Gone are the days of plunking down at the computer for hours of concentration. With a newborn, you must learn to work in pockets of time, being able to stop quickly and re-engage even faster. The solution may be as simple as jotting a reminder to yourself before getting up from the computer or as detailed as rearranging your work schedule to align with baby's rhythm–catching up on emails while baby plays, conference calls during naps, intense work later at night when baby is down for the night. – Shelley Hunter of Gift Card Girlfriend
Great post! For me, I work in a virtual environment. I design clothing on Photoshop, then I upload them to virtual games and sell them to people in the games for money. I usually work 2 to 5 hrs a week and make $300 to $500 a month. It’s just a bit of extra spending money as we have survived for years on one income but it’s nice to have the little extra coming in.
"The idea of having her commute to our home office to do customer service didn't make sense," Akerson said. "It was sort of accidental that we hired a parent. It was a blessing to both of us that it was part-time though. Since the company was just starting out, we didn’t have the revenue to justify much in payroll yet, and as a mother of three, she did not want full-time work."
If you're a good typist, you may be able to pick up a little cash from home using that skill. If you're a really great typist, well, then you may be able to earn some good money in transcription. In addition to general transcription, there are opportunities for transcribing in both the medical and legal fields. In some specialized fields, certification may be required.
I get why you’re asking this question. Between attending to the needs of your children and preparing meals, how could you still possibly add another attention-seeking, time-consuming pursuit such as a business, even if it’s virtual and online? And if this idea of making money from home and online is new to you, you might think it may NOT be possible to make a REAL career out of this idea.
What was hard for me to understand before having a baby is that it isn't just time, though time is the main thing. It's also a shift in energy and a different kind of focus that happens when you're on baby duty. So it is very, very hard to quickly just click into efficient professional-type work during a baby's hour-long nap (which you know might end any second) -- it takes time to reboot yourself, in a way, especially when you have milk on your shirt and you're worried about the next time you have to suction the the baby's stuffed up nose...A nanny is necessary for the actual time you need with no distractions. But also necessary because it is hard to work well when you are on mom duty, listening with half an ear, not really in your professional-self-mind unless you know someone else is being responsible for your baby.

If you are interested, stop by. And if you, Alexa, would like to know more or would at least add a note to your list that single moms can earn a real, full time income in the adult industry – on their own, no need to get naked or do gross stuff. It’s hard work though and I also basically work full time – with the exception that I work whenever I want, so I always have time for the kids.
It’s a good idea to check your local Craigslist market for home-based jobs. Sometimes, you’ll find a job that requires you to come into the office for orientation before you can work from home. For example, food delivery service company, DoorDash, hires contractors to key menus from home, but first they have to come into the Atlanta office for training.
Starting a virtual assistant business can be ideal for moms unless your clients demand a lot of time during specific hours. An alternative is microwork, in which provide many of the same services that VAs do, such as transcription, writing, research, etc, but your time is more flexible. In microwork, you take on time-limited projects, and when they're done, you're done. This allows you to get work when you want it, and not have to work when you'd rather be taking care of the kids. 
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.
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.
To be a psychic you should really have a genuine interest in and understanding of the supernatural. Many people in the business put on a show for their clients, but true psychics have a powerful intuition that allows them to serve others in a variety of situations. A person who is able to empathize with others, listen to them describe their problems, and then offer advice that is relevant to the circumstances and the situation will succeed in this business. As the nature of the services is very personal, customers need to trust the psychic who is offering these services. And, likewise, a professional psychic should also be trustworthy, always careful not to exaggerate their abilities.
When my daughter was a baby, we did a care share with another family where each parent was responsible for 1 or 1.5 days during the work week. We all worked about 80% time. It was like having part-time twins, they were two weeks apart. We met the other family in our childbirth class. One of the other parents ended up hiring a sitter for her portion. This worked great for a year, from when they were 5 months old until they started a toddler program together.
I was a home birth midwife from the time my 4th baby was 2 months old until my 10th was a year old, at which time I went back into nursing full time due to my husband’s disabilities. Monday was clinic day at my house or my partners and the kids all played or did school together, often with client’s children. We also home schooled. I took my babies with me to births, and as they got older, our 2 oldest girls would come with us and watch them. We set up our full size vans as a play house or they would play in a quiet basement, and on one memorable occasion, had a fancy RV set up with food, movies, and all kinds of conveniences. Our big girls, adult now and with littles of their own (my partner’s girl married one of my sons) and they still talk about the fun they had.
Public relations agencies also act as advisors in establishing or improving the relationships between clients and their clients' various audiences and influencers. In this regard, they might suggest changing practices or embracing new policies that will enhance reputations. If that effort fails or comes too late, some PR firms specialize in crisis communications, which involves salvaging client reputations when events take place that put them in a negative light. 

