11 Jobs for Stay at Home Moms

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Moms are often stuck somewhere between not being able to afford daycare and not wanting to use daycare, but still needing income.

Thanks to technology and social media, opportunities for stay at home moms abound! If you have previous job experience in a specific field, that can be a plus, but even if you have zero experience, you have some great options.

Here are our top 11 places to look for a remote job/jobs you can work from home:  

1. The ProBlogger Job Board 

If you have basic writing skills (or advanced copywriting skills) and can put together a few short articles, or if you have experience or a lot of knowledge about a field like technology or legal, the ProBlogger Job Board is a great place to start. The quality of leads is high, and updating frequently. Because the job board is on a site for bloggers, they're not looking for journalists (some are, but most aren't), which is nice. 

2. Become a Virtual Assistant (VA)

A virtual assistant helps a businesses or individual with a variety of tasks, depending on the VA's skill. Tasks might include managing a social media account, answering emails, doing light design work, or various other duties. There are a couple different ways to get started.

One is by connecting with friends; on the Stand For Mom Show Episode #5, Lindsay landed her first job by emailing a friend. Emailing friends and family and asking for leads or connections is a great place to start. Another great way to break in is by reaching out to one of your favorite bloggers or online businesses. One of Brilliant Business Mom's virtual assistants got her start by emailing Beth Anne and volunteering to do a small project for free (you can listen to that episode here). If you'd like more help getting started as a VA, go here

3. Freelance Writing 

Writing for online websites like Her View From Home and Mother.ly is doable; scaling so that you're writing at a liveable volume (and for publications that pay) can be a bit trickier. If you're the kind who likes to figure it out on your own, Beyond Your Blog's interviews with editors are invaluable. If, however, you'd prefer somebody walk you through the process, I recommend Chaunie Brusie's courses. Chaunie is a work at home mom of four, and provides advice on the work and on being a mom in the midst of it. 

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4. ChatBooks 

ChatBooks has long been a friend to work at home moms--in fact, the company has a whole group of work at home moms they call they mom squad! You can check their job listings to see what's available currently. 

5. StitchFix

Want to work in the fashion industry, and help other people find clothes they feel great about? StitchFix might be the company for you! You can learn more about their remote stylist positions here

5. Amazon

Yep, the online giant is hiring this year! Go straight to the job board here

6. Proofreading 

If you have an eye for catching grammar and spelling mistakes, proofreading is a great option. Caitlin Pyle, fellow work at home mom, has found a lot of success as a proofreader, and offers free webinars and courses if you'd like to learn more. 

7. Use Facebook

Are you a member of Facebook groups? They can be powerful engines for learning about industries and connecting with other people. Particularly if you have specials skills but are new to the job market or the region, joining relevant Facebook groups (like the Austin Digital Jobs group) can give you an idea about what's out there.

A word of caution: there are a LOT of groups out there that offer you tons of making for working at home. As tempting as that sounds--they're scams. Stay away. 

8. Search Indeed.com for Remote Jobs

FlexJobs is also a great source! 

9. Open Your Own Etsy Shop

Do you have creative or design skills? Open your own shop on Etsy! Shop Files has some great resources here. 

10. Be a Digital Influencer 

If you'd like to work with sponsors, offer services as a coach, consultant, or designer, or create a digital product (like an ebook), starting a blog can help you establish yourself as an expert and give potentional customers a preview of what you have to offer. Elna Caine at Twins Mommy is an experienced blogger, and has great recommendations here.

If you enjoy photographing your life, have an eye for style and design, and don't mind maintaining a fairly public profile, growing an Instagram following can allow you to work with sponsors, who pay you for sharing their product with your audience. Depending on the size of your audience and your niche, you can earn anything from free product to $15-over $1000/post.

Many Instagrammers connect their Instagram account to a blog, but you don't have to. Likewise, you can create a Facebook page to support your blog/website, or you can create a niche Facebook page and work with sponsors. This Facebook group is filled with people who do just that. 

