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
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.
To really find the job that is right for you, you need to know what you are looking for. Already you know you want a working stay-at-home job, but that job must also fit your abilities, passions, time and financial needs. So let’s set up some guidelines. I have a free printable for you to fill out with your own guidelines that you can get by subscribing.
If you have word skills, if you cringe when you see a misspelled word, if you're an avid reader, then a freelance proofreading home business might be perfect for you! General proofreading is a home business with unlimited potential! As the Internet grows, more and more website, ebook, newsletter, and ad publishers need someone to proofread their copy. The … Read More

I used to think achieving work/life balance is possible if I try hard enough. Like many of you, I have my mom goals and working woman goals. Some of you may know my past struggles with postpartum depression. Those dark days are behind me yet I still fall into my old habits of trying to do too much. It’s a lifelong battle really, something that I’m constantly trying to work on.
Lionbridge is hiring work at home online map quality analysts in the U.S. These are part-time temp independent contractor positions. Hours are up to 20 per week. In this work at home role, you will be evaluating online mapping information. Candidates for this remote position should have good research abilities, as well as an interest and knowledge of local and … Read More
Although there is a common perception that the field of business is a man's world, the reality is that over 54 percent of women fill business and financial operations occupations.5 Furthermore, the business sector is so wide and diverse that it offers some of the best work-at-home jobs for moms. Although many positions require some level of post-secondary education, getting a credential at that level can result in finding flexible work that brings in decent money. Here are a few ideas to consider:
I have a potential opportunity to work for a mid sized company. It would be a good career move (more pay, better title, more responsibility), however, the company does not have any flex options. The manager has said there is no potential to work remotely and although there are no fixed hours, most people seem to get to work much earlier than I would be able to. I only have experience working in large corporations. Do you think this is typical of smaller/mid sized businesses. Also, anyone know of smaller companies that do offer flex opportunities (looking for Strategy/Finance type roles). Appreciate any thoughts!
Yes, it just depends what you’re looking to get into. For the past year and a half I’ve worked about 20 hours a week writing for blogs and have pulled in anywhere from $2,000 – $3,000 per month. Now I’m doing more virtual assistant work and in the next few months should bring in quite a bit more money. (I’ll also be working 40 hours per week though)
I was surprised that Nerium International was not on your list. The company is less than 4 years old and has broken so many records! Our CEO, Jeff Olson, gets invited year after year to speak to and teach other CEOs at their annual conferences. He is nicknamed “The Millionaire Maker”, and has brought many many companies from the bottom to the top. Nerium did $100 Million their first year with one product, in one country. And it doubles every year after that! It is also the youngest company to reach the top 40 list of the Direct Selling Association! This company is climbing fast to the top, and I’m proud to be involved in it.
10.  Set a date night.  Every week.  Every other at the least.  (P.S. This totally applies to all married folk.)  Between being a mom, chauffeur, housekeeper, diaper changer, meal planner, etc.  and running your own business (all by your lonesome), there is little time for your love life.  Make the time–no excuses.  Your husband will worship you for it–and you’ll be so thankful he does.  There’s really nothing better on this earth than to find your partner, the one who finishes your sentences.  Treasure that relationship.
You also need to make sure that you are working for employers who are OK with you fitting your work in around the needs of your children. The best jobs for stay-at-home moms offer flexibility so that you are able to work before your kids wake up (or after they go to bed), from your phone at the playground, or during naps, free play, and TV time. And you will need to be self-motivated and willing to do whatever is necessary in order to ensure that your work is getting finished.
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
While I've had to scale back my writing and internet marketing more than I anticipated, I'm still working. I don't always blog about it because, frankly, I haven't had much to share with you all that would be beneficial to you ... I've just been blogging, keeping up with social networking in my niche and the usual things we online writers do to get traffic and revenue.
This is a great list! I’m hoping it will be very helpful to me… I haven’t been able to work all my life due to health problems. I have loved the idea of working and earning my own money, just never had the chance. So working from home could change my life! Do you have any advice on a really easy, simple way to get started and earning soon? I’m not looking to earn a lot or any thing, and it doesn’t need to be fun or interesting, I just want something easy to start with. I don’t particularly have many skills, but I can type and I have the free time. Any advice would be really appreciated. Thanks 🙂

