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.

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.
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. 

This “third way” is what I am able to do, with TWO kids, no less, partly due to our frugality, and mostly to some pretty extreme luck in being offered a part-time 10 hour a week (or less if I need, or more if I can) job that is really flexible (I set the hours but not always the deadlines). Our days are very imperfect with two kids that 1) get sick and 2) don’t always sleep at the same time. But we still manage!


I worked from home as a freelancer after the birth of my first child, until the day my second child was born, using many of the strategies and structures you suggest. Getting housework, eating, and showering done during baby’s waking hours was huge. With two little ones I knew it was going to be too much for me, and having low expenses compared to our income allowed us to forego a second income for this season. I am very grateful for this because I know personally, I’d be very stressed out by trying to work with these two in the mix! I still get to write here and there, but without too many deadlines, and use free time more for volunteering and family recreation. It’s so important what you say about accepting each season and the constant changes that come with parenting.
It doesn’t have to be books that you review, it can be whatever you like. If you like movies like me, then start a film critic website and place affiliate links to the corresponding DVDs/BluRay products. You might have small children, you could set up a site reviewing children’s products, whether it’s toys, prams, clothes, etc. Write a product review and find an affiliate link for that product. You might love gadgets, video games, arts & crafts, cooking, whatever it is, you can write your own product reviews for them.
After reading this blog I decided to try one of the places – Clickworker – thought it was right up my alley. I assume these are legit online businesses, but unfortunately, as soon as I signed up with all my information – my Facebook account was hacked! I’m concerned as to what else might happen, but hoping that was it and my account at Clickworker was closed fast enough. Just be careful….

Figure out if you can organize your work in a way that works with your child’s nap schedule and attention span for entertaining themselves. Also be prepared to work in the evenings and on weekends when you have help from a partner. Realize that if you are a Type-A personality and want to be able to give 100% to your work and to motherhood, working from home while caring for a child will be a huge challenge. You can’t do it all. Accepting that and letting some things go is necessary for your own sanity (I am still working on this one). Take it day by day and try not to be too hard on yourself. Most importantly, try to remember to factor into your schedule some time for activities that are not work or childcare, since it is very easy to feel like you lost yourself between work and motherhood (though I know that is likely the plight of moms everywhere regardless of their circumstances) but I think it is particularly important for parents whose work space is the same as their home space. – Meaghan
Fashion, style, and grooming continue to be a lucrative side business idea that can be done in your hours outside of work. If you know how to mend clothes, then you have a growing market of budget-conscious and/or personalization-obsessed customers. Entrepreneur says you need around two thousand dollars to start a decent side business idea in this niche but there’s no harm in starting smaller and growing from there, as long as you can make magic with needle and thread.
When your home doubles as an office, set aside a spot just for work. This can be an office in a spare room, a nook in the kitchen or even a desk in a large closet. Wherever you choose to work, keep a baby monitor on the desk to keep an eye (and ear) on your little one. To be safe, put your baby down for a nap before you jump on a call or want to get lost in a project. Sara Ledterman, a mother of two who successfully launched Adorno, an online home decor magazine and retail site, says it's important to "have a space where you can have at least some sound barrier and focus time when on a deadline."
When I went back to work part time after being home for mat leave (at 9mos, before Canada had 1 year policy), work was the easy time of my day. I only wished I could spend it sleeping. I did not really sleep through the night for 14 months after my son was born. It is hard to express how difficult that is to cope with. You just kind of get slower and slower and start feeling spaced out and stupid.

If you have a passion for writing, this is an extremely rewarding career that allows you to use your talent while earning extra cash. If you prefer to work for yourself, consider starting your own blog (for more information, see the article how to get started your own blog in 6 steps). If you are not quite ready to start a blog or would rather work for others, there are plenty of options to write.
I am a stay at home mom of 2. I recently joined Keep Collective, the “little sister” of Stella & Dot. Keep is only in the Beta-phase and will be launching in January 2015. I wanted to be a part of something new and wanted to wear all the jewelry! In just over one month, I am reaping the benefits of bringing in income for my family AND learning about a business from the ground up! http://www.keep-collective.com

