Not to be confused with hoarding, this business idea takes a lot of time, patience, and passion. If you have an eye for good art, it’s easy to get in on the ground level by visiting the studio department at your local university—though don't expect to get rich overnight with this side business idea. Many art students are more than happy to sell their work for a bargain, and in as little as a few years, there's a chance that piece you bought for a couple hundred bucks may be worth well into the thousands. Beware though, this business idea will take a whole lot of patience (and storage space for all that art).
Anyone can sell goods on Amazon, provided you have products to sell (or buy low, then resell). If you’re the type to hit all the local garage sales each weekend, there’s all sorts of valuable things that can be resold online as a side business idea. If you want to step your Amazon selling game up, check out this detailed guide to Amazon and eBay retail arbitrage on Entrepreneur featuring an interview with Julie Becker and several drop-shippers who've grown this home based business idea from side business idea into a lucrative money-maker.
The benefits of a work-at-home job are appealing. In a telecommuting job, even if you work part-time or on an as-needed basis, during that time you are free to define your hours, you don’t have to commute, you can work  in your pajamas (if that’s how you roll)...and you can even a write off a small portion of your home office at tax time. But what are some of the most lucrative and satisfying work-from-home job opportunities?
I know I sound like an old curmudgeon, but I’m still surprised when parents opt to skip childcare/daycamp costs for well known in advance school breaks and work from home while the kids are just stuck in front of TVs while their parents work in the basement. From an experience where I saved PTO for those times or put kids in childcare/camp, it seems very strange to me. It’s just weird.
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.

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.
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.
As the sole breadwinner for my family, I love Bethany’s comment on taking some of the pressure off her husband! My husband and I made the decision for him to stay home together, and I adore the special bond he has with our son and the parental attention our son gets on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean being a single wage earner isn’t its own kind of pressure. If living on a single income makes money tight for your family, working at home even part-time may help ease the burden.
When considering the type of job you want, be sure to factor in your financial requirements, how many hours you want to work (be it full-time work or part-time), your child care accommodations, and whether you need health insurance or other benefits. For moms and dads, there are definite perks to working from home, in that you have better flexibility to care for your family. But this flexibility can also come at a cost — make sure you understand the pluses as well as the minuses. A few of the standouts are as follows:
I am a 36 year old single mom of a 5 year old son I have custody of and 2 daughters who are 13 and 11 that I get most weekends. I live with and care for my disabled mother in a wheelchair, and have since 2011, since I care for her and my son it’s very hard to get a job outside the home. My income is very limited and I have got scammed a lot of times on the WAH jobs that charge you a fee and don’t really work. If anyone can give me info on REAL and legitimate home jobs that do not charge a fee please email me info and help me out. cindy0579@yahoo.com
Unlike an authority website which tries to be the undisputed expert on a broad subject such as TV shows, a niche website shrinks down the focus of the site to explore one favorite TV show or even a single character within a TV show in depth. Since a niche website's topic is very specific, it will naturally have a smaller, yet more concentrated audience base which is a perfect situation for monetization.
I was a virtual assistant for awhile. I was in Real Estate but decided it wasn’t for me because I was out and never home. I decided to start a Real Estate Virtual Assistant business and let all my Real Estate friends know about it. I was hired by a property manager and did all the work at home and got some work from other agents but then they started getting greedy and tried to lower my prices or get free work from me. I was making $15 an hour from the property manager (I was only inputting receipts and I’d update the MLS listings or put in new listings for her and answer calls for her) but then she decided she wanted to pay me $30 per month to do what I was doing plus show the rentals to prospective tenants (showings could last up to an hour per person..sometimes she got non stop calls about some houses)and deposit all the rental money (that takes hours because there were several different banks she’d have to go to)….I said No way and decided that business wasn’t for me. It’s not really hard to get into but be tough and stick to your prices and don’t get your business from friends (like I did) because then they expect you to give them a break.
“I started my business only a few months before finding out I was pregnant with my first child. Knowing I was going to have a baby was both exhilarating and scary at the same time but I knew it was only going to fuel my aspirations and not stifle them. There’s nothing like having to provide for your own child to inspire you to do the best you’ve ever done before.”
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.
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 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:).

