In response to your parenting myth #2: I will have to say, the older they get the less free time you have….well until they are old enough to WANT to play on their own and/or go to school. My son is 4.5 and demands all my attention. He is an only child so he constantly wants a playmate….which is usually me. Of course I have mommy guilt when I need to do laundry or make dinner or take a shower and he just goes and grabs the tablet until I’m done. Yes he plays by himself but not for long. I have found that before age one, it was easier to get things done (though I was more tired). Maybe its because we are only having one child and I don’t want to miss out on any stage in life (i know he won’t want to play with me forever), but sometimes i just want a minute to myself. I work full time too so the days I’m off i just want to spend time with my son. But then i have so much stuff to do around the house. I (slightly) envy stay at home parents though if I’m honest i could never do it. I would go crazy. So yes you can have free time with kids but i think it comes in stages and depends on how many kids you have and if you have help to watch them. Parenting is definitely harder than i expected but i wouldn’t change it for a minute!
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Great list Whitney! Another great option is Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) There are apps (like Profit Bandit) that will allow you to scan the barcodes of clearance items at local stores and know instantly if the item can be sold for a profit on Amazon. The beauty of FBA is you simply ship all of the items at once to Amazon and they handle picking, packing and shipping your items when they sell so you can get back to being a mom 🙂 I know three people that make a legitimate six-figure income doing this from home.
If your mastery of another language is good enough to have the grammar and spelling down, translating is a great side business idea to set up for yourself and can even be done remotely. Flexjobs has literally hundreds of freelance, remote translator jobs available right now and if you're looking to land more remote work on the side of your other pursuits, check out my guide—how to get a remote job (this weekend).
I am unsure as to whether this question is completely relevant or not, but: I am, or at least, would like to be a writer. I don’t want to sound overly supercilious, just truthful, but I have a great deal of talent and there is virtually nothing I can’t write. However, I digress. I recently wrote a short story, which, despite its length (9 pages) is really more like a sketch, but its very eclectic and general. What I want to know is where can I sell this story? It’s jocoserious and seriocomic and pseudoautobiographical, and while not overly sexual, does content overtly erotic elements, yet I’d never categorize it as erotica, which, though I can write, and good at it, I dislike to, viewing it as a diminishment and degradation of my talents; also, it’s trashy and overly simple: beneath me and all decent, talented writers in every way! lol.
We're all guilty of spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest sometimes, so why not get paid to put your expertise to work as a side business idea? Lots of companies, especially startups or those in retail and travel—even influencers have heavy social media presences and are constantly in need of people to help build their brands online. You can find these types of opportunities on sites like Flexjobs and CareerBuilder and most employers on these websites are conditioned to working with people who operate these services as their side business idea. Over time as you grow in your ability to leverage various social channels, you can add more service offerings like running high-return Facebook Ad campaigns or hosting lucrative sweepstakes competitions for the brands you want to work with.

How much you earn is entirely up to you. If you can only spend limited time (maybe at start) you can earn $100 a day spending as little as an hour a day which is a nice supplement to your current income. Once you dedicate more time you can start earning a very nice income that can replace your current income. Dedicated members of our work-at-home jobs program can earn as much as $500 or more per day!


