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.
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.
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.
Be honest. When you think of work-from-home jobs, what comes to mind? Data entry? Customer service? While it’s true that some jobs just scream “work from home,” you might be amazed by the number of industries that offer flex-friendly positions. Although there are work-from-home jobs in practically every industry, the top fields for flexible jobs are medical and health, HR and recruiting, computer and IT, and education and training, as well as accounting and finance, government, and travel and hospitality.
This is so helpful and such great advice!! I especially love #3 and have personally found that to be the biggest blessing here at Buffer — when my son might be crying in the background, I never feel any frustration — only pure understanding and generosity — from my team members and they are always so willing to let me tend to him. It’s such a joy in my days to see other kiddos across the team (and other pets, for that matter!) I hope this can spread to all the companies! :) What a powerful impact this will have on your children, on mine, growing up seeing these environments and taking those “norms” with them into the workplace! <3
Greetings Alexa, AWESOME post.. you really have hit on everything. I went the blogging route.. and love it. Yet I didn’t start there.. as I looked through your list I had to chuckle.. as I remember doing the customer service from home.. See I’m a single mom.. my oldest is now 14 and I started searching for work from home opportunities when she was 1 years old.. I built everything up… and have been full time when my oldest turned 13!! Started by exchanging time for money.. with the customer service and that kept me in the place of having to exchange time for money.. so I decided to build my own business.. and this is what set me FREE.. Love your post as it really leads one through the journey of a VERY possible life.. Thanks so much for putting this information together. Keep Smiling!
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 

My big take away from everyone’s input is that your view of a “normal” workday has to change for this lifestyle. You wake up early to get a few hours in before your husband leaves for work, you work during naps, and you work in 20-45 minute increments when you can entertain your kids. Sometimes, you run your errands in the afternoon to free up your evening time after the kids go to bed for a few solid hours of work. Working from home won’t mean your kids can suddenly entertain themselves for hours, and mostly you won’t want that anyway. Part of being home is the benefit of seeing them, right?

It’s a good idea to check your local Craigslist market for home-based jobs. Sometimes, you’ll find a job that requires you to come into the office for orientation before you can work from home. For example, food delivery service company, DoorDash, hires contractors to key menus from home, but first they have to come into the Atlanta office for training.

