Have you ever heard of an actuary? In the past, it was used to describe a person who analyzes statistics in order to calculate risks and premiums for insurance companies. However, the job title has expanded to include many more industries that can benefit from data mining and economic forecasting. If you have a degree in mathematics, finance or statistics, look into getting your license through Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) or Society of Actuaries (SOA).
Becoming an Uber driver has quickly become a great way for people to get their own business off the ground. You will need to pass a background check and have valid instate driver’s license and auto insurance. The process is pretty painless and will get you rolling on your own business. Many people start as an Uber driver to pay the bills while they work on another business that they are more passionate about. Check out our post to learn more about Uber driver requirements.
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.
For that reason, many moms seek a freelance or home-based business opportunity they can start ASAP. The challenges in starting a home-based business with children are many including, to be present for the children, you need a home-based career that offers a flexible schedule. Also, once you find that opportunity, a great deal of time and effort needs to be put into find clients and customers. 
Great stuff. Much of our remote culture (we are 20ppl today) came from the inspiration we got from reading your stories. We have a fully remote and distributed team and deal with the same types of challenges. In the beginning it wasn’t natural to have our kids show up in the screen. It felt wrong and unprofessional. As time goes by, we learn to relax into the uniqueness of this experience and enjoy it fully. Thanks for inspiring us on the way. Luís @ skore.io
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.
My daughter is five weeks old (I also have a 7-year-old and a 13-month-old, crazy I know!), so when I needed to get back into the swing of working, I needed a way to keep her from being poked and smacked by my 13-month-old. I instantly turned to our Moby wrap. She is against my chest, hearing my heartbeat, while I click away on the keyboard. My 7-year-old and 13-month-old? They can't disturb her! I have two hands and the sweet snoring of my newborn while I work! – Mandi Welbaum of mandimindingmoney.com
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.
Like to plan dream vacations, but can’t always go on them? Do the next best thing and plan them for someone else! A travel planner specializes in providing custom itineraries based on their client’s needs. Your goal will be to create the ultimate experience within the client’s budget. Research skills will be a necessity for this business idea, as you’ll need to look up local information such as restaurants, museums and other attractions.
Know someone who rents out property to others? Perhaps they could use a hand managing their property. If so, you can make a decent amount of money on this side business idea with relatively little work on your part (most of the time). It'll take some hustling and the willingness to be flexible with your schedule, as you'll be responsible for collecting rent checks, managing repairs and improvements, and simply being on call for emergencies. But, a property manager is essential for most real estate investors that have a large enough portfolio, so there's definitely merit to this business idea.
First and foremost, this is a business for those who love books. In addition to working in a field you'll love, the fact that certain books are hits and other books flop means you will need a keen eye when deciding to publish what may become the next big thing. The job is also good for a multi-tasker because, especially when first starting out, you will be doing many things besides “only” publishing books. This includes setting up book tours, book-related events, and handling most of the marketing of the text. Finally, this job is good for a “people person,” as you will be dealing with a wide variety of authors, bookstore managers, and advertisers.
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.
Yes, spending time on YouTube can be a legitimate business idea if you take it seriously. If you can create value-driven, entertaining video content and grow your subscriber base to a few thousand subscribers, your videos can start generating pretty substantial income from all the ads being displayed on your videos. Many YouTube users make well into the millions each year, so there's clear potential to take this from side business idea to eventual millionaire with the right combination of content, audience, skills, relationships and timing. If you’re considering starting a YouTube channel it’s important use best practices when making videos. Read the YouTube playbook for tips which will result in faster growth of your channel. Additionally think about investing in a quality camera and microphone since the production quality of videos can often affect your viewership.

Billing a patient for medical services can be complicated. Plus, not all patients can afford to pay the entire bill in full. And then there's the paperwork. With laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), it can be confusing and difficult to know which documents need to go where. If a hospital or doctor messes things up, it's a huge legal liability.


Have a talent for crafting or creating other handmade goods? From bracelets to phone cases, rings, furniture, and more, Etsy is one of the world's largest independent marketplaces that’s perfect for anyone who is creative and willing to sell their handmade creations. As long as you have the space, this can make for one of the best home business ideas that can be started as a side hustle with a very limited investment. Consider these 5 steps to starting an Etsy store, from Handmadeology. Then, after you're able to build your brand and grow your own audience, you can start an eCommerce site of your own and retain a larger portion of the revenue from your product sales—making this a very lucrative potential business idea if you're able to find an audience that loves your products.

