Having strong relationships with your extended network of family and friends is also important. When you start freelancing, don’t fall off the face of the earth! Whether it’s taking time to grab coffee with a friend, calling your mom when you have a free moment or meeting up for a playdate, these small but meaningful actions will keep you connected with your community.
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:).
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.
But unlike my other stay-at-home mom friends, once I came back from taking my child on long walks and library outings, I had work to do beyond the standard household duties, which meant I stayed up extra late to get it all done. There were many business meetups I had to miss altogether. Sure, I was wearing workout gear around the clock, but I still had responsibilities and deadlines—something no one really seemed to understand. Because I didn't look like the stereotypical "working" mother and didn't have the same schedule, hours or income (let alone vacation, sick days or the possibility of a raise!), I often wasn't taken seriously. Make no mistake, I was signing contracts and taking conference calls, but as they say about the tree in the forest, when it's done in the privacy of your home and no one is there to see it, does it even happen? I'm telling you that it does, even while dealing with a dozen interruptions and issuing a time-out or two.

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”.
I am so relieved to here someone else confirm that some things are just a waste of time. I do not spend any time on Facebook and choose to focus my promotion between Pinterest and Twitter because those platforms have higher ROI for me anyway. I get frustrated every time someone tells me I have to be in facebook groups to make it as a blogger. P.S. I really enjoyed watching your pinning tactics. Thanks for sharing!

When I was pregnant and weighing the different options for who would care for my child, I opted to at least make the return to my regular 8-5 after she was born just to see what it would be like, and the anticipation leading up to my return from maternity leave was the worst part. After that, it has been mostly manageable. I’ve enjoyed being able to continue contributing to my family’s income with my paycheck, and believe I’m doing the right thing for my family at this time, even though I miss her during the day.


The home healthcare recruiter is responsible for delivering all facets of recruiting success throughout the organization. Other critical components of the position include the development of local- and national-recruiting plans, employing traditional sourcing strategies and resources, and developing new and creative recruiting ideas. You’ll need a bachelor’s or equivalent degree to apply for this job, as well as previous experience in staffing positions that match the job requirements, a good understanding of the healthcare industry, and extensive experience in recruiting, HR and compliance issues.
The company believes in saving the environment and the products are amazing. Anyone would want to join as members receive almost 35% discount, plus loyalty shopping dollars of 15% of your purchase and the list is endless. I love it. Plenty of quality time to spend with family and children! If you would like to join, leave your email here and I’ll reply to your email.
These last 2 years have brought me some incredible mountaintop moments, but they would be nothing without my family.  After writing about parenting a couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to give some tips for working-at-home moms.  There’s a lot of parenting advice out there, but not very much for those of us who work from home–and while I don’t pretend to have it all figured out, I know it will help for us all to bounce ideas off of each other.
The work-at-home mom revolution was born out of moms and families looking to find solutions to the ever-growing demands of modern parenting, while keeping a professional identity. It was sparked by a very clear need in corporate America – families needed more flexibility. They needed a change. However, the burden of change fell on the moms and they could only go so far.
Anyone who has gone through The Pilates Body Program knows how big I am on Sunday prep time. Grocery shopping, meal planning and food prepping set the week up to be healthy and stress-free. I make lunches and prepare snacks on Sunday afternoons so that I don’t have to spend extra time in the kitchen during the week. There is a silly amount of cooking and clean up that happens for a 1-year-old who hardly eats, so saving time on myself is super helpful. When lunch time rolls around I just open the fridge, take out my dish and I’m good to go.
1. Envelope stuffing—You are asked to send in money to receive a starter kit and told that you will be paid for every envelope that you stuff and send. What you end up receiving is a package telling you how to advertise the scam. The goal is that you advertise the same envelope-stuffing scheme to others and allegedly get a kickback for every person who responds to your ads and signs up.
Hey there @Melissa, I know you didn’t originally post to me, but I work for Younique, selling cosmetics at home. What I love about the company is that they focus on selling on social media and the internet, which makes it really convenient. Plus the company and my uplines are so positive and supportive! Not to mention the product is great, so that helps! I would love to talk more about it with you!
One could easily argue that I spend way too much money at Starbucks. And while I would agree, I’ve come to accept that it’s a part of my routine that has helped me build my business. I learned this from my cousin whom I greatly admire. She’s a very successful work-at-home mom and after dropping the kids off at pre-school in the morning she would swing through Starbucks as a ritual that marked the transition from being mom, to being at work. Your ritual doesn’t need to include Starbucks, it could be a mug of tea, changing clothes, turning on music, etc. The key is to find something that helps your transition from “home time” to “work time” during naps.
Rent baby gear to traveling families. BabyQuip.com is a great stay at home mom job as it connects traveling families with family-friendly people at their vacation destination who rent, deliver, and set up baby gear to their hotel or vacation rental. Easily create your rental website and select the gear you want to rent, your rental prices, delivery areas and fees. Fun and rewarding work. Head of Community for the company, Trish McDermott, tells us moms can make about $1,000/month while delighting traveling families as a BabyQuip Trusted Partner.
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.
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." 
Blooms Today, an industry leader providing flowers and gifts, is seeking aggressive, competitive sales leaders to join our team of remote inside sales representatives. This independent contractor position (1099) is commissioned sales with all inbound calls. With our performance-based pay plan, higher conversions lead to additional earnings – giving our sales team control of their income. Everything you sell has a compensation value! Average hourly earnings are between $15-$24. For more information and to see if this is a good fit for you — please complete our online application and submit your resume by going to https://www.bloomstoday.com/apply/contractor.php.
8. Social Life: Your toddler is your BFF; you absolutely adore and want to spend every waking moment with them. But sometimes you need grown-up time. Socialization with other adults is one of the biggest challenges moms have when they leave the workplace. A WAHM life can feel isolating. This potential lack of social stimulation is something that you need to give some thought to before ditching your coworkers for your kids.