Thank you for such a great, practical list! I currently live overseas and my options are limited. I love the great income I make with Jamberry, I joined early and have an incredible team. Team building is key in direct sales! Since my kids are school-aged I also started substitute teaching this year and love it. Definitely looking into a few more ideas from this list. Thanks again!
Every day, I hear it: You’re so lucky you get to work from home. But guess what? Being a stay-at-home mom is hard, and being a working mom is hard, but being a work-at-home mom is the suckiest choice of all. It may not be worse than the single mom who has to hold down two or three jobs and never gets to be at home with her children, but it’s worse than going to an office 9 to 5 and it’s worse than staying home with the kids all day long. I’ve done all three, and that is my conclusion.
Do you love being around dogs but can’t commit to having one of your own? There is a big demand for dog walking for people who work long hours away from the home as well as dog sitting for when dog owners go out of town. This would give you and your kids the perfect opportunity to have fun with a four-legged friend without having to adopt one of your own.
Small companies and professional in various industries in particular can save overhead by outsourcing various technical and creative tasks to freelancers. If you have a marketable skill and are able to meet deadlines then sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, PeopleperHour, FlexJobs, and Fiverr are great options. There are plenty of non phone freelance jobs across a wide variety of areas such as online writing, web design, graphic design, SEO, social media marketing, web development, programming, translation, virtual assistance, data entry and much more.
Yes life is immensely different, yes it is harder (though funnier) to fly on an airplane, yes there is avocado in my hair right now–but despite all this, we didn’t subsume our former selves into parenting. Rather, we’ve layered parenting on top of, and in addition to, our lives. What we’ve discovered is that parenting doesn’t need to occur to the exclusion of everything else.
Working Solutions hires independent contractor home-agents to provide sales, technical support and customer service. Home agents can put their experience to work and enjoy the freedom of working when they want, where they want. They select highly educated, experienced professionals with product knowledge, certifications and industry experience to match our clients’ business needs. They never charge any fees. Home-agents earn anywhere from $8.00 -$20.00 per hour, depending on the program.
It’s not just practical things you can create. Do you have a talent you can turn into products? Scenic painter and single mum Miranda Law used her creative skills to source fabrics and make lampshades. 18 months after selling her first lampshade she’s now making a healthy living from her business, Swee Mei Lampshades. (You can read exactly how she did it here.)
Transcription jobs are ideal for stay at home moms who have excellent listening skills and a good command of the English language. Basically you listen to an audio tape and type out what you hear in plain texts. Most companies and clients require that you have previous experience if you want to do medical and legal transcription jobs. These companies will hire you to do general transcription without any prior experience. It takes a lot of patience and concentration to do transcription jobs. If you have the required skills, you can find plenty of jobs to earn a decent amount of income every month.
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.
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.
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?
Twitch.TV has over 45 million gamers that use the system each month and over 100 million unique visitors. Twitch.TV was purchased by Amazon during 2014 for about US$1 billion. There are about 14,000 high-profile streamers (also called elite gamers) on the system that generated over US$60 million in advertising revenues and subscription fees during 2015.
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 :)
If you have some artistic talent, you can start just about any business that reflects your abilities. Sell paintings online or create your own designs and sell them on merchandise through sites like CafePress. Art doesn’t necessarily mean drawing either. If you have a talent for jewelry, sewing or any artistic endeavour, there are many ways to turn that passion into profit.
“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.”
Are you a master of digital photo editing? Do you have a passion for history and family stories? A photo restoration service combines all your passions while helping your customers rediscover and preserve their past through transferring beloved snapshots, photo albums, and old wedding images into a digital format and repairing damage caused by time and light.
Twitch.TV has over 45 million gamers that use the system each month and over 100 million unique visitors. Twitch.TV was purchased by Amazon during 2014 for about US$1 billion. There are about 14,000 high-profile streamers (also called elite gamers) on the system that generated over US$60 million in advertising revenues and subscription fees during 2015.
Thank you so much for this post! This is exactly what I needed to read. I’m a fellow freelance writer, and my husband and I are currently in the trying-to-get-pregnant stage of things. My hope all along has been that I’ll be able to balance continuing to do at least some freelancing with caring for a baby, recognizing that I won’t be able to work full-time hours, but I’ve seen so many doom-and-gloom posts saying that it’s impossible, that if you try to balance working from home with childcare then you won’t be able do either one very well. This makes me more optimistic that it IS possible, especially with a supportive partner. (My husband doesn’t work from home, but he has a very short commute that leaves him with plenty of time at home in the afternoon/evening, and he’ll be able to get six weeks of paid parental leave.)
More women in Singapore are now participating in the workforce. The 2017 Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) for women stands at 60.4 per cent, in contrast to 54.3 per cent a decade ago in 2006. However, many career-oriented women are forced to abandon their aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder when they give birth. Despite that, today’s mothers remain just as passionate about their careers as they are about their kids. If you are a stay-at-home mom, you can find a flexible work opportunity that better fits into your new schedule and works around the needs of your family. Here are 8 interesting job opportunities that you can explore to build your career as a women entrepreneur.
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.

