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
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.
You might be thinking, “Why do I still need childcare? I work at home!” Yes, it’s true you now have the “luxury” of working at home in your pajamas while sharing cheddar bunnies with your toddler—but don’t forget you are still a work at home mom. Working from home moms are MUCH different than stay at home moms. You still have deadlines to meet, virtual client meetings to schedule, and even the occasional in-person meeting. (Yup, you have to actually get dressed for those—GASP!). I know childcare can be super expensive but I beg you not to skimp on this one. It will save your sanity six months from now when you are stretched out to the max, on deadline and can’t take the guilt of playing another episode of Curious George. The truth is you need time and mental space to really work. You’ll be able to give your best to your clients if you hire some extra help. Your kids will be taken care and you can work guilt-free. If you’re just starting out, even a few hours of childcare 1–2 days a week will help. Right now we are “nanny-sharing” in four to six-hour chunks a few times a week. I also work on the weekends while my husband is with the kids. Other moms I know hire college students, do a childcare co-op or even trade childcare time with other moms.
Great article! I’m doing direct selling at the moment and absolutely loving it! Never thought it would be something I would get into but when you have a strong desire to stay at home with your child everyday but still need to earn money you will give anything a go right 🙂 and I’m so glad I did. The work involved itself could not be easier, I run my business all from my phone. And I also love the personal development you gain from an industry like this, you learn so much about yourself more than you could from any job working for someone else in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong it is hard work, you have to put a lot in to be successful, but when you are putting all that time and effort into yourself and creating success for YOU rather than an employer / boss the results are so rewarding!! If anyone is looking into getting on board something similar I am happy to pass on some info 🙂 Bec.
This is quite new in the world of weddings but is a fantastic idea for anyone who wants to capture their special night. Many brides are now hiring painters to attend the event and paint a scene from the wedding in the painter’s unique style. If you are artistic and enjoy painting, you can expect to make around $4K from each painting. While you do have to attend the wedding to do a live painting, weddings are usually on weekends making this desirable to stay at home moms. You of course pick and choose which dates and weddings you book. Expect to be busier during the spring and summer as that is when weddings happen.
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.
The lens through which people see these statistics may well depend on their own background. It might seem a low number, if you work in fields like management, business, and financial operations where 38 percent people do some work from home. Same is true of people age 25 or older who have bachelor’s degrees of whom 39 percent do some or all of their work from home. People holding multiple jobs (aka moonlighters) are also more likely to work at home than are  single job holders—36 percent compared with 23 percent.
Your story sounds like mine. I did the same thing. I left my Marketing job at a bank in Maine because it physically hurt to think of my son (now 16) in daycare. I also encountered waiting lists. I was only making $10 an hour and all of my paycheck would have gone to a stranger raising my child. I left. One day I took my son to a local trolley museum. I told a lady who I met there that I dreamed of being a writer but didn’t know where to start. She gave me the name of her editor at the local paper. I pitched article ideas to him and I became one of their part time writers. I wrote during my son’s naps or at night. We moved to Florida, had two more kids, and I wrote for a paper down here for many more years. I eventually got tired of writing advertorials. After battling a serious illness and surviving, I miss writing and art. I found your blog and you inspired me to think about writing again. Thank you!
“So many women want to find balance,” says Susie Romans, online business coach and author of “Leaving 9-5.” Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of iRelaunch, recommends people looking to re-enter the workforce consider strengths and previous job experience while reconnecting with others who knew you when you worked. “Figure out exactly what you want to do,” Cohen adds.
Great post! I’m a work at home mom (5-15 hours/week) to a 21 month old and a second on the way! I’m consulting in my field (I’m a lawyer by trade, spent my career in advocacy/nonprofits) and I’ve found the connection to collegues and work to be invaluable for me. For what it’s worth, I’ve found that our childcare needs have morphed as our baby has grown, so we’ve got some paid childcare a few hours a week to allow me to work. I’m also exploring some shared childcare options (taking turns/cooping) to reduce costs. Good luck to you!