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?
Hand knit hats, scarves, wallets are always hot items to sell online or at local craft fairs. You can even offer custom designs so the items are more personalized based on your clients preference. You can sell your craft at Etsy and even sell your own patterns there. And by the way, Etsy supports this craft that they won’t charge a commission for the sale of your own pattern!
Hello! I’m an independent consultant with Rodan + Fields, a premium skincare line from creators of ProActive. What Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields did for acne, they are now doing for sun damage, adult acne, sensitive skin, and the biggie…anti-aging! R+F just launched into Canada last fall and we are headed into Australia in 2016. If two billionaire doctors offered you the opportunity to join them in business AND be a part of the #4 premium skincare company in the US what would you say? I would love to talk with you!
This is a great post and points out many of the unique qualities of the FW situation. Yes, it is unique, but it’s also because you made conscious choices to prioritize and then found ways to make your life work the way you want. My husband started working from home as a steel salesman when our first child was born. We decided I would stay at home when she was born, and then, thankfully, my former boss allowed me to work from home 10 hours per week. Over time, as I learned how to manage motherhood and working, I was able to increase the hours gradually so that by my fourth child I was able to work 30 hours per week (flexible hours!). I also finished my doctoral dissertation during that time (it was very helpful that the doctorate tied in with my work at a university research center). I can’t believe how fortunate we have been to structure our work lives around family, but choices were made. My husband turned down some advancement opportunities that would have required him to be in the office. Less money and less stress is definitely worth more family time. Frugality allows that choice to be made. We love your blog! Keep up the great work.
Having your own business and a newborn takes the work/family balance to a whole new level. If you can afford help or can take a leave from your business. DO IT! If not, learn how to run your business with one hand. Do remember that your baby will need a lot of time from you, so inform vendors and clients that your response time might take longer than normal. Also, throw your old schedule out the window and do what I did and work when the baby is sleeping (and of course after you take a nap)! – Abbey Fatica
Since you are reading this article, that means you have a skill that many people around the world are seeking – knowing the English language. Learning to read, write, and speak English has become an invaluable asset in industries based in the U.S. or that are global. Specialty websites and local resources can connect you with people looking for an English teacher to learn from and converse with.

I really like this article and I think that you have done a wonderful job! I am going to become a new mother here soon and I am really contemplating being a stay at home mom. I would like the additional income so I am hoping to find a job that I can do from home. This is all very new to me and to be honest I am kinda scared. I have been working at my current position for over 6 years now.Do you have any recommendations for me to get started?
I have spent hours upon hours trying to find legitimate work at home opportunities but every job site is filled with scammy sounding posts about working at home. So I decided I'm going to stick with my job and just switch to sales so I can keep working from home. It may be commission but I know the company and feel comfortable with it. We have a build it yourself Flash website program. They're $200 one time, no contracts. If you want to sell these user tracks the commission is 35%. ($70 per site you sell) Email me at kelly@flashfactory.com if you're interested. I know its tough out there!! 

If you love to write and illustrate and can’t keep good stories out of your head, you may want to give writing a children’s book a try. Luckily, with the iPad and Kindle, it’s easier than ever to get your story out to the masses. You can test your story ideas out with ebook apps on these devices. If one gets extremely popular, you can publish it afterwards.
It’s not exactly a way to make consistent great money, but housesitting—exactly what it sounds like—is a fantastically easy business idea that can fund your ability to live in exciting locales around the world (or your city) without paying a dime in rent. Did I mention it’s a way to travel and live rent free? Here’s a list of four great websites from the legendary Nomadic Matt, to start your housesitting side business idea search.
Tutoring. My friend Jenny tapped into a high-income community and used her teaching background to earn $40/hour helping with homework. The real money came when she bundled three kids together for group homework sessions, charging each family $25/hr. That’s $75 for an hour of work that can be done while your baby naps. Or, while you pay a teenager $10 to watch the baby in another room. This is one of those work at home jobs for moms that can be both financially beneficial and persoanlly rewarding as you help children learn.
Think it through carefully. No matter where you’re standing, the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes it sounds like a fantasy to me to work in an office outside of my home and to be able to take lunch breaks that are for me, have a few minutes to myself in the car each day, etc. Sometimes I wonder if my son wouldn’t do better in a daycare setting for the social and developmental aspects. It is easy to get distracted working from home. If you are not a highly organized and self-motivated person, working from home, especially with young children, may not be for you. If it is right for you and your family, set your priorities early on and reflect on them frequently. – Ashleigh
By the time I came along the youngest was five and in school and the SO and I both worked from home so we had about seven hours a day to focus on work and we could tag-team when they got home. Even then in the summer months when the kids were out of school it was quite hectic and I have to confess to using electronics too much in order to keep the kids occupied.
For this article, I interviewed eight work-at-home moms who have worked full-time at home with kids ranging from newborn age to six. One mom has kids ranging from one to fourteen, but we focused on handling the younger years. In addition to working at home full-time, these ladies were also the primary caregivers to their kids. Some used part-time daycare or a babysitter a few hours a week to stay sane, but the majority of the time they are juggling their children and their jobs simultaneously. Hats off to them!

