Working from Home
Working from Home is a great way to supplement your income while staying at home raising kids. While I was never lucky enough to be able to do it when our daughter was little, in the last several years I’ve been successful at working from home. But it’s not all great, grand and glorious. Here are some great ways you can work from Home.
Start a blog. But don’t expect it to make money overnight. It took me several months before I turned a “profit”. Your first step in starting a blog is to buy a domain name. Keep your name short and sweet and to the point. Teacher2blogger is easy but SMSLwithheidi (while I still like it, it is a mouth full when you are telling a public relations company your name. Makingofamom is also a good name because just by looking at her name, you know her website will be about parenting! My first website address was: savemorespendlesswithheidi, followed by number 2 smslwithheidihg.blogspot.com, then finally I wised up and bought my own domain as well as moved to a WordPress site. That was the smartest thing ever!!
Your second step is to buy hosting for your website as well. Because you want to be able to make money, you will need to be a self-hosted website. It is honestly easier than it sounds, I promise!!
Next up, is designing your site which I suggest hiring out. I’ve been doing websites for four years and I still don’t know “enough” to do it myself. Now when you have all of that done you will be well on your way to a great looking site! Then we can move to the next step. Which will be writing content and eventually making money.
While website owning is something that is a labor of love sometimes you need to make what I like to call “fast money”. While it’s not always fast, have more than one stream of income is always important. So here are a few jobs you can consider.
Work a phone job There are lots of big companies that hire people just like you to do customer service at home. Some companies offer benefits, flexible scheduling and the ability to set your own schedule. Just be careful to do your homework, to make sure they are a reputable company.
Virtual Assistant- This is one of the more popular work at home jobs for mom, which is fabulous. If you want to start your own virtual assistant business (message me, I have lots of experience), but I suggest starting out with places like Fiverr and Fancy Hands. If that isn’t something you want to do, and you have a way with words I suggest writing articles for bloggers like myself.
Don’t want to answer to the time clock? Then writing might be just the thing for you you. Start writing articles in your spare time, while the kids are napping, or after they have gone to bed. I can easily sell articles to several people I know, if I take the time to write them properly. Plus, if you are a great writer, you can make some serious money selling articles that you can write in your spare time.
If you are a creator who loves to create crafts, then Etsy or Facebook Marketplace might just be your next career. Just be sure you are getting enough out of your finished projects to pay yourself as well as the cost of your supplies.
Sign up to sell products such as Pampered Chef, ThirtyOne or Scentsy. Just remember you will have to host parties and those are often times a lot of work. Which is why when it’s time to start a new business adventure I like to set down and do some brainstorming and check out sites like Top Consulting Firms for even more ideas on how to make money from home.