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.
Have a passion for making cakes beautiful? With some examples of your creations and a bit of social networking, you could be on your way to the business of your dreams. There are always reasons to celebrate, and where there’s a party, a cake is never far behind. Increase your chances of standing out from the crowd by targeting a niche cake business such as GMO free, vegetarian, or even Disney or other specialized design areas.

There are plenty of online platforms where you can sell your t-shirt designs, including Redbubble or Cafepress. If you don’t have capital, try Merch by Amazon. I’ve recently read great reviews about this side hustle. All you have to do is create your design and Amazon will do the rest of the work such as printing and shipping. You’ll earn a commission per item sold.


I was surprised that Nerium International was not on your list. The company is less than 4 years old and has broken so many records! Our CEO, Jeff Olson, gets invited year after year to speak to and teach other CEOs at their annual conferences. He is nicknamed “The Millionaire Maker”, and has brought many many companies from the bottom to the top. Nerium did $100 Million their first year with one product, in one country. And it doubles every year after that! It is also the youngest company to reach the top 40 list of the Direct Selling Association! This company is climbing fast to the top, and I’m proud to be involved in it.

"I grew up in a family of 11 kids and spent a lot of time in the kitchen. We were always eating! I then moved to America, met my husband, and his food tastes and family background were completely different from mine. I learned to make food that meshed the two different styles of Korean cooking and after I had my two kids, my cooking evolved even further to incorporate new flavors and tastes as we started eating more American food. My husband and I worked very hard 7 days a week doing every job that came our way so that we could support our family, but every night, we looked forward to our family meals at home. Food is a big part of our lives and that is why I think my son became such a famous chef! Our friends and family felt comfortable in our house and were over all the time, and I was always feeding everyone! It was inspiring to see everyone enjoying my food, and that gave me the energy to work harder to develop my special sauces!" 

Non-profits, universities, hospitals and other community organizations all have a great need for grant money to supplement their budgets, but grants are notoriously tricky to write for the first time. If you have experience writing grants or are willing to learn how to do it by practicing your skills without pay for a few non-profits, you can start a lucrative freelance grant writing business. According to eHow, grant writers can make anywhere from $40, 300 to $67,000.


I know every child is different, but for my almost-three-year-old, toys are just the gateway into some other highly messy, loud, or dangerous activity that needs my attention. To often I’m faced with a, “Mommy, can I show Mickey how to use the knife?” Or, “I’m just getting the screwdriver, my Thomas needs new batteries.” Or, “Mommy, I don’t want to play with any of my toys, I just want to climb on your head.” Basically, a non-ideal working condition.
Before founding SafetyTat, Welsh had an experience that a lot of parents are likely familiar with – that feeling of overwhelm when taking her kids to a crowded amusement park. So she wrote her cell phone number on their arms. And that’s where the idea for SafetyTat came from. The company provides temporary tattoos, labels and stickers that include your phone number and other relevant details.
Knowing your family’s history and past can be more than just an idle curiosity. It can help with determining health risks, establishing a sense of family pride or helping you find a missing person. In addition, if you have any artistic or craft skills, you can turn your research into priceless works of art with family tree design. For more on how you use your love for family history as a business, check out the Association of Professional Genealogists website.
Veronica V., Have you found anything yet? You said you are great with customer service and sales. Have you ever thought about direct sales? I am a consultant for Rodan+Fields, an anti-aging company founded by the very same dermatologists that created ProActiv. We are not a party company (though if you like hosting parties you sure can). We don’t have any quotas. I would love to talk to you if interested! Thanks!
Stella & Dot – Run your own fashion social selling business. Stella & Dot is so much more than a fashion brand – we are inspired by, and created for, strong women just like you! We designed a smart, stylish business that works when you do. Plus, Stella & Dot is more than just a company – it's a community. At Stella & Dot, success is defined by your happiness. It’s your business, your pace, your way.

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
This is a great list! Some of these I have never thought of for the stay at home moms (and stay at home dads 😉 ) out there. I have done a lot of research on different ways to make some income and I am always amazed at the ideas I still routinely find. You mentioned working for Amazon. I know Amazon has a platform that offers some micro jobs you can do as well. They pay small amounts but if you do a lot they can add up! I also like Uber! But only for driving during the day. I wouldn’t suggest driving for Uber at night.

Has every app conceivable already been invented? Not at all. There are literally millions of apps that have yet to be created. Some have an obvious demand while some apps introduce new emerging ideas. Going into this business is very rewarding because it is getting easier to create software applications. Additionally, new users tend to multiply, which continues to create more demand for apps.


