Since naptime is when many moms are tempted to cram in everything on their to-do list -- dishwashing, playdate schedules, laundry -- try to stay focused. "If you were working outside the home, you wouldn't be concerned with anything but work," says Durst. Concentrate only on the things you can't do when your child is awake. Aside from naptime, if you're a morning person, use the wee hours to get stuff done before the rest of the family wakes up. A night owl? Burn the midnight oil.
The American workforce needs women, but neither the government nor most employers make it easy for mothers to actually work. The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development analyzed maternity leave in 42 countries and found that the U.S. was the least generous of all the industrialized nations, guaranteeing no leave or pay. Bulgaria has the best policy with almost 59 weeks of paid leave. The International Labour Organization says that protecting expectant and nursing mothers from job discrimination is “a precondition for achieving genuine equality of opportunity,” yet workplace discrimination against mothers in the U.S. is rampant—from getting paid less than men to having a job offer rescinded because of a pregnancy.

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?!
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.
Teaching English online from home is a great way to make some extra money or bring in a full-time income. Currently, three companies that specialize in teaching English to Chinese children online are in the midst of a hiring push. Online teaching is flexible, and the pay is excellent. It's also rewarding to work with children. The three companies … Read More
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.
When I had a “second” family 5 years ago there was no question one of us, my partner or I would be at home. This decision was based on cost of daycare ( not in the US but still costly) as well as deciding that life is not all about both of us working ourselves silly to get “ahead”. We make do one one solid income and side hustles galore ( my partner is the stay at home parent now and he hauls garbage, fixes lawn mowers and sewing machines, sells on EBay etc, etc). Having the male being the stay at home is also an interesting discussion topic. Raising your own kids if you can do it is priceless. There are other “costs” I found when having kids in daycare. They get sick alot in daycare. I had two older kids go to care from early on and if it was not colds, fevers and communicable illness it was head lice and on and on. My son broke his arm at daycare when he was two. One of us would have to stay home from work to look after the sick child. Your babe is small and I am certain she enjoys life with you rather than being with a stranger all day. You only have to go to the park ( free), walk around the neighbourhood ( free), find a play group ( often free or low cost) to find interaction. School will come soon enough and she will get all the kid time she desires and you will be ready for her to go out in the world. I applaud your decision and congratulate you on making a successful career for yourself at home as a writer and as as a mother which is terribly important “work” for those who do it 🙂 I think society tries to guilt mothers and parents into decisions we make at every turn. I learned a long time ago to do what is right for me and my family and so far it has worked like a charm.

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.


Hi Alexa, I just want to thank you sincerely for this article – it was such a breath of relief for me (in a BIG way)! I own a small business and am due soon and was hoping for a way to seek out an at-home supplemental income but was only landing on continual scams (and that’s from someone who considers themself a thorough researcher). Again, I cannot thank you enough for all the legitimate links and sources (finally!). I’ll certainly be sharing this article.
Your story sounds like mine. I did the same thing. I left my Marketing job at a bank in Maine because it physically hurt to think of my son (now 16) in daycare. I also encountered waiting lists. I was only making $10 an hour and all of my paycheck would have gone to a stranger raising my child. I left. One day I took my son to a local trolley museum. I told a lady who I met there that I dreamed of being a writer but didn’t know where to start. She gave me the name of her editor at the local paper. I pitched article ideas to him and I became one of their part time writers. I wrote during my son’s naps or at night. We moved to Florida, had two more kids, and I wrote for a paper down here for many more years. I eventually got tired of writing advertorials. After battling a serious illness and surviving, I miss writing and art. I found your blog and you inspired me to think about writing again. Thank you!
“So many women want to find balance,” says Susie Romans, online business coach and author of “Leaving 9-5.” Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of iRelaunch, recommends people looking to re-enter the workforce consider strengths and previous job experience while reconnecting with others who knew you when you worked. “Figure out exactly what you want to do,” Cohen adds.
Design your way to a work-from-home job with this position as a senior product designer. Top-level candidates will not only understand the importance of user experience and visual design, but they’ll also be able to effectively communicate it. In short, you get excited solving design challenges with other designers and developers, and then improving and iterating on those products. You’ll need to rely on a deep understanding of visual design and user experience to take new ideas from concept (research and user testing) all the way to execution (mock-ups and prototypes).
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!!
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’ve also begun outsourcing more technical/design parts of my business because it takes me a ridiculously long time to figure out what I’m doing. The saved time and frustrations is well worth the money. Another part of my balance overhaul was to hire a housecleaner. The time and more importantly, annoyance that was relieved by doing this has been significant. I no longer beg my husband to help me and I don’t feel guilty when I haven’t cleaned the bathroom in weeks.
I freelance a bit, along with doing some VA (virtual assistant) work for other bloggers. I also earn a bit with sponsored posts, affiliate sales, and advertising on my blog. I have also self-published a book, Intentional Marriage, and create printables which I sell in my shop. – Crystal at Serving Joyfully (Shannon here! Crystal is one of several VAs that I work with to help me with the blog. She is an absolute wiz with graphics and is responsible for many of the pretty images you see here on Affording Motherhood.)
Elaine McGhee is a Working Mom Support Coach on a mission de-stress maternity leave and propel a nation of thriving working mothers. From her own emotionally traumatic return-to-work after her first daughter (HOT MESS!), ThriveMomma.com was born. She coaches new moms on of return-to-work readiness, time management and mindful living. And consults for corporations on paternity transition planning and work/life policies to retain and nurture working parents.

On the Monday I would’ve gone back to my office (had I not handed in my notice) I looked at Babywoods and started crying. Mr. FW–ever on alert for my bizarre hormonal swings–rushed to my side and tried to suss out what was wrong. Lucky for him, I was crying for what wasn’t happening–I couldn’t imagine leaving Babywoods and was so relieved and delighted that she and I would be staying home together that day and every other day. Those emotions were a strong indicator to me that I’d made the right choice.


You already spend way too much time pinning on Pinterest and posting fabulous pics on Instagram. Now get paid for your social-media savvy! The social-media evaluator will need to improve the relevancy of the newsfeed for a leading global social-media client. You’ll need to commit to working one to four flexible hours a day, five days per week. For some projects, at least one day must be a weekend day. Doing outstanding work will make you eligible for additional social-media projects. To qualify, you’ll have to perform online daily social-media use (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), have strong communication skills and a high-speed Internet connection. 

What do you consider your most important piece of marketing material? Your catalog? Your direct mail? Your advertisements? Your social media accounts? How about your business card? Is that still as important as it once was or has it been replaced with LinkedIn and other contact apps on your never-more-important smartphone? Historically, your business card […]

You already spend way too much time pinning on Pinterest and posting fabulous pics on Instagram. Now get paid for your social-media savvy! The social-media evaluator will need to improve the relevancy of the newsfeed for a leading global social-media client. You’ll need to commit to working one to four flexible hours a day, five days per week. For some projects, at least one day must be a weekend day. Doing outstanding work will make you eligible for additional social-media projects. To qualify, you’ll have to perform online daily social-media use (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), have strong communication skills and a high-speed Internet connection. 
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