A home-based business can be a great way to get started without making a huge commitment. Many people start a business from home to test the waters of being self-employed; home-based businesses are a great way to try out entrepreneurship without completely draining your savings. Other people don’t want to take the dive without having a job to fall back on.
“Living in the midwest, our company policy is that if the local schools have a snow day, we are closed. This is not only for the safety of our employees on bad roads, but also because then we have a complex issue of ‘all the kids are home but we need to work’.  One particular snow day, we also had a lot online orders to pack up and ship out. Thinking it would be a great idea to go in when the store was closed and get the orders packed, we loaded up all 5 kids and headed into the store. It would have been fine except one of us forgot to lock the door behind us. Within minutes the store was full of customers, and the backroom was full of 5 very energetic and loud children. We quickly realized it was maybe not the best idea.”
An acting classes business provides group or one-on-one classes in acting for adults or children. As the owner of an acting classes business, you’ll provide training, coaching and support to those who are considering getting into the acting business or those already in the business who would like to improve their chances of landing a role. Most business owners in this field will want to find a niche. For instance, you might work with children, or with a career-oriented adult audience interested in stage acting, film, commercials, voice-over work or other areas of specialization.
Thank you so much for this post! This is exactly what I needed to read. I’m a fellow freelance writer, and my husband and I are currently in the trying-to-get-pregnant stage of things. My hope all along has been that I’ll be able to balance continuing to do at least some freelancing with caring for a baby, recognizing that I won’t be able to work full-time hours, but I’ve seen so many doom-and-gloom posts saying that it’s impossible, that if you try to balance working from home with childcare then you won’t be able do either one very well. This makes me more optimistic that it IS possible, especially with a supportive partner. (My husband doesn’t work from home, but he has a very short commute that leaves him with plenty of time at home in the afternoon/evening, and he’ll be able to get six weeks of paid parental leave.)

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.


It is generally considered risk-free as it is based on the application of a mathematical equation rather than chance.  Matched Betting is not against any laws in the UK, however Book makers do not like it when their customers can guarantee a profit regardless of an event outcome, so if they believe you are match betting they will “GUB” your account.
First and foremost, this is a business for those who love books. In addition to working in a field you'll love, the fact that certain books are hits and other books flop means you will need a keen eye when deciding to publish what may become the next big thing. The job is also good for a multi-tasker because, especially when first starting out, you will be doing many things besides “only” publishing books. This includes setting up book tours, book-related events, and handling most of the marketing of the text. Finally, this job is good for a “people person,” as you will be dealing with a wide variety of authors, bookstore managers, and advertisers.
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.
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Great article! I’m doing direct selling at the moment and absolutely loving it! Never thought it would be something I would get into but when you have a strong desire to stay at home with your child everyday but still need to earn money you will give anything a go right 🙂 and I’m so glad I did. The work involved itself could not be easier, I run my business all from my phone. And I also love the personal development you gain from an industry like this, you learn so much about yourself more than you could from any job working for someone else in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong it is hard work, you have to put a lot in to be successful, but when you are putting all that time and effort into yourself and creating success for YOU rather than an employer / boss the results are so rewarding!! If anyone is looking into getting on board something similar I am happy to pass on some info 🙂 Bec.
Veronica V., Have you found anything yet? You said you are great with customer service and sales. Have you ever thought about direct sales? I am a consultant for Rodan+Fields, an anti-aging company founded by the very same dermatologists that created ProActiv. We are not a party company (though if you like hosting parties you sure can). We don’t have any quotas. I would love to talk to you if interested! Thanks!

We do have our spontaneous moments–like a last minute decision one morning last week to take a day trip to a thrift store and a brewery–but generally, we do the same things on the same days each week. This schedule allows me to plan when I’ll write and manage my deadlines. It also ensures that Babywoods gets plenty of socialization with other toddlers–we attend weekly play groups and host friends several days a week at our house.