I am a distributor with It Works. Started my journey in April to supplement my WAHM income as a staff recruiter for occupational, physical and speech therapist. I have a soon to be 2 year old and my husband and I realized it actually cost us more for me to work outside the home, and I was fortunate enough to be able to work out a situation with my employer to allow me to do my job from home. I have a sitter that helps from time to time to allow me time to meet deadlines, meetings, jobfairs. I schedule wrap appointments and parties when my husband is home. This also also allows me to have a positive work life balance for myself and gives our child a chance to have a mom at home but to still be able to have someone to give her undivided attention when I have work priorities. So far it is a win win for us.
Believe it or not, this freelance bike messenger makes more money than some people glued to their office desks. You won't rake in a whopping $50,000 as this guy does by just doing this in your free time as a side business idea only, but you’ll surely get a piece of the action. Even Uber is trying out a blueprint for a delivery service, and companies like WunWun and Amazon are stepping up their efforts to expand same-day delivery, increasing the demand for more to jump in on this business idea. If you have a decent bicycle, those pair of pedals might just earn you a healthy side hustle income.
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.
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.
This is one of my favorite extra income ideas. Moms can earn a killing writing freelance articles during their spare time. You don't have to be an English expert or have a journalism background either. There are plenty of successful blogs and businesses looking to hire writers to share their personal experiences. Some of these sites will even pay you upfront for your articles which is great if you're looking to make some quick cash.
If you keep your money hidden in the attic or earning close to nothing in a savings account, you might want to consider putting it to better use through smarter investing as your side business idea. Sure, there are plenty dangers to look out for, but most personal finance experts will advise you to start learning about the stock market if you want to grow your wealth, and to avoid jumping too heavily into trends like Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies without proper understanding.
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.
Katie Bardaro, vice president of data analytics at online salary database PayScale.com, says several characteristics make a job desirable for working mothers, but one key consideration is flexibility. “Moms have to carefully balance work demands with home demands and having a flexible schedule makes this balancing act less precarious,” Bardaro says. “The ability to work part time during school hours, take time off to watch over a sick child, or even work from home makes for a good work-life balance.”
Welocalize works with global companies in a variety of specialized industries such as technology, consumer satisfaction, manufacturing, learning and education, legal, travel and hospitality, finance, oil and gas, and life sciences to translate their website and content into local languages. Hourly contractors earn between $23-$43 hourly, depending on their area of specialty, language, and availability.
Naturally, it helps if you already have an online audience you can tap for listening to your regular podcast (like I did), but that hasn't stopped thousands of people from building successful side business ideas into lucrative podcasts—including Alex Blumberg, founder of Gimlet Media who teaches how to use storytelling and launch a podcast. You can also check out this class from podcaster and entrepreneur, Lewis Howes, about how to make money podcasting as a side business idea, which regularly broadcasts for free on CreativeLive.
If you’re a creative mom and love to do arts and crafts, you can turn your hobby into an income-generating business. Fundera suggests that creative mommies should sell their handmade products as events giveaways or gifts during special occasions. Whether you have the talent for creating accessories or potteries, you can make money by selling your products to your neighbors or through online platforms such as Etsy, Amazon, and eBay.
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.
I thought about having an in home before/after school care, but our state apparently has new laws about lead pipes/ paint, etc and all homes that were built before 1978 would have to be inspected. Our home was built in 1940 and I could not afford that inspection. So, that idea went down the commode. I was blessed with a daycare position for the summer that allowed me to bring my children for free and that was huge! Now I am substitute teaching and would love to be home full time again. ( my dh was incarcerated for a year and is ready to come home and make a new start-please pray that the Probation officer allows him to take a job that he has been offered already).
Avon – At a time when opportunities are scarce, and finances are tight, you can start an AVON business and EMPOWER your life. As the world’s largest direct selling company and leader in beauty, anti-aging skincare, and fragrances, we make it easy for you to sell and succeed, right from the start. Why Sell AVON? You have your own business; You set your own hours, You determine your family/work/lifestyle balance, Minimum start up investment, No inventory required, and Exclusive Avon Opportunities. See why more than 5 million people around the world are enjoying financial success and personal growth as Avon Sales Representatives. Join today!

Everybody knows that finding (and landing) your dream job can be tough—especially when you've had the same position for a while and your resume is looking a little rusty. Before jumping in and becoming an expert resume writer, you'll have to learn how to write a resume on your own, and then practice by redoing resume's for your friends and co-workers. Next, you're ready to join a resume writers' association, continue establishing your credibility and you can eventually make your way into more hands-on career coaching opportunities.


