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.
I’m thinking back to your post about time optimism. When setting your expectations for work productivity with a young child at home, please bear in mind that your (adorable!) daughter is about to become a lot more challenging. She will sleep less, crave more attention, and require greater supervision. Every kid is different, but once our boys started crawling they had zero tolerance for being hemmed in. And once they could explore, the pace of their learning (and by extension their need for attention and interaction) took off exponentially. I just could not make sustained progress on my own projects while keeping them engaged and out of trouble. Our older son didn’t really start playing independently until about 2-1/2, so that’s a prolonged period of pretty intense parenting. I don’t think you’ll ever regret your decision to be at home with your daughter during her early years, just be forgiving to yourself in terms of what else you can accomplish while you’re a full-time parent. Good luck!
I am a teacher & mom but just started as an Independent Consultant for Jamberry Nails in October! love it and love the wraps! Jamberry is a family and my team is a sisterhood….we support each other, assist each other and lift each other up! We have one of the top compensation plans in direct sales! You are your own boss…work when you want! It’s Jamazing!
Hi, I am a mother of four, as well as a security/safety officer and a small daycare provider.. I have a background in education (worked for local school for about 10yrs) as well as safety (security officer for about 6yrs and took on safety position as an additive about a year and a half ago.). I would really like to be at home with my kids more and with that being said I am interested in data entry or something similar to that…
We stuck with the babysitter because my daughter was just under a year when I started working, and we really wanted her to have one-on-one attention. We ended up paying the sitter about half of my income, so it wasn’t a very frugal childcare option, but we don’t regret it at all. She developed a strong bond with the sitter, who did many things that I would’ve done with her had I been home, like taking her to swim lessons, ballet class, playgrounds, the library, and eventually preschool.

Have a support system. You may be a stay-at-home mom with a job, but that doesn't mean you won't need occasional childcare. You might have a partner, grandparent, or another family member who can step in and help when he or she is not working. You might have another mom that you can swap play dates with. Or you may need to get a casual babysitter, even if it is a teenager who can come over after school or on weekends.
User Testing hires people to test out websites. Each assignment pays $10/$15 for 20 minutes of work. To become a tester – submit your email address and apply. Testers must take a sample test before receiving any assignments. This gig is open to the US and International residents alike who can receive payments via PayPal. Each test takes about 15 – 20 minutes.
This job might have not been your first thought for a stay-at home job, but it is definitely an option. To make this job work as a stay-at-home mom, you could only do appointments when your kids are at school, work as a virtual wedding planner assistant, and/or only offer day-of services. You can earn anywhere from $75-200 an hour. Most wedding planners require a minimum of three-hours with each booking.
Online reseller—Moms who are savvy at picking out good deals can often earn money by starting online resale businesses. It could be a great way for you to create your own online job. It can be as simple as buying items at a discount and then reselling them on websites like Amazon or eBay. Just make sure that you are adhering to tax laws and properly reporting your income.

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?
I was about to write the same thing about childcare coming out of combined income and impact on long-term projected salary, especially if you’re a woman. I chose to go back to work after my son was born (and I realize how incredibly privileged I am that it was a choice and not a requirement due to our financial state) and the desire to keep my hand in play in terms of my long-term career goals and earning potential definitely factored into that decision. Both my husband and I have flexible work hours so we only have to pay for three days of care a week. That’s working for us in terms of being frugal with childcare costs and letting us spend family time together while still working toward career goals. But, wow, is it exhausting some days….
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." 
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Great post, Shaunna! My first time to visit here and you really have put into writing what we all mothers dream to do/have! Being idealistic sometimes poses a strong contrast to the realities of a mother’s daily life. I am a doctor, practicing in a clinic at home. I am my own boss, yet many times I feel guilty not being able to be present where I need to be for the family. Many times however, I lock up the clinic and bond with my family… and I feel guilty too not being there for my patients.! I realize we just have to put up some balance. I still have many things that I plan to do and learn: sew, do more crafting, learn how to blog, start a profitable business… the list is endless. I guess we just have to live day to day and be inspired to do the best that we can!Keep up the good work! More power!

  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


Another tactic to adopt when you're in business mode? Dress the part. Aimee Samuelson, a Portland, Oregon, mom of two, who runs a marketing business out of a converted garage, dresses as if she's going into an office when she's on the job. She knows if she works in her pj's she won't concentrate as well and might get distracted by household tasks between conference calls. Not everyone needs a suit on to feel more professional -- sometimes taking a shower and putting on makeup and a clean outfit will do the trick.

Errand service provider—There are a lot of people who need assistance with running errands. They include seniors, people with limited mobility, corporate executives, and working parents. You could do anything from grabbing some groceries to picking up some dry cleaning. You would likely take your kids with you, and you may even be able to get some of your own errands completed at the same time. Most people charge by the errand, and you could earn the equivalent of $20.00 an hour or more.
Are you currently employed in an office setting but would like to find a job working from home instead? Did you consider that you might be able to keep your current job and work from home? It is possible to make that happen. You will need to start out by assessing your job and identifying whether it is realistic for you to work from home. If it is, then you will need to convince your boss to get on board.
Wow; only $700 – that really puts things into perspective! It feels much more approachable/attainable when you look at it that way! I actually have my fingers in a number of pies, as well – besides Amazon publishing and direct sales, I also bring in a little here and there through blogging (‘though that’s far from dependable), and I sell some of my photos through stock sites. (That REALLY doesn’t bring in a lot, but if the pictures are just sitting on my hard drive anyway, I might as well put them somewhere they can bring in a few cents.) 