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!
When a new mom asks me my secret to maintaining my sanity with three kids, one of my first answer is this: figure out what kind of mother you are. (You can read more about it here.) I didn’t know this at the beginning of my motherhood journey and tried to do what everyone else was doing. Except, I didn’t understand that every mom has her own demons and struggles behind closed doors and I was chasing an ideal vision of motherhood that I didn’t fully comprehend.
Good for you! I’m due next month and plan on dropping one of my two part time jobs therefore just leaving me to cover about 18 hours a week (my husband is a teacher and ends his day early) of childcare. We are super fortunate that we live by family that can help us with childcare, at least temporarily. But our maternity leave system in the states is so awful that it really puts a lot of people in difficult situations. I feel very fortunate to be able to work a skilled part time job but have been very surprised at how mom-unfriendly my employer is. It seems to me that we need to be encouraging more people to have babies and our current maternity leave/daycare/preschool set up does not do this at all. I’m glad you found a solution that works for you! Gotta love the Internet.

If her kids ever felt like they had nothing to do, she'd tell them to choose a slip of paper from the dish. Some instructed them to build the tallest Lego tower, others told them to clean their room. When they got older, she'd include them in her work by asking them to put away files. "You need to have an open-door policy and involve them in any capacity they can handle," she says. 

Calling all attorneys with broad legal experience! The assistant general counsel position will oversee a variety of legal responsibilities, conduct contract negotiations, draft legal agreements, and more. Previous legal experience required. The assistant general counsel will work about one to two days per week on a flexible schedule fulfilling legal assignments and drafting, editing, and negotiating contracts as requested by the General Counsel. All work may be conducted remotely with participation by Skype and phone. This is a part-time remote position.

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.

Calling all attorneys with broad legal experience! The assistant general counsel position will oversee a variety of legal responsibilities, conduct contract negotiations, draft legal agreements, and more. Previous legal experience required. The assistant general counsel will work about one to two days per week on a flexible schedule fulfilling legal assignments and drafting, editing, and negotiating contracts as requested by the General Counsel. All work may be conducted remotely with participation by Skype and phone. This is a part-time remote position.


I love this post! I meant to comment on your Facebook post about this and in true new mom fashion, I forgot to come back and do it. So here’s my little story…it has provided WAY more than I initially thought and has continued to provide. I’m a SAHM to a toddler and newborn. I used to teach and my husband teaches as well. After cutting expenses in our own budget, the next best way for us to save more money was to make money. I decided to open an Etsy shop (Joyful Art Designs) and sell printable signs. I spent 6 months preparing to open and a lot of hours the first several months to make it successful. The hard work has paid off and I’ve now replaced my teaching income if I had our two kids in day care. Right now I put in about 1-3 hours a day if I can since we have a newborn. I love blogging, but it’s a hobby, whereas this is a business. Thanks for letting us share our businesses…this is great for those searching to make money.
Dog watching. One of the best jobs for stay at home moms who love their four-legged friends.  Rover.com matches dog owners who need pet sitting with pet lovers who want to help. Create your profile and set your prices. Must be in a city populated enough to find business, but the potential to earn hundreds of dollars per month is there. (Heather in Seattle nets $500 to $1000 per month this way.) 