The art of eBay, or buying and selling online, is a mysterious one. But it can be conquered if you do your research on business ideas for stay-at-home moms.. It’s all about picking up bulk items for a low price and then selling them on for a higher price. You might be selling hundreds of individual items a day if you really get into it. This is the only way to make a substantial profit, unless you have prior knowledge of a cheap wholesalers who can get you some seriously great deals. For some additional insight and tips, have a read of Ken Rockwell’s guide.
Not only is Airbnb a great way to make money by renting out your spare bedroom or living room couch as a legitimate home-based business idea, but you also have the benefit of meeting new people and making new friends if that's your kind of thing. You can even rent out an entirely new apartment just to manage as an Airbnb side business idea, but don't make the mistake of thinking this will be a passive source of income—you're on call whenever you have a guest and you'll always need to keep the place clean for incoming visitors. On top of just renting on Airbnb, you can take this business idea to the next level by offering your guests add-on and personalized experiences for an extra charge. Take Lauren Gheysens' Airbnb-based side business idea, Royal Day Out in London, England for example—where she gives visiting tourists a local's only tour of the city, complete with bespoke 18th century costumes.
You'd have to be living under a rock not to know about the success many moms have had in making money blogging. That's the good news. The bad news is that the market for any blog, mom-related or not, is crowded. Successful blogging requires picking a niche and focusing on reaching the target market for that topic. There are many ways to make money from blogging, including affiliate marketing, advertising (i.e., Adsense), creating and selling information products and more.

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.
When considering the type of job you want, be sure to factor in your financial requirements, how many hours you want to work (be it full-time work or part-time), your child care accommodations, and whether you need health insurance or other benefits. For moms and dads, there are definite perks to working from home, in that you have better flexibility to care for your family. But this flexibility can also come at a cost — make sure you understand the pluses as well as the minuses. A few of the standouts are as follows:

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.
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.
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.
If that isn’t enough, you can expand your services to include pet grooming as an extra side business idea. To do that, you'll need to have relevant training, an operating license depending on your location, and pet grooming equipment. According to PayScale, pet groomers have an average salary range of $17,600 to $48,500. Not bad as a side business  idea if you can find a way to get in most of your clients on the weekends.
A portrait photography business provides high-quality, professional photos of individuals and families. Many businesses offer specialized services for things such as school photos, holiday cards, and family portraits. Because of the ability to offer these useful services year-round, portrait photography businesses play a vital role in the communities that they are located in.
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
A good article, fantastic suggestions, and I’m so glad to see the absolute lack of judgment. I stayed at home for three years with our two kids, but when the youngest was seven months old, finances forced me back to work. I’ve faced the “what kind of mom puts her kids in daycare” judging and the “what kind of woman gives up her life to be stuck at home with kids” judging, and neither is fair nor helpful.
If you’re a fitness buff and have the right combination of charisma and business sense, working as a part-time personal trainer as a side business idea can be both physically and financially rewarding. Once you build up a reputation and client base for yourself, it could easily turn into a full-time endeavor for you. Check out these tips to a successful personal training business by the American Fitness Professionals and this interview with several fitness blog owners who are making a living online, from MonetizePros. Finally, I'd recommend checking out this resource if you want to take this business idea seriously and get started with a business plan for your personal fitness trainer business today.
As a woman, if you have the penchant for kids, then you may look at turning this liking into a trade. That trade is none other than starting a daycare center. This is one business that is especially for women and may be exclusive to stay at home mums. Why is this so? This is principally so because of the close monitoring which will be needed to be on the kids, as well as the team that is employed to work together. 

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.


