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.
I blog at Smithspirations where I share encouragement and inspiration for Christian homemakers in the areas of faith, family, and natural living. I’m also a Lilla Rose hair accessory consultant, which allows me to earn income and occasionally get out of the house! A win for a homeschooling & busy mom of 5! Kristen Smith at smithspirations.com and Lilla Rose
Still, work-from-home jobs with good pay and benefits tend to fly under the radar. Most of these positions aren’t advertised as remote jobs, though some companies might use language such as “location flexible” or expect you to negotiate for work-from-home status. But while permanent, full-time remote positions might be hard to come by, they are out there—that’s why we dug deep at some of our 100 Best Companies to find out who the remote workers are, how they got their jobs and how you can get one too.
Nyla and Noelle – Run your own fashion empire from home. Clothing is the hottest new trend in social selling, and you can get in on the ground floor. We are a boutique clothing and jewelry direct sales company. Our fun and fashionable clothing is offered only through our Curators who sell socially from in-home parties, local events, and online through social media. Our Curators purchase a POP box of inventory to get started. After receiving their POP box our Curators choose every style and color of clothing they receive from our always rotating selections. We offer many truly boutique styles from BOHO chic, western chic, casual basics, dressy clothes, and high-end boutique items. We offer sizes S-3XL. Our Curators enjoy a generous profit margin.
More and more companies, including almost all of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, are offering or arranging these kinds of work-from-home positions. A 2017 Gallup report on the changing workplace found that, among employees who work remotely at all, the percentage who do so full-time rose to 20 percent in 2016 from 15 percent in 2012. Jobs with flexible, remote options have become a valuable tool for recruiting and retaining talented employees. And letting employees work from home can be good for business.
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.
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.
Network Marketing includes any company where the Sales Person makes commission from selling products that are not available on the High Street normally and receives part of the profits. The objective to growing a real business is to also grown your distribution of fellow Sales People working with you (or your team) and then you will also gain a percentage profit from those you encourage into the business and help develop.
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.
I am a distributor with It Works. Started my journey in April to supplement my WAHM income as a staff recruiter for occupational, physical and speech therapist. I have a soon to be 2 year old and my husband and I realized it actually cost us more for me to work outside the home, and I was fortunate enough to be able to work out a situation with my employer to allow me to do my job from home. I have a sitter that helps from time to time to allow me time to meet deadlines, meetings, jobfairs. I schedule wrap appointments and parties when my husband is home. This also also allows me to have a positive work life balance for myself and gives our child a chance to have a mom at home but to still be able to have someone to give her undivided attention when I have work priorities. So far it is a win win for us.
If you have experience with marketing, SEO or a knack for getting people excited about the products and services you use on a regular basis, think about refining your skills and putting them to work as a small business marketing consultant in your region—especially if you can become a local SEO expert and can help local clients rank higher in their search results as your side business idea. Businesses of all sizes are in constant need of bringing in more customers, which is where you come in with your business idea. Start by pitching some of these small business marketing ideas by Brian Downard and you'll be sure to impress the first set of clients you begin working with in your area.
Blogging is certainly a profitable enterprise if you put the time in, and so-called Mummy blogging is at an all-time high. You can make money from placing adverts on your blog site, and selling ebooks or other resources to your subscribers. You can also get free gifts from brands or even free days out when your audience is large enough which is another added bonus.
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.
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.
This arrangement allows me to stay right in the heart of my field while saving on the cost of childcare. My career is important to me and I never really pictured myself being happy staying at home without working. I get the self-worth I feel from continuing my career while also having precious time with my son while he is young. It’s the best of both worlds. – Meaghan
The most basic service for a pet grooming business is, of course, basic grooming and cleaning services. However, there is a growing market for services such as facials and other pampering services for the animals as well. Some grooming businesses focus on a certain kind of animal, such as only working with dogs, while others offer more diverse services for a more diverse range of animals.
My wife stays at home with them and has no interest in writing, and I’ll be retiring soon at 41, and can’t wait to join her. If you have an attitude that kids will ad to your life, and you don’t live a spendy rockstar style life to begin with, I think kids are the perfect recipe for frugal people. Great tax deductions, free entertainment, and they cost next to nothing.
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.”
"I spend the morning with my family and drop my kids off for school. Mornings usually mean lots of meetings. I have meetings with the Editorial team about content, meet with the Ads team about partnerships, and meet with the Shop team about any issues with the store. I help brainstorm photoshoots, or sign off on advertising partnerships. My main job has been to focus on the big-picture stuff like working on new products for the party shop."
Believe it or not, this freelance bike messenger makes more money than some people glued to their office desks. You won't rake in a whopping $50,000 as this guy does by just doing this in your free time as a side business idea only, but you’ll surely get a piece of the action. Even Uber is trying out a blueprint for a delivery service, and companies like WunWun and Amazon are stepping up their efforts to expand same-day delivery, increasing the demand for more to jump in on this business idea. If you have a decent bicycle, those pair of pedals might just earn you a healthy side hustle income.
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? This might just be the cutest, most fun business on this list. If you’ve got a talent for creating beautiful (and tasty!) cupcakes, this might be the idea for you. There might be hoops to jump through in order to get your kitchen certified for a home bakery if the zoning laws permit it. Depending on the popularity of your cupcakes, though, you may find yourself in a storefront before you know it.
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.
I’ve been a full-time stay at home mom for 14 years, and a homeschooling mom for almost 10 years. The only thing I’ve “lost” in any of it is any further idea of what I want to “be” when they’re done growing up – my previous profession was sort of decimated by lots of corporations merging into larger corporations then doing a lot of outsourcing. I’ll be 57 (had kids late) when the last one is done with high school. Maybe I’ll go back to school then myself, LOL. Husband says not to worry, that I’ll never “have” to work, but at very least I’ll have to volunteer somewhere.
Be prepared to pack your bags. Whether your child has a fever or it’s been raining for a week straight, eventually you’ll need to be the one to clear out of the house. Before that day comes, scope out library nooks, coffee shops, and bookstores to determine which has the best Wi-Fi connection or which coffeehouse or bookshop has a quiet corner where you can field a phone call.
These businesses are usually companies that are hired by other companies for marketing projects. They craft content such as blogs, social media posts, industry reports, and more. Copywriting companies work on a freelance basis because there aren’t many companies that hire writers exclusively. Because of this, you should aim to work with multiple clients to keep work steady.
It’s not just practical things you can create. Do you have a talent you can turn into products? Scenic painter and single mum Miranda Law used her creative skills to source fabrics and make lampshades. 18 months after selling her first lampshade she’s now making a healthy living from her business, Swee Mei Lampshades. (You can read exactly how she did it here.)