Public relations professionals are typically adept at communicating verbally and through various media. You should be a good writer and have a background in journalism or business. An instinct for sales is also important since you’ll need that tool to establish client relationships, bring your message to the attention of the media and create messaging that advances the viewpoint of your clients. Related to your sales skills, you should have a thorough understanding of how company practices, policies and culture impact customer relationships and be able to help your clients make positive change in this area.
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.
CloudSource, the work-at-home division of Sutherland Global Services, employs customer service consultants from all 48 contiguous states to support industry leaders in the cable/Internet service, retail, software, and gaming console industries. While all CloudSource positions are customer service in nature, some are more heavily focused on sales and/or technical support. Inbound calls only, paid training, ongoing support and growth opportunities exist … All from the comforts of your own home.
When I was pregnant 16 years ago with our first daughter I had a conversation with my Grandma a few weeks before she went to be with the Lord. I told her there is NO way I could stay home…it’s just not possible on one income. Well, it was possible and the Lord provided a way for me to transition from working at the physical therapy office I was employed with and had done some transcription for by putting me in contact with a local transcription company ran by a husband and wife. I typed for about the first 4 years of her life and then we found that we could indeed live on one income if we prioritized and ran our household differently. And avoided unnecessary items that today’s society in general think are priorities. It has been a wonderful 16 years with my two daughters. I began homeschooling them, too, eight years ago! It’s wonderful and now I don’t have to work at all. When they were small I would buy high end clothing for them and re-sell it to make it a near wash when the clothes were outgrown. Now we enjoy thrift storing almost exclusively and those clothes we don’t ant any longer or don’t fit we sell at consignment shops to make back some money. I regularly go through my house, too, and get rid of things that aren’t being used and sell them on facebook or my areas local selling page. It helps to make back a little!
I began blogging publicly a year and a half ago, honing my writing skills, networking, and gathering social media marketing skills. I’m now earning income as a freelance writer (which was my main goal in starting my blog), in addition to a being a content curator and blogger liaise for two companies. I blog at www.lo-wren.com, but you can also find me writing for The Huffington Post, Mamapedia, BlogHer, and Scary Mommy. – Lauren Stevens at www.lo-wren.com

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.

