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!

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My mind remains a blank slate. I’m not a salesperson, a lyrical genius, or crafty. After working as a RN for many years and struggling with my own health issues, I was forced to leave the only career I found true passion in. Two years ago, I rediscovered that passion for learning and became interested in. Sex Ed. Not the Birds and the Bees from middle school, but the deeper, more intimate details. After years of absorbing information, I found giving advice and sharing knowledge to other woman was as rewarding, if not more, than nursing. I’ve even worked with some men and a few couples who now report an active and fulfilling sex life. Finally, I feel I have regained my self worth and again feel the satisfaction of helping others.
This is quite new in the world of weddings but is a fantastic idea for anyone who wants to capture their special night. Many brides are now hiring painters to attend the event and paint a scene from the wedding in the painter’s unique style. If you are artistic and enjoy painting, you can expect to make around $4K from each painting. While you do have to attend the wedding to do a live painting, weddings are usually on weekends making this desirable to stay at home moms. You of course pick and choose which dates and weddings you book. Expect to be busier during the spring and summer as that is when weddings happen.
I am an Artist based on Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I do customised artwork’s for home and businesses. As a fulltime mother and a responsible housewife my work is a great place for me for space and freedom and definitely for my satisfaction. I like to do painting and I really when my artwork’s beautifies and fulfils other’s house and places. recently I invited to work with Summer foundation to paint for disable people and the money earned for artwork’s will be spent to help the helpless people. I am really happy my artwork’s are using for helping people.
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I have just started my new blog, Meaningful Nest, last week. Your post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I need guidance, and your writing and pictures melted my heart and tugged at the strings on it. I love your advice. I am struggling with doing it all right, and how my children see me, and how what I am doing and what I say to them (the “in a minute” one resonated with me) does stick with them and form their view of me and impacts them significantly. I teach full time as a special education teacher and have started my new blog to do something just for me. BUT I will need help balancing it all, and I will come back to what you said again and again. I have added you to my list of “Meaningful Blogs”. Thank you for your inspiration!!!

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!


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Heritage Reporting Corporation is seeking home-based legal transcriptionists in the U.S. Both full and part-time home-based positions are available. You must have your high school diploma or its equivalent. From the company: "Heritage Reporting Corporation, a privately owned nationwide court reporting and transcription firm based in Washington DC, has … Read More

You could let him or her know that multiple reports have found that at-home workers can be more productive and engaged because their job satisfaction increases and they have fewer distractions from around the office. A 2014 report in the Harvard Business Review supported those points and also found that working from home resulted in less employee sick time as well as reduced overhead costs for businesses.8
I know that from the outside my life looks a little (a lot?) crazy. So much of the time I feel like I’m playing a game of human Jenga: All of my pieces have to balance just so in order for the tower to stand. Like Jenga, sometimes we fall, and other times we are remarkably sturdy. I’m still learning what it means to find balance. Still, I am well aware that working from home (or my van) is a luxury. I feel so grateful that I can cobble together a series of part-time jobs and opportunities in order to help support my family and still play with Playdough mid-morning on a Monday.
The challenges of WAHM-hood are plentiful, but the real struggle lies in the emotional labor of trying to simultaneously ensure that you’re fulfilling the duties of being a good parent while showing employers you can handle their workload and meet expectations—all on little sleep and an unpredictable schedule. You are nanny, mommy, and employee—at the same exact time. It’s a constant tug-of-war.
Pro tip for baby stimulation: See if your local library has a summer reading program for babies. No, really! We have a great one in Denver inspired by the ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read program. The “reading” activities for babies are actually Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play, and the specifics for last summer were things like “finger paint with pudding” or “make up a song with your child’s name in it.” But don’t worry–even babies need their down time :-). Totally cool for her to roll around on the floor a little while you work.
I did work for a while, and then I got married, but when our first baby came along, we couldn’t really afford for me not to work at all. So I started a small editing business from home, which allowed me to bring in a little cash and keep up my professional skills. After a while, I wanted more regular work, so I started doing online tutoring. I set my hours around my husband’s schedule, and it all worked well.
Hey there @Melissa, I know you didn’t originally post to me, but I work for Younique, selling cosmetics at home. What I love about the company is that they focus on selling on social media and the internet, which makes it really convenient. Plus the company and my uplines are so positive and supportive! Not to mention the product is great, so that helps! I would love to talk more about it with you!
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.
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:
Sell Products You Love. – I have never been a sales type of person, however I can tell my friends the things I love to shop for. Companies like Stella & Dot (which has such cute jewelry) enable women to get a business of the ground really fast. (Bonus: if you sign up with Stella & Dot with our affiliate link, you’ll get $350 in free accessories.) Do you want to be a Style Boss? Learn more.
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. 

