How To Become A Work At Home Mom

1 – Start A Daycare Service In Your Home

Care for other working parent’s children in your home. Talk to friends, family and other parents you know to find prospective customers. Make a list of services you will provide (meals, diapers, activities, etc.) and estimate how much money you will spend to provide these items. Consider the value of your time and your services to determine an hourly or weekly rate to charge customers. Discuss your ideas with people who are experienced childcare professionals. They may provide insight to important issues and offer helpful advice.

Benefits: Spend every day with your child. Earn some extra money without leaving your home.

Necessities: Honest love of children. Patience. Time management and organizational skills. Adequate space and hazard free home.

Considerations: State laws vary, but certifications, approvals, inspections, and licenses are required for some home childcare providers. Check out the rules in your state, as well as possible county or local government regulations.

Drawbacks: Lack of quiet time. Less individual interaction with your own child.

2 – Start A Word-Processing/Data-Entry Service

Brush up on your typing skills and put that computer to use. Talk to friends, family or local business people to get leads to clients, who may be in need of this type of service. Decide what types of documents you will offer to prepare for customers (newsletters, resumes, business cards, legal documents, menus, medical transcriptions etc.) Research prices and options available at other businesses that provide similar services. Name your new company. Create sample flyers of your work and distribute at offices, malls, hospitals, restaurants and any other place that could use your services. Advertise for free by word of mouth. Or market your services with advertisements in local newspapers, business journals, radio, and public television networks.

Benefits: Make your own hours. Potential to earn fairly good profit depending on your time commitment.

Necessities: Good computer. Knowledge of word-processing programs, like Microsoft Windows or Word Perfect. Area in your home for your office (not the living room with the television and your toddler to divert your attention).

Considerations: Set up contracts with your customers that will clarify your services, fees, and payment terms. Check with a lawyer to determine best way for you to develop a contract that will ensure you get paid for your work.

Drawbacks: Establishing yourself in business will require some start-up money to advertise and attract initial customers. Ability to devote certain days/hours to working in your office at home without distractions.

3 – Become An Affiliate Salesperson for Health Products, Lingerie, Handmade Baskets or Similar Items

If you’re interested in cosmetics, consider companies, like Avon or Mary Kay. If healthy living is your priority, seek opportunities with businesses that specialize in nutrition products, vitamins, holistic medicine, or health supplements. Whether you like Tupperware, books or toys, there’s various options to work from home as an independent distributor, telecommuting representative or sales associate with a manufacturer, who makes something you know about, believe in or want to learn about.

Benefits: Work independently in already established business. Choose your hours and level of commitment that will determine your income.

Necessities: Knowledge of whatever you’re selling. Some sales experience or a desire to learn how to sell. Ability to talk to people you don’t know and captivate their interest in the product you’re promoting.

Considerations: Make sure you understand terms of manufacturer’s contract, like your commission, initial investment, length of contract. It’s worth having a lawyer look over a document before you sign it. Ask questions before you commit to anything.

Drawbacks: No guaranteed income. Your earnings depend on your sales.

4 – Start A Tutoring Service Or Offer Private Lessons

Some parents don’t have time or energy to help their children with homework. If you like working with kids and have the ability and knowledge to assist students with a particular subject, consider offering to tutor kids afterschool or on weekends in your home. If the thought of homework still gives you a headache, think about what talents you have that you could share with other people. Some parents seek one-on-one instruction for their kids that schools seldom offer in regular classes. Consider some popular subject areas, like piano lessons (or any musical instrument instruction), dance classes, art training, or writing workshops.

Benefits: Personal reward for providing others with knowledge and skills that are meaningful to you. Set your own schedule.

Necessities: Knowledge of subject matter. Ability to teach what you know to someone else in a way that is understandable, interesting and professional.

Considerations: Responsibility for other people’s children while they’re in your home. Credentials to prove your qualifications, if ever questioned.

Drawbacks: Patience and true passion for what you’re teaching. Potential for people to cancel at last minute or not show up at all for scheduled lesson, which could negatively effect your income.

