I'm also not a neglectful mom. Yes, there are times my son asks for me and I can't get to him right away, but that depends on what he needs. If he is hurt, of course I run as fast as I can to pick him up and kiss his boo-boos. On the other hand, if he is throwing a tantrum because he is two, and two-year-olds throw tantrums, I'm going to finish whatever I was working on because I know he will be okay.
It’s always a good idea to play to your strengths no matter what kind of job you’re looking for, but especially so when looking for a work from home job. Why? Because when you’re working from home and raising a family, you can get burned out pretty easily. If you’re doing something you don’t mind or actually enjoy, you’ll be more likely to keep going, even when the going gets tough.
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. 

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.)
There will always be the need to care and educate children. This is one of the essence of schools. As such, if you are a stay at home mum, you can decide to start a school business. Even though this might be a capital intensive business, but in the long run, there is a massive return on investment. This business can also be owned by working class mums.
It's become easier and more affordable for DIYers to build and maintain their own websites, but that doesn't mean there isn't a need for web designers. To make yourself the most marketable, you should have an understanding of coding, but also, learn the major online platforms, such as WordPress, as well as programming so you can build sites that do what clients need (i.e. with shopping carts). While you don't need to know everything, you should know the major scripts and plugins that will help you build websites your clients need.
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.
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.
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?!
Web design is a crucial component of most new businesses’ success. A well-designed website can be the difference between successful advertising, customer retention, etc. and a failed business. As a web designer, you will likely maintain contact with the web developers while working on a project. This may involve meeting in person, but you can opt to stay in touch via email, phone, video chat, or whichever other methods you prefer.
Great article! So many mom’s looking for this article. My family and I started taking Zija superfood (SmartMix/SuperMix) a couple years ago and the natural energy drink about 1 year ago. We’ve had so many amazing health results. My sister started getting paychecks from Zija and we were like, wow this is really a great opportunity for a 2nd income. We have so many people asking us about the products it is so easy. And now they’ve created their workout drink division Ripstix and amazing essential oils Ameo which gives us something to sell to everyone! Great company and our team is so inspirational and motivated. http://Www.jbconyer.myzija.com http://www.jbconyer.myameo.com
Great list! I have been a stay at home Mom for going on 4 years now. It is absolutely a sacrifice, both emotionally and financially to do so. I started looking into ways I could supplement our income, since my husband gets paid monthly. I do before/after school care most days, then during my free time I float between Amazon mturk and Swagbucks. Neither will make you rich quick.
As a woman, if you have the penchant for kids, then you may look at turning this liking into a trade. That trade is none other than starting a daycare center. This is one business that is especially for women and may be exclusive to stay at home mums. Why is this so? This is principally so because of the close monitoring which will be needed to be on the kids, as well as the team that is employed to work together.
Location location location !! My husband and I are both academics, and our home, campus, and daycare are all within a 15 minute walk of each other. It means kiddo can be at daycare on the days we both teach, and two days a week he’s home with one of us and we can easily switch off midday. Our convenient location means we only need part time daycare and one car. The trade-off, of course, is working in the evenings, but it’s well worth it.
For me personally, I do 98% of my calls while Mr. FW watches Babywoods–it is really tough to be on a call with her in the background. When she was tiny, she’d sleep/nurse on me during calls, which was fine, but now that she’s an active toddler, I can’t do calls with her (except in rare circumstances where I absolutely have to and then we make it work. She once sat on my lap during a Skype video chat, which actually totally worked 😉 ).
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. 

Getting a work-from-home job, not to mention maintaining work-at-home success in the long run, requires patience and creativity, and you may want to check out a salary database to see top-rated businesses and the best companies for women. Moreover, sadly, there are all too many scams that don't offer legitimate work-at-home, telecommuting jobs. If you haven't heard of the firm before, be sure to find out whether the company has other employees. If the money or position seem too good to be true, be sure to do your research, and always trust your instincts.

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.