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This is a big shift I’ve made recently. I love, love, love, receiving emails from readers and other bloggers and used to respond to 100% of them. Unfortunately I’ve gotten to a place where I just can’t do that anymore. I found I was doing it at the expense of being with my family or taking care of myself and my needs. Which does not reflect my values and doesn’t exhibit balance in my own life. So now, I have a form email response for many inquiries noting that I do have a program that includes unlimited email interaction/coaching and at this time in my life my time and energy needs to go to those valuable, committed, paying clients. Don’t let this scare you away from emailing me though! I still love them and respond to as many as I have time for. 🙂
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.

Very nice post – totally agree. I saw something on Pinterest recently that said if you don’t listen to your child telling you little stuff now, they won’t bother telling you the big stuff when they’re older – because it’s ALL big stuff to them. And as the mother of a child with a speech delay, every word is precious and I hang on every one of them.
If you love to find bargains and can’t get enough of the clearance aisles, then selling on Amazon may be for you! Jessica from TheSellingFamily.com was able to take her love of finding deals and turn it into a 6-figure side hustle in just 1 year. You can grab a free 7 day email course right here and she will explain everything you need to know about how it all works and help you decide if it’s the right choice for you. (I think this is one of the EASIEST jobs stay at home moms can do with no experience!)
In Canada we can get a year of mat leave (getting paid at EI rates, which for me means about 25% of full pay). I’m not pregnant yet, but we are saving so that I’ll be able to take that full year off and be financially comfortable with EI + savings for a year. After that, I’ll go back to work full time and my husband will take care of the baby. He works from home on a flexible schedule that can be as part-time as he likes. It will mean he cuts back on hours, but my salary is much greater anyway. I’m sure it will be hard to return to work, but I’ll be glad to have a full year at home (both of us home during the day for a full year!)
I am happy for you! I’ve been a WAHM for almost a year now. What pushed me into it was having two very scary incidents of bleeding during my first trimester and bed rest for several weeks. I decided to quit a very stressful marketing job (we had shifting hours) for the baby’s sake. Now, she’s a happy 4-month-old and I’m exclusively nursing her, and toying with the idea of homeschooling when she’s older.
If the emotional side of things wasn’t compelling enough, the finances absolutely sealed the deal for us. As people who like to do our research extensively (some might say obsessively… ), while I was pregnant I researched every single daycare I could find in our area. I interrogated parents about nanny shares, home daycares, large daycares, small daycares… you name it, I read about it. And what I deduced is that daycare in the Boston area is equal parts expensive and competitive. A number of centers I called (while I was all of 3 months pregnant) were already filled up for the month I’d need Babywoods to start.

But being a WAHM still felt like my best option. Even if both my partner and I had full-time jobs, we would barely scrape by paying for day care, which costs about $1,500 to $2,400 a month in Boston, where we live. My partner works 40 hours a week at a UPS store, then comes home to do housework and play with our son. I do a lot of the unpaid, unseen work—shopping, paying bills, scheduling our lives, and managing mundane child care duties. When our son is sick, I take off from the work I didn’t get done and stay up at night.
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.
I have been a SAHM for just over 24 years. It has been the best part of my life so far. It wasn’t always easy, but I was able to be the first one to see steps, smiles, walking, running and all the rest. I taught my kids how to read, write, understand arithmetic, ride a bike, take them all over the world and show them cultures and languages. Both have scholarships, friends and are basically good citizens. Best decision hands down.