What Ive seen over the years is that my friends who quit working entirely did not go back to work unless they couldnt survive without the income. This was due to a combination of reasons: it wasn’t easy to get back in and they had to start at the bottom; they and their families had grown used to have a parent always available and it was now hard to imagine not having that. This meant that the new job had to be high-paying and flexible in order to be worth it and this is rarely offered to someone who’s been out of the job market for a while unless she has a rare, in-demand skilll.
I know this is fairly controversial in the parenting world but if you plan to work from home I can’t stress the value of a schedule enough. Blake was never on a strict time-based schedule, but she has had a very regular routine since she was about 3-months-old. We followed Babywise and she fell right in line with the natural routine (eat, play, sleep – and no I never ignore her hunger or sleep cues). Knowing when she was going to sleep and when she needed to eat was imperative to being able to return to work and maintain my sanity.
Now it’s time to get to work! If you’re starting your own business you’ll need to put together your web site and/or business cards, start marketing yourself, and find clients. If you’re looking to get hired by someone else, it’s time to start pounding the (virtual) pavement. You can work one of two ways: Search for companies who are currently hiring, or search for companies that you’d like to work for and then send resumes and work samples or portfolios to them.
If you're a good typist, you may be able to pick up a little cash from home using that skill. If you're a really great typist, well, then you may be able to earn some good money in transcription. In addition to general transcription, there are opportunities for transcribing in both the medical and legal fields. In some specialized fields, certification may be required.
In a perfect world my baby wouldn’t watch any TV, I’d cook him lunch from scratch (thus saving money AND making sure it’s super healthy), and I’d sit down on the couch with my husband for a few hours every evening. I wouldn’t often have to re-schedule a meeting or work Sunday afternoon. And I would never, ever, drag myself out of bed at 2 am to edit an email because it had to go out the next day.  I would go out for a girls night now and then… or maybe join a mommy n’me sort of group?
Your partner can also be a great source of support. When Samuelson's husband, a teacher, arrives home at 3:30 p.m., she relies on him to take over kid duty. He can ferry their two children to the park and get dinner ready, and Samuelson will emerge a few hours later feeling finished with her day's to-do list. If your partner gets home after dinner, ask him to oversee bedtime -- you'll fit in at least an hour of work before the kids yell "Mom!" And once they do, you're there for the call, with no rush hour to race through.
You can start by assessing your skills, interests, and previous training to decide what you want to do. Are you a writer, photographer, or designer? Do you have specialized healthcare or engineering skills? Is your expertise in marketing or merchandising? And most importantly, what do you love to do? Can you combine your interests with your skills? For example, if you have a background in web design but you love knitting, maybe you could start a home-based business selling customized knitted items online.
What an awesome list! This is the first list I have come across that was helpful to me in more ways than just one. In a blog world of basically the same advice (start blog-get ads-get traffic, etc) I like that there are differing takes on what works, because each of us is different. I am just embarking on my WAHM journey, without much direction to be honest, and while exploring I found this article. It gave me some direction I was craving! Thank you! I even linked it in my newest blog post about my woes in generativity vs stagnation. 🙂

3. Once you figure out the career areas you'd like to focus on, it's time to do some research. To find companies that are telecommuting-friendly, the FlexJobs Guide to the Best Companies for Flexible Jobs is a free database you can use to research thousands of companies that have been screened, verified as legitimate, and that have offered telecommuting and/or flexible jobs in the past. Another great way to pinpoint companies is to talk to your social and professional network. Ask friends and family what they've heard of, or create a LinkedIn profile and link back up with your professional network online. The more folks you talk to about your career goals, the more ideas you'll receive. And it's so important to involve your family in this process because their support isn't only important while you're job searching, but once you've got the job as well.
On the Monday I would’ve gone back to my office (had I not handed in my notice) I looked at Babywoods and started crying. Mr. FW–ever on alert for my bizarre hormonal swings–rushed to my side and tried to suss out what was wrong. Lucky for him, I was crying for what wasn’t happening–I couldn’t imagine leaving Babywoods and was so relieved and delighted that she and I would be staying home together that day and every other day. Those emotions were a strong indicator to me that I’d made the right choice.
