This business is great for those who like to work at their own schedule and pace. While certain transcription services, such as court reporter, may require stricter scheduling requirements, most of the work involves transcribing audio or video that has been provided to you. As such, the job is also ideal for those who type fast and are comfortable using computers and other related software and technology.
I would tell a mother who is starting to work from home with small children to not give up and to be patient with herself, her business [or career], and her children. Your children aren’t going to be small forever, so enjoy them while you can. Don’t let their young years slip by… And if possible, find another mom who is going on this crazy and exciting work from home adventure so you two can set weekly goals for your business and hold each other accountable. Life and running an at home business is more refreshing and possible when you know that you’re not alone. – Micah | Home Faith Family
It might also be time to think about whether you want to start your own business, as a side hustle to your primary priorities. Talk about working on your own terms—these jobs let you design your own schedule and hours. They likely require a lot more energy upfront and all the accountability falls on you, but you are the boss here and you call the shots.

It's important to line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. How many hours do you hope to work that day? When will you return calls? What can you accomplish while your son or daughter is coloring in the next room? You'll get more done if you work smarter, not harder, says Christine Durst, a mom of two in Woodstock, Connecticut, and cofounder of ratracerebellion.com, a site that helps people find work-at-home jobs. That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you are your own boss. If your son or daughter is fussing during your office hours and it's a beautiful day, it's okay to push assignments aside and go to the park. You can catch up on work later when your cutie has settled down.
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.
Those with a thirst for knowledge and who are passionate about helping others will excel in this profession. Your team’s primary focus will be to get to know these young adults on a personal level, using this knowledge to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Once you’ve tapped into this, you’re equipped to assist them in determining what schools are best for them and how best to proceed from there. Since colleges consistently change their admissions process, you must be committed to keeping up with these changes. A love of traveling is also important, as you’ll want to spend a portion of your time visiting college campuses, building relationships with individuals in the admissions office. 

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Fashionistas and those with a great eye for style may love work as an online stylist. Clothing box subscribers fill out online questionnaires and even share their social media profiles with their stylists who curate the perfect new pieces for their wardrobe. You’ll assess customer’s preferences and create a monthly selection of new outfits for them to try on and buy. For an in-depth review of Stitch Fix, be sure to check out my YouTube video below.
Are you an extrovert that loves meeting new people? Selling insurance products—particularly life insurance—may be a great way to bring in some extra cash and build residual income in your spare time. Selling life insurance on the side could quickly generate a consistent $1,000 - $2,000 per month depending on how much time you invest in this side business idea. To get started you’ll likely want to take an online course to brush up on the subject matter, and then pass a state licensing exam. The biggest challenge you'll face as a new agent is generating sales beyond just helping out friends and family. From there, it’s all about networking and lead generation to grow this one. Learn more about this side business idea with this getting started in life insurance guide from the team over at NoExam.
Being organized for the day goes far beyond making a to-do list. In addition to the emails, reports and other work-related tasks, think about the tasks and activities that will give you the most personal joy. Make sure you put time on the calendar for family-only activities to give your baby undivided attention. "Ensure there are at least two large daily blocks of time where you are totally devoted to your baby," advises Nicky Leonti, a family day care educator and mother of two boys. She recommends baby massage, playing age-appropriate games or going for a walk together. "The importance of this is that it helps them feel important, you get that connection and it tires them out so they have better sleep," she says.
Obviously some of these small business ideas have more earning potential than others, but what they all share in common are relatively low barriers to entry and the flexibility to work at them for a limited amount of time per week. I also tried to focus on side business ideas that have some sort of online component to them, since that's what I love most. 

Sseko – Run your own ethical fashion business with Sseko! You'll fall in love with the amazing handcrafted and on-trend products. Sseko Designs uses fashion to create opportunity for women globally. We provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women in Uganda who are working to pursue their dreams and overcome poverty. We do this through a financially self-sustaining model, one that also enables us to create opportunity for women in the U.S. to earn an income: The Sseko Fellows Program. As a Sseko Fellow, you get to share the Sseko story and sell beautiful products of the highest quality. You’ll become an integral part of making dreams come true for women in Uganda while you simultaneously earn an income for yourself! We've got a vibrant community of women ready to welcome and mentor you as you get started… and every step of the way!
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.

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.
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.

