I’ve been a full-time stay at home mom for 14 years, and a homeschooling mom for almost 10 years. The only thing I’ve “lost” in any of it is any further idea of what I want to “be” when they’re done growing up – my previous profession was sort of decimated by lots of corporations merging into larger corporations then doing a lot of outsourcing. I’ll be 57 (had kids late) when the last one is done with high school. Maybe I’ll go back to school then myself, LOL. Husband says not to worry, that I’ll never “have” to work, but at very least I’ll have to volunteer somewhere.

The willingness and ability to ignore your child, to some extent. My theory is sort of that children, for most of human history, have been strap and go--you put them in a sling, and you go back to foraging for berries or whatever. And that's what I did--I popped her in a sling, and she stayed in it. She walked on the late side of normal, but outside of making my mother a crazy person, there weren't any negative effects.
I started a business with four other moms and our teenage daughters – in order to teach them about business, marketing, fiscal responsibilities and in order to empower them with the confidence that they could help contribute tuition money for college. Christian Bling (www.ctbling.com) is now in 27 states with 150 Consultants after just a couple years. Our consultants sell hand-crafted faith-based jewelry made in Atlanta by struggling moms. The method is called social selling, and it combines home shows, social media, events, exhibitions, blogging, Business-to-business, fundraisers and networking. Christian Bling is retiring nurses, teachers and hairdressers (to name a few). Minimal start up cost is $199 for 7 pieces of jewelry (retail $600+). Visit our website to feel inspired to start your own jewelry with Christian Bling!
Network Marketing includes any company where the Sales Person makes commission from selling products that are not available on the High Street normally and receives part of the profits.  The objective to growing a real business is to also grown your distribution of fellow Sales People working with you (or your team) and then you will also gain a percentage profit from those you encourage into the business and help develop.
My advice may not seem germane since I don’t have kids, but I do have a very busy schedule (professor with a lot of administrative duties) and an autoimmune disease that can flare up unexpectedly, although of course at the worst times. I was getting incredibly down about how little progress I was making on my writing projects. That is, until I realized the magic of 15 minutes. Just like 15 minutes in cleaning my kitchen makes a world of difference, so, too, does 15 minutes on a writing project. If you know what you are going to write before you sit down, you can get an amazing amount of writing done in 15 minutes. (Conversely, I’ve found that after about two hours of writing, the returns diminish). For example, I’m finishing a book right now, and whether my writing session was 5 minutes (yes, 5 minutes) or an hour, I always take a few minutes to write down what I’m going to work on next. That way, I don’t have to spend any of that precious time reacquainting myself with the project at hand. The other thing I try to do is to touch my writing every day. Sometimes, it is literally touch–I spend five minutes with it. But that daily time provides a continuity and I find as I’m driving to work or cooking I’m thinking in the back of my head about aspects of my writing projects, problems and solutions.
With CPA, you can get paid for every action your visitors ever take, from clicking on links, exploring websites, filling out mini-surveys, even just for entering in their email address. The possibilities are endless and the profit potential so incredible that new and seasoned affiliate marketers alike, are jumping ship from the old, outdated methods of making money online to join the elite group of high rolling CPA marketers!It Really Doesn’t Take A Rocket Scientist!..
India Hicks – Featured in Forbes, InStyle, Yahoo, and Business Insider, India Hicks is a social selling company that sells high-end handbags, clothing, accessories, beauty and fine fragrances designed by India and her team. Become an India Hicks Ambassador for as little as $99. Ambassadors earn up to 30 percent commission on sales. Ambassadors also earn 10 percent product credit every month they are active.
Hello! 👋 Thank you so much for the article I am always looking for new ways to be able to work from home. I homeschool my children and I also get bored easily ;-} So I appreciate it! I have been working at Tried and True Ways to Work From Home for about a year now and they allow you pick and choose your jobs and hours (non-sales and they NEVER ask for money like some of these other WFH places) I want to learn more about affiliate marketing and start my own site/blog. Do you have any more tips on that?

If editing and advising college students on how to write compelling 500 word essays on topics such as "You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech," seems like a compelling business idea to allocate your free time towards, trust me—tons of parents will pay you to edit admissions essays and offer constructive feedback for their children. Be careful not to blur the ethical line of actually writing their essays, but serving as an editor to help them convey their message can become a great side business idea that has the potential to spread by word-of-mouth referral in your community.


Some never would have crossed my mind. (a Pinterest consultant? How cool is that?) Some direct marketing opportunities I’ve never heard of before. (Zija anyone?) There are even a couple of single moms supporting their families with their work at home jobs. And what’s more is that they’re carving out a space to chase their own dreams even while raising little ones.

Calling all attorneys with broad legal experience! The assistant general counsel position will oversee a variety of legal responsibilities, conduct contract negotiations, draft legal agreements, and more. Previous legal experience required. The assistant general counsel will work about one to two days per week on a flexible schedule fulfilling legal assignments and drafting, editing, and negotiating contracts as requested by the General Counsel. All work may be conducted remotely with participation by Skype and phone. This is a part-time remote position.