A good friend of mine told me that she’s found she needs to shift her routine to reflect her kids’ changes every 2 months. So really, once you hit your stride things begin to change. I’m learning how important it is to remain flexible. Some days will go as planned, but most won’t. And the routine will continually need to be tweaked and adjusted as Blake grows and our family grows. Some seasons will be easier than others. Moms who are ahead of me already know this and know that 2+ kids changes EVERYTHING once again.

My global turnkey eCommerce business is completely hassle-free. No product stock-up, no product delivery, no customer service and no other headache logistic issues at all. I am very happy with this simple business that enabled me to earn more than what I earn in my previous architecture job with much lesser time being spent. The best part is I start having some passive income in just less than a year. Most importantly is that this business allowed me take care of my little girl without stress. I can even bring my girl along when I am doing my business! 

No list of work from home blogs would be complete without mentioning The Work at Home Woman. If you have spent any time researching home-based jobs, chances are, you already know Holly Hanna as the award-winning founder of this popular blog. Geared towards women who want to balance life, family, careers and everything in between on their own terms, you can find plenty of no-nonsense advice on being successful in your life’s endeavors.
Next, think about how, when, and where you can get some work done. If you have an infant who sleeps on and off throughout the day, you’ll need to find something that doesn’t require a commitment of large blocks of time. If you have young children who come home from school at two o’clock in the afternoon, you’ll need a job that you can work on primarily in the morning. And if your work is going to require you to be on the phone, you’ll need to find chunks of time when you won’t be interrupted by your little ones.
Stacy: I touched on this before, but it is just such a common question from work-at-home moms. You’ll never find time to get it all done! There’s no way you can balance work, cleaning, homeschooling, keeping up with kids, being there for your husband, etc. – AND get everything done. You will always feel like there is a ball you are dropping somewhere. You will probably always feel out of balance at something! 

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!
And then there’s The House. Over the years, I’ve found that keeping young kids busy without resorting to too many screens usually involves some level of mess. Busy kids = happy kids = Mommy can work uninterrupted for a while, but it also means more cleanup time and energy for Mom (or more accurately, for the kids, but teaching them requires my time and energy too).
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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.
You can start by assessing your skills, interests, and previous training to decide what you want to do. Are you a writer, photographer, or designer? Do you have specialized healthcare or engineering skills? Is your expertise in marketing or merchandising? And most importantly, what do you love to do? Can you combine your interests with your skills? For example, if you have a background in web design but you love knitting, maybe you could start a home-based business selling customized knitted items online.
Zeitcaster is a location-based service that delivers local event data. They frequently hire part-time data entry clerks to input time and location data, as well as categorize each event. Data Entry clerks are assigned to different types of events based on employee interest, for example: Art, Children & Family, Nature & Outdoors, etc. Pay is around $15/hour, likely dependent on location.
The education and childcare sectors have been largely female-oriented. In fact, over 73 percent of educators and almost 95 percent of childcare workers are women.5 So it is no wonder that these fields can offer work-from-home jobs for stay-home moms. And some of them don't require a lot of additional training, so it can be relatively easy for you to get started. Check out some of your choices:
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Great post! I’m a work at home mom (5-15 hours/week) to a 21 month old and a second on the way! I’m consulting in my field (I’m a lawyer by trade, spent my career in advocacy/nonprofits) and I’ve found the connection to collegues and work to be invaluable for me. For what it’s worth, I’ve found that our childcare needs have morphed as our baby has grown, so we’ve got some paid childcare a few hours a week to allow me to work. I’m also exploring some shared childcare options (taking turns/cooping) to reduce costs. Good luck to you!

