Great post! Lots of practical tips here. I’m at home with 2 kiddos and do some work at home as well. It’s been a challenge for me to create the kind of boundaries you outline because I’m kind-of routine-averse. It’s inspirational to see your laser precision! Also 100% agree that turning down work that isn’t a fit for you/your family is SUPER important!

Hi , thanks for the tipsI never thought to use a number of those Jobs. I find that the best way for me is to complete surveys. I have been doing this for about a year now for about an hour each day and i’m making about $350-$500 each month, which isn’t bad considering it’s just meant to be some additional income. I find that this site works the best for those of you that are interested paymentforsurveys.blogspot.com
Are you looking to make extra income by putting your cooking skills to use? Catering could be highly profitable if you begin by making homely food and sending out leaflets to neighbours announcing your specialties. Business events, birthdays, baptism parties, corporate functions and companies need people to cater for them. In addition, there are niche food areas such as vegetarian food, vegan food and kosher food which is where specialised cooks can come in to fill the gap.
A dried flower business will sell dried flowers to hobbyists or craft stores. A flower preservation business will save important flowers, like wedding bouquets, for interested parties. Owners may do one or both of these services, but they are separate. Dried flowers do have a demand amongst a variety of people who use them to finish their craft projects. Flower preservation is perfect for those who want to scrapbook their memories, or fill boxes and chests with important mementos. Demand has increased for dried flowers over the past few years, as more people discover easy and fun DIY challenges.
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 🙂 

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.

Find an audience for your passion or hobby and you’re all set to monetize something you love via a niche website as a side business idea. That of course, is easier said than done, something not intended for the faint of heart. Prepare to invest a lot of your time, but if you can hurdle the steep challenges and positively answer a few key questions on whether the website business idea you’re thinking about is profitable, then you can begin building it.
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.
It is possible to make $30-$50 every month just doing surveys in your free time and no phone is required to do them. You can make anywhere between a few cents and a few dollars per survey, depending on the length and complexity of the survey. Most surveys take 10-15 minutes to complete. You can withdraw your earnings via direct deposit, PayPal and other ways depending on your location and the payment options supported by the survey sites.
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.
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. 
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 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.
A voice-over business provides custom recordings for clients based on a diverse set of needs. The business works well as an offline as well as online service. Your clients may need voice-over work for many different things. These include movies of varying lengths, presentations, video games, and various other services. The ability to operate the business fully online if you so choose makes this an attractive business with potentially very low investment and overhead.
I am a stay at home Mom with a part-time work from home job. For the past 3 years, I have had the blessing of being the secretary and office manager for a small Hydrovacing company. I have been able to do all the work from home until this past summer. It’s had it challenging times, but I’ve learned so much and have knowledge on how to start your own business because of it. Now, our youngest, age 3, goes with me 3 days a week for a few hours. We have 4 children- 16, 14, 7 and 3. I have also sold things on local sales sites for extra income. I have been at home since our oldest was born. We’ve made sacrifices, but didn’t see them as sacrifices. It was choices to support our decision to have me at home. We made that decision before we married almost 23 years ago. And, we are both thankful and blessed by it.
Elaine Turner Elite has new openings for their national network of personal stylists who represent the brand and earn up to 25% sales commission. Designer brand, Elaine Turner creates exclusive apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry for women who appreciate quality and comfort at an accessible luxury price point. Their mission is to make women “Feel Beautiful Inside and Out”. Elite Stylists have the ability to create their own flexible schedule and are provided with tools, samples and support to reach their goals. Stylists connect with clients via one-on-one styling sessions, trunk shows and philanthropy events. Stylists can also style and sell virtually through our new “try before you buy” box service. To apply for a position in your area, visit Elaine Turner Elite.
I don’t have kids yet, but this gives me hope. I feel like I’m surrounded by resignation to double-income-children-in-daycare, and it really doesn’t excite me. My husband would love to retire/semi-retire early and be the stay-at-home parent, and it’s lovely to hear how you make your situation work. I totally agree that routine is so helpful, even before you have kids. We get up at about 5:30 every morning and have coffee together because my hubby works 7-3 (mostly to avoid traffic). Having that routine really kicks my day off to a good start, and it feels like I have all this extra time in the morning that everyone misses out on!