A proofreader reviews the written word in its various forms for clients and corrects for spelling, punctuation, and typos. To start a proofreading business, you must have a strong command of language usage, spelling, and punctuation. Depending on your clientele, you might be reviewing and correcting the language used in books, magazine articles, web content, ads, packaging, student assignments, or virtually any other vehicle of written communication.
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These businesses are necessary because most businesses have a need for data entry, information tracking, organization, and analysis. Popular websites offer jobs that can be bid on by data entry businesses, which then enter data for any company that needs it. Most large companies contract with independent data entry companies for either part-time or full-time data entry needs.


First off i wanted to say thank you …even more thank you to the single mom who brought great oppurtunity in my pathway. A little about my self i am 28 years old single parent. I was with my ex for ten years married for 5 of those years and have a beautiful son who is turning 5 very soon. I work and work and when things get super tight i get online and look for even more ways i can make money…and we all know why as mothers and as single dads we do this …for OUR LILONES…we will try anything because trying is better then the ultimate failure of not doing anything and our children suffering. I am so passionate and so pleased at my self and the people i work with because i can finally go on a site like this and not need to have to fight to read every link to find a way to get me out a situation ….Im not a saleperson..im a MOM who has finnaly made it work and i wanted to thank sites like this and others for helping so much ..god bless….. if anyone does want to know what i am talking you are most welcomed to email me …..its my personal email and i have no problem sharing it ….AnaisCReativeme@gmail.com…..i hope your struggles become no more and i know that if you had the oppurtunity to find something that could be so benifical to you and your lilones..you would at least invest in your self …have a great and wonderful day
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.
You don’t just want any ol’ customer-service job. No, you want to be a smashing success. In this fast-paced position, you’ll be the point of contact to answer merchant questions. You should be able to determine the best plan and proactively identify growth opportunities that will help the merchant’s business skyrocket. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial flair, two-plus years of customer-service experience, and an inquiring mind to find solutions for specific issues.
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.
If you have prior administrative experience or you simply enjoy basic office tasks like typing, correspondence, and scheduling, a virtual assistant (VA) job may be the perfect fit for you. Not only are VAs are in demand, but their hours are (often) flexible, and most tasks you can complete on a flexible timeline. You can learn more about virtual assistant roles here.
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.
Babywoods mercifully still takes two naps a day (down from three, but I’m thrilled with two!) and that’s when I do 95% of my writing. Since she naps at roughly the same times everyday (mid-morning and mid-afternoon), I carefully plan and prepare for those naptimes. As soon as Mr. FW or I settle her into her crib, I’m on my computer, typing away (for example right this very minute… ).
If you are looking to start a business, and do not have an inkling about what might be the best bet for you to follow, then you may want to read on with rapt attention, a whole lot of business ideas that you can start- whether you are a stay at home mum, working class mother who is looking for a part time job to start on, and what have you. Now, let us look at 50 profit assured business ideas that women can engage in. Here they are:
Customer Service, Travel Rewards – Intelenet Global Services is hiring Customer Service Agents to answer incoming calls from card members who want to redeem their reward points to book trips. Calls include providing travel options (air, hotel and car), booking travel, assisting with navigation of the travel website, cancelling trips, etc. Afternoon shift, comprehensive benefits for full-time employees.
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.