Hi I’m a newly mother of a 3 month old girl. I have 0 money to put into starting a investment into anything. I’m not married. And am struggling to find a job to help support my daughter. Is there any ideas I can do without having to put money into it? I just don’t have that kind of investment…. Really would aprechate it. I need to have money for my baby girl and our two adopted kittens. Thank you for any help!
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. 

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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.
If you’re a professional who wants to start working from home so you can have more time with your children, then starting a consulting business is one way to go. Use your profession and education to choose what type of consulting you can do. For instance, if you’re a CPA, then you can start selling your services as a freelance CPA and only meet with your clients once in a while.
It can also be a challenge when weeknights (after bedtime) are no longer spent on my own hobbies or as quality time with my husband because I have to finish that project I just couldn’t get done during the day. Sometimes I have to spend some time on weekends when my husband can care for our son, so it can feel like I never get away from work. Setting boundaries between work and home life is certainly a challenge. – Meaghan
To be clear, providing care for the elderly often requires a broader set of credentials (as it should) so this business idea isn't one most people can get started with this weekend. These credentials may include licenses, training certificates, business permits, and tax forms depending on which state you wish to operate, the level of care you intend to provide, and whether you plan on running a formal business or just hiring yourself out as an independent worker as a side business idea. If you’re already giving unpaid care to an elderly relative or friend, you may want to review Medicaid provisions for some compensation. In all cases, you need genuine affection for the elderly, a lot of common sense, and good knowledge of first aid, CPR, and elderly care basics to excel with this side business idea.
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.
Public speaking is a skill many people struggle with. While it may come naturally to some people, others need instruction in order to increase their confidence, improve their writing ability, or just refine their skills. As a public speaking instructor, you’ll be able to help these students. Keeping class sizes small,  or even teaching one-on-one, allows you to run this business from home.
Think blogging is no longer a viable source of income? Think again. Tens of thousands of bloggers (including yours truly) are creating profitable content on topics as diverse as scrapbooking, home cooking, travel, film, lifestyle, business, personal finance and more. And we're growing our blogs into six-figure businesses thanks to a combination of email subscribers, affiliate marketing, blog sponsorships, and other revenue streams. Your first step with starting a blog is quickly getting the technical side of things handled (my free master course on blogging will show you how), and then both understanding what your audience craves and learning how to attract those readers online.
This business is a great opportunity for mompreneurs who live in highly sought-after places to live. According to Mompreneur Advice, you could be the first point of contact for someone relocating in your area that needs help with certain things such as finding a dry-cleaning service, lawyer, contractor or plumber. You could make a profit by receiving a commission from the service providers for your referrals.
As a freelancer you can work from home whilst completing a project for a client. Generally, clients hire you based on a completion date, so you are free to work the hours you choose within the day. This is great if you have kids that you are running to school in the morning and picking up in the afternoon, as you are free to work whilst they are at school and in the evening if you choose.
I am a 32 year old female and have a full-time job. I've been working from home for 6 years now. My boyfriend and I are talking about marriage and having a baby. We're trying to figure out if it's going to be possible for me to still work full-time from home while also raising a baby. I found a lot of articles about it being possible to cut back on hours or work part-time only, but I don't want to do that (insurance and financial reasons). He works full-time as well and not from home and we want to try to avoid day care (or at least use it minimally). Has anyone ever successfully done this? If so, I'd love to know how. What was good/bad about it?
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!
- Work-from-home mothers and fathers share some perks with stay-home moms and dads, in that they have greater freedom to pick up sick kids from school (the joys of parenting!) and generally have an advantage in being able to prioritize family needs, from doctor appointments, to school plays, to everything in between (provided their employer does, indeed, enable this sort of flexibility).
TrùAura Beauty is a ground floor company that just launched in February 2018 … talk about a HUGE opportunity! Our products are made with safe and healthy, clinically-proven, high-quality ingredients that nourish your skin, much in the same way a healthy diet nourishes your body. Your overall skin wellness is our primary focus. We create healthy skincare products that are natural, clean and safe, formulated with natural prebiotic and probiotic ingredients that specifically protect and nurture your unique skin flora. Despite your age or skin type, TrùAura works with your bodies PH levels to reveal the most amazingly beautiful skin possible. Whether you are a valued TLC Client or BECOME A BEAUTY CONSULTANT, you will love the skin you're in. Visit Sara at http://truaurabeauty.com/sara.
Like drinking beer? Why not try making it yourself as your side business idea? With enough patience and skill you might end up brewing something that others are willing to pay to drink. Pick up an easy-to-use starter kit from Mr. Beer online, invest the time it'll take to perfect your craft, make a unique brew and start shopping it around to friends & family to see what they think of this side business idea.
If you have a knack for connecting with people and the willingness to take on some risk, a commission-based freelance sales role could be a great side business idea for you. Many startups seek part-time and commission-only salespeople, especially when they're just getting started, which means you'll often be able to make this a home based business idea. Develop your sales strategies, become an inside sales rep and perfect your cold calling skills on the side in your free time for nothing but commission, negotiate a little equity and you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds. Start your sales education with the acclaimed books, Secrets of a Master Closer and To Sell is Human by famed bestselling author Daniel Pink and you'll be well on your way to getting this side business idea off the ground.
Everyday I do only what’s most important to me. Subtext: there’s a lot that doesn’t get done. However, I am 100% ok with that because, just as I only spend money on the things that matter most to me, I only spend my time in ways that are meaningful to me. I could afford to send my daughter to daycare and I could afford not to work, but I keep her at home and I work because those are the things I want to do. 
This business is good for people who are both creative and practical. There are an infinite amount of design options for phone cases, but some will be more popular (and profitable) than others. A good business owner can both narrow down the choices, and predict trends to gain a market edge. Owners will also need some customer service and advertising experience as well.
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!
DEAR HARRIETTE: Whenever I baby-sit for this family, the mom works from home. I understand that she can’t cater to her children and work at the same time, but it makes me uncomfortable. It's strange: I will be in the kitchen making the kids lunch, she will be in there making herself lunch, and then we will all sit together. Or the kids and I will be playing, and she will come and watch for 20 minutes. I know it shouldn’t bother me, but it does. When the kids have a problem, they will ask her instead of me, even though she is doing work and doesn’t want to be distracted. It’s just hard that she’s home when I’m there. Is it weird that I get irritated by this? -- Annoyed Baby Sitter, Reston, Virginia