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.
A lot of car owners simply don’t have time to personally care for their vehicles, much less make them sparkle. With simple equipment such as car shampoo, polishing wax, tire black, sponges, a pail and a sturdy hose, you can start earning a decent side income by making cars look fresh in your free time after work and on weekends. Not bad for an easy business idea that'll keep you outdoors and moving your body on the weekends.
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!
Hi Valerie, There are many different side hustles to choose from. If you have a specific interest in one and there is not already information to help you get started on the site, I can create it so please let us know. As far as scams go, this post will tell you about a few you need to watch out for: https://singlemomsincome.com/top-work-at-home-scams/

I love that I don’t have that inner battle of whether or not my working is a disadvantage to my family. I love that I have not missed out on any of his “firsts”. If my son needs some Mommy time, I can usually stop working for a few minutes and cuddle him. I get to ensure the food he eats is balanced (as much as a toddler will allow). I can throw a load of laundry in the washer between tasks. – Ashleigh
The real estate market is on the rebound (for today) and people are buying and selling properties in many locations across the U.S. That means a lot of opportunities for professionals who know how to navigate the legal, financial, and commercial aspect of real estate to build up a stable of clients as a side business idea, especially if you begin to scale your sales hiring and build a team of reps working to help you close more deals. If you consider yourself an expert in the subject, it won't be a walk in the park (hehe), but you can earn significant additional side income as a home-based real estate consultant—especially if you employ one of the best CRMs for small business and know how to work magic over the phone.
The ideal candlemaker should love the craft of candle making and have skills involved with sales and marketing. Candlemakers can begin modestly—in the kitchen and storage space of your home or apartment, and with a limited budget and inventory. Since candles are often thought to be commodity products, you must constantly seek ways of branding your line to differentiate yourself from competitors. Showcase your product line attractively through excellent image photography, a strong online presence and savvy sales skills.

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.

If you have an eye for make up, then you may want to consider starting a makeup business. Much more than being a makeup artist, you may also consider the sales of makeup products. Stay at home mums, as well as working class mothers can take part in this type of business. However, for the working class folks, they may engage in it part-time, by rendering their services to their clients at the weekends, when they are off work.
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.
As long as you can follow directions and catch on quickly, data entry work is a breeze and you can do it at home. SigTrack offers seasonal data entry jobs from home. The tasks involve keying in voter registration and petition forms. You just need to make sure you meet a few technical requirements when it comes to having the right equipment for the job.

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.
The hardest part is when I’m trying to blog during my crazy morning hours and my little ones decide to chase their imaginary friend down the hallway while shouting the Star Spangled Banner (usually after I get into the really great part of writing a blog post). It’s difficult to balance motherhood and a business, but truthfully, both are worth every sacrifice you can make. – Micah | Home Faith Family

Did you leave your 9-5 to work 9-5? Workaround the schedule you have set for your newborn (or the one they have set for you). If you have the benefit of making your own work schedule, realize that you do have the power to adjust it as needed. That's a perk of working from home. Why fluster yourself by trying to force a proverbial ‘9-5' when you don't have to? You really can make the best gains during your newborn's downtime when you just roll with it and stay flexible. – LP Share of PendCo
This is a very interesting topic. I have worked with some co workers who gave me grief because I didn’t want to travel all the time because my wife worked and we had kids at home. At the time they had no kids and one girl told me I was crazy and my wife could “just watch them?” That isn’t easy with daycare and full time demanding jobs. She had an ooops kid with her boyfriend, now husband, and no longer travels at all. Only one kid, yet insists nothing has changed since she had her kid???
This is so great! I am going to try to implement ‘leaning in’ and sleeping earlier once I cut back my hours. I am working 40 hours at home and my son is about to turn one. It has been pretty horrid, but I just work late into the nights. The stress comes from being accountable to my co-workers and of course my son at the same time. To say nothing of the house, which is messy about 3-4 days of the week 🙁 I’m so glad you said working full time isn’t a great idea… it really isn’t and I wouldn’t recommend it to any mom, no matter how fulfilling the work is. (Side note; grad student hubs is home some of the day, and he does a ton of ‘child care’ – I mean wrestling and silly games 🙂
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.
I know how it feels to leave your kids every day and go into an office. I remember sitting at my desk and dying to see my kids in the middle of the day. I remember going back to work after maternity leave and locking myself in the breast pump room just so I could cry my eyes out where no one would see. And sure, part of it was the hormones, but most of it was a super-strong maternal desire to be with my kids, the same desire that makes me want to squeeze their cute tushies whenever I see them. It’s just there. I remember driving home from work and getting stuck in traffic, and it was pure torture thinking about the minutes that were ticking away before my kiddo’s bedtime. “No red brake lights. No red brake lights,” I used to pray.
Like others have said, working from home is not always as great as it sounds. I am very thankful that I was able to work from home for a few years when my daughter was young but I am very happy to be back in the office again. It is really stressful to balance everything at home along with work and I really missed being around other adults. I no longer feel tempted to work weekends, evenings, and holidays like I did when I was working from home.
Good point about standard baby advice. I had 3 kids and worked full time. First 2 kids were 3 years about. I Nursed each about 11 months. Since I went to work at 5:00 am, kids were dropped off at sitter before dawn. My third child was born 12 years later (yes more than a decade apart from first 2 babies). He was not standard by any means. I was fortunate to be home with him for the first 4 months but he did not like sleeping. He was 2 years old before he started sleeping through the night. All babies are different and looking back I realize those hardest of times were the best also!

