or direct deposit once your account reaches a $25 threshold. Some offers do require a credit card number, so if you don’t feel comfortable giving out that information, just stick to the offers which display the No CC icon. Fusion Cash is a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Even better, the national median wage for web developers was $66,130 in 2016, with the top 10% earning an average of $119,550. And you typically don’t need an advanced degree to begin working in this field. All you need is some postsecondary education, applicable experience, and a portfolio of successful sites you’ve built and managed. There are even intensive coding boot camps designed to teach programming skills in just a few short months.


Besides, my wife staying at her job has benefited us in many ways. She works a non-traditional schedule of three 12-hour shifts per week, so she has four days when she can stay at home and help raise our baby. This gives me more time to work on my now full-time business to increase my income. Plus, her job allows us to keep semi-subsidized employer health benefits that save us a significant amount of money. While my benefits were slightly better, her benefits are still infinitely better than buying health care independently.

Most work-at-home moms don't start out with a full-time telecommuting position right away. The work-at-home lifestyle is usually something you build over time. In fact, you may need to build up your savings first. Plan to start small. If you're moving from the office to telecommuting, maybe try just a couple days a week at first to see how it works for you and your employer. If you're building a business, that takes time.

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What I loved most about interviewing these couples is that they took everything about their “nontraditional” marriages and completely owned it. While I’m over here analyzing every square inch of my marriage and wondering if my husband secretly hates me because all I can cook is lasagna and the occasional Crock-Pot meal, these couples are just like, this is what works for us and who cares what anyone else thinks?
When you cannot sell a craft, be a tutor, or have other skills, you can still be a data entry worker. You do not need serious skills for this because all you have to do is enter specific information into computer programs. Having a high-speed internet connection and good typing speed will help you enter data quickly and earn more money as a result. Just keep in mind that data entry jobs are usually the easiest, but they are the cheapest as well.
Every SAHD I spoke with told me that when they meet someone for the first time, they’re asked, “Where is the mother?” and “Are you babysitting?” This is a parenting stereotype where it’s automatically assumed that a father would only be with his kids if he was “babysitting.” That, as a male, he wouldn’t be taking a genuine interest in spending quality time with his children unless he’d been directed to. Yes, most kids are watched by women, but this did annoy the dads, as they felt it was demeaning.
I did work for a while, and then I got married, but when our first baby came along, we couldn’t really afford for me not to work at all. So I started a small editing business from home, which allowed me to bring in a little cash and keep up my professional skills. After a while, I wanted more regular work, so I started doing online tutoring. I set my hours around my husband’s schedule, and it all worked well.
Great list! I have been a stay at home Mom for going on 4 years now. It is absolutely a sacrifice, both emotionally and financially to do so. I started looking into ways I could supplement our income, since my husband gets paid monthly. I do before/after school care most days, then during my free time I float between Amazon mturk and Swagbucks. Neither will make you rich quick.
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