Stay-at-home moms can start a childbirth education business and share their experience and knowledge about pregnancy, labor, delivery and early child care to first-time moms. You can attend courses and workshops about childbirth education so you’ll have an idea about what to teach. The best thing about this business is that you can bring your young children along with you.
Additionally, business owners who start this type of business are in good company. Not only do many people have successful children’s book businesses today, but one of the most successful children’s authors in modern history began by self-publishing her work. Beatrix Potter funded the first runs of both Peter Rabbit and The Tailor of Gloucester. The two stories are popular even to this day.
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!!
We do have our spontaneous moments–like a last minute decision one morning last week to take a day trip to a thrift store and a brewery–but generally, we do the same things on the same days each week. This schedule allows me to plan when I’ll write and manage my deadlines. It also ensures that Babywoods gets plenty of socialization with other toddlers–we attend weekly play groups and host friends several days a week at our house.
Yeah, in addition to all the above, snickerdoodle's comment is astute: your employer may not even let you do this, assuming that your desire to work full-time = keeping your current job, or having a similar FT job with another employer. My employer is pretty friendly to parents in terms of allowing telecommute arrangements, etc., but if you are doing regular telecommuting and you have a child you have to show proof to HR that you have some sort of childcare arrangement in place before they'll allow you to do it.
If you love weddings and are a detail-oriented and organized person, you may want to consider becoming a home-based bridal consultant. With many women juggling their work life with their home life, managing a huge event like a wedding may seem nearly impossible. Working with a bridal consultant is great way to help alleviate extra stress during this time.
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.
So, the bottom line is this: you will get creative. You will find a way that works for you. It's not easy. But, it also evolves -- with your career, with your baby, with your needs, etc.. Working while childminding is near impossible. But, there are ways to do what needs to be done and make it work. Especially if your partner is supportive and willing to be creative and stretch as well. Put money in the bank to make this all easier.
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!
If you have at least one hour per day to dedicate to work and great communicational skills that might be your variant. Social Media Specialist is responsible for providing the relevant content and evaluation of newsfeed information. The industry and business might be chosen according to your previous experience or interests. A candidate needs to be a confident user of social networks and know how to handle the account’s activity and maintain an online presence. A stable and fast internet connection is also required.
Some firms outsource their customer service operations and many of these companies accept home-based contractors. You can start by signing up on freelancing sites such as Upwork to test the waters with this business idea first. If you’re already a CSR specialist with management skills, then you can form and lead a virtual team online and engage clients as a bona fide customer service company or, provide customer service training to such teams as well as individuals.
The ideal nail salon owner is someone who appreciates fashion and beauty. In addition, a nail salon owner must be personable and friendly, as providing customers with a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere assures that they will return in the future and increases the chance that they will recommend your salon to those in their social sphere. It is very helpful for business owners to either possess prior business knowledge/experience or the willingness to educate themselves about business practices. 
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!
My job has been called cute, put in air quotes and been the butt of many jokes. I doubt most other writers, event planners, photographers and social media, marketing or branding strategists (all hats I wear) who have an actual office or brick-and-mortar business have experienced the same. Why is our job viewed as a hobby or passion project if we work from home? What is it about the confines of the house that constitutes less respect?
First, let me say that I believe all moms are working moms, whether they’re working in the home, out of the home or a little bit of both, as is my current situation. I'm fortunate to be able to stay at home and work. But I'd be lying if I said there weren't times I questioned what I was doing, why I was doing it and if it was really for me. Half a decade and another child later, I still do. This is the hardest gig I've ever had—and that's saying something, because I've had some tortuous jobs!

Love this post!! I freelanced from home four years ago (averaged 2-3 articles per day and had an editing position) and all was well until baby #2 came along haha! I managed for a bit, but ended up cutting back. YES – naptime was “work time.” It’s crazy how much you can accomplish when you’re waiting on baby-alarm-clock to go off at any moment, haha 🙂
Increasingly, customer service positions (both the full-time job and part-time job varieties) are provided not through centralized, physical call center facility but through home-based employees who have access to a good phone line and high-speed internet connection. These jobs that you can do from home tend to be good for those that need to work remotely and are self-sufficient and organized even when not in an office environment.
This business is perfect for seasoned business owners or upper level managers who are looking for a career change. A business consulting firm must be experienced in business management, marketing, and team building and management. They must also understand how to generate revenue from a wide range of businesses and expand existing streams of income.
I agree with ThePinkSuperhero. Why are you rejecting day care? Our daughter started fairly young and still, at 3 1/2, goes to the same day care, and will go through pre-K. She loves it there, and we love the fact that the school and its employees are trained and licensed for such care. She has some great friends. The different teachers for each unit separate by age do have different personalities, and for her, learning how to get along with them (and the different kids) has also been helpful. 