If HGTV is your must-watch channel, then a work-from-home job as a tour contributor could be a perfect match for you. Use your strong photography skills and eye for style to write house tours of homes of all sizes and styles. You’ll need to have superior writing chops, a good-quality digital camera and tripod (i.e., no iPhone pics), and access to Photoshop, Lightroom or an equivalent photo-editing program. Candidates for the position will be considered only if they submit a mock sample tour of high-resolution JPEG images, descriptive captions, floor plans and three short introductory paragraphs.
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 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….
Typing is obviously a key skill, but accuracy and good grammar are important as well. Transcriptionists are paid by the lines or words typed, the audio minute transcribed or, less frequently, by the hour. Work-at-home transcriptionists are usually independent contractors. As with writing, in many transcription positions, the work can be done during non-business hours or on a flexible schedule. If you are just starting out, you might try data entry from home first.
The FlexJobs database lists thousands of work-at-home jobs that offer stay-at-home moms the ability to work comfortably from a home office. And according to the FlexJobs survey of working parents in 2017, the ability to work flexibly is one of the top contributors to a healthy work-life balance. Below we’ve got 10 great work-at-home jobs for stay-at-home moms, along with their median annual salary from PayScale.

Daycare is super expensive all over the country for the most part, but I’m so glad you’re finding success with freelance writing! I have my family help out a lot with childcare when I need it but my son is a older and just finished kindergarten so he’s in school for most of the day. I still would like to be more present when he gets out of school so I’d love to turn my freelance writing side hustle into a full-time gig and just work during school hours and when I can during the summer. We’ll see how it goes.
Our child care arrangements have changed over the years – from Grandma, to full-time daycare, to being home with me while on extended maternity leave. The current arrangement is that the two youngest ones go to daycare three days per week. Mr. Smith (who makes less than me) stays home with them one day per week, and my mom helps me with them while I work from home one day per week. It’s not ideal, but it give us some semblence of balance, for now. Mr. Smith likes working – in construction. So while it might have made financial sense for him to stay at home, he can’t do his work while watching the kids.
25.  Remember your end-goal. When you’re 82, what will you look back and treasure?  Long for?  My bet is you’ll not think about how you wished you had written one more post, or expanded your company in that one way.  We’ll look back & either love the time we had with our families or wish we would have taken more.  It’s so easy to become swept up in life’s to do’s…live in the moment so you can look back and remember them all.

With these 7 work from home blogs in your feed reader, there will be no stopping you in your home-based endeavors! Whether you want to work for a company like Amazon, become a solopreneur, or just earn some extra money on the side, you can find the advice you need to get you where you want to go with these blogs. Be sure to bookmark them, give them a follow, and stop by frequently. While there, introduce yourself, say hello, give a comment, and share with your friends!
Work at Home Mom Revolution posts regularly about jobs that moms can do from home. Lisa Mills started the site in 2007 to help moms find the best resources out there. From freelance writing, to flex work to product ad service companies your can run form your home, Lisa keep moms updated on a variety of options. Lisa recently wrote  and published an ebook, which is available on Amazon.com, about starting a general transcription career from home. called Jump-Start Your Work at Home General Transcription Career: The Fast and Easy Way to Get Started!.  It’s filled with the tips and tricks she’s  learned (often the hard way) over her eight-plus year career in general transcription. Lisa herself is a work from home mom. She says “I’ve been working at home since I got my first computer back in the ’90s.  I’ve done a little bit of everything to make money from home, including selling on eBay, running an online used bookstore at Amazon.com, day trading stocks online, freelance writing, and publishing websites.”
Hey Kelly! The one year of teaching experience can be any kind of teaching experience (not just in a traditional school setting). They just want to make sure you’ve worked with children before. Any daycare experience, teaching Sunday school, and yes- as a sign language interpreter (how cool is that?!). I actually think you’d be a fantastic fit for this job because using the hands and facial expressions are a key element to keeping ESL students engaged. Feel free to comment back here or email me at [email protected] if you have any more questions. This job is so much fun and I’m happy to help 🙂 -Autumn
It took me a long time to own the title, WAHM. I thought that because I didn’t work for a company, didn’t have an official title, and didn’t earn a regular salary that I didn’t have a “real” job. Then I realized that I work more hours than a lot of people I know—my job just looks different than theirs. I write, blog, speak, and mentor. I have authored three books and strive to encourage others every day. And I will continue doing all of this with a baby on my hip, a toddler on my heels, and three big kids asking lots of questions as I close my laptop and call it a day . . . until the sun rises and the day begins again.
Your blog is very inspiring! Am currently in EBA 3.0 and I need for this to work. LOL! I been a SAHM for years and recently became a school bus driver to earn money and the schedule works around the kids for the most part. But the Hubby’s schedule is changing in Jan. and I have to make this work. Thanks so much all the freebies and inspiring stories.