If you’re expecting a baby, or in the midst of a childcare arrangement that’s not working out for you, consider if the work-from-home model might help alleviate some of the time and money burdens you’re facing. Finding remote work isn’t impossible and, if you can reduce your expenses and live on less, you can afford to take a lower paying job with fewer hours. That’s the beautiful circle of frugality: the less you spend, the more you save, and the less you need to earn.
People in this thread are not exaggerating. Little BLF jr is an easy baby; I could totally put in five hours a day while taking decent care of him, if i was doing something like Mechanical Turk. I mean, I've managed to post this, right? Little bits of piece-work, no prob. My full-time job requires serious concentration, and if I go freelance we will totally get a nanny as already suggested. But no, a thousand times no.
Graphic design is perennially in demand. Taking on a few clients, a freelance graphic designer can run an operation by themselves. This limits the type of projects you can work on, as big projects with huge companies will require more resources than you have, but working with smaller clients can allow you the freedom to work without a team—and from home.
I work at home as an Operator Services contractor. Many people are scared of some of these jobs because they appear to be “too good to be true” and because you do have to pay for your background check up front. Some of them might be, however I have worked for http://www.LiveOps.com for 3 years now, and it has been great. My neighbor worked for them for 9 years. I choose my own hours, with shifts as short as 30 minutes. I have worked my way up to a specialty line, which I enjoy more that the “starter” line all agents start on. There are pros and cons, as with any job, but the pay is good (I average $15/hour) and I love the incredible flexibility. Agents are needed 24 hours per day, so you have lots of options. It is not available in every state though, So check the web site for more info.

Deanne Akerson: As a maternity and breastfeeding apparel brand, our customers are moms. Our team of work-from-home-moms are uniquely positioned to deliver an incredible customer experience simply because they’re moms themselves, and they understand the needs of our customers perfectly! They know what it’s like to be pregnant, breastfeeding, sleep-deprived, because they have been there so recently themselves. This is a benefit to the company in so many ways; from knowing what kind of content creation to focus on, what new apparel products to make next, and how to interact on social media. It simply makes sense to employ work-from home moms who are also experiencing the same crazy, beautiful life stage as our customers.


Public relations agencies also act as advisors in establishing or improving the relationships between clients and their clients' various audiences and influencers. In this regard, they might suggest changing practices or embracing new policies that will enhance reputations. If that effort fails or comes too late, some PR firms specialize in crisis communications, which involves salvaging client reputations when events take place that put them in a negative light.
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.
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.
True! Every child in different. Our first born was always on a schedule, the second one was very different. When she was a few month old, she could only sleep around half an hour in her bed during the day. She wanted to be in my arms all the time, so I was making a lot of chores wearing her in a wrap.That time I also learned the lesson on imperfection 🙂
"Find the balance and find it early! My kids are in school from 9am to 3:30pm. I work 10am to 3pm and try only to work weekends when necessary. So I've got time to get dinner going and pick them up at school without my career choice affecting them too much. I also include them in as much as I can – you'll find my 5 and 7-year-olds stamping hands at the door at my craft shows, or running appetizers at my open houses."
If you want to speed up the process of launching your blog, I recommend setting up quick, affordable and easy website hosting with a company like Bluehost, choosing a simple WordPress theme and working on your first post, in order to set the precedent of prioritizing your time on creating content, connecting with (and building) your audience. Then once you've been able to build a community around your blog, you'll want to invest in really understanding your readers—so that you can give them more of what they want.

I’m a former lawyer turned entrepreneur with Rodan+Fields (makers of ProActiv, the acne system). After welcoming my twin girls, I decided traveling, long hours, and dial-ins were no longer for me. I wanted to work from home on a part-time basis and Rodan+Fields has allowed me to do that. If you’re interested in earning a solid part-time income on your own terms, I’d love to talk to you!