Just to reiterate, the tips above seem to be for mothers that own their own business and control their own time. There are some moms that work for companies, corporations and large organizations that actually frown upon and even have it as a rule that if you work from home, you have to devote your attention to the job and not use telecommuting as substitute daycare. However, some companies are flexible if you talk to your boss and/or your HR department. I work for a corporation AND I own my own gig. I cannot work at home and watch my children at the same time. I’m very familiar with typing on the computer studying for college exams, working full time at home and nursing a newborn. It was exhaustible, doable but also exhausting (I’m also a single mother, so I don’t have spousal help or support). I just won’t work at home with my children and that is my personal preference. However, I’m very empathetic to the moms that do when I conduct business with them on the phone. However, based upon my experiences, my tips would include:

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.
Then you can move into more actionable online courses like Modern Web Design on CreativeLive and Learn Web Design and Profitable Freelancing on Udemy will teach you everything from foundational web design knowledge to earning your first freelance income as a web designer. On top of that, you can take even more immersive courses and learning experiences with access to direct instructor feedback and personal mentorship with platforms like Treehouse, LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly to get up-to-speed even quicker with this career path and listen to my podcast interview with Ian Paget about how to become a freelance designer as a side business idea.

First and foremost, this is a business for those who love books. In addition to working in a field you'll love, the fact that certain books are hits and other books flop means you will need a keen eye when deciding to publish what may become the next big thing. The job is also good for a multi-tasker because, especially when first starting out, you will be doing many things besides “only” publishing books. This includes setting up book tours, book-related events, and handling most of the marketing of the text. Finally, this job is good for a “people person,” as you will be dealing with a wide variety of authors, bookstore managers, and advertisers. 

As a freelancer you can work from home whilst completing a project for a client. Generally, clients hire you based on a completion date, so you are free to work the hours you choose within the day. This is great if you have kids that you are running to school in the morning and picking up in the afternoon, as you are free to work whilst they are at school and in the evening if you choose.
The home healthcare recruiter is responsible for delivering all facets of recruiting success throughout the organization. Other critical components of the position include the development of local- and national-recruiting plans, employing traditional sourcing strategies and resources, and developing new and creative recruiting ideas. You’ll need a bachelor’s or equivalent degree to apply for this job, as well as previous experience in staffing positions that match the job requirements, a good understanding of the healthcare industry, and extensive experience in recruiting, HR and compliance issues.
Domain name trading has been around for the last couple decades, and while most slam-dunk names have long been sold off (Insure.com went for $16 Million in 2009) there’s still plenty of others that you can get your hands on for relatively cheap and broker as your side business idea. But beware: some experts doubt the long-term viability of this business idea, so you shouldn’t quit your day job just to put all your effort into this one without some successes already in the bag. To get you started, here are some tips from GoDaddy, arguably the world’s largest and most famous repository of domain names. Imagine owning desirable domain names for the next decade's most innovative companies.
A jam business makes different flavors of jams and jellies, which are packaged into jars for distribution. Businesses may sell their jams to customers directly, or they might sell to retailers. These spreads are put on toast, used in cookies and cakes, and incorporated into many other foods. Jam businesses make different flavors of jams and jellies, which are sold to customers either directly or through retailers.
In addition to being a meticulous writer from a mechanical standpoint, you must be the kind of person who pays close attention to detail. Keep in mind, a proofreader is not the same as an editor. You’re not reviewing what your clients are trying to communicate, but rather how they write it in terms of spelling, punctuation, typographical errors, and word usage.
PwC had not yet rolled out its flexible-work policy when Carly returned from maternity leave in 2010. She had just taken on a new national role as PwC’s diversity and inclusion recruiting director. Her boss was based in Washington, DC, she was based in Atlanta, and her colleagues were spread throughout the United States. She realized she was commuting 40 minutes each way to the office only to connect with her team by phone and email. A few months into it, she raised the possibility of working from home full-time to her boss, who agreed. “There are a lot of pros that people might not see, so don’t be afraid to ask,” Carly says.
For this article, I interviewed eight work-at-home moms who have worked full-time at home with kids ranging from newborn age to six. One mom has kids ranging from one to fourteen, but we focused on handling the younger years. In addition to working at home full-time, these ladies were also the primary caregivers to their kids. Some used part-time daycare or a babysitter a few hours a week to stay sane, but the majority of the time they are juggling their children and their jobs simultaneously. Hats off to them!