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.
Baking cookies and cupcakes at home is another emerging trend in Singapore. Food catering can be a lucrative business for stay-at-home moms who can run the operations from home. You can start part-time, working only weekends, then expand full-time as you get more clients. This is a serious business venture where the individual has to be adept in supply chain management and food quality assurance.
Interesting comments about the conference calls. I had a coworker who worked from home with her kids underfoot, and she would occasionally be on a conference call with kids being kids in the background, or even be distracted dealing with them in the middle of the call. Unfortunately for her, management and colleagues did notice. It was seen as unprofessional and annoying – disrespectful to her busy colleagues keeping them waiting while she attended to her kids or subjecting them to the distracting background noise. I guess it depends how many conference calls you have to be on while you work from home?? I also agree with above comments – the natures of some kids will allow for this type of arrangement, other kids… not-so-much. But if you can make it work successfully, good for you!
This business is well-suited for young, business-minded professionals. People in the 18-35 age range tend to be quite savvy with social media, which means they will have a huge advantage when crafting a social media marketing campaign. There’s more involved in this industry than being good at social media, though. People with marketing backgrounds will do exceptionally well in this type of business. The social aspect of this business will allow you to work anywhere you can access your clients’ social media accounts.
I thought about having an in home before/after school care, but our state apparently has new laws about lead pipes/ paint, etc and all homes that were built before 1978 would have to be inspected. Our home was built in 1940 and I could not afford that inspection. So, that idea went down the commode. I was blessed with a daycare position for the summer that allowed me to bring my children for free and that was huge! Now I am substitute teaching and would love to be home full time again. ( my dh was incarcerated for a year and is ready to come home and make a new start-please pray that the Probation officer allows him to take a job that he has been offered already).