It's important to line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. How many hours do you hope to work that day? When will you return calls? What can you accomplish while your son or daughter is coloring in the next room? You'll get more done if you work smarter, not harder, says Christine Durst, a mom of two in Woodstock, Connecticut, and cofounder of ratracerebellion.com, a site that helps people find work-at-home jobs. That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you are your own boss. If your son or daughter is fussing during your office hours and it's a beautiful day, it's okay to push assignments aside and go to the park. You can catch up on work later when your cutie has settled down.
I brang my business home. I am a licensed cosmotologist and have been doing hair for several years, well I decided to lose the over head and be closer to my kids win win of course but bringing your cliets home has its challenges none the less I remodeled my garage into a stylish salon and new and old clients alike are loving it. I specialize in Organic Hair Color and makeup artist I love what I do with a passion. I also rep for Arbonne International, Im a big fan of there Vegan products and decided to start selling them as I use other vegan products in my home and salon as well. Anyone looking for a health and wellness hair stylist in Sacramento California check me out on Instagram @glambeehairgarage or email [email protected], Blanca :)
For me, this was the perfect balance. This kept my head in the game (architecture), kept my portfolio fresh, and still allowed me lots of quality time with my child. Now that my child is nearing pre-school age, there are more options for childcare. A few moms in my mom group who have been primarily stay-at-home-moms are now enrolling their 2-1/2 - 3-year-olds in half-time daycare/preschool. So, five days a week but for maybe five hours a day. I had decided to do the same but then I got full-time work and so now my daughter, nearing 3 is at full-time care.
I can’t work at home very well with my kids here, even with my husband watching them. The older boys aren’t an issue because they’ve been trained to behave when I’m WFH but the little guy has a ways to go. So I only WFH under extreme circumstances, or when I’m sick. I definitely feel like I take the easier way out by working in an office instead of trying to get stuff done at home!
I do not work a 40-hour week and I don’t expect to. Working full-time while caring for a kid full-time is probably not going to happen and expecting to do so will lead to gnashing of teeth and dismay. I also find that some weeks I get more done than other weeks. Sometimes Babywoods skips naps. Or is sick and wants to nap on me. Or we have tons of places to go and people to see.
There is a well-established market for animation movies, corporate films, documentaries, audiobooks and medical training videos across the globe. Visual media such as documentaries need a voice-over artiste to narrate the story that is being depicted visually, while animated cartoons need voice actors who enact the character.   If you have been complimented on your great voice and have a knack for conveying emotion through a mixture of voice, rate, pitch, volume, and intonation, check out this fun profession.
Hi all: I'm ready to move on from my current role as a marketing strategist at a global media company. I'd like to stay with a publisher, rather than going to an agency or flipping over to the client side. I'm flexible on large vs. small, scrappy and entrepreneurial vs. longstanding titans, "fun" brand (like Well + Good, Refinery29, Buzzfeed) vs. more cerebral (Vox, The Atlantic). What I'm most focused on is a place that will respect me as an individual who is balancing a family, and also, offers solid maternity benefits (since we'll eventually try for #2). Mamas who are at other publishers and/or are in media: would you recommend your employer, based on how it stacks up against other media companies, how they treat their female/working mom employees, and the benefits that they offer? Thoughts welcome and appreciated!
Great post! I LOVE my job as a Norwex consultant and that it allows me to be a stay at home mom with my 3 kids. So many awesome benefits like flexibility, free sign up and 35% commission make it the best job for me and my family! My favorite thing about being a Norwex consultant is helping others rid their home of chemicals and make it a safer place for their families.
Hi holly. I really like all your ideas. I would like to ask if you have any suggestion or ideas about handicraft making or do it yourself that will make a good profit at the same time can be useful for all ages and sexes?i think i am a handicraft person but i dont know how to use it profitably. Thank you very much. And Im waiting for your response.
Before founding Chewbeads, Greenwald was an avid jewelry collector who worked in J. Crew’s merchandising department. Whenever she held babies, she noticed how drawn they were to her jewelry. So she decided to create a line that’s specifically made for babies to play with and chew on. The company now creates teething rings, rattles and even bath toys.
Being a social media manager can be of the best work-from-home jobs if you’re autonomously managing a company’s social media presence. As the voice of the organization, you can manage the strategy and the day-to-day support for their top social platforms. This could include content creation, advertising budget and daily engagement. Having your own thriving social media presence will help you get experience and show your prospective clients your know-how. Social media marketing changes faster than a newborn in a diaper...so be willing to stay on top of the trends.
Oh my gosh! It would kill me to have to send my daughter to day care! I have a 5 month old daughter and work from home with Mary Kay. I've been in business for 3 years, but am most greatful for it now that I have a family! I do have someone help at the house (12 hrs/wk) while I get things done, but I mostly work around my daughter's schedule. When I have appointments with people (usually 2-3 times/wk for 2hrs each), she gets to have some one on one time with daddy, which is really important too!

I just started my Pure Romance business! Haven’t made any money yet, but what I love about the company is that it not only helps enhance couple’s relationships, but it promotes women’s sexual health and wellness which is something I feel strongly about. I will be starting a blog soon, but I do have my PR consultant website set up in the meantime. My goal is to be a stay at home mom.
With nearly 100,000 different custom extensions both free and paid available in Google Chrome's marketplace, there's a huge opportunity for creating a useful extension for people to use while browsing the web as a low effort business idea. One of my favorite Chrome extensions, Yet Another Mail Merge, which enables you to send bulk customized emails from within Gmail, gives you 50 free credits to send emails and gives you the chance to upgrade to a paid account to unlock more sending—a great upsell for the people who are getting value from the extension. Even free Chrome extensions like SVRF Tabs by SVRF, which replaces your new tab with stunning VR and 360º images, have the potential to bring in new users and eventually drive revenue for the startup's core business. Another fun example from a friend of mine, Kathleen Garvin, is Hide images with NOPE, a Chrome extension that hides images on the web pages you're browsing—to help eliminate distractions and keep you from seeing images (like those of certain politicians) that you may want to hide. This side business idea is particularly great because it also allows you to showcase your development skills—which can be put to work as an adjacent side business idea on a freelance basis alongside the Chrome extensions you launch.

Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Yuletide, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, 4th of July, Mother’s Day. There are a ton of traditional holidays that count as solid reasons to explore the side business idea of crafting and selling seasonal decorations. After all, people and businesses pay good money for them. In fact, total sales of Christmas trees in the U.S. alone amounted to a whopping $1.04 billion in 2014. And you still have holiday lights, nativity scenes, crafted hangings, baskets, wreaths, and other decorations to cover, making this a potentially year-round seasonal side business idea.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, approximately 21% of employees work from home on an average day. I’m sure a significant proportion of these people are mothers who are taking care of their children simultaneously. It can be hard to juggle so many responsibilities, but the key to making it work is finding a job with the perfect fit – one that has built-in flexibility, reasonable compensation and engages all of your greatest strengths.
I am a single mom of 3 beautiful girls. My oldest has decided to move out on her own, but my other two are still at home. I work part time, go to school part time, and supplement my income by selling candles for a company called Jewelry in Candles. I have only been doing this for a few months and not many people have heard of this company where I live so it has been slow going, but it is going. I used to work 12 plus hours a day, 6 days a week and did it for years. I decided it was time to slow down a little bit so I can be around for those sporting activities.
I won't lie--I wouldn't trade those first few years with my daughter for anything. But this sort of arrangement isn't something that you should rely on. Take as much maternity leave as you can, and, after the first bit, try to spend a few hours a day doing something mentally taxing while you have the baby. Go read Dostoyevsky, or bug check some code, or something in your field(ish). You'll figure out pretty quickly if baby + work is a thing you can do. Even if it is, I strongly suggest having a backup babysitter in the wings--someone, anyone, who can step in if Easy Baby is suddenly Teething And Miserable Baby, or Colic Baby, or any number of other things that can turn easy babies into screaming terrors and difficult-but-doable situations into major disasters.
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.

According to Mom Corps, 75% of working adults agree that flexibility for work-life balance is one of the most important factors they consider when deciding where to work. The trend toward remote working is continuing to amplify as technology allows for better accessibility, and top companies are evolving to meet these demands in order to stay competitive.


An energy consultant is an independent salesperson that helps businesses convert their source of electricity to competitive retail energy suppliers to save money. Energy consultants can earn sizable commissions per deal while helping business switch their energy to competitive energy suppliers. It only requires a few hours a day and stay-at-home moms can do this while watching over the kids.

Rent baby gear to traveling families. BabyQuip.com is a great stay at home mom job as it connects traveling families with family-friendly people at their vacation destination who rent, deliver, and set up baby gear to their hotel or vacation rental. Easily create your rental website and select the gear you want to rent, your rental prices, delivery areas and fees. Fun and rewarding work. Head of Community for the company, Trish McDermott, tells us moms can make about $1,000/month while delighting traveling families as a BabyQuip Trusted Partner.


Almost everyone has bought or sold something on eBay, but have you ever thought of making a business out of it? Becoming an eBay seller requires very little in the way of capitol investment. If you have a digital camera and blocks of time (when kids are in school) available to list, ship, and hunt down things to sell (garage sales for example), you're good to go.
There are a lot of hard parts. When you work from home people assume you have all of the time in the world and that you have nothing to do. So you should be able to help with all of the things they need or can’t do because they have to go to work. Which is farthest from the truth… I got way more accomplished when I had a job away from home. The kids are also home all day so the house is always a mess, they aren’t making a mess at the daycare that somebody else cleans. I went from what I thought was a tough corporate job to a pretty simple/easy work from home job. I was surprised at how way more difficult it was to be a work/stay at home mom. – Summer Price
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").
Let me explain what exactly it is that we do. Mr. FW works full-time from home for a traditional organization, which means he works regular business hours. Conversely, I work exclusively for myself and as a freelancer, which means I have no boss (except myself!). Hence, my schedule is 100% flexible, which is paramount with a baby (since they are mercurial little creatures prone to requiring doctor’s appointments and snuggles in the middle of the day).
Businesses are successful based on the number or customers or clients they have. One of the best ways to generate new business is through the press. If you love to write and have a flair for marketing, you may want to put those skills to work by becoming a freelance press release writer. You can also monetize your network by using your connections to sell your services as a freelance public relations expert.
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