5 – Start A Sewing Business

If you have a flair for fixing tears, mending seams, altering outfits or making custom clothing, dig that old sewing machine out of the attic, figure out how to get it running again, thread a needle, push some pins, and practice stitching something. If you find out it still fits your fashion sense. If you feel confident and capable after a few crash courses, consider contacting local clothing stores, who may keep lists of referrals for their customers in need of alterations. Look for other places to publicize your new business pursuit, like local drycleaners, Laundromats, schools, wedding shops, or craft stores. Once you get a few satisfied customers, you can almost count on word-of-mouth to carry your name to more people in need of sewing services.

Benefits: Decide how much work you want to do and when you want to do it. Sewing projects can be done in phases, for example, maybe you have an hour to make some minor alterations, while your children are sleeping or 15 minutes to finish fixing a tear, while you’re watching the evening news.

Necessities: Professional Seamstress skills. A good sewing machine. Materials, like thread, needles, pins etc.

Considerations: Must be able to provide the professional services that customers are paying for and deliver on your promises in a timely fashion.

Drawbacks: Potential for problems with sewing machine that you cannot fix. Ability to deal with demanding people, like customers who can afford custom tailored clothing and expect absolute perfection.

6 – Start Selling Your Homemade Arts And Crafts

If you have a knack for creating arts and crafts, like dried flower wreaths, pottery, silk flower arrangements, wooden furniture, calligraphy prints, paintings, or stylish jewelry, turn your home-based hobby into profit in your pocket. Test the market before you make 100 beaded necklaces or build up a stockpile of silk flowers for your future business. Go to craft fairs, art shops, flea markets, and other places that sell products similar to your specialty. Check out the competition – what’s hot – what’s not – prices and talk to people. If you feel confident that your creation is a winner, rent a stand at a craft show to see if it sells. After exploring your market, you will be able to decide how to continue or what to change to succeed at selling your homemade arts and crafts creations.

Benefits: Get paid for doing something you enjoy and decide when you want to work.

Necessities: Focus and commitment to create your products with a personal touch and perfection in bulk quantity. Desire to sell whatever you make.

Considerations: Loss of credibility with customers, if claims about your custom products fail to be completely factual.

Drawbacks: No guaranteed income. Self-motivation to make and sell your special arts and crafts.

7 – Start An Errand Service

There’s plenty of people from busy professionals and bachelors to single parents and senior citizens, who don’t have time or transportation to pick up prescriptions, drop off dry cleaning, shop for groceries or other goods. If you don’t mind shuttling your kids from store to store, shopping from someone else’s list or waiting in line to place an order or pay for a purchase, consider offering to complete these types of errands for other people. Contact friends, family, local businesses, or senior centers, to find people, who fit the profile of someone who would be benefit from this service. If you get a few satisfied customers, word-of-mouth should pave a path to other people, who would pay you to run their errands.

Benefits: Make your own hours and choose your customers.

Necessities: Reliable vehicle. Knowledge of geographic area, Patience and ability to pay attention to details and each customer’s specific desires and directions.

Considerations: Automobile insurance. Responsibility for someone else’s valuable personal goods. Whether it’s their clothing or their medicine, they’re trusting you to treat it like it was your own priceless possession. (Don’t hang the freshly dry-cleaned $200 suit in the back seat next to your two year-old, who’s drinking his little cup of grape juice)

Drawbacks: Ability to devise efficient, economical plan to deliver services to customers. Kids can get bored quick in the car and kids can run away and wreak havoc in stores. (But depending on the age of your children – they can offer valuable assistance and learn something by helping you find items on your shopping list at some stores.)

ShoeDazzle Review

ShoeDazzle, for those not in the know, is a very popular e-commerce site for women’s handbags, jewelry, dresses and of course SHOES. What makes ShoeDazzle different from most online stores is 1) Almost everything on the site is the same price, $39.95 and 2) You need to sign up for a membership before you can even browse the site. Membership is free and requires you to take a Style Quiz so that ShoeDazzle’s stylists (including chief stylist and co-founder Kim Kardashian) can make personalized recommendations for you based on your answers. We wondered how long the Style Quiz takes and what benefits you get from joining ShoeDazzle. We also wondered if we would feel like chumps, being forced to take a quiz before even being allowed to shop.

The quiz took all of four minutes, and we’re not gonna lie to you- it was really fun! Some sample questions:

“Which flat do you see yourself in?”
“Which cosmetics are most likely to grace your face?”
“Which of Blake Lively’s outfits is the most you?”

