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
Countless small businesses start out their web presence using a WordPress hosted website (myself included) before needing to upgrade to other solutions for various reasons. Many of them will pay several hundreds of dollars for someone to get their business idea set up online. If you have the patience to learn how to do it yourself, it's an extremely valuable skill and can be turned into a very lucrative side business idea—especially if you sign up for affiliate programs with companies like Kinsta, who offer high quality managed WordPress hosting plans that allow you to collect fees from the clients you refer their way. Plus, with the skills you pick up from this side business idea, you'll be able to spin up other profitable website ideas like my friend Andy's been able to do with his site, AwesomeStuffToBuy.
I mean come on, who wouldn't be interested in this side business idea? Getting paid to take care of a cute pup sounds like a dream. The prevalence of unattended pets is another side effect of busy life, creating job business ideas and opportunities for people with time, patience, and affection to spare. Just check out DogVacay and Rover to see what I mean. Would the payout be worth it if you try? One person in New York earns $3,300 a month just pet-sitting for busy animal lovers as his side business idea.
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This business is perfect for seasoned business owners or upper level managers who are looking for a career change. A business consulting firm must be experienced in business management, marketing, and team building and management. They must also understand how to generate revenue from a wide range of businesses and expand existing streams of income.

The people I lead and meet with are in a similar life stage with young children around the house. I’m very clear that in no circumstance is anyone allowed to “apologize” because their child is on the meeting with us or because they need to go tend to a fussy baby. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but I’ve found my colleagues to be happier knowing their sons/daughters are always greeted and welcomed during our calls and it’s very normal to see them grab for an earbud and want to tell the group something.


Hi I just read this and sure could use your help. I worked in a hospital for over 10 yrs but had to quit my job in nursing to care for my disabled husband who is a retired vet from the USAF of 25 yrs so we have been living on a very tought budget with two of our children and our three grandsons so I have been looking for a job that keeps me home with my husband Could you please help me with finding something.
The hardest part for me is remembering that I am not a stay-at-home mom. It is easy to fall into the thought process of “I should be taking him that class every week,” or “I should bring him to that play date” because the other parents you know that are home with their kids are able to do those things. It’s hard not to feel the mom guilt over not doing it all, especially while being at home with a “flexible schedule.” The reality is if I decide to do those things I then have to work more in the evening or on weekends which eats into our family time
Vintage clothing is all the rage, and many people would rather buy their clothes from eBay than go thrift shopping for themselves. Use this to your advantage by finding some great clothing at your local thrift shops, fixing it up at home and then listing it online. You don’t have to stop at clothes either. You may have a love for vintage or secondhand jewelry or even vintage brand-related products.
Professional businesses – Notary public, travel agent, aesthetician, hairdresser, massage therapist, bookkeeper, telecoaching/ business coaching, writers, travel agents; every time I look at this category, I think of another profession to add to this list. If your profession involves meeting with clients in your home, you’ll want to read these tips for making your home business as client-friendly as possible.
hey ladies i’m a 6 months married stay at home wife, recently some major transitions in the family led me to need an income, i’m trying to figure out ways to make money that will appeal to my hobbies, i get depressed if i’m staring at a computer screen to long, and i need flexibility to match family hours, i’m really hands on, but don’t have much training in crafting. i like embroidery, i like art, i am trying to learn sewing and knitting, any ideas?
Being a wedding specialist works well for top-notch players, but being a generalist also has its benefits. Event and party planners leverage their network of service providers to cover not only weddings, but also seminars, corporate events, birthdays, baptisms, concerts, conferences, holiday parties, and other events, making it a relatively diverse business idea. Here are some tips if you want to run a part-time event planning business at home as a side business idea. And here’s a very honest look into the upside and downside of the trade.
Unlike an authority website which tries to be the undisputed expert on a broad subject such as TV shows, a niche website shrinks down the focus of the site to explore one favorite TV show or even a single character within a TV show in depth. Since a niche website's topic is very specific, it will naturally have a smaller, yet more concentrated audience base which is a perfect situation for monetization.
Some moms don't want to play the "parent card," admitting to clients that a finicky child is preventing them from meeting a deadline. In that case, it may be best to keep the fact that you're working from home out of the conversation completely. Give your child a nonverbal "Do not disturb" when you need quiet time. Perhaps you could wear a tiara when you're on the phone to signify that kids are not allowed to make noise or interrupt -- unless there's an emergency. If you have an office door, tie a red ribbon on it when you're not to be bothered. This tactic is best for older kids; toddlers won't understand that they can't always have your undivided attention.
Hi Creative Moms! 🙂 I think this article is just great, I love how you help stay-at-home moms to use their creativity and earn money also from home. I would just add one more to the list. I am an artist and Creativity Coach…and also a mom. While my little one was still at home I couldn’t really work with clients that much, and I have created a lot of art those days….but couldn’t really sell them so quickly. I have joined online art galleries etc, but if you are an artist you know… it’s just a slow process. They may or may not buy your art and it can take a lot of time. I was also on Etsy and still have a store there but it is also quite slow.. So this was when I have started to research on how I could turn my art into a profitable business too… it was a long search but I have found Elke Clarke and Zazzle. Zazzle is a POD site where you can buy customizable gifts, cards etc…. but… you can be a designer there and earn royalty there too. But what I didn’t want is to make that mistake, that I figure everything out on my own…because the site is SOOOOO complex and I wanted to get it right from the first moment.
When I took two months of paternity leave, I bought a thick book about a topic that greatly interests me, thinking I'd read it during naps and so on. Two months later I was literally 12 pages in. When I went back to work I started reading it on the train and finished it in like a week. Even allowing for the fact that you're actually used to working from home, I can't imagine a baby that would grant you eight hours of concentration time a day.
An important part of the home buying process is having a professional home inspector go through the house to determine the condition of the building and point out any potential problems. A home inspector needs to meet the state regulations for the profession, which varies from state to state, although anyone who has worked in the construction or housing industry will have a leg up. Median salary: $52,000.
Most people, even those many won’t admit it, love moving their bodies. It's also a great workout. If at some point in your life, you had to hang your dancing shoes for a more sensible office job, there's nothing stopping you from earning money with this side business idea as a passion project around your day job. Part-time dance instructors get a fraction of the pie that their full-time peers enjoy, but it can add up to hundreds each week if you're consistent—making for a great side business idea to those with the skills and drive.
With pet specialty stores and dog-friendly restaurants becoming the new norm, more and more families are embracing the idea of openly expressing their love for their pets. Pet photographers, whether working in teams or as individuals, are there to catch a family’s four-legged loved one in action. Whether at an adoption event, dog show, horse race, or private photo shoot, these moments are captured on film, delivering pet lovers a keepsake they’ll cherish forever.

