I love this community and just discovered it! I’ve been searching and searching for something to help me transition from Work Out There, to Work At Home. I’ve actually worked at home as a designer for an advertising agency for the past 4 years when they suddenly dropped freelance contracts. I also have a 4 year old son, so I was not ready to go back to “Work Out There” after all that time with him as my little assistant. I am struggling with routine, and this forum seems to have a lot of answers! I do still work at home, thank goodness, as I started with a brand new network marketing company called RemeVerse (anti-aging, science-based skincare). I think network marketing is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated “careers” out there for WAHMs. There’s so much potential! Now just to get to a solid morning routine…. hi everybody!
After my first son was born, I quit my full-time job. A couple of years later, SeedMommy was born. I have since had two babies while WAH. My advice: Planning ahead is key. Get as much work done before the baby is born and plan sometime after the baby is born to get back into the swing of things. Whether it's your first or sixth child, the love a Mom has for her newborn is overwhelming and can push everything on the backburner. Planning ahead will give you time with your baby while keeping your biz on track. – Toni Bloomfield
The willingness and ability to ignore your child, to some extent. My theory is sort of that children, for most of human history, have been strap and go--you put them in a sling, and you go back to foraging for berries or whatever. And that's what I did--I popped her in a sling, and she stayed in it. She walked on the late side of normal, but outside of making my mother a crazy person, there weren't any negative effects.
If you have a good amount of knowledge in a field that other people are interested in, then writing and distributing ebooks on the topic is a great, easy way to make some extra money. With the rising popularity of ereaders like Amazon’s Kindle, the time has never been better to self-publish your own ebooks. In order to maximize your profit potential, make sure you take the time to copyedit your ebook and have some outside sources look it over and critique it before you put it up for sale.
Activity bins are a huge lifesaver for my toddler. He has 5 bins filled with toys, he picks one out per day and he must help pick it up before he goes to bed. Not seeing ALL his toys ALL the time helps him be more entertained for longer periods of time and having him pick them up makes cleaning the house a bit easier. I also save the tablet or phone for times when I have meetings or something he needs to be quiet for. – Kara | Foxtrot & Pennies
[…] 50+ Legitimate Work From Home Job Opportunities  I have known people who have tried to find jobs they can do in their free time from home and it is really hard to find a work at home job that isn’t a scam.  Alexa from singlemomsincome.com has a list of actual things you can do to earn a little extra money.  The one tip I have is that there is no job called “work from home”  If that is the title of the classified ad then keep moving because that isn’t a real job listing. […]

Customer Service, Travel Rewards – Intelenet Global Services is hiring Customer Service Agents to answer incoming calls from card members who want to redeem their reward points to book trips. Calls include providing travel options (air, hotel and car), booking travel, assisting with navigation of the travel website, cancelling trips, etc. Afternoon shift, comprehensive benefits for full-time employees.
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.
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.
This is a perfect business idea for trained accountants who would like to work from home, although it is not necessary to be a Certified Public Accountant in order to become a freelance bookkeeper—it’s just necessary to have the background knowledge that bookkeeping courses at any community college can offer. This kind of freelance work is especially helpful for small businesses that do not need or cannot afford a fulltime bookkeeper, making it possible for you to have full time work through several smaller clients. Median salary: $34,000.
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.
Graphic design professionals create or maintain a visual look that might be carried out in signage, letterheads, ads, sales collateral material, website and digital content and virtually all other internal and external communications. This can involve logo design, fonts and typography, color and imagery selection and layout. The owner of a graphic design studio might work alone or have one or more employees to generate new business, work on existing projects and support the enterprise.
I’m mom to three 5-and-under kiddos and I wear a number of hats. I try hard to blog (my site mariposablvd.com needs a revival) and I’ve tried to keep up an Etsy shop. Right now I’m enjoying working as an educational consultant with Usborne Books doing book parties, school book fairs and fundraisers. It’s an awesome company and I’m learning a lot about business and goal-setting and it’s very fulfilling. It’s right for me at this point to have some structure because trying to create that for myself was a huge challenge that I just couldn’t focus on. I’m also a big green living advocate and I just signed up with Poofy Organics because I want to be able to offer the choice of products I am comfortable recommending.  I love hearing about how all of you wonderful mamas are making things work! It’s not easy! Sarah Cody at For the Love of Usborne Books

Business consultants provide a necessary service to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. They help the business get off to a good start by providing the know-how and resources necessary for success. A business consultant usually retains a book of clients and may limit his or her business to just several hundred (or fewer) businesses or entrepreneurs.
I’ve found that I get more actual work done during naps than I ever did pre-baby. Why? Because I know my time is limited and so I don’t mess around online. I work with laser beam focus because soon enough, I’ll hear “mama! mama! hi! hi!” from the crib and my time will be up. Nothing engenders productivity like the enforced time limit of naptime work.
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.