Now seriously- how can any woman who loves shoes or fashion or celebrities or all of the above not enjoy answering questions like that? With pretty pictures that you click on for your answers? You had me at “Which flat do you see yourself in?”!!!

So the Style Quiz proved to be quick and fun and easy. Once you finish, ShoeDazzle gives you some immediate product recommendations along with your fashion profile, plus you can shop around on the rest of the site. I was pretty stunned by the fashion profile- it said I lean toward Modern and Classic, that I like polka dots and that my signature colors are red and gold. WHICH IS ALL TRUE. Mind you, none of my answers had anything to do with red or gold or polka dots. Yet somehow ShoeDazzle and their chief stylist/sorceress Kim Kardashian stared into my soul and saw that I almost always wear deep red for special occasions, my last two purchases were sparkly gold shorts and a gold sweater, and my favorite article of clothing of all time is my poufy black and white polka dot skirt. (Which just totally lost its elastic, by the way. Does anyone know how to fix that?)

The next day, ShoeDazzle emailed me that my personalized showroom was ready. The personalized showrooms contain shoes, handbags and jewelry. The site also has lingerie and dresses which you are more than welcome to buy, but they don’t show up in your showroom. The shoes and handbag selections were spot on. I honestly could see myself wearing almost every shoe, and I particularly loved the booties and flats. The jewelry didn’t dazzle me quite as much, but I don’t wear much jewelry, so that isn’t necessarily a reflection on their picks.

On the first of every month, ShoeDazzle emails to tell me my new showroom is ready. It’s all new stuff, which creates a sense of urgency- if you love something, you better snatch it up before the month is over. ShoeDazzle offers Free Shipping on orders over $39, which is handy because just about everything is $39.95. (Although the Maya multicolored blue flat I am currently coveting is $29.95. What to do???) Returns are free, provided the only place you have worn your new shoes is in your living room.

I was curious if ShoeDazzle would be one of those sites that deluge you with emails. I’ve been a member for a few months now, and they send about three emails a week. I find myself opening every one because they usually contain some kind of deal, like a $10 credit or a Sale announcement or a coupon code for 25% off. Which obviously is pretty valuable stuff if you are a fan of their products, which I am. If I ever decide that three emails a week is too many, I can change my email preferences.

Is taking the ShoeDazzle Style Quiz worth your four minutes? We say yes. If it turns out you don’t love their products, you can always cancel and all you wasted was four minutes. But if you do love their products, and we think most shoe and fashion lovers will, you will have a ball checking out your new showroom every month and getting those email deals that make their already low prices even lower.

What’s The Deal?
Take the ShoeDazzle Style Quiz and get access to a personalized showroom and email-only deals.
How Long Does It Take?
The Style Quiz takes 4-5 minutes.
What’s The Verdict?
Anything Else I Should Know?
You’ll get about three ShoeDazzle emails a week, unless you change your preferences.

Lingerie Parties

Most women like to own an exquisite set of lingerie to feel good and look good. A well-designed piece of lingerie can accentuate the physical appeal of a woman. Lingerie can be easily purchased from departmental stores and exclusive lingerie stores. Lingerie stores have a baffling range of lingerie products and it can be embarrassing for some women to take a closer look at all these items. It may take hours for them to explore all the available options in lingerie. Taking all such factors in to consideration, many established lingerie stores allow people to host lingerie parties in their stores.

In a lingerie party, groups of people come together, have fun, eat, and shop for their favorite lingerie at the same time. Many retail stores offer free gifts to their guests for coming down and having a look at various products. Any individual can become the host of this party against a small fee, which can vary depending on the type of stores. Many retailers refund the fee if the sale goes beyond a certain limit. The retailers offer various incentives to the host and may offer a free lingerie set to the host as a gift for organizing a lingerie party. The hosts receive a certain percentage of the company’s sale amount as an incentive for organizing such a party. Since several like-minded people come together and tend to influence each other’s preferences, the sale is usually high in such parties.

Lingerie parties can also be organized at homes. The hostess invites her friends and other people who would be interested in such type of parties. She gets in touch with her favorite lingerie retailer who sends a representative with product catalogs, and lingerie samples to her house or the site of the party.

Many retailers send a variety of lotions, oils, and other related products along with the lingerie samples. The hostess can include various games in lingerie parties to make them more interesting.