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.
Furthermore, the cost of daycare often sets families up for needing two incomes. Working full-time puts immense pressure on one’s time and makes it tempting to get on the paying-for-services train: take-out, house cleaners, laundry services, dog-walkers, someone to mow your lawn, and every other conceivable time-saving expense. And paying for all of this, plus daycare, makes us ever-more dependent on our paychecks. While it’s worth it if both parents dearly want or need to work full-time, it’s nevertheless a rude awakening of what we pay for the privilege of working.
Zeitcaster is a location-based service that delivers local event data. They frequently hire part-time data entry clerks to input time and location data, as well as categorize each event. Data Entry clerks are assigned to different types of events based on employee interest, for example: Art, Children & Family, Nature & Outdoors, etc. Pay is around $15/hour, likely dependent on location.
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.
What are your best skills/abilities? What are your passions? If you've had a career outside the home, do you want to get back into that or try something new? You don't have to pick just one job or career to pursue, and having more than one career idea can actually help your job search because it opens you up to more possibilities. The other thing to consider is what you want out of it. A return to your professional career? A way to add money to your family's budget? A chance to meet people and have more adult time? Your main motivations may help clarify which career options are a good fit for you.
Great post Carly! I am in the same boat without as you with going back to work after having a baby. My husband and I decided it’s best that I stay home. I am blogging as well and hope to contribute to my family financially as well. ITs so nice to hear of someone’s success blogging so close to home (I’m from Saskatchewan) it gives me the fire to keep keep going!

5. Salary: Just because you won’t have daycare costs to cover doesn’t mean you’re in the clear when it comes to the financial side of being a WAHM. Yes, you’ll also save money by not having to drive to work, pay to park, or buy lunch on the go. But a stay-at-home job may not pay what you’re used to — especially if you’re doing something like writing a book or starting a blog. While some “mompreneurs” make full-time salaries by blogging, writing, or consulting, it can take years to truly see a profit.
Other things that you need to be wary of are micro-jobs (i.e., small jobs that don't take much time to complete). Although these can be legitimate, a lot of companies will require you to reach certain earning thresholds before they pay you. And it can take a very long time to reach those thresholds. You also need to be clear about your form of payment because you may not realize that you are getting paid in gift cards or bitcoins. Here are some other tips for avoiding stay-at-home mom job scams:
Now it’s time to get to work! If you’re starting your own business you’ll need to put together your web site and/or business cards, start marketing yourself, and find clients. If you’re looking to get hired by someone else, it’s time to start pounding the (virtual) pavement. You can work one of two ways: Search for companies who are currently hiring, or search for companies that you’d like to work for and then send resumes and work samples or portfolios to them.
Since you are reading this article, that means you have a skill that many people around the world are seeking – knowing the English language. Learning to read, write, and speak English has become an invaluable asset in industries based in the U.S. or that are global. Specialty websites and local resources can connect you with people looking for an English teacher to learn from and converse with.
Tutoring. My friend Jenny tapped into a high-income community and used her teaching background to earn $40/hour helping with homework. The real money came when she bundled three kids together for group homework sessions, charging each family $25/hr. That’s $75 for an hour of work that can be done while your baby naps. Or, while you pay a teenager $10 to watch the baby in another room. This is one of those work at home jobs for moms that can be both financially beneficial and persoanlly rewarding as you help children learn.
This is a great list! I’m hoping it will be very helpful to me… I haven’t been able to work all my life due to health problems. I have loved the idea of working and earning my own money, just never had the chance. So working from home could change my life! Do you have any advice on a really easy, simple way to get started and earning soon? I’m not looking to earn a lot or any thing, and it doesn’t need to be fun or interesting, I just want something easy to start with. I don’t particularly have many skills, but I can type and I have the free time. Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks 🙂
Akerson: A completely remote team comes with many benefits, the first of which is we can pull talent from anywhere in the country, and when jobs are posted, our pool of qualified applicants is always overflowing. Another benefit is that worktime is maximized – no commute means more productive working time. Employees LOVE the flexibility of scheduling their working hours around what works best for them and their family. We have a couple of weekly meetings, but otherwise employees are free to work whenever they want. This can mean late nights or early mornings for moms with very small children, but the benefit is truly work-life balance. The biggest benefit is that employees get to be part of a company whose mission they believe in, without worrying that they’re missing out on their children’s lives.