Bookkeeper—Many small business owners require help managing their books, and they are often willing to take their receipts and financial information to bookkeepers working from in-home offices in order to save the large fees that can be associated with professional accounting firms. You could take care of general accounting tasks like recording financial transactions, producing reports and statements, and even processing payroll. Bookkeepers make $11.83 to $29.17 or more per hour, and it is projected that there will be 172,600 job openings.
When our daughter was born, the cost of childcare was more than my DH’s income. So he became the SAHP while I continued working. We also have health insurance through my job, so it was basically a no-brainer. Four years later, we are looking at homeschooling her and will continue this path for as long as it makes sense. The cost of afterschool care and summer care and the like would also equal about his take home pay should he return to work in the next year or so.
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Dog sitter—When pet owners travel out of town or work long hours, they often hire the services of dog sitters to make sure that their four-legged companions get some company and even a little exercise. As long as you and your kids love dogs and you are OK with welcoming them into your home, this could be a great earning opportunity. You will want to take a look at what is currently being charged in your area. Depending on your local market, you could charge $5.00 to $10.00 per day, per dog, for a visit to the owner's home or $25.00 or more per day if the dog is staying at your home.
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
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:
I’d be lying if I said being a work-from-home mom seemed like a dream job when I was younger. For a long time, I was so career-consumed and self-absorbed that I envisioned skipping over parenthood and embracing aunthood for eternity. I loved kids—I babysat, substitute taught and obsessed over photos of my nephews—but I wanted to travel the world, climb the corporate ladder and spend my free time at the spa. And so the thought of becoming a mother sat on the back burner.
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Single Moms Income was the very first blog I turned to and gave me the push to leave my day job by starting a blog. When I finally made the move and started my blog I followed the lead of other bloggers that said I needed to guest post. Alexa was awesome enough to allow me to provide my first guest post “How to save on your utility bill without cutting your usage”.


Be honest. When you think of work-from-home jobs, what comes to mind? Data entry? Customer service? While it’s true that some jobs just scream “work from home,” you might be amazed by the number of industries that offer flex-friendly positions. Although there are work-from-home jobs in practically every industry, the top fields for flexible jobs are medical and health, HR and recruiting, computer and IT, and education and training, as well as accounting and finance, government, and travel and hospitality.
Congratulations on your new and exciting life! Achieving your dream of moving to your beautiful homestead, raising your gorgeous daughter, and embarking on an exciting new chapter in your career is truly inspiring! You have become one of my favourite FIRE blogs and I think it is because of your excellent writing (you ARE a writer) and your unique voice! Enjoy it all and be proud of all you guys have accomplished – it is incredible!

I suppose to start my freelance work right in a moment as I was really motivated by your advice, tank God I already have a job but still in school and don’t know how to combine it….Very informative article right there! I still think there are questions one needs to ask himself prior to beginning a freelance business. Freelance can be rewarding particularly if you take one step at a time from defining your go.

Your partner can also be a great source of support. When Samuelson's husband, a teacher, arrives home at 3:30 p.m., she relies on him to take over kid duty. He can ferry their two children to the park and get dinner ready, and Samuelson will emerge a few hours later feeling finished with her day's to-do list. If your partner gets home after dinner, ask him to oversee bedtime -- you'll fit in at least an hour of work before the kids yell "Mom!" And once they do, you're there for the call, with no rush hour to race through.
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!

The benefits of a work-at-home job are appealing. In a telecommuting job, even if you work part-time or on an as-needed basis, during that time you are free to define your hours, you don’t have to commute, you can work  in your pajamas (if that’s how you roll)...and you can even a write off a small portion of your home office at tax time. But what are some of the most lucrative and satisfying work-from-home job opportunities?


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.”
Additionally, the occurrence of moms staying home is also increasing. The number of moms staying home reached a low of 23 percent in 1999 and then grew to 29 percent by 2012.3 It is clear that more people are wanting to work and spend more time at home. And as more people—employers and employees alike—realize the benefits that come from telecommuting, it becomes more likely that you will find legitimate online jobs for stay-at-home moms (SAHMs), along with other jobs that don't involve the use of a computer.