"The idea of having her commute to our home office to do customer service didn't make sense," Akerson said. "It was sort of accidental that we hired a parent. It was a blessing to both of us that it was part-time though. Since the company was just starting out, we didn’t have the revenue to justify much in payroll yet, and as a mother of three, she did not want full-time work."


Tip #13: Be fully present in your current activity. That means that if you’re home and spending time with your family/kids you’re doing that 100%. It’s so so easy to sneak in work here and there when you’re remote and work from home. It can be so hard to separate the two so I find myself being really conscious of this. When I’m playing with my daughter, I’m fully present (physically and emotionally) doing just that – trying not to think about work etc.
A doula is a labor coach that can help a birthing mother in any labor environment, from a hospital to a midwife clinic to home. Doulas are non-medical professionals who offer information, emotional support, and physical assistance in the process of giving birth. While licensing for doulas is not required by most states, getting certified by DONA International, the only certifying body for this profession, is a good idea. Doulas do have to deal with unpredictable schedules, but they easily can do this work from home. Doulas generally charge between $500 and $1000 per birth.
If you have at least one hour per day to dedicate to work and great communicational skills that might be your variant. Social Media Specialist is responsible for providing the relevant content and evaluation of newsfeed information. The industry and business might be chosen according to your previous experience or interests. A candidate needs to be a confident user of social networks and know how to handle the account’s activity and maintain an online presence. A stable and fast internet connection is also required.
Veronica V., Have you found anything yet? You said you are great with customer service and sales. Have you ever thought about direct sales? I am a consultant for Rodan+Fields, an anti-aging company founded by the very same dermatologists that created ProActiv. We are not a party company (though if you like hosting parties you sure can). We don’t have any quotas. I would love to talk to you if interested! Thanks!

If editing and advising college students on how to write compelling 500 word essays on topics such as "You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech," seems like a compelling business idea to allocate your free time towards, trust me—tons of parents will pay you to edit admissions essays and offer constructive feedback for their children. Be careful not to blur the ethical line of actually writing their essays, but serving as an editor to help them convey their message can become a great side business idea that has the potential to spread by word-of-mouth referral in your community.


Working from home can be challenging in itself, but when you add newborns and toddlers to the mix it becomes even more complicated! My mantra is, do what works best for your family and with four children what worked when I brought baby #4 home was a good routine! Need tips and ideas? Contact me! – Amber J Davis of Independent Director Thirty One Gifts
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The range of work-at-home opportunities for the artistic type is immense. Some work-at-home artistic jobs, like illustration, may require an art degree and a lot of experience, but there are plenty of other ways to earn cash from home using your artistic talent. For instance, you can take your crafting and artistic creations to a global market by selling on Etsy.
Crafts and arts businesses –  Almost every type of artist can sell their creations online through their own website or through sites such as eBay and Etsy and you may be able to sell from your own home studio as well. Giving classes on your specialty is also possible. Many people are interested in learning how to paint, create objects out of stained glass, or make jewelry, for example.
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!
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I won't lie--I wouldn't trade those first few years with my daughter for anything. But this sort of arrangement isn't something that you should rely on. Take as much maternity leave as you can, and, after the first bit, try to spend a few hours a day doing something mentally taxing while you have the baby. Go read Dostoyevsky, or bug check some code, or something in your field(ish). You'll figure out pretty quickly if baby + work is a thing you can do. Even if it is, I strongly suggest having a backup babysitter in the wings--someone, anyone, who can step in if Easy Baby is suddenly Teething And Miserable Baby, or Colic Baby, or any number of other things that can turn easy babies into screaming terrors and difficult-but-doable situations into major disasters. 

