Emily Guy Birken is a former English teacher and respected personal finance blogger. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her engineer husband and two high-energy little boys. She has written four books: The Five Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work For You, and End Financial Stress Now. Emily's thoughts on parenting and life in general are found at The SAHMnambulist.
Here are my top 10 work-at-home jobs you can use to make great money for your family.  You should also check out my friend Caitlyn Pyle's Work-at-Home Summit.  Caitlyn is the ultimate guru when it comes to working from home!  You'll be amazed at the extreme amount of free content she provides from dozens of top experts to help you find the home based work that fits you perfectly.
Although very little data are available for this work-at-home job since it is relatively new, thousands of listings for social media managers can be found on sites like CareerBuilder.com, SimplyHired.com, and Upwork.com. If you have a demonstrated command of social media and a sizable following, you might even be able to get started by reaching out to companies directly and asking if they need help.

Many dads are already in the world of blogging; some blog about their fathering experiences, others blog about work-related issues, and still others blog primarily as a self-marketing effort. But several stay-at-home dads I know blog for a living, or at least make money in a respectable "second job." If you hope to monetize your blog, you need to provide content that is well written and engaging to readers. After all, if you can't get page views, you can't generally make money. To maximize your readership, focus your writing to a specific audience that is looking for help or advice.


Mark Egerman of Brooklyn, New York, recently started his second stint as a stay-at-home dad. When the 35-year-old's first child was born in 2015, it coincided with the sale of his restaurant payment app company. As CEO, he planned to take off three to six months to help care for his newborn. But once his company sold, he was in a position to take an indefinite leave.
In Mark’s case, he admits that he struggled with his eventual role into becoming a full-time self-professed “house husband,” reducing his hours at work and then eventually quitting all together when the couple welcomed baby number two. “It had been a huge adjustment for me, going from working full-time to part-time to eventually not working,” Mark says. “But I realized that Carol and I are a team. I understand that Carol’s career is the law and that my career is being married to Carol. I’m widely known as ‘Carol’s husband,’ and that’s OK.”
That said, there’s good news: If you’re searching for a work-from-home job because you’re looking for the kind of flexibility you can’t get being tied to a desk for nine hours a day, you’re absolutely in luck. Working remotely, assuming your employer is okay with projects being done on your timeline, can be a godsend for parents. The arrangement allows you to work around daycare and preschool schedules, take kids to doctors appointments and soccer practice, and rarely if ever stress when they wake up with a fever and you need to stay home. Working from home can make life, especially if both parents are employed full time, infinitely easier.
What It Is: Many companies pay online testers to make sure websites are intuitive and easy to navigate. "You basically follow the instructions you're given to check out the website," says Anna Thurman, founder of RealWaysToEarnMoneyOnline.com, a site that has reviewed more than 500 online work opportunities. "It usually only takes about 15 minutes per test." Thurman recommends registering with 10 to 12 different companies since the opportunities to test these sites are doled out first come, first served. "There are people who make $100 to $200 a month by staying on top of those tests," Thurman says.

Thank you for your unselfish ideas and suggestions. It’s really a big help for people who wished but hesitant to jump in this kind of career, like me. I am a single mom, as in literal single/alone in all responsibilities. I wished to work from home so that I will no longer leave my daughter to our neighbors house when I need to go to work, but I am afraid to leave my current job and risk to a home base job for I think of the stability. I am afraid to put my financial responsibilities at risk, specially I have a child to support.


You do not need to leave your home and your kids to be a teacher. You can now do it from the comfort of your own home with an internet connection of course. You can deliver online lessons and start real-time chat to explain how to play an instrument better. You can even find job opportunities on Craigslist and make students come to your house for lessons.

Download the Gigwalk app and start making money right away in your own neighborhood. I registered for an account and the first gig I received paid $8 to take 20 photos of several different bags of Cheetos sold in a local store. That would’ve probably taken me about 10 minutes to do. I’ve read that some others have gotten gigs taking photos of restaurant menus and street signs. The more gigs you complete, the more “Gigwalk Streetcred” you earn. This helps unlock higher paying jobs, which can pay up to $90!