We do have our spontaneous moments–like a last minute decision one morning last week to take a day trip to a thrift store and a brewery–but generally, we do the same things on the same days each week. This schedule allows me to plan when I’ll write and manage my deadlines. It also ensures that Babywoods gets plenty of socialization with other toddlers–we attend weekly play groups and host friends several days a week at our house.
Good point about standard baby advice. I had 3 kids and worked full time. First 2 kids were 3 years about. I Nursed each about 11 months. Since I went to work at 5:00 am, kids were dropped off at sitter before dawn. My third child was born 12 years later (yes more than a decade apart from first 2 babies). He was not standard by any means. I was fortunate to be home with him for the first 4 months but he did not like sleeping. He was 2 years old before he started sleeping through the night. All babies are different and looking back I realize those hardest of times were the best also! 

If you enjoy making business decisions but you’re ready to quit the 9-to-5, you may want to look into working as a part-time executive. Employers are increasingly embracing more flexible schedules and holding team meetings over Skype -- so there’s a good chance you can find part-time work that still allows you to be well-connected to and influential at a particular business.
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).
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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.
I am a distributor with It Works. Started my journey in April to supplement my WAHM income as a staff recruiter for occupational, physical and speech therapist. I have a soon to be 2 year old and my husband and I realized it actually cost us more for me to work outside the home, and I was fortunate enough to be able to work out a situation with my employer to allow me to do my job from home. I have a sitter that helps from time to time to allow me time to meet deadlines, meetings, jobfairs. I schedule wrap appointments and parties when my husband is home. This also also allows me to have a positive work life balance for myself and gives our child a chance to have a mom at home but to still be able to have someone to give her undivided attention when I have work priorities. So far it is a win win for us.
I often set up stations around the house to help keep them occupied and I rotate through them so they don’t get bored of them. So things like legos, play dough, kinetic sand, paint, coloring, reading, board games, card games, water balls (not sure if that is their technical name but they are little tiny balls that swell as they get wet and reduce down as they dehydrate). We usually have a mess to clean up somewhere after I am done working but the kids know the routine enough that there isn’t a big deal for them to help clean up.  – Summer Price
Everyone (even kids and retirees) need to have some level of technical know-how to stay competitive and appreciate the marvels of the digital age. Just observe how learning sites like Codecademy, Treehouse, and Udacity continue to grow and you’ll understand the urgency of getting computer training for our generation (thus making it a great business idea to train others if you already have the skills). If you’re a techie, you can cash in on this need by offering lessons and tutorials within your neighborhood or across cyberspace through portals like YouTube or Udemy as a side business idea. You can even set up your own tutorial site with an interface for online payments.
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").
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 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.
I’m a former lawyer turned entrepreneur with Rodan+Fields (makers of ProActiv, the acne system). After welcoming my twin girls, I decided traveling, long hours, and dial-ins were no longer for me. I wanted to work from home on a part-time basis and Rodan+Fields has allowed me to do that. If you’re interested in earning a solid part-time income on your own terms, I’d love to talk to you!
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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.
I worked as a nurse for 10 years but had to quit to stay home with my now 2 year old twins when they were 7 months old. My daughter had a seizure and it didn’t make sense to stay. I am glad there is a list like this. I stayed home and just spend time with my babies most of the last year and a half but recently in May started with Origami Owl as a way to have fun and spend time with other female adults. Later I joined Plexus just to get the discount myself and I have been doing amazing both in my wellness journey & making quite a bit of money off of it also. I am hoping to make it into a full time income before my kids go to kindergarten so when they go to school I don’t have to go back to work. I just don’t want to send them to daycare during the summers so unless I find a job as a school nurse I plan to stay home. Life is too short & they stay little for too short of a time to send them to daycare for someone else to raise them for me.
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…

