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Thanks for this article. I am pregnant with our first and we’re definitely in the fear mongering stage. However, I’ve discovered that the “wait til you’re pregnant” scares were not really true for me either. Sure, my productivity has gone down a bit, but I don’t weigh 500 pounds and I can still do garden work and have a non-emotional conversation with my husband. So there’s that.
I’ve been a full-time stay at home mom for 14 years, and a homeschooling mom for almost 10 years. The only thing I’ve “lost” in any of it is any further idea of what I want to “be” when they’re done growing up – my previous profession was sort of decimated by lots of corporations merging into larger corporations then doing a lot of outsourcing. I’ll be 57 (had kids late) when the last one is done with high school. Maybe I’ll go back to school then myself, LOL. Husband says not to worry, that I’ll never “have” to work, but at very least I’ll have to volunteer somewhere.
Before I had the baby, I thought I had it all figured out. I'm already an excellent multi-tasker. I would work while the baby napped, put him in the sling or swing if needed while he was awake, and work at night if absolutely necessary. But I have a baby who doesn't nap much at all, doesn't care for the sling and by nightfall I am too exhausted to speak, let alone put words together for other people to read. On top of that, I've discovered that as a writer, working in bits and spurts can be very hard to do; when the words and ideas are flowing, it's not always simple to put it aside and pick it up again later.
Technology can help organize your finances (like Intuit QuickBooks Self-Employed does), and it can even help you make money. For example, if you’re a contractor, using the Task Rabbit app can help you find nearby gigs. If you have a family dog that you take on daily walks, you can make money by using apps like Wag. These examples are also a terrific way to meet new people while making money.
To the passive observer (and even to those who know me well) I appear to have everything together. Some days I even fool myself into thinking the same. But the truth is I pray for the day that I can leave my corporate job. I multitask in ways that may seem impressive to others, but end up making me feel frantic. Most days I'm lucky if I leave the house in matching clothes, let alone unwrinkled (I had to giggle at the clean basket - I barely remember where my closet is!). My husband and I are two ships passing in the night. And each night I collapse exhausted, dreading the Monday through Friday when I have to leave the house before dawn and miss so many precious hours with my baby.
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this is a great post. every baby is different so it’s important to realize that. You are lucky in that you can work, your husband is on board and supports the arrangement, and you only have to work as much as you want, not as much as you need–but you are also aware of your luck and don’t take it for granted. In our family, we have a great system too that we are lucky to have. My mom watches our son in exchange for a free place of living. She currently lives with us in our small home but we do plan to buy another small home nearby in the next year or two (we live in an area where a $120k home is easy to come by) so she can have more privacy and space but still be able to watch our son. This is a blessing in so many ways because he still gets exposure to germs (hello pets!) but he gets sick less and if he does fall ill, I don’t have to take off of work unless I want to (I prefer to save my sick days if “Mimi” gets sick, which luckily is not often). My mom also CHOSE this arrangement–we did not make her do it. Not a lot of grandparents would be up for such arrangement, but my mom being a single mom without a lot of retirement savings and a desire for a cute grandchild was happy to do this as we are helping her (we pay for her her room and board so she only pays for her car expenses, medicare expenses, and fun things–my brother covers her cell phone), while she helps us by saving us upwards of $1,200 or more a month in child care costs. Again, not every one can, or wants to do this arrangement, but I’m so happy to have it. Another big reason I wanted grandparent childcare–I never had a close relationship with any of my grandparents, so I was big on this for my son. I want to be sure that he has that close grandparent relationship that I did not have (my husband did have that close relationship himself–his grandmother lived in his home’s basement apartment–so he understands the importance).
Those who have experience in HR and a thorough understanding of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) will do well. You will need a certain amount of people skills to attract clients, but the results will matter far more than how friendly and personable you are. If 90% of your clients find a job in their field after paying you a visit, these numbers will speak for themselves.
Content writing is a skill that can be developed over time by constant reworking of your written text. There must be a harmonious balance between technical expression of domain knowledge and the articulation of that in a reader-friendly manner. If you have a flair for writing, you can go for blogs, guest posts, product reviews and even content on specific experiences that can effectively drive audiences to the site. All you need is a system and a few hours that you can dedicate to work.
A social media marketer provides ideas and content for their clients. Some owners may specialize in a particular type of platform (e.g., Facebook only), but most work with all platforms to create a cohesive strategy for a business. Owners may work with one particular type of business (e.g., social media for real estate only) or with a variety of businesses or causes.
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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!
‘PalFish is a leading English education platform in China who makes quality English education simple for both teachers and students. Its PalFish Official Kids Course, for students between 3-15 years old, is expanding with a fast speed and more teachers are needed! And some teachers can even earn over $200 in a day by teaching from home! If you are looking for an online ESL job, give it a try and you won’t regret.
It used to be, you had to go to the schools or homes of students, or they had to come to your home for tutoring, however, with video conferencing, you can help students from anywhere around the world. You can provide academic tutoring, or teach English to students from foreign countries. You can also provide other instruction such as music (i.e., piano instructor).
We chose this schedule because I wanted to quit my 9-to-5 and be the primary caregiver. While this might, at first blush, appear to conform to traditional gender roles, I assure you nothing about our relationship is conservative or regressive. Mr. FW and I are both feminists committed to an egalitarian partnership and it was my express desire to transition into this role.
Knowing your family’s history and past can be more than just an idle curiosity. It can help with determining health risks, establishing a sense of family pride or helping you find a missing person. In addition, if you have any artistic or craft skills, you can turn your research into priceless works of art with family tree design. For more on how you use your love for family history as a business, check out the Association of Professional Genealogists website.