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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"
While working at home may not allow you to stay in your prior profession, it can allow you to keep your business skills fresh while you take a break from your regular job. The skills you learn while working at home, coupled with the years of experience, could be seen as justification for higher pay if you choose to return to your previous career down the road.
Many of us assume that in most marriages, the mother is the default partner who not only wants to stay home and raise kids, but is also the one who will take the least financial hit — in other words, women usually still make less money than men. But with all of the couples I interviewed, money was most definitely a factor — because the wives made significantly more money than their husbands.
More than ever, writers are needed to formulate news articles, create content, and come up with the creative ideas that fill the pages of nearly every site on the Internet. And although many bigger sites have in-house writers, a growing number of sites outsource their content and hire freelance writers and content creators. Writing experience is very helpful, but what you really need to get started are drive, ambition, and the ability to find a unique angle on events that happen every day.
Almost every big business has gotten on the social media bandwagon as a means to reach their customers directly, and without paying heavily for television, print, or radio ads. But not every big business has someone to manage their social media accounts, which is why more individuals have begun marketing themselves as social media managers and helping businesses grow their online following and expand their reach.
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!
If her kids ever felt like they had nothing to do, she'd tell them to choose a slip of paper from the dish. Some instructed them to build the tallest Lego tower, others told them to clean their room. When they got older, she'd include them in her work by asking them to put away files. "You need to have an open-door policy and involve them in any capacity they can handle," she says.
Companies are constantly seeking consultants with a knowledge base in a variety of different areas including medicine, social work, administration, finance, marketing, IT, human resources and more. You can use your college degree and prior work experience to find a consulting job that you can work at from home. Both short-term and long-term assignments are typically available, which offer a great deal of flexibility.
Sseko – Run your own ethical fashion business with Sseko! You'll fall in love with the amazing handcrafted and on-trend products. Sseko Designs uses fashion to create opportunity for women globally. We provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women in Uganda who are working to pursue their dreams and overcome poverty. We do this through a financially self-sustaining model, one that also enables us to create opportunity for women in the U.S. to earn an income: The Sseko Fellows Program. As a Sseko Fellow, you get to share the Sseko story and sell beautiful products of the highest quality. You’ll become an integral part of making dreams come true for women in Uganda while you simultaneously earn an income for yourself! We've got a vibrant community of women ready to welcome and mentor you as you get started… and every step of the way!
I suppose to start my freelance work right in a moment as I was really motivated by your advice, tank God I already have a job but still in school and don’t know how to combine it….Very informative article right there! I still think there are questions one needs to ask himself prior to beginning a freelance business. Freelance can be rewarding particularly if you take one step at a time from defining your go.

Skills Required: To run your own private label company, you must be highly organized. You’ve got to track each aspect of the business to ensure you remain profitable. You’ll also need to be able to coordinate with those who help you create the brand to ensure everyone is on the same page and sees your vision. You’ll also need some initial investment funds to pay for the marketing supplies and the first batch of product.
Even though most people have access to a high quality camera through their smart phones, photographers are still very much in demand. Professional photographers are required for special occasions (weddings, portraits, maternity) and are compensated well for their services. Taking stock photos offers another opportunity for a photographer to earn money. Stock photos are in constant need by websites, blogs and online publications.
If her kids ever felt like they had nothing to do, she'd tell them to choose a slip of paper from the dish. Some instructed them to build the tallest Lego tower, others told them to clean their room. When they got older, she'd include them in her work by asking them to put away files. "You need to have an open-door policy and involve them in any capacity they can handle," she says.
There has never been a greater need for stock photography, and good amateur photographers can make money from their favorite hobby. While it takes time to build up a large enough portfolio to make serious money from sites like Shutterstock, this is an excellent option for anyone who is already an avid photographer and is willing to make their images public.
That’s why I think it’s oh-so important to find your tribe. And, no matter what kind of work-at-home mom you want to be, your tribe is out there. And you can bet they’ll be there to support you on days when you don’t know if you can do it. They’ll help you keep going when you feel like you’ve got nothing else to give. Plus, it’s just nice to be a part of like-minded women who understand that the struggle of motherhood and work is real.

Yes! I’m a stay-at-home mom and started working as a consultant for Usborne Books in January — loving it! I do parties with friends online literally while putting my son to bed, and I did an amazing reading incentive program in my daughter’s school which involved one brief meeting a friend watched my kids during and all the rest was done after they were in bed. Perfect for me right now! usbornebookstores.com

Thanks Holly for such long and interesting article. I didn’t know, that there are so many positions for people, who want or prefer jobs at home. I was surprised to see transcribing position as an online position. For me, it is very interesting and new way of the career. Thanks to this site (http://www.transcriptionjobs.info/)I found out that, there are a lot of places where you can work as a transcriber in the whole world and you can find there also some tips regarding this type of work.