CashCrate is an online platform where you can start earning money by completing offers, taking surveys, watching videos, and shopping online using their site. I’ve played around on the site a little bit, and you’ll want to make sure that you read all of the fine print on each and every offer. Many offers require an email address, which means you’ll receive offers from them and other marketers. Tasks pay out anywhere from a few cents to $30.00 or more, and you’ll receive $1 for signing up for an account. Payments are made via check or PayPal.
I worked for six years after graduate school at a large corporation. I was too young to realize that while I was smart and capable, I was totally not aligned with the culture of the organization I was working at. Within two years of getting married I had my first child and couldn't wait for a "legitimate" excuse to leave my corporate job. When I look back on those days, I realize that I actually left because I didn't have the confidence or the maturity to figure out what I would really enjoy doing.
That is wonderful for you and your family. Please make sure you have enough disability insurance on YOU if something happens. We received poor professional advice when we decided for me to stay home and didn’t have enough for me. We were able to make it work (with a lot of scrambling, stress and a small inheritance) but six figures later we are very grateful to be in decent shape. I was in my 30’s with a toddler and preschooler. You are more likely to be disabled than die so life insurance is only part of what you need.
This is a great list. When people are searching from jobs that will allow them to work from home, they often have not clue what to search for on jobs sites other than “work at home.” This is an excellent list of search terms, as well as to give ideas for areas in which to seek further training if needed so that working from home can be a possibility.
One way to make money at home is sell Valentus products. I am a product of the product…In four months I have lost 25 pounds and 25 inches with just drinking one cup of Valentus Slim Roast per day. I also sell the product and I make money doing it! All it cost was $20 US to become a consultant. I sell my products on my websites and thru word of mouth. That’s it!
Thanks so much for this great article. I’ve been trying to get a graphic design business but am having trouble finding business. I’d also love to blog but don’t know where to start. There are so many amazing blogs out there that it’s hard to think I could have anything new to contribute. But my son is 6 months now and it seems like a perfect time to get started…thanks for the ideas and encouragement!
Hi, I'm Angela. I'm a writer at heart, blogger by trade. I spend my day chasing a toddler and negotiating with two tween daughters. In between, I drink coffee, meditate, scribble notes, take photos, schedule appointments, read, write and find joy in the little things. Sometimes I travel, sometimes I practice yoga. Everyday I create something new and share them on this blog at least 2-3 times a week.
For many women, like me, who need both the income and the outlet, working part time is a blessed answer. I’m thankful that today loads of mothers are making strides in both the public and the private sectors from the comfort of their own couches. I’m glad I get to be one of them because the work-at-home-mom (otherwise known as WAHM) community is an excellent one. It seems that the tides are turning and the battle cry of the mommy wars are quieting; thanks to a new climate—a new way of leaning in, if you will—we seem to be coming together as a community of women, supporting each other in our choices to raise kids, explore creative endeavors, start businesses, and find ourselves in a whole new way.
I love this post! I meant to comment on your Facebook post about this and in true new mom fashion, I forgot to come back and do it. So here’s my little story…it has provided WAY more than I initially thought and has continued to provide. I’m a SAHM to a toddler and newborn. I used to teach and my husband teaches as well. After cutting expenses in our own budget, the next best way for us to save more money was to make money. I decided to open an Etsy shop (Joyful Art Designs) and sell printable signs. I spent 6 months preparing to open and a lot of hours the first several months to make it successful. The hard work has paid off and I’ve now replaced my teaching income if I had our two kids in day care. Right now I put in about 1-3 hours a day if I can since we have a newborn. I love blogging, but it’s a hobby, whereas this is a business. Thanks for letting us share our businesses…this is great for those searching to make money.

