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.
This health insurer shifted to a more flexible strategy about five years ago, upgrading its infrastructure so employees could access data securely and remotely. Now, 25 percent of staffers work from home part-time, and 15 percent do so full-time. Many of its nurses, for instance, respond to member calls from home, and can start doing so once they’ve gone through the company’s training program. “They feel it gives them the ability to be really focused on the member because they don’t have the distraction of the office around them,” says a spokesperson from Horizon’s human resources department. The bulk of its claims are also processed by employees off-site—to the tune of 20 percent more volume since the transition.
Take the time to develop your skills at either making your own music, or becoming a pro at mixing, and your side business idea of dj-ing local events could turn into a much bigger endeavor. Though you'll first need to command a solid knowledge of sound design, mixing and music production before expecting to land your first gig with this business idea, as developing an entirely new skill set is not for the faint of heart.

When I wrote my post on 5 Steps to Create a Successful Work-at-Home Lifestyle recently, I heard from a few of these moms. They agreed wholeheartedly with the tips but noted that the list had a missing component for parents who were trying to juggle their work-at-home job without full-time childcare. So, to fill the gaps, I interviewed eight of these moms to get the skinny on what it is really like to work at home with babies and toddlers. The best, the worst, how not to lose your head, and more!
If you are looking for an office job that doesn’t require you to go into an office, becoming a virtual assistant could be a great fit. Tasks will vary depending on the company but can include things like scheduling appointments, data entry, organizing records, email management, social media management and editing. Contacting bloggers, online companies and websites directly can be a great way of finding job opportunities, in addition to advertising in and responding to job boards.
Unfortunately, not all companies are on board with full-time remote-job arrangements. Some have pulled back because they believe that their employees could benefit from more face-to-face interactions. In 2013, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, in her bid to turn the company around, famously demanded that remote employees report back to the office. (In June, Yahoo was acquired by Verizon and Mayer resigned.)
Do you have a passion for learning? Instructional Design is the process by which instructional materials and manuals are designed, developed, and delivered. Instructional Designers understand the learning process and how to convey it through the written word. While there are Instructional Design degree programs available, many Instructional Designers just have a teaching, marketing, or writing background. FlexJobs has a good list of work-at-home instructional design jobs.
Once you have your basic website you can start adding regular articles and posts on your chosen subject. It’s important that you stick to your chosen niche, as this is what your readers will be expecting to read on your site. There would be no point in me writing a post about my holiday to Japan for this website as it has nothing to do with making money online!
If you have something you're skilled at and very passionate about, you can turn that winning combination into offering your services with one-on-one online coaching as a solid side business idea. Just be sure to implement your own opportunity management system so you don't get caught up working with clients that you can't measurably help. Elmira Strange will give you a step-by-step plan for putting your skills and experience to work by developing an online coaching business—even as a side business idea in the time around your full-time job—so be sure to check out her course on Udemy for a jump start on this side business idea.

Hi all: I'm ready to move on from my current role as a marketing strategist at a global media company. I'd like to stay with a publisher, rather than going to an agency or flipping over to the client side. I'm flexible on large vs. small, scrappy and entrepreneurial vs. longstanding titans, "fun" brand (like Well + Good, Refinery29, Buzzfeed) vs. more cerebral (Vox, The Atlantic). What I'm most focused on is a place that will respect me as an individual who is balancing a family, and also, offers solid maternity benefits (since we'll eventually try for #2). Mamas who are at other publishers and/or are in media: would you recommend your employer, based on how it stacks up against other media companies, how they treat their female/working mom employees, and the benefits that they offer? Thoughts welcome and appreciated!
If you land a remote job, be open and share your experience with others. One of the most powerful forces in increasing the acceptance and availability of remote and flexible jobs is knowing that your managers or colleagues have done it too. “People appreciate the honesty,” says Carly, who now oversees a team of about 100 recruiters, some of whom are also remote. She will often share with them if she’s, say, stepping out to attend her child’s art show in the middle of the day. She likes to show “we have a life outside of what we do.”
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!
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.
I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom of a 9yo and a 7yo. I love The Pampered Chef home and kitchen products and I love cooking healthy, organic, allergy friendly meals for people. So I host FREE monthly cooking classes for adults and children. I show people how to make yummy Paleo and GAPS Diet friendly recipes. Like any other business, if you put hard work into it, you will be successful. My goal is to make enough money to pay for the organic ingredients that I use at my free cooking shows. I joke with my clients that I get paid in free Pampered Chef products that I earn from each show or class I host :). The Pampered Chef is really an amazing company to work with and am blessed to have such an amazing support team.
Wow thank you so much for this article, I am a single father with 3 under 4 and I’ve been trying to find something for months along the lines of what you have posted here I truly understand the hardship single mothers in general face because I myself am going through that hardship right now. I think you may have just helped better mine and my children’s lives with this and I am eternally greatful.
Greetings Alexa, AWESOME post.. you really have hit on everything. I went the blogging route.. and love it. Yet I didn’t start there.. as I looked through your list I had to chuckle.. as I remember doing the customer service from home.. See I’m a single mom.. my oldest is now 14 and I started searching for work from home opportunities when she was 1 years old.. I built everything up… and have been full time when my oldest turned 13!! Started by exchanging time for money.. with the customer service and that kept me in the place of having to exchange time for money.. so I decided to build my own business.. and this is what set me FREE.. Love your post as it really leads one through the journey of a VERY possible life.. Thanks so much for putting this information together. Keep Smiling!
- 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).
I work at home as an Operator Services contractor. Many people are scared of some of these jobs because they appear to be “too good to be true” and because you do have to pay for your background check up front. Some of them might be, however I have worked for http://www.LiveOps.com for 3 years now, and it has been great. My neighbor worked for them for 9 years. I choose my own hours, with shifts as short as 30 minutes. I have worked my way up to a specialty line, which I enjoy more that the “starter” line all agents start on. There are pros and cons, as with any job, but the pay is good (I average $15/hour) and I love the incredible flexibility. Agents are needed 24 hours per day, so you have lots of options. It is not available in every state though, So check the web site for more info.
If you love weddings and are a detail-oriented and organized person, you may want to consider becoming a home-based bridal consultant. With many women juggling their work life with their home life, managing a huge event like a wedding may seem nearly impossible. Working with a bridal consultant is great way to help alleviate extra stress during this time.