Thank you so much for writing this – your stance that you can (and DO) remain yourselves after baby comes along is so refreshing! We are eagerly awaiting our first (due Nov.) and plan on incorporating her into our active outdoor life as much as possible! Both my husband and I work from home full-time. He has an ultra flexible schedule with only 2 scheduled conference calls each week. He works quickly and often does not have to put in 40 hours. My worry is working around my schedule (and honestly, I think I’m only worried because this is something I have never done before). I only have 1 scheduled conference each week, but sometimes other meetings pop up. Even though I am supposed to work 40 hours per week on a somewhat “normal” schedule, I often only have to be available to respond to emails (not actively working on the computer). I have some flexibility, but not sure if I will have as much as my husband. Anyhow – I really hope we can make it work! I want to maintain ourselves and our love of being outside, be able to work from home and take good care of our daughter! Thank you for sharing some positive news!
It's one chunk of the day when you can generally expect to be able to plug away without interruption (at least not from your child). Whether your kid sleeps for one hour or three, use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration, says Erin O'Donnell, a mom of two and freelance writer and editor in Milwaukee, who often schedules work-related phone calls during her 20-month-old Jonas's naps. If for some reason he isn't tired, they have quiet time instead: O'Donnell puts him in his crib with books and closes the door. "I can usually get in 20 minutes of work before he grows restless," she says. If Jonas wakes up while she's on a work call and begins crying, O'Donnell has trained herself to resist hanging up and rushing right in to check on him. "It hurts a little bit to listen to him," she says. "But it won't kill me -- or him." Plus, she believes it's important for him to learn how to soothe himself.
Counted amongst the most valuable tech giants, Amazon is also a massive global market where virtually anyone can cash in on the rising tide of eCommerce if you have the right business idea. But, like everything else that involves money, you have to do quite a bit of work to earn it. In this case, you need to do tons of research (looking for generic products such as clocks, key chains and mugs to attach your brand to) as well as developing a sensible inside sales strategy that'll help you generate profits from your private label side business idea. For an incredible deep dive on how  to launch this kind of business idea, check out how digital marketer Neil Patel recently did this as a public experiment right here on his blog.

Anyone who is passionate about pets and nutrition may be interested in opening a pet bakery business. Pet bakeries usually start out selling through other retailers or online, rather than their own brick-and-mortar store. Because business owners don’t need to keep specific retail hours for customers, it’s possible to start this business up while maintaining another job.


Being organized for the day goes far beyond making a to-do list. In addition to the emails, reports and other work-related tasks, think about the tasks and activities that will give you the most personal joy. Make sure you put time on the calendar for family-only activities to give your baby undivided attention. "Ensure there are at least two large daily blocks of time where you are totally devoted to your baby," advises Nicky Leonti, a family day care educator and mother of two boys. She recommends baby massage, playing age-appropriate games or going for a walk together. "The importance of this is that it helps them feel important, you get that connection and it tires them out so they have better sleep," she says.
When you are a stay-at-home mom, your days aren’t exactly free. Between caring for the house and the kids, there is plenty of work to do. However, as the children grow older and become more involved in school, some stay-at-home parents find they have some spare time on their hands all of a sudden. Starting a home e-business is a great way to make use of that time while contributing to your household income. 

This business is excellent for someone who genuinely cares about what it means to interact with another person both online and in-person. Those who are most successful took a long, hard look at how they handled their own relationships before moving forward with their an actual business. Once they felt they had a good handle on their approach, they could go out and help others develop their own style.
If you’re a parent, you already know you’ve got one of the best jobs around, with highly demanding (but adorable) bosses. But if you’re also in the market for a paying gig that balances with your mom life, there are lots of great options out there for you that don’t involve a cubicle and a 9-to-5 weekday grind. Flexible and part-time jobs are great because they give you more power over your own schedule, and can really help balance your home needs with your professional ones.
Every website owner (including myself) hires copywriters to write content for things like about pages, FAQ's, or blog posts. Hourly wages for novice copywriters are not very high, but with some experience and a growing portfolio, you can become a freelance writer today and soon be charging more than you make at your full-time job if you find the right clients and brand yourself as an expert with this side business idea. Check out one of my most talented friends, Jory Mackay, for an example of someone who's doing a great job of positioning himself as a premium service-provider with his freelance writing side business idea. Then when you're ready to start cold emailing potential clients, pick up my free downloadable freelance proposal template and get started today.
I am a new mom to the most amazing little boy who is almost 4 months old. I went back to work when he was 8 1/2 weeks old and regret it more and more each day! I hold so much guilt that my husband and I didn’t skrimp and save every penny while I was pregnant so that I could stay home with him, even if just for a few more months. But since being back at work, I have gone over our budget/bills a thousand times and just can’t find a way to make it work for me to stay home. I started a blog last year before I was pregnant but that hasn’t taken off like I hoped because it was hard to find time to blog working full-time and now even harder working full-time and taking care of my little one. I love the ideas above but feel like I don’t know where to start to make these successful such as my bog or how to become a VA or consultant. I just want to be able to earn $500-600 a month from home and we could totally make it work! Please help with suggestions!
Franchises might not be as fashionable as they used to be, but there are still plenty of options and business ideas for stay-at-home moms out there. Community papers or magazines, product sales, and other lifestyle franchises could all work for you. Make sure to fully research the franchise before making a purchase, and be sure that you can put the necessary time and work in to turn a profit.
Staying at home with your children is a luxury that many mothers simply can’t afford. But when you don’t want to go back to the office, there is a compromise. Setting up your own business even when you are a stay at home mum is a definite possibility, and you could end up making more than your previous salary if you do it right. Here are six business ideas for stay-at-home moms that might work for you.