I worked from home as a freelancer after the birth of my first child, until the day my second child was born, using many of the strategies and structures you suggest. Getting housework, eating, and showering done during baby’s waking hours was huge. With two little ones I knew it was going to be too much for me, and having low expenses compared to our income allowed us to forego a second income for this season. I am very grateful for this because I know personally, I’d be very stressed out by trying to work with these two in the mix! I still get to write here and there, but without too many deadlines, and use free time more for volunteering and family recreation. It’s so important what you say about accepting each season and the constant changes that come with parenting.
You could probably send a gift basket to someone for just about anything going on in their life. From birthdays, holidays, get well wishes or congratulations, gift baskets are one of the perfect ways a person can let someone know they are thinking of them. As a business opportunity, if you love doing something on the creative side, this could be an ideal business for you. There are various ways to enter this business – from starting it on your own from scratch to working with an established franchise. A quick search online for gift basket franchises should turn up some ideas if you decide to go that route.

Premier Designs is a high fashion jewelry company, started in 1985. It’s a direct sales company, like many others mentioned, but it has one of the best compensation packets on the “market”. You get out of Premier what you put into it! You make 50% of everything you sell and, once you join, you are surrounded by a wonderful group of ladies that want to make sure that you succeed!
I’d be lying if I said being a work-from-home mom seemed like a dream job when I was younger. For a long time, I was so career-consumed and self-absorbed that I envisioned skipping over parenthood and embracing aunthood for eternity. I loved kids—I babysat, substitute taught and obsessed over photos of my nephews—but I wanted to travel the world, climb the corporate ladder and spend my free time at the spa. And so the thought of becoming a mother sat on the back burner.
The appeal of being your own boss and working on something you love while having more time for family and loved ones is such a heady stimuli that freelancing or starting an online business has become a thing for stay-at-home moms, too. And if you’re reading this, then I’d hazard a guess and say that you’re one of them who’s also asking the same question most stay-at-home moms ask the very first time:
If you are a stay at home mum, and have a sonorous voice, then you may consider being a voice over artist. This means that you can lend your voice for great works of arts like; audio books, radio jingles, and what have you. This is a freelance job and means you can work with your own time. Working class mums can also engage in this, as it doesn’t hinder you from working for your organization.
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.
I remember when my daughter first came home from the hospital, it was the hardest three months of my life. I remember one night in particular, where I was trying to eat some frozen pizza and breastfeed my daughter at the same time, and it just wasn't working. I was so sleep deprived and hormonal, that I just burst into tears during dinner, “I can't do this – it's so hard”!
I planned my Stay-at-Home while I was working my 40hr+/wk Sales Job over 8 yrs ago. I found something dear to my heart, HERBS, and made a business out of it! I now help heal children’s eczema, and provide Organic, healthy alternatives to the mainstream bath & beauty products for the whole family!! Lots of hard work, networking, and persistence has built my business to what it is today! – Melissa Carr at Honeybee Holistics
I love being able to set my own working hours, which allows me to do all the school drop-offs and pick-ups, and not caring peanuts about my appearance (unless I'm doing a conference call, in which case I will try to at least make my top half look semi-presentable). I have complete control over when I work, where I work, and, to a certain extent, how much I earn. 
I actually blog from home and make monies. my site is www.legacychangers.org. U get to be passionate about what I speak on because you can do a blog on anything and I bring in income. It's totally legit and I have a blast with my kids. It's such a great thing. They offer full training etc I tried surveys and secret shopper etc just not enough.... Hope it helps
You won't get the long stretches of uninterrupted time you used to get before your little one entered the picture, but you will get some solid chunks of time while he or she naps. Use this time to do the things you can't do holding your baby, such as interviewing, preparing mailers, or taking notes. Other things, such as keyboarding, can be accomplished with your baby in a sling, so you can save those for when your baby is awake. – Jennifer Roland of Freelance Writer
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.