Take your love for baking or cooking and turn it into your own business. Your culinary skills can be turned into a variety of businesses, from working as a personal chef to baking at home and selling your goods to local stores. If you like cooking for a crowd, you may even want to try your hand at catering. For an in-depth look at this business idea, check out the Small Business Administration’s guide to starting a home-based food production business.


Do you have a way with words? Copywriting is the process of using persuasive words to promote a person, product, business, idea or opinion. Copywriters write the words in TV commercials, radio ads, magazines, newspapers, billboards, flyers, websites, and direct mailings – wherever something is being sold, copywriters are hard at work writing alluring and compelling advertisements.
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.
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.
"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."
oh goodness i hope i can get where everyone else is we are expecting our first in august and im working at a clothing store trying to help. We are looking for our own place and with car payments its a little difficult to afford anything so i have been thinking of other ideas i can do to make extra money so we can move into a place soon before the baby comes but i just cant seem to figure it out.. any ideas?
 My eBook The Bootstrap VA and my Facebook group is full of women pursuing VA (virtual assistant) work so they can be home with their kids. – Lisa Morosky at The Bootstrap VA (Lisa did some VA work for me last summer as I was getting ready to launch my Natural Birth Stories book. I love that she is empowering other moms to find jobs as VAs so they can stay at home too!)

Writing this particular blog is a bit of a departure for me, as I'm not usually one to talk so openly about my life. In order to understand why, you need to know a few things about me. The first is that I'm a rather private person who prefers not to admit things aren't going that well because (a) I don't like to sound like I'm complaining and (b) I don't like to admit I don't have everything under control. The second is that I don't like to ask for help (refer to previous point b). I'm also a bit of a perfectionist and I'm used to succeeding at most things I try.
I can’t work at home very well with my kids here, even with my husband watching them. The older boys aren’t an issue because they’ve been trained to behave when I’m WFH but the little guy has a ways to go. So I only WFH under extreme circumstances, or when I’m sick. I definitely feel like I take the easier way out by working in an office instead of trying to get stuff done at home!

This business is perfect for individuals who are passionate about running a business in the healthcare industry and want to help both patients and providers make the billing process easier and more streamlined. Business owners should be naturally detail-oriented and task-focused thinkers. Medical billing is all about systems, processes, and completing tasks in a specific order to comply with federal regulation as well as internal healthcare provider policies.


Are you a math whiz? Do you speak a second language? Tutoring can be a wonderful home-based business opportunity, especially for those people who have an extensive knowledge of a subject; such as a college student who is majoring in math, a school teacher, or a person who is fluent a foreign language. Companies like Gogokid and Cambly hire native English speakers to teach English to international students.

The company believes in saving the environment and the products are amazing. Anyone would want to join as members receive almost 35% discount, plus loyalty shopping dollars of 15% of your purchase and the list is endless. I love it. Plenty of quality time to spend with family and children! If you would like to join, leave your email here and I’ll reply to your email.


Even though most people have access to a high quality camera through their smart phones, photographers are still very much in demand. Professional photographers are required for special occasions (weddings, portraits, maternity) and are compensated well for their services. Taking stock photos offers another opportunity for a photographer to earn money. Stock photos are in constant need by websites, blogs and online publications.
Pet sitting businesses offer pet owners a variety of animal care services, including exercising their pets while they are at work. They also provide an affordable alternative to boarding pets at a kennel during vacations or business trips. Being able to remain in their own home environment can reduce separation anxiety for both pets and their owners.

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.

I have a play area in the basement where my office is at. I can have them safely play in the play area while I work at the computer. This way I don’t have to heavily supervise them, but I’m still there to monitor things. Sometimes I let my oldest play educational games on an iPad or I will let them watch cartoons. Sometimes I sit amongst them while they play and I work at the same time. – Christina | Raising Biracial Babies
I know every child is different, but for my almost-three-year-old, toys are just the gateway into some other highly messy, loud, or dangerous activity that needs my attention. To often I’m faced with a, “Mommy, can I show Mickey how to use the knife?” Or, “I’m just getting the screwdriver, my Thomas needs new batteries.” Or, “Mommy, I don’t want to play with any of my toys, I just want to climb on your head.” Basically, a non-ideal working condition.