Stay at home, homeschooling mom of 4. My husband does a great job of supporting our family but I’ve become an independent distributor for 2 or 3 companies that we just love their products! My favorite for a home business would probably be Lilla Rose since the products are something almost any woman/girl can use and the company support is so great. – Tyra Whitlow at Lilla Rose
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. 

I AM A QUALIFIED PRIMARY TEACHER AND NEEDED SOMETHING TO TAKE MY HOURS OF WORK DOWN AS I FIND TERM TIME HOURS AND DEMANDS QUITE CHALLENGING. I LOOKED AT SEVERAL DIRECT SELLING OPPORTUNITIES AND FOUND ONE THAT IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I EARN AS MUCH AS I CHOOSE TO PUT IN THE WORK FOR, AND THERE IS A FANTASTIC SUPPORT NETWORK. IT WAS SOMETHING I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER DO AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.
After I realized who she was, I asked her a couple of things about her current job and company. She is the “new” boss at a company where I used to freelance for years. When she got the position, I stopped getting any work. When she first started, I wrote her a nice note and followed up once, but she never gave me a chance to do any work with her. Still, I feel bad that I did not recognize her. Should I follow up and say that I’m sorry I didn’t know her at first? Or do I just let it be? -- Don't Know You, Brooklyn, New York
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.

