In the eyes of the law, an independent contractor differs from an employee in that an independent contractor has the freedom to act autonomously to get a job done as they see fit — as long as you meet the contract requirements. As an independent contractor you’re not entitled to benefits like paid time off or health insurance. You will also be responsible for paying taxes on your earnings.
I’m a mom to two little boys (1 and 3) and just found out baby #3 is on the way. I want to work from home, and have started selling Jamberry and Thirty One from home, but with my 30 hour/week job, it’s been hard to get a really great start (I have wonderful support, just having a hard time finding the time while balancing time with my boys). My current ‘real’ job involves social media posting, newsletter and flyer creation, emailing distribution lists, text updates, some event planning, etc. I LOVE my job, but don’t get along well with my boss, so I’m trying to find ways to recreate my $1200/mo contribution to our finances. Any suggestions?
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It’s always a good idea to play to your strengths no matter what kind of job you’re looking for, but especially so when looking for a work from home job. Why? Because when you’re working from home and raising a family, you can get burned out pretty easily. If you’re doing something you don’t mind or actually enjoy, you’ll be more likely to keep going, even when the going gets tough.

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I’m the founder of fit2b.com which began as as a fitness blog and has expanded to providing eLearning courses and wholesome workouts for the whole family to members in over 30 countries worldwide! My passions have always included healthy birth and bellies, and so I put my bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Science to work for my family. Now, others are making money from Fit2B Studio via our affiliate program. Learn more at http://fit2b.us/affiliate?ref=29  Beth Learn at Fit2B (I’m an affiliate and a big fan of Fit2B!)

[…] 50+ Legitimate Work From Home Job Opportunities  I have known people who have tried to find jobs they can do in their free time from home and it is really hard to find a work at home job that isn’t a scam.  Alexa from singlemomsincome.com has a list of actual things you can do to earn a little extra money.  The one tip I have is that there is no job called “work from home”  If that is the title of the classified ad then keep moving because that isn’t a real job listing. […]


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So I sat down and re-evaluated what was working and what wasn’t. I had to make choices that were hard to make. I hate letting people down but I told my dear clients and colleagues at the studio that I would no longer be able to teach on Fridays. My babysitter changed schedules and the stress of finding someone new/re-arranging our whole routine for a few hours of teaching wasn’t going to help in removing stress from the week.
The first year and a half of my son’s life, I was a work-at-home mom, known as a WAHM. I thought it was the best way to have everything I wanted—a career as a freelance writer, a child, flexibility—but it took an immense emotional and physical toll on me. Our culture prides working from home as the holy grail of job arrangements. But doing it with a newborn, my vision was blurred from exhaustion. I worked when we could afford a babysitter and when he slept, if he slept. With few breaks from each other, he tended to nurse every other hour. I felt like a busy water cooler for a parched coworker. And after he turned one, my son had five months of back-to-back viruses or infections. A feverish toddler literally screams “no” when you need a bathroom break.
Financially – at first we realized that we spent so much, that we needed the two salaries, So we spent less and actually paid off the house during that time. I stopped counting after I “threw away” a million dollars gross of salary and 401K contributions. We survived my husband being laid off from his job of 23 years. We actually took advantage of the time taking the kids out of school and traveling in the camper for a month. When I did return to work, it was at a lesser level and 20K less than I would have made had I stayed in.
I recently started my own business with Rodan + Fields! A definite skeptic at first; I watched my dear friend grow personally & professionally for 2.5 years before deciding to join her! I am beyond thrilled that I have! If there are any Mama’s out there who are curious about R + F, I would love to fill you in on the details so you can see if it would be a good fit for you!! 🤗
I’m a homeschooling mom with one still in the homeschool nest (14) and one commuting as a sophomore in college. I have been a freelance proofreader for university presses since 1994; I teach World and Comparative Lit at a homeschool co-op; and began a Plexus business for weight loss in January of this year for only $34.95 (I’ve lost 16.5 pounds and feel better than I have in years!).  Jenni Rom at Plexus
If you are worried about the financial implications of trying to find jobs from home for moms, then consider the success of some moms who previously earned up to $20 per hour but decided to leave their jobs and stay home with the kids. Since they have working partners, many of them have reported that they only need to earn $500 to $700 a month in order to make up the difference between their current income requirements and what they earned when they were working outside of the house. That is due to the fact that they no longer have to pay for childcare (or only have to pay a small amount), do not have commuting costs, and do not have to pay other work-related expenses like buying clothes, lunches, and coffee. Of course, how much you will need to make depends on the wage you earned before deciding to stay at home. But if you were making $20 an hour or less outside the home, then it is likely that, in addition to your partner's income, you could easily get by on $500 to $700 a month (or even less) if you are thrifty and find ways to save money.
Similarly, Leah Charney, 34, cares for her infant son while working at home as a marketing and operations consultant in Colorado. Postpartum, she returned to a demanding job but quickly left to scale back and work from home while her husband still worked full-time. Her son goes to day care two days a week—that’s when she schedules meetings and tackles larger projects. On other days, she works while he eats and naps.

I am an ESL teacher for VIPKid and I love it! I can work as much or as little as I like depending on what I have going on each week. The curriculum is already made by the company and the kids are eager to learn. All you need is a bachelor’s degree. Any kind of experience working with kids is great too. It was an answer to my prayers when I found this job last year and I feel so great being able to make money and be at home with my kids.