I love all the ideas here. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 9 years Until recently I haven’t had a need to work from home. I would really love to do something that is flexible and strictly online due to having a critically ill child at home. My passion is research for financial assistance for families in need. I would love to be able to find a way to turn this into a profitable stay at home business but I am completely lost in how to get started and if there is even a need for it. Until then I would be interested in data entry or research virtual assistant. If anyone has an idea where to start or if there is something I can do until I can start I would be interested in talking with you. Thank you
Regardless of whether the pace of change in the last decade is more or less than expected, the fact is telecommuting is not the only way parents have worked at home. It’s easy to think that the Internet gave birth to the work-at-home parent. Yet, long before the word telecommute was coined in 1974 (according to Merriam-Webster), parents of both genders worked at home. Women, in particular, did things like take in sewing or making handicrafts (just like today's Etsy sellers), watching other people’s children (like home daycare centers), run boarding houses (like being an Airbnb host).

Filmless is seeking home-based freelance voice over artists. This freelance opportunity can be performed from anywhere in the world with Internet access. You will be recording from your own home studio. From the company: "We're looking for the best voice talent to help us record professional voice overs for clients ranging in size from startups to Fortune … Read More
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.
Just wanted to comment on your Exchange Student post. I taught in Japan at a Japanese High School and had six classes with forty students per class. I know the two young ladies you hosted were thrilled and blessed beyond measure to have had the opportunity to live with your family. All the students long for American friends and all things American! They are the most wonderful people! I know you were blessed in return!

Adelaide, I can tell you right now that you are not incompetent! You used the word “well” and “too” correctly. As an employer, I can’t even count how many applications I’ve filed to the back because of poor grammar! (some of you might be thinking why is she on this site if she has her own business… I don’t want to be at my business, I want to be able to pick up my girls from school!) I market for an online store by referring shoppers, but I can’t replace my income yet. Maybe when my student loans are paid! I’m making that my goal!

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.
I am a stay at home mom of a 6 month old boy. I had to quit my fulltime job 2 years before I even got pregnant due to health issues. I decided to continue to use my college education and passions to bring in extra income. I became a Pampered Chef Consultant to help other busy women and men learn how to make quick and healthy meals. I am a Personal Trainer by profession so I also train clients in my home. I do photography sessions occasionally and I now babysit occasionally in my home! God is good. He provides when we give him our talents!
I found my company Norwex from a blog and absolutely love it. Using safe cleaning products is very important to me since I have two daughters I stay at home with. Norwex sells so many great products that radically reduce the use of chemicals in our homes. I love this company, the products, and how it allows me to make extra money for my family while staying home with my girls. I am so encouraged in this company, my goal is to eventually make enough for my husband to join my team and come home and work the business with me. – Justine at Norwex
For many millennial women, staying at home is both a desire and a convenience, but it's not about having your cake and eating it, too. Taking care of a child is a full-time job and these women add more work on top of it so they can do more than simply survive and subsist. Millennial women are rejecting the status-quo pigeonhole of “mother equals homemaker” and are finding value in both caring for their families and holding careers.
Wow; only $700 – that really puts things into perspective! It feels much more approachable/attainable when you look at it that way! I actually have my fingers in a number of pies, as well – besides Amazon publishing and direct sales, I also bring in a little here and there through blogging (‘though that’s far from dependable), and I sell some of my photos through stock sites. (That REALLY doesn’t bring in a lot, but if the pictures are just sitting on my hard drive anyway, I might as well put them somewhere they can bring in a few cents.) 

Thank you for this post. I’m a full time working mama, with a son and daughter under the age of 2. I’ve always made a good living and been hard working…but now with my little ones I’m finding my priorities have shifted quite a lot. I’m considering leaving my job for something part-time with my husband’s family business, where I’ll get to work from home. This is a very hard decision for me to make. Reading your hints is helping me realize I should be able to balance the work with the family time I’ll have while at home. Thank you again. Love your blog.
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.
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.
Couldn’t agree more!! God first, then spouse, then children, THEN everything else! I don’t have a blog, or run my own business, but I do work as a nurse, one 12-hr shift per week. I’m home every other day of the week. It’s easy to get frustrated and lose patience when you’re with your kids, what feels like 24-7… However, we (those at-times frustrated mommies) chose to be a parent, and it is our responsibility to do what God has called us to do… –Train up a child in the way he should go…” Prov 22:6 — Thanks for reminding us what is most important in life and helping us to remember to focus on the eternal things 🙂 Be blessed! 

I’m a former lawyer turned entrepreneur with Rodan+Fields (makers of ProActiv, the acne system). After welcoming my twin girls, I decided traveling, long hours, and dial-ins were no longer for me. I wanted to work from home on a part-time basis and Rodan+Fields has allowed me to do that. If you’re interested in earning a solid part-time income on your own terms, I’d love to talk to you!
Hi Patrick, thanks for the comment. You can start by looking in to some opportunities listed on this post. Then, you may want to set up a professional website for yourself to market your services. If you have experience in a particular field, you can start yourself to potential clients. If you don’t have any experience, you may want to do a few jobs for free to build up enough experience to improve your chances of getting hired. Good luck!
Thank you a lot for this amazing article. I am from Armenia but now I live in Russia. I have refused from my job to come to Russia and now I would like to gain a little money at home and bring up my son. Is it possible to earn money from Russia? What easy methods of gaining will you suggest me in order I could spend less efforts and time, staying more with my son?
Be honest. When you think of work-from-home jobs, what comes to mind? Data entry? Customer service? While it’s true that some jobs just scream “work from home,” you might be amazed by the number of industries that offer flex-friendly positions. Although there are work-from-home jobs in practically every industry, the top fields for flexible jobs are medical and health, HR and recruiting, computer and IT, and education and training, as well as accounting and finance, government, and travel and hospitality.
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