If you’re a fitness buff and have the right combination of charisma and business sense, working as a part-time personal trainer as a side business idea can be both physically and financially rewarding. Once you build up a reputation and client base for yourself, it could easily turn into a full-time endeavor for you. Check out these tips to a successful personal training business by the American Fitness Professionals and this interview with several fitness blog owners who are making a living online, from MonetizePros. Finally, I'd recommend checking out this resource if you want to take this business idea seriously and get started with a business plan for your personal fitness trainer business today.
You may think working at home means you can skip child care, but you'll have days when you need help -- and that's okay. When Jonas was about 6 months old, O'Donnell hired a responsible high-school student to watch him two or three hours two days a week. The teenager charged half of what an adult sitter or day care would, and it meant O'Donnell could concentrate on answering e-mails and returning phone calls.
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.

I include the word “ruthless” for good reason: my prioritization is without any ruth whatsoever. Pre-baby and pre-frugality, I tried to do everything perfectly, on time, and while wearing fabulous clothes, makeup, with curled hair and painted nails (toes too). Now? I shower daily and wear (somewhat) clean clothes. That much is an accomplishment as far as I’m concerned. Note that I did not mention brushing my hair.
I’m a homeschooling mom with one still in the homeschool nest (14) and one commuting as a sophomore in college. I have been a freelance proofreader for university presses since 1994; I teach World and Comparative Lit at a homeschool co-op; and began a Plexus business for weight loss in January of this year for only $34.95 (I’ve lost 16.5 pounds and feel better than I have in years!).  Jenni Rom at Plexus
The growth of online courses has exploded over the last few years. If you have a teaching background, you may want to supplement your current income or strike out completely on your own in this new industry. You will need to be able to create video lectures and/or some type of online class work. For some ideas of what types of jobs you might find, take a look at K12 or Connections Academy. The only caveat – you may need to be licensed to teach in the state where the students reside.
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.
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.

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.


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.
Non-profits, universities, hospitals and other community organizations all have a great need for grant money to supplement their budgets, but grants are notoriously tricky to write for the first time. If you have experience writing grants or are willing to learn how to do it by practicing your skills without pay for a few non-profits, you can start a lucrative freelance grant writing business. According to eHow, grant writers can make anywhere from $40, 300 to $67,000.
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.
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.
My wife stays at home with them and has no interest in writing, and I’ll be retiring soon at 41, and can’t wait to join her. If you have an attitude that kids will ad to your life, and you don’t live a spendy rockstar style life to begin with, I think kids are the perfect recipe for frugal people. Great tax deductions, free entertainment, and they cost next to nothing.
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.
Some firms outsource their customer service operations and many of these companies accept home-based contractors. You can start by signing up on freelancing sites such as Upwork to test the waters with this business idea first. If you’re already a CSR specialist with management skills, then you can form and lead a virtual team online and engage clients as a bona fide customer service company or, provide customer service training to such teams as well as individuals.
Does anyone else here resent being asked about work-life balance? The context is that I'm a leader and one of the few women leaders in my company. I'm always being sent to panels and talking about this topic and I feel like my male colleagues never get this question. Any thoughts on how to address this? I feel like its perpetuating gender stereotypes but on the other hand, I get that the reason people ask this is they want to really know.
Hosting exchange students- It’s not really considered income, but rather reimbursement for expenses, but caring for a teenager from another country has been a really rewarding experience for our whole family, and my 3-yr-old son proudly talks about his 2 Japanese “sisters”. I think this opportunity must only be taken on with genuine interest and care for the students, but the rate we are reimbursed definitely provides extra income for our family which allows me to stay at home and be a “Mom” to one more.
Kaeser & Blair – Promotional Products Business Ownership Program is the perfect business opportunity for today’s stay-at-home mom. With a minimal start-up cost, K&B makes it easier than ever to work at your own pace, create your own schedule and capitalize on an industry that does over $21 billion of sales each year. As a K&B business owner, you are your own boss and in complete control of both your hours and earnings. You have the ability to work as much—or as little—as you choose, and reap the benefits. Part-time business owners earn up to $20,000 annually, and full-time business owners make as much as $185,000. The possibilities truly are endless. Learn more about the risk-free opportunity with Kaeser & Blair here. here.

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!

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.


The art of eBay, or buying and selling online, is a mysterious one. But it can be conquered if you do your research on business ideas for stay-at-home moms.. It’s all about picking up bulk items for a low price and then selling them on for a higher price. You might be selling hundreds of individual items a day if you really get into it. This is the only way to make a substantial profit, unless you have prior knowledge of a cheap wholesalers who can get you some seriously great deals. For some additional insight and tips, have a read of Ken Rockwell’s guide.
Oh my goodness. I cannot imagine. Our daughter would go to bed around 10:00 p.m., wake up at least twice to feed during the night, need to be rocked back to sleep after she ate since she was not a self-soother, and then be up again between by 7:00 a.m. A few times when she was little and sick she fell asleep around 7:30 p.m. and I felt like I had a vacation.
Increasingly, customer service positions (both the full-time job and part-time job varieties) are provided not through centralized, physical call center facility but through home-based employees who have access to a good phone line and high-speed internet connection. These jobs that you can do from home tend to be good for those that need to work remotely and are self-sufficient and organized even when not in an office environment.
Whatever it is, I can assure you that no work-from-home mom (or for that matter, dad) is sitting on the couch catching up on soaps. With all due respect to Days of Our Lives, just because I choose to be the primary caretaker for my children doesn’t mean I have no desire to fulfill other aspects of my life. I'm still as hungry as ever when it comes to my career—I’ve just chosen a new venue. Remember, people: Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and careers.
My job has been called cute, put in air quotes and been the butt of many jokes. I doubt most other writers, event planners, photographers and social media, marketing or branding strategists (all hats I wear) who have an actual office or brick-and-mortar business have experienced the same. Why is our job viewed as a hobby or passion project if we work from home? What is it about the confines of the house that constitutes less respect?
I absolutely love this blog. I really enjoyed looking at everyone’s ways of making money. I have a small business teaching Kindermusik classes and I’m a Brand Partner with Nerium international. Both companies are really family friendly, I make my own hours, and I’ve met some fantastic people. Nerium is a quickly growing company and the skin care products are the best I’ve ever used.
With a baby in tow, working at home takes on new meaning – and new challenges. Whether you're resuming a freelance career, starting a new one, or telecommuting, you're in good company. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2015 more than 25 million Americans – almost 25 percent of the work force – are choosing to work from home at least part of the time.
Corporations have been really slow on the uptake with flex schedules and remote work. Not to mention the U.S.’s abysmal maternity leave and nursing accommodation rules! It’s unfortunate that more offices aren’t taking advantage of the technology available to them, but for those who can work from home, it is one step closer to taking full control of your own priorities!
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