A professional meditation business provides a location for clients to practice different forms of meditation in order to become more relaxed and focused. Different clients seek out meditation centers for different purposes. Some clients merely want to achieve a better sense of relaxation and peace. Other clients see meditation as a path towards performing better in their careers and relationships.
Taking paid surveys is perhaps the easiest ways to pick some extra cash online. However, it is imperative that you join some of the best paying legitimate survey sites if you want to earn some money by giving your opinions through paid online surveys. You can find useful information on how to make money from surveys and which survey sites are best at Real Online Surveys.
I worked from home as a freelancer after the birth of my first child, until the day my second child was born, using many of the strategies and structures you suggest. Getting housework, eating, and showering done during baby’s waking hours was huge. With two little ones I knew it was going to be too much for me, and having low expenses compared to our income allowed us to forego a second income for this season. I am very grateful for this because I know personally, I’d be very stressed out by trying to work with these two in the mix! I still get to write here and there, but without too many deadlines, and use free time more for volunteering and family recreation. It’s so important what you say about accepting each season and the constant changes that come with parenting.
Successfully starting a blogging business requires a lot of passion for a particular subject and a desire to share that passion with others. The passion is often more important than what the subject itself is, as there are blogs on all kinds of topics -- and readers interested in all kinds of subjects. Creating content for a blogging business requires a significant amount of time, but the tasks can easily be arranged around a full-time job or other obligations.
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.
I love what you said about “leaning in” to the phase of life that you are in. I live with my boyfriend ( and have for 3 years), but he went back to school for engineering. I graduated a few years ago with my masters, so I often feel like I should be engaged/married/owning a home/blah blah blah, but that’s not where I am yet and that’s okay. I also commend you for not dragging baby woods to dinner dates. I always feel sorry for kids who are screaming or getting screamed AT in Target at 2:00 in the afternoon while their moms are trying to shop. Its obvious they are sleepy and need a nap, what do you expect them to do! I cry when I’m tired and am an “adult”!
Hey there @Melissa, I know you didn’t originally post to me, but I work for Younique, selling cosmetics at home. What I love about the company is that they focus on selling on social media and the internet, which makes it really convenient. Plus the company and my uplines are so positive and supportive! Not to mention the product is great, so that helps! I would love to talk more about it with you!
There is a well-established market for animation movies, corporate films, documentaries, audiobooks and medical training videos across the globe. Visual media such as documentaries need a voice-over artiste to narrate the story that is being depicted visually, while animated cartoons need voice actors who enact the character.   If you have been complimented on your great voice and have a knack for conveying emotion through a mixture of voice, rate, pitch, volume, and intonation, check out this fun profession.
I remember when my daughter first came home from the hospital, it was the hardest three months of my life. I remember one night in particular, where I was trying to eat some frozen pizza and breastfeed my daughter at the same time, and it just wasn't working. I was so sleep deprived and hormonal, that I just burst into tears during dinner, “I can't do this – it's so hard”!
Do you have a passion for fashion? Would you love to have your own fashion boutique, but don’t have the funds to invest in a brick and mortar storefront? No problem. The direct sales industry has made it easier than ever to have your very own home-based business within the fashion world. Companies like cabi, Stella & Dot, and India Hicks have home business opportunities that are affordable and easy to set up.
If you're a mom with a culinary flair, why not get paid for it? You can focus on a specific type of baked goods, such as a cookie business, or offer a variety of baked yum yums. In line with that, you might also consider offering your services as a personal chef, as did Giada De Laurentiis of Food Network did before she became a TV sensation. Or you can become a home-based caterer. Don't want to bake? Consider starting a food blog to share your recipes and other food wisdom.
Babywoods mercifully still takes two naps a day (down from three, but I’m thrilled with two!) and that’s when I do 95% of my writing. Since she naps at roughly the same times everyday (mid-morning and mid-afternoon), I carefully plan and prepare for those naptimes. As soon as Mr. FW or I settle her into her crib, I’m on my computer, typing away (for example right this very minute… ).
This business is perfect for seasoned business owners or upper level managers who are looking for a career change. A business consulting firm must be experienced in business management, marketing, and team building and management. They must also understand how to generate revenue from a wide range of businesses and expand existing streams of income.

Peach is a new, premium fashion brand offering athletically-inspired, contemporary clothing for gym, work, and play. Peach also offers “must- have” basics, intimates and stylish accessories curated from small and emerging female entrepreneurs. Our products are sold through a national network of stylists who create fun, personal shopping experiences, both in person and online. You can experience Peach in 3 ways. 1) Be a happy client. 2) Buy through your stylist or online. 3) Host a trunk show and get fabulous FREE Stuff. Join as a stylist and start your own fashion business. Please check us out at www.athleisurebypeach.com or contact daryl@athleisurebypeach.com.