It’s not the sort of side business idea that’s covered in glory, but someone needs to make sure all the numbers add up at the end of the year. Every business and most individuals need someone with the domain expertise to help prepare tax returns, especially time or resource-strapped small business owners. Majo Jacinto in his Udemy course provides an in-depth foundational understanding of how to prepare tax returns (and stay current with ever-changing laws) that'll certify you with tax prep skills in as little as a few hours of training and practice.  Then once tax season rolls around you'll be able to charge an average of $229 per return as a freelance tax preparer with this side business idea, according to CNBC.
Awesome Hannah! I really felt like 6 months was the magic number with both of mine too, where we started getting back into a routine. I was just thinking about this today, and I really feel like there’s room for any blogger who is willing to be brave and share their unique perspective and story. You’re the only you! So don’t be intimidated by how many others there are. If you do decide to start one, feel free to email me! I’d love to answer any questions you might have. Have you thought about doing something with your graphic design on Fiverr? Or perhaps contact bloggers, as they often need help making nice Pinnable images.
This business is a great opportunity for mompreneurs who live in highly sought-after places to live. According to Mompreneur Advice, you could be the first point of contact for someone relocating in your area that needs help with certain things such as finding a dry-cleaning service, lawyer, contractor or plumber. You could make a profit by receiving a commission from the service providers for your referrals.
Take the time to develop your skills at either making your own music, or becoming a pro at mixing, and your side business idea of dj-ing local events could turn into a much bigger endeavor. Though you'll first need to command a solid knowledge of sound design, mixing and music production before expecting to land your first gig with this business idea, as developing an entirely new skill set is not for the faint of heart.
Your talents will involve business writing and a clear understanding of the non-profit and funding worlds. In your writing, you must be able to take direction well because each RFP to which you respond requires clear and direct answers and attention to such details as word or page counts, writing style and, on occasion, even font and type size regulations.
Websites aren't too dissimilar to stocks. Many are junk, but some can generate value for you, making it a strong potential business idea if you have an eye for spotting the diamond in the rough That’s why, like stocks, they are bought and sold all the time. You can buy and sell websites as a side business  idea in the hope of generating future earnings based on their user traffic, current revenue intake, domain name, or some other factors that might be a hidden cash cow everyone else has overlooked. Interested? Check out marketplaces like Flippa and Flipping Enterprises to learn more.

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!
Hi Creative Moms! 🙂 I think this article is just great, I love how you help stay-at-home moms to use their creativity and earn money also from home. I would just add one more to the list. I am an artist and Creativity Coach…and also a mom. While my little one was still at home I couldn’t really work with clients that much, and I have created a lot of art those days….but couldn’t really sell them so quickly. I have joined online art galleries etc, but if you are an artist you know… it’s just a slow process. They may or may not buy your art and it can take a lot of time. I was also on Etsy and still have a store there but it is also quite slow.. So this was when I have started to research on how I could turn my art into a profitable business too… it was a long search but I have found Elke Clarke and Zazzle. Zazzle is a POD site where you can buy customizable gifts, cards etc…. but… you can be a designer there and earn royalty there too. But what I didn’t want is to make that mistake, that I figure everything out on my own…because the site is SOOOOO complex and I wanted to get it right from the first moment.
TeleReach offers telephone marketing services. This company hires home-based positions in appointment setting, lead generation, information gathering, seminar reservations, website marketing, product introductions, trade show follow-up, direct mail follow-up, prospect education, script development, list development, list updating, database sourcing, list merging, prospect, identification, tracking reports, prospect feedback and program evaluation.
Thank you a lot for this amazing article. I am from Armenia but now I live in Russia. I have refused from my job to come to Russia and now I would like to gain a little money at home and bring up my son. Is it possible to earn money from Russia? What easy methods of gaining will you suggest me in order I could spend less efforts and time, staying more with my son?
8:00-11:00am: I sit in my gated in office located in the corner of my living room trying desperately to concentrate despite the fact that I have a loud rambunctious toddler wreaking havoc all around me. During this time, my son plays, chases the cats, throws all his toys all over the place, and I get up occasionally to read him a story, change his diaper, or just give him some love.
Gone are the days of plunking down at the computer for hours of concentration. With a newborn, you must learn to work in pockets of time, being able to stop quickly and re-engage even faster. The solution may be as simple as jotting a reminder to yourself before getting up from the computer or as detailed as rearranging your work schedule to align with baby's rhythm–catching up on emails while baby plays, conference calls during naps, intense work later at night when baby is down for the night. – Shelley Hunter of Gift Card Girlfriend