My house has two bedrooms and is very small. I split my baby's room in half -- one half was my office, the rest her bedroom. But! I rarely ever worked in this space while she was home (other than the occasional emergency or crazy work load). For three days a week she was in full-day daycare. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday was my schedule. This enabled me to cover quite a lot of ground for my clients and feel mostly available to them. I often answered emails at the playground on Wednesdays on my phone, etc.. (Yep, one of those evil moms looking at her phone – sometimes – while her kid eats dirt.) Wednesday was our rest/playday. Usually, we'd do one "big" activity in the morning and then putter around the house together cleaning, playing, etc. Fridays were often similar but Daddy could sometimes join us on Fridays so we'd do other things or he'd take her out and I'd work, etc.
It isn’t always easy for people to figure out what’s best for them. Sometimes we just need someone to help us along and to get us through the rough patches. Career and life coaches can help people get to that better place more easily and quickly than they would on their own. If you love people and have a true desire to help them, this may be the business opportunity for you.
Web design is a crucial component of most new businesses’ success. A well-designed website can be the difference between successful advertising, customer retention, etc. and a failed business. As a web designer, you will likely maintain contact with the web developers while working on a project. This may involve meeting in person, but you can opt to stay in touch via email, phone, video chat, or whichever other methods you prefer.
If you own a car but barely use it, you can make some easy cash as an effortless side business idea by renting it out on Turo. Before you freak out, know that there’s a $1 Million insurance policy on all cars, plus drivers are prescreened, so you can have peace of mind. Closely related to renting out your car is another new service I recently came across (available only in the UK at the moment) called YourParkingSpace where you can sign up to list your available parking space through the app, and earn when people decide to use your spot.
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.
There are a lot of hard parts. When you work from home people assume you have all of the time in the world and that you have nothing to do. So you should be able to help with all of the things they need or can’t do because they have to go to work. Which is farthest from the truth… I got way more accomplished when I had a job away from home. The kids are also home all day so the house is always a mess, they aren’t making a mess at the daycare that somebody else cleans. I went from what I thought was a tough corporate job to a pretty simple/easy work from home job. I was surprised at how way more difficult it was to be a work/stay at home mom. – Summer Price
Food production from a home is heavily regulated but it’s not impossible. Take Martha Stewart, for example—she famously entered the food service business with a basement-based catering company in 1976. Before you start a home-based food business you will need to understand the rules and regulations that govern the production of food for public consumption in an at-home environment. For example do you need a separate kitchen? What about product labeling? And so on. 
Before founding SafetyTat, Welsh had an experience that a lot of parents are likely familiar with – that feeling of overwhelm when taking her kids to a crowded amusement park. So she wrote her cell phone number on their arms. And that’s where the idea for SafetyTat came from. The company provides temporary tattoos, labels and stickers that include your phone number and other relevant details.
People who love dogs and other people may be well-suited for owning a dog training business, as the work involves interacting with both dogs and their owners. Patience is another valuable attribute, because training dogs often requires repeating the same drill multiple times. Dog training businesses usually operate during the day, which can make it difficult to run a business while keeping a traditional day job.
NextWave Advocacy, LLC contracts with news junkies that are politically aware, home-based individuals who are critical thinkers to make outbound calls to educate citizens and help them participate in contacting their elected officials. No sales or fundraising calls are involved. This is not a telemarketing opportunity. The pay is $12.00 per hour with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.

Do you have a flair for fashion? Do your friends always compliment you on your amazing sense of style? If so, becoming an online stylist could be your calling. Many upscale fashion subscription boxes are offering the services of a personal stylist to help them create individualized and professionally curated boxes. Use your skills for profit and help others improve their wardrobe at the same time.
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.
It's no surprise that a voice-over business is ideal for those who are naturally good speakers. This may include people who have experience giving prepared lectures (such as teachers) as well as people who often have leadership roles in their work environment. This is because confidence is one of the most important parts of your voice-over delivery, no matter what the assignment.
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.
Not all moms are looking for full-time income. The truth is, two working parents households are expensive to run, and often, having one parent stay home can save money and be the more affordable option. In these cases, many moms just want some extra income to fill in the gaps or for mad money. Fortunately, there are many great, flexible side hustle income ideas that moms can run. Many can involve freelancing to a former employer or turn a hobby into a home business. 

