Updated: February 28, 2017
No sooner than I started to write the title of this post the flashbacks came to me. I remember what it was like working from home while the kids were in the house. They weren’t so little back then, teenagers in fact, but they were still loud. They would slam cabinets and doors, they’d have the TV going on full volume while watching a movie or playing video games; or my son would decide to play his base and plug in the amplifier. They’d even barge in my home office to complain there was nothing to eat and they were “starving.”
Now it’s the grandkids turn. There is a five-year old and a two-year old running around playing Ninja Turtles or PJ Masks. When Isaiah is at school, Noah loves to hang out in my room and watch movies or he’ll bring his toys and we’ll have some playtime in between movies and email.
You’re probably wondering how I get any work done let alone kept my sanity, hehe.
Seriously mamas, if my flashback is your current situation or you’re a grandma taking care of her grandbabies, don’t think you can’t make money from home even while all the brouhaha is going around because you can. You just have to get creative and play the process of elimination and think of all the types of jobs you can do from home and cross out the ones that require you interacting with another person by phone.
Now, if you’re wondering what kind of work you can do from home and not worry about the kids being in the same room with you, here are four ways you can make money from home and fit it in your busy life.
Traditional Work-from-Home Job
If you’re looking for a traditional work-from-home job that brings in a steady check, here are some types of jobs that don’t require you talking to customers. For example, there are tons of typing jobs available or you can work in the transcription field.
But if a traditional work-from-home job is not for you and you’d rather get paid on a project basis there are plenty of websites that offer paid gigs you can do from home.
You can also get paid to write. Freelance writing can be a great source of income but most folks fear they won’t get any work because they lack experience.
The only thing that’s hard about freelance writing is getting started. But Ashlee of Work at Home Happiness wrote a guest post for us and she shared some great tips for first time freelancers who are ready to launch their freelance writing career. You can read it here.
Start a Blog
Now, how can I write about making money from home and not mention blogging.
A lot of moms are sharing their mom experience with the world by becoming a mom blogger and they’re making money at the same time. Good money.
Don’t get me wrong, there is work involved but when you’re connecting with other bloggers and you receive messages or comments from people who have read your content and found it helpful – it’s very rewarding.
The money making part isn’t going to happen overnight but if you make a blogging plan and stick to it, you’ll start to see the revenue in no time.
If you’re ready to start a blog, read this step by step guide to follow along for the set up.
Start a Home-based Business
Maybe you’re ready to ditch the boss and start your own home-based business. If you’re wondering whether a home-based business can be successful or not, let me share this with you.
I found an infographic that was done in 2012 and it shows that 70% of home-based businesses succeed within three years versus 30% of brick and mortar businesses. And get this – $427 billion per year is generated by home-based businesses.
There was also a study done in 2012 and a report on its findings was released called the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report and it shared some interesting stats.
The study showed that 69% of U.S. entrepreneurs start their business at home. And if you’re worried about start-up costs that same study showed the start-up cost to get a business off the ground was less than expected.
And women are really making their mark. Of the businesses that are ran out of the home, 72% of them are operated by women! I’m not sure if these studies get their facts and figures from the U.S. Census Bureau but since they compile every five years, can you imagine what the stats are like now?
Keeping in mind that you won’t have time to talk on the phone with clients all day, there are still some home-based businesses you can do that requires little talk time if any – maybe you can schedule in between nap time.
As a virtual assistant, your work is done well, virtually. You’re not just answering email or completing other mundane tasks for a client. You play an important role. You are partnering with them so that they can live their dream of being an entrepreneur.
You can also run a social media management business from home. Just like a virtual assistant, you’re helping you client grow their business by increasing their social media following, engage with their fans and promote their work. To find out how to start a social media management business, click here.
When I was on Etsy setting up my shop, I noticed there are so many things you can sell there. I saw coffee mugs, printables, custom frames, aprons, baby items, custom jewelry – and even eBooks! If you can make it, you can sell it! So if you are a crafy momma, open up an Etsy store and sell your crafts!
Over To You
And there you have it mamas. If you’re tired of the daily commute to the office and want to spend more time with your kids, if you’re a stay-at-home mom who wants to contribute to the family’s budget or you’re suddenly the breadwinner of the house, I hope this post inspired you in some way.
Let me know what you think about these ideas in the comments section below.
If you know other moms who want to make money from home, please share this post with them.