[…] So don’t let yourself succumb to one single source of income. Take a lesson from those around us and diversify. Start by putting your money into things that have a strong potential to grow and bring you returns for years to come. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous or entrepreneurial, you could always start a small-scale business using a website such as this one or other online jobs. […]
Like others have said, working from home is not always as great as it sounds. I am very thankful that I was able to work from home for a few years when my daughter was young but I am very happy to be back in the office again. It is really stressful to balance everything at home along with work and I really missed being around other adults. I no longer feel tempted to work weekends, evenings, and holidays like I did when I was working from home.
A psychic business offers personal advice and prediction services for its customers at an hourly or flat rate. These services can include palm reading, tarot card readings, trance-channeling sessions, seances, and other metaphysical services. Readings may be done in person or over the telephone. Business owners charge either a rate per minute or a flat rate for each call.
Sidenote: please, please, please do not get yourself into a multi-level marketing scam of a situation in an attempt to work from home. Don’t buy products that you will then have to sell because you are tremendously unlikely to make any money from this. For more information, here’s an entire website devoted to exposing the scams inherent to these types of organizations.
Amidst the craziness of excess hormones, nerves, and lack of confidence (and sleep for that matter) you need to figure out how to stay positive, see the bigger picture and take things as they come. Mastering your mindset is crucial in keeping your cool so that you can work at home, take care of a newborn and bypass the epic meltdown that is sure to come if you don't. Watch The Secret, download some free podcasts, or do whatever it takes to live in the moment during this special time. – Jennifer Donogh
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.
Your partner can also be a great source of support. When Samuelson's husband, a teacher, arrives home at 3:30 p.m., she relies on him to take over kid duty. He can ferry their two children to the park and get dinner ready, and Samuelson will emerge a few hours later feeling finished with her day's to-do list. If your partner gets home after dinner, ask him to oversee bedtime -- you'll fit in at least an hour of work before the kids yell "Mom!" And once they do, you're there for the call, with no rush hour to race through.
Elaine Turner Elite has new openings for their national network of personal stylists who represent the brand and earn up to 25% sales commission. Designer brand, Elaine Turner creates exclusive apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry for women who appreciate quality and comfort at an accessible luxury price point. Their mission is to make women “Feel Beautiful Inside and Out”. Elite Stylists have the ability to create their own flexible schedule and are provided with tools, samples and support to reach their goals. Stylists connect with clients via one-on-one styling sessions, trunk shows and philanthropy events. Stylists can also style and sell virtually through our new “try before you buy” box service. To apply for a position in your area, visit Elaine Turner Elite.
If that isn’t enough, you can expand your services to include pet grooming as an extra side business idea. To do that, you'll need to have relevant training, an operating license depending on your location, and pet grooming equipment. According to PayScale, pet groomers have an average salary range of $17,600 to $48,500. Not bad as a side business idea if you can find a way to get in most of your clients on the weekends.
Those who enter this industry truly enjoy the process of helping fulfill someone else’s vision. They enjoy working with their hands, adding the finishing touches to their clients’ artistic fabric pairings, which tell a story. Most quilters have spent years sewing quilts for family and friends and, at the encouragement of others, are ready to take their hobby to the next level.
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.
Naturally, it helps if you already have an online audience you can tap for listening to your regular podcast (like I did), but that hasn't stopped thousands of people from building successful side business ideas into lucrative podcasts—including Alex Blumberg, founder of Gimlet Media who teaches how to use storytelling and launch a podcast. You can also check out this class from podcaster and entrepreneur, Lewis Howes, about how to make money podcasting as a side business idea, which regularly broadcasts for free on CreativeLive.
This business is good for photographers, as they will already know a lot about improving an image via specific editing. It can also be good for those with extensive skills in editing software such as Photoshop. Finally, it's good for those who use social media extensively, as such a person will be able to offer creative editing services to help customers build their online brand through unique visuals.
We make and sell natural products, including magnesium lotion, herbal salves, lotion bars, herbal bath salts and we’ll soon be adding spice mixes and teas! Justyn at Real Traditions and Creative Christian Mama (A note from Shannon: The magnesium lotion is the first “natural deodorant” I’ve used that actually works! Plus, it helps me (and my kids) fall asleep when we’re having a restless night. It rocks!)
Going to work may be the way many women make a living, but if staying home to work sounds good to you, you're not alone: About 21 percent of employed adults did some or all of their job at home, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Considering becoming a work-at-home mom (WAHM) yourself? First, heed the advice of moms and experts who have learned the best ways to navigate life at the intersection of WAHM-ing and Mom-ing.
You can take online classes to improve your voice and get variations in your intonation. You need to get an understanding on natural pauses in conversation, breathing, holding the mic, intonation, etc. In order to capture a crystal clear recording, you might want to set up a home studio. Once you create a voice demo audio file, market it to various recording studios. And yes, there is a need to visit recording studios, so this is not a complete stay-at-home job!
Wedding photographers command premium rates. After all, you are capturing one of a couple's most important life moments, making it a very lucrative side business idea. Many professional wedding photographers charge between $2,500 - $10,000 (or more) to shoot a wedding, so it's realistic that this side business idea could quickly blossom into becoming a full-time endeavor with the right happy clientele base that's willing to refer you to their friends and family. Check out the Complete Wedding Photography Experience over on CreativeLive to get up to speed on everything you need to launch a successful wedding photography business.