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

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.
AirTreks is a travel agency that offers international and multi-stop tickets for travel. AirTreks provides training, but requires prospective employees to have traveled to five or more countries. AirTreks Travel Agents use Amadeus GDS. Job Search Tip: Work-from-home Travel Agent positions are often listed as “Travel Planner”. Starting pay is $2,000+commission.
Associate Entertainment News Editor – Bustle Manage a team of writers, assist in live event coverage (including, but not limited to: TV shows, new music and album releases, award shows, celebrity relationships news, baby news, and more), conduct interviews, and work to ensure that Elite Daily’s timely, thoughtful, and unique celebrity coverage is humorous, relatable, and wholly on brand. Full-time.
If you've developed valuable skill sets or certifications within your industry over the years, consider putting your skills to use in your free time by offering your consulting services to local business owners as a potentially lucrative side business idea. Whether you're an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there's likely a local business owner who's willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company—if you can craft an effective cold email that convinces them to hire you. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant as a side business idea, from Karyn Greenstreet. When you're ready to get serious about becoming a consultant, check out all of my picks for the best online business courses to keep building your skills and learning how to land your first consulting clients. Personally, I think this is one of the best business ideas you can get started with today.
One of my good friends, who is featured in this article, is a work-at-home, stay-at-home mom so I’m well aware how difficult the lifestyle is. But I also know there is a reason she chose it! So, before we dive into dealing with the nitty gritty, I wanted to ask the moms what they love about working from home with their kids. Spoiler alert: Flexibility and not missing those adorable milestones are big selling points!
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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.
Driving for one of the two globally expanding app-centric taxi alternative services, Uber or Lyft can still be a fairly lucrative way to earn money as a side business idea on nights and weekends—working only when you want. But before you dive head first into this side business idea, do your homework and calculate the costs of extra gas, mileage, tires, wear & tear and usage on your vehicle—it's not a guaranteed business idea that'll turn a huge profit every weekend.
Home tutoring allows you to offer individualized lessons to students of all ages regarding any special skill sets that you have. A good home tutoring business is flexible because your students will have very different needs: some are struggling with classes in school, some are studying for college entrance exams, and others may be adult learners who need to master certain skills to benefit their employment.
From the What to Expect editorial team and Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series of pregnancy and parenting books series, including What to Expect When You’re Expecting and What to Expect the First Year. Health information on this site is based on peer-reviewed medical journals and highly respected health organizations and institutions including ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), as well as the What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.
Unlike an authority website which tries to be the undisputed expert on a broad subject such as TV shows, a niche website shrinks down the focus of the site to explore one favorite TV show or even a single character within a TV show in depth. Since a niche website's topic is very specific, it will naturally have a smaller, yet more concentrated audience base which is a perfect situation for monetization.
Think blogging is no longer a viable source of income? Think again. Tens of thousands of bloggers (including yours truly) are creating profitable content on topics as diverse as scrapbooking, home cooking, travel, film, lifestyle, business, personal finance and more. And we're growing our blogs into six-figure businesses thanks to a combination of email subscribers, affiliate marketing, blog sponsorships, and other revenue streams. Your first step with starting a blog is quickly getting the technical side of things handled (my free master course on blogging will show you how), and then both understanding what your audience craves and learning how to attract those readers online.
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.
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.
Starting a virtual assistant business can be ideal for moms unless your clients demand a lot of time during specific hours. An alternative is microwork, in which provide many of the same services that VAs do, such as transcription, writing, research, etc, but your time is more flexible. In microwork, you take on time-limited projects, and when they're done, you're done. This allows you to get work when you want it, and not have to work when you'd rather be taking care of the kids. 
Laura had years of institutional knowledge and a deep network within the company. By keeping her, the company wouldn’t have to train a new employee and risk disruption. “I laid out to my manager what I could bring to the table, and how it would benefit Horizon,” she says. “I highlighted how I knew the project, and that I wanted to make sure it kept going.”
My job has been called cute, put in air quotes and been the butt of many jokes. I doubt most other writers, event planners, photographers and social media, marketing or branding strategists (all hats I wear) who have an actual office or brick-and-mortar business have experienced the same. Why is our job viewed as a hobby or passion project if we work from home? What is it about the confines of the house that constitutes less respect?

