Finding childcare is complicated. I’ve toyed with going back to work (I’ve got a 2 yr old), but I go back and forth on the issue constantly. At this point, I’m starting to think I’m “retired” (If you can call it that!! I’ve got a 2 year old, after all!). The cost of child care is major issue, and also because of our frugal lifestyle, I don’t need to work. I’ve decided to take life as it comes, and I can always change my mind and go back to work later.
I found the Younique company and it has been a huge blessing in my life! We sell high quality mineral based makeup and other beauty products that are made from more natural products. Have you heard of the amazing 3D Lashes!?!?! The first savings I get is I get wonderful makeup for free or almost free. It lasts along time also! The 2nd Is I make awesome commissions from my friends hosting online parties! It has been a huge blessing in my families life!!
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I am a stay at home, homeschooling mom of a 9yo and a 7yo. I love The Pampered Chef home and kitchen products and I love cooking healthy, organic, allergy friendly meals for people. So I host FREE monthly cooking classes for adults and children. I show people how to make yummy Paleo and GAPS Diet friendly recipes. Like any other business, if you put hard work into it, you will be successful. My goal is to make enough money to pay for the organic ingredients that I use at my free cooking shows. I joke with my clients that I get paid in free Pampered Chef products that I earn from each show or class I host :). The Pampered Chef is really an amazing company to work with and am blessed to have such an amazing support team.
Traveling Vineyard – Pop open opportunity and get ready to change your life one cork at a time. The only real requirement of this job: being awesome. It helps if you like wine, too. Other than that, the rest is easy peasy. Maybe you’re looking for a little extra spending money. Or maybe you just need a reason to get out of the house. Your reason for becoming a rock star Wine Guide is up to you. But the opportunity is all yours—all $30 billion of it. You ready? Let’s rock this dream.
MONAT Global is a premium hair care brand devoted to empowering women through a unique and fun home business opportunity. Our non-toxic, naturally-based haircare products are sold exclusively through Market Partners via online sales and digital marketing. Our mission is to help people enjoy high-quality, naturally-based products and a fun and rewarding home-based business opportunity. Get started for as little as $99 and be in business for yourself, not by yourself. No quotas or monthly fees! Visit our website here to get started.
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
The past few months have been been some of the most eventful of our lives. From welcoming our first child (ok, second if you count Frugal Hound) to buying our homestead property, Mr. Frugalwoods and I feel like we’ve been on a wonderful–yet chaotic–roller coaster of hectic-ness. Amid these changes–and largely because of them–I also made the decision to quit my full-time office job and become a work-at-home Mommywoods.

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.


You might be thinking, “Why do I still need childcare? I work at home!” Yes, it’s true you now have the “luxury” of working at home in your pajamas while sharing cheddar bunnies with your toddler—but don’t forget you are still a work at home mom. Working from home moms are MUCH different than stay at home moms. You still have deadlines to meet, virtual client meetings to schedule, and even the occasional in-person meeting. (Yup, you have to actually get dressed for those—GASP!). I know childcare can be super expensive but I beg you not to skimp on this one. It will save your sanity six months from now when you are stretched out to the max, on deadline and can’t take the guilt of playing another episode of Curious George. The truth is you need time and mental space to really work. You’ll be able to give your best to your clients if you hire some extra help. Your kids will be taken care and you can work guilt-free. If you’re just starting out, even a few hours of childcare 1–2 days a week will help. Right now we are “nanny-sharing” in four to six-hour chunks a few times a week. I also work on the weekends while my husband is with the kids. Other moms I know hire college students, do a childcare co-op or even trade childcare time with other moms.