Publishing is dead; long live the e-reader! Now that anyone can have their work e-published, it is possible for anyone to make a fortune off their writing. The biggest recent example is the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, but there are many authors taking advantage of the ease of e-publishing. If you love to write and are willing to do your own promotion (and having a blog can really help in that case), writing an e-book is an excellent way to make money at home.
A portrait photography business provides high-quality, professional photos of individuals and families. Many businesses offer specialized services for things such as school photos, holiday cards, and family portraits. Because of the ability to offer these useful services year-round, portrait photography businesses play a vital role in the communities that they are located in.
Who says blogging can’t bring in the bucks? Blogging is an excellent way to make money while you write about topics that truly matter to you. As a blogger for this freelance telecommuting job, you’ll write about a specific industry, such as fashion, in a fun and comedic style. In order to apply for this position, you must have previous blogging experience, as well as a portfolio that includes fashion-related pieces—and a good sense of humor.

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.

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:
Although babysitting is not a new business venture, the earning potential, as well as the technical aspects of the business have increased exponentially in recent years. Demand for qualified and reliable individuals to monitor and interact with children is growing daily. This service is generally provided either at the client’s residence, but can be offered in hotels, event venues, or in the babysitter’s home.

It may be easier to get the housework done or run to the grocery store during the day when my son is awake so he can “help” me and save my work that requires a lot of focus for naps or after bedtime. This way I feel like I am spending time with my son when I am with him and still accomplishing something that needs to be done at some point in the day anyway. – Meaghan

Forget one of the perks of working in your pajamas-with a home office and a newborn, you have to prepare everything. My priorities change completely, but I knew I couldn’t ignore one for other. I had to modify business hours to focus on family between 7– 9 AM and 5-7 PM, which means that sometimes I work odd hours (late evenings, weekends) to accommodate when my kids are awake. It also means that I am more available my West Coast clients since I have later hours. That’s a surprise benefit! – Dana Marlowe of Accessibility Partners
“I asked my 8 year old son and 10 year old daughter, who have had me working from home since their toddler years, how they would like to encourage other moms. Their response was, ‘Stick to what you're doing.  Do what is healthy for you and your kids.’ As I began typing, I left out the ‘you’ part. My son immediately said, ‘That's important. You have to remind the moms to do what's best for them, too.’  He's right. We are often so worried about everyone else, that we forget to take care of ourselves. Also, don't forget when you become successful, that it's not always about you. It's about the platform you've been given to encourage and help others."

