Virtual assistants (VAs) provide a wide variety of “virtual” services to other businesses including administrative, marketing and technical support from a home office. My local window cleaner, for example, uses a VA to answer his calls and manage his calendar while he’s busy on-site. VAs are growing in popularity, too, as firms look to cut costs and outsource administrative functions. If you are organized and have an administrative background, this might be for you. Start with your own connections or take advantage of the services of a VA organization or association who can help you get started and connect you with clients.

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 :)


A dried flower business will sell dried flowers to hobbyists or craft stores. A flower preservation business will save important flowers, like wedding bouquets, for interested parties. Owners may do one or both of these services, but they are separate. Dried flowers do have a demand amongst a variety of people who use them to finish their craft projects. Flower preservation is perfect for those who want to scrapbook their memories, or fill boxes and chests with important mementos. Demand has increased for dried flowers over the past few years, as more people discover easy and fun DIY challenges.
Sadly we had a few family emergencies that did not allow me to fully focus on advertising and taking care of my shop. And after having a C-section it was difficult as well. My advise to you is go for it, if you have any artistc/crafty talent than etsy is right for you. Choose your Etsy store name wisely because you can only change it once or twice, and let it represent your shop. Also be very patient, not every month is busy I have had months where nothing sells and one time I sold about $590. Also make sure you have the space to work because it does get messy. And at first you will invest on materials. And lastly be very informed about shipping prices. I began using FeDex, their customer serivice is great but pricy there were time I would ship pinatas and it would cost way more than what they paid me, so I would make like $10 or less. So I came to the conclusion that USPS was the best, its way cheaper so its easier to estimate prices and if you go over budget you only put a few dollars rather than the whole sale, but their customer service isn’t that great.
Those with a thirst for knowledge and who are passionate about helping others will excel in this profession. Your team’s primary focus will be to get to know these young adults on a personal level, using this knowledge to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Once you’ve tapped into this, you’re equipped to assist them in determining what schools are best for them and how best to proceed from there. Since colleges consistently change their admissions process, you must be committed to keeping up with these changes. A love of traveling is also important, as you’ll want to spend a portion of your time visiting college campuses, building relationships with individuals in the admissions office.
If you have prior administrative experience or you simply enjoy basic office tasks like typing, correspondence, and scheduling, a virtual assistant (VA) job may be the perfect fit for you. Not only are VAs are in demand, but their hours are (often) flexible, and most tasks you can complete on a flexible timeline. You can learn more about virtual assistant roles here.
A good article, fantastic suggestions, and I’m so glad to see the absolute lack of judgment. I stayed at home for three years with our two kids, but when the youngest was seven months old, finances forced me back to work. I’ve faced the “what kind of mom puts her kids in daycare” judging and the “what kind of woman gives up her life to be stuck at home with kids” judging, and neither is fair nor helpful.
Finding a work-at-home job can seem daunting at first, particularly for moms who may already have a full life. But when trying to make the shift from the office to a work-at-home job, the first thing to consider is whether you can telecommute your current job. If the answer is no, you may want to start thinking about moving your career in a different direction.
English learners often look for native speakers who work from home as freelance ESL teachers. An instructor needs to help the student with language learning and communication. All the lessons are held online at a convenient time for both sides. A bachelor’s degree is sometimes required for a position. Teaching experience would be a great bonus. There are also more chances if you have certifications.
“I started my business only a few months before finding out I was pregnant with my first child. Knowing I was going to have a baby was both exhilarating and scary at the same time but I knew it was only going to fuel my aspirations and not stifle them. There’s nothing like having to provide for your own child to inspire you to do the best you’ve ever done before.”

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? This might just be the cutest, most fun business on this list. If you’ve got a talent for creating beautiful (and tasty!) cupcakes, this might be the idea for you. There might be hoops to jump through in order to get your kitchen certified for a home bakery if the zoning laws permit it. Depending on the popularity of your cupcakes, though, you may find yourself in a storefront before you know it. 

