If you are an attentive listener, you may seek for a transcriber position. The task is usually to transcribe audio content on different topics. A candidate needs to have great listening and typing skills. Great grammar knowledge is also a common requirement. If you are familiar with specific industries like law or medicine, it will be a bonus, but there are also audios on general topics. The special equipment is not necessary, except for good headphones and fast internet.
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.

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.
If you want to broaden your services and earn more, you can opt to make the entire house look neat and clean with this side business idea. House cleaning services cover carpets, floors, lawns, garages, windows, walls, and roofs, requiring a whole range of cleaning tools. You can hire maids and janitors to do the actual cleaning while you handle sales, administrative and customer service tasks. Or, you can start small by actually getting your hands dirty as a contractor, learning on the job before launching your own cleaning operations with the help of cleaning business management tools like Swept. Beyond that, I'd recommend checking out Cleaning Zoom's ultimate guide to starting a cleaning business if you plan on taking this business idea seriously.
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.

Find an audience for your passion or hobby and you’re all set to monetize something you love via a niche website as a side business idea. That of course, is easier said than done, something not intended for the faint of heart. Prepare to invest a lot of your time, but if you can hurdle the steep challenges and positively answer a few key questions on whether the website business idea you’re thinking about is profitable, then you can begin building it.


This is a great and comprehensive article, but the website/search engine evaluating jobs and the transcriber jobs I checked out that I think I’d be a good fit for require 3-5 years of experience each, and as a college student, I don’t have that. Are there any decent paying (50-200 dollars a month) jobs that don’t require experience in the job field yet?
Then you can move into more actionable online courses like Modern Web Design on CreativeLive and Learn Web Design and Profitable Freelancing on Udemy will teach you everything from foundational web design knowledge to earning your first freelance income as a web designer. On top of that, you can take even more immersive courses and learning experiences with access to direct instructor feedback and personal mentorship with platforms like Treehouse, LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly to get up-to-speed even quicker with this career path and listen to my podcast interview with Ian Paget about how to become a freelance designer as a side business idea.
One way to make money at home is sell Valentus products. I am a product of the product…In four months I have lost 25 pounds and 25 inches with just drinking one cup of Valentus Slim Roast per day. I also sell the product and I make money doing it! All it cost was $20 US to become a consultant. I sell my products on my websites and thru word of mouth. That’s it!
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
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.
This business is well-suited for young, business-minded professionals. People in the 18-35 age range tend to be quite savvy with social media, which means they will have a huge advantage when crafting a social media marketing campaign. There’s more involved in this industry than being good at social media, though. People with marketing backgrounds will do exceptionally well in this type of business. The social aspect of this business will allow you to work anywhere you can access your clients’ social media accounts.
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You may have already sold some things online, perhaps the odd bit of junk from the garage or loft that you no longer use. A lot of people turn this into a business by going round charity shops and car-boot sales to find items to sell on eBay. If you know what sort of items sell well, then you can make a nice amount from other people’s unwanted items.


After earning a college degree in English, I married and had three kids. So now I’m a self taught seamstress and mostly take in clothes for alterations. With baby #3 very new, I’m not taking in much right now; my goal by next year is to bring in $800/mo. I’ve done everything from patching holes, recovering cushions, hemming prom dresses and fixing tattered toddler dress up clothes.
I resist the urge to do household chores during nap unless I absolutely must. I’ve found that Babywoods is a great chore companion–we sing together as I unload the dishwasher, we chat while I load the washing machine, she plays upstairs with me while I put clean laundry away, she follows me around with her baby-sized broom as I sweep, and she plays outside in the yard with us while we do homestead chores.
Every day, I hear it: You’re so lucky you get to work from home. But guess what? Being a stay-at-home mom is hard, and being a working mom is hard, but being a work-at-home mom is the suckiest choice of all. It may not be worse than the single mom who has to hold down two or three jobs and never gets to be at home with her children, but it’s worse than going to an office 9 to 5 and it’s worse than staying home with the kids all day long. I’ve done all three, and that is my conclusion.
This business is right for those who enjoy learning about technology and the challenge of restoring damaged items to like-new condition. Professionals in this business help conserve natural resources while helping customers preserve treasured photos and online communications as well as valuable software and digital content such as games, books, and music.
Sometimes it seems like there’s an app for everything. Yet somehow, new ones keep popping up and selling for lots of money, all the time. If you spot a niche that hasn’t been filled to its potential just yet, and you can learn the coding skills (or know someone who already has them), you could be on to something with this side business idea. Today, it's even possible to build an app without any coding skills whatsoever. Just make sure you validate your app idea before jumping too far in. Even if your app business idea doesn't pan out to be a best-seller, you'll still pick up valuable skills.
As a soapmaker, you'll formulate soaps and perhaps other personal cleansing and beauty products according to your own recipes. You will market your offerings along sales channels that might include ecommerce, farmers markets, arts festivals, wholesale placement in spas and boutiques, and even door-to-door sales. You'll explore a range of options to see where you can find a loyal customer base.

