6. Think about the following: What are your skills? Why do you want/need to go back to work? How much time can you give to work? What are your cash flow needs? Emotional needs? It's taken me over 20 years of moving in and out of the workforce, and I'm happy to say my confidence is coming back. I have a terrific relationship with my now grown children and feel grateful that they are turning into the adults I hoped they would be. I'll never know what would have happened had I taken a different path but I have no regrets. Each decision I made and hurdle I overcame brought me here. I love what I do and I now know that the experience I had has lead me to help other women navigate a smoother path.

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.

My job has been called cute, put in air quotes and been the butt of many jokes. I doubt most other writers, event planners, photographers and social media, marketing or branding strategists (all hats I wear) who have an actual office or brick-and-mortar business have experienced the same. Why is our job viewed as a hobby or passion project if we work from home? What is it about the confines of the house that constitutes less respect?
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!

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!! 🤗


Stella & Dot – Run your own fashion social selling business. Stella & Dot is so much more than a fashion brand – we are inspired by, and created for, strong women just like you! We designed a smart, stylish business that works when you do. Plus, Stella & Dot is more than just a company – it's a community. At Stella & Dot, success is defined by your happiness. It’s your business, your pace, your way.
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?
Would you please provide me with some information about the company that you work with to teach English online? While I don’t have a teaching degree, I do have a degree in communications. I also worked in International Trade so I have a strong background in business terminology. I am an at-home mom and the work sounds ideal. Thank you in advance for any details or advice you can provide.
I was wanting to get my Photography off the ground but am worried that it is a useless effort. I guess I just needed an outsiders help/viewpoint… Does anyone have tips to get over this? I don’t exactly know what I am looking for as an answer, so anything would be perfect… I don’t want to work too closely with people because I feel like I just make a mess of that and say the wrong thing often. I think Data entry would be good? I just need help and I don’t know where to look/ask.
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.
If you're ready to get serious about making money from home, now's the time to get started! Over the course of my work at home career, I've found numerous ways to bring in extra cash and save money, as well as a number of home business opportunities that can be started on a budget. This is a list of those resources. I'll continue to add to this list. Explore … Read More

Well, if that’s the case, you’re in luck because there are hundreds of companies from which to choose. I’m sure you’ve heard of the many companies marketing their products through social media. Teeth whitener, body wraps, lipstick, skin regimens, leggings, fitness shakes, candles, makeup, jewelry, more fitness shakes, etc. Hey — some people have great sales talent. If there’s a product out there you absolutely love, you might do well!

Rover.com, a nationwide network that connects dog owners with local dog sitters, is seeking professional dog sitters, casual dog lovers - anyone who wants to earn a side income dog sitting. The company's dog sitters can earn up to $50.00 per dog, per day. From the company: "Snuggle dogs. Get paid. Live the dream. A service is booked on Rover every minute of … Read More
I wound up leaving my full-time gig for a freelance role after my husband accepted a new position that moved our family from California to New York. But in the end, it left me feeling unfulfilled: There was no creative component, collaboration, office camaraderie or conversation. I was alone, at home, with an infant and a drastically different life. So I started my own outlet, a blog that began on a whim and, ultimately, ended up providing me with joy, purpose and an eventual paycheck. It also allowed me the opportunity to stay at home—something I had never imagined I'd want, but as soon as Lilly arrived, I couldn't fathom leaving her. I didn't want to miss out on all the firsts, and my new occupation ensured that I didn't have to. I was able to attend classes, make new mom and baby friends and be there for her first crawl, her first steps and her first word (which was Dada—insert eye roll here). But that's not to say that working from home has always been easy—or enjoyable.
As I am so fond of doing, I’ll leave you with a thought on how the dominant paradigms of our culture conspire to make us into endless consumers. In many ways, daycare is an example of how much we pay to work in this country. I sincerely wish we had free childcare programs for all families in the US, but, we do not. And so, families are left to grapple with an essentially no-win situation: lose an income by staying home or lose a lot of an income by paying for daycare.
AirTreks is a travel agency that offers international and multi-stop tickets for travel. AirTreks provides training, but requires prospective employees to have traveled to five or more countries. AirTreks Travel Agents use Amadeus GDS. Job Search Tip: Work-from-home Travel Agent positions are often listed as “Travel Planner”. Starting pay is $2,000+commission.
First, let me say that I believe all moms are working moms, whether they’re working in the home, out of the home or a little bit of both, as is my current situation. I'm fortunate to be able to stay at home and work. But I'd be lying if I said there weren't times I questioned what I was doing, why I was doing it and if it was really for me. Half a decade and another child later, I still do. This is the hardest gig I've ever had—and that's saying something, because I've had some tortuous jobs!
Health and wellness coach—With passion and knowledge for health and wellness, you could become a coach and help others achieve their personal wellness goals. In today's technologically advanced world, you can set up a home office where you coach and support individuals and organizations over the Internet or on the phone. You could offer live sessions using software like Skype, and you could also create documents, blogs, and videos that you share. The reported hourly wage range is $9.87 to $38.40 or higher.6
Every website on the Internet needs a graphic designer in order to look professional and unique. Whether you have graphic design experience or you’re just starting out, there are opportunities available for you to demonstrate and hone your design skills. Create your own website and use it as a platform to showcase your work. You can also look for work on freelance websites to get additional work experience on your resume.
Working from home means literally doing my work in my home. There’s no physical separation between my personal and professional life, no clearly set times when I’m “on” and “off” one or the other. I love being able to make my own schedule, but that flexibility is also my downfall. If I’m not strictly disciplined with my time, which is not exactly my strong suit, it’s too easy to blur the lines between work and home. I tend to work in spurts here and there throughout the day and evening, which makes it feel like I’m working all day, even though I only work part-time hours.

