Finding a work-at-home job can seem daunting at first, particularly for moms who may already have a full life. But when trying to make the shift from the office to a work-at-home job, the first thing to consider is whether you can telecommute your current job. If the answer is no, you may want to start thinking about moving your career in a different direction.
More and more companies, including almost all of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, are offering or arranging these kinds of work-from-home positions. A 2017 Gallup report on the changing workplace found that, among employees who work remotely at all, the percentage who do so full-time rose to 20 percent in 2016 from 15 percent in 2012. Jobs with flexible, remote options have become a valuable tool for recruiting and retaining talented employees. And letting employees work from home can be good for business.
But as the years passed, the shiny perks lost a bit of their luster, and I could no longer quell the pang of parenthood. I knew I was meant to be a mother, and if I didn’t make a move, I'd spend my life mourning the mistake of not having kids. Still, I thought I'd pop out a baby and go back to the workforce full time. After all, I'd fought so hard to get where I was and loved my profession (and my paycheck) that I couldn't imagine not continuing after kids.
And don’t be afraid to think outside the box a little. For example, nannying/daycare might seem like a little too much parenting, but it would allow you to spend time with your own children while also earning money. After all, as a parent, you likely already have the kid-wrangling skills that would make you an awesome caregiver for other children as well.
If you have a talent for helping people look their best, and know how to mesmerize with eyeliners and turn heads with lipsticks, consider using your beauty skills to pursue this easily profitable side business idea. For under $2000, you can start your own make-up artist business which can make for the foundation of a potentially lucrative side business idea that turns a profit largely by referrals and word-of-mouth from your happy customers.
An online job or working-from-home is the dream for many moms – I know it was for me. In fact, it was one of my biggest goals after giving birth – finding a way to make money from home. I did a ton of research on work-from-home job opportunities and found that there are actually lots of great ways to make extra money online. And if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, why not consider starting your own business? That’s the path that I took and I haven’t looked back – I absolutely love being my own boss.
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?
I really like this article! I came across it before I had my son 7 months ago amid a flurry of people telling me that ‘I would have no time to do anything’ once the baby arrived. My husband and I read this post and felt instantly better – finally someone who didn’t say that life will end post-kids! Now, 7 months on, I really agree that you can continue working towards your professional and personal goals with a baby. It just takes some team work and prioritization. I often come back and re-read your post as it’s so inspiring to see someone who is living the reality of being productive professionally, whilst at the same time caring for a baby. Thank you!
Today the vast majority of parents work full-time in addition to raising their children. Roughly four in five parents utilize some form of child care as they struggle to balance the responsibilities of their jobs alongside being a parent. Daycares provide a valuable service to these parents. Furthermore, by engaging children in fun and educational activities with peers, day care centers allow children to develop some independence from their parents, as they learn how to play cooperatively with kids their own age.
Choosing the path of entrepreneurship, and working on your side business idea, is without a doubt riskier than being content with holding a 9-5 job. It requires way more sacrifice. However, once you’re reaping the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss and hustling your way into making significantly more money with your business idea than you ever could at your day job, the hard work will have all been worth it. So, let’s talk business ideas.
Amanda, I am proud to say that the things you say you're learning to let go I waved bye to months -- if not years -- ago. I greedily and happily get help from family and friends with child care, including pick-up playdates in the neighborhood. I've dressed my kids and myself from the clean laundry basket for quite some time. And I don't even have a baby!
A good article, fantastic suggestions, and I’m so glad to see the absolute lack of judgment. I stayed at home for three years with our two kids, but when the youngest was seven months old, finances forced me back to work. I’ve faced the “what kind of mom puts her kids in daycare” judging and the “what kind of woman gives up her life to be stuck at home with kids” judging, and neither is fair nor helpful.
I’d be lying if I said being a work-from-home mom seemed like a dream job when I was younger. For a long time, I was so career-consumed and self-absorbed that I envisioned skipping over parenthood and embracing aunthood for eternity. I loved kids—I babysat, substitute taught and obsessed over photos of my nephews—but I wanted to travel the world, climb the corporate ladder and spend my free time at the spa. And so the thought of becoming a mother sat on the back burner.