It’s not exactly a way to make consistent great money, but housesitting—exactly what it sounds like—is a fantastically easy business idea that can fund your ability to live in exciting locales around the world (or your city) without paying a dime in rent. Did I mention it’s a way to travel and live rent free? Here’s a list of four great websites from the legendary Nomadic Matt, to start your housesitting side business idea search.
Hi, I love this post! I’ve been a SAHM for seven years now, but recently had to re-enter the workforce. So I also became a LegalShield Associate, offering excellent legal and identity theft protection services. I like it because these are important services that make people’s lives so much easier, and the company is amazing! I’d love to help other moms protect their families, so feel free to contact me. :-)
Ask anyone in the antiques and collectibles business why they do it and they'll tell you, "It's the thrill of the hunt." If you love yard sales, scrounging in junk shops, going to flea markets, and old objects, then this could be the business for you. Once you've amassed enough inventory start small by renting (or sharing the rent with another enthusiast) a booth in an antique center and take it from there. Besides, you're spouse may be secretly thrilled that you're finally unloading all that junk!
People who love dogs and other people may be well-suited for owning a dog training business, as the work involves interacting with both dogs and their owners. Patience is another valuable attribute, because training dogs often requires repeating the same drill multiple times. Dog training businesses usually operate during the day, which can make it difficult to run a business while keeping a traditional day job.
Naturally, it helps if you already have an online audience you can tap for listening to your regular podcast (like I did), but that hasn't stopped thousands of people from building successful side business ideas into lucrative podcasts—including Alex Blumberg, founder of Gimlet Media who teaches how to use storytelling and launch a podcast. You can also check out this class from podcaster and entrepreneur, Lewis Howes, about how to make money podcasting as a side business idea, which regularly broadcasts for free on CreativeLive.
‘PalFish is a leading English education platform in China who makes quality English education simple for both teachers and students. Its PalFish Official Kids Course, for students between 3-15 years old, is expanding with a fast speed and more teachers are needed! And some teachers can even earn over $200 in a day by teaching from home! If you are looking for an online ESL job, give it a try and you won’t regret.
Great post! Lots of practical tips here. I’m at home with 2 kiddos and do some work at home as well. It’s been a challenge for me to create the kind of boundaries you outline because I’m kind-of routine-averse. It’s inspirational to see your laser precision! Also 100% agree that turning down work that isn’t a fit for you/your family is SUPER important!
Tip #13: Be fully present in your current activity. That means that if you’re home and spending time with your family/kids you’re doing that 100%. It’s so so easy to sneak in work here and there when you’re remote and work from home. It can be so hard to separate the two so I find myself being really conscious of this. When I’m playing with my daughter, I’m fully present (physically and emotionally) doing just that – trying not to think about work etc.
“I started my business only a few months before finding out I was pregnant with my first child. Knowing I was going to have a baby was both exhilarating and scary at the same time but I knew it was only going to fuel my aspirations and not stifle them. There’s nothing like having to provide for your own child to inspire you to do the best you’ve ever done before.”
Chiropractic clinics are an alternative modality that supplement conventional medicine. Their aim is to improve spinal mobility. This usually also means adjusting various parts of the spine, including the low, middle, and upper back area, as well as the neck. Patients often choose this type of therapy when they are dissatisfied with conventional treatments or want pain relief that conventional medicine does not offer.
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It takes a very thick skin to go into this business, but debt collectors only need a telephone and a computer to work, making it a great work-at-home business. It’s also a recession-proof (or even recession-loving) business. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, so make sure you do your homework before setting up shop. Median salary: $31,300.
A custom portrait business specializes in creating portraits in a variety of styles and mediums for a diverse array of clients. Your custom portrait business may specialize in mediums such as pencil, paint, or even crochet. You may run a business where customers order a portrait in advance, or you may offer to create a custom portrait on the spot for them.
Then you can move on to more immersive sales education through online courses like Sales Training and Prospecting on Udemy, The Guide to Pitching and Selling Clients on CreativeLive. Once you're ready to put your selling skills to the test, check out Angel List and see if any sales position opportunities align with your interests—the last thing you want to do is get stuck selling products or services you're not interested in. However, by starting out your sales career as a side business idea, that gives you the flexibility to easily change courses if you ever need to.
My wife stays at home with them and has no interest in writing, and I’ll be retiring soon at 41, and can’t wait to join her. If you have an attitude that kids will ad to your life, and you don’t live a spendy rockstar style life to begin with, I think kids are the perfect recipe for frugal people. Great tax deductions, free entertainment, and they cost next to nothing.
I created my own niche after my divorce last year by learning Google Adwords and now handle my own accounts and do contract work for a local digital marketing agency. I set up accounts and rehab / optimize existing ones. Adwords is a platform built for the small solo operator AND big corporations, so there is a lot within the dashboard to sort & sift through. I basically assist small local service businesses get set up right so they don’t continue to lose money. Plus I offer interactive lessons (not something many people do out there at all). Google Adwords is huge and growing (partly how Google makes its BILLIONS). If you love data analysis, marketing in general, writing on point & creative ad copy, and simply LEARNING, the opportunities are there for TRUE self-starters. You also have to have super attention to detail with spelling, etc. I don’t have a college degree, mind you, but was hungry to learn it all. I am at heart a teacher and helper (and have always been geared towards marketing). I have owned my own little businesses as a house cleaner and professional organizer and then segued into Adwords (after building my own cleaning & organizing campaigns). Did so after I had my 2nd boy in 10/2015 and one in K at the time. I had to find a way to work from home because the chaos of meeting the school bus and dropping off and picking up at the sitter was getting a little crazy. 🙂 I recommend looking into Adwords. You can even get certified. That is my next goal.
It used to be, you had to go to the schools or homes of students, or they had to come to your home for tutoring, however, with video conferencing, you can help students from anywhere around the world. You can provide academic tutoring, or teach English to students from foreign countries. You can also provide other instruction such as music (i.e., piano instructor).
Are you a celeb gawker? Assist small business owners with their PR campaigns by getting their products into the hands of celebrities. Campaigns will consist of working with small business owners, coordinating gifting opportunities (award shows, baby showers, births, weddings) and then scoping the various media outlets for sightings of the stars with your client’s product.