Companies are constantly seeking consultants with a knowledge base in a variety of different areas including medicine, social work, administration, finance, marketing, IT, human resources and more. You can use your college degree and prior work experience to find a consulting job that you can work at from home. Both short-term and long-term assignments are typically available, which offer a great deal of flexibility.


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!
In addition to blogging, I write ebooks which is by far where most of my online income comes from. I also pick up a friend’s sons from school each day and they hang out with us until she gets off of work. It’s a blessing to both our families. My ebook, Hope – Thriving While Unemployed, has quite a few self employment ideas. – Angi Schneider at Schneider Peeps
Neiman Marcus is hiring work at home customer service in Texas. These are part-time, seasonal work at home positions. You must have your own PC, reliable high-speed Internet, and Windows 7 or higher. From the company: "The Seasonal Customer Care Phone Associate provides exceptional service and sales support to customers shopping through our catalog and … Read More

Elaine McGhee is a Working Mom Support Coach on a mission de-stress maternity leave and propel a nation of thriving working mothers. From her own emotionally traumatic return-to-work after her first daughter (HOT MESS!), ThriveMomma.com was born. She coaches new moms on of return-to-work readiness, time management and mindful living. And consults for corporations on paternity transition planning and work/life policies to retain and nurture working parents.


On the employee side, when surveyed, two-thirds of Americans say that they would like to work from home. And that desire has turned into action; the number of regular employees who work from home grew by 103 percent from 2005 to 2016. There are now 3.7 million American employees working from home.1 That same focus on working from home is also seen with those who are self-employed. In 2013, Forbes reported that over half of the small businesses in the country were home-based.2
In honor of National Flex Day, Tuesday, October 16th, FlexJobs - the easiest, most stress-free way to find a work at home job -  is offering up to 50% off the cost of membership! National Flex Day, which takes place during October's National Work and Family Month, seeks to promote the cause of work flexibility. From the company: "FlexJobs seeks to raise … Read More
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Work won’t always happen. You’re a mom. This is our reality. Interruptions happen, distractions happen, KIDS happen! Accept it and embrace your time with your family. Isn’t this why you work from home? To be there for your family? If you’re goal focused and manage your time well, you’ll be able to make time for your family without needing a distraction to do it. But when the interruptions happen – close your laptop, put down your phone, and be a mom. Your work will be waiting for you when they go to bed, but your kids won’t wait for you before they grow up!
"Work-from-home-moms are incredible – even if your target customers aren’t mothers. They know how to maximize their time, because they are moms, and know what a resource time is," Akerson said. "Eventually we realized it wasn’t just a coincidence that we kept hiring work-from-home-moms, it was actually part of the mission of Kindred Bravely to enable more families to have the work-life balance that we had found in our remote team. Since my husband and I both craved work that would let us be more available to our children than a traditional office and teaching job would allow, we made sure our company values and structure would align with that balance. With advances in technology, we found it was possible to form a completely remote team, which came with many unexpected benefits."
Real estate agent—This can be one of the best at-home jobs for moms if you have a partner who is able to be home with the kids on evenings and weekends and you don't mind getting out of the house for showings and meetings. The training needed to become a real estate agent is quite short, and a lot of the administrative work can be completed from home and on the go with the kids. You will just need to make sure that you have a flexible care plan in place for when you need to meet with your clients. There could be approximately 33,000 job openings, and real estate agents earn annual pay of $23,130 to $109,490 or more.