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.
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!!
As the sole breadwinner for my family, I love Bethany’s comment on taking some of the pressure off her husband! My husband and I made the decision for him to stay home together, and I adore the special bond he has with our son and the parental attention our son gets on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean being a single wage earner isn’t its own kind of pressure. If living on a single income makes money tight for your family, working at home even part-time may help ease the burden.
Some moms don't want to play the "parent card," admitting to clients that a finicky child is preventing them from meeting a deadline. In that case, it may be best to keep the fact that you're working from home out of the conversation completely. Give your child a nonverbal "Do not disturb" when you need quiet time. Perhaps you could wear a tiara when you're on the phone to signify that kids are not allowed to make noise or interrupt -- unless there's an emergency. If you have an office door, tie a red ribbon on it when you're not to be bothered. This tactic is best for older kids; toddlers won't understand that they can't always have your undivided attention.

Just wanted to comment on your Exchange Student post. I taught in Japan at a Japanese High School and had six classes with forty students per class. I know the two young ladies you hosted were thrilled and blessed beyond measure to have had the opportunity to live with your family. All the students long for American friends and all things American! They are the most wonderful people! I know you were blessed in return!
Trying to be an active parent and focused businessperson all in the same minute can make you crazy. Learn to concentrate on one, and then the other. Learn to switch gears quickly, and intentionally. Sometimes your baby will interrupt your focused work. Just step away and return to it when you have taken care of the baby. Trying to do two things at once well can lead you to do them both poorly. Enjoy your baby, look at them, love them. Put them down to play or sleep and then work hard, and focus. – Shay Prosser of Get It Together
I have two small children and found going to a workplace full time was incredibly difficult alongside meeting the children’s needs (and paying for childcare!). It was very scary leaving a place of security and heading towards the unknown of being self-employed and working from home. I believed in myself and took the plunge to teach online for an established company. It was the best decision. The job is fun and energising and I fit it when my kids are at school. My children are happy and calm and I’m not worried about finances.
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It doesn’t have to be books that you review, it can be whatever you like. If you like movies like me, then start a film critic website and place affiliate links to the corresponding DVDs/BluRay products. You might have small children, you could set up a site reviewing children’s products, whether it’s toys, prams, clothes, etc. Write a product review and find an affiliate link for that product. You might love gadgets, video games, arts & crafts, cooking, whatever it is, you can write your own product reviews for them.
You don’t need to have a degree in journalism to be a reporter these days (and pursue this business idea). Plus, there are many news websites that can always use a bit of help on getting local coverage. Some of them, such as The Examiner or HuffPost, will compensate contributors based on ad revenue generated per article written—a great incentive to provide compelling content to news organizations as your side business idea.

This business is right for those who enjoy learning about technology and the challenge of restoring damaged items to like-new condition. Professionals in this business help conserve natural resources while helping customers preserve treasured photos and online communications as well as valuable software and digital content such as games, books, and music.

Learning doesn’t only happen in a traditional classroom setting. Education is one of the most popular work-from-home jobs out there, allowing teachers and educators alike the opportunity to school students from anywhere in the country—and frankly, the world. For this full-time remote job, you’ll work one on one with students virtually offering math tutoring in geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, AP statistics, and so on via iPad and iPhone applications. You’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree and a current teaching license to apply for this position. 