First and foremost, this is a job for animal lovers. Both cleaning and grooming the animals require that the animals be relatively calm, so someone who is good with pets will have an easier time completing these tasks. On the flip side, this job is also good for those who are good with people, as you must be able to convince pet owners who highly value their pets that you will take care of their beloved animal without hurting it.
This is a great and comprehensive article, but the website/search engine evaluating jobs and the transcriber jobs I checked out that I think I’d be a good fit for require 3-5 years of experience each, and as a college student, I don’t have that. Are there any decent paying (50-200 dollars a month) jobs that don’t require experience in the job field yet?

How many promotional emails do you find in your inbox every morning? Probably a ton -- because a ton of companies use them. If you’ve worked in advertising, marketing, publishing or as a copywriter, chances are you can master the skills to work as an email marketer from home. The very nature of the work depends entirely on the internet, so completing the job remotely makes perfect sense.
I’m mom to three 5-and-under kiddos and I wear a number of hats. I try hard to blog (my site mariposablvd.com needs a revival) and I’ve tried to keep up an Etsy shop. Right now I’m enjoying working as an educational consultant with Usborne Books doing book parties, school book fairs and fundraisers. It’s an awesome company and I’m learning a lot about business and goal-setting and it’s very fulfilling. It’s right for me at this point to have some structure because trying to create that for myself was a huge challenge that I just couldn’t focus on. I’m also a big green living advocate and I just signed up with Poofy Organics because I want to be able to offer the choice of products I am comfortable recommending.  I love hearing about how all of you wonderful mamas are making things work! It’s not easy! Sarah Cody at For the Love of Usborne Books
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Thank you for mentioning, I think the only caveat missing in this excellent article is that it is highly child dependent. My first was not a sleeper, neither night nor in the day. Apart from not having any time in the day, I also had no energy from constantly broken sleep. My second is totally different, responds very predictably and I started working from home by the time she was 3 months.
I am a stay at home Mom with a part-time work from home job. For the past 3 years, I have had the blessing of being the secretary and office manager for a small Hydrovacing company. I have been able to do all the work from home until this past summer. It’s had it challenging times, but I’ve learned so much and have knowledge on how to start your own business because of it. Now, our youngest, age 3, goes with me 3 days a week for a few hours. We have 4 children- 16, 14, 7 and 3. I have also sold things on local sales sites for extra income. I have been at home since our oldest was born. We’ve made sacrifices, but didn’t see them as sacrifices. It was choices to support our decision to have me at home. We made that decision before we married almost 23 years ago. And, we are both thankful and blessed by it.
Though I’m not discounting what being a mother means, I also believe that there is so much more to us as individual women besides being mothers. And for me, working as a freelance writer, one that I can consider as an outlet and an expression of my creativity, my passions and my hobbies as an individual, adds to my sense of self and my identity as a woman.
There are different programs, depending on your interests. The one I am most familiar with is Bradley, and they have training across the country every year. The training does cost, but it is a wonderful program. I went through Bradley classes with my husband when we were pregnant with our first and it was just the best experience for both of us. You can find more about training here.
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.
Remote employees should always be aware that companies can reverse policies at their discretion. And employees should also know that at some point, they might have to return to the office if they wish to be promoted or become a manager or supervisor—or if their performance drops. Work-from-home positions aren’t necessarily forever, but then again, the time might come when you don’t want to be remote anymore either.
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.
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? 

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.
Thanks so much for this great article. I’ve been trying to get a graphic design business but am having trouble finding business. I’d also love to blog but don’t know where to start. There are so many amazing blogs out there that it’s hard to think I could have anything new to contribute. But my son is 6 months now and it seems like a perfect time to get started…thanks for the ideas and encouragement!