This is so great! I am going to try to implement ‘leaning in’ and sleeping earlier once I cut back my hours. I am working 40 hours at home and my son is about to turn one. It has been pretty horrid, but I just work late into the nights. The stress comes from being accountable to my co-workers and of course my son at the same time. To say nothing of the house, which is messy about 3-4 days of the week 🙁 I’m so glad you said working full time isn’t a great idea… it really isn’t and I wouldn’t recommend it to any mom, no matter how fulfilling the work is. (Side note; grad student hubs is home some of the day, and he does a ton of ‘child care’ – I mean wrestling and silly games 🙂 

It used to be that if you had a product to sell, you also had to have a storefront and all the costs associated with it. These days, you can sell anything to anyone anywhere in the world. Whether you’re marketing the organic honey from your backyard apiary or selling personalized linens that you embroider yourself, you can find a market for your products online.

Young Living – Financial freedom through healthy living! We are a 22-year-old corporation doing a billion in annual sales, the trendsetter in wellness products. We do business in almost every country with headquarters in 13 Countries. We have hundreds of thousands of satisfied clients who have experienced life change in the areas of health, wellness and financial abundance which has led to one of the highest client loyalty rates in the industry. We offer personalized mentoring, business, leadership, personal development, and product training. Because we work hard to set you up and to help you succeed, we are only looking for people who are serious about becoming financially independent through working from home part-time. If you are a team player, self-motivated, dependable and ready to begin earning a substantial income part-time right away, contact Leslie Morris at (916)572-2531, lesliejmorrisyl@gmail.com or lesliemorris.babystepseo.com/.

I have a potential opportunity to work for a mid sized company. It would be a good career move (more pay, better title, more responsibility), however, the company does not have any flex options. The manager has said there is no potential to work remotely and although there are no fixed hours, most people seem to get to work much earlier than I would be able to. I only have experience working in large corporations. Do you think this is typical of smaller/mid sized businesses. Also, anyone know of smaller companies that do offer flex opportunities (looking for Strategy/Finance type roles). Appreciate any thoughts!
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.
Cashcrate is my favorite site and the one that I’ve received the most checks from. I’ve been doing it for about a year now and honestly have never had a problem with it.You earn money by doing free offers, surveys, watching ads, shopping online, participating in live contests and referring your friends and family members to the site.Cashcrate is one of the most popular GPT sites having 990,000+ members.I have made close to $3000 using this great Get Paid To Site. The amazing part is I've spent only about 6 hours a week on this site and I've earned $300 in 1 month! I can't urge you enough to try it out for yourself.
For example, you may be a keen reader. You could create a website/blog and review books that you have read. Give your honest opinions on books that you liked/disliked and let your website visitors comment on whether they agree with you or not. On each review you can supply an affiliate link to Amazon to the specific book you are talking about. This way, when someone reads your review and decides to buy it, they can click on your affiliate link and buy it through that, which means you receive a commission.
Home tutoring allows you to offer individualized lessons to students of all ages regarding any special skill sets that you have. A good home tutoring business is flexible because your students will have very different needs: some are struggling with classes in school, some are studying for college entrance exams, and others may be adult learners who need to master certain skills to benefit their employment.
It’s awesome that I get to pop in and see my kids sometimes during the day, but here’s what else I get to do all day long. “I can’t right now, Mommy has to work.” “Go play somewhere else, Mommy has a very important deadline.” “Hey kiddo, I’m sorry you want Mommy and only Mommy to play Barbies with you, but scram because Mommy has a call with Mr. Very Important Client who paid for those Barbies.”
If you are looking for an office job that doesn’t require you to go into an office, becoming a virtual assistant could be a great fit. Tasks will vary depending on the company but can include things like scheduling appointments, data entry, organizing records, email management, social media management and editing. Contacting bloggers, online companies and websites directly can be a great way of finding job opportunities, in addition to advertising in and responding to job boards.
Tip #13: Be fully present in your current activity. That means that if you’re home and spending time with your family/kids you’re doing that 100%. It’s so so easy to sneak in work here and there when you’re remote and work from home. It can be so hard to separate the two so I find myself being really conscious of this. When I’m playing with my daughter, I’m fully present (physically and emotionally) doing just that – trying not to think about work etc.
With nearly 100,000 different custom extensions both free and paid available in Google Chrome's marketplace, there's a huge opportunity for creating a useful extension for people to use while browsing the web as a low effort business idea. One of my favorite Chrome extensions, Yet Another Mail Merge, which enables you to send bulk customized emails from within Gmail, gives you 50 free credits to send emails and gives you the chance to upgrade to a paid account to unlock more sending—a great upsell for the people who are getting value from the extension. Even free Chrome extensions like SVRF Tabs by SVRF, which replaces your new tab with stunning VR and 360º images, have the potential to bring in new users and eventually drive revenue for the startup's core business. Another fun example from a friend of mine, Kathleen Garvin, is Hide images with NOPE, a Chrome extension that hides images on the web pages you're browsing—to help eliminate distractions and keep you from seeing images (like those of certain politicians) that you may want to hide. This side business idea is particularly great because it also allows you to showcase your development skills—which can be put to work as an adjacent side business idea on a freelance basis alongside the Chrome extensions you launch.
The secret to such a transition: Get organized! Swap childcare with other parents, and consider joining or starting a babysitting co-op. Spread the word to nearby friends and relatives that you need childcare help. They'll probably appreciate the opportunity to do something concrete for your family – and help you launch your new career. If people ask, "What can I do to help?" tell them: Watch the baby for a few hours, prepare a meal, do the laundry.
It definitely depends on the kid! Our first was a non-sleeper too and there is just no way to work around that. We tried everything, every book, every method someone suggested but to no avail. She just didn’t need sleep (and at 11, still needs less than other kids). Our second is like Babywoods though in terms of routine naps and early bedtime, and I tend to think that that’s more the norm (or at least I hope so!). You can totally work around a kid like that.
A survey company creates, distributes, and analyzes surveys for a variety of businesses or special interests. The purpose is to collect feedback before deciding to alter policies or processes to improve efficiency and overall satisfaction. Owners may either work on a per-case basis, or choose to specialize in a specific niche. For example, a survey company that only administers surveys to students about their professors.
Are you persistent? Detail oriented? Marketing Assistants help with tasks such as writing press releases, creating newsletters, blogs, podcasts, offering copywriting services, marketing research, or integrating social networking into a marketing strategy – the services that you can provide are endless, and all depend on your specific niche and background experience.