By reading some of my favorite blogs, I’ve seen them post jobs for VAs (virtual assistants). I replied to one, which led to getting a job with her. That job led me to connect with a couple of other bloggers. She now runs her own company with people working for her as VAs to give other SAHMs a chance to earn money for their families. – Rachel at Signed by Me
Creating an effective business plan really only requires a computer, Internet connection, a website, and a place to meet. You could easily meet with clients in the comfort of your home office or den. Once you’ve established rapport and you understand your client’s desired direction for their company, you can help them get that on paper without having to leave home.
Busy schedules can stress people out. It can also disrupt family life to the point that busy parents and homework-laden kids barely have time to prepare decent dinners and weekend meals. Hence, the surprising demand for part-time family chefs as a business idea. If cooking healthy and delicious meals is your thing, then this lucrative side  business idea can supplement your regular income by helping feed busy homes. Hear Gaby Dalkin's story of going from side business idea to full-time blogger while she was a part-time personal chef right here on my podcast.
For the company name CASH FLOW, LEGIT FLEX JOBS and probably more that is showing the same introductions but different speaker and company’s name. Is a scam site I can speak because I have join in March 9 ,2018 and still no paycheck that was for being an independent contractor for these company as a data entry for unclaimed funds for every worksheet comes with a $5.00 fee. In the video presentation said that 3 to 6 days we will receive a payment on our worksheet . Never did even when they notified me that they got it and are working on it. Now it is March 30.2018 nothing in the mail from LEGIT FLEX JOBS , CASH FLOW. The 50 so called LEGIT JOBS by working from home is WRONG,FALSE,LIED and a SCAM.

Just because you're working at home doesn't mean you should expect to write, make calls, file, and email, all while nursing, burping, or rocking a newborn to sleep. My best advice is: hire a babysitter. Schedule a few hours a day for a sitter to literally take the baby off your hands. Even in a small house or apartment, try to work in a different room, or send the baby out for long walks with the sitter. Then put your nose to the grindstone. It will make a world of difference. – Stephanie Thompson of STPR
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.
Are you consistently assigned the task of bringing cupcakes to every family and friends event? Does everyone praise your baking skills? Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be to be your own boss? If you answered “yes” to these questions, and genuinely enjoy the art of baking, starting a cupcake business might be your path to personal and professional freedom.
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.

I was exhausted mainly because my health is bad but I remain so grateful that I got to spend so much time working my job and still spend quality time with our kiddo. When ze needed more social activity and socialization with others, and zir energy outstripped my limited stores, we transitioned to a part time daycare schedule and that was pretty awesome too.
I know how it feels to leave your kids every day and go into an office. I remember sitting at my desk and dying to see my kids in the middle of the day. I remember going back to work after maternity leave and locking myself in the breast pump room just so I could cry my eyes out where no one would see. And sure, part of it was the hormones, but most of it was a super-strong maternal desire to be with my kids, the same desire that makes me want to squeeze their cute tushies whenever I see them. It’s just there. I remember driving home from work and getting stuck in traffic, and it was pure torture thinking about the minutes that were ticking away before my kiddo’s bedtime. “No red brake lights. No red brake lights,” I used to pray.
Laura had years of institutional knowledge and a deep network within the company. By keeping her, the company wouldn’t have to train a new employee and risk disruption. “I laid out to my manager what I could bring to the table, and how it would benefit Horizon,” she says. “I highlighted how I knew the project, and that I wanted to make sure it kept going.”
CloudSource, the work-at-home division of Sutherland Global Services, employs customer service consultants from all 48 contiguous states to support industry leaders in the cable/Internet service, retail, software, and gaming console industries. While all CloudSource positions are customer service in nature, some are more heavily focused on sales and/or technical support. Inbound calls only, paid training, ongoing support and growth opportunities exist … All from the comforts of your own home.
If you only work part-time, clearly you need only part-time child care. However, some who work full time but with flexible schedules also might get by with only part-time help. This arrangement works especially well for home business owners and independent contractors. Self-employed parents often can scale back their hours (and, subsequently, their income) so that they only need babysitting part of the time.
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.
When I went back to work part time after being home for mat leave (at 9mos, before Canada had 1 year policy), work was the easy time of my day. I only wished I could spend it sleeping. I did not really sleep through the night for 14 months after my son was born. It is hard to express how difficult that is to cope with. You just kind of get slower and slower and start feeling spaced out and stupid.
From the What to Expect editorial team and Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series of pregnancy and parenting books series, including What to Expect When You’re Expecting and What to Expect the First Year. Health information on this site is based on peer-reviewed medical journals and highly respected health organizations and institutions including ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), as well as the What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.
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.