What Ive seen over the years is that my friends who quit working entirely did not go back to work unless they couldnt survive without the income. This was due to a combination of reasons: it wasn’t easy to get back in and they had to start at the bottom; they and their families had grown used to have a parent always available and it was now hard to imagine not having that. This meant that the new job had to be high-paying and flexible in order to be worth it and this is rarely offered to someone who’s been out of the job market for a while unless she has a rare, in-demand skilll.
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).
Blooms Today, an industry leader providing flowers and gifts, is seeking aggressive, competitive sales leaders to join our team of remote inside sales representatives. This independent contractor position (1099) is commissioned sales with all inbound calls. With our performance-based pay plan, higher conversions lead to additional earnings – giving our sales team control of their income. Everything you sell has a compensation value! Average hourly earnings are between $15-$24. For more information and to see if this is a good fit for you — please complete our online application and submit your resume by going to https://www.bloomstoday.com/apply/contractor.php.
I,m experienced Financial Accountant working for 17 years who can generate Financial Reports, Analysis Reports to the Customer in Excel / Word and Can enter the data in Accounting Software, Quickbooks, Tally, Peachtree etc. I am entering datas in Very good speed. Now I,m searching for Work from home, Accounting / Data Entry / Copy writing/ Excel, Word. and mostly I like even 7 hours a day regular work from home for any particular company or comapnies
When seeking out jobs for stay-at-home moms, "no scams" is probably at the top of your mind and part of your search. You have likely heard the phrase, "If it appears too good to be true, then it probably is." That certainly applies to some so-called opportunities to earn money from home. There are many scams out there involving companies that will do just about anything—from taking your money and giving you nothing in return to stealing your identity. So you definitely need to be careful.

Natalie Thomas is a lifestyle blogger at Nat's Next Adventure, an Emmy-nominated TV producer, contributor to Huffington Post, Today Show, CafeMom, heymama and Womanista, and former editor and spokesperson of Us Weekly. She's addicted to Instagram and seltzer water, lives in New York with her tolerant husband, Zach, 4-(going on 14!)-year-old daughter Lilly and newborn son, Oliver. She's always in search of her sanity and, more importantly, the next adventure.
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.
Hi Valerie, There are many different side hustles to choose from. If you have a specific interest in one and there is not already information to help you get started on the site, I can create it so please let us know. As far as scams go, this post will tell you about a few you need to watch out for: https://singlemomsincome.com/top-work-at-home-scams/
Same here. My daughter is almost 3 and my salary has doubled in that time. Had I made the choice to quit in the few paychecks after I came back I would have missed out on that huge increase. I know that might not be typical, but I’ve seen lots of coworker’s leave at the director level only to be hired back several years later 3-4 levels lower. That results in huge lifetime losses in income and years of missing investments in your 401k. Everyone needs to do what they think is right, but daycare is definitely not a woman only expense.
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.
“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.
I’m looking for people to join my team with Advocare! It’s a great opportunity to get healthy (especially as the New Year approaches!) and make some additional money! I make a couple hundred dollars extra each month and save on my own orders! I feel so strongly about the program I’m willing to pay people’s start up costs! Email me with “advocare” in the subject line if you’re interested!
The range of work-at-home opportunities for the artistic type is immense. Some work-at-home artistic jobs, like illustration, may require an art degree and a lot of experience, but there are plenty of other ways to earn cash from home using your artistic talent. For instance, you can take your crafting and artistic creations to a global market by selling on Etsy.
I read about blogging. I read A LOT about blogging. I read about how there are millions of blogs out there, and about how it can take years to grow a blog into a money making business. I read about how many blogs fail. I remembered that once, a few years ago, I’d had a brief interest in blogging (when I’d read about a woman who made Pinterest her full time job).
I am a single mom of 3 beautiful girls. My oldest has decided to move out on her own, but my other two are still at home. I work part time, go to school part time, and supplement my income by selling candles for a company called Jewelry in Candles. I have only been doing this for a few months and not many people have heard of this company where I live so it has been slow going, but it is going. I used to work 12 plus hours a day, 6 days a week and did it for years. I decided it was time to slow down a little bit so I can be around for those sporting activities.
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.
According to Mom Corps, 75% of working adults agree that flexibility for work-life balance is one of the most important factors they consider when deciding where to work. The trend toward remote working is continuing to amplify as technology allows for better accessibility, and top companies are evolving to meet these demands in order to stay competitive.
1. Content mills (also called content farms)—These websites are run by companies that ask you to write and submit content on certain topics and that say they will pay you in return. It is worth noting that there are reputable websites that do pay, and some people enjoy the work and are happy with the pay that they receive. But you should know that, in some cases, it can result in a whole lot of effort for very little income.
When you’re a mom, sometimes it feels like the grass is always greener somewhere else. If you work, you wish you were home with the kids; but when you’re home 24/7, it can feel like a big mistake. Working at home with the kids gives you a balance of both worlds — you can feel productive and earn some cash without stepping away from your parental role during the workweek. 