Robert Half is a staffing agency that places temporary, contract, and full-time employees in the Finance & Accounting, Creative & Marketing, and Office & Administrative fields. They frequently hire both entry-level and senior-level finance and accounting professionals, including: Accounting Clerks, Accounts Payable, Billing Clerks, Bookkeepers, Payroll Clerks, and many other roles. Pay is generally $15-$20 per hour for entry-level positions and $25-$35+ for higher-level positions.
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.
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.
Anyone who is artistically inclined and enjoys animals may like running a pet portraits business. For those who like to draw, paint, or work with another medium, doing commissioned portraits is a great way to earn an income creating art. Loving animals helps business owners stay interested in their work even when they’re working on animal portraits several days in a row.
For example, when she switched up to the 3-year-old room, one of the teachers is very quiet, which was hard at first, because she had a hard time dealing with my daughter's very high energy and outgoing personality, which does sometimes veer toward bossiness. We met with her and discussed strategies for restraining some of that; the teacher implemented them, and the problem was solved in a way that was beneficial to the teacher, the other students, and our daughter.
“I started my business only a few months before finding out I was pregnant with my first child. Knowing I was going to have a baby was both exhilarating and scary at the same time but I knew it was only going to fuel my aspirations and not stifle them. There’s nothing like having to provide for your own child to inspire you to do the best you’ve ever done before.”
Those who enter this industry truly enjoy the process of helping fulfill someone else’s vision. They enjoy working with their hands, adding the finishing touches to their clients’ artistic fabric pairings, which tell a story. Most quilters have spent years sewing quilts for family and friends and, at the encouragement of others, are ready to take their hobby to the next level.
When working from home with a newborn recognize that your workday will need to be flexible because a newborn's schedule is unpredictable until you can develop a routine. It's also very easy to overlap home life with work life, try to keep them separate otherwise you will feel burn out because you will feel like you don't get a break. So, be sure to give yourself some quiet time every day, even if it is just five minutes. – Michelle Morton
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?
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.

If you’ve determined that you need full-time child care, a caregiver in your home (since that is where you are) is probably the best option if your children are not in school yet. A nanny will keep young kids from interrupting your work and, in many circumstances, can drive children to activities or pick them up from school. Hiring a full-time child care provider eliminates the need to scramble for childcare solutions during school holidays and when your child is sick. Most nannies do not live with families but a live-in nanny or an au pair is an option if you take business trips frequently or have to work outside the home at night.
Hello Alexa, I have read your list and am very interested. I am a single mother of two little ones, and I would like to start up an online job from home, until I can get further on my career path offline. I have no idea where to begin and would appreciate so ideal tips on what and where to get started to make a decent living for my kids as well as myself, I would greatly appreciate it thank you for your time.
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.
Websites aren't too dissimilar to stocks. Many are junk, but some can generate value for you, making it a strong potential business idea if you have an eye for spotting the diamond in the rough That’s why, like stocks, they are bought and sold all the time. You can buy and sell websites as a side business  idea in the hope of generating future earnings based on their user traffic, current revenue intake, domain name, or some other factors that might be a hidden cash cow everyone else has overlooked. Interested? Check out marketplaces like Flippa and Flipping Enterprises to learn more. 
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