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.

- 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’m really glad this has worked out so well for you- lots of good ideas here. I did want to echo what some of the other parents have said: this depends so so so much on your child. If you have an extremely high needs baby who doesn’t sleep well at night and doesn’t nap well (and some babies just do not sleep well no matter how hard their parents try to teach good sleep habits), the sleep deprivation and exhaustion is going to colour everything. And high needs babies often grow into toddlers and preschoolers who still need more parental attention and support than you would expect and drop their naps early and don’t cope well in pre-school, etc. And when the kid is sleeping you are so shell shocked and exhausted it is all you can do to get through the day.
Do you love being around dogs but can’t commit to having one of your own? There is a big demand for dog walking for people who work long hours away from the home as well as dog sitting for when dog owners go out of town. This would give you and your kids the perfect opportunity to have fun with a four-legged friend without having to adopt one of your own.
Owners should not only keep up with the news, but also want to influence and entertain an audience as to what’s going on in the world. Owners should also have some expertise. For example, a climate change scientist who wants to cover stories about political change in different countries. Starting a news website doesn't have to involve flying to different places in the nation or the world, but owners should have some mobility and connections when it comes to getting a fresh take on a story. 
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!
After earning a college degree in English, I married and had three kids. So now I’m a self taught seamstress and mostly take in clothes for alterations. With baby #3 very new, I’m not taking in much right now; my goal by next year is to bring in $800/mo. I’ve done everything from patching holes, recovering cushions, hemming prom dresses and fixing tattered toddler dress up clothes.
I was sitting at my computer working when I got an email that said next week is Parent’s Day at my kid’s camp. Seriously? I pay boatloads of money to this place to take my kid off my hands for four measly hours a day, and it wants me to cancel my conference call with a client so I can come watch them watch my kid? I guess I could choose not to go, but everyone knows I’m a work-at-home mom, and they all think being a work-at-home mom means I can drop everything for my kids whenever they need me. But that is not what you get to do when you are a work-at-home mom. 

First of all, I want to thank you for posting this, it made my evening. I just completed filling out the Happiness Hero application and used to work remote from home last year, now I am in an office here in Houston, TX. My wife and I found out several weeks ago that we are expecting our first kiddo, due in May, and this article could not have been more inspiring. On top of that we are building our first custom home so there is lots happening in our life! The opportunity that Buffer provides for it’s team members is incredible, it’s one big family and each person is at a different place in life yet that doesn’t get in the way of folks helping each other out and encouraging one another.

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


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.

A dried flower business will sell dried flowers to hobbyists or craft stores. A flower preservation business will save important flowers, like wedding bouquets, for interested parties. Owners may do one or both of these services, but they are separate. Dried flowers do have a demand amongst a variety of people who use them to finish their craft projects. Flower preservation is perfect for those who want to scrapbook their memories, or fill boxes and chests with important mementos. Demand has increased for dried flowers over the past few years, as more people discover easy and fun DIY challenges.
Now that many businesses use online accounting software, the need for a full-time bookkeeper to manage accounts has decreased. While this is bad news for full-time bookkeepers or accountants, this is good news for someone interested in becoming a bookkeeping freelancer. You can offer the services businesses need for a fraction of the price a full-time bookkeeper may charge.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate motherhood into making money is by offering childcare. Not only can you care for your own children, but for other children as well. While you don't necessarily need to be licensed, getting a license can increase your appeal to parents, which, in turn, can lead to your charging more. Further, some states have food programs whereby you can get additional funds to help feed the children in your care. 
I found the Younique company and it has been a huge blessing in my life! We sell high quality mineral based makeup and other beauty products that are made from more natural products. Have you heard of the amazing 3D Lashes!?!?! The first savings I get is I get wonderful makeup for free or almost free. It lasts along time also! The 2nd Is I make awesome commissions from my friends hosting online parties! It has been a huge blessing in my families life!!

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!
Think about the first two years of your baby's life as separate from the rest of your career life. During that time, you might cut back your hours and your husband/partner should absolutely figure out how to cut back his hours as well. I see a lot where women quit working and then their partners start working like dogs to make up the slack and it is a horrible, not-balanced, way to live. Although, obviously, there are status quo systems in place that make it the most likely route. Try not to do that.

Small companies and professional in various industries in particular can save overhead by outsourcing various technical and creative tasks to freelancers. If you have a marketable skill and are able to meet deadlines then sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, PeopleperHour, FlexJobs, and Fiverr are great options. There are plenty of non phone freelance jobs across a wide variety of areas such as online writing, web design, graphic design, SEO, social media marketing, web development, programming, translation, virtual assistance, data entry and much more.


