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5 Ways to Stay Home With Your Kids + Still Earn an Income

When you’re working 40+ hours a week & have a commute, it can feel like you only see your kids on the weekends. Plus it’s a hassle to have to request time off when your kid has a special performance or event at their school. You feel very restricted with your schedule when you have to be at an office everyday from 9-5.

I know a lot of women dream of being a stay-at-home mom. Maybe they don’t want to feel like someone else is raising their kids. Maybe they don’t want to send them to a daycare with all.the.germs. Or maybe it’s just that the money they would make working wouldn’t be worth it when 80% of it goes to daycare or nanny costs.

I totally get it. When you’re working 40+ hours a week & have a commute, it can feel like you only see your kids on the weekends. Plus it’s a hassle to have to request time off when your kid has a special performance or event at their school. You feel very restricted with your schedule when you have to be at an office everyday from 9-5.

For me, I couldn’t just stay home & not do anything. I love being a parent (obviously), but I have to have something else to keep my mind active & my creativity flowing. It’s also nice for me to be able to bring in some extra income so we don’t have to rely solely on my husband’s. There are lots of ways I could have worked from home. I researched & considered many different options. I have come up with a short list here to offer to anyone who might be considering working from home:

Start an Etsy Shop – I’m guilty of this one! I have an Etsy shop where I design invitations, Christmas cards, posters, and other printwork. Are you good at creating something? Some people can knit, sew, make jewelry, paint, etc. If you are a creative, this is a great way to earn some extra money. It does require some administrative work and you do have to deal with some customer service issues so you have to be willing to do that as well as the creating.

Join a Direct Sales Company – This is not one that I have ever done. However, I know so many people who have and have made good money from it. You can sell to family and friends from the comfort of your home or wherever you may be! Most of the time it is makeup or skincare, but there are other options as well. These are few of the big companies: Rodan + Fields, Arbonne, Mary Kay, It Works, Scentsy, Pampered Chef.

Ask Around for any Reputable Work from Home Jobs – So I work as a Director of Operations for an online business consultant. She is local to my area however we rarely meet in person. 95% of the time I am working remotely. I found this job by posting on a local Facebook group that I was in search of a job. I noted a few of my experiences and skills and she reached out to me and said that she was looking for someone with my skill set. We talked online a little bit and then met in person. It ended up being the perfect fit for both of us and the rest is history. You would be surprised how many work from home jobs are available these days because of technology. Get your name and your experience out there. Get connected with local professionals. You may be surprised what you come across.

Become an Online Teacher – This one is SUPER popular right now. I know former teachers and people with no teaching background that have taught from home. There are American online schools you can apply for, but the most popular one right now is VIP Kid where you teach children in China. I never wanted to do it because you have to get up at like 4am to video chat with them because of the time difference and I am NOT a morning person!! But I know tons of people who have/are doing this and they love it and are making good money from it.

Become a Medical Transcriptionist – This is an extremely popular career that so many are doing from home now and making good money. There is one company that hires for these at home positions called iMedX. iMedX has been around for almost 20 years and isn’t going anywhere. They offer benefits to their employees (something you can’t get a lot of times with work from home jobs) including health insurance as well as paid time off. You do need to have some skills to effectively perform this job. These are not mindless tasks (which is great for those that want the challenge that comes with this position). This is a great job for anyone who has had some experience in a medical setting at one time or another. You will go through a screening process testing your knowledge of medical terminology, grammar, etc. to be considered for the position. The basics of the job are listening to audio recordings from a physician and then transcribing their oral language into written script. Obviously one of the best parts of the job is the flexible schedule and the ability to work wherever you are. This company is based in Atlanta, Georgia, so it’s pretty centrally located if you live in the south or close to there.

What other work from home jobs did I leave out? Have you ever worked from home? Do you want to work from home in the future? Leave a comment or send me an email & let’s be friends! Life is so much better when we do it with others!

xoxo,

Lindsey

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