11. Amazon FBA

It's a little bit complicated, so I won't go into full detail, but you can consider retail arbitrage on Amazon. Basically, you snag great deals and sell them for a higher price. This couple explains more

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5 Unexpected Things That Will Change Your Life This Fall

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The biggest challenges I have in my life right now as an entrepreneur and a stay at home mom who works are: 

  • getting dinner on the table 
  • looking like a human being
  • finding me time
  • making friends 

Are these your biggest challenges, too? If so, get excited--because this post is packed with tips that will be like a breath of fresh air this fall! PLUS, there's a giveaway at the bottom that you won't want to miss. 

1. Meal Planning That Does The Work For You 

At 4:55pm, I'd rather face a chainsaw-wielding ghoul in a dark basement than my starving children. I usually have work I'm trying desperately to finish and frankly, I just don't have any mental energy left to create a healthy, wholesome meal for my hungry people! Especially when I've got a screaming infant or hangry toddler to deal with. 

PrepDish is an answer from the gods. 

Every week, PrepDish sends you an email with a shopping list and brief instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. You can spend an hour or two on a Sunday or Monday aternoon, prepping your food for the week, and then VOILA. You have all your meals in the fridge FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK.

PrepDish has a gluten free track and a Paleo track, they use a ton of vegetables and seasonal recipes, AND they are offering readers a free 2-week trial to try it out!! You can go to PrepDish.com and use promo code STAND to get your trial. If you were using PrepDish this week, your family would be feasting on Brined Pork Chops w/ Sauteed Cabbage and Apples or Orange-Ginger Grilled Chicken w/ Veggie Stir Fry and Brown Rice.

And you would not have expended any mental energy on these things. NOT AN OUNCE. 

2. Plan to Rest

Grab your calendar right now, make a list of five things that fill you up (an afternoon reading, an hour at a coffee shop with a girlfriend, a bubble bath) and SCHEDULE THEM. If you don't plan rest, it won't happen. 

I talk about rest extensively in Equipped (including how to actually make it happen!!), but the short version is: you need it, sister. You matter. The work you do matters. Be kind to yourself and get some rest.

PS We KNOW how hard rest is, so we're making it just a little easier...enter to win a $60 SPA GIFT CARD at the bottom of this post!!!! 

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3. Cute Clothes That Happen Effortlessly 

There's a reason yoga pants are a thang, and while I'm not comfort and sheer survival, I think we all know the virtues of feeling good about how we look. A few extra minutes on cute clothes or my hair or makeup is a subconscious nod to myself--I matter, I'm worth making time for, I take care of others and that starts with me. 

BUT. When your size fluctuates dramatically (helllooo pregnancies) and you've sort of lost yourself as a person (thank you, motherhood), figuring out what to buy is stressful. What's even more stressful? FIGURING OUT A WHOLE WARDROBE. I've always been intrigued by having a uniform or a capsule wardrobe, but even those things are exhausting to plan! 

Enter, Allison. 

Allison is another SAHM who works, and she created The Style Challenge. It is a first of its kind online style program that gives you the tools you need to build your own capsule wardrobe. Allison creates the shopping list, and you shop your closet, or your favorite stores, and you spend as much or as little as you want.

The pieces on your list are then combined into daily outfit ideas and sent right to your inbox to make getting dressed the easiest thing you'll do all day!! There's no membership fee or recurring charge. 

The Fall 2017 Style Challenge is an ideal way to get started. Here's what you need to know: 

  • Registration NEW OPEN! 
  • Registration Closes: 9/15
  • First Outfit Starts: 9/18

It's clothes that actually make sense for the things that I do, like go to the park, go for walks, do Skype conference calls or school pick ups or meet a friend for lunch...I'm not spending tons of extra money on clothes I won't actually use. AND I GET AN EMAIL EVERY DAY FOR THE CHALLENGE TELLING ME WHAT TO WEAR. #praisehands

4. Coffee (Special Coffee, That Is) 

Perky Perky is a coffee company created by Maruxa Murphy that aims to bring women back into their brilliance. I think we all know that well roasted coffee has magical powers, but honestly one of the things I love the most about coffee is not just that it's delicious and a happy ritual--and Perky Perky coffee is delicious--but it's a rallying point for other women.

I've started so many conversations with other women over coffee, laughed, talked about deep important things--Maruxa created Perky Perky to be a lifestyle brand that reminds women of the beautiful, strong, courageoussmart, unique, creative, powerful, brilliance that we each have within us, and build a movement of women that are doing more what they love in this world! 