I’m mom to three 5-and-under kiddos and I wear a number of hats. I try hard to blog (my site mariposablvd.com needs a revival) and I’ve tried to keep up an Etsy shop. Right now I’m enjoying working as an educational consultant with Usborne Books doing book parties, school book fairs and fundraisers. It’s an awesome company and I’m learning a lot about business and goal-setting and it’s very fulfilling. It’s right for me at this point to have some structure because trying to create that for myself was a huge challenge that I just couldn’t focus on. I’m also a big green living advocate and I just signed up with Poofy Organics because I want to be able to offer the choice of products I am comfortable recommending.  I love hearing about how all of you wonderful mamas are making things work! It’s not easy! Sarah Cody at For the Love of Usborne Books
When our daughter was born, the cost of childcare was more than my DH’s income. So he became the SAHP while I continued working. We also have health insurance through my job, so it was basically a no-brainer. Four years later, we are looking at homeschooling her and will continue this path for as long as it makes sense. The cost of afterschool care and summer care and the like would also equal about his take home pay should he return to work in the next year or so.
Medical transcriptionist—A very short course, maybe even one that's offered online, could prepare you to transcribe medical documents for doctors and other medical professionals. You will take doctors' recordings of things like patient progress reports and physicians' notes and accurately and clearly transcribe them into written form for patients' files. This can be one of the best stay-at-home mom jobs because it does not require a lot of training or equipment and the work can easily be completed around your kids' schedules. The pay range is $10.42 to $24.72 or higher per hour, and it is estimated that there will be 14,600 job openings.
I work with an amazing company that has an awesome nutritional product! Not many know about it, making this a ground floor, rocking opportunity! This product supports health and wellness! There are studies backing it and personal testimonies that are amazing! Everything from sleeping better, more energy, allergies, skin, eyes, stronger, bones, arthritis, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, just to name a few, all improved just by supplementing with this product! As a customer you can earn free product just by sharing with others and as a business owner you can earn free product plus a shiny new BMW! Talk to me!
I never wanted to be a SAHM but when we had LB, I realized that I enjoyed being a WAHM quite a bit. Unfortunately, forgoing childcare is NOT an option when you’re constantly at odds with your own body, which I am. Chronic pain means I literally must have some help, physically, and since PiC’s job isn’t as flexible as mine, that means hiring it out.
Yes! I’m a stay-at-home mom and started working as a consultant for Usborne Books in January — loving it! I do parties with friends online literally while putting my son to bed, and I did an amazing reading incentive program in my daughter’s school which involved one brief meeting a friend watched my kids during and all the rest was done after they were in bed. Perfect for me right now! usbornebookstores.com
I am a JewerlyinCandles business owner. I sell 100% all-natural soy wax candles and tarts that are safe, has a beautiful patina look and burns cleanly in your home. Our products are some of the industry’s best, with bold scents and surprise jewelry in every candle and tart waiting to be discovered. At, the moment to join it’s $29.95 to have an ecommerce website just like mine but starting tomorrow on Sunday, April 19th to Wednesday, April 22nd you can join for as low as $1.00…and that’s how I actually started my business by simply paying a $1.00(doesn’t include a kit). There are no monthly website fees, no monthly quotas, etc..
Zeitcaster is a location-based service that delivers local event data. They frequently hire part-time data entry clerks to input time and location data, as well as categorize each event. Data Entry clerks are assigned to different types of events based on employee interest, for example: Art, Children & Family, Nature & Outdoors, etc. Pay is around $15/hour, likely dependent on location.