For animal lovers - Animal boarding and animal treat bakeries work well as home-based businesses. Veterinarians can work out of their homes, too. Both running a veterinary operation and boarding animals will require having appropriate facilities that are separated sufficiently from your family’s living space. Browse these 18 Ideas for Starting a Pet Business for more.
Kaeser & Blair – Promotional Products Business Ownership Program is the perfect business opportunity for today’s stay-at-home mom. With a minimal start-up cost, K&B makes it easier than ever to work at your own pace, create your own schedule and capitalize on an industry that does over $21 billion of sales each year. As a K&B business owner, you are your own boss and in complete control of both your hours and earnings. You have the ability to work as much—or as little—as you choose, and reap the benefits. Part-time business owners earn up to $20,000 annually, and full-time business owners make as much as $185,000. The possibilities truly are endless. Learn more about the risk-free opportunity with Kaeser & Blair here. here.
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.

Some moms may not have a quiet background if they have kids around the house most of the day. Other moms may not have a landline phone or just may not enjoy talking to strangers on the phone. If you are not interested in phone jobs for one reason or another, fortunately, there are lots of home-based jobs that does not require a phone and will allow background noise.​​

Unfortunately, not all companies are on board with full-time remote-job arrangements. Some have pulled back because they believe that their employees could benefit from more face-to-face interactions. In 2013, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, in her bid to turn the company around, famously demanded that remote employees report back to the office. (In June, Yahoo was acquired by Verizon and Mayer resigned.)


If you've developed valuable skill sets or certifications within your industry over the years, consider putting your skills to use in your free time by offering your consulting services to local business owners as a potentially lucrative side business idea. Whether you're an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there's likely a local business owner who's willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company—if you can craft an effective cold email that convinces them to hire you. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant as a side business idea, from Karyn Greenstreet. When you're ready to get serious about becoming a consultant, check out all of my picks for the best online business courses to keep building your skills and learning how to land your first consulting clients. Personally, I think this is one of the best business ideas you can get started with today.
I am a rep at PawTree.com/special. I have did well by selling products to dog owners. It’s easy, I just visit dog parks with samples and hand out order forms. PawTree.com/special has a special going on until March 31, you can start for just $1 at pawtree.com/special. Most direct sale companies charge much more to get started, so this is something you can start with little investment. Make sure you choose sponsor spectacular at checkout.
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.
Seven years ago, before I had children, I taught music full-time at a conservatory. I had 47 students. I left the conservatory when I had my first baby, and now I teach piano lessons in my home part-time during the day. I have four little ones, and the piano moms and dads babysit for me while I teach their children. In return, they get a discount on lessons.
Remote employees should always be aware that companies can reverse policies at their discretion. And employees should also know that at some point, they might have to return to the office if they wish to be promoted or become a manager or supervisor—or if their performance drops. Work-from-home positions aren’t necessarily forever, but then again, the time might come when you don’t want to be remote anymore either.

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.


We have a FUN opportunity at NexRep to be an agent with Inbound Sales! 1) Customers said yes to the product several times before they even pick up the phone – they want you to help them complete their purchase! 2) You are an extension of that fun and excitement as you place the order for the customer. 3) It's like going on a trip to the mall together – you introduce additional items that complement their original purchase. 4) These are typically happy, fun customers! Our successful agents have high energy and give the customer a fun experience. Our top agents are invoicing $15 – $20 an hour! If you'd like to earn extra money helping people shop and have fun, join us at NexRep with Inbound Sales!
This is a great list! Some of these I have never thought of for the stay at home moms (and stay at home dads 😉 ) out there. I have done a lot of research on different ways to make some income and I am always amazed at the ideas I still routinely find. You mentioned working for Amazon. I know Amazon has a platform that offers some micro jobs you can do as well. They pay small amounts but if you do a lot they can add up! I also like Uber! But only for driving during the day. I wouldn’t suggest driving for Uber at night.