Stacy is a Home Management Mentor, the author of two cookbooks, the creator of why-didn’t-I-think-of-that homemaking hacks, an expert on making real food taste lip-smacking delicious, and a Platinum Leader with Young Living Essential Oils. She loves butter, dessert, baking, organizing, and staying home with her husband and four hilarious kids. She believes if it's not easy, you won't do it - because she's lived it. She'll bring YOU the awesome so that you can get your home back into control. For tips and easy strategies, you can follow her on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
Most work-at-home moms don't start out with a full-time telecommuting position right away. The work-at-home lifestyle is usually something you build over time. In fact, you may need to build up your savings first. Plan to start small. If you're moving from the office to telecommuting, maybe try just a couple days a week at first to see how it works for you and your employer. If you're building a business, that takes time.
When I got pregnant with my daughter Lilly five years ago, I was determined to override the morning sickness and prove those colleagues who assumed I'd take it easy wrong. I arrived early and stayed far later than most, all the while hugging the porcelain throne. In my second trimester, I felt invincible—I stayed at the office even later and went out for mocktail margaritas with the rest of the crew, who slammed shots. But by my third trimester, I was done. I was tired, bloated and swollen, and work-from-home motherhood was looking really good.
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Not all tasks are created equal. I love Suzi’s post on how to be more productive about this. Every time you’re faced with a task, ask yourself–is it urgent? Is it time sensitive? How much time will this take me? You then use this information to structure your work hours. Figure out what’s urgent, what’s important (these are not the same things!) and prioritize accordingly.
I strongly suspected you had bought a house before you ever announced it after reading about your househunting. And I was sure you were not going to abandon Babywoods to daycare services and troop off to work. It may come as a surprise how much you bond with that little life once you can actually hold it in your arms. I remember crying all the way to work after dropping off my first baby at the sitter’s every morning. I was miserable. Fortunately we decided nothing was worth it, not even being poor if that’s what it took for me to be home full time. So I did get to raise my own children and be a homemaker. It is where this woman’s heart is. I am glad it is yours also. Babywoods is VERY happy about it, too!
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.
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

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 Will Teach You To Be Rich, a personal finance brand with a New York Times bestselling book and one million readers, is seeking a home-based personal and business finance editor in the U.S. This position is 100% remote. This work at home role is full-time. From the company: "You’ll be responsible for recruiting top writing talent to make I Will Teach You … Read More
That is so wonderful TaMarra. Congratulations! As a mom of young kids, I would love to learn about how to disciple my kids from an experienced mom. I would recommend checking out Kindle Direct Publishing or Create Space. Both are through Amazon and allow you to list your book directly on Amazon either in print or for Kindle. That’s a great place to start. Also, starting a blog is a great way to connect with potential readers that might be interested in your book.
- Work-from-home mothers and fathers share some perks with stay-home moms and dads, in that they have greater freedom to pick up sick kids from school (the joys of parenting!) and generally have an advantage in being able to prioritize family needs, from doctor appointments, to school plays, to everything in between (provided their employer does, indeed, enable this sort of flexibility).
A desire for family flexibility remains the top reason why 90% of mothers work from home. The reasons why more women of this generation are staying home encompass both happiness and struggles to balance work with parenting. Some millennial women work outside their fields to get adequate part-time hours in by teaching piano, tutoring and creating a business built on their hobbies to make staying at home possible.
I just read this and love it! Question though- where is the link to the Pilates Body Program? I clicked the one in the post but I got a “page not found” message. 🙁 I feel like I’m floundering trying to balance working at home, two small girls, cleaning, cooking, living… 😉 This post was great! And we did Babywise with our second, and oh my word, what a fantastic difference!!
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.

But, as we all know, life happens. 3 more boys later, my husband and I realized that one income wouldn’t cut it anymore. We live in a country where the pay isn’t great but expenses aren’t that low either (thank God for socialized medicine!). My husband was working full-time in his air conditioning business, so the income had to come from somewhere else.
A little bit ago i started selling nerium as an income supplement. Ive been having amazing luck with it and the best part if that i can do it with 3 kids! I dont have to host parties in order to suceed or go anywhere. I am due now in 3 months with a little boy and my goal is to have nerium and a side sewing business that can make me more than i make now working 10 hrs a week. This post helped a lot because there are alot of scams out there on working from home. Its messy business!
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. 