Hi all: I'm ready to move on from my current role as a marketing strategist at a global media company. I'd like to stay with a publisher, rather than going to an agency or flipping over to the client side. I'm flexible on large vs. small, scrappy and entrepreneurial vs. longstanding titans, "fun" brand (like Well + Good, Refinery29, Buzzfeed) vs. more cerebral (Vox, The Atlantic). What I'm most focused on is a place that will respect me as an individual who is balancing a family, and also, offers solid maternity benefits (since we'll eventually try for #2). Mamas who are at other publishers and/or are in media: would you recommend your employer, based on how it stacks up against other media companies, how they treat their female/working mom employees, and the benefits that they offer? Thoughts welcome and appreciated!
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About Blog This blog is also about our journey to be a work at home parent and a place to share ideas about working from home. Whether you want to work from home part of the time or just explore new ways to earn some extra family income with what you already do we hope our site will help inspire you with how to get there. Resourcefulness, thriftiness and simple living skills are all part of the art of raising a family in the woods and close to nature. We hope to also share stories and tips about this too.
Tutor—You might want to consider helping other elementary, high school, and college students with their studies if there is a particular field of study in which you excel. Tutors are needed for a number of subjects ranging from English and history to math and science. However, you will likely need someone to help take care of your kids when you have tutoring sessions since they typically take place after school or on weekends. Depending on the subject matter and type of student, you could earn anywhere from $9.00 to more than $40.00 per hour.6
So I gave up the idea of trying to be a full time SAHM or working outside of the home because being around my kids is priceless for me. I also decided to invest in a part-time nanny for my sanity and see it as a business decision to grow my passion into a business. Even if all my paycheck goes into paying my nanny it’s okay because I’m still working towards a goal and learning something new everyday.
Exchange student host—This isn't necessarily a job, but it is a way to bring some extra money into your household. Both international high school and college students come to America on exchange, and they stay with host families for as little as three months or as long as one year. You will need to have a fully furnished room for students and must be willing to welcome them into your family as if they were your own. A lot of SAHMs and their families enjoy the cultural experiences and enrichment that comes from hosting exchange students. You could also look at other hosting options, such as offering room and board to athletes or medical students in training.
Navigating motherhood can be complicated and stressful at times. When you add in working, and especially working from home, it can become that much more difficult. When you work at an office job, you have very clear boundaries around when you are at work as an employee and when you are at home as a mom. But those boundaries can become quite blurry when you start working at home. You can easily start to feel that your efforts in work and parenting are not amounting to as much as you want them to. So how can you help prevent that from happening? Here are a few tips for keeping your balance as a work-from-home mom:
I was on zoom with another mom blogger the other day, so we could chat about collaborating in the new year… and my son threw up on me – TWICE. Twice, I had to leave the meeting, change my shirt and wipe up the floor. (The second time I didn’t bother putting pants back on, because all my other pants were upstairs and I just wanted to get back to the chat… video was waist up anyway.)
I’m not a mom but I think some of your tips translate to any of us, with or without children. Your thoughts here and the link to the oprah.com article yesterday – How To Leave Work At Work – remind me of the importance of setting boundaries and aiming for balance rooted in our values. In this 24/7 world, it’s so easy to get caught up in never ending cycle of making ourselves constantly “on call” for everyone but us! Some of the habits in the Oprah article and also this post I am certainly guilty of, and I never made the connection between my work habits and my stress level. Time to revisit my Things I Don’t Do list and reset my boundaries for my peace of mind both at work and in my personal life. Thanks Robin!
Maybe. And maybe not. Nothing has challenged me in life as much as parenting and nothing has ever solidified more firmly my belief in the notion that there’s no one right way to do, well, anything. While working from home is the solution for our family, it very well might not appeal to you, or be practical for your circumstances. If you are interested in also becoming a freelance writer/blogger and are wondering where to start, I highly recommend my friend Cat Alford’s course on the topic: “Get Paid To Write For Blogs.” Cat is the expert on creating a work-from-home career and she successfully does it with her young twins.
Great post Carly! I am in the same boat without as you with going back to work after having a baby. My husband and I decided it’s best that I stay home. I am blogging as well and hope to contribute to my family financially as well. ITs so nice to hear of someone’s success blogging so close to home (I’m from Saskatchewan) it gives me the fire to keep keep going!
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