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.
I have my hand in almost every one of these categories. You know, of course that I blog here at AffordingMotherhood.com. I have a couple of books on Amazon: 76 Free Things to Do with Kids and Natural Birth Stories. I also have a shop on Etsy where I design purses and knitting needle cases that you can sew yourself. You may not know that my “real” job is working from home as an architect. I haven’t tried direct marketing or in-home childcare yet, but who knows?!

hey ladies i’m a 6 months married stay at home wife, recently some major transitions in the family led me to need an income, i’m trying to figure out ways to make money that will appeal to my hobbies, i get depressed if i’m staring at a computer screen to long, and i need flexibility to match family hours, i’m really hands on, but don’t have much training in crafting. i like embroidery, i like art, i am trying to learn sewing and knitting, any ideas?
This is a great list. When people are searching from jobs that will allow them to work from home, they often have not clue what to search for on jobs sites other than “work at home.” This is an excellent list of search terms, as well as to give ideas for areas in which to seek further training if needed so that working from home can be a possibility.
Noe points out that her company’s remote job listings often mention a home-office requirement. It’s also possible that although a job might not be listed as remote, it could be negotiated with an employer that already has such arrangements. Still, a director of human resources for one of the 100 Best Companies advises against broaching the matter right away during a first meeting. “I would do well in the interview first,” she says. Then, if you move far enough along in the process to meet with human resources, you can ask if the role could be eligible for a remote arrangement, either after you’ve gone through training or after you’ve proved yourself to your manager. (The caveat: If the job’s location is a deal breaker, you need to be upfront about that.)
My friend at my old job worked full-time from home with two kids. She had a full-time nanny, but she still got to interact with her kids a lot more than most working parents, including eating all their meals with them, and breastfeeding when they were babies. She also hired a cheaper nanny than she would've otherwise, because she figured she could supervise the nanny and wasn't as worried about negligence or misconduct or anything as you'd be if you were leaving a person alone in your house with your kids all day.

I freelance a bit, along with doing some VA (virtual assistant) work for other bloggers. I also earn a bit with sponsored posts, affiliate sales, and advertising on my blog. I have also self-published a book, Intentional Marriage, and create printables which I sell in my shop. – Crystal at Serving Joyfully (Shannon here! Crystal is one of several VAs that I work with to help me with the blog. She is an absolute wiz with graphics and is responsible for many of the pretty images you see here on Affording Motherhood.)
The range of work-at-home opportunities for the artistic type is immense. Some work-at-home artistic jobs, like illustration, may require an art degree and a lot of experience, but there are plenty of other ways to earn cash from home using your artistic talent. For instance, you can take your crafting and artistic creations to a global market by selling on Etsy.
Wow, I felt like you were describing my life – minus the homestead 🙂 ! I have a 2.5 year-old and was lucky enough to be able to quit my job after my maternity leave and start working for my husband’s small business from home about 2.5 days a week. My toddler still naps for 2 hours a day, and I really use that time to get a lot done. My mother also babysits one or two days a week so I can work.

While the barriers to entry for a retail shop can be very high, one way to keep costs down and limit your time investment while you keep your full-time job, is to set up a weekend popup shop as a side business idea. More of whatever it is you’re selling—donuts, clothing, antique baseball cards, or anything else—will stay in your pockets instead of going to pay for operating expenses such as rent or utilities by choosing to pursue retail as a side business idea with a short-term rental. This guide from Shopify will give you a step-by-step process for getting your popup shop off the ground.
I love all the ideas here. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 9 years Until recently I haven’t had a need to work from home. I would really love to do something that is flexible and strictly online due to having a critically ill child at home. My passion is research for financial assistance for families in need. I would love to be able to find a way to turn this into a profitable stay at home business but I am completely lost in how to get started and if there is even a need for it. Until then I would be interested in data entry or research virtual assistant. If anyone has an idea where to start or if there is something I can do until I can start I would be interested in talking with you. Thank you
For me and my kids, this wouldn't even be possible with a nanny, I think! I do work from home and a lot of people tell me when I mention that I telecommute that it must be great to be able to work from home and be with my kids. When I tell them my kids go to daycare, they look at me like they don't understand this concept at all. There is absolutely no way I would get 8 hours of work into a day at home with my kids, even if someone else takes care of them! Ymmv. 