As long as you can follow directions and catch on quickly, data entry work is a breeze and you can do it at home. SigTrack offers seasonal data entry jobs from home. The tasks involve keying in voter registration and petition forms. You just need to make sure you meet a few technical requirements when it comes to having the right equipment for the job.
Though I’m not discounting what being a mother means, I also believe that there is so much more to us as individual women besides being mothers. And for me, working as a freelance writer, one that I can consider as an outlet and an expression of my creativity, my passions and my hobbies as an individual, adds to my sense of self and my identity as a woman.
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.
Another element of our parenting philosophy is encouraging independent play. Since birth, we’ve encouraged Babywoods to entertain herself with us nearby. As a curious 17-month-old, she adores inspecting every corner of every room and dragging toys around to new and different locations. She entertains herself well and puzzles through how to use complex toys on her own.
Domain name trading has been around for the last couple decades, and while most slam-dunk names have long been sold off (Insure.com went for $16 Million in 2009) there’s still plenty of others that you can get your hands on for relatively cheap and broker as your side business idea. But beware: some experts doubt the long-term viability of this business idea, so you shouldn’t quit your day job just to put all your effort into this one without some successes already in the bag. To get you started, here are some tips from GoDaddy, arguably the world’s largest and most famous repository of domain names. Imagine owning desirable domain names for the next decade's most innovative companies.
Everybody knows that finding (and landing) your dream job can be tough—especially when you've had the same position for a while and your resume is looking a little rusty. Before jumping in and becoming an expert resume writer, you'll have to learn how to write a resume on your own, and then practice by redoing resume's for your friends and co-workers. Next, you're ready to join a resume writers' association, continue establishing your credibility and you can eventually make your way into more hands-on career coaching opportunities.
A great stay at home business opportunity is paparazzi jewelry! I have never liked selling things, because it’s usually over priced and hard to sell. However, paparazzi is so different! You sell everything for $5 plus local tax and you make a 45% profit! You can email me with any questions about paparazzi at Kayla.blythe223@topper.wku.edu and you can become a consultant under me by going to http://www.paparazziaccessories.com/28325
One of the things you often hear from people who work-at-home full-time is the difficulty in finding balance. When your home becomes your office, you no longer have a clear line of separation so you never feel like you can truly shut your work down. From talking to these work-at-home, stay-at-home moms, I can only gather that this situation gets even harder when you add childcare, a third type of work, to your balancing act.
Rent baby gear to traveling families. BabyQuip.com is a great stay at home mom job as it connects traveling families with family-friendly people at their vacation destination who rent, deliver, and set up baby gear to their hotel or vacation rental. Easily create your rental website and select the gear you want to rent, your rental prices, delivery areas and fees. Fun and rewarding work. Head of Community for the company, Trish McDermott, tells us moms can make about $1,000/month while delighting traveling families as a BabyQuip Trusted Partner.