"It's hard for me to believe it was five years ago that Lucy, my then toddler, and I were pushing rolls of fabric across our living and dining room floor for our first round of wraps. Those were some crazy days with a toddler, a newborn, and a husband in school full-time as Solly Baby began, but motherhood taught me that our capacity is far greater than most of us believe. I learned to do more with 15 minutes than I could previously do with 2 hours. Not only that, there's something about raising children that has made me acutely aware of how fleeting time is. It put the fire under me to go after what I wanted. Not only for myself, but also to show them what's possible." 
Figure out if you can organize your work in a way that works with your child’s nap schedule and attention span for entertaining themselves. Also be prepared to work in the evenings and on weekends when you have help from a partner. Realize that if you are a Type-A personality and want to be able to give 100% to your work and to motherhood, working from home while caring for a child will be a huge challenge. You can’t do it all. Accepting that and letting some things go is necessary for your own sanity (I am still working on this one). Take it day by day and try not to be too hard on yourself. Most importantly, try to remember to factor into your schedule some time for activities that are not work or childcare, since it is very easy to feel like you lost yourself between work and motherhood (though I know that is likely the plight of moms everywhere regardless of their circumstances) but I think it is particularly important for parents whose work space is the same as their home space. – Meaghan 

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.
I’m a former lawyer turned entrepreneur with Rodan+Fields (makers of ProActiv, the acne system). After welcoming my twin girls, I decided traveling, long hours, and dial-ins were no longer for me. I wanted to work from home on a part-time basis and Rodan+Fields has allowed me to do that. If you’re interested in earning a solid part-time income on your own terms, I’d love to talk to you!
But you may need the extra income or just the outlet and work s therefore necessary also. Have you thought about setting up your own business, perhaps on ebay or amazon? There must be some skills you have that you could possibly share and charge for, you would be surprised what you can do that others can't and would be willing to pay you for your services.
Another element of our parenting philosophy is encouraging independent play. Since birth, we’ve encouraged Babywoods to entertain herself with us nearby. As a curious 17-month-old, she adores inspecting every corner of every room and dragging toys around to new and different locations. She entertains herself well and puzzles through how to use complex toys on her own. 

Be honest. When you think of work-from-home jobs, what comes to mind? Data entry? Customer service? While it’s true that some jobs just scream “work from home,” you might be amazed by the number of industries that offer flex-friendly positions. Although there are work-from-home jobs in practically every industry, the top fields for flexible jobs are medical and health, HR and recruiting, computer and IT, and education and training, as well as accounting and finance, government, and travel and hospitality.
Traveling Vineyard – Pop open opportunity and get ready to change your life one cork at a time. The only real requirement of this job: being awesome. It helps if you like wine, too. Other than that, the rest is easy peasy. Maybe you’re looking for a little extra spending money. Or maybe you just need a reason to get out of the house. Your reason for becoming a rock star Wine Guide is up to you. But the opportunity is all yours—all $30 billion of it. You ready? Let’s rock this dream.
As a former home child care provider, I can say with all honesty, planning ahead is just not apparent to some working parents! Breaks, teacher work days, Illness and snow days, over the years I have seen parents freak out! I have had calls asking what time does school open? What time is dismissal? When does summer break start! Planning, being organized is essential if you want to have a happy, healthy family.
Gone are the days of plunking down at the computer for hours of concentration. With a newborn, you must learn to work in pockets of time, being able to stop quickly and re-engage even faster. The solution may be as simple as jotting a reminder to yourself before getting up from the computer or as detailed as rearranging your work schedule to align with baby's rhythm–catching up on emails while baby plays, conference calls during naps, intense work later at night when baby is down for the night. – Shelley Hunter of Gift Card Girlfriend
A custom portrait business specializes in creating portraits in a variety of styles and mediums for a diverse array of clients. Your custom portrait business may specialize in mediums such as pencil, paint, or even crochet. You may run a business where customers order a portrait in advance, or you may offer to create a custom portrait on the spot for them.

A little bit ago i started selling nerium as an income supplement. Ive been having amazing luck with it and the best part if that i can do it with 3 kids! I dont have to host parties in order to suceed or go anywhere. I am due now in 3 months with a little boy and my goal is to have nerium and a side sewing business that can make me more than i make now working 10 hrs a week. This post helped a lot because there are alot of scams out there on working from home. Its messy business!