This is such a great blog! My name is Susan Kirt and I am also with Rodan and Fields. I have been with this company for 5 years and I work it alongside my full time teaching position in Farragut. I have to tell you that this is a LEGIT company! I started, not wanting to sell a thing, but I love presenting information to people- good information ( that’s the teacher in me). Fast forward 5 years and this business has allowed me to stay home with my little boys for two years, before they started school. I spent MAYBE 10 hours a week building my business ( no inventory) around the nooks and crannies of my day. Now I work this side gig to help pay for family vacations, monthly bills and any unexpected turns life throws at us.
This is such a great blog! My name is Susan Kirt and I am also with Rodan and Fields. I have been with this company for 5 years and I work it alongside my full time teaching position in Farragut. I have to tell you that this is a LEGIT company! I started, not wanting to sell a thing, but I love presenting information to people- good information ( that’s the teacher in me). Fast forward 5 years and this business has allowed me to stay home with my little boys for two years, before they started school. I spent MAYBE 10 hours a week building my business ( no inventory) around the nooks and crannies of my day. Now I work this side gig to help pay for family vacations, monthly bills and any unexpected turns life throws at us.
I just started taking clients as a health coach. I set my own schedule and work as much as I decide to. I also share essential oils through dōTERRA and have made that a business too.  Both are flexible and rewarding, but dōTERRA is easy to get started on, anyone can do it, all you are doing is sharing how great essential oils are, and making money while doing it. I’d be happy to share how I got started with both of these with anyone who is interested. – Ameryn Briggs at Eat Live Flourish and doTerra
Teachers and former teachers can take that experience and turn it into a tutoring business, either online or in person. You can try an online tutoring job and teach students via the Internet or work online at test scoring jobs. If you want to tutor in your own home or offer music lessons, pay special attention to these tips for setting up a successful tutoring environment.

Yes, this is a good point of discussion to keep in mind. When I first went back to work, daycare ate up a much larger percentage of my income than it does now, just 3 years later. And my career has taken a total new unexpected trajectory that has opened a couple of different doors into possible higher income down the road that I never could have anticipated. At this point, I’m glad to have both the doors open for more money, or be able to consider jobs where I make less money, but have more family time, thanks to frugal habits and living well below our means. I’m truly thankful for the position we are in.