When I was pregnant 16 years ago with our first daughter I had a conversation with my Grandma a few weeks before she went to be with the Lord. I told her there is NO way I could stay home…it’s just not possible on one income. Well, it was possible and the Lord provided a way for me to transition from working at the physical therapy office I was employed with and had done some transcription for by putting me in contact with a local transcription company ran by a husband and wife. I typed for about the first 4 years of her life and then we found that we could indeed live on one income if we prioritized and ran our household differently. And avoided unnecessary items that today’s society in general think are priorities. It has been a wonderful 16 years with my two daughters. I began homeschooling them, too, eight years ago! It’s wonderful and now I don’t have to work at all. When they were small I would buy high end clothing for them and re-sell it to make it a near wash when the clothes were outgrown. Now we enjoy thrift storing almost exclusively and those clothes we don’t ant any longer or don’t fit we sell at consignment shops to make back some money. I regularly go through my house, too, and get rid of things that aren’t being used and sell them on facebook or my areas local selling page. It helps to make back a little!


My ability to strike this arrangement is thanks in large part to–of course–our extreme frugality. I really can’t stress enough the incredible options that frugality yields. And I’m by no means the first early retiree/financial independence devotee to take advantage of this parenting option–indeed 1500 Days to Freedom, Mr. Money Mustache, and Root Of Good all utilized their frugality to allow them to stay home with their children.
1. Content mills (also called content farms)—These websites are run by companies that ask you to write and submit content on certain topics and that say they will pay you in return. It is worth noting that there are reputable websites that do pay, and some people enjoy the work and are happy with the pay that they receive. But you should know that, in some cases, it can result in a whole lot of effort for very little income.
I’m not a mom but I think some of your tips translate to any of us, with or without children. Your thoughts here and the link to the oprah.com article yesterday – How To Leave Work At Work – remind me of the importance of setting boundaries and aiming for balance rooted in our values. In this 24/7 world, it’s so easy to get caught up in never ending cycle of making ourselves constantly “on call” for everyone but us! Some of the habits in the Oprah article and also this post I am certainly guilty of, and I never made the connection between my work habits and my stress level. Time to revisit my Things I Don’t Do list and reset my boundaries for my peace of mind both at work and in my personal life. Thanks Robin!
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!
Medical transcriptionist—A very short course, maybe even one that's offered online, could prepare you to transcribe medical documents for doctors and other medical professionals. You will take doctors' recordings of things like patient progress reports and physicians' notes and accurately and clearly transcribe them into written form for patients' files. This can be one of the best stay-at-home mom jobs because it does not require a lot of training or equipment and the work can easily be completed around your kids' schedules. The pay range is $10.42 to $24.72 or higher per hour, and it is estimated that there will be 14,600 job openings.
If you can type well and have basic computer skills, you may enjoy being a work from home transcriptionist. Transcribe Me is an online company that offers moms a chance to make money transcribing audio files. These files are generally short in length and are required to be converted into text by typing out what is being said on them.  For other work from home transcription opportunities, check out this post.
What Ive seen over the years is that my friends who quit working entirely did not go back to work unless they couldnt survive without the income. This was due to a combination of reasons: it wasn’t easy to get back in and they had to start at the bottom; they and their families had grown used to have a parent always available and it was now hard to imagine not having that. This meant that the new job had to be high-paying and flexible in order to be worth it and this is rarely offered to someone who’s been out of the job market for a while unless she has a rare, in-demand skilll.
Online reseller—Moms who are savvy at picking out good deals can often earn money by starting online resale businesses. It could be a great way for you to create your own online job. It can be as simple as buying items at a discount and then reselling them on websites like Amazon or eBay. Just make sure that you are adhering to tax laws and properly reporting your income.