Of course, 5 AM is pretty drastic. You can start small. Waking up even half an hour earlier will do wonders for your day. You can get a few small task done to get ahead of your day, but it’ll save time even if you don’t do any work. Sitting quietly with a cup of tea or coffee, thinking about the day ahead, and looking over what you have to do that day will help you immensely. I find that knowing your schedule for the day ahead of time is super important and will ensure that when you sit down to work you’ll be ready without having to THEN waste time figuring out what needs to get done and what you have time for.
Elaine Turner Elite has new openings for their national network of personal stylists who represent the brand and earn up to 25% sales commission. Designer brand, Elaine Turner creates exclusive apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry for women who appreciate quality and comfort at an accessible luxury price point. Their mission is to make women “Feel Beautiful Inside and Out”. Elite Stylists have the ability to create their own flexible schedule and are provided with tools, samples and support to reach their goals. Stylists connect with clients via one-on-one styling sessions, trunk shows and philanthropy events. Stylists can also style and sell virtually through our new “try before you buy” box service. To apply for a position in your area, visit Elaine Turner Elite.
5. Home-based business startups—You should note that some of these opportunities are definitely legitimate, but there are also a lot of scams. Some of the major red flags to watch for are mentioned above and include companies that are requiring large investments up front, emphasizing that no experience is needed, and promising high earnings. One of the most common scams involves setting up medical billing businesses. There are definitely ways to obtain real work-from-home jobs in that field, but you will need medical billing training and may have to gain experience by working in an office setting prior to being able to work from home.
Awesome Hannah! I really felt like 6 months was the magic number with both of mine too, where we started getting back into a routine. I was just thinking about this today, and I really feel like there’s room for any blogger who is willing to be brave and share their unique perspective and story. You’re the only you! So don’t be intimidated by how many others there are. If you do decide to start one, feel free to email me! I’d love to answer any questions you might have. Have you thought about doing something with your graphic design on Fiverr? Or perhaps contact bloggers, as they often need help making nice Pinnable images.

Get out a pen and paper and add these numbers up – the amount of time you spend getting primped for work each day plus the number of minutes — or, in some places, hours — you spend on your daily round-trip commute. Now multiply that number by five and you’ll see just how many hours you’ll gain if you can manage a side hustle that you can do in your pajamas. Over the weeks, months, and years, it could add up to thousands of hours!
7. Work Hours: It’s totally tempting to spend your days with the kids and your nights working — until reality sets in. Spending all day running races, making crafts, and chauffeuring your tot around is tiring. The last thing you’ll want to do when your little one drifts off into dreamland is start your work day. Before deciding to work at home, make sure you can choose (and stick to) reasonable work hours.
Another way to get affordable child care: Pool your resources with several other working moms and hire one babysitter to watch all your children at the same time. Even without the sitter, you can get together with other WAHMs and let the kids play while you all work. "I found that if a child has a playdate, he or she is often amused long enough to allow you to do work that doesn't require extreme quiet," says freelance writer Melissa Dutton, of Columbus, Ohio, who also sometimes swapped child care for her two kids with another working mom a few hours a week. "I knew that she worked from home, too, so I offered to take her kid first, and it grew from there."

Edmentum provides curriculum, assessments, practice programs, and online classes. Edmentum frequently hires both full-time and part-time Virtual Teachers to teach math, science, English, history, and a variety of other subjects. Teachers are required to have a bachelors degree and teaching certificate in which the state they’re hired. Job search tip: Virtual teaching positions aren’t listed as “remote” under location; search “virtual” under keyword instead. Full-time Edmentum teachers report earning between $55,000-$65,000 per year.

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!