How many promotional emails do you find in your inbox every morning? Probably a ton -- because a ton of companies use them. If you’ve worked in advertising, marketing, publishing or as a copywriter, chances are you can master the skills to work as an email marketer from home. The very nature of the work depends entirely on the internet, so completing the job remotely makes perfect sense.
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.
Once I had a video conference call with a client and my childcare fell through at the last minute. I couldn’t cancel the call so I gave my then two-year-old the iPad and turned on a Thomas video. Between the two forbidden delights, his head nearly exploded from joy and I got a child-free 30 minutes to handle the call. Not an ideal situation, but sometimes you just gotta do it.
My daughter is five weeks old (I also have a 7-year-old and a 13-month-old, crazy I know!), so when I needed to get back into the swing of working, I needed a way to keep her from being poked and smacked by my 13-month-old. I instantly turned to our Moby wrap. She is against my chest, hearing my heartbeat, while I click away on the keyboard. My 7-year-old and 13-month-old? They can't disturb her! I have two hands and the sweet snoring of my newborn while I work! – Mandi Welbaum of mandimindingmoney.com
A professional meditation business provides a location for clients to practice different forms of meditation in order to become more relaxed and focused. Different clients seek out meditation centers for different purposes. Some clients merely want to achieve a better sense of relaxation and peace. Other clients see meditation as a path towards performing better in their careers and relationships.
Hi I’m a newly mother of a 3 month old girl. I have 0 money to put into starting a investment into anything. I’m not married. And am struggling to find a job to help support my daughter. Is there any ideas I can do without having to put money into it? I just don’t have that kind of investment…. Really would aprechate it. I need to have money for my baby girl and our two adopted kittens. Thank you for any help!
You’re very fortunate to have a child who isn’t a high need baby and naps/sleeps well. I, too, was a really organized and on top of everything person until I became a mother of a child who didn’t fit any of the standard advice. I don’t say that to discount what you wrote, but to share for others who might be reading these comments that you can be the most organized and dedicated mom in the world and have a child who turns your world upside down. My husband and I are self-employed and have worked at home since 2001. I’m not exaggerating when I say I would not have survived the first year with my sanity if we hadn’t tag-team parented. 🙂
Additionally, we work because we enjoy what we do–not because we need the money. This is the extraordinary privilege of financial independence. As longtime readers know, my husband and I didn’t inherit money or come into lottery winnings; rather, we saved extraordinarily high percentages of our salaries for years and invested in a revenue-generating rental property and, more importantly, the stock market. If you’d like to initiate your own extreme frugality regimen, take my free Uber Frugal Month Challenge.

Design your way to a work-from-home job with this position as a senior product designer. Top-level candidates will not only understand the importance of user experience and visual design, but they’ll also be able to effectively communicate it. In short, you get excited solving design challenges with other designers and developers, and then improving and iterating on those products. You’ll need to rely on a deep understanding of visual design and user experience to take new ideas from concept (research and user testing) all the way to execution (mock-ups and prototypes).


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If you have a knack for connecting with people and the willingness to take on some risk, a commission-based freelance sales role could be a great side business idea for you. Many startups seek part-time and commission-only salespeople, especially when they're just getting started, which means you'll often be able to make this a home based business idea. Develop your sales strategies, become an inside sales rep and perfect your cold calling skills on the side in your free time for nothing but commission, negotiate a little equity and you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds. Start your sales education with the acclaimed books, Secrets of a Master Closer and To Sell is Human by famed bestselling author Daniel Pink and you'll be well on your way to getting this side business idea off the ground.
But, you can take advantage of these same exchange rates, and make a profit, if you own a currency trading business. Foreign exchange trading involves buying and selling foreign currency to make money off an international foreign exchange market. Since the value of the world's currencies are constantly changing, the purpose of the business is to time the buying and selling of currencies, trading one against another, so that the company profits from currency swings with minimal losses (called "drawdown").

This is where a medical billing businesses can help. They take care of billing clients on behalf of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. Medical billing companies try to simplify the process by coordinating multiple providers and billing systems, while incorporating processes to adhere to changing regulations, so healthcare providers stay compliant and can get paid for their services.
Hey there @Melissa, I know you didn’t originally post to me, but I work for Younique, selling cosmetics at home. What I love about the company is that they focus on selling on social media and the internet, which makes it really convenient. Plus the company and my uplines are so positive and supportive! Not to mention the product is great, so that helps! I would love to talk more about it with you!
Hand knit hats, scarves, wallets are always hot items to sell online or at local craft fairs. You can even offer custom designs so the items are more personalized based on your clients preference. You can sell your craft at Etsy and even sell your own patterns there. And by the way, Etsy supports this craft that they won’t charge a commission for the sale of your own pattern!
If you have a knack for connecting with people and the willingness to take on some risk, a commission-based freelance sales role could be a great side business idea for you. Many startups seek part-time and commission-only salespeople, especially when they're just getting started, which means you'll often be able to make this a home based business idea. Develop your sales strategies, become an inside sales rep and perfect your cold calling skills on the side in your free time for nothing but commission, negotiate a little equity and you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds. Start your sales education with the acclaimed books, Secrets of a Master Closer and To Sell is Human by famed bestselling author Daniel Pink and you'll be well on your way to getting this side business idea off the ground.
If you’ve been wanting to contribute financially to your household while also staying at home with your  kids, it can be difficult to know where to start! Remember, figure out what kind of employment makes sense for you and be realistic about the amount of time you can actually commit to. While it’s nice to have extra money coming in, you’re not good to anyone in the household if you’re run down from spreading yourself too thin!
My own mother (Hi, Mom!) was, for the majority of my childhood, of the stay-at-home variety. Though she didn’t “work” for many years, she was still a working mom – her business was us. She raised three kids, volunteered for a women’s shelter, led our Brownie troop, organized our bowling league, chaperoned our school trips, sewed costumes for school plays, and still had time to make milk-carton boats and butter tarts and crocheted Christmas ornaments from scratch.
Pet sitting businesses offer pet owners a variety of animal care services, including exercising their pets while they are at work. They also provide an affordable alternative to boarding pets at a kennel during vacations or business trips. Being able to remain in their own home environment can reduce separation anxiety for both pets and their owners.