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.
If you have the gift of gab, public speaking is a worthwhile side business idea for you to pursue. Many authors, medical practitioners, scientists, artisans, politicians, and other subject matter experts earn extra income by delivering speeches, seminars, and presentations. Professional motivational speakers earn an average annual salary of around $90,000 with just that portion of their income, making this a very realistic side business idea while you continue practicing your craft.

People who like dogs and caring for them may be interested in opening a dog breeding business. A business owner should be in good enough physical condition to interact with, care for and play with puppies -- which are often on the floor. Business owners also usually help female dogs with births, so owners should be able to make themselves available when a dog goes into labor. It also helps to not be off-put by the birthing process.
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?
Writing this particular blog is a bit of a departure for me, as I'm not usually one to talk so openly about my life. In order to understand why, you need to know a few things about me. The first is that I'm a rather private person who prefers not to admit things aren't going that well because (a) I don't like to sound like I'm complaining and (b) I don't like to admit I don't have everything under control. The second is that I don't like to ask for help (refer to previous point b). I'm also a bit of a perfectionist and I'm used to succeeding at most things I try.
Do you love to shop? Offer your shopping services to others by looking for the best deals and then purchasing items either online or in store. This will save your client a ton of time; you can even offer to gift wrap presents for an additional charge. Sites like Stitch Fix, Dia & Co, and thredUP offer home-based shopping gigs — head over to their career pages to find out more.
I am a single mom of 3 beautiful girls. My oldest has decided to move out on her own, but my other two are still at home. I work part time, go to school part time, and supplement my income by selling candles for a company called Jewelry in Candles. I have only been doing this for a few months and not many people have heard of this company where I live so it has been slow going, but it is going. I used to work 12 plus hours a day, 6 days a week and did it for years. I decided it was time to slow down a little bit so I can be around for those sporting activities.

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.
Yes, even the PowerPoint presentation requires outside consulting every now and then—especially if it's not your forte. I know I would happily outsource the visual layout of my presentation decks for work meetings, investor pitches and lectures. Tobias Schelle of 24Slides is living proof that you can turn your skills at slideshow presentation design into a legit side business idea—and potentially earn up to $20 a slide for your time and talents.

She wakes up at 7am most days, sometimes as early as 6:45, sometimes as late as 7:30am, but she’s pretty regular with her 7am wakeup. I think she’s just a kid who needs a lot of sleep! We feel very, very fortunate that this is the case :). The book we followed on sleep habits (linked to in the post) is how we implemented her sleep schedule, though again, individual to the child as to whether or not they take to it!
Set up a personal workspace where you keep everything you need for your e-business. Even if you don’t have a spare room available for an office, buy a desk and create an area completely devoted to your small business. Our environment plays a big part in establishing our habits, so having a space dedicated to work will help shift your mindset into business mode.
Have patience with circumstances, with your newborn, with your spouse, and especially with yourself. Patience gives you the time and space to allow yourself to forgive yourself if mistakes are made, and will likewise allow you time for reflection so that the next time will be better — that is, to help you regroup and assess [re-frame] things not as setbacks but as exciting learning experiences. Moreover, patience allows for better time management and for improved personal esteem. – Marie Ruediger of www.Ruediger.ws
Customer Service, Travel Rewards – Intelenet Global Services is hiring Customer Service Agents to answer incoming calls from card members who want to redeem their reward points to book trips. Calls include providing travel options (air, hotel and car), booking travel, assisting with navigation of the travel website, cancelling trips, etc. Afternoon shift, comprehensive benefits for full-time employees.
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.

Set aside some time to plan out your whole week in advance. Having a plan will help you be more productive and will keep everyone sane. Some things I plan out are my work hours, my non-negotiable family hours, my meals, my housekeeping schedule, my morning routine, and self-care. I also strongly urge you not to neglect your self-care and do not think of it as being selfish. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to give your best to your job or your kids. – Bethany | Mama Finds Her Way
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