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.
I absolutely love this blog. I really enjoyed looking at everyone’s ways of making money. I have a small business teaching Kindermusik classes and I’m a Brand Partner with Nerium international. Both companies are really family friendly, I make my own hours, and I’ve met some fantastic people. Nerium is a quickly growing company and the skin care products are the best I’ve ever used.
This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a long time! In a way it’s a follow up to my post on How to Afford to Be a Stay at Home Mom article. And in a way it is at the crux of everything I write about here at Affording Motherhood. In that article, I noted how the average mother only needs to make up $700 per month in order to afford to be a stay at home mom, after taking out all the costs of going to work.

If you are worried about the financial implications of trying to find jobs from home for moms, then consider the success of some moms who previously earned up to $20 per hour but decided to leave their jobs and stay home with the kids. Since they have working partners, many of them have reported that they only need to earn $500 to $700 a month in order to make up the difference between their current income requirements and what they earned when they were working outside of the house. That is due to the fact that they no longer have to pay for childcare (or only have to pay a small amount), do not have commuting costs, and do not have to pay other work-related expenses like buying clothes, lunches, and coffee. Of course, how much you will need to make depends on the wage you earned before deciding to stay at home. But if you were making $20 an hour or less outside the home, then it is likely that, in addition to your partner's income, you could easily get by on $500 to $700 a month (or even less) if you are thrifty and find ways to save money.
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.

I’ve also learned to forgive myself if I make a list and don’t get it all done. Because some days just get away from you!! I used to stay up all hours of the night to try to get everything marked off my list for the day. I don’t do this anymore! If I don’t get it all done, it goes on the list for the next day. I stay focused by making to-do lists and knowing what I need to get accomplished.
My wife has a very similar situation as she stays home but she runs an online design shop from the house and while it doesn’t replace her income that she made previously, we always knew that it would take a step back, so whatever she makes is a bonus. It’s funded a lot of our luxuries like a trip to Disney World last year, some concerts, and various other travel and things.
I have my hand in almost every one of these categories. You know, of course that I blog here at AffordingMotherhood.com. I have a couple of books on Amazon: 76 Free Things to Do with Kids and Natural Birth Stories. I also have a shop on Etsy where I design purses and knitting needle cases that you can sew yourself. You may not know that my “real” job is working from home as an architect. I haven’t tried direct marketing or in-home childcare yet, but who knows?!

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I was surprised when you suggested that your baby would receive MORE at daycare…the notion seems very confusing that somehow putting your child in a daycare away from her mother is the ideal in any respect. Trust me…all first time moms worry that they aren’t enough of whatever they need to be for their baby… but babies do not need constant stimulation, or affection, or entertainment. They will thrive without mommy and me music class, signing time and baby art. Since the beginning of time until about 35 years ago when marketers discovered that parents would spend big money on giving their children a head start, babies were observers, they were in the background. They played with sticks, rocks, grass, if they were lucky a wooden spoon and siblings. They spent a lot of time in cradles and even hung off door frames in Victorian times over a chamber pot. Einstein, Beethoven, Freud, Galileo, Jobs, and I were all raised without dazzling pinterest-ized parents and institutionalized early years (I had to put myself in that list because…well it is the only time it would happen;) and I’d say it worked out! Seriously though the baby industry tells us we aren’t enough. It tells me that my toddler playing at my feet with two Tupperware containers needs MORE …all the time more… but after several children I know the truth is they need us. I am blessed to live in a country that provides paid leave for one year for mothers and/or fathers to be home. There is at least a little more of an acknowledgement here that parents matter most. I hope you know how lucky you are to be one of the few American women who gets to be home. It isn’t easy..no not at all, but in 30 years (or ten or five or next week) you won’t regret it! Don’t let the daycare up the street market you away from your child if you don’t have to or want to:)

We make and sell natural products, including magnesium lotion, herbal salves, lotion bars, herbal bath salts and we’ll soon be adding spice mixes and teas! Justyn at Real Traditions and Creative Christian Mama (A note from Shannon: The magnesium lotion is the first “natural deodorant” I’ve used that actually works! Plus, it helps me (and my kids) fall asleep when we’re having a restless night. It rocks!)
I am a working mother. I am blessed to have my mom care for my children. I do pay her but she is very affordable. It works well for us since I make more money at my job and I have excellent benefits as well. My mom is able to earn some money and she has a great relationship with my girls. If I didn’t have family to care for my kids, then my husband would be the one to stay home.