It takes a very thick skin to go into this business, but debt collectors only need a telephone and a computer to work, making it a great work-at-home business. It’s also a recession-proof (or even recession-loving) business. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, so make sure you do your homework before setting up shop. Median salary: $31,300.
This health insurer shifted to a more flexible strategy about five years ago, upgrading its infrastructure so employees could access data securely and remotely. Now, 25 percent of staffers work from home part-time, and 15 percent do so full-time. Many of its nurses, for instance, respond to member calls from home, and can start doing so once they’ve gone through the company’s training program. “They feel it gives them the ability to be really focused on the member because they don’t have the distraction of the office around them,” says a spokesperson from Horizon’s human resources department. The bulk of its claims are also processed by employees off-site—to the tune of 20 percent more volume since the transition.
I created my own niche after my divorce last year by learning Google Adwords and now handle my own accounts and do contract work for a local digital marketing agency. I set up accounts and rehab / optimize existing ones. Adwords is a platform built for the small solo operator AND big corporations, so there is a lot within the dashboard to sort & sift through. I basically assist small local service businesses get set up right so they don’t continue to lose money. Plus I offer interactive lessons (not something many people do out there at all). Google Adwords is huge and growing (partly how Google makes its BILLIONS). If you love data analysis, marketing in general, writing on point & creative ad copy, and simply LEARNING, the opportunities are there for TRUE self-starters. You also have to have super attention to detail with spelling, etc. I don’t have a college degree, mind you, but was hungry to learn it all. I am at heart a teacher and helper (and have always been geared towards marketing). I have owned my own little businesses as a house cleaner and professional organizer and then segued into Adwords (after building my own cleaning & organizing campaigns). Did so after I had my 2nd boy in 10/2015 and one in K at the time. I had to find a way to work from home because the chaos of meeting the school bus and dropping off and picking up at the sitter was getting a little crazy. 🙂 I recommend looking into Adwords. You can even get certified. That is my next goal.
- Work-from-home mothers and fathers share some perks with stay-home moms and dads, in that they have greater freedom to pick up sick kids from school (the joys of parenting!) and generally have an advantage in being able to prioritize family needs, from doctor appointments, to school plays, to everything in between (provided their employer does, indeed, enable this sort of flexibility).

Have a knack for staying organized? If you're a jack of all trades, you should consider working as a virtual assistant as a side business idea. You can find great gigs on Elance, Indeed, or Upwork. It can be an awesome way to rub shoulders with some very important people, build up your professional network, develop in-demand new skills (like creating GIFs and VR videos), grow your side business idea and you'll have the added perk of being able to start this as a home based business idea. Becoming a virtual assistant can be a particularly great side business idea if you're hoping to travel the world while making money online as a digital nomad.
On a typical day in the Atlanta suburbs, Carly Williams drops off 9-year-old Luke and 7-year-old Morgan at school, returns home and hops on the phone to start her day as PwC's national campus recruiting leader. If she's training for a half marathon, she'll squeeze in a long run during lunch. In the afternoons, she and her husband take turns shuttling the kids to baseball practice or gymnastics classes.

As a single parent with 50% custody of school-age children, I have different strategies. I work full late days when my boys are with their dad. When they are with me, I try to pick up school-day shifts. I can often score a nice 10-2 job, or maybe half fa day of substitute teaching. I am hoping to find a more permanent gig, which might mean needing more after-care, but for now being able to pick them up from school is priceless.

You will have to pass certain checks to ensure you can do this legally, but once you do, you could turn being a mum into a profitable business. You invite other working mums to leave their kids with you during the day, as you watch over them. You can also pick up older children from school and look after them until parents finish work. This is a great way to leverage an activity that you will already be doing anyway.

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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.
Great post and I applaud you for not trying to do 2 things at once. I’m a 50-something who did not have work from home options when my kids were pre-schoolers (it was even pre “telecommuting” which is a word no one uses any more). I work in the tech world and most of my coworkers are men 10-20 years younger than me — we work a typical 8-5 sched (plus on-call, but that’s a diff story). I have to admit how shocked how many of them parent and work at the the same time. I’ve been on numerous conf calls where preschool children/babies are screaming in the background. I’m also surprised how it goes unaddressed by our management. I’m all for work/life balance, but when your job is a hard 9-5, it’s my belief that if your child is young enough to need supervision, they should be….supervised.
All over the world, it is known that female hair is what adds beauty to a women’s feature. It is for this reason that there is hardly any woman who doesn’t pay attention to their hair. This is irrespective of whether they make their hair weekly, fortnightly, monthly, or quarterly. Then idea is that in general, women love to have a new hair style as their pockets permit.
It takes a very thick skin to go into this business, but debt collectors only need a telephone and a computer to work, making it a great work-at-home business. It’s also a recession-proof (or even recession-loving) business. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, so make sure you do your homework before setting up shop. Median salary: $31,300.

