When I came up with the idea for this post, I forewent the usual online lists of side jobs for work-at-home moms and asked actual women what they do instead.
All the responses blew me away, I couldn’t believe the varied jobs that are out there for moms like me, who wish to earn a paycheck while staying home with their children.
Regardless of your skill level, education or talents, there is something here for everyone.
(I tried to add as many helpful links as possible, but keep in mind, you will need to do your own research on each company as I have not personally worked with all of them.)
(I sometimes include affiliate links, which means I might make a small commission off any purchases you make, at no additional cost to you. You can read my full disclosure here or at the end of this post.)
Work From Home as a Reseller
Shanon recreates items and sells them on her FB page R&S Rescue and Repurpose. She takes things like old plates/picture frames etc. and transforms them into beautiful chalkboards with sayings or verses on them.
Jaclyn finds deals on clothing and resells them on Poshmark.
Becky has found success with selling items on Ebay. As with any venture, she finds the rewards are greater the more time you have to put into it.
This article has a lot of great tips to help get you started.
She finds items at online auctions, but those require you to have a selling license or certificate to make accounts and bid on items.
The auctions can be a gamble & you have to do your research on everything. The more time you put into it, the more you can make. A lot of trial & error.
Here’s an article with some great tips!
Emily flips furniture. She gives outdated pieces a new lease on life. More times than not, her furniture is free as she finds many of the pieces on the side of the road, or friends will donate them.
She sells mainly through FB marketplace and Letgo, but also has pieces in a local store.
She finds inspiration by following several furniture artists online and on YouTube. If she isn’t sure how to do something, she finds a tutorial on YouTube.
She also has an LLC which allows her to take in other people’s furniture and turns their vision into reality.
Work From Home as a Teacher
Karen teaches English independently but also grades papers through a company called ETS, although this is seasonal work.
(She supports this as a great means of making money for stay-at-home moms but recommends waiting until the US economy has stabilized.)
Larissa loves her teaching position as all her students are located in China, which means with the time difference she is done working by no later than 8 am and has the rest of the day open to do whatever she needs. She loves being able to choose her own hours, too.
Being able to meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures is another plus. Not only does she get to meet her students from China, but also fellow teachers from different corners of the world.
Nicole has found Outschool to be a great alternative to VIPKid and Palfish.
At Outschool you can teach anything you think people would want to sign their children up for from actual school subjects, like Algebra, to niche classes like “How to care for your pet guinea pig.”
Charity coaches and is an online course creator.
She has found there are many online coaching certifications you can get and plenty of how-to courses through places like Teachable.
Charity also bought a course to learn how to write and build her online course called School Unboxing.
Work From Home With Music
Tiffany teaches music online via Zoom and Skype through her FaceBook page, Tiffany Moore Violinist. Her offerings vary between Violin, ukulele, piano, and voice lessons.
She relies on word of mouth by her clients and referrals to build her list of students.
Jamie also teaches music to local students and advertises on FaceBook when a vacancy opens up in her schedule.
She has mainly focused on single pieces or 3-pack bundles but plans to publish her first piano book later this year.
Work From Home in the Medical Field
Emily works remotely as an RN for a pharmaceutical company.
Kathy works as an admin assistant/patient advocate for Lantz Medical.
Her company sells medical devices to help patients get their range of motion back. She works for a couple of sales reps, calling MD clinics and therapy clinics for paperwork required by their insurance.
She also makes all the follow-up phone calls to their patients to see how they are doing.
Customer service skills are a must. Also, knowing computer basics, Word, Excel, etc.
Kathy loves the flexible hours which let her stay a part of her daughter’s busy lives.
Work From Home as a Proofreader
Marion is working as a transcript proofreader, something her mom and sister have been doing for some time.
The course she is working through at the moment is Proofread Anywhere.
Rena edits and proofreads from home through Affordable Christian Editing.
The flexible hours are wonderful as it allowed her to care for her mother while she lived in her home.
Work From Home With Food
Atina makes meals to order. These are normally family meals and to-go meals and she sells them through her Facebook page Atina Simply Homemade.
She started this business to earn extra money and teach her kids about gardening, meal prep, and the business aspects of packaging, delivery, and earning an income from home.
She has not needed to advertise as word-of-mouth has kept her very busy.
Hannah is a certified baker and bakes a variety of delectables for individuals, showers, weddings, meetings, graduations, etc.
Right now she sells by word of mouth and reaching out to venues to be placed on their list of services.
Deborah delivers for Instacart in her spare time. She loves the flexibility of working her own schedule, and it’s something she can do with her kids.
She says it’s easy to get started. You just download the app, answer a few interview questions, and depending on the need for shoppers in your area, you are approved or put on a waiting list.
Once you pass the initial approval, you must pass a background check. After the final approval, available batches (grocery orders) show up on your app and you can accept the jobs at your discretion and convenience.