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.

Starting a virtual assistant business can be ideal for moms unless your clients demand a lot of time during specific hours. An alternative is microwork, in which provide many of the same services that VAs do, such as transcription, writing, research, etc, but your time is more flexible. In microwork, you take on time-limited projects, and when they're done, you're done. This allows you to get work when you want it, and not have to work when you'd rather be taking care of the kids. 
If you had a knack for standardized tests and had no trouble acing the SAT, ACT or other college exams, why not start tutoring high schoolers as a side business idea? Parents of all economic backgrounds are more than willing to shell out upwards of $100/hr to the right tutor, if it means their son or daughter will get admitted to the college or university of their choice. See this quick checklist for starting an SAT tutoring business from the Work At Home Mom. Whitney over at Rookiemoms also has a cool story to share about a stay-at-home mom making $40/hr helping kids out with homework and turning it into a profitable side business idea.
To the passive observer (and even to those who know me well) I appear to have everything together. Some days I even fool myself into thinking the same. But the truth is I pray for the day that I can leave my corporate job. I multitask in ways that may seem impressive to others, but end up making me feel frantic. Most days I'm lucky if I leave the house in matching clothes, let alone unwrinkled (I had to giggle at the clean basket - I barely remember where my closet is!). My husband and I are two ships passing in the night. And each night I collapse exhausted, dreading the Monday through Friday when I have to leave the house before dawn and miss so many precious hours with my baby.
 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!)
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A great idea as a side hustle or a work from home occupation is a service-based business through coaching. Everything is virtual — meetings can be via Skype or Zoom. We all have something that we do better than anyone else, and the beauty of it is that we can get paid for it. It is a matter of finding what problem you can solve for a specific segment of the market, and make sure that these people are already actively looking for the solution you provide. What is great about this kind of business is that the starting investment is low. Plus, you can manage your time and work only when you want to.
Every website on the Internet needs a graphic designer in order to look professional and unique. Whether you have graphic design experience or you’re just starting out, there are opportunities available for you to demonstrate and hone your design skills. Create your own website and use it as a platform to showcase your work. You can also look for work on freelance websites to get additional work experience on your resume.
Finally, with traffic starting to come in to your website, you can look at ways to monetize and make money with it. Now, there are many ways to do this and it generally depends on what your website is about, but some of the most successful ways include; Affiliate Marketing, Advertising, Product Reviews, Product Creation, Email Marketing, and many more.
My #1 tip for working at home with a newborn is to work when they are sleeping. Newborns need your full attention when they are awake, and they sleep plenty of hours in the day for you to wait until they sleep. I learned this real quick when continuing to work from home when my now-6-month-old was born. She is only a newborn once, and missing ANYTHING with her wasn't worth trying to work while she was awake. She needed me when awake, and I wanted to cherish that time with her. – Audra Rundle of Little One Books
Thank you for mentioning, I think the only caveat missing in this excellent article is that it is highly child dependent. My first was not a sleeper, neither night nor in the day. Apart from not having any time in the day, I also had no energy from constantly broken sleep. My second is totally different, responds very predictably and I started working from home by the time she was 3 months.
Collectively, the eight women interviewed have years of work-at-home, stay-at-home mom advice to share. If you’re considering this lifestyle, there is a treasure trove of information below. While working at home is becoming more prevalent as technology rapidly develops, it can still be hard to find other parents to give you insight into what it is really like before you take the plunge. Today that changes!
If you have a passion for writing, this is an extremely rewarding career that allows you to use your talent while earning extra cash. If you prefer to work for yourself, consider starting your own blog (for more information, see the article how to get started your own blog in 6 steps). If you are not quite ready to start a blog or would rather work for others, there are plenty of options to write.
For Washington, DC-based project manager Laura Lawlor, it was her boss who proposed a remote setup. Laura was married in 2005 and needed to relocate because of her husband’s work. She planned to quit her job at Horizon, based in Newark, NJ, and find a new position. Instead, her manager suggested that she work remotely part of the time, and commute to Horizon’s New Jersey offices on the other days. Because they had a positive relationship, Laura’s manager knew that she could complete her work no matter where she was. About two years later, after she had a baby (son Donovan, now 10; she also has a daughter, Casey, 7), Laura arranged to be completely remote and to work part-time. “We had a level of trust and understanding, which helped,” she says.
Drop-shipping – This method holds all the stock for you. When someone buys an item from you, your drop-shipper company sends out the item for you to the customers address. You only actually pay for the item once you have received payment from the customer. This method does require you to pay a membership fee to join the scheme in the first place though.

