Now that I have three kids, people ask me if I’m going to cut back. Am I going to work less or write less or do less because I have several small children? Any given day you ask me, I might shrug my shoulders and mumble something about student loans and how kids are expensive, but the truth is that the answer is never. I’m never going to lean out on the areas of life that bring me joy.
It depends if your wife wants to start a blog or start a service. I started a service and chose freelance writing. Maybe your wife can do that? Or Pinterest marketing or being a Virtual assistant. If she wants to start a blog then she can blog about many things. This can help you decide her niche. Ideally you want to find something that you’re passionate about and that others are passionate enough to buy in that niche!
In 2003, the Pew Research Center studied how broadband connections change online life. It found that just 12 percent of Americans, or 24 million people, had broadband internet in their homes at that time. Though that number might seems small now, it was up from 6 million people just 3 years earlier in 2000. The study showed those people spent less time working in offices and more time working from home. It found that one third of those with broadband telecommuted. While there was certainly no expectation that growth in telecommuting would keep pace with the growth in broadband, it did seem that a new era was dawning.
That is wonderful for you and your family. Please make sure you have enough disability insurance on YOU if something happens. We received poor professional advice when we decided for me to stay home and didn’t have enough for me. We were able to make it work (with a lot of scrambling, stress and a small inheritance) but six figures later we are very grateful to be in decent shape. I was in my 30’s with a toddler and preschooler. You are more likely to be disabled than die so life insurance is only part of what you need.
Single Moms Income was the very first blog I turned to and gave me the push to leave my day job by starting a blog. When I finally made the move and started my blog I followed the lead of other bloggers that said I needed to guest post. Alexa was awesome enough to allow me to provide my first guest post “How to save on your utility bill without cutting your usage”.
Love all these ideas and the creativity of moms wanting to stay home and yet contribute financially for their families. Thank you for including all these ideas. I am a mom of four boys and have worked for Pampered Chef for six years. I love cooking, helping others develop a love for cooking and eating healthy! With the current trends in food and in women/men wanting to cook at home more than eating out, my business continues to take off. The benefits have been incredible. I easily earn hundreds of dollars a month and reap bonuses for staying active (from tote bags to jewelry to free products that I am able to give as gifts.) I always advise women I speak with who are looking for opportunities such as this to find what you are passionate about, make sure your husband is on board with it, pray and then go for it!
Wow this is a well-done list! And I see all the time you put into it has paid off considering it has been shared over 50,000 times! Congrats to you! I personally like the virtual assistant idea. I have not done it, but I love the idea of it and I think it can be a great way for decent income if you find the right company. Just takes some time and effort to apply to some places if you want to make significant income. I was doing research on VA jobs and it looked like there are multiple companies available to get with. It kind of looked like the higher paying companies wanted a bit of experience though. Anyway, great article thanks!
I have been a SAHM for just over 24 years. It has been the best part of my life so far. It wasn’t always easy, but I was able to be the first one to see steps, smiles, walking, running and all the rest. I taught my kids how to read, write, understand arithmetic, ride a bike, take them all over the world and show them cultures and languages. Both have scholarships, friends and are basically good citizens. Best decision hands down.
Lexicode is hiring home-based medical coders in the U.S. These are part and full-time work at home positions. In this home-based medical coding role, you will be performing outpatient physician E & M coding. These positions offer medical, vision, and dental benefits; life and disability coverage, a 401K, and more! From the company: "You … Read More
If her kids ever felt like they had nothing to do, she'd tell them to choose a slip of paper from the dish. Some instructed them to build the tallest Lego tower, others told them to clean their room. When they got older, she'd include them in her work by asking them to put away files. "You need to have an open-door policy and involve them in any capacity they can handle," she says.
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When searching for legitimate work from home jobs, make sure to ask questions. If the job posting is limited with information, contact the poster and gather as much information before going any further. Find out how much the job paying: Is it Hourly or commission based? Also ask how often you get paid, and what equipment is required to do the job. With work from home jobs, the main communication is done online, so make sure you are perfectly clear of what is expected and have knowledge of red flags to avoid.