SimplyFun – Would you like to play for a living? You can be part of a meaningful movement and earn generous incentives by promoting SimplyFun’s mission of play-based learning. Enjoy a flexible schedule while earning 25-42% commissions, plus bonuses and rewards. Our thorough training program and starter kit provide everything you need to launch your business. Plus, now is the perfect time to join SimplyFun as we continue to grow from our best year ever. Thanks to our innovative approach to direct selling and a talented sales force, we doubled our sales in 2017. You can be part of this continued success by selling award-winning, thoughtfully designed games that teach useful, real-world skills to children of all ages. Ready? Game On.
I breastfed all my kids, and during those marathon nursing sessions, I'd set up on the sofa with my laptop, my phone, and a big glass of water. Latch the baby on and get to work! She was content, I had a dedicated period of time when I HAD to be sitting, not cleaning or chasing bigger kids. I got so much done! – Evin Cooper of Food Good, Laundry Bad
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I am a stay at home Mom with a part-time work from home job. For the past 3 years, I have had the blessing of being the secretary and office manager for a small Hydrovacing company. I have been able to do all the work from home until this past summer. It’s had it challenging times, but I’ve learned so much and have knowledge on how to start your own business because of it. Now, our youngest, age 3, goes with me 3 days a week for a few hours. We have 4 children- 16, 14, 7 and 3. I have also sold things on local sales sites for extra income. I have been at home since our oldest was born. We’ve made sacrifices, but didn’t see them as sacrifices. It was choices to support our decision to have me at home. We made that decision before we married almost 23 years ago. And, we are both thankful and blessed by it.
Gma left CDL-A semi driving 2 yrs for 4 mths return granddaughter to health, need $3500 min mthly online income, need mentors to learn blogging, also where are publishers who pay for photography. A daughter who’s also remaining home for homeschooling big brother while giving same grand-baby a healthy path to becoming 1 yr old in Tennessee winters. Unemployed since 2/15/15 plz help begin great blogging foundation for all.
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.
I am a JewerlyinCandles business owner. I sell 100% all-natural soy wax candles and tarts that are safe, has a beautiful patina look and burns cleanly in your home. Our products are some of the industry’s best, with bold scents and surprise jewelry in every candle and tart waiting to be discovered. At, the moment to join it’s $29.95 to have an ecommerce website just like mine but starting tomorrow on Sunday, April 19th to Wednesday, April 22nd you can join for as low as $1.00…and that’s how I actually started my business by simply paying a $1.00(doesn’t include a kit). There are no monthly website fees, no monthly quotas, etc..
If my job would consistently stay at 8 hours a day I think I could manage, but it never does. It takes everything out of me to try to get in more emails and projects from home and not get angry when my son tries to pound on my keyboard. When I do get angry, I remind myself that it is anger towards unrealistic work expectations and not my son's curiosity.
A great stay at home business opportunity is paparazzi jewelry! I have never liked selling things, because it’s usually over priced and hard to sell. However, paparazzi is so different! You sell everything for $5 plus local tax and you make a 45% profit! You can email me with any questions about paparazzi at Kayla.blythe223@topper.wku.edu and you can become a consultant under me by going to http://www.paparazziaccessories.com/28325

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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.
Since naptime is when many moms are tempted to cram in everything on their to-do list -- dishwashing, playdate schedules, laundry -- try to stay focused. "If you were working outside the home, you wouldn't be concerned with anything but work," says Durst. Concentrate only on the things you can't do when your child is awake. Aside from naptime, if you're a morning person, use the wee hours to get stuff done before the rest of the family wakes up. A night owl? Burn the midnight oil.
If you don't find what you're looking for there, here's a list of the 45 best places you can learn to code for free. Once you command a knowledge of HTML, Ruby, Python, Javascript, or CSS, you can start a freelance business as a side business idea to build your portfolio while you still hold onto your full-time job. Listen to my podcast interview with Laurence Bradford about her journey to become a freelance web developer, too. And over time, you'll build more relationships, have more experience and eventually take this side business idea over to becoming a full-time source of income.
Do you love to write? We’ve all heard of best-selling authors J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, but thousands of women are writing their way to work-at-home success. The opportunities and possibilities are endless, everything from writing children’s books, to self-help books, romance novels, and cookbooks. Don't worry — you don't have to write a book to be considered an author. If you prefer to write magazine articles, check out this article to get started.
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.
This blog really hit home for me. I have a 7 month old son and went back to work when my son was 9 weeks old. I work in a corporate environment and have grasped every bit of flexibility that I can. I've taken the earliest shift possible and work from home 1.5 days each week. My husband works a later shift so we get away with only a few hours of child care each day. I have a pretty intensive side job/hobby as a singer that I won't give up - even though sometimes I think it could put me under.
We might’ve spoken too soon when we said cupcake business was the cutest idea on our list. What could be cuter than combining tiny baked goods and our favorite furry friends? Much like a cupcake business, if you can get your kitchen certified, you can sell nutritious treats to pet owners in your area. And when it comes time to expand, you may even be able to sell to different markets by shipping your goods.
But, you can take advantage of these same exchange rates, and make a profit, if you own a currency trading business. Foreign exchange trading involves buying and selling foreign currency to make money off an international foreign exchange market. Since the value of the world's currencies are constantly changing, the purpose of the business is to time the buying and selling of currencies, trading one against another, so that the company profits from currency swings with minimal losses (called "drawdown").
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
If you’ve been wanting to contribute financially to your household while also staying at home with your  kids, it can be difficult to know where to start! Remember, figure out what kind of employment makes sense for you and be realistic about the amount of time you can actually commit to. While it’s nice to have extra money coming in, you’re not good to anyone in the household if you’re run down from spreading yourself too thin!