I love this community and just discovered it! I’ve been searching and searching for something to help me transition from Work Out There, to Work At Home. I’ve actually worked at home as a designer for an advertising agency for the past 4 years when they suddenly dropped freelance contracts. I also have a 4 year old son, so I was not ready to go back to “Work Out There” after all that time with him as my little assistant. I am struggling with routine, and this forum seems to have a lot of answers! I do still work at home, thank goodness, as I started with a brand new network marketing company called RemeVerse (anti-aging, science-based skincare). I think network marketing is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated “careers” out there for WAHMs. There’s so much potential! Now just to get to a solid morning routine…. hi everybody!
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Welocalize works with global companies in a variety of specialized industries such as technology, consumer satisfaction, manufacturing, learning and education, legal, travel and hospitality, finance, oil and gas, and life sciences to translate their website and content into local languages. Hourly contractors earn between $23-$43 hourly, depending on their area of specialty, language, and availability.
Tutor—You might want to consider helping other elementary, high school, and college students with their studies if there is a particular field of study in which you excel. Tutors are needed for a number of subjects ranging from English and history to math and science. However, you will likely need someone to help take care of your kids when you have tutoring sessions since they typically take place after school or on weekends. Depending on the subject matter and type of student, you could earn anywhere from $9.00 to more than $40.00 per hour.6
I admire you for putting yourself, Blake and your marriage first and then work. It’s not easy, especially in today’s world. You are an amazing woman to be able to balance all of it and run such a successful blog, body program and teaching of others through videos or in person. I’m sure it is not easy and I know you have to be organized to do it all. Please know you are an inspiration to many!! May God continue to bless you, your family and your business!!
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!