If you are a creative mom and have photography skills, you can start a photography service business. Photography isn’t easy, but it is something where you can choose your own schedule. You won’t need to have your own studio as most photography services these days are done outdoors. This is a wonderful side hustle where you can earn and enjoy at the same time.
And so I have struggled to find solutions and workarounds to this dilemma. When Stacy wrote about the study that found working moms' self-esteem is at risk when their partners are competent helpers, I read with interest and pondered whether this is true in my case. It may be, but I have to ignore it because that is one of my workarounds. I'm lucky enough to have a husband who truly loves to be a father and is very good at it. He also values my need to have an identity beyond "mom" and has recently rearranged his work schedule to provide me with a few hours in the morning dedicated to writing.
Have patience with circumstances, with your newborn, with your spouse, and especially with yourself. Patience gives you the time and space to allow yourself to forgive yourself if mistakes are made, and will likewise allow you time for reflection so that the next time will be better — that is, to help you regroup and assess [re-frame] things not as setbacks but as exciting learning experiences. Moreover, patience allows for better time management and for improved personal esteem. – Marie Ruediger of www.Ruediger.ws
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. 

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.
Virtual assistants (VAs) provide a wide variety of “virtual” services to other businesses including administrative, marketing and technical support from a home office. My local window cleaner, for example, uses a VA to answer his calls and manage his calendar while he’s busy on-site. VAs are growing in popularity, too, as firms look to cut costs and outsource administrative functions. If you are organized and have an administrative background, this might be for you. Start with your own connections or take advantage of the services of a VA organization or association who can help you get started and connect you with clients.
Their training is done online and is self-paced. You could finish the program in 4 months but 6 months is probably more realistic. They do however give you up to a year to get it all done. Their program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders. They work specifically with a company called IOD inc. that hires their grads to work from home right out of the program.
For individuals who enjoy sewing or seamstress work, have some artistic talent, or have an eye for patterning and organizing ideas into a tangible object, quilting can be the perfect career. A background in sewing is preferable, although some quilters started because of a love or passion for creating and quickly found their niche in the quilting community.
I’m the founder of fit2b.com which began as as a fitness blog and has expanded to providing eLearning courses and wholesome workouts for the whole family to members in over 30 countries worldwide! My passions have always included healthy birth and bellies, and so I put my bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Science to work for my family. Now, others are making money from Fit2B Studio via our affiliate program. Learn more at http://fit2b.us/affiliate?ref=29  Beth Learn at Fit2B (I’m an affiliate and a big fan of Fit2B!)
Many people’s interest in music goes beyond just listening to it. A lot of people who enjoy listening to it are also interested in learning how to play an instrument. A music lessons business gives novice musicians a way to learn to play an instrument, and it provides more seasoned musicians with advanced training to help them improve their musical abilities. A business may offer private or group lessons in home or classroom settings.
My own mother (Hi, Mom!) was, for the majority of my childhood, of the stay-at-home variety. Though she didn’t “work” for many years, she was still a working mom – her business was us. She raised three kids, volunteered for a women’s shelter, led our Brownie troop, organized our bowling league, chaperoned our school trips, sewed costumes for school plays, and still had time to make milk-carton boats and butter tarts and crocheted Christmas ornaments from scratch.

What kind of skills do you have that you could leverage into sales? Think about products you could create yourself, preferably at low cost. The longer it takes to make them by hand, generally the more you can charge for them. A few ideas include sewing toys or clothes, baking and decorating fancy cakes, paintings or other artwork, or wedding favours.
I freelance a bit, along with doing some VA (virtual assistant) work for other bloggers. I also earn a bit with sponsored posts, affiliate sales, and advertising on my blog. I have also self-published a book, Intentional Marriage, and create printables which I sell in my shop. – Crystal at Serving Joyfully (Shannon here! Crystal is one of several VAs that I work with to help me with the blog. She is an absolute wiz with graphics and is responsible for many of the pretty images you see here on Affording Motherhood.)

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.
I’m a former lawyer turned entrepreneur with Rodan+Fields (makers of ProActiv, the acne system). After welcoming my twin girls, I decided traveling, long hours, and dial-ins were no longer for me. I wanted to work from home on a part-time basis and Rodan+Fields has allowed me to do that. If you’re interested in earning a solid part-time income on your own terms, I’d love to talk to you!
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