Yeah, in addition to all the above, snickerdoodle's comment is astute: your employer may not even let you do this, assuming that your desire to work full-time = keeping your current job, or having a similar FT job with another employer. My employer is pretty friendly to parents in terms of allowing telecommute arrangements, etc., but if you are doing regular telecommuting and you have a child you have to show proof to HR that you have some sort of childcare arrangement in place before they'll allow you to do it.
If you can type well and have basic computer skills, you may enjoy being a work from home transcriptionist. Transcribe Me is an online company that offers moms a chance to make money transcribing audio files. These files are generally short in length and are required to be converted into text by typing out what is being said on them.  For other work from home transcription opportunities, check out this post.

As more people start to realize that being more self-sufficient can help through economic downturns, self-employment is becoming more and more the norm. While someone may have all the know-how to create their product or service, they may not have the knowledge to actually run the business or get it started. Become a freelance business plan writer and you can help these individuals realize their dreams.
Hi Alexa, I just want to thank you sincerely for this article – it was such a breath of relief for me (in a BIG way)! I own a small business and am due soon and was hoping for a way to seek out an at-home supplemental income but was only landing on continual scams (and that’s from someone who considers themself a thorough researcher). Again, I cannot thank you enough for all the legitimate links and sources (finally!). I’ll certainly be sharing this article.

5) Start working on baby’s nighttime routine early. I did this with my kids and by 3 months they slept through the night. (Getting up at 5 AM is sleeping through the night right?) So wouldn’t we want them to sleep more during the day? No. If they are getting enough rest at night and taking naps during the day, then they are content little ones. Getting this routine early is important for later on. That way you can also work or do busy work (paperwork) at night.
Ask anyone in the antiques and collectibles business why they do it and they'll tell you, "It's the thrill of the hunt." If you love yard sales, scrounging in junk shops, going to flea markets, and old objects, then this could be the business for you. Once you've amassed enough inventory start small by renting (or sharing the rent with another enthusiast) a booth in an antique center and take it from there. Besides, you're spouse may be secretly thrilled that you're finally unloading all that junk!
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.
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.
Now that you're a parent things have changed. You're probably back at your old job, paying enormous sums for childcare, and coming home every night to your "second job" of taking care of the kids. Or, you've quit the workforce and are now a full-time parent with no second income and discovering it's difficult financially. Perhaps your kids are getting older and will be heading off to school next year and this is a golden opportunity to start your own business.
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.
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.
My #1 tip for working at home with a newborn is to work when they are sleeping. Newborns need your full attention when they are awake, and they sleep plenty of hours in the day for you to wait until they sleep. I learned this real quick when continuing to work from home when my now-6-month-old was born. She is only a newborn once, and missing ANYTHING with her wasn't worth trying to work while she was awake. She needed me when awake, and I wanted to cherish that time with her. – Audra Rundle of Little One Books 

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.
Employment Options offers work-at-home jobs for citizens receiving SSDI and/or SSI disability benefits in 47 states. Their services are free as part of a national return to work program. The jobs they have with leading national employers are for various skill levels and are Customer Service or Tech Support based with opportunities to specialize in Billing & Coding, Information Technology, Nursing, Case Management, Concierge, Sales, Reservations, Travel and more. They also offer onsite community positions as well. Simply apply on their website to get started and their staff will follow-up within two business days.

You already spend way too much time pinning on Pinterest and posting fabulous pics on Instagram. Now get paid for your social-media savvy! The social-media evaluator will need to improve the relevancy of the newsfeed for a leading global social-media client. You’ll need to commit to working one to four flexible hours a day, five days per week. For some projects, at least one day must be a weekend day. Doing outstanding work will make you eligible for additional social-media projects. To qualify, you’ll have to perform online daily social-media use (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), have strong communication skills and a high-speed Internet connection. 
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.

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


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!
How many promotional emails do you find in your inbox every morning? Probably a ton -- because a ton of companies use them. If you’ve worked in advertising, marketing, publishing or as a copywriter, chances are you can master the skills to work as an email marketer from home. The very nature of the work depends entirely on the internet, so completing the job remotely makes perfect sense.
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