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Food production from a home is heavily regulated but it’s not impossible. Take Martha Stewart, for example—she famously entered the food service business with a basement-based catering company in 1976. Before you start a home-based food business you will need to understand the rules and regulations that govern the production of food for public consumption in an at-home environment. For example do you need a separate kitchen? What about product labeling? And so on. 

If HGTV is your must-watch channel, then a work-from-home job as a tour contributor could be a perfect match for you. Use your strong photography skills and eye for style to write house tours of homes of all sizes and styles. You’ll need to have superior writing chops, a good-quality digital camera and tripod (i.e., no iPhone pics), and access to Photoshop, Lightroom or an equivalent photo-editing program. Candidates for the position will be considered only if they submit a mock sample tour of high-resolution JPEG images, descriptive captions, floor plans and three short introductory paragraphs.
Public notaries primarily serve as validators of, and impartial witnesses in public legal documents, especially those related to affidavits, oaths, deeds, estates, special-powers-of-attorney, and business agreements. Depending on the state, a full-time notary public earns an average annual salary of $36,000, which makes it a great business idea to do as a side hustle as you bring in money through other ways. If you want to get started with this business idea, here are the requirements and steps you need to consider in the US.
A great idea as a side hustle or a work from home occupation is a service-based business through coaching. Everything is virtual — meetings can be via Skype or Zoom. We all have something that we do better than anyone else, and the beauty of it is that we can get paid for it. It is a matter of finding what problem you can solve for a specific segment of the market, and make sure that these people are already actively looking for the solution you provide. What is great about this kind of business is that the starting investment is low. Plus, you can manage your time and work only when you want to.

There is no one right answer for everyone on how to use your time or your money because everyone’s priorities are different. However, before embracing the extreme frugality lifestyle, I found that far too often, I was doing the things I thought I was supposed to do. That I thought society expected me to do as opposed to what I wanted to do with my life. By eliminating everything that’s unimportant to me, I’ve been able to whittle down the list of tasks I have to complete on a daily basis.
Using your skills for profit is a common trend with all of the best side business ideas. If you're an expert at something, there's likely an audience of people online who would be willing to pay to become an expert in your field—just like you. If you want to take your skills and turn them into an online course that teaches others how to get the same results you've achieved in your life, career, or business, start with How to Create an Awesome Online Course on Udemy, where instructor Miguel Hernandez covers how he makes over $90,000/yr teaching online. You'll learn from more than 8 hours of video instruction.
*I also needed full-time work because my daughter needed her whole room. My plan was to turn the bedroom closet (very small) into a closet office and then give over the room to her so she can have a "big girl" bed and some of her toys in there and a cozy reading nook. Other than my printer, I had a pretty great design going for the closet office. But then I got this job which will enable us to save for a bigger house and even put money in her college fund! And now she has a "big girl" room and I'm trying not to get too hung up on the fact that, yes, full time daycare is a lot of care happening for her outside of our family. It's tough but I'm keeping my eye on the big picture right now and I truly believe that her middle school years will be better served by having me or her Dad available after school than right now.