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:
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
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.
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’ve also learned to forgive myself if I make a list and don’t get it all done. Because some days just get away from you!! I used to stay up all hours of the night to try to get everything marked off my list for the day. I don’t do this anymore! If I don’t get it all done, it goes on the list for the next day. I stay focused by making to-do lists and knowing what I need to get accomplished.
Now that I have three kids, people ask me if I’m going to cut back. Am I going to work less or write less or do less because I have several small children? Any given day you ask me, I might shrug my shoulders and mumble something about student loans and how kids are expensive, but the truth is that the answer is never. I’m never going to lean out on the areas of life that bring me joy. 

I just started taking clients as a health coach. I set my own schedule and work as much as I decide to. I also share essential oils through dōTERRA and have made that a business too.  Both are flexible and rewarding, but dōTERRA is easy to get started on, anyone can do it, all you are doing is sharing how great essential oils are, and making money while doing it. I’d be happy to share how I got started with both of these with anyone who is interested. – Ameryn Briggs at Eat Live Flourish and doTerra

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!
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).
Teachers and former teachers can take that experience and turn it into a tutoring business, either online or in person. You can try an online tutoring job and teach students via the Internet or work online at test scoring jobs. If you want to tutor in your own home or offer music lessons, pay special attention to these tips for setting up a successful tutoring environment.
We don’t have any kids. But we’ve discussed the possibility, and we’ve also discussed the financials of it… I don’t know how I’ll feel if/when it happens, but at the moment, the plan would be that I would go back to work, as I make more money, and my husband would take the majority of the childcare… Of course, things can change, and since this is all hypothetical we won’t know until it happens, if it happens… I do enjoy reading how and why different families make their decisions. It helps us with the process of educating ourselves. Thanks for sharing.
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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. 

You could let him or her know that multiple reports have found that at-home workers can be more productive and engaged because their job satisfaction increases and they have fewer distractions from around the office. A 2014 report in the Harvard Business Review supported those points and also found that working from home resulted in less employee sick time as well as reduced overhead costs for businesses.8
I have only ever been a receptionist prior to having kids and have been out of the work force for almost 6 years. I desperately want to stay home, especially considering how much it costs for daycare these days, knowing I would have to pay out more than I could possibly make. I’m not good at sales, and I don’t feel too good at anything these days except for being a mom. You know how it goes your constantly on the go with one at school and one walking and climbing everywhere you never have time for yourself and when you get a minute to breathe your being told you have a full time job but it’s not work because you are not bringing in any money… So I guess is there anything out there that anyone can recommend for me to try from home? I’m no good at writing or blogging either, I’m actually not even on a computer much but even if I could make $20 a day something to contribute financially so I don’t feel so worthless right now. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated:).
I am a working mother. I am blessed to have my mom care for my children. I do pay her but she is very affordable. It works well for us since I make more money at my job and I have excellent benefits as well. My mom is able to earn some money and she has a great relationship with my girls. If I didn’t have family to care for my kids, then my husband would be the one to stay home.
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.
How many promotional emails do you find in your inbox every morning? Probably a ton -- because a ton of companies use them. If you’ve worked in advertising, marketing, publishing or as a copywriter, chances are you can master the skills to work as an email marketer from home. The very nature of the work depends entirely on the internet, so completing the job remotely makes perfect sense.
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.

It’s a good idea to check your local Craigslist market for home-based jobs. Sometimes, you’ll find a job that requires you to come into the office for orientation before you can work from home. For example, food delivery service company, DoorDash, hires contractors to key menus from home, but first they have to come into the Atlanta office for training. 
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