Now, don't get me wrong — there is nothing wrong with not joining Facebook if you absolutely are against it. You can certainly find work at home jobs without it by following blogs like this one, but Miranda made a great point that Facebook is an excellent resource that shouldn't be ignored unless you're just completely adamant that you want no part of Facebook.
While all these occupations may sound old-fashioned, this just shows that the way people work has changed in the last 100 years...and it hasn't. And likewise the way that people will work and work from home will continue to evolve. There are any number of ways to carve out a living from home: working as a telecommuter for a big company, being a remote call center agent, signing on to the gig economy and picking of short tasks or direct selling products like Avon. 
I think most people recognize that when it comes to freelancing and finances, uncertainty is the name of the game. The good news is, you have great motivation (your family!) to make that money every month. Now that your family is depending on your skills to bring home income, you need financial buffers like never before. For me, that means having a good mix of hourly pricing and value-based pricing for my work. It also means setting up a budget with a Variable Income Fund (VIF). Unlike a savings account, your VIF is meant to be spent. Think of it like a pot of money that can act as a paycheck in months when income is down. Let’s say you have a good month and make more than expected. After setting aside 25-30% for taxes (yes, you need to do that) and paying any other monthly financial obligations, you can start planning for the months ahead. Squirrel away some money for a future month’s “paycheck” in your Variable Income Fund. Having money budgeted for the future has been a game changer for me and it’s actually pretty easy if you start using financial software, like YNAB or Mint. Developing the habit early will make the transition to freelancing much easier.

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As a blogger, I earn money a number of ways — some of it comes from affiliate sales and ad revenue, which I can attribute to the blog itself. A substantial portion of my earnings come from clients who approach me for work because they read my blog. So, while the act of blogging isn’t the main source of income, blogging does present a number of money-making opportunities!

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!)

Seven years ago, before I had children, I taught music full-time at a conservatory. I had 47 students. I left the conservatory when I had my first baby, and now I teach piano lessons in my home part-time during the day. I have four little ones, and the piano moms and dads babysit for me while I teach their children. In return, they get a discount on lessons.

Fusion Cash is an online platform that allows you to make money from taking surveys, watching videos, shopping, completing short tasks, and much more. Sign up and immediately earn $5.00 just for joining. Most offers pay between .25 to $30 per offer, and payments are made via PayPal, check, or direct deposit once your account reaches a $25 threshold. Some offers do require a credit card number, so if you don’t feel comfortable giving out that information, just stick to the offers which display the No CC icon. Fusion Cash is a member of the Better Business Bureau.
I have been readong your blog for awhile but never commented. I was so thrilled when you announced your homestead purchase, hearing anyones dream come to fruition after hard work is always exciting. I stay home with my two kids under 3.5yrs. I heard a lot as well about stimulation and I worried. Kids parallel play until they are at least 2-3years old though, they are more interested in us. Mama guilt can be around the corner with any decision we make though. What I discovered is babies want our love and our time. Sharing our world is thrilling. Discovering fans, the washing machine, animals-it’s amazing seeing everything through their eyes. But you realise they ‘need’ very little. Well done on your beautiful baby and the choices you are making.

I am a full time college student, wife, and mommy to one active 5 yr old who I homeschool. My husband (who is a veteran Marine) is in college as well, so our lives are jam packed with homework. I’ve thought about selling products (It Works, Mary Kay, etc), but I can’t see myself selling and promoting a brand or products that I’m not 100% about. I have artistic abilities that I thought about putting to use to get income, but unfortunately we don’t even have the money to invest in creating stuff to sell.
As I am so fond of doing, I’ll leave you with a thought on how the dominant paradigms of our culture conspire to make us into endless consumers. In many ways, daycare is an example of how much we pay to work in this country. I sincerely wish we had free childcare programs for all families in the US, but, we do not. And so, families are left to grapple with an essentially no-win situation: lose an income by staying home or lose a lot of an income by paying for daycare. 

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?
Next to my divorce, one of the toughest challenges I've had in my life was trying to re-enter the workforce after a prolonged absence home with my children. You would think that getting moving to a new city and country at 17, getting married and raising kids would have been harder. For me, the idea of going back to work was much more frightening and intimidating yet it was something I desperately wanted and needed.
Design your way to a work-from-home job with this position as a senior product designer. Top-level candidates will not only understand the importance of user experience and visual design, but they’ll also be able to effectively communicate it. In short, you get excited solving design challenges with other designers and developers, and then improving and iterating on those products. You’ll need to rely on a deep understanding of visual design and user experience to take new ideas from concept (research and user testing) all the way to execution (mock-ups and prototypes).
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.
This is a great and comprehensive article, but the website/search engine evaluating jobs and the transcriber jobs I checked out that I think I’d be a good fit for require 3-5 years of experience each, and as a college student, I don’t have that. Are there any decent paying (50-200 dollars a month) jobs that don’t require experience in the job field yet?
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..
I’ve been a work at home mom—in some capacity—since my first son was born in 2010. When he was seven months old, I returned to my day job, working part-time. I was directing a business development team for a non-profit and—despite the boundaries I had tried to set by reeling back my schedule—people never had a problem calling me on my days off or afterhours. I couldn’t just “shut off,” so I was inevitably the mother pushing my son on the swing with a phone at my ear.
Hello Alexa, I have read your list and am very interested. I am a single mother of two little ones, and I would like to start up an online job from home, until I can get further on my career path offline. I have no idea where to begin and would appreciate so ideal tips on what and where to get started to make a decent living for my kids as well as myself, I would greatly appreciate it thank you for your time.