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who enjoys working with adults and children, helping them navigate through the challenges of parenthood. The individual looking to start a nanny referral agency should also enjoy spending time on the computer conducting research. In addition, those who enjoy connecting and interacting with people will find this type of work enjoyable and rewarding.
Are you an extrovert that loves meeting new people? Selling insurance products—particularly life insurance—may be a great way to bring in some extra cash and build residual income in your spare time. Selling life insurance on the side could quickly generate a consistent $1,000 - $2,000 per month depending on how much time you invest in this side business idea. To get started you’ll likely want to take an online course to brush up on the subject matter, and then pass a state licensing exam. The biggest challenge you'll face as a new agent is generating sales beyond just helping out friends and family. From there, it’s all about networking and lead generation to grow this one. Learn more about this side business idea with this getting started in life insurance guide from the team over at NoExam.
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.
An important part of the home buying process is having a professional home inspector go through the house to determine the condition of the building and point out any potential problems. A home inspector needs to meet the state regulations for the profession, which varies from state to state, although anyone who has worked in the construction or housing industry will have a leg up. Median salary: $52,000.
Starting a home-based business is a great way to do this. In fact, 52 percent of U.S. companies operate as home businesses (source) and many of today’s biggest brand names were established by stay-at-home moms – (Dorothy) Gerber, Mrs. (Debbi) Fields, and Julie Aigner-Clark (Baby Einstein), to name but a few. But what types of businesses can grow and thrive in the home environment?
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.
Mrs. Frugalwoods, you have planned yourself into what seems to be many mothers’ ideal. Everything changes after having a baby, including priorities in life and attitudes toward work. With so many women the answer is black or white, full time work or stay at home mom (with such a stigma). As a long time reader, I’m glad you’ve found a fulfilling mix of family and work. I’ve often fantasized about every workplace having a daycare on site, and perhaps moms could rotate to help watch the children. What do you think? Will this solve all the feminist working mothers’ problems?
If you are a creative mom and have photography skills, you can start a photography service business. Photography isn’t easy, but it is something where you can choose your own schedule. You won’t need to have your own studio as most photography services these days are done outdoors. This is a wonderful side hustle where you can earn and enjoy at the same time.
Last summer, furniture manufacturer Herman Miller told Working Mother that about 17 percent of its 57 open jobs were designated for full-time remote workers. The positions included talent recruiter, workplace-knowledge consultant, helpdesk technician and sales-operations manager. But Ann Noe, the company’s inclusiveness and corporate diversity senior program manager, says these jobs aren’t labeled as “remote” in the listings. So how can you tell if a job you’re interested in can be done remotely?
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.
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.

You may have already sold some things online, perhaps the odd bit of junk from the garage or loft that you no longer use. A lot of people turn this into a business by going round charity shops and car-boot sales to find items to sell on eBay. If you know what sort of items sell well, then you can make a nice amount from other people’s unwanted items.


If you are an attentive listener, you may seek for a transcriber position. The task is usually to transcribe audio content on different topics. A candidate needs to have great listening and typing skills. Great grammar knowledge is also a common requirement. If you are familiar with specific industries like law or medicine, it will be a bonus, but there are also audios on general topics. The special equipment is not necessary, except for good headphones and fast internet.
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.
This is a job with much potential, in part because the title description covers many things. “You can fit your offerings to what you know how to do,” says Stephanie Foster, a former medical transcriptionist who runs the website HomeWithTheKids.com. One can own a virtual assistant business or work from home for a company that makes you available to other employers or clients. HomeWithTheKids.com, for example, currently features several such companies.

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?