I started working from home as an investment advisor in 1987 (the dinosaur days according to my boys when very few people worked from home) and didn’t stop until 4 years ago. What people don’t understand about those who work from home and raise their kids is that we really have 3 jobs: full-time stay-at-home mom, full time homemaker, and full time employee/entrepreneur, etc. It can be crazy stressful but so worthwhile – it’s really the best of both worlds to me. So here is the thing . . . both my boys are in college, the youngest is in his second year, and once they are gone, you will find yourself with more than enough “alone time”. I am so thankful I didn’t worry about a messy house, dirty boys (that just means they had a great day!), imbalanced meals, etc. I know I gave my boys everything I could and now watching the men they have become and remembering all of the amazing times we had are comforting and rewarding. Time passes so quickly – it will shock you. Maybe you’ve heard “The days pass slowly but the years fly by”. So true.
I am an ESL teacher for VIPKid and I love it! I can work as much or as little as I like depending on what I have going on each week. The curriculum is already made by the company and the kids are eager to learn. All you need is a bachelor’s degree. Any kind of experience working with kids is great too. It was an answer to my prayers when I found this job last year and I feel so great being able to make money and be at home with my kids.
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Being a social media manager can be of the best work-from-home jobs if you’re autonomously managing a company’s social media presence. As the voice of the organization, you can manage the strategy and the day-to-day support for their top social platforms. This could include content creation, advertising budget and daily engagement. Having your own thriving social media presence will help you get experience and show your prospective clients your know-how. Social media marketing changes faster than a newborn in a diaper...so be willing to stay on top of the trends.
The past few months have been been some of the most eventful of our lives. From welcoming our first child (ok, second if you count Frugal Hound) to buying our homestead property, Mr. Frugalwoods and I feel like we’ve been on a wonderful–yet chaotic–roller coaster of hectic-ness. Amid these changes–and largely because of them–I also made the decision to quit my full-time office job and become a work-at-home Mommywoods.
Her other kid-centric tips: Set aside a few cool toys that your kids can play with, or arrange playdates or special movie viewings only during "Mommy's work time." If your children have something to look forward to, they'll be less likely to interrupt you. You can also try setting up an activity center in your home office so kids feel as if they have their own designated place to do projects while you catch up on e-mails. If their interest in that fails, create a "boredom bowl," suggests Durst.
Similarly, Leah Charney, 34, cares for her infant son while working at home as a marketing and operations consultant in Colorado. Postpartum, she returned to a demanding job but quickly left to scale back and work from home while her husband still worked full-time. Her son goes to day care two days a week—that’s when she schedules meetings and tackles larger projects. On other days, she works while he eats and naps.
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Like many in the online writing field have noted, things have changed quite a bit over the past couple years (the easy days of eHow articles that made thousands are long gone!) Sometimes we're tempted to give up, as if so much has changed that there is no way to make enough money working part-time to meet your needs. I can hardly believe that only 18 months ago I made over $5,000 during a month that I worked only a few hours a week. Those were the days!
Yael is a happy mom of 4 gorgeous boys aged 7 and under. In her blog, An Organized Mommy, she shares her methods of being productive both in home management and while working from home as a mom of young children, while still managing to make time for the things that matter. Yael works from home as a virtual assistant in addition to blogging, and you can check out her services here. Don’t forget to follow her on Facebook & Pinterest!
Please, can you let me know what your great online job is? I have been combing the internet for a legitimate job now for quite a while and I come up empty-handed most of the time. I am a fast typist (62 WPM), but have found that you need to either know how to translate or transcribe. I have a hearing problem, so sometimes it’s hard for me to understand what is being said in a recording, especially if the person talks fast. Thanks
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.
As I mentioned, now that I’m down to 2 hours of work time during the day, I’ve instituted a new system of early work hours. 3 days a week I wake up at 4:45, roll out of bed and head to Starbucks for a 2 hour work session. So far, so good. Although I don’t enjoy getting out of bed that early, it feels amazing to start the day on top of my inbox and ahead of the game rather than watching work pile up until nap time. My stress levels are down, my productivity is up and my after-dinner hours are now open to connect with my husband. You may not feel you need to leave the house but I do. It keeps me focused and since my daughter is still breastfeeding I can’t be in the house if she wakes up and expect to continue working.

My ability to strike this arrangement is thanks in large part to–of course–our extreme frugality. I really can’t stress enough the incredible options that frugality yields. And I’m by no means the first early retiree/financial independence devotee to take advantage of this parenting option–indeed 1500 Days to Freedom, Mr. Money Mustache, and Root Of Good all utilized their frugality to allow them to stay home with their children.
I always knew I wanted to stay primarily at home when I had children. Luckily my husband was very supportive of this and before we had our son, we tried to simulate living on one income. I have also been able to transition to a per diem position (I’m an RN) which means I have a lot of flexibility in my schedule and can keep up my nursing skills if I want to return to full time at some point in the future. We are also grateful that my husband’s job changed while I was still on maternity leave, and his income is now greater than it was before. We use in-laws and a SAHM from our church as childcare when I do work, which has been great.

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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