Along with the six most common scams detailed above, there are other job opportunities that are not necessarily scams, but they also may not be as good as they appear. These companies often target stay-at-home moms and play on their desire to earn money from home, but they often do not deliver on what they promise. These are three common types of companies that you should be realistic about when exploring what they can actually offer you:
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.
I know this is fairly controversial in the parenting world but if you plan to work from home I can’t stress the value of a schedule enough. Blake was never on a strict time-based schedule, but she has had a very regular routine since she was about 3-months-old. We followed Babywise and she fell right in line with the natural routine (eat, play, sleep – and no I never ignore her hunger or sleep cues). Knowing when she was going to sleep and when she needed to eat was imperative to being able to return to work and maintain my sanity.
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.

I always imagined I’d stay home full-time, but when my daughter was about eight months old, I was bored out of my mind. Fortunately, I was asked to work p/t at a local college for a ten-week period, while someone was out for back surgery. Since this was supposed to be temporary, we hired a babysitter to care for our daughter at our house, while I was at work. The guy never ended up getting back surgery, but my temporary gig turned into something I’m still doing, almost six years later!
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.
VIPKid is seeking home-based online English teachers for Chinese children ages 4 to 12. The company provides a one-on-one immersive language learning experience using curriculum based on the common core standards. Home-based online teachers can earn $14 to $22 per hour (up to $2,000/month working 3 to 5 hours per day) in the U.S., with the potential for raises … Read More
Aviacode is seeking work at home primary care medical coders in the U.S. Hours vary. Compensation for these home-based medical coding positions is competitive. The company has an immediate need for Primary Care E/M Coders. As a work at home primary care medical coder, you will be responsible for both reviewing medical charts and assigning appropriate ICD-10 … Read More
Working at an office has always been your jam. There’s free coffee, and those post-workday margarita Mondays make your boss’ silently scary stare totally worthwhile. But now that you’re a mama, your priorities have changed. The shift into motherhood has made you question your nine-to-five existence and wonder if office life is really for you. If you’re contemplating trading in rush-hour drives and daycare drop-offs for an at-home option, you’ll need to consider what being a work at home mom (WAHM) really means. Scroll below to learn what you need to think about before quitting your job and becoming a WAHM.
Other things that you need to be wary of are micro-jobs (i.e., small jobs that don't take much time to complete). Although these can be legitimate, a lot of companies will require you to reach certain earning thresholds before they pay you. And it can take a very long time to reach those thresholds. You also need to be clear about your form of payment because you may not realize that you are getting paid in gift cards or bitcoins. Here are some other tips for avoiding stay-at-home mom job scams:
Angie Nelson is The Work at Home Wife. She began her work from home journey when she started her own home-based Virtual Assistant business. It’s no surprise then, that she brings the same entrepreneurial spirit to many of the posts you will see on her blog. Readers can draw plenty of inspiration from her personal story and been-there-done-that advice she offers about making your own home-based career.
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."  

Hmmmm I’m a work from home mom right now but there are a couple of these I’m going to try out! Why not make a few bucks while shopping and have the gas paid for? Or help someone out if I’m running around anyway? Plus we are a pet free home so the kids would love pet sitting once in a while. LOVE this list thanks mama!! =) hope some of these links work in Canada!!
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!
Stay at home, homeschooling mom of 4. My husband does a great job of supporting our family but I’ve become an independent distributor for 2 or 3 companies that we just love their products! My favorite for a home business would probably be Lilla Rose since the products are something almost any woman/girl can use and the company support is so great. – Tyra Whitlow at Lilla Rose
If you're a good typist, you may be able to pick up a little cash from home using that skill. If you're a really great typist, well, then you may be able to earn some good money in transcription. In addition to general transcription, there are opportunities for transcribing in both the medical and legal fields. In some specialized fields, certification may be required.
If you are looking at work-from-home jobs for moms, then you might want to consider creating your own job by starting a home-based business. A 2012 survey found that 69 percent of small businesses are started at home. Of those, 72 percent are run by women.7 So there are a lot of motivated women just like you who have gotten their own businesses up and running from the comfort of their own homes. If this sounds interesting to you, then take a look at some of the possibilities:
Just… DO make sure you edit eventually. If no one texts me or emails me with my ridiculous mistakes, I am sure to read my posts over from my phone when I have the chance – in the dr’s waiting room, in the drive through line up, in bed before I fall asleep. I can’t edit there, but I screenshot mistakes for myself and edit the next time I get to the computer.
The lack of proper maternity leave, the rising costs of childcare, unsupportive or nonexistent family policies and the ever-present wage gap lead millennial women to take their futures by the reins and preside over their homes as SAHMs, making money and a fulfilling life for their families, as best as they're able to, even if that means pinching pennies.