You don't mention your level of education or past work experience, but there are jobs out there that are work from home. I had a friend who took Jet Blue airline reservations from home. Keep in mind though that she did have to actually go into an office for 6 weeks of training and then when she was home she had to be fully separated from any goings-on in the house to guarantee Jet Blue's customers would not hear dogs barking and kids screaming while trying to make a reservation.


Adding to the chorus of No. However. If you were able to to do a nanny share with another family or two, you could cut down on the cost of childcare and have the care at whichever house was best for everyone. If you have good separation of space - a private office or something - and if your child isn't going to be upset that you're at home but not with them, then you could take advantage of having them at your place and take a break to nurse or hang out with them.
If you love to organize and want to help people take back control of their lives, you may want to consider becoming a professional organizer. If you’re not able to actually go to people’s homes and help them organize, you can start a blog or website devoted to giving tips on how to organize. You may even want to consider writing a series of ebooks dedicated to the topic.
It’s funny how much baking can relate to making money. Start bringing in some side income by kneading flour, mastering the oven, and appeasing everyone’s sweet tooth. While some experts have already turned baking into their sole “bread and butter,” you need not leave your day job to pursue this business idea just yet. Depending on your experience, you can start by doing something simple on the side like perfecting Grandma’s nostalgic cookies before heading on to offer exquisite artisanal fare.
When I started it, I thought I was doing the right thing for my child by being the one to care for her. I wanted to spend time with her during those years before school sucks up so many of her hours, so I would be the one there to love her through skinned knees and milestones reached. I still feel that way to some extent -- after all right now I'm a stay at home mom -- but I urge you to hear the other people here who are recommending day care and nannies. My daughter struggled in preschool last year in a way that the daycare kids hadn't, because she wasn't used to dealing with so many other kids for hours at a time. Our bond is strong, but she also has a strong bond with her father, and loves and obeys him just like me, even though he hasn't put in all that at-home time with her, so you needn't worry your kids won't love you etc. as much if they are in daycare. There are many social benefits to daycare that you can't really provide at home. And trying to provide full time baby care yourself while you continue to work full time will definitely take a toll on your mental and even physical health and, I would guess, would also put a strain on your partnership.
TeleReach offers telephone marketing services. This company hires home-based positions in appointment setting, lead generation, information gathering, seminar reservations, website marketing, product introductions, trade show follow-up, direct mail follow-up, prospect education, script development, list development, list updating, database sourcing, list merging, prospect, identification, tracking reports, prospect feedback and program evaluation.

Yoga is getting ever more popular, which means yoga instructors are more in demand than ever—making this another physically rewarding side business idea. Link up with a local yoga studio to teach nightly classes or offer personalized yoga in-home at a higher rate to pursue this kind of emotional and physical balance with others, during your free time while helping your bank balance, too.
Counted amongst the most valuable tech giants, Amazon is also a massive global market where virtually anyone can cash in on the rising tide of eCommerce if you have the right business idea. But, like everything else that involves money, you have to do quite a bit of work to earn it. In this case, you need to do tons of research (looking for generic products such as clocks, key chains and mugs to attach your brand to) as well as developing a sensible inside sales strategy that'll help you generate profits from your private label side business idea. For an incredible deep dive on how  to launch this kind of business idea, check out how digital marketer Neil Patel recently did this as a public experiment right here on his blog.
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.
Seconding this - this is what my brother and sister-in-law, who both work from home, have always done - they save the really high-octane work for one or two days a week, and that's when my parents come to either spend the day there with the kids, or take them to their own place for a visit. Granted, in their case it's not "day care" so much as "grandparenting", and you may not necessarily live 20 minutes from your parents, but that kind of "pick some portion of each day or week and have someone come over to babysit while you get work done" is definitely a doable thing.
Consider childcare. Being able to be near your child is a major perk to having a home office, but most moms find that they need an extra set of capable hands to get work done. You can’t meet every deadline during naptime, and there’ll be days when your critter is bouncing off the walls as a client is calling. So don’t skimp on childcare. In fact, have a backup caregiver at the ready (Grandma or a drop-in daycare center) in case your sitter calls in sick.
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.
Wonderful article! I have been searching for years for a way to stay home with my 2 year old son. I finally found the answer! I am a weight management coach with a program called LTL (live the Lifestyle). It’s a program based on low glycemic eating. I teach clients how to eat right and exercise often. This program is part of a bigger company who also allows people to become distributors of other wonderful products like beauty products and isotonixs.
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. 