When searching for legitimate work from home jobs, make sure to ask questions. If the job posting is limited with information, contact the poster and gather as much information before going any further. Find out how much the job paying: Is it Hourly or commission based? Also ask how often you get paid, and what equipment is required to do the job. With work from home jobs, the main communication is done online, so make sure you are perfectly clear of what is expected and have knowledge of red flags to avoid.
If you have a degree and training in technical support, repair, installation, networking, software debugging, and other IT-related disciplines, you are in a great position to work remotely and get compensated well. Many companies rely on remote technician support via the telephone or online, and this is one of the highest paying work from home jobs out there.
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.
I was wanting to get my Photography off the ground but am worried that it is a useless effort. I guess I just needed an outsiders help/viewpoint… Does anyone have tips to get over this? I don’t exactly know what I am looking for as an answer, so anything would be perfect… I don’t want to work too closely with people because I feel like I just make a mess of that and say the wrong thing often. I think Data entry would be good? I just need help and I don’t know where to look/ask.
Sheryl Sandberg challenges women to think about their careers as jungle gyms instead of ladders: “Ladders are limiting. Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym.” Today, that jungle gym is expansive, and it can be accessed from anywhere. Because of the Internet, both information and resources are more readily available. Additionally, more work-from-home jobs are generated by the development of personal blogs, online shops such as Etsy, and websites such as The Work at Home Woman and PowerToFly. These online opportunities make it possible for more women to opt in, and as more women sit on the floor of their children’s bedroom awash in the light of a laptop while their kids build with Legos, a cultural shift takes place—a shift that I experience every day.
You might be thinking, “Why do I still need childcare? I work at home!” Yes, it’s true you now have the “luxury” of working at home in your pajamas while sharing cheddar bunnies with your toddler—but don’t forget you are still a work at home mom. Working from home moms are MUCH different than stay at home moms. You still have deadlines to meet, virtual client meetings to schedule, and even the occasional in-person meeting. (Yup, you have to actually get dressed for those—GASP!). I know childcare can be super expensive but I beg you not to skimp on this one. It will save your sanity six months from now when you are stretched out to the max, on deadline and can’t take the guilt of playing another episode of Curious George. The truth is you need time and mental space to really work. You’ll be able to give your best to your clients if you hire some extra help. Your kids will be taken care and you can work guilt-free. If you’re just starting out, even a few hours of childcare 1–2 days a week will help. Right now we are “nanny-sharing” in four to six-hour chunks a few times a week. I also work on the weekends while my husband is with the kids. Other moms I know hire college students, do a childcare co-op or even trade childcare time with other moms.
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.
Not all tasks are created equal. I love Suzi’s post on how to be more productive about this. Every time you’re faced with a task, ask yourself–is it urgent? Is it time sensitive? How much time will this take me? You then use this information to structure your work hours. Figure out what’s urgent, what’s important (these are not the same things!) and prioritize accordingly.
Now, don't get me wrong — there is nothing wrong with not joining Facebook if you absolutely are against it. You can certainly find work at home jobs without it by following blogs like this one, but Miranda made a great point that Facebook is an excellent resource that shouldn't be ignored unless you're just completely adamant that you want no part of Facebook.
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!
Wow thank you so much for this article, I am a single father with 3 under 4 and I’ve been trying to find something for months along the lines of what you have posted here I truly understand the hardship single mothers in general face because I myself am going through that hardship right now. I think you may have just helped better mine and my children’s lives with this and I am eternally greatful.

I’m a new mom, before my baby I was a college student staying on campus while working at a daycare. Now I’m back at home trying to rebuild myself. I desire to work but I take care of my daughter 100% of the time. What are some jobs that I can do based from home with no concern about background noise or strictly from a computer. All these moms up here are a great inspiration and I hope to one day be the same to another new mom :)


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
Neiman Marcus is hiring work at home customer service in Texas. These are part-time, seasonal work at home positions. You must have your own PC, reliable high-speed Internet, and Windows 7 or higher. From the company: "The Seasonal Customer Care Phone Associate provides exceptional service and sales support to customers shopping through our catalog and … Read More
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.

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.
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