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.
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.
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.
When work deadlines get tight, consider hiring a babysitter for a day or two to allow yourself to focus on your career and still give your baby the care she needs. It's common for working parents to need an extra set of hands every so often. Hiring a babysitter can help you get back on track at work and relieve any worry that your baby is in need of a bottle, or could put itself in danger. (Find an extra set of hands in your area with Care.com's babysitter resources.)
If you're one of the women who still believe we can have and do it all without sacrificing anything, it's probably a good idea to stop reading now. If you get uncomfortable when you hear someone admit that the tips for fitting it all in as a work-from-home mother don't always work, it's time to move on, too. There are some wonderful tips out there. Laureen Miles Brunelli , a colleague at About.com who writes about work-at-home moms, talks about the art of working during nap time and learning to multi-task effectively. All of the advice is sound, but it just isn't working for me.
This blog really hit home for me. I have a 7 month old son and went back to work when my son was 9 weeks old. I work in a corporate environment and have grasped every bit of flexibility that I can. I've taken the earliest shift possible and work from home 1.5 days each week. My husband works a later shift so we get away with only a few hours of child care each day. I have a pretty intensive side job/hobby as a singer that I won't give up - even though sometimes I think it could put me under.
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Turning your favorite craft or hobby into a revenue-generating business idea easily counts among the most fulfilling experiences anyone can have. Just take a look at what Jacob Huss of Soteria Designs is doing wit his hobby of hand-building furniture and wood jewelry. With more and more people demanding a higher degree of personalization in just about anything they own or use, count yourself lucky if your craft happens to be the creation of custom furniture. Not only is the real estate sector regaining its footing, the number of style-conscious customers is also on the rise, creating plenty of room for growth into this business idea.
"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."
For this article, I interviewed eight work-at-home moms who have worked full-time at home with kids ranging from newborn age to six. One mom has kids ranging from one to fourteen, but we focused on handling the younger years. In addition to working at home full-time, these ladies were also the primary caregivers to their kids. Some used part-time daycare or a babysitter a few hours a week to stay sane, but the majority of the time they are juggling their children and their jobs simultaneously. Hats off to them!
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.
My advice may not seem germane since I don’t have kids, but I do have a very busy schedule (professor with a lot of administrative duties) and an autoimmune disease that can flare up unexpectedly, although of course at the worst times. I was getting incredibly down about how little progress I was making on my writing projects. That is, until I realized the magic of 15 minutes. Just like 15 minutes in cleaning my kitchen makes a world of difference, so, too, does 15 minutes on a writing project. If you know what you are going to write before you sit down, you can get an amazing amount of writing done in 15 minutes. (Conversely, I’ve found that after about two hours of writing, the returns diminish). For example, I’m finishing a book right now, and whether my writing session was 5 minutes (yes, 5 minutes) or an hour, I always take a few minutes to write down what I’m going to work on next. That way, I don’t have to spend any of that precious time reacquainting myself with the project at hand. The other thing I try to do is to touch my writing every day. Sometimes, it is literally touch–I spend five minutes with it. But that daily time provides a continuity and I find as I’m driving to work or cooking I’m thinking in the back of my head about aspects of my writing projects, problems and solutions.
Amanda, I am proud to say that the things you say you're learning to let go I waved bye to months -- if not years -- ago. I greedily and happily get help from family and friends with child care, including pick-up playdates in the neighborhood. I've dressed my kids and myself from the clean laundry basket for quite some time. And I don't even have a baby!
As a freelancer you can work from home whilst completing a project for a client. Generally, clients hire you based on a completion date, so you are free to work the hours you choose within the day. This is great if you have kids that you are running to school in the morning and picking up in the afternoon, as you are free to work whilst they are at school and in the evening if you choose.
This last one was probably the best thing for me, my team emotionally. We never want our children to think work is something that parents do that takes time and attention away from them. Work is healthy and good for them, and I think it’s appropriate to find ways to engage them is good for their overall development and could shape their attitude towards work in the future.