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.


If you're a mom with a culinary flair, why not get paid for it? You can focus on a specific type of baked goods, such as a cookie business, or offer a variety of baked yum yums. In line with that, you might also consider offering your services as a personal chef, as did Giada De Laurentiis of Food Network did before she became a TV sensation. Or you can become a home-based caterer. Don't want to bake? Consider starting a food blog to share your recipes and other food wisdom.
When your little one does finally go down for a nap, don't waste those precious hours. Be ready to jump into a work task. Try approaching large assignments in small increments to feel more productive and make progress more quickly. Zaida Khaze invented Wiggletot, a diaper-changing safety vest, from her home office while her first daughter napped. She says, "I definitely broke up big projects into small tasks so I wouldn't feel overwhelmed. Back then, I wrote out a to-do list that I had to accomplish within that day. Whatever wasn't finished during the day, I finished when she was sleeping. Whatever you don't finish in a day carries over to the next day."
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.
True! Every child in different. Our first born was always on a schedule, the second one was very different. When she was a few month old, she could only sleep around half an hour in her bed during the day. She wanted to be in my arms all the time, so I was making a lot of chores wearing her in a wrap.That time I also learned the lesson on imperfection 🙂
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You can take it a step further however. If you are going to start your own eBay business, then unless you have an endless supply of unwanted items, you will be needing stock! Pick a certain type of product that you are going to sell and go and find a supplier that sells them. Now there are two sources for getting stock; Wholesale and Drop-shipping.
Awesome Hannah! I really felt like 6 months was the magic number with both of mine too, where we started getting back into a routine. I was just thinking about this today, and I really feel like there’s room for any blogger who is willing to be brave and share their unique perspective and story. You’re the only you! So don’t be intimidated by how many others there are. If you do decide to start one, feel free to email me! I’d love to answer any questions you might have. Have you thought about doing something with your graphic design on Fiverr? Or perhaps contact bloggers, as they often need help making nice Pinnable images.
Has every app conceivable already been invented? Not at all. There are literally millions of apps that have yet to be created. Some have an obvious demand while some apps introduce new emerging ideas. Going into this business is very rewarding because it is getting easier to create software applications. Additionally, new users tend to multiply, which continues to create more demand for apps. 