Thanks for this post! I was curious how it all played out. We struggled with what to do as we live incredibly rural and day care was not an option (nor was a full/part time nanny or babysitter)- heck I commute 90 miles one way for work and to put the little guy in daycare would have been another 20 miles one way. My husband works for the family ranch and I love my job with the park service. As soon as we found out I was pregnant, we started brainstorming options and resources. We crunched the numbers and realized we could make it on my husband’s salary (quitting his job wasn’t really an option). But I really love my work and the intellectual stimulation it gives me, so wasn’t keen on giving up that all together. We got creative and decided to pitch a solution that ended up, to our surprise and delight, being accepted by both employers. Now I go to the office 2 days a week, and work from home 1/2 a day with additional hours throughout the week as I can manage; I usually end up with about 20-25 hours/week. On my office days and telework mornings, DH is primary care giver and only participates in work that he can take the little guy along with. This arrangement has really worked well for us and has given us the added benefit of DH have “father-son” days that have really helped our transition from a couple to a family. It’s not without it’s challenges. I am a year out from finishing a graduate degree and so am also sacrificing sleep to finish schoolwork on evenings and weekends. I am getting a new supervisor at work that may not be as receptive to either a part time or teleworking employee (both uncommon at my unit) and could require me to return to full time on-site work or give my notice. We’ve also had some push-back from my husband’s family about his availability to do various activities. We try to maintain open communication and conversation about what’s working and what isn’t with each other and with our respective employers. So far (little guy is 8 months), so good but we continue to plan and strategize for the future, while enjoying the time we both have with our little guy. Everyday brings new joys and challenges and we continue to take them one at a time.
I created my own niche after my divorce last year by learning Google Adwords and now handle my own accounts and do contract work for a local digital marketing agency. I set up accounts and rehab / optimize existing ones. Adwords is a platform built for the small solo operator AND big corporations, so there is a lot within the dashboard to sort & sift through. I basically assist small local service businesses get set up right so they don’t continue to lose money. Plus I offer interactive lessons (not something many people do out there at all). Google Adwords is huge and growing (partly how Google makes its BILLIONS). If you love data analysis, marketing in general, writing on point & creative ad copy, and simply LEARNING, the opportunities are there for TRUE self-starters. You also have to have super attention to detail with spelling, etc. I don’t have a college degree, mind you, but was hungry to learn it all. I am at heart a teacher and helper (and have always been geared towards marketing). I have owned my own little businesses as a house cleaner and professional organizer and then segued into Adwords (after building my own cleaning & organizing campaigns). Did so after I had my 2nd boy in 10/2015 and one in K at the time. I had to find a way to work from home because the chaos of meeting the school bus and dropping off and picking up at the sitter was getting a little crazy. 🙂 I recommend looking into Adwords. You can even get certified. That is my next goal.

Wow, this is absolutely amazing to hear. You and Mr. Frugalwoods are living out the plan that Mr. Picky Pincher and myself outlined a year ago, when we started our frugal journey. I’m so happy to see it’s achievable. 🙂 I’m not a mom yet, but I do struggle over whether staying at home is right for us or not. I’m sure the answer will come when Baby Picky Pincher is here. 🙂 Bravo for doing what’s right for you!


We are lucky in that my mom, a single woman, wanted to retire and move in with us to raise our son before he goes to preschool (We also get along well with my mom). We will probably put our son in part time daycare when he’s a year old or 18 months, like 2-3 days a week) as at that point, it drops in price and I do want him to socialize with other kiddos (I’m a bit of a homebody so myself alone wouldn’t be good at finding playdates). We’re cloth diapering and I’ve heard anecdotally that that can make potty training “easier” with elimination communication, so I’m hoping getting potty trained faster (if we’re successful) will make cheaper daycare an earlier possibility for us as well.
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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