Did you leave your 9-5 to work 9-5? Workaround the schedule you have set for your newborn (or the one they have set for you). If you have the benefit of making your own work schedule, realize that you do have the power to adjust it as needed. That's a perk of working from home. Why fluster yourself by trying to force a proverbial ‘9-5' when you don't have to? You really can make the best gains during your newborn's downtime when you just roll with it and stay flexible. – LP Share of PendCo
There is no one right answer for everyone on how to use your time or your money because everyone’s priorities are different. However, before embracing the extreme frugality lifestyle, I found that far too often, I was doing the things I thought I was supposed to do. That I thought society expected me to do as opposed to what I wanted to do with my life. By eliminating everything that’s unimportant to me, I’ve been able to whittle down the list of tasks I have to complete on a daily basis.
Baking cookies and cupcakes at home is another emerging trend in Singapore. Food catering can be a lucrative business for stay-at-home moms who can run the operations from home. You can start part-time, working only weekends, then expand full-time as you get more clients. This is a serious business venture where the individual has to be adept in supply chain management and food quality assurance.
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.
It can also be a challenge when weeknights (after bedtime) are no longer spent on my own hobbies or as quality time with my husband because I have to finish that project I just couldn’t get done during the day. Sometimes I have to spend some time on weekends when my husband can care for our son, so it can feel like I never get away from work. Setting boundaries between work and home life is certainly a challenge. – Meaghan
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.
This might turn out to be a perfect business for stay at home mums, as it still affords them time to man the home things. Working class mothers can as well partake of the business, by hiring folks to help them run it. The market in this niche is wide because one may even consider exporting them to other nations where there is the high level of fairly used products in use.
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.
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.
When I went back to work part time after being home for mat leave (at 9mos, before Canada had 1 year policy), work was the easy time of my day. I only wished I could spend it sleeping. I did not really sleep through the night for 14 months after my son was born. It is hard to express how difficult that is to cope with. You just kind of get slower and slower and start feeling spaced out and stupid.
This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who enjoys working with adults and children, helping them navigate through the challenges of parenthood. The individual looking to start a nanny referral agency should also enjoy spending time on the computer conducting research. In addition, those who enjoy connecting and interacting with people will find this type of work enjoyable and rewarding.
I have spent hours upon hours trying to find legitimate work at home opportunities but every job site is filled with scammy sounding posts about working at home. So I decided I'm going to stick with my job and just switch to sales so I can keep working from home. It may be commission but I know the company and feel comfortable with it. We have a build it yourself Flash website program. They're $200 one time, no contracts. If you want to sell these user tracks the commission is 35%. ($70 per site you sell) Email me at email@example.com if you're interested. I know its tough out there!!
Thanks for this article. I am pregnant with our first and we’re definitely in the fear mongering stage. However, I’ve discovered that the “wait til you’re pregnant” scares were not really true for me either. Sure, my productivity has gone down a bit, but I don’t weigh 500 pounds and I can still do garden work and have a non-emotional conversation with my husband. So there’s that.
Your talents will involve business writing and a clear understanding of the non-profit and funding worlds. In your writing, you must be able to take direction well because each RFP to which you respond requires clear and direct answers and attention to such details as word or page counts, writing style and, on occasion, even font and type size regulations.
Additionally, we work because we enjoy what we do–not because we need the money. This is the extraordinary privilege of financial independence. As longtime readers know, my husband and I didn’t inherit money or come into lottery winnings; rather, we saved extraordinarily high percentages of our salaries for years and invested in a revenue-generating rental property and, more importantly, the stock market. If you’d like to initiate your own extreme frugality regimen, take my free Uber Frugal Month Challenge.
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.
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?
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.
A few weeks ago I blogged about my regret in not taking a true maternity leave and in that same blog mentioned it was because I was vying for a new job. Well, I got the job, which has been bittersweet for me. The job is wonderful. It's finding the time to do the job that I've having trouble with. Though it's getting done and done well, with a new baby in the house, I'm finding it very difficult to make time for work.
There are plenty of online platforms where you can sell your t-shirt designs, including Redbubble or Cafepress. If you don’t have capital, try Merch by Amazon. I’ve recently read great reviews about this side hustle. All you have to do is create your design and Amazon will do the rest of the work such as printing and shipping. You’ll earn a commission per item sold.