And again, the easiest place to start looking is you. What markets or industries do you know? What are you passionate about? For example, do you love dogs? Maybe you’ve realised that there isn’t a one-stop online shop for dog supplies and accessories? Could there be a need for one? You already understand the target market, so it wouldn’t be hard to start researching.
What you said Natasha!!! I am scared as well but kind of encouraged after reading all of the success stories. I have been at my current job for 6 years as well and am due in October. At 16 weeks I have already had complications with this pregnancy and am battling my employer on following my doctor’s orders. Despite doctor’s notes from emergency room visits my supervisor does not comprehend my high risk pregnancy. I never would have thought about being a SAHM until now. I loved this article and have found hope that I can do this!
Stay-at-home moms can earn money from working with online recruiting agencies where you’ll be paid referral fees for every successful recruitment. You can also launch your own recruitment business by directly reaching out to companies that need to hire employees. Start small, and then grow your empire once you have learned the ropes of online recruitment.
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Just because you're working at home doesn't mean you should expect to write, make calls, file, and email, all while nursing, burping, or rocking a newborn to sleep. My best advice is: hire a babysitter. Schedule a few hours a day for a sitter to literally take the baby off your hands. Even in a small house or apartment, try to work in a different room, or send the baby out for long walks with the sitter. Then put your nose to the grindstone. It will make a world of difference. – Stephanie Thompson of STPR
Think blogging is no longer a viable source of income? Think again. Tens of thousands of bloggers (including yours truly) are creating profitable content on topics as diverse as scrapbooking, home cooking, travel, film, lifestyle, business, personal finance and more. And we're growing our blogs into six-figure businesses thanks to a combination of email subscribers, affiliate marketing, blog sponsorships, and other revenue streams. Your first step with starting a blog is quickly getting the technical side of things handled (my free master course on blogging will show you how), and then both understanding what your audience craves and learning how to attract those readers online.
If you have experience with marketing, SEO or a knack for getting people excited about the products and services you use on a regular basis, think about refining your skills and putting them to work as a small business marketing consultant in your region—especially if you can become a local SEO expert and can help local clients rank higher in their search results as your side business idea. Businesses of all sizes are in constant need of bringing in more customers, which is where you come in with your business idea. Start by pitching some of these small business marketing ideas by Brian Downard and you'll be sure to impress the first set of clients you begin working with in your area.
Hey y’all! I’m an independent consultant with Rodan and Fields, a premium skincare line that was started by the same doctors that created ProActive. I’m a stay at home mom and decided to join this business because everything is done online and they have a great business model! I devote a few hours a week to posting on social media, following up with potential clients and product training. If you are interested in earning $250, $500, or even more than $1000 a month I would love to share information about this business with you!
So I’m not a mom, but I am a dad who works from home a couple days per week and I also have my blogging activities that take place in the evening and on weekends. To me the biggest key is setting aside a time of even 30 minutes where I am left alone to work on whatever I need to get done. The kids know to leave me alone for that time and then afterwards we can go play a game or kick the ball around. Setting that boundary is key for me to actually get anything done.
It might also be time to think about whether you want to start your own business, as a side hustle to your primary priorities. Talk about working on your own terms—these jobs let you design your own schedule and hours. They likely require a lot more energy upfront and all the accountability falls on you, but you are the boss here and you call the shots.
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If you’ve been wanting to contribute financially to your household while also staying at home with your  kids, it can be difficult to know where to start! Remember, figure out what kind of employment makes sense for you and be realistic about the amount of time you can actually commit to. While it’s nice to have extra money coming in, you’re not good to anyone in the household if you’re run down from spreading yourself too thin!
As the coffee brews and the laptop hums, you're ready to begin another day as a work-at-home mom. The flexibility of working from home is great, but when the baby cries in the middle of your conference call, this working mom challenge spikes. According to Sara Sutton Fell, founder of FlexJobs, "There's a common misconception that working from home means you can care for your kids while you work, but it's really not fair to your job or your children to try to do both simultaneously." But what if you don't have a choice? Balancing your professional life and your child's care requires organization and strategic planning. Before you jump on your next conference call, try these five tips to make working from home with your baby easier:
Collectively, the eight women interviewed have years of work-at-home, stay-at-home mom advice to share. If you’re considering this lifestyle, there is a treasure trove of information below. While working at home is becoming more prevalent as technology rapidly develops, it can still be hard to find other parents to give you insight into what it is really like before you take the plunge. Today that changes!
I am a SAHM and hold a job for a fortune 100 healthcare company. There are lots of opportunities to work companies who offer telecommuting. I only have to go on-site about 3-4 Times a year for a 1 hour meeting. I have had my job 16-1/2 years.It has been wonderful to keep my job but allowing me to do everything for my 5 kids aging 15 to 21 months old.
Parenting is a time-consuming and difficult job. If you’re looking to supplement your mom gig with another paid job, you ideally want to make the most of your precious time—and that means finding a job where you’re paid well for your work. Take a look at the following, which offer options for jobs that are both part-time and come with a high rate. The best of both worlds is definitely possible—you just have to know where to look!
A professional meditation business provides a location for clients to practice different forms of meditation in order to become more relaxed and focused. Different clients seek out meditation centers for different purposes. Some clients merely want to achieve a better sense of relaxation and peace. Other clients see meditation as a path towards performing better in their careers and relationships.

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. 

For animal lovers - Animal boarding and animal treat bakeries work well as home-based businesses. Veterinarians can work out of their homes, too. Both running a veterinary operation and boarding animals will require having appropriate facilities that are separated sufficiently from your family’s living space. Browse these 18 Ideas for Starting a Pet Business for more.
I found the Younique company and it has been a huge blessing in my life! We sell high quality mineral based makeup and other beauty products that are made from more natural products. Have you heard of the amazing 3D Lashes!?!?! The first savings I get is I get wonderful makeup for free or almost free. It lasts along time also! The 2nd Is I make awesome commissions from my friends hosting online parties! It has been a huge blessing in my families life!!