Some moms may not have a quiet background if they have kids around the house most of the day. Other moms may not have a landline phone or just may not enjoy talking to strangers on the phone. If you are not interested in phone jobs for one reason or another, fortunately, there are lots of home-based jobs that does not require a phone and will allow background noise.​​
Turning your favorite craft or hobby into a revenue-generating business idea easily counts among the most fulfilling experiences anyone can have. Just take a look at what Jacob Huss of Soteria Designs is doing wit his hobby of hand-building furniture and wood jewelry. With more and more people demanding a higher degree of personalization in just about anything they own or use, count yourself lucky if your craft happens to be the creation of custom furniture. Not only is the real estate sector regaining its footing, the number of style-conscious customers is also on the rise, creating plenty of room for growth into this business idea.
Great post. My daughter is two today, (whoohooo!) and my husband and I are both self employed (he’s a translator and I’m a writer). She now goes to nursery 15 hours a week mainly for her to socialise, but I worked from home during her naps and in the evenings from when she was about three months old. It worked well for us. People love to scaremonger though, don’t they!? Mrs through the woods, just reading through this I wonder what your thoughts are on eating all together in the evenings. We recently switched from a schedule like yours to eating our dinner with our daughter at 6pm. This feels ridiculously early to me (though traditionally in the UK lots of people would eat at that time). But it is working amazingly well. It’s been wonderful for her to chat and eat with us; we light a candle and talk about our days. She gets to reject all kinds of delicious adult food in favour of marmite sandwiches. And I no longer prepare two dinners. Then while my husband gives her a bath I do the washing up before putting her to bed. And then the evening is my own! I’ve also found eating earlier has help me with feeling sleepy earlier in the evening, something I always struggled with. Anyway, thought I would throw this in the pot in case you guys hadn’t considered this! It was only after I switched us all to eating at the same time that it occurred to me that at some point children usually start eating dinner with their parents! Baby brain…
People who love dogs and other people may be well-suited for owning a dog training business, as the work involves interacting with both dogs and their owners. Patience is another valuable attribute, because training dogs often requires repeating the same drill multiple times. Dog training businesses usually operate during the day, which can make it difficult to run a business while keeping a traditional day job.
Nyla and Noelle – Run your own fashion empire from home. Clothing is the hottest new trend in social selling, and you can get in on the ground floor. We are a boutique clothing and jewelry direct sales company. Our fun and fashionable clothing is offered only through our Curators who sell socially from in-home parties, local events, and online through social media. Our Curators purchase a POP box of inventory to get started. After receiving their POP box our Curators choose every style and color of clothing they receive from our always rotating selections. We offer many truly boutique styles from BOHO chic, western chic, casual basics, dressy clothes, and high-end boutique items. We offer sizes S-3XL. Our Curators enjoy a generous profit margin. 
My daughter is five weeks old (I also have a 7-year-old and a 13-month-old, crazy I know!), so when I needed to get back into the swing of working, I needed a way to keep her from being poked and smacked by my 13-month-old. I instantly turned to our Moby wrap. She is against my chest, hearing my heartbeat, while I click away on the keyboard. My 7-year-old and 13-month-old? They can't disturb her! I have two hands and the sweet snoring of my newborn while I work! – Mandi Welbaum of mandimindingmoney.com
While having a formal background in graphic design is absolutely going to be helpful, it’s also relatively easy to learn the foundations of graphic design on your own. An increasingly easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator and even more easily accessible tools like Stencil and Visme are making it so that just about anyone with two opposable thumbs, a bit of creativity, and motivation can earn a side income doing things like designing (and selling) images like these motivational quotes that can be printed onto posters and sold on platforms like Etsy. Or you can find a local startup, small business owner, or photographer who could benefit from some extra help designing or altering images.
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 love this post! I meant to comment on your Facebook post about this and in true new mom fashion, I forgot to come back and do it. So here’s my little story…it has provided WAY more than I initially thought and has continued to provide. I’m a SAHM to a toddler and newborn. I used to teach and my husband teaches as well. After cutting expenses in our own budget, the next best way for us to save more money was to make money. I decided to open an Etsy shop (Joyful Art Designs) and sell printable signs. I spent 6 months preparing to open and a lot of hours the first several months to make it successful. The hard work has paid off and I’ve now replaced my teaching income if I had our two kids in day care. Right now I put in about 1-3 hours a day if I can since we have a newborn. I love blogging, but it’s a hobby, whereas this is a business. Thanks for letting us share our businesses…this is great for those searching to make money.

Public relations professionals are typically adept at communicating verbally and through various media. You should be a good writer and have a background in journalism or business. An instinct for sales is also important since you’ll need that tool to establish client relationships, bring your message to the attention of the media and create messaging that advances the viewpoint of your clients. Related to your sales skills, you should have a thorough understanding of how company practices, policies and culture impact customer relationships and be able to help your clients make positive change in this area.