One of the most significant social trends in the last 20 years has been the rise in the number of SAHDs. In the United States, this number has reached 1.9 million and accounts for 16% of the stay-at-home parent population, according to 2015 U.S. Census data. Our culture continues to shift away from the rigid gender roles of past generations, which is made evident by women expecting more involvement from dads — and dads stepping up to the challenge by willingly taking on the primary nurturing role in their children’s life.
Let me start by saying there is nothing wrong with sending your children to day care. But we didn’t want to be forced into doing that for our children, especially as early as 12 weeks old. While we are strongly considering some form of day care to socialize our child later in life, we want to raise our son at home for at least the first two years of his life. We just had to figure out how to make a stay-at-home parent work for us financially.

Many companies are now on the lookout for experienced and hardworking customer service agents. You may need some training but you can always answer the phone at home. You may have to provide administrative support with data processing or paperwork, or you may have to work directly with clients to help resolve any issue they are facing. Many customer service rep jobs pay you anywhere between $8 and $15 per hour, which is definitely a great start.


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.
Employment Options offers work-at-home jobs for citizens receiving SSDI and/or SSI disability benefits in 47 states. Their services are free as part of a national return to work program. The jobs they have with leading national employers are for various skill levels and are Customer Service or Tech Support based with opportunities to specialize in Billing & Coding, Information Technology, Nursing, Case Management, Concierge, Sales, Reservations, Travel and more. They also offer onsite community positions as well. Simply apply on their website to get started and their staff will follow-up within two business days.

In order to improve one’s life as an at-home dad, and that of his family, he must be brought out of isolation and re-form his identity to become confident in this boundary-breaking role. One of the best ways, according to recent research by Dr. Aaron Rochlen of the University of Texas-Austin, is to connect with other at-home dads. However, finding other at-home dads nearby can be a great challenge. The National At-Home Dad Network’s mission is to bridge this gap by offering a resource for at-home dads to communicate and connect with other at-home dads, start or find a local at-home dad group and gather for the annual HomeDadCon.
Some of the “gotcha” job offers from the past include check-cashing schemes, mystery shopping, medical billing “jobs” that require you to purchase expensive computer software, and craft-making jobs that ask you to pony up the cash for materials before you get started. And let’s not forget about the famous envelope-stuffing scam that was nothing more than a pyramid scheme designed to siphon money from as many people as possible.
It’s not all bad, of course. I never have to miss anything my kids are a part of, and I do get to enjoy a lot of time with my little people. I have been forced to learn to compartmentalize my time and set clear boundaries, which is a good thing. I have had to learn not to feel guilty for working in front of my kids, though admittedly I still struggle with that sometimes. My husband more than pulls his own weight, so overall, the benefits outweigh the challenges.
Skills Required: You’ll need to be able to find and transport your bargains back to your home base. You need the tools and knowledge to be able to fix them up and improve them. You’ll also need a way to sell them, so you don’t let your inventory take over your home. Make sure you have a way to take decent photographs, so people can see what they’re buying.

Hmmmm I’m a work from home mom right now but there are a couple of these I’m going to try out! Why not make a few bucks while shopping and have the gas paid for? Or help someone out if I’m running around anyway? Plus we are a pet free home so the kids would love pet sitting once in a while. LOVE this list thanks mama!! =) hope some of these links work in Canada!!


CloudSource, the work-at-home division of Sutherland Global Services, employs customer service consultants from all 48 contiguous states to support industry leaders in the cable/Internet service, retail, software, and gaming console industries. While all CloudSource positions are customer service in nature, some are more heavily focused on sales and/or technical support. Inbound calls only, paid training, ongoing support and growth opportunities exist … All from the comforts of your own home.
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.
Mark Egerman of Brooklyn, New York, recently started his second stint as a stay-at-home dad. When the 35-year-old's first child was born in 2015, it coincided with the sale of his restaurant payment app company. As CEO, he planned to take off three to six months to help care for his newborn. But once his company sold, he was in a position to take an indefinite leave.
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