My #1 tip for working at home with a newborn is to work when they are sleeping. Newborns need your full attention when they are awake, and they sleep plenty of hours in the day for you to wait until they sleep. I learned this real quick when continuing to work from home when my now-6-month-old was born. She is only a newborn once, and missing ANYTHING with her wasn't worth trying to work while she was awake. She needed me when awake, and I wanted to cherish that time with her. – Audra Rundle of Little One Books


It sounds obvious, but I've definitely been in the situation in which I'm deep "in the zone" and my kids are craving my attention. I've found that when I dedicate a set period of time to them, whether it's reading, drawing, walking the dog together or just having a chat, they're then cool with amusing themselves when I go back to work for an hour or so.  

It’s not the sort of side business idea that’s covered in glory, but someone needs to make sure all the numbers add up at the end of the year. Every business and most individuals need someone with the domain expertise to help prepare tax returns, especially time or resource-strapped small business owners. Majo Jacinto in his Udemy course provides an in-depth foundational understanding of how to prepare tax returns (and stay current with ever-changing laws) that'll certify you with tax prep skills in as little as a few hours of training and practice.  Then once tax season rolls around you'll be able to charge an average of $229 per return as a freelance tax preparer with this side business idea, according to CNBC.


You will have to pass certain checks to ensure you can do this legally, but once you do, you could turn being a mum into a profitable business. You invite other working mums to leave their kids with you during the day, as you watch over them. You can also pick up older children from school and look after them until parents finish work. This is a great way to leverage an activity that you will already be doing anyway.
But, you can take advantage of these same exchange rates, and make a profit, if you own a currency trading business. Foreign exchange trading involves buying and selling foreign currency to make money off an international foreign exchange market. Since the value of the world's currencies are constantly changing, the purpose of the business is to time the buying and selling of currencies, trading one against another, so that the company profits from currency swings with minimal losses (called "drawdown").
If you only work part-time, clearly you need only part-time child care. However, some who work full time but with flexible schedules also might get by with only part-time help. This arrangement works especially well for home business owners and independent contractors. Self-employed parents often can scale back their hours (and, subsequently, their income) so that they only need babysitting part of the time.
NextWave Advocacy, LLC contracts with news junkies that are politically aware, home-based individuals who are critical thinkers to make outbound calls to educate citizens and help them participate in contacting their elected officials. No sales or fundraising calls are involved. This is not a telemarketing opportunity. The pay is $12.00 per hour with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.
A lot of companies look for HR specialists and recruiters to work remotely. The job requires a few hours a day. The responsibilities may include posting job ads, maintaining the recruiting database, scheduling interviews, and planning company’s events. A job is great for a person with excellent organizational and communication skills . Some companies may require a previous recruiting experience.
Natalie Thomas is a lifestyle blogger at Nat's Next Adventure, an Emmy-nominated TV producer, contributor to Huffington Post, Today Show, CafeMom, heymama and Womanista, and former editor and spokesperson of Us Weekly. She's addicted to Instagram and seltzer water, lives in New York with her tolerant husband, Zach, 4-(going on 14!)-year-old daughter Lilly and newborn son, Oliver. She's always in search of her sanity and, more importantly, the next adventure.
“Living in the midwest, our company policy is that if the local schools have a snow day, we are closed. This is not only for the safety of our employees on bad roads, but also because then we have a complex issue of ‘all the kids are home but we need to work’.  One particular snow day, we also had a lot online orders to pack up and ship out. Thinking it would be a great idea to go in when the store was closed and get the orders packed, we loaded up all 5 kids and headed into the store. It would have been fine except one of us forgot to lock the door behind us. Within minutes the store was full of customers, and the backroom was full of 5 very energetic and loud children. We quickly realized it was maybe not the best idea.” 

I know I sound like an old curmudgeon, but I’m still surprised when parents opt to skip childcare/daycamp costs for well known in advance school breaks and work from home while the kids are just stuck in front of TVs while their parents work in the basement. From an experience where I saved PTO for those times or put kids in childcare/camp, it seems very strange to me. It’s just weird.

As a growing number of parents seek work-from-home jobs, the market becomes more competitive. You have more chance of securing a great work-from-home job if you have the skills and experience to impress prospective employers. Make sure your résumé is up-to-date (check out these simple ways to refresh your résumé) and highlights the skills, experience and qualities necessary or desirable for the job you're applying for.  