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It’s not the sort of side business idea that’s covered in glory, but someone needs to make sure all the numbers add up at the end of the year. Every business and most individuals need someone with the domain expertise to help prepare tax returns, especially time or resource-strapped small business owners. Majo Jacinto in his Udemy course provides an in-depth foundational understanding of how to prepare tax returns (and stay current with ever-changing laws) that'll certify you with tax prep skills in as little as a few hours of training and practice.  Then once tax season rolls around you'll be able to charge an average of $229 per return as a freelance tax preparer with this side business idea, according to CNBC.
If you have clutter that you want to get rid of and like the idea of selling products to an established worldwide network of consumers, consider starting a business on eBay, Etsy or Amazon. You can source products to sell from junk/yard sales or charity shops. If you want to get a bit more sophisticated, then consider buying wholesale or adopting a drop-shipping model. The goal is to find products that are in high-demand and not readily available from other sources. Read more about getting started here: More Than Just a Seller – How to Start a Business on an Online Marketplace.
Becoming a mom is an exciting time unless you're faced with leaving your child at daycare to go to a job. Many mothers look for a way to work-at-home, allowing them to have the best of both worlds; raising the children while also contributing to the family income. Unfortunately, finding work-at-home jobs can be a challenge. Many are scams, but even when you find the legitimate jobs, getting hired is a long and frustrating process. Plus, some aren't very flexible and still require daycare.
A friend tells me she did this for her child's 1st year. She was able to do her paid work and care for her baby, who was pretty quiet and docile. My child was very not easy or docile, so this kind of boggled my mind. I was home with him for the 1st 6 months, and any day I was able to take a shower, brush my teeth, and wear relatively clean clothes was an achievement.
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!
You can take online classes to improve your voice and get variations in your intonation. You need to get an understanding on natural pauses in conversation, breathing, holding the mic, intonation, etc. In order to capture a crystal clear recording, you might want to set up a home studio. Once you create a voice demo audio file, market it to various recording studios. And yes, there is a need to visit recording studios, so this is not a complete stay-at-home job!
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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.
People love their pets, and many pet owners want to memorialize their non-human friends through artwork. Pet portraits businesses create custom portraits of pets for customers. Many businesses are run by a single artist, but businesses can also have several artists on staff. The mediums these artists create offer a different feel than photographs -- which pet owners can take themselves -- provide.
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.)
A virtual assistant (VA or virtual office assistant) is someone that provides professional administrative, technical or creative help to clients from a home-based office. Now, because VA’s are generally self-employed, clients are not responsible for any employee taxes, insurance or benefits that they would normally have to pay to regular in-house employees. This means that VA’s are quite in demand at the moment, especially as companies are trying to cut costs whilst we are still in an uncertain economy.

I am a work at home mom of five children, including 1-year-old twins. My best advice to work from home successfully with a newborn is to hire a sitter. Though a newborn will sleep throughout most of the day, by six weeks they will start to be awake more and more. Having a sitter allows you to focus on work during working hours so you can accomplish your working goals, giving you more time to focus on your newborn later. – Chelsea Gladden of FlexJobs
As a soapmaker, you'll formulate soaps and perhaps other personal cleansing and beauty products according to your own recipes. You will market your offerings along sales channels that might include ecommerce, farmers markets, arts festivals, wholesale placement in spas and boutiques, and even door-to-door sales. You'll explore a range of options to see where you can find a loyal customer base.
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.
- 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).
Earning money on GigWalk is similar to working on Task Rabbit—not a bad side business idea if you've got the free time. You get to choose from an amusingly diverse range of jobs from taking snapshots of restaurant menus to counting the items arrayed on supermarket racks. It won’t make you rich though, with payouts tending to congregate in the lower half of their $3-to-$100 range. But, if you're looking for a steady little side business idea, it can't hurt doing a strange but fun errand and getting a tip at the end. When you’re bored or a little short on cash, you can access GigWalk anytime, anywhere via their mobile app. Meanwhile, all the jobs specifically vetted for you will be within reach (ideally, just a brisk walk away).
Even though most people have access to a high quality camera through their smart phones, photographers are still very much in demand. Professional photographers are required for special occasions (weddings, portraits, maternity) and are compensated well for their services. Taking stock photos offers another opportunity for a photographer to earn money. Stock photos are in constant need by websites, blogs and online publications.

I love this post! I meant to comment on your Facebook post about this and in true new mom fashion, I forgot to come back and do it. So here’s my little story…it has provided WAY more than I initially thought and has continued to provide. I’m a SAHM to a toddler and newborn. I used to teach and my husband teaches as well. After cutting expenses in our own budget, the next best way for us to save more money was to make money. I decided to open an Etsy shop (Joyful Art Designs) and sell printable signs. I spent 6 months preparing to open and a lot of hours the first several months to make it successful. The hard work has paid off and I’ve now replaced my teaching income if I had our two kids in day care. Right now I put in about 1-3 hours a day if I can since we have a newborn. I love blogging, but it’s a hobby, whereas this is a business. Thanks for letting us share our businesses…this is great for those searching to make money.