Etsy.com is a peer-to-peer e-commerce website popular across the globe for the selling of handmade or vintage items, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. These items cover a wide range of consumer goods including clothing, jewellery, food, fine art, photography, cosmetics, toys and many more. Although the site has all kinds of sellers, the majority of them are women who sell home-made food, handicrafts and clothing. There is also a local team of Etsy sellers called Etsy Craftivist SG, especially for those who want to sell at the local market and learn about the e-commerce platform.
Of course, starting a small business is no small endeavor. It takes commitment and hard work. If you want to stick to it, your best bet is finding a way to work your passions into your business ideas. Luckily, as a parent you have plenty of practice; you know you can do it. So what else do you need for a successful business? Passion. If you don’t feel passionate about what you are doing, you won’t have that certain fire that drives all successful businesses.

This business idea will take a little more effort and website design knowledge than my Etsy Store example, as you will have to purchase your own suitable domain name or use a Blog domain already, then install the Shopify App onto your WordPress site, decide on how you will fulfill your products (Drop shipper or Warehouse/purchasing online then shipping to customer); and managing any customer experience issues.


If you’re organized and love to plan out the perfect menu, you may just have all the ingredients for a successful work at home business. Probably the easiest way to start this business is online through a website or blog. Build your network through social media and by offering sample menus on your website. Then offer to sell menu plans per week or to create customized menu plans based on the person’s dietary needs. You can make extra money with special holiday or theme menus as well.
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This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a long time! In a way it’s a follow up to my post on How to Afford to Be a Stay at Home Mom article. And in a way it is at the crux of everything I write about here at Affording Motherhood. In that article, I noted how the average mother only needs to make up $700 per month in order to afford to be a stay at home mom, after taking out all the costs of going to work.
I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom of a 9yo and a 7yo. I love The Pampered Chef home and kitchen products and I love cooking healthy, organic, allergy friendly meals for people. So I host FREE monthly cooking classes for adults and children. I show people how to make yummy Paleo and GAPS Diet friendly recipes. Like any other business, if you put hard work into it, you will be successful. My goal is to make enough money to pay for the organic ingredients that I use at my free cooking shows. I joke with my clients that I get paid in free Pampered Chef products that I earn from each show or class I host :). The Pampered Chef is really an amazing company to work with and am blessed to have such an amazing support team.
When it comes to our mother tongue, most of us don’t give language a second thought. However, without language, almost all aspects of life as we know it would break down. Teaching foreign languages gives others access to a completely fresh perspective on human life, as seen through the lens of a new language. With today’s growing rate of globalization, starting a foreign language instruction business can offer you an exciting and profitable career.
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.
I have a play area in the basement where my office is at. I can have them safely play in the play area while I work at the computer. This way I don’t have to heavily supervise them, but I’m still there to monitor things. Sometimes I let my oldest play educational games on an iPad or I will let them watch cartoons. Sometimes I sit amongst them while they play and I work at the same time. – Christina | Raising Biracial Babies
Baked treats are a specialty of cultural cuisine throughout the world. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh-baked bread? A bakery business typically operates out of a storefront in the commercial section of a city or town. However, many entrepreneurs have successfully run bakeries out of their homes, attracting customers via word of mouth and small-scale advertising. Still others rent space in a commercial kitchen and distribute their baked goods wholesale to local cafes, restaurants, and convenience stores.
If you've developed valuable skill sets or certifications within your industry over the years, consider putting your skills to use in your free time by offering your consulting services to local business owners as a potentially lucrative side business idea. Whether you're an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there's likely a local business owner who's willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company—if you can craft an effective cold email that convinces them to hire you. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant as a side business idea, from Karyn Greenstreet. When you're ready to get serious about becoming a consultant, check out all of my picks for the best online business courses to keep building your skills and learning how to land your first consulting clients. Personally, I think this is one of the best business ideas you can get started with today.
I’m a homeschooling mom with one still in the homeschool nest (14) and one commuting as a sophomore in college. I have been a freelance proofreader for university presses since 1994; I teach World and Comparative Lit at a homeschool co-op; and began a Plexus business for weight loss in January of this year for only $34.95 (I’ve lost 16.5 pounds and feel better than I have in years!).  Jenni Rom at Plexus
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. 
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