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 have spent hours upon hours trying to find legitimate work at home opportunities but every job site is filled with scammy sounding posts about working at home. So I decided I'm going to stick with my job and just switch to sales so I can keep working from home. It may be commission but I know the company and feel comfortable with it. We have a build it yourself Flash website program. They're $200 one time, no contracts. If you want to sell these user tracks the commission is 35%. ($70 per site you sell) Email me at kelly@flashfactory.com if you're interested. I know its tough out there!!

The moms who are attentive to details and good at planning may try themselves as data entry assistant. The job does not require a special education or skills. A candidate should be ready to enter the data in the database, set up a daily planner, make posts, and sort the emails. These common office tasks can be done from home. A person should be a confident computer user. If you had an experience of working in the office, it would certainly increase the chances of hiring.
I just completed reading hundreds of posts relating to the vast opportunities to work from home. Some sell jewelry, some pedal cosmetics or essential oils. Those are great ideas for the natural-born salesperson. Some are bloggers and write for income. That sounds interesting but requires a great level of writing skill. I read several posts from the creative and crafty who actually create things to sell on a popular shopping site.
My absolute top tip, both for you and for your baby, is to invest in a good sling or carrier. I have a soft cloth wrap that my 8-week old loves. He sleeps on me in the afternoons when I get a few hours' work done. I get to keep my business going, and he gets to have a nice warm sleep cuddled up on my chest. – Jennifer Stakes Roberts of Enhanced Freelance
People who are passionate about music and can play at least one instrument well may be interested in starting a music lessons business. Music teachers in schools and band members are especially qualified, as they both have credentials and connections to people who love music. People don’t have to be a music teacher or in a band to start a music lessons business, though.
When it comes to creating to-do lists while you work virtually, learn to adopt a more flexible style of list-making. Order your list by priority, and identify which ones can be done while multitasking. You can try to get your entire list done every day, but the reality is life will get in the way repeatedly. Rather than set yourself up for failure, learn to be more flexible in your expectations and goals. The best plan of action is to identify what is most important and work from there.

Many families with kids, including single-parents, have very limited time resources, creating a demand for part-time child care providers (and a business idea opportunity for you). If you love kids and have some spare time, you can earn plenty of side income by looking after children while their parents are away. Just be sure to identify the particular age group you're comfortable caring for and you’re all set after any necessary certifications. Establishing a home-based daycare center capable of servicing six or more kids is also a lucrative way to really expand upon this business idea if you have the right environment for it.


True! Every child in different. Our first born was always on a schedule, the second one was very different. When she was a few month old, she could only sleep around half an hour in her bed during the day. She wanted to be in my arms all the time, so I was making a lot of chores wearing her in a wrap.That time I also learned the lesson on imperfection 🙂
Business owners should have a flexible schedule, so they can meet guests during the day, and take care of any issues that arise at night. Additionally, they should plan on working anytime the bed and breakfast is open, which for a typical B&B is every day. They don’t usually close down for holidays because these are busy travel times, but some bed and breakfast owners take several weeks, sometimes even a month or more, off during the slow season. 

Trying to be an active parent and focused businessperson all in the same minute can make you crazy. Learn to concentrate on one, and then the other. Learn to switch gears quickly, and intentionally. Sometimes your baby will interrupt your focused work. Just step away and return to it when you have taken care of the baby. Trying to do two things at once well can lead you to do them both poorly. Enjoy your baby, look at them, love them. Put them down to play or sleep and then work hard, and focus. – Shay Prosser of Get It Together
I'm also not a neglectful mom. Yes, there are times my son asks for me and I can't get to him right away, but that depends on what he needs. If he is hurt, of course I run as fast as I can to pick him up and kiss his boo-boos. On the other hand, if he is throwing a tantrum because he is two, and two-year-olds throw tantrums, I'm going to finish whatever I was working on because I know he will be okay.
If you have a way with words and know how to make the keyword-friendly, beautifully designed, SEO-optimized landing pages, why not charge other companies for your services and turn it into a money-making side business idea? Even a short landing page is worth a couple hundred bucks in most cases, and so much more if you know how to pitch your prospects well. If you want to get started with your business idea of becoming a landing page specialist or freelance copywriter, check out Len Smith and Sean Kaye's awesome course on Udemy, Copywriting Secrets: How to Write Copy That Sells.
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