Whether at an art fair, business convention, or community event, caricatures are a fun way to lighten the mood and get people to laugh at themselves. Caricatures are spontaneous illustrations that exaggerate or “cartoonize” the individual’s features. Initially, this artistic expression was simply done on ink and paper. The tradition has now grown to include digital illustrations, with a variety of printing options available.
I created my own niche after my divorce last year by learning Google Adwords and now handle my own accounts and do contract work for a local digital marketing agency. I set up accounts and rehab / optimize existing ones. Adwords is a platform built for the small solo operator AND big corporations, so there is a lot within the dashboard to sort & sift through. I basically assist small local service businesses get set up right so they don’t continue to lose money. Plus I offer interactive lessons (not something many people do out there at all). Google Adwords is huge and growing (partly how Google makes its BILLIONS). If you love data analysis, marketing in general, writing on point & creative ad copy, and simply LEARNING, the opportunities are there for TRUE self-starters. You also have to have super attention to detail with spelling, etc. I don’t have a college degree, mind you, but was hungry to learn it all. I am at heart a teacher and helper (and have always been geared towards marketing). I have owned my own little businesses as a house cleaner and professional organizer and then segued into Adwords (after building my own cleaning & organizing campaigns). Did so after I had my 2nd boy in 10/2015 and one in K at the time. I had to find a way to work from home because the chaos of meeting the school bus and dropping off and picking up at the sitter was getting a little crazy. 🙂 I recommend looking into Adwords. You can even get certified. That is my next goal.

A little bit ago i started selling nerium as an income supplement. Ive been having amazing luck with it and the best part if that i can do it with 3 kids! I dont have to host parties in order to suceed or go anywhere. I am due now in 3 months with a little boy and my goal is to have nerium and a side sewing business that can make me more than i make now working 10 hrs a week. This post helped a lot because there are alot of scams out there on working from home. Its messy business!
We have alot of our agents who sell Disney. If you want more information visit http://www.travelathome.com I am also happy to put you in touch with some of our agents who are doing it so you can ask them questions. I started out doing travel from home back in 1997. I started taking on other moms who wanted to work from home doing travel – I trained them and helped them. Then before I knew it I had over 150 agents! Now I have a full administrative team and I still work from home. We have a great group of agents and they always help one another out on our Facebook page. If you have questions I am happy to answer them.

First of all, I want to thank you for posting this, it made my evening. I just completed filling out the Happiness Hero application and used to work remote from home last year, now I am in an office here in Houston, TX. My wife and I found out several weeks ago that we are expecting our first kiddo, due in May, and this article could not have been more inspiring. On top of that we are building our first custom home so there is lots happening in our life! The opportunity that Buffer provides for it’s team members is incredible, it’s one big family and each person is at a different place in life yet that doesn’t get in the way of folks helping each other out and encouraging one another.
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Yes, it just depends what you’re looking to get into. For the past year and a half I’ve worked about 20 hours a week writing for blogs and have pulled in anywhere from $2,000 – $3,000 per month. Now I’m doing more virtual assistant work and in the next few months should bring in quite a bit more money. (I’ll also be working 40 hours per week though)
Choosing the path of entrepreneurship, and working on your side business idea, is without a doubt riskier than being content with holding a 9-5 job. It requires way more sacrifice. However, once you’re reaping the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss and hustling your way into making significantly more money with your business idea than you ever could at your day job, the hard work will have all been worth it. So, let’s talk business ideas.
Fiverr is a great place for first-time freelancers who might not have tons of experience and want to build up a portfolio of their work. You'll be able to complete simple tasks ranging from logo design, to creating animations, or even drawing a company logo on your forehead. While this side business idea likely won't be growing into a million dollar startup for you, it can still be a platform for funding your next big business idea. Want to learn more about Fiverr's history and how to get the most out of selling on the platform? Listen to my interview with Fiverr CEO Micha Kaufman.

