Being a stay-at-home mom is a full-time job in itself. Most stay-at-home moms used to work as cooks, chauffeurs, maids, teachers, nurses, and more. So what's a mom to do to help with the finances? There are so many possibilities with the many work-from-home opportunities available in today's telecommuting world. With your flexible schedule, you may want to check out these four ideas to help the family income. Get intellectual stimulation and adult interaction while staying inside the house, and being able to take care of your kids.
You can freelance about anything these days. From writing jingles to managing a blog to acting as a project manager, you can secure jobs that do not require you to pick up a phone or interact with anyone except via email or chat (a perk when you have a vocal toddler who always has an "emergency" when the phone rings). Finding lucrative gigs doesn't even have to be a painful process; there are sites like oDesk.com and Freelancer.com that serve as a medium for those gigs.
Determine what you're good at, or consider something you've always wanted to try, and dabble a bit until you find your niche.
Capitalize on hobbies and interests
Have a knack for cake decorating? Brush up on trendy techniques through a community course, set up a website, and use your kitchen to begin the cupcake shop you've always dreamed of, or be the wedding cake diva you've always known you could be.
Do you love to write? Take the time to learn how to blog and cash in some revenues from ads.
Find yourself moving the furniture around every other week or painting so often you're losing square footage? Take a real estate course online and become licensed – you make your own hours and can bring in hefty commissions once you get yourself established.
Have a knack in planning events? Got connections to make it happen? Help people pull off successful weddings, corporate retreats, and other events!
Go into selling
Selling wares can be a quick way to bring in a few pesos, and you don't have to go door-to-door to make it happen. Get connected with direct selling brands like Avon, Boardwalk, Sophie Martin, and the like who offer goods during the party you’ll throw for yourself and other moms. All those barely used kids' clothes? The maternity tops you plan to never wear again? Snap a photo or two and post them for sale on Sulit.com.ph. All you need is a digital camera, an internet connection, some creativity, and patience.
Just because you're out of the "normal" workforce doesn't mean your skills have to slip or that your resume has to be put on hold. Online education is a legitimate way to keep current, and to expand your qualifications. You can complete a degree before your little one starts school. Do certificate training to stay up-to-date in your field, and offer yourself up as a consultant or contract worker to your former employer or other suitable businesses.
A mother's job is never done, but that doesn't mean you can't take time to put yourself first every now and then and earn some money while you're at it. If you're leaving a full-time job to have the unmatchable experience of being a stay-at-home mom but worry about finances, be sure to talk with your employer about telecommuting opportunities as well.
- James, Alexis. "Working From Home: Is it a Career Option For You?" http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/806424/working-from-home-is-it-a-career-option-for-you, 4 November 2008. Web. 17 February 2014.