5. Make a New Friend (Who Gets It) 

Being a mom who is an entrepreneur, or a SAHM who works is hard. If you want any kind of staying power in this business, let me tell you--you need to find your girls. This fall, we're launching community groups in our Stand For Mom Facebook group. If you're looking for your kindred spirit, now is the time to join

GIVEAWAY! We're giving away a prize pack this is going to ROCK your fall. Here's what you'll win: 

  • 3 month subscription to PrepDish meal planning service
  • Free Stay at Home Mom Capsule Wardrobe planner from GYPO
  • Coffee of choice from Perky Perky
  • $60 SpaFinder gift card, good at thousands of spas nationwide

Time's almost up! Enter below or click here!! 

Kindred Mom Founder Emily Allen Talks About the Importance of Messes, and When She Stopped Working for a Boss

Emily Allen is mom of six and founder of Kindred Mom, a collaborative blog and podcast dedicated to helping moms flourish in motherhood. Emily is authentic, deeply heartfelt, and has a brain that moves fast.

In short, we’re in love with this amazing work at home mom and what her life says about courage and trying something new.

Read the full interview below!


Stand For Mom: Emily, we’re so glad you’re here. Tell us about yourself.

Emily Allen: I am a homeschool mama, a serial entrepreneur, and a creative who constantly discovers new things I am interested in. I have six kids—three boys and three girls—who range in age between 1-11 years old.

Emily Allen Kindred Founder Interview

SFM: How did you become a work at home mom?

EA: In a manner of speaking, I guess I have always been a “work at home mom” in the sense that I’ve always had a variety of projects going on that are not typically seen as “stay-at-home” mothering.

This started most notably when I began my wedding and family photography business before my oldest daughter was born, and I went on to run that business for eleven years before closing the doors for new and different creative adventures as a homeschool mom and writer.

I had been homeschooling and running my business for several years, but as we added to our family, it was becoming more difficult to sustain the photography business.

The following roles are all things I have done at a professional or semi-professional level in the past 15 years. I have not held a paying job (with a boss, anyway) since my early twenties, and even those were part-time, seasonal, or summer jobs. So I guess to best answer the question about what I do: I am a mama who blazes her own trail.

Singer/Songwriter/Performer
Audio Engineer
Professional Photographer
Graphic Designer
Writer/Editor
Creative Coach
Business Strategist
Marketing Enthusiast
Podcaster

SFM: What have you learned as a work at home mom?

EA: I have learned that there is no one as motivated to make space for what matters to them than a mother who wants to be with and invest in her babies, but also has a string of other dreams that cannot wait for twenty years to be pursued.

Emily Allen Kindred Founder Interview

I have learned that I cannot define success conventionally, because some would see what I’ve accomplished and be unimpressed by the numbers. However, I am always learning, growing, and I would say that my family is thriving largely because I am creatively stimulated, showing them by example how to live education as a lifestyle, and all of the above has influenced my approach to motherhood.

I’ve learned that messes are necessary for the creative spirit, and courage means taking the next right step, not having every last thing figured out.

SFM: Where are you struggling right now?

EA: Most recently I have been struggling to not max out my internal/mental bandwidth. These past six months, I have been giving birth to an idea that is years in the making, strategically pouring every last ounce of “free” time and energy into a new online community (collaborative blog, podcast, Facebook group and beyond).

Emily Allen Kindred Founder Interview

Between that venture and my mothering tasks, it has been more difficult to spend time with friends, keep up on my housework (to a level I desire, anyway), and I would also say, I don’t have a great balance of rest time to work time.

SFM: What's your best piece of advice for other moms?

EA: Simplify anything that can be simplified. I have made simple systems for everything that needs to be done again and again around the house so I can spend a minimal amount of time doing the basics. I also have a habit of planning one day ahead.

I look at the upcoming 24 hours and make a list of every task I need to remember and do. This allows me to get through task after task without getting hung up on remembering what else I need to do.

-SFM

Emily Allen Kindred Founder Interview

You can find Kindred Mom here.
The Kindred Mom podcast, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page. 
Emily's Instagram here