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I am a work at home mom of five children, including 1-year-old twins. My best advice to work from home successfully with a newborn is to hire a sitter. Though a newborn will sleep throughout most of the day, by six weeks they will start to be awake more and more. Having a sitter allows you to focus on work during working hours so you can accomplish your working goals, giving you more time to focus on your newborn later. – Chelsea Gladden of FlexJobs
If you love to write and illustrate and can’t keep good stories out of your head, you may want to give writing a children’s book a try. Luckily, with the iPad and Kindle, it’s easier than ever to get your story out to the masses. You can test your story ideas out with ebook apps on these devices. If one gets extremely popular, you can publish it afterwards.
I’m really glad this has worked out so well for you- lots of good ideas here. I did want to echo what some of the other parents have said: this depends so so so much on your child. If you have an extremely high needs baby who doesn’t sleep well at night and doesn’t nap well (and some babies just do not sleep well no matter how hard their parents try to teach good sleep habits), the sleep deprivation and exhaustion is going to colour everything. And high needs babies often grow into toddlers and preschoolers who still need more parental attention and support than you would expect and drop their naps early and don’t cope well in pre-school, etc. And when the kid is sleeping you are so shell shocked and exhausted it is all you can do to get through the day.
You see, I didn’t take most of the photos I use on this blog. I don’t have the skills, tools and time to make professional photos, so I buy the rights to use stock photos. Photography can be a lucrative home-based business as well. Membership to such service usually starts from $20 per month to over $50. PER PERSON. So if you have passion in photography, then maybe you can monetize your skills.
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.
Secret Shopper. Big companies need real consumers to walk into a store and see how their product is displayed on the shelf. A couple of apps — Rewardable and Gigwalk — enable moms to complete those tasks for a few dollars. Yes, really, set your expectations that it’s just a few dollars, but hey, maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Or maybe you were going to Home Depot anyway, so snapping a picture of the Rustoleum display for $4 is no skin off your back. Expect to get paid via PayPal.
If you have the gift of gab, public speaking is a worthwhile side business idea for you to pursue. Many authors, medical practitioners, scientists, artisans, politicians, and other subject matter experts earn extra income by delivering speeches, seminars, and presentations. Professional motivational speakers earn an average annual salary of around $90,000 with just that portion of their income, making this a very realistic side business idea while you continue practicing your craft.
It’s a good idea to check your local Craigslist market for home-based jobs. Sometimes, you’ll find a job that requires you to come into the office for orientation before you can work from home. For example, food delivery service company, DoorDash, hires contractors to key menus from home, but first they have to come into the Atlanta office for training.
A social media marketer provides ideas and content for their clients. Some owners may specialize in a particular type of platform (e.g., Facebook only), but most work with all platforms to create a cohesive strategy for a business. Owners may work with one particular type of business (e.g., social media for real estate only) or with a variety of businesses or causes.
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.
From personal experience as a freelance content marketer, I can vouch for the profitability in this industry. I grew my side hustle into a $160,000/yr business before quitting my day job to pursue this business idea full-time; all you need is the right skills and experience to back it up. With startups, established brands, and even notable influencers needing to build credibility and grow their brands, professionals who can serve up compelling content enjoy a huge demand for their services. And, since brands will always need high quality content to bring in new customers, your skills will always remain an asset to invest in—especially since the nature of creating a content marketing strategy is an ever-evolving one. Start by tapping into your existing network with this business idea and begin tracking down local small business owners who could benefit from your marketing tactics, do a bang up job, ask for referrals and grow from there to the point where you're doing blogger outreach and spreading out to a wider market.
If you are technologically minded and/or have an eye for design, you can tap into this growing industry. Many web designers and developers are self-taught through places like Team Treehouse. I used Team Treehouse for about a year and I loved it. It’s where I learned everything I know about CSS, HTML, etc. Here’s a link to get a free trial to Team Treehouse.

But as the years passed, the shiny perks lost a bit of their luster, and I could no longer quell the pang of parenthood. I knew I was meant to be a mother, and if I didn’t make a move, I'd spend my life mourning the mistake of not having kids. Still, I thought I'd pop out a baby and go back to the workforce full time. After all, I'd fought so hard to get where I was and loved my profession (and my paycheck) that I couldn't imagine not continuing after kids.
Carpets make your home warm and cozy. But they also tend to gather dust, grime, stains, allergens and bugs over time. You can tap into this opportunity by launching a carpet cleaning side business idea or serving as an independent contract cleaner in your free time. Either way, you’ll need to invest in proper equipment such as vacuum cleaners, carpet brushes, and cleaning chemicals in order to launch this business idea. Look into the possibility of renting equipment for a full weekend and lining up 5-10 clients to service, to offset your rental costs. If you turn a healthy profit, you'll eventually be able to invest in owning your own equipment and increase your margins, thus going from side hustle to serious business.
These businesses are necessary because most businesses have a need for data entry, information tracking, organization, and analysis. Popular websites offer jobs that can be bid on by data entry businesses, which then enter data for any company that needs it. Most large companies contract with independent data entry companies for either part-time or full-time data entry needs.
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.
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.
Fusion Cash is an online platform that allows you to make money from taking surveys, watching videos, shopping, completing short tasks, and much more. Sign up and immediately earn $5.00 just for joining. Most offers pay between .25 to $30 per offer, and payments are made via PayPal, check, or direct deposit once your account reaches a $25 threshold. Some offers do require a credit card number, so if you don’t feel comfortable giving out that information, just stick to the offers which display the No CC icon. Fusion Cash is a member of the Better Business Bureau.
Swagbucks is an online platform where you can earn points called SB, which can be redeemed for gift cards and coupons. You can easily earn SB points by watching videos, playing games, answering questions, shopping online, and even surfing the web using their toolbar. Refer your friends, and you’ll earn even more SB points. Your SB points can be traded in for gift cards from Amazon, Target, Starbucks, PayPal, and Walmart.
As the sole breadwinner for my family, I love Bethany’s comment on taking some of the pressure off her husband! My husband and I made the decision for him to stay home together, and I adore the special bond he has with our son and the parental attention our son gets on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean being a single wage earner isn’t its own kind of pressure. If living on a single income makes money tight for your family, working at home even part-time may help ease the burden.