I would tell a mother who is starting to work from home with small children to not give up and to be patient with herself, her business [or career], and her children. Your children aren’t going to be small forever, so enjoy them while you can. Don’t let their young years slip by… And if possible, find another mom who is going on this crazy and exciting work from home adventure so you two can set weekly goals for your business and hold each other accountable. Life and running an at home business is more refreshing and possible when you know that you’re not alone. – Micah | Home Faith Family
I know that you asked this question quite some time ago but I thought I would at least try to give some advice. First of all, it's great that you see the importance in staying home with your child. I took online classes for the medical transcription thing and the only problem is that unless you know people, it will be hard for a doctor to hire you from home without you first working in his office for about a year. I actually keep children in my home. Before we moved I kept three children and it paid the house note. I just put an ad on craigslist. Good luck.
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 also know what it’s like to spend every waking minute with your kids when you’re a stay-at-home mom. Trying to figure out what the hell you’re going to do with them for four hours until the stores open at 10 a.m. because they woke up at six. Playing with them in the playroom for hours and then looking at your watch and realizing it’s really only been five minutes. Walking around a parachute singing “Pop Goes the Weasel” and thinking, “Ahhh, yes, this is why I got a master’s degree.” Sitting down for lunch with them and asking, “What’s your favorite color?” because that’s the kind of crap you ask when you’re trying to have a conversation with a 3-year-old. You know that saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Well, here’s another saying. Constant presence makes you want to grab the nearest cup of bleach and drink it.
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.
There is a demand for finding reliable home improvement contractors, and this is a business opportunity you can address. You can start a home-based contractor referral service that connects homeowners with prescreened, reliable home improvement professionals like painters, plumbers, carpenters and electricians. Contractors will then pay you a prenegotiated commission on work secured and you can keep your service free for the homeowners.
If you’re a mom that likes to be out and about and don’t mind picking up a few extra errands, this option can become a considerable source of income for you. Sites like TaskRabbit connect you with local users who are looking for a variety of tasks they need help with. These tasks can vary from furniture assembly to grocery shopping. Pick the tasks that fit your abilities and your schedule.
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.
Parenting is lovely and amazing, but we know it’s hard enough as it is (and it’s already an all-consuming full-time gig). Adding an outside job on top of that has the possibility of making you feel overwhelmed and unable to focus on your family, your hobbies, your relaxation, and yourself. Check out some jobs that offer the promise of a nice balance of work, family, and life outside of your many obligations.
Good post. You have really motivated me to open a blog and start writing. I will put a lot of these money earning tips into practice. Although I have been writing and posting articles about paid surveys on my blog, unfortunately I am not making much to even maintain the blog. It is just a waste of time. I will try to go through these sites you listed here to know which topic to stick with. Thanks
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.
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.
How many promotional emails do you find in your inbox every morning? Probably a ton -- because a ton of companies use them. If you’ve worked in advertising, marketing, publishing or as a copywriter, chances are you can master the skills to work as an email marketer from home. The very nature of the work depends entirely on the internet, so completing the job remotely makes perfect sense.

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.
My wife is doing something similar. I will point out though that a lot of the ability here is child dependent. Our first child didn’t nap well and will not play on his own. It’s part of his temperament and when he was home no one can get work done. He’s five and goes to a public preschool for six hours a day at this point. My youngest is on a schedule. At two he still takes a one to two hour nap and is often content to self play. I guess what I’m saying is a lot depends on the kid.
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.

I planned my Stay-at-Home while I was working my 40hr+/wk Sales Job over 8 yrs ago. I found something dear to my heart, HERBS, and made a business out of it! I now help heal children’s eczema, and provide Organic, healthy alternatives to the mainstream bath & beauty products for the whole family!! Lots of hard work, networking, and persistence has built my business to what it is today! – Melissa Carr at Honeybee Holistics

I should say that I had to chance to try this part-time at the end of my maternity leave, when my son was about 3-4 months. Even then when was he was not mobile, it was very stressful the days I was working and caring for him, because I didn't feel like either was getting the proper amount of attention. My boss didn't seem displeased by my output, but he knew the situation was temporary. I'm not sure I would do it again; I think I would want to use that transition time to start the child in daycare earlier.
Does anyone else here resent being asked about work-life balance? The context is that I'm a leader and one of the few women leaders in my company. I'm always being sent to panels and talking about this topic and I feel like my male colleagues never get this question. Any thoughts on how to address this? I feel like its perpetuating gender stereotypes but on the other hand, I get that the reason people ask this is they want to really know.
Though certainly not for everyone, recycling the containers from products left strewn around on the ground can become a surprisingly decent side business idea if you put in the time. Attending events like street fairs and outdoor concerts can be a great starting place. Put on a clean shirt, jeans, apply your sunscreen, grab a cheap pick-up tool like this one, sturdy plastic bags, and you can sell them for upwards of $4.00/pound on eBay.

Please, can you let me know what your great online job is? I have been combing the internet for a legitimate job now for quite a while and I come up empty-handed most of the time. I am a fast typist (62 WPM), but have found that you need to either know how to translate or transcribe. I have a hearing problem, so sometimes it’s hard for me to understand what is being said in a recording, especially if the person talks fast. Thanks
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