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.
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
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If you land a remote job, be open and share your experience with others. One of the most powerful forces in increasing the acceptance and availability of remote and flexible jobs is knowing that your managers or colleagues have done it too. “People appreciate the honesty,” says Carly, who now oversees a team of about 100 recruiters, some of whom are also remote. She will often share with them if she’s, say, stepping out to attend her child’s art show in the middle of the day. She likes to show “we have a life outside of what we do.”
oh goodness i hope i can get where everyone else is we are expecting our first in august and im working at a clothing store trying to help. We are looking for our own place and with car payments its a little difficult to afford anything so i have been thinking of other ideas i can do to make extra money so we can move into a place soon before the baby comes but i just cant seem to figure it out.. any ideas?
Yes, you can turn your car into a money-maker by driving for Uber and Lyft, but there are other ways to convert mileage into money as a clever side business idea. One way is to do vehicle advertising, a potential side income source of anywhere between $100 to $600 per month. Whether you own a compact sedan or a full-sized bus, your vehicle’s exterior space is prime real estate for ads. Check Wrapify, carvertise, and similar sites for more details about getting started with this business idea and for being paired up with local advertisers.
If you have a good amount of knowledge in a field that other people are interested in, then writing and distributing ebooks on the topic is a great, easy way to make some extra money. With the rising popularity of ereaders like Amazon’s Kindle, the time has never been better to self-publish your own ebooks. In order to maximize your profit potential, make sure you take the time to copyedit your ebook and have some outside sources look it over and critique it before you put it up for sale.
Owners of grant writing businesses are adept at finding foundations, government entities and other funding sources and applying for funding on behalf of their non-profit clients. You will, in short, serve as a matchmaker, putting together funding sources and needs. You’ll continually seek grant opportunities and write succinctly, persuasively and in an organized manner in filling out requests for proposals (RFP) to win funding.
Even though most people have access to a high quality camera through their smart phones, photographers are still very much in demand. Professional photographers are required for special occasions (weddings, portraits, maternity) and are compensated well for their services. Taking stock photos offers another opportunity for a photographer to earn money. Stock photos are in constant need by websites, blogs and online publications.
I just completed reading hundreds of posts relating to the vast opportunities to work from home. Some sell jewelry, some pedal cosmetics or essential oils. Those are great ideas for the natural-born salesperson. Some are bloggers and write for income. That sounds interesting but requires a great level of writing skill. I read several posts from the creative and crafty who actually create things to sell on a popular shopping site.
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.
If you can create a regular audience for your podcast on a specific topic, this is a great way to get sponsors and fund this side business idea. My podcast, The Side Hustle Project is actually my current side business idea, and because I had an existing audience here on my blog at the time I launched the show, I was able to broker a $5,000 sponsorship from Freshbooks to place ads on the first ten episodes before I even got started.
You don't mention your level of education or past work experience, but there are jobs out there that are work from home. I had a friend who took Jet Blue airline reservations from home. Keep in mind though that she did have to actually go into an office for 6 weeks of training and then when she was home she had to be fully separated from any goings-on in the house to guarantee Jet Blue's customers would not hear dogs barking and kids screaming while trying to make a reservation.
This business is best for someone who understands finance inside and out. Prior experience working as a consultant for another firm is ideal, but any experience in investment and wealth management is helpful. A formal education in subjects such as finance can give you a solid knowledge base to work from, and certifications in particular kinds of financial advising will help you further your skills.

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.
I had a baby last July and my saving grace was the independent contractors that I had lined up to help me. Newborns don't stay newborn for very long. My advice is always to enjoy that time as much as you can. And, after childbirth your body needs rest. Even if you can only manage it for a short time, help will make you more focused and more productive. Newborns sleep a lot. Use half of that time to work and the other half to rest yourself! – Dawn Berryman of Market Mommy
After my first son was born, I quit my full-time job. A couple of years later, SeedMommy was born. I have since had two babies while WAH. My advice: Planning ahead is key. Get as much work done before the baby is born and plan sometime after the baby is born to get back into the swing of things. Whether it's your first or sixth child, the love a Mom has for her newborn is overwhelming and can push everything on the backburner. Planning ahead will give you time with your baby while keeping your biz on track. – Toni Bloomfield
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.

As more people start to realize that being more self-sufficient can help through economic downturns, self-employment is becoming more and more the norm. While someone may have all the know-how to create their product or service, they may not have the knowledge to actually run the business or get it started. Become a freelance business plan writer and you can help these individuals realize their dreams.


Sadly we had a few family emergencies that did not allow me to fully focus on advertising and taking care of my shop. And after having a C-section it was difficult as well. My advise to you is go for it, if you have any artistc/crafty talent than etsy is right for you. Choose your Etsy store name wisely because you can only change it once or twice, and let it represent your shop. Also be very patient, not every month is busy I have had months where nothing sells and one time I sold about $590. Also make sure you have the space to work because it does get messy. And at first you will invest on materials. And lastly be very informed about shipping prices. I began using FeDex, their customer serivice is great but pricy there were time I would ship pinatas and it would cost way more than what they paid me, so I would make like $10 or less. So I came to the conclusion that USPS was the best, its way cheaper so its easier to estimate prices and if you go over budget you only put a few dollars rather than the whole sale, but their customer service isn’t that great.
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