In regard to exercise, I used to really love running, but I had a fall right before Annie was born, and while I would still I would like to run, I am a bit scared of it! I would rather have another baby with no epidural that fall and bust my knees running again. Right now, I like the quickness and ease of using an app called Seven for their HIIT.  I use this app 5 days a week to do their high intensity interval training (HIIT). I always work out before they wake up so I can get showered and ready to go before they wake up.
Make sure you read the requirements carefully — many companies offering employee positions expect you to have availability during normal business hours. And since you’ve got little ones in your care, this probably isn’t practical. A growing number of companies, mostly startups, are embracing a non-traditional work-whenever-makes-sense-for-you mantra. These forward-thinking companies recognize that talent comes from all sorts of places, including stay-at-home parents.
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.
Edmentum provides curriculum, assessments, practice programs, and online classes. Edmentum frequently hires both full-time and part-time Virtual Teachers to teach math, science, English, history, and a variety of other subjects. Teachers are required to have a bachelors degree and teaching certificate in which the state they’re hired. Job search tip: Virtual teaching positions aren’t listed as “remote” under location; search “virtual” under keyword instead. Full-time Edmentum teachers report earning between $55,000-$65,000 per year.
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." 
Since I had my first son almost 8 years ago at the age of 19, I thought I’d always be a stay at home mom. My mother had been a lawyer when we were younger, and she hated being away from us for so many hours a week. I’d kind of imbibed that thinking, and honestly, I never felt any burning need to “get out of the house”. To hang out with friends, maybe. But to work? I made a career out of being a SAHM. I followed all the mom blogs, I baked amazing cakes for my kids birthdays, I created a homemaking schedule, I meal planned, I made Mommy Camps for my littles complete with a schedule of activities and outings – I’m a Type-A perfectionist. If I was going to be a stay at home mom, I would be THE ULTIMATE stay at home mom.
We don’t have kids, but my two siblings have 2-3 children each and they have different solutions – a frugal one and a not so frugal one. Sister 1 bought a rather cheap home next to my mom out in the country so she watches the two boys 2-3 times a week at her house (one is not in school yet) while she goes to work. She also is a single parent. Sister 2 lives in a major city and has a nanny come three days a week for 12 hour days to watch two kids (costing $40k/year). They have super intense jobs with long hours. Now that she has a third baby, her nanny quit and they are having a hard time finding a (legal) nanny who wants to watch three kids for 10 hours a day. Maternity leave is over, they are in the middle of paternity leave, so they will figure it out soon hopefully! One staying home will not work due to the amount of student loans and mortgage they have. Different solutions for different people even in the same family. There there’s me; no kids, retiring early.
I’m a homeschooling, work-at-home mom, cooking all our food (mostly from scratch), taking care of our home, and also running our businesses. Even though my kids see me work every day, I am home with them and they know that even if sometimes I am distracted, we are still all home together. I see them way more then if they were in school all day.  Some moms like to work while their kids are asleep at night and in the morning, but I’m brain-dead by night time! I need to work during the day while my mind is fresh!
The truth is that there are legitimate work-from-home employers seeking applicants, but they are often drowned out by the loud and proud direct sales consultants offering a similar pitch. I have nothing against direct sales; in fact, I dabbled in them a few years ago. I respect the hustle! But it’s important to remember that direct sales isn’t for everyone, just like teaching isn’t for everyone, being a doctor isn’t for everyone, and being a mom isn’t for everyone.
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.
While not exactly frugal, we just sucked it up and paid. I would have paid for it even if it was more than I made. I’m one of those women that just can’t be a stay-at-home parent – it’s not in me, and there’d have been a lot of mess for Dad to clean up if I had stayed home. We moved to an area where daycare is half what it was in the DC metro area (that’s about all that’s cheaper!), although our district only has half-day Kindergarten. Once Daughter Person starts 1st grade next year, our expenses will be reduced even further. It’s about the same price per day for care before/after kindergarten as it is for full day day care ($30/day vs $35/day).
Similarly, Leah Charney, 34, cares for her infant son while working at home as a marketing and operations consultant in Colorado. Postpartum, she returned to a demanding job but quickly left to scale back and work from home while her husband still worked full-time. Her son goes to day care two days a week—that’s when she schedules meetings and tackles larger projects. On other days, she works while he eats and naps.
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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.
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As I mentioned, now that I’m down to 2 hours of work time during the day, I’ve instituted a new system of early work hours. 3 days a week I wake up at 4:45, roll out of bed and head to Starbucks for a 2 hour work session. So far, so good. Although I don’t enjoy getting out of bed that early, it feels amazing to start the day on top of my inbox and ahead of the game rather than watching work pile up until nap time. My stress levels are down, my productivity is up and my after-dinner hours are now open to connect with my husband. You may not feel you need to leave the house but I do. It keeps me focused and since my daughter is still breastfeeding I can’t be in the house if she wakes up and expect to continue working.
Hi, Im 5 months pregnant. Im due in July. I recently started my job at Food4less about a month ago. and they just fired me because I am “Not Fit” for the position. I still can’t get over the fact that I got Fired so soon. Well Depending on one income isn’t enough. The most i’m trying to do is get a stay at home job. I am not very creative at all :( But with my retail and customer experience I would hope to find one. I am also great with typing atleast 80 words per min.
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When all else fails, YouTube is your friend. To eliminate some of the screentime mom guilt, I make sure that whatever they watch is educational, like Magic School Bus and Wild Kratts for the big boys, and Barney for the younger ones. My 6 year old loves to watch cake decorating videos. I suppose that’s educational in its own way – maybe he’ll become a pastry chef!

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.

If you don't learn to keep your roles as mom and businesswoman separate, giving each your full concentration for a set amount of time, you'll never feel like you're doing either well. To separate mentally from the rest of the house, set up a private office area, recommends Lauren Kohl, an attorney and mom of two in Newton, Massachusetts. She works out of a converted closet, a kid-free zone that helps her to detach from the rest of her house. If she can't see the dirty rompers in the hamper, she's less inclined to leave her desk to launder them, she says. Plus, it helps you disengage from your job if you have a door to close. If you don't have an office, try making a list of everything you're going to do the next day, leave it in your work space, and walk away. "You're doing something to turn work off," says Durst.


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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!

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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.
Make sure you read the requirements carefully — many companies offering employee positions expect you to have availability during normal business hours. And since you’ve got little ones in your care, this probably isn’t practical. A growing number of companies, mostly startups, are embracing a non-traditional work-whenever-makes-sense-for-you mantra. These forward-thinking companies recognize that talent comes from all sorts of places, including stay-at-home parents.
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