I love what you said about “leaning in” to the phase of life that you are in. I live with my boyfriend ( and have for 3 years), but he went back to school for engineering. I graduated a few years ago with my masters, so I often feel like I should be engaged/married/owning a home/blah blah blah, but that’s not where I am yet and that’s okay. I also commend you for not dragging baby woods to dinner dates. I always feel sorry for kids who are screaming or getting screamed AT in Target at 2:00 in the afternoon while their moms are trying to shop. Its obvious they are sleepy and need a nap, what do you expect them to do! I cry when I’m tired and am an “adult”!
Parents who are independent contractors, home business owners, and employed telecommuters will each have different needs in childcare as will families headed by a single parent or those in which one parent works part-time or not at all. Parents of infants and toddlers versus those of school-age kids will also find their childcare needs to be quite different.
I have designed a template to help parents teach their children about God, to understand different activities that happen within the church i.e. baptism, to help them learn basic Bible verses, and a list of verses which can be utilized for different occurrences in life. I do not know how to market my “tool box” and I am interested on how I can get this item out and available to others. I also am interested in providing a service of giving advice to others. However, I am not sure how to even set up a platform for that. I am a SAHM with seven children ranging from one month to 20 years old; with the last three being age three and under. I am looking for advice and direction. We are currently surviving on my husband’s income, but I want to do more than survive I want to thrive.
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Wedding photographers command premium rates. After all, you are capturing one of a couple's most important life moments, making it a very lucrative side business idea. Many professional wedding photographers charge between $2,500 - $10,000 (or more) to shoot a wedding, so it's realistic that this side business idea could quickly blossom into becoming a full-time endeavor with the right happy clientele base that's willing to refer you to their friends and family. Check out the Complete Wedding Photography Experience over on CreativeLive to get up to speed on everything you need to launch a successful wedding photography business.
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