I have two kids, ages 6 and 3. I stayed home for the first 18 months with the first kid, then went back full time and my husband stayed home for a year. Then we started the whole daycare thing. Then my second was born and I cut back to 3 days per week, which was nice. But then my employer said I needed to be full time or nothing, so I’m back to full time with kids in full time school/ daycare. BUT, I am taking a severance package as of June and I will be staying home again. I’m hoping to find some sort of work from home arrangement. I need to figure out how to spin my skills into freelance gigs. I’m glad we’re frugal, so I’m not worried about money in the short term and I can take some time and figure it out. However, since we are NOT financially independent, I will feel more comfortable if I am earning at least some money.
I'll be the voice of (slight) dissent, I guess? It's not impossible. When I had my daughter, I was a single parent attending college full time (online) and doing a decent amount of freelance work. I had her in the middle of the semester, and was working from my hospital room while she was in the NICU. We kept that up for the better part of two and a half years.
If you already have a website that's driving in targeted traffic, a great way to make passive income from the content you're already creating as an easy side business idea, is through affiliate marketing. ShareASale, Rakuten, Clickbank, and Skimlinks are a few of the best affiliate networks and tools that can help you make money from the content you already produce, thus amplifying your side business idea income. Check out this extensive list by Justine Grey, covering the 59 Best Affiliate Programs for Business Bloggers to get some inspiration on how other bloggers are growing affiliate blogs from side business idea to full-time company. 

Earlier this year, IBM, a longtime champion of remote work, requested that some of its employees return to its offices, citing the changing nature of how colleagues can best work together. “We have a variety of work environments for different roles and teams,” the company said in a statement. “IBM’s strategy is about adopting the best work method for the work being done. For example, small, multidisciplinary teams of engineers, coders, project managers and designers work in close proximity, often directly with clients or end-users, continually generating and refining ideas.” It added that tens of thousands of IBM employees continue to work from home and that it still believes in flexible-work practices.
This business is well-suited for young, business-minded professionals. People in the 18-35 age range tend to be quite savvy with social media, which means they will have a huge advantage when crafting a social media marketing campaign. There’s more involved in this industry than being good at social media, though. People with marketing backgrounds will do exceptionally well in this type of business. The social aspect of this business will allow you to work anywhere you can access your clients’ social media accounts.
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 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.
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.

Public speaking is a skill many people struggle with. While it may come naturally to some people, others need instruction in order to increase their confidence, improve their writing ability, or just refine their skills. As a public speaking instructor, you’ll be able to help these students. Keeping class sizes small,  or even teaching one-on-one, allows you to run this business from home.
Peach is a new, premium fashion brand offering athletically-inspired, contemporary clothing for gym, work, and play. Peach also offers “must- have” basics, intimates and stylish accessories curated from small and emerging female entrepreneurs. Our products are sold through a national network of stylists who create fun, personal shopping experiences, both in person and online. You can experience Peach in 3 ways. 1) Be a happy client. 2) Buy through your stylist or online. 3) Host a trunk show and get fabulous FREE Stuff. Join as a stylist and start your own fashion business. Please check us out at www.athleisurebypeach.com or contact daryl@athleisurebypeach.com.
India Hicks – Featured in Forbes, InStyle, Yahoo, and Business Insider, India Hicks is a social selling company that sells high-end handbags, clothing, accessories, beauty and fine fragrances designed by India and her team. Become an India Hicks Ambassador for as little as $99. Ambassadors earn up to 30 percent commission on sales. Ambassadors also earn 10 percent product credit every month they are active.
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.
If your mastery of another language is good enough to have the grammar and spelling down, translating is a great side business idea to set up for yourself and can even be done remotely. Flexjobs has literally hundreds of freelance, remote translator jobs available right now and if you're looking to land more remote work on the side of your other pursuits, check out my guide—how to get a remote job (this weekend).
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.