Yes, it just depends what you’re looking to get into. For the past year and a half I’ve worked about 20 hours a week writing for blogs and have pulled in anywhere from $2,000 – $3,000 per month. Now I’m doing more virtual assistant work and in the next few months should bring in quite a bit more money. (I’ll also be working 40 hours per week though)
I am a SAHM and hold a job for a fortune 100 healthcare company. There are lots of opportunities to work companies who offer telecommuting. I only have to go on-site about 3-4 Times a year for a 1 hour meeting. I have had my job 16-1/2 years.It has been wonderful to keep my job but allowing me to do everything for my 5 kids aging 15 to 21 months old.

Food production from a home is heavily regulated but it’s not impossible. Take Martha Stewart, for example—she famously entered the food service business with a basement-based catering company in 1976. Before you start a home-based food business you will need to understand the rules and regulations that govern the production of food for public consumption in an at-home environment. For example do you need a separate kitchen? What about product labeling? And so on. 


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. 

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 got pregnant with my daughter Lilly five years ago, I was determined to override the morning sickness and prove those colleagues who assumed I'd take it easy wrong. I arrived early and stayed far later than most, all the while hugging the porcelain throne. In my second trimester, I felt invincible—I stayed at the office even later and went out for mocktail margaritas with the rest of the crew, who slammed shots. But by my third trimester, I was done. I was tired, bloated and swollen, and work-from-home motherhood was looking really good.
You know when you’re trying to get something done at the office but someone feels the need to just stop by “real quick” to discuss something pointless? How annoying and derailing that is? Well, what if that person was your sick kid and you couldn’t just shuffle them out the door? Not easy, but at least you get to be home to give your child the mommy cuddles they need!

This is a great post and points out many of the unique qualities of the FW situation. Yes, it is unique, but it’s also because you made conscious choices to prioritize and then found ways to make your life work the way you want. My husband started working from home as a steel salesman when our first child was born. We decided I would stay at home when she was born, and then, thankfully, my former boss allowed me to work from home 10 hours per week. Over time, as I learned how to manage motherhood and working, I was able to increase the hours gradually so that by my fourth child I was able to work 30 hours per week (flexible hours!). I also finished my doctoral dissertation during that time (it was very helpful that the doctorate tied in with my work at a university research center). I can’t believe how fortunate we have been to structure our work lives around family, but choices were made. My husband turned down some advancement opportunities that would have required him to be in the office. Less money and less stress is definitely worth more family time. Frugality allows that choice to be made. We love your blog! Keep up the great work.
I just started taking clients as a health coach. I set my own schedule and work as much as I decide to. I also share essential oils through dōTERRA and have made that a business too.  Both are flexible and rewarding, but dōTERRA is easy to get started on, anyone can do it, all you are doing is sharing how great essential oils are, and making money while doing it. I’d be happy to share how I got started with both of these with anyone who is interested. – Ameryn Briggs at Eat Live Flourish and doTerra
For me and my kids, this wouldn't even be possible with a nanny, I think! I do work from home and a lot of people tell me when I mention that I telecommute that it must be great to be able to work from home and be with my kids. When I tell them my kids go to daycare, they look at me like they don't understand this concept at all. There is absolutely no way I would get 8 hours of work into a day at home with my kids, even if someone else takes care of them! Ymmv.
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