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?
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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.
The hardest part for me is remembering that I am not a stay-at-home mom. It is easy to fall into the thought process of “I should be taking him that class every week,” or “I should bring him to that play date” because the other parents you know that are home with their kids are able to do those things. It’s hard not to feel the mom guilt over not doing it all, especially while being at home with a “flexible schedule.” The reality is if I decide to do those things I then have to work more in the evening or on weekends which eats into our family time
It used to be that if you had a product to sell, you also had to have a storefront and all the costs associated with it. These days, you can sell anything to anyone anywhere in the world. Whether you’re marketing the organic honey from your backyard apiary or selling personalized linens that you embroider yourself, you can find a market for your products online.
Do you have a flair for fashion? Do your friends always compliment you on your amazing sense of style? If so, becoming an online stylist could be your calling. Many upscale fashion subscription boxes are offering the services of a personal stylist to help them create individualized and professionally curated boxes. Use your skills for profit and help others improve their wardrobe at the same time.
My arrangement is certainly unusual for most – I work full time outside of the home all day in a demanding job, and my husband is a stay at home dad. I love your points about doing what works, and how that can change over time. As the mom of three boys, ages 13, 9, and 2, I can tell you for a fact that baby vs. toddler vs. preschool vs. elementary vs. middle school needs are all very different. Right now my husband stays at home, does all the childcare and home chores, which frees me up to work without guilt. I can go on business trips, work late, or go to an early meeting without worrying about the boys. Other times since we had our kids, we’ve both worked full time in opposing shifts or had him work part time early mornings. We’ve never had to rely on outside childcare except for a few months after my husband almost died of septic shock and was unable to care for our boys (ages 8 and 4 back then).
I’ve learned that I do my best work when I’m alone. That is virtually impossible with children around. I tried to shift some creative work in the evening but often found myself so tired by the end of the day that I couldn’t deliver what I wanted. So I flipped my schedule around and I’m up 2 hours before my kids wake up so I can get some concentrated work hours before my attention starts getting divided. It’s also prime time to work since nobody else is awake so I’m not bothered by Slack messages or emails or text messages. It’s just me and my work.
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.
This business is ideal for current and former teachers, which is why many teachers begin their home tutoring business as a part-time job. You must be a people person, as most of the business regards direct, one-on-one interaction with others. It helps to be good with children of all ages, as they comprise the vast majority of your customers. Finally, it helps to be organized and self-motivated: conducting home tutoring as a full-scale business means managing many contacts, reaching out to local schools, and making sure you have enough time during each session for your various clients.
Wholesale – This method requires you to have the room to store the stock that you buy and the money to buy it in advance. The risk with buying from wholesalers is that you could potentially buy stock that doesn’t sell, but as long as you do research and make sure to check completed listings before you order anything, the risk here should be kept to a minimum.
There’s something great about being able to share your love of something with other people. Creating a niche website allows you to engage with other people who share your dedication to some particular subject. Whether it’s a website dedicated to one sports team, a particular brand of fishing gear, or easter eggs from your favorite movie, a niche website can be a great way to create a community of fans. As long as your content drives traffic, you can monetize your website with ad revenue, item sales, or subscriptions.
This is a great list. When people are searching from jobs that will allow them to work from home, they often have not clue what to search for on jobs sites other than “work at home.” This is an excellent list of search terms, as well as to give ideas for areas in which to seek further training if needed so that working from home can be a possibility.
I take this unorthodox third way in all of my financial decisions and I knew childcare would be no different. Just as Mr. Frugalwoods and I eschew conventional wisdom on how much things should cost, or how little you should save, or how difficult it is to become financially independent, we also eschew the standard limitations our culture imposes on working vs. raising children. I say, do both if you want.
A desire to make the world around us more beautiful is a great reason to want to go into the interior design business. There are a few ways to enter this business that you may want to consider. First, you don’t necessarily need to be an interior designer. You can help people with limited budgets by doing home staging or decorating their home with what they already own. A good way to help set yourself apart from the pack in this industry is to specialize in a certain area or style of design.
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