Additionally, we work because we enjoy what we do–not because we need the money. This is the extraordinary privilege of financial independence. As longtime readers know, my husband and I didn’t inherit money or come into lottery winnings; rather, we saved extraordinarily high percentages of our salaries for years and invested in a revenue-generating rental property and, more importantly, the stock market. If you’d like to initiate your own extreme frugality regimen, take my free Uber Frugal Month Challenge.


Stay-at-home moms can earn money from working with online recruiting agencies where you’ll be paid referral fees for every successful recruitment. You can also launch your own recruitment business by directly reaching out to companies that need to hire employees. Start small, and then grow your empire once you have learned the ropes of online recruitment.
I am a work at home mom of five children, including 1-year-old twins. My best advice to work from home successfully with a newborn is to hire a sitter. Though a newborn will sleep throughout most of the day, by six weeks they will start to be awake more and more. Having a sitter allows you to focus on work during working hours so you can accomplish your working goals, giving you more time to focus on your newborn later. – Chelsea Gladden of FlexJobs
No one likes doing taxes, and they need to be paid whether the economy is booming or tanking. This is why at-home tax preparation can be a great business for anyone with a tax background, or anyone willing to take training courses. Since there are annual changes to the tax code, you will need to refresh your training each year, and you will also need to register with the IRS as a tax preparer. This is more of a seasonal business than a year-round endeavor, but it can be a great way to earn some extra income each winter/spring. Median salary: $30,900.
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. 

Bethany’s schedule may sound horrifying to any parent already not getting enough sleep, but her response shows the flexibility and self-awareness you need to balance this lifestyle. Recognizing that she won’t be productive at night and using it to motivate herself to get up early is a tremendous achievement. Plus, it must feel good to start the day with some items checked off her to-do list!
I just started my Pure Romance business! Haven’t made any money yet, but what I love about the company is that it not only helps enhance couple’s relationships, but it promotes women’s sexual health and wellness which is something I feel strongly about. I will be starting a blog soon, but I do have my PR consultant website set up in the meantime. My goal is to be a stay at home mom.
One of the primary reasons women are way, way behind men in retirement savings is because of the years we take out of the workforce for childcare and family care. Care is expensive, and many families can’t afford full time outside help. Those lost years of employment not only mean less direct savings, but also a slowing of our income growth trajectory that impacts our long-term earnings ability. Sacrifices we make willingly, but working at home can, as Meaghan says, give some moms the “best of both worlds.”

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.


Teaching and tutoring English as a second language is a great way to make a solid side business idea work, not to mention opening doors for you to travel the world if you'd like. While full ESL (English as a Second Language) accreditation is recommended, as long as you’re a native speaker, there are people in countries such as Hong Kong or the UAE who are willing to pay upwards of $25/hr for you to teach them English via Skype. Indeed, Learn4Good and Remote.co often have remote english tutoring jobs posted, check back frequently. Then once you land that remote job, you'll need somewhere more professional than your dining room table to meet with students—check out this post about how to find places to work remotely and you'll officially graduate this side business idea into a full-time endeavor for yourself.


Last summer, furniture manufacturer Herman Miller told Working Mother that about 17 percent of its 57 open jobs were designated for full-time remote workers. The positions included talent recruiter, workplace-knowledge consultant, helpdesk technician and sales-operations manager. But Ann Noe, the company’s inclusiveness and corporate diversity senior program manager, says these jobs aren’t labeled as “remote” in the listings. So how can you tell if a job you’re interested in can be done remotely?

In addition to being a meticulous writer from a mechanical standpoint, you must be the kind of person who pays close attention to detail. Keep in mind, a proofreader is not the same as an editor. You’re not reviewing what your clients are trying to communicate, but rather how they write it in terms of spelling, punctuation, typographical errors, and word usage.
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.
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