this is a great post. every baby is different so it’s important to realize that. You are lucky in that you can work, your husband is on board and supports the arrangement, and you only have to work as much as you want, not as much as you need–but you are also aware of your luck and don’t take it for granted. In our family, we have a great system too that we are lucky to have. My mom watches our son in exchange for a free place of living. She currently lives with us in our small home but we do plan to buy another small home nearby in the next year or two (we live in an area where a $120k home is easy to come by) so she can have more privacy and space but still be able to watch our son. This is a blessing in so many ways because he still gets exposure to germs (hello pets!) but he gets sick less and if he does fall ill, I don’t have to take off of work unless I want to (I prefer to save my sick days if “Mimi” gets sick, which luckily is not often). My mom also CHOSE this arrangement–we did not make her do it. Not a lot of grandparents would be up for such arrangement, but my mom being a single mom without a lot of retirement savings and a desire for a cute grandchild was happy to do this as we are helping her (we pay for her her room and board so she only pays for her car expenses, medicare expenses, and fun things–my brother covers her cell phone), while she helps us by saving us upwards of $1,200 or more a month in child care costs. Again, not every one can, or wants to do this arrangement, but I’m so happy to have it. Another big reason I wanted grandparent childcare–I never had a close relationship with any of my grandparents, so I was big on this for my son. I want to be sure that he has that close grandparent relationship that I did not have (my husband did have that close relationship himself–his grandmother lived in his home’s basement apartment–so he understands the importance).
I love this community and just discovered it! I’ve been searching and searching for something to help me transition from Work Out There, to Work At Home. I’ve actually worked at home as a designer for an advertising agency for the past 4 years when they suddenly dropped freelance contracts. I also have a 4 year old son, so I was not ready to go back to “Work Out There” after all that time with him as my little assistant. I am struggling with routine, and this forum seems to have a lot of answers! I do still work at home, thank goodness, as I started with a brand new network marketing company called RemeVerse (anti-aging, science-based skincare). I think network marketing is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated “careers” out there for WAHMs. There’s so much potential! Now just to get to a solid morning routine…. hi everybody!
If you can type well and have basic computer skills, you may enjoy being a work from home transcriptionist. Transcribe Me is an online company that offers moms a chance to make money transcribing audio files. These files are generally short in length and are required to be converted into text by typing out what is being said on them. For other work from home transcription opportunities, check out this post.
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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Corporations have been really slow on the uptake with flex schedules and remote work. Not to mention the U.S.’s abysmal maternity leave and nursing accommodation rules! It’s unfortunate that more offices aren’t taking advantage of the technology available to them, but for those who can work from home, it is one step closer to taking full control of your own priorities!
Employed techies planning to earn some extra side income can leverage their software and hardware skills by offering home-based computer repair services as a business idea that engages their passion. If this rings a bell, you can start with a modest one-man tech team before envisioning a scaled-up operation as massive as Geek Squad. Remember, you can provide home service locally as a starting point to this business idea, as well as offer remote support through online messaging and video calling services before making your way into a retail setting.
I love this post! I meant to comment on your Facebook post about this and in true new mom fashion, I forgot to come back and do it. So here’s my little story…it has provided WAY more than I initially thought and has continued to provide. I’m a SAHM to a toddler and newborn. I used to teach and my husband teaches as well. After cutting expenses in our own budget, the next best way for us to save more money was to make money. I decided to open an Etsy shop (Joyful Art Designs) and sell printable signs. I spent 6 months preparing to open and a lot of hours the first several months to make it successful. The hard work has paid off and I’ve now replaced my teaching income if I had our two kids in day care. Right now I put in about 1-3 hours a day if I can since we have a newborn. I love blogging, but it’s a hobby, whereas this is a business. Thanks for letting us share our businesses…this is great for those searching to make money.
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.
I won't lie--I wouldn't trade those first few years with my daughter for anything. But this sort of arrangement isn't something that you should rely on. Take as much maternity leave as you can, and, after the first bit, try to spend a few hours a day doing something mentally taxing while you have the baby. Go read Dostoyevsky, or bug check some code, or something in your field(ish). You'll figure out pretty quickly if baby + work is a thing you can do. Even if it is, I strongly suggest having a backup babysitter in the wings--someone, anyone, who can step in if Easy Baby is suddenly Teething And Miserable Baby, or Colic Baby, or any number of other things that can turn easy babies into screaming terrors and difficult-but-doable situations into major disasters.
Now that you're a parent things have changed. You're probably back at your old job, paying enormous sums for childcare, and coming home every night to your "second job" of taking care of the kids. Or, you've quit the workforce and are now a full-time parent with no second income and discovering it's difficult financially. Perhaps your kids are getting older and will be heading off to school next year and this is a golden opportunity to start your own business.