Thank you for such a great, practical list! I currently live overseas and my options are limited. I love the great income I make with Jamberry, I joined early and have an incredible team. Team building is key in direct sales! Since my kids are school-aged I also started substitute teaching this year and love it. Definitely looking into a few more ideas from this list. Thanks again!
Good post. You have really motivated me to open a blog and start writing. I will put a lot of these money earning tips into practice. Although I have been writing and posting articles about paid surveys on my blog, unfortunately I am not making much to even maintain the blog. It is just a waste of time. I will try to go through these sites you listed here to know which topic to stick with. Thanks
Set aside some time to plan out your whole week in advance. Having a plan will help you be more productive and will keep everyone sane. Some things I plan out are my work hours, my non-negotiable family hours, my meals, my housekeeping schedule, my morning routine, and self-care. I also strongly urge you not to neglect your self-care and do not think of it as being selfish. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to give your best to your job or your kids. – Bethany | Mama Finds Her Way
Websites aren't too dissimilar to stocks. Many are junk, but some can generate value for you, making it a strong potential business idea if you have an eye for spotting the diamond in the rough That’s why, like stocks, they are bought and sold all the time. You can buy and sell websites as a side business  idea in the hope of generating future earnings based on their user traffic, current revenue intake, domain name, or some other factors that might be a hidden cash cow everyone else has overlooked. Interested? Check out marketplaces like Flippa and Flipping Enterprises to learn more.
Many people’s interest in music goes beyond just listening to it. A lot of people who enjoy listening to it are also interested in learning how to play an instrument. A music lessons business gives novice musicians a way to learn to play an instrument, and it provides more seasoned musicians with advanced training to help them improve their musical abilities. A business may offer private or group lessons in home or classroom settings.
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.
This business is best for those who have already trained for it via formal education. Therefore, ideal business owners are those who have successfully completed a Master's degree or higher in a field such as Marriage and Family Therapy. Such a degree is required in order to meet the strict licensing requirements for such a business in most states. Beyond that, this job is best for those who are naturally empathetic with others and who truly enjoy healing those around them.
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.
Vintage clothing is all the rage, and many people would rather buy their clothes from eBay than go thrift shopping for themselves. Use this to your advantage by finding some great clothing at your local thrift shops, fixing it up at home and then listing it online. You don’t have to stop at clothes either. You may have a love for vintage or secondhand jewelry or even vintage brand-related products.
Valentine's day. Birthdays. Weddings. The list goes on and on—throughout the course of a year, there are dozens of occasions when people need to order flowers. What's more is that once you're up to speed with this business idea, your costs can stay relatively low if you know where to source your flowers, and typical margins are in the neighborhood of 300% (or more) on cut flowers which makes this a particularly profitable side business idea in the right geographic area. Check out this amazing interview with floral designer, Sara Tedford of Ladybird Poppy to hear about how her floral design company started out as a side business idea of doing weddings and events for her friends and family.
I have only ever been a receptionist prior to having kids and have been out of the work force for almost 6 years. I desperately want to stay home, especially considering how much it costs for daycare these days, knowing I would have to pay out more than I could possibly make. I’m not good at sales, and I don’t feel too good at anything these days except for being a mom. You know how it goes your constantly on the go with one at school and one walking and climbing everywhere you never have time for yourself and when you get a minute to breathe your being told you have a full time job but it’s not work because you are not bringing in any money… So I guess is there anything out there that anyone can recommend for me to try from home? I’m no good at writing or blogging either, I’m actually not even on a computer much but even if I could make $20 a day something to contribute financially so I don’t feel so worthless right now. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated:).