Like recycling, this side business idea requires the willingness to get your hands a little dirty. If you enjoy working outdoors, then you can make a pretty good side income cleaning up litter outside retail, office and industrial properties—especially for businesses that have large parking lots that need regular cleaning. Property management companies need their properties maintained litter free and you can do so with an on-foot service using inexpensive equipment like this cheap pick-up tool and a broom. Charge for your time at $35 - $50 per hour and bill your clients the same contract price each month. For even more on how to get started with a litter removal side business idea, check out Cleanlots.
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SeneGence International (aka: LipSense) – I had no idea that I would fall in love with LipSense. I was a customer for about 4 months and asked for a discount. When I learned that there were no minimum purchase or sales requirements I was sold. I was in it purely for the discount but I just couldn’t stop talking about it! So here I am in the business, making money and having fun every step of the way! It only costs $55 +tax to join SeneGence International. If you want a business with sponsors who really care about your success and will help you every step of the way then you are in the right place. For more information contact Glynis Nunez (352) 354-3334 or visit my website: www.findyourglam.us
If you’ve always wanted to publish your own book as a side business idea, there never been a better time than now. That’s because access to self-publishing tools and marketplaces has never been easier and more affordable. This eBook writer currently earns up to a couple of thousand bucks each month from six ebooks she published; while you can reportedly demand around $1000 per eBook project serving as a ghostwriter. My good friend, Caroline Beaton used freelance writing as her side business idea to eventually go from secretary to self-employed, while focusing on her own personal development and looking inward to discover what she's truly passionate about.
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).
For example, you may be a keen reader. You could create a website/blog and review books that you have read. Give your honest opinions on books that you liked/disliked and let your website visitors comment on whether they agree with you or not. On each review you can supply an affiliate link to Amazon to the specific book you are talking about. This way, when someone reads your review and decides to buy it, they can click on your affiliate link and buy it through that, which means you receive a commission.
Those with a thirst for knowledge and who are passionate about helping others will excel in this profession. Your team’s primary focus will be to get to know these young adults on a personal level, using this knowledge to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Once you’ve tapped into this, you’re equipped to assist them in determining what schools are best for them and how best to proceed from there. Since colleges consistently change their admissions process, you must be committed to keeping up with these changes. A love of traveling is also important, as you’ll want to spend a portion of your time visiting college campuses, building relationships with individuals in the admissions office.
Once I had a video conference call with a client and my childcare fell through at the last minute. I couldn’t cancel the call so I gave my then two-year-old the iPad and turned on a Thomas video. Between the two forbidden delights, his head nearly exploded from joy and I got a child-free 30 minutes to handle the call. Not an ideal situation, but sometimes you just gotta do it.
Why? Because he had a sleep regression and needed 1.5 hours of soothing for every single nap and 3 hours of soothing for bedtime. Because he learned to roll over one way but then gets stuck and starts crying. Because he started solid foods, which adds even more time to feeding and also requires a daily bath. Because he has a day where for whatever reason, he is inconsolable unless I'm walking around holding him. Because teething. Because illness.
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
Anyone who is passionate about pets and nutrition may be interested in opening a pet bakery business. Pet bakeries usually start out selling through other retailers or online, rather than their own brick-and-mortar store. Because business owners don’t need to keep specific retail hours for customers, it’s possible to start this business up while maintaining another job.
I am a full time college student, wife, and mommy to one active 5 yr old who I homeschool. My husband (who is a veteran Marine) is in college as well, so our lives are jam packed with homework. I’ve thought about selling products (It Works, Mary Kay, etc), but I can’t see myself selling and promoting a brand or products that I’m not 100% about. I have artistic abilities that I thought about putting to use to get income, but unfortunately we don’t even have the money to invest in creating stuff to sell.
If you are technologically minded and/or have an eye for design, you can tap into this growing industry. Many web designers and developers are self-taught through places like Team Treehouse. I used Team Treehouse for about a year and I loved it. It’s where I learned everything I know about CSS, HTML, etc. Here’s a link to get a free trial to Team Treehouse.
Almost everyone has bought or sold something on eBay, but have you ever thought of making a business out of it? Becoming an eBay seller requires very little in the way of capitol investment. If you have a digital camera and blocks of time (when kids are in school) available to list, ship, and hunt down things to sell (garage sales for example), you're good to go.
This is a great business for animal lovers who enjoy walking and staying active. It’s ideal for people who prefer lower stress levels, since spending time with pets has been shown to reduce stress. Those who are compassionate and responsible, yet prefer to work alone and be their own bosses as well as make their own schedules thrive in this type of business.