I found the Younique company and it has been a huge blessing in my life! We sell high quality mineral based makeup and other beauty products that are made from more natural products. Have you heard of the amazing 3D Lashes!?!?! The first savings I get is I get wonderful makeup for free or almost free. It lasts along time also! The 2nd Is I make awesome commissions from my friends hosting online parties! It has been a huge blessing in my families life!!
3. Online surveys—You can make some cash taking online surveys, and some people swear by it as easy work. But it can be very low pay when you consider the amount of time that you have to put into it. Some survey takers report making less than a dollar per hour. Before you commit to anything, make sure you read the company's privacy statements and disclaimers and conduct online research about them. Be especially cautious if you cannot find any information or reviews about them. It means that they may be an unscrupulous company that changes names often. You also want to make sure that you never pay any money in order to get started.
Thank you for your take on this! I often think back to the time when my oldest (now 6) was 5 months old and I had to return to work, and not just “work” but a 3 day conference in Vegas. I bawled and bawled each time a client asked me how the baby was, because all I wanted was to go home and be with him! With my twins, born a mere 18 months later, I felt similarly but was still resigned to the “I can’t afford to quit my six figure career” loop running in my brain. Fast forward to 6.5 years later where I am finally making a change and going part time which is all due to lifestyle and spending changes we’ve made over the past 2-3 years. The frugal lifestyle truly does open your eyes to what is available and creates opportunities to make changes when one is not so attached to a specific income. I applaud what you’re doing and appreciate you as an inspiration to other young families!
I too decided that, once my children started arriving, I would never work full-time while they were still young if I could possibly avoid it, and I too am a feminist. I mean, I like that I get to vote, inherit property and am allowed to have my own bank account, what’s not to like, am I right? (This is what I say to women who do that stupid thing of going ”oohhh I’m not a FEMINIST…” as though it means a hideous man-hating harpy who burns her undergarments and refuses to shave her ‘tache). This time, and it is short, believe me, will never come back. And babies under 18 months at the very earliest, are not really candidates for ”socialisation” in any true, meaningful way as you’d get at a daycare. Sure, mom-and-me classes are great, but the notion of ”playing together” and ”collaborative / sharing” stuff happens closer to 3 in reality, so I promise your little cherub is completely happy and satisfied in what is to her a brand-new, totally exciting world with new stuff every, single day, anchored by familiar, loving faces and a structure to feel safe in. This is not a rant against daycare as that too provides a loving and warm environment in which young babies and kids can explore safely etcetera. But fear not re socialisation. Get her into a couple-of-times-per-week play school some time between 2.5-3 and otherwise just do the usual things you’d want to do anyway, like water-orientation classes, mom and tot activity groups, that kind of thing.
After I started my own organizing and design business (plus the blog) I had a huge learning curve on how to balance work and family–I’m always tweaking what I do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and tips. Just when you think you have it figured out, life happens. Getting encouragement and support from others is a blessing. Support is crucial for success.
Fabulous. 🙂 I’m juggling lots of things like every mom is and needed that little bit of encouragement. I just went through the post again to try to tell you which was my favorite point, but I can’t figure out a favorite. I can tell you, however, on what I feel most convicted- being present. So many things are begging for my time and attention, but I need to keep in mind that the most important are my husband and my kids. So thanks for speakin’ some truth and know God is working through it! 🙂
I began blogging publicly a year and a half ago, honing my writing skills, networking, and gathering social media marketing skills. I’m now earning income as a freelance writer (which was my main goal in starting my blog), in addition to a being a content curator and blogger liaise for two companies. I blog at www.lo-wren.com, but you can also find me writing for The Huffington Post, Mamapedia, BlogHer, and Scary Mommy. – Lauren Stevens at www.lo-wren.com

Every WAHM has a similar horror story: She's on an important call, her toddler wants to watch Elmo or is suddenly starving, and her boss is left listening to a whining child and Mom's apologies instead of her bright ideas. Their advice? Hit the mute button during conference calls to avoid any unexpected yells of "Mommmeee!"in the background. If your child is fussing while you're on the phone, end the call and reschedule if you can. That said, you can usually count on a more compassionate response from another parent. When she first went back to work, O'Donnell would hide that she worked from home from her clients. Now she's up-front with them, explaining that her kids might interrupt. She's found that, in general, people are understanding.


Renee Belbeck, a WAHM from Columbus, Ohio, and C.E.O. and founder of the National Association of W.O.M.E.N. (Women, Owners, Moms, Entrepreneurs, and Networkers), discovered a simple rule when her children were toddlers: "If I gave them a little quality time, I'd get two hours to work." She says the rule still holds true, even though her children are now 10 and 6.
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.)

PPD (Post Partum Depression) Alert. Went to do my taxes today, accountant says the person we have in the office is not doing things correctly, we have to 'hire' someone to handle accounts receivables.  We owe taxes, which is normal for us but not when I have PPD, she wants a bunch of reports from our quickbooks.  When we left I wanted to cry.  I feel like the whole world is on my shoulders, I feel like I am in the middle of a deep pool on my tiptoes and I am slowly drowning. and this can't be
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