Anyone who is passionate about pets and nutrition may be interested in opening a pet bakery business. Pet bakeries usually start out selling through other retailers or online, rather than their own brick-and-mortar store. Because business owners don’t need to keep specific retail hours for customers, it’s possible to start this business up while maintaining another job.
You may think working at home means you can skip child care, but you'll have days when you need help -- and that's okay. When Jonas was about 6 months old, O'Donnell hired a responsible high-school student to watch him two or three hours two days a week. The teenager charged half of what an adult sitter or day care would, and it meant O'Donnell could concentrate on answering e-mails and returning phone calls.
Starting a home-based business is a great way to do this. In fact, 52 percent of U.S. companies operate as home businesses (source) and many of today’s biggest brand names were established by stay-at-home moms – (Dorothy) Gerber, Mrs. (Debbi) Fields, and Julie Aigner-Clark (Baby Einstein), to name but a few. But what types of businesses can grow and thrive in the home environment?
If you’re a parent, you already know you’ve got one of the best jobs around, with highly demanding (but adorable) bosses. But if you’re also in the market for a paying gig that balances with your mom life, there are lots of great options out there for you that don’t involve a cubicle and a 9-to-5 weekday grind. Flexible and part-time jobs are great because they give you more power over your own schedule, and can really help balance your home needs with your professional ones.
My advice would to try and have their day as structured as possible. Kids thrive on routine. They want to know/need to know what is expected of them and when. Make sure you take the time to spend with them also … that is the whole point, after all, right? I would also recommend making sure you know what your priorities are and focusing on them. Personally, my house is low on my priority list so it gets the least amount of attention. If I have a break from work I don’t want to spend it cleaning I want to spend it playing a game with the kids or getting them and me outside for some fresh air. – Summer Price
My company let’s me work from home 3 days a week, while it’s not official – I do put in about 10 hours on the days I do come in, and while I make myself available during the regular 8:30 – 5:30 PM work window, I do a lot of my work in chunks – ie an hour goes in before she wakes up, 1 1/2 hours while she’s feeding and comfortable being worn, 2 hours during nap time, and another 2 1/2 hours once dad gets home around 4. This is give or take any day of the week of course, but it lets me flex around daughter’s schedule. It’s tough though, I don’t eat very regularly or get any house work done during the week it feels like. I’d much rather be around to watch her grow though, and the fact she always has a parent around is good I think – even if we can’t devote every minute to her, she still gets a lot of attention.
Call Center QA is always hiring Telephone Mystery Shoppers from the United States. Work from home making calls and completing short online forms. Flex hours and great pay. No upfront costs or background checks. Payout via PayPal within 24 – 48 hours. We have employed and paid thousands of people across the United States. Member of the Better Business Bureau.
Ghostwriting pays pretty well, and if you're talented at researching and creating great content within a certain subject domain, you can quickly build a roster of high-paying clientele with this business idea. Ghostwriters like Jeff Haden have created very lucrative careers for themselves by writing for business executives and CEO's—and Jeff also started his ghostwriting career as a side business idea outside of his full-time job as a factory manager. Listen to his interview with me on The Side Hustle Project (podcast) right here.
There are some good jobs on this list, but I just want to warn others that some of the gigs on this list are very low paying. Some Fiverr sellers do very well, but the majority of gigs don’t earn more than $50 a month. Also, keep in mind that if you are writing 1,000 word articles for $25 each for bidding site clients, you will burn out because you’d have to write a ton of those to equal the wages you’d make at a minimum wage job.
If you have clutter that you want to get rid of and like the idea of selling products to an established worldwide network of consumers, consider starting a business on eBay, Etsy or Amazon. You can source products to sell from junk/yard sales or charity shops. If you want to get a bit more sophisticated, then consider buying wholesale or adopting a drop-shipping model. The goal is to find products that are in high-demand and not readily available from other sources. Read more about getting started here: More Than Just a Seller – How to Start a Business on an Online Marketplace.
First and foremost, this is a job for animal lovers. Both cleaning and grooming the animals require that the animals be relatively calm, so someone who is good with pets will have an easier time completing these tasks. On the flip side, this job is also good for those who are good with people, as you must be able to convince pet owners who highly value their pets that you will take care of their beloved animal without hurting it.

Do you want to be your own boss, but you’re not sure where to start? Then perhaps a Home-Based Franchise is what you're looking for. With franchise opportunities you're given a detailed roadmap on how to start and run a successful business — and many franchises have well-established names so you don't have to spend a fortune on marketing and brand recognition.
Gift shopping and building remain a position at some companies to this day. A lot of people need to put together gifts baskets and bags for events or as thank yous for clients and donors. This work requires a lot of creativity and inspiration. Fun and festive packaging sells a lot of the contents and having time to research recipients to tailor offerings to their tastes are a bonus.

As a single parent with 50% custody of school-age children, I have different strategies. I work full late days when my boys are with their dad. When they are with me, I try to pick up school-day shifts. I can often score a nice 10-2 job, or maybe half fa day of substitute teaching. I am hoping to find a more permanent gig, which might mean needing more after-care, but for now being able to pick them up from school is priceless.
I am currently a stay at home Mom and have been searching for almost two years for the right position. I have found a couple positions with Flexjobs but none have offered a “steady income”. I am searching for a position that would allow flexible work hours but be guaranteed. I am looking for something that would utilize my 10 years of experienced in Human Resources field, customer service, data entry, payroll, employee benefits etc.
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