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.
We don’t have kids, but my two siblings have 2-3 children each and they have different solutions – a frugal one and a not so frugal one. Sister 1 bought a rather cheap home next to my mom out in the country so she watches the two boys 2-3 times a week at her house (one is not in school yet) while she goes to work. She also is a single parent. Sister 2 lives in a major city and has a nanny come three days a week for 12 hour days to watch two kids (costing $40k/year). They have super intense jobs with long hours. Now that she has a third baby, her nanny quit and they are having a hard time finding a (legal) nanny who wants to watch three kids for 10 hours a day. Maternity leave is over, they are in the middle of paternity leave, so they will figure it out soon hopefully! One staying home will not work due to the amount of student loans and mortgage they have. Different solutions for different people even in the same family. There there’s me; no kids, retiring early.
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:
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.
While working at home may not allow you to stay in your prior profession, it can allow you to keep your business skills fresh while you take a break from your regular job. The skills you learn while working at home, coupled with the years of experience, could be seen as justification for higher pay if you choose to return to your previous career down the road.
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.
My frugal daycare solution was living in Quebec 😉 We had a year of paid maternity leave, then I took an extra unpaid year at work to finish up my undergrad, during which my daughter went to daycare part-time for the lovely price of $7 a day. Affordable child care is one of the greatest things our government has cooked up. After a year+ of caring for my kid, I was ready to get back to a more adult world, and I think it solved the socialization problem you mention, too. (But if Babywoods goes to preschool at 3, then I wouldn’t worry about socialising at all! That’s plenty early enough.)
I’d be lying if I said being a work-from-home mom seemed like a dream job when I was younger. For a long time, I was so career-consumed and self-absorbed that I envisioned skipping over parenthood and embracing aunthood for eternity. I loved kids—I babysat, substitute taught and obsessed over photos of my nephews—but I wanted to travel the world, climb the corporate ladder and spend my free time at the spa. And so the thought of becoming a mother sat on the back burner.
1. The Job: Quitting your full-time, out-of-the-home job typically requires a financial backup plan. You can’t exactly snap your fingers and find something to do from home (especially for the salary you’re used to). Unless your company is fine with letting you work from home or you already have something else lined up, start your search well before you quit.
Oildex by Drillinginfo is hiring home-based owner relations roll over call center agents in the U.S. All training and equipment is provided for these work at home positions. In this home-based role, you will be performing owner and vendor relation duties. From the company: "We are seeking candidates to join our call center services team, providing owner … Read More
I thought about having an in home before/after school care, but our state apparently has new laws about lead pipes/ paint, etc and all homes that were built before 1978 would have to be inspected. Our home was built in 1940 and I could not afford that inspection. So, that idea went down the commode. I was blessed with a daycare position for the summer that allowed me to bring my children for free and that was huge! Now I am substitute teaching and would love to be home full time again. ( my dh was incarcerated for a year and is ready to come home and make a new start-please pray that the Probation officer allows him to take a job that he has been offered already).
I’m a new mom, before my baby I was a college student staying on campus while working at a daycare. Now I’m back at home trying to rebuild myself. I desire to work but I take care of my daughter 100% of the time. What are some jobs that I can do based from home with no concern about background noise or strictly from a computer. All these moms up here are a great inspiration and I hope to one day be the same to another new mom :)
Get out a pen and paper and add these numbers up – the amount of time you spend getting primped for work each day plus the number of minutes — or, in some places, hours — you spend on your daily round-trip commute. Now multiply that number by five and you’ll see just how many hours you’ll gain if you can manage a side hustle that you can do in your pajamas. Over the weeks, months, and years, it could add up to thousands of hours!
Less expensive options include help from friends, family and neighbors, hiring a mother's helper (such as a high school senior) and swapping playdates with other working parents. Michelle, a work-from-home mom from London, U.K., has an arrangement with her retired neighbor. "She looks after my kids for a couple of hours after school, twice a week, and in return I do her grocery shopping and wash her car," she tells SheKnows. "It works for both of us, and a lovely bonus is that she and my kids have developed a really great relationship."
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.