Non-profits, universities, hospitals and other community organizations all have a great need for grant money to supplement their budgets, but grants are notoriously tricky to write for the first time. If you have experience writing grants or are willing to learn how to do it by practicing your skills without pay for a few non-profits, you can start a lucrative freelance grant writing business. According to eHow, grant writers can make anywhere from $40, 300 to $67,000.
And so I have struggled to find solutions and workarounds to this dilemma. When Stacy wrote about the study that found working moms' self-esteem is at risk when their partners are competent helpers, I read with interest and pondered whether this is true in my case. It may be, but I have to ignore it because that is one of my workarounds. I'm lucky enough to have a husband who truly loves to be a father and is very good at it. He also values my need to have an identity beyond "mom" and has recently rearranged his work schedule to provide me with a few hours in the morning dedicated to writing.
When my daughter was a baby, we did a care share with another family where each parent was responsible for 1 or 1.5 days during the work week. We all worked about 80% time. It was like having part-time twins, they were two weeks apart. We met the other family in our childbirth class. One of the other parents ended up hiring a sitter for her portion. This worked great for a year, from when they were 5 months old until they started a toddler program together.

If you’re organized and love to plan out the perfect menu, you may just have all the ingredients for a successful work at home business. Probably the easiest way to start this business is online through a website or blog. Build your network through social media and by offering sample menus on your website. Then offer to sell menu plans per week or to create customized menu plans based on the person’s dietary needs. You can make extra money with special holiday or theme menus as well.
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.
Thanks for this article. I am pregnant with our first and we’re definitely in the fear mongering stage. However, I’ve discovered that the “wait til you’re pregnant” scares were not really true for me either. Sure, my productivity has gone down a bit, but I don’t weigh 500 pounds and I can still do garden work and have a non-emotional conversation with my husband. So there’s that.
This does not happen 100% of the time and she’ll come get us if she needs help or wants us to read her a book. But, she understands that playing alone is a good thing and that it allows her to freely explore. For this reason, we fully babyproofed all of the main rooms of our house. Even so, we never leave her alone–we’re always nearby, just not necessarily down on the floor directing her play. What we hope is that this will engender independence, confidence, and resiliency in our daughter.
Only a few of these solutions actually give me more time to work and none of them address the fact that taking care of the baby takes time--time well spent--but time nonetheless. What they do is take away some of the need to multitask and be perfect.  For now, childcare is not an option, so I think it's going to be an ongoing struggle to find ways to work and be mom. So I ask you readers, how do you make it work?
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.
I have three under three and stay at home, but I wanted the ability to still have measurable goals, connect with adults, and earn some extra income for our family- I became a Rodan + Fields skin care consultant a few months ago. I love it because I can work when kids are napping, it’s mostly connecting online with others and all business is done through a website. I love the products and have seen crazy good changes with my skin, but don’t have to carry inventory around with me to sell to people!
If you want to broaden your services and earn more, you can opt to make the entire house look neat and clean with this side business idea. House cleaning services cover carpets, floors, lawns, garages, windows, walls, and roofs, requiring a whole range of cleaning tools. You can hire maids and janitors to do the actual cleaning while you handle sales, administrative and customer service tasks. Or, you can start small by actually getting your hands dirty as a contractor, learning on the job before launching your own cleaning operations with the help of cleaning business management tools like Swept. Beyond that, I'd recommend checking out Cleaning Zoom's ultimate guide to starting a cleaning business if you plan on taking this business idea seriously.
Hi there! I have a direct sales for you to look at, if it hasn’t already been mentioned.. Jamberry!! I’m a WAHM who does Jamberry and I absolutely love it. I am looking to invite anyone who would like to try it to come to my website happysassytinker86.jamberry.com, as I do have everything posted up there and if you do have any questions you can contact me anytime!

You don’t just want any ol’ customer-service job. No, you want to be a smashing success. In this fast-paced position, you’ll be the point of contact to answer merchant questions. You should be able to determine the best plan and proactively identify growth opportunities that will help the merchant’s business skyrocket. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial flair, two-plus years of customer-service experience, and an inquiring mind to find solutions for specific issues.


Everyday I do only what’s most important to me. Subtext: there’s a lot that doesn’t get done. However, I am 100% ok with that because, just as I only spend money on the things that matter most to me, I only spend my time in ways that are meaningful to me. I could afford to send my daughter to daycare and I could afford not to work, but I keep her at home and I work because those are the things I want to do. 
Now that you're a parent things have changed. You're probably back at your old job, paying enormous sums for childcare, and coming home every night to your "second job" of taking care of the kids. Or, you've quit the workforce and are now a full-time parent with no second income and discovering it's difficult financially. Perhaps your kids are getting older and will be heading off to school next year and this is a golden opportunity to start your own business.
To the passive observer (and even to those who know me well) I appear to have everything together. Some days I even fool myself into thinking the same. But the truth is I pray for the day that I can leave my corporate job. I multitask in ways that may seem impressive to others, but end up making me feel frantic. Most days I'm lucky if I leave the house in matching clothes, let alone unwrinkled (I had to giggle at the clean basket - I barely remember where my closet is!). My husband and I are two ships passing in the night. And each night I collapse exhausted, dreading the Monday through Friday when I have to leave the house before dawn and miss so many precious hours with my baby.
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