India Hicks – Featured in Forbes, InStyle, Yahoo, and Business Insider, India Hicks is a social selling company that sells high-end handbags, clothing, accessories, beauty and fine fragrances designed by India and her team. Become an India Hicks Ambassador for as little as $99. Ambassadors earn up to 30 percent commission on sales. Ambassadors also earn 10 percent product credit every month they are active.
Gone are the days of plunking down at the computer for hours of concentration. With a newborn, you must learn to work in pockets of time, being able to stop quickly and re-engage even faster. The solution may be as simple as jotting a reminder to yourself before getting up from the computer or as detailed as rearranging your work schedule to align with baby's rhythm–catching up on emails while baby plays, conference calls during naps, intense work later at night when baby is down for the night. – Shelley Hunter of Gift Card Girlfriend
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.

This health insurer shifted to a more flexible strategy about five years ago, upgrading its infrastructure so employees could access data securely and remotely. Now, 25 percent of staffers work from home part-time, and 15 percent do so full-time. Many of its nurses, for instance, respond to member calls from home, and can start doing so once they’ve gone through the company’s training program. “They feel it gives them the ability to be really focused on the member because they don’t have the distraction of the office around them,” says a spokesperson from Horizon’s human resources department. The bulk of its claims are also processed by employees off-site—to the tune of 20 percent more volume since the transition.


That time period was, I think, tough on my marriage. I was counting the hours til my husband got home so I would have a break from care taking; if he was ten minutes late on a tough day I'd feel like I couldn't cope another minute. I was also getting my sleep interrupted at night for breast feeding, and that sleep deprivation added up over a period of months, especially when you don't get to "nap when the baby naps" during the day because you are working. And I was pretty isolated compared to the person I had been before the baby; I just needed more human contact than my baby, my husband, and the odd baby yoga class here and there, but there wasn't time or opportunity. With the benefit of hindsight, I honestly wonder how I ever did this. I did not realize at the time, because my judgment was impaired from sleep deprivation I think, how totally and completely nutty it was to keep this up for eight months. How the fuck did I do that? 

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.
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!
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.

Once you gear up to get your business off the ground, you may also want to consider getting a business credit card. Not only can a business credit card help you manage cash flow as you get started, but the right card can help you earn cash-back you can use to run your business as well. The Ink Plus® Business Credit Card is a smart choice for anyone who wants to earn flexible points on their business spending. At the moment, the signup bonus alone on this card is worth $600 in cash back! Meanwhile, the Ink Cash® Business Credit Card awards you with $200 in cash back after you put $3,000 of your new business expenses on the card within the first 90 days. Plus, this card comes with no annual fee.

Etsy.com is a peer-to-peer e-commerce website popular across the globe for the selling of handmade or vintage items, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. These items cover a wide range of consumer goods including clothing, jewellery, food, fine art, photography, cosmetics, toys and many more. Although the site has all kinds of sellers, the majority of them are women who sell home-made food, handicrafts and clothing. There is also a local team of Etsy sellers called Etsy Craftivist SG, especially for those who want to sell at the local market and learn about the e-commerce platform.
Before founding Chewbeads, Greenwald was an avid jewelry collector who worked in J. Crew’s merchandising department. Whenever she held babies, she noticed how drawn they were to her jewelry. So she decided to create a line that’s specifically made for babies to play with and chew on. The company now creates teething rings, rattles and even bath toys.
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.
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