ClickWorker is an online platform where you can get paid for writing, translating, researching and collecting data. To get started create an account, fill out your profile, complete a qualification assessment, then bid on jobs. Payments are made by SEPA bank account transfers, and via PayPal once your account reaches $1.00, and your tax information has been completed. ClickWorker’s clients include Groupon, Tennis Point, Honda, PayPal among others.
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.
Love all these ideas and the creativity of moms wanting to stay home and yet contribute financially for their families. Thank you for including all these ideas. I am a mom of four boys and have worked for Pampered Chef for six years. I love cooking, helping others develop a love for cooking and eating healthy! With the current trends in food and in women/men wanting to cook at home more than eating out, my business continues to take off. The benefits have been incredible. I easily earn hundreds of dollars a month and reap bonuses for staying active (from tote bags to jewelry to free products that I am able to give as gifts.) I always advise women I speak with who are looking for opportunities such as this to find what you are passionate about, make sure your husband is on board with it, pray and then go for it!
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.
Being a social media manager can be of the best work-from-home jobs if you’re autonomously managing a company’s social media presence. As the voice of the organization, you can manage the strategy and the day-to-day support for their top social platforms. This could include content creation, advertising budget and daily engagement. Having your own thriving social media presence will help you get experience and show your prospective clients your know-how. Social media marketing changes faster than a newborn in a diaper...so be willing to stay on top of the trends.
I,m experienced Financial Accountant working for 17 years who can generate Financial Reports, Analysis Reports to the Customer in Excel / Word and Can enter the data in Accounting Software, Quickbooks, Tally, Peachtree etc. I am entering datas in Very good speed. Now I,m searching for Work from home, Accounting / Data Entry / Copy writing/ Excel, Word. and mostly I like even 7 hours a day regular work from home for any particular company or comapnies
Graphic designer Louise Ayres, meanwhile, took an online business course designed specifically for mums to give her the knowledge and confidence she needed to monetise her existing skills. Online courses and resources are a great way to get the knowhow, guidance and training you need to start a successful business, and can be a very wise investment.
It's important to line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. How many hours do you hope to work that day? When will you return calls? What can you accomplish while your son or daughter is coloring in the next room? You'll get more done if you work smarter, not harder, says Christine Durst, a mom of two in Woodstock, Connecticut, and cofounder of ratracerebellion.com, a site that helps people find work-at-home jobs. That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you are your own boss. If your son or daughter is fussing during your office hours and it's a beautiful day, it's okay to push assignments aside and go to the park. You can catch up on work later when your cutie has settled down.
Being able to work with portable equipment, or learn a new kitchen set up quickly will help. Offering a few choice meals and learning to make them efficiently can save time and give you a starting point for pricing. Creating an a la carte menu and a timetable for ordering can also provide a way to make the business stay time and cost effective for you.
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? This might just be the cutest, most fun business on this list. If you’ve got a talent for creating beautiful (and tasty!) cupcakes, this might be the idea for you. There might be hoops to jump through in order to get your kitchen certified for a home bakery if the zoning laws permit it. Depending on the popularity of your cupcakes, though, you may find yourself in a storefront before you know it.
We chose this schedule because I wanted to quit my 9-to-5 and be the primary caregiver. While this might, at first blush, appear to conform to traditional gender roles, I assure you nothing about our relationship is conservative or regressive. Mr. FW and I are both feminists committed to an egalitarian partnership and it was my express desire to transition into this role.
However, not everyone has the fortune to stay out of work for months after giving birth. Most moms are faced with the challenge of separating themselves from their babies and returning to work within a few weeks of giving birth. But more and more companies are offering opportunities for employees to work from home, which means new moms have another option on the table.
Akerson: A completely remote team comes with many benefits, the first of which is we can pull talent from anywhere in the country, and when jobs are posted, our pool of qualified applicants is always overflowing. Another benefit is that worktime is maximized – no commute means more productive working time. Employees LOVE the flexibility of scheduling their working hours around what works best for them and their family. We have a couple of weekly meetings, but otherwise employees are free to work whenever they want. This can mean late nights or early mornings for moms with very small children, but the benefit is truly work-life balance. The biggest benefit is that employees get to be part of a company whose mission they believe in, without worrying that they’re missing out on their children’s lives.