Work From Home Creating
Julie makes homemade soaps and lotions and sells them at local craft fairs.
When starting out she found craft fairs by keeping an eye out for signs by the side of the roads, word of mouth, and calling each town’s parks and recreations dept for any craft shows, etc.
(Here is a great resource for those interested in selling at craft fairs.)
Joy is a seamstress on the side, using business cards from Vistaprint to pass out to friends or anyone who needs alterations.
Tricia makes custom metal hand-stamped jewelry from her small home studio. You can find her beautiful creations at her Pretty and Witty FB page.
She has stayed consistently busy and hasn’t had to do any outside marketing. The people wearing her jewelry are ultimately marketing for her.
Kayte works as a portrait photographer at katemccoyphoto.com. She photographs babies and corporate headshots in her home and family sessions on location.
She’ll also go to businesses if they have a group needing headshots.
Although she can set her own hours, she requires childcare for the sessions but does all the editing and other work for the business at home.
(Read Kayte’s tips for working from home)
(Note from me)
A great opportunity for so many women is selling on Etsy.
I used to think this was only for the crafty type (which I’m not) but then I started making printables and realized I could sell those on Etsy.
For something I can only give a bit of time towards each week, I have been thrilled with my shop’s progress to date.
I hope to create an e-course for those wanting to learn how to make printables and get started on Etsy, but in the meantime, feel free to reach out with any questions.
(Note from me)
Working on Fiverr is another great option for those who have a skill set that they would like to utilize to earn money.
When I published my book, I used someone on Fiverr to create my cover and I was so pleased with her work, I plan to use her for all my covers!
(Note from me)
And of course, I cannot leave out blogging, as it is my main source of income and allows me to stay home with my family and be there for all of life’s moments.
If you are wondering whether you should start your own blog, you can read my thoughts on the matter here and if you want to check out the course I recommend for every prospective blogger, you can find that here.
Work From Home With a Company
Hilda manages buildings which she does from home, unless she is checking on vendor’s jobs.
Here is a post from another property manager who lists some great tips for those who are interesting in pursuing this option.
Chrissy works for a company called Sharetown who helps retailers with returns.
This opportunity has allowed Chrissy flexible hours and is something her husband and their boys (almost 11, 9, & 4) can help with and also get paid.
Having a business the entire family can be a part of has been wonderful for Chrissy.
Nathan and his wife, Becky, work from home with their real estate business through Keller Williams Realty Professionals.
They say that if you’re:
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2) Click “Become An Agent”
3) Click on the state at the bottom for specific requirements
4) Click on the link for Real Estate Express to take the online course needed for the state.
From there, after successful completion of any state and national tests, you can place your license with a sponsoring broker and start helping friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors with their real estate needs.
The first home sale usually covers the expenses for classes and tests and then some.
(Note from me)
Many moms have found great success working for other companies by promoting their products and services, also recognized as Mulit-Level Marketing.
I have loved many companies and their missions but have never signed up with them because I could never keep up with quotas with my busy schedule.
Until I heard of Wink Naturals.
It’s a company that not only fits with my blog’s mission but has zero quotas to fill so I am free to promote it only when I want to.
If that sounds like something you need to look into, check them out here or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for Working From Home
Tonya recommends keeping work and home separate.
Schedule your time so you don’t feel you’re “working all the time”.
When your working hours are done, put your electronics away, take your work hat off, and put your mom/wife (or dad/husband) hat on.
You are NOT on call 24/7 just because you work from home.
Kayte’s biggest obstacles have been establishing designated work time, so she’s not “momming” all day and working all night. Being flexible can actually mean less time with her family when she agrees to things that cut into work hours or family time.
Practicing a simple response of “I’m sorry I’m working then” has helped. She finds the less she tries to explain, the better it goes.
One thing she was thankful she did at the start was commit to running her business with zero debt. There were times when she was tempted, but when COVID shut her down, she did not stress as she had no business bills to pay. She chose to grow slowly than have the stress of debt.
Early on, Kayte found a Woman’s Business Center that offers free business counseling. She learned a lot about insurance, determining cost of goods, business plans, etc.
As for business advice specific to her field, she was very active in online forums and took advantage of free education every chance she could.
She recommends learning from a variety of people in your field. Sometimes there will be contrasting opinions, but find it’s great to glimpse successful people’s minds to make the choices that suit your business specifically.
(Note from me)
If you are serious about working from home, you might want to check out my post about essentials for work-at-home moms.
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About the author
Kimberly McGraw is the founder of Life Worth the Living, a blog focused on helping mothers live their best life. Her desire is to help moms find purpose in who they are as a person, not just as a mom. Life Worth the Living has been featured in Making Sense of Cents, Outwit Trade and Believe and Create.