Another element of our parenting philosophy is encouraging independent play. Since birth, we’ve encouraged Babywoods to entertain herself with us nearby. As a curious 17-month-old, she adores inspecting every corner of every room and dragging toys around to new and different locations. She entertains herself well and puzzles through how to use complex toys on her own.
The people I lead and meet with are in a similar life stage with young children around the house. I’m very clear that in no circumstance is anyone allowed to “apologize” because their child is on the meeting with us or because they need to go tend to a fussy baby. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but I’ve found my colleagues to be happier knowing their sons/daughters are always greeted and welcomed during our calls and it’s very normal to see them grab for an earbud and want to tell the group something.
Incidentally, helping others grow their wealth is also a good way to grow your own financial worth as a side business idea. If you have stock market and finance credentials, then you can earn freelance commissions or consulting fees, advising clients on how to get the best returns for their investments as a lucrative side business idea if you can get results for those clients—otherwise this business idea can be the fast-track to alienating friends and family, so be careful.
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.
I am here to say that there’s a third door. A less well-known door, a less well-traveled door, and one that’s a bit unusual. But it works. And that door is… working at home with a baby. Sounds impossible and some days, it is. But thanks to the internet and the rise in careers that can be conducted from home, the ability to work while child-rearing is–or could be–a reality for many families.

Who says blogging can’t bring in the bucks? Blogging is an excellent way to make money while you write about topics that truly matter to you. As a blogger for this freelance telecommuting job, you’ll write about a specific industry, such as fashion, in a fun and comedic style. In order to apply for this position, you must have previous blogging experience, as well as a portfolio that includes fashion-related pieces—and a good sense of humor.


Internet marketing has grown tremendously as a field, and it’s not diminishing any time soon. There are plenty of business opportunities within this industry, from content marketing to search engine specialization. You may even want to focus on traffic generation or helping businesses with the art of conversion. Your skill set can help you determine what area would create the best opportunity for success.
If you're a good typist, you may be able to pick up a little cash from home using that skill. If you're a really great typist, well, then you may be able to earn some good money in transcription. In addition to general transcription, there are opportunities for transcribing in both the medical and legal fields. In some specialized fields, certification may be required.
‘PalFish is a leading English education platform in China who makes quality English education simple for both teachers and students. Its PalFish Official Kids Course, for students between 3-15 years old, is expanding with a fast speed and more teachers are needed! And some teachers can even earn over $200 in a day by teaching from home! If you are looking for an online ESL job, give it a try and you won’t regret.
Similar to selling on Amazon, eBay is a place to make money selling just about anything you can think of as a side business idea, with the added excitement of using the auction selling model to sometimes get way more than you expected for that antique baseball card you picked up at a local street fair. To turn your eBay selling into a legitimate business idea, look for opportunities where you can buy in-demand products at a discount—and later sell them for a profit. Eventually, you can even take the lessons learned from your eBay store and build a full on blog or eCommerce business like what the team over at Gear Hungry has done.
Edmentum provides curriculum, assessments, practice programs, and online classes. Edmentum frequently hires both full-time and part-time Virtual Teachers to teach math, science, English, history, and a variety of other subjects. Teachers are required to have a bachelors degree and teaching certificate in which the state they’re hired. Job search tip: Virtual teaching positions aren’t listed as “remote” under location; search “virtual” under keyword instead. Full-time Edmentum teachers report earning between $55,000-$65,000 per year.
For those moms who are talented writers, there are many opportunities to get paid for contributing quality content. Blogs, websites and magazines are always looking for experts in their particular niche who have a way with words. The topics you can write about are endless, and you will be able to utilize your creativity and writing ability to generate substantial earnings whenever you have time to write.
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.
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.
Search engine evaluation jobs are a popular work at home non phone job for stay at home moms. Search engines like Google and Yahoo! outsource search engine evaluation jobs to third-party companies that then hire search engine evaluators. A search engine evaluator checks upon search results returned by a search engine in response to a keyword or keywordphrase typed in the search engine for relevancy and usefulness of the search results and then rates the results. Search engines use the rating or user experience to ensure they provide the most relevant, accurate and spam-free results for every search term typed in by a searcher. Some popular search engine evaluator companies hiring search evaluation jobs include Leapforce, Appen and Zero Chaos among others. The average pay is usually $10-$12 per hour.
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.  
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.
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