When my 1st was born, my husband and I made about the same income ($90K each) but my field is more flexible and I really wanted to stay home so that’s what we did. This decision was made a lot easier by having purchased a house we could afford on just one income, having two paid-in-full cars, and banking my income for the two years prior to having a baby. I was home for 7 years and during that time did regular freelance work in my field, mainly for former coworkers. I never really sought out any work but maintained my connections so that people thought of me. I also starting working 1 weekend day at a library and that job ended up providing our health insurance when my husband changed jobs and his new company did not have good benefits. I loved my years at home and wouldn’t trade it for anything. When youngest (of 2) started K I had no trouble finding a flexible full-time job that I love and my kids enjoy going to the school aftercare program with all their friends. You are right that early frugal choices really help set you up to make the choices you want. If we’d overspent on our house or cars we’d have felt like I had to work and I’d have missed so much.
I work from home doing customer service. I contract with a company named LiveOps and they offer opportunities to certify with a variety of clients. I currently take calls for Pizza Hut and it is pretty easy and enjoyable, once I got the hang of using the computer software. Most days, I average around $12 per hour, and I don’t have to commute anywhere or pay for childcare. I just schedule work hours when my husband is home to watch our 3 kids.
- Work-from-home mothers and fathers share some perks with stay-home moms and dads, in that they have greater freedom to pick up sick kids from school (the joys of parenting!) and generally have an advantage in being able to prioritize family needs, from doctor appointments, to school plays, to everything in between (provided their employer does, indeed, enable this sort of flexibility).

Babywoods has the cutest little smile! I quit working when my kids were little to stay home with them for five years until my youngest started kindergarten. I did side hustles from home for extra money. Since they started school, I’ve worked part time, then full time and now I’m back to part time. My oldest graduates high school next month and my youngest will be gone in two years. It is so true that the time passes so, so quickly. Even though there were times that were difficult when I stayed home, I’m so, so glad I did. My advice (even though you didn’t ask for it. 🙂 ) is to remember that it is every bit as important for you to get out and socialize as it is for Babywoods when you stay home. The public library was always a good place for us as they would have story hour and other activities for the kids and the moms could talk at the same time. I made some great friends that way. You could also see if there are any Meetup groups for moms and kids in your area.


If you can type well and have basic computer skills, you may enjoy being a work from home transcriptionist. Transcribe Me is an online company that offers moms a chance to make money transcribing audio files. These files are generally short in length and are required to be converted into text by typing out what is being said on them.  For other work from home transcription opportunities, check out this post.
6. When you apply to jobs, focus on your skills and abilities and what you can offer the company. Take time to reconnect with your professional persona, so that you’re a “woman returning to work” instead of a “mom returning to work.” Translate your time as a mom into skills that employers want like time management, organization, leadership, decision making, and management. Your professional self is the one that should be portrayed to employers, both in your application materials and during the interview process, but it can be difficult to locate and dust off the professional-you, when the parent-you has been in charge for so long. Take some time to return to your professional self.
You will never regret being home with Babywoods. I don’t think (but I guess I could be wrong) that there has ever been anyone on their death bed wishing they spent less time with their loved ones!! We were lucky when our kids were little as my MIL’s sister came from Europe and was our live in nanny. She was already retired and came to the us to get away for a while. She would have stayed with us for free, but we paid her a couple of hundred dollars a month plus room and board, food, etc. She was amazing and our kids called her grandma. I just wish we were smart then and saved and put away a lot of money…but hindsight is always 20/20. Too bad that most of your readers are already people interested in FI and frugality…I wish more youngsters would catch on. Although I’m doing my best by preaching to the my kids and nephews. LOL
Did I find this article useful? Yes, yes and a resounding yes!!! I happen to have a friend from Florida who has been bugging me about an online income opportunity because she knows I am a freelancer who earns through online jobs. But since we live worlds apart, I just didn’t know how to help her. I am definitely sharing this to her and I am checking some of the things listed here too for myself. Thanks Alexa!
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