I was sitting at my computer working when I got an email that said next week is Parent’s Day at my kid’s camp. Seriously? I pay boatloads of money to this place to take my kid off my hands for four measly hours a day, and it wants me to cancel my conference call with a client so I can come watch them watch my kid? I guess I could choose not to go, but everyone knows I’m a work-at-home mom, and they all think being a work-at-home mom means I can drop everything for my kids whenever they need me. But that is not what you get to do when you are a work-at-home mom.
It is extremely important for mothers to find a balance between work and home. When you find a legit stay at home position, it may become even harder to find that balance because of the comfort of being home some of us may not be able to take work as serious not being in a work environment. My advice as a stay at home mom is to remember what and who you are doing this for. what is your motivation? my motivation is my daughter. she keeps me going and i will never give up knowing that she is counting on me. I wish every single one of you the best!
DEAR DON’T KNOW YOU: Do not write to this woman apologizing for not recognizing her. That will get you nowhere. If you want to stay at the top of mind with her, send her a nice note saying that it was a pleasure seeing her again at the event you mentioned. Point out something that you liked about the function that she will remember. If you want to be considered for freelance work, add a line telling her that you remain interested in contributing to her company.
It is a solid fact that women have always been engaged in one form of trade or the other from time immemorial. As a matter of fact, this dates back to over two thousand centuries. Back then, we had cases of women who were into kneading, tapestry, cooking and what have you. Fast forward to the present times, and you will realize that the case has not changed – meaning women haven’t grown any lazier. Rather they have continued to wax strong in strength.
Public notaries primarily serve as validators of, and impartial witnesses in public legal documents, especially those related to affidavits, oaths, deeds, estates, special-powers-of-attorney, and business agreements. Depending on the state, a full-time notary public earns an average annual salary of $36,000, which makes it a great business idea to do as a side hustle as you bring in money through other ways. If you want to get started with this business idea, here are the requirements and steps you need to consider in the US.

Hand knit hats, scarves, wallets are always hot items to sell online or at local craft fairs. You can even offer custom designs so the items are more personalized based on your clients preference. You can sell your craft at Etsy and even sell your own patterns there. And by the way, Etsy supports this craft that they won’t charge a commission for the sale of your own pattern!


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.
We make and sell natural products, including magnesium lotion, herbal salves, lotion bars, herbal bath salts and we’ll soon be adding spice mixes and teas! Justyn at Real Traditions and Creative Christian Mama (A note from Shannon: The magnesium lotion is the first “natural deodorant” I’ve used that actually works! Plus, it helps me (and my kids) fall asleep when we’re having a restless night. It rocks!)

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.
2) Get a landline phone and get a cordless handset with multiple handsets and wireless headsets that can mute. It’s inevitable that you will travel around the house when working from home and my biggest pet peeve was being in one part of the house only to have my phone in another. Get multiple handsets so that you can conduct business everywhere and don’t have to worry about batteries running dead on the phones. You could use a cellphone, but I like the reliability of a landline phone, just in case.
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