10 Ways to Earn Money From Home Without Leaving Your Baby's Side
Being a mother is a full time job. No matter how many parenting books you read, it still remains a challenge! If you are a stay at home mom and are looking to earn an income you’re probably asking yourself what is a good job for a stay at home mom? To help you answer that question we have put together a list of the best jobs for stay at home moms in India!
The best part of working from home is that you can still be in your young kids’ sight, attend every parent-teacher meeting and never miss a dance recital, well, almost! Yes, it takes meticulous planning, dedication and hard work just like any other full-time job. But being a full-time mom doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your career.
10 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom
Here are some great job opportunities that you must explore if you are planning to return to, or start work, after becoming a mother:
Non-profit organizations always have tight budgets. One of the ways they keep their costs down is by hiring people to work from home. These are some of the best jobs for stay at home moms! Find an NGO that is involved with a cause that you are passionate about. To start off you may need to put in some volunteer time but eventually, you can make a career in your favourite social cause. How about animal-shelters or stopping child labour?
Mommying has its perks for sure! For one, you can score a job reviewing baby products. This way you can also get some free goodies by well-known brands for you to try out, and if you are great at these reviews, you can get paid a hefty sum too!
We're sure you have tons of interesting baby/life stories that you are waiting to tell. Other mums like you have jumped on the blogging bandwagon and are gaining popularity like never before! So why not tag along and pen down your motherhood days for the world to see? In fact, whatever your interest is, be it cooking, DIYs, organizing, home improvement, travel, fashion or beauty, you have the freedom to blog about it with your unique outlook.
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If you think this one is suitable only for the business-minded, think again. There are some excellent opportunities now available that let you become a businesswoman who conducts her business online and in her own social networks! Netsurf, a direct selling company based in India, has initiated an employment program especially for mothers – Asmita. This is an opportunity to join their direct selling business for the product categories of health care and personal care. It is a perfect mix of career and personal life where stay-at-home-moms are concerned!
Customer Service Executive:
A lot of customer service these days is provided over the phone. There are a lot of companies that hire customer service representatives who are expected to telecommute. This means that you can work from home!
Data Entry Professional:
Data entry jobs are well-paying mass typing jobs that anyone can do if they have a computer and internet. If you are keen on earning some quick and easy bucks then there are scores of data entry jobs available online. Just look them up in a job-search site you are familiar with and pick a domain you have interest in.
Tiffin or Meal Services:
If you enjoy cooking, then this could be the perfect stay at home mom job for you. A lot of people these days do not have the time to cook meals at home. This has created a huge market for meal services. Start small by advertising in your local community and before you know it, the requests for your home-cooked meals will start pouring in. A great way to get started with creating a name in this business is to showcase your recipes online.
If you have a hobby that you are passionate about, find a way to monetize it. This could be anything from blogging to stain glass painting; just get home art and craft supplies to get started! You can even get your kids involved in this if they are passionate about creativity. The great thing about starting such a business is that you will be doing something that you love and so it won’t feel like work at all. Here are some hobby classes in your neighbourhood that you can approach for any job opening. Who knows, this may just be the perfect blend of passion and fulfilment!
If you have a degree, and an inclination to pursue research, talk to the people at your local colleges and universities and find out if anyone is looking for a research assistant. These are not very high paying jobs but they will allow you to keep your skills fresh and they provide a lot of flexibility.
Sending kids for tuition classes has become the norm for many nuclear families. You can make a decent income by taking on as few as four or five students and providing them with tuition classes. You can choose a subject of your choice and one you have expertise in.
A lot of women choose to become stay at home moms after their child is born. but a lot of women feel cornered into making that choice because of un-cooperating employers. We understand if you are feeling frustrated about this too, but there actually are portals out there that will help you look for a job that fits your timetable and lifestyle. One such portal is Sheroes, that has job listings divided into categories like work-from home, freelance, and many more. Another platform you can connect to, to stay in touch with the professional world is Women's Web.
How to Build Your Resume and Score a Job
Found anything you like yet? If yes, brilliant! The next thing you need to do is get working on your resume and preparing for interviews. You've been slogging for a while, in the most taxing yet rewarding job ever – mommy-ing! You can multi-task, handle problems impromptu and can deal with multiple projects at a time. The following tips will help you nail your come-back resume so that you can get back on that career track:
Don't Hide The Gap Many applicants try and mask the unemployed days in their resume. This is highly off-putting to employers and can easily be found out. Instead, focus on some of your past jobs or volunteering positions and highlight your strengths through those.
Emphasise Your Strengths Mommying must have taught you a thing or two about time management and schedules. Do include these as skills, because why not?
Stick To Chronology Do put your best achievements right on top because those are things you are proud of accomplishing and will most likely be the things you are best at.
Stay Relevant While accomplishments are great, make sure you add in only the job experience or skills that are relevant to the job you are seeking.
Network Follow mommy bloggers online and strike up conversations. Who knows, you could find a long-due story within you that you'd like to write and maybe even take to writing blogs regularly. Ask around, what other moms do in their free time; networking both virtually and in person is the best way to find a job you'd like.
Smart Savings by Smart SAHM
No doubt earning money is important, and nothing can really substitute an additional source of income. But a penny saved is a penny earned! It would be a good idea to think about smart ways to save money too, while you scout for career opportunities or job ideas for stay at home mums.
Make your money grow. Money that is just lying stagnant in your bank account is of no use! Money should be put to work. Consult a good financial advisor, and learn about what kinds of investments you can make in order to maximise your savings.
Budget your expenses.Track how every rupee in your account is spent. Just writing your month’s expenses down will make you realise which expenses are frivolous and avoidable, and which are necessary.
Look for DIY options. A lot of money that is spent on buying ‘readymade’ things can be saved by looking for ways to make things at home. So consider making baby food at home instead of buying formula, consider using reusable washable handmade cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers, instead of dining out, consider expanding your culinary expertise by looking at online videos! And while this may not be always possible, try to strike a healthy balance.
Be a smart shopper. Make the most of sale periods, wholesale sellers, bulk purchases, and never ever shop without a list!
Do something for yourself every month. It could be anything – from buying a pretty dress to that limited edition lipstick, to a nice spa at the salon. Doing one thing for yourself every single month will act to curb your urge to go on a shopping spree because you feel valued when you spend money on yourself regularly.
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Key Takeaway: According to Tricia Brown (Interaction Centre Director at Brightpeak Financial), being a stay at home mom has a lot of benefits, and if you can be one, you should choose that option. The different areas in which you can cut down your expenses by making that choice include -
Child-care (creche, aayah, etc.)
Food (since there are fewer instances of eating out/getting takeaway)
Wardrobe (since you don't need expensive work-wear anymore)
Beware of Job Scams!
One last point you need to be aware of while looking for work from home ideas for stay at home moms is work from home scams. A lot of fake companies often try to lure unsuspecting people into scams. The most likely outcome of such experiences is a financial loss, but many are out there to commit moral crimes too. Here are a few tips on safeguarding yourself against such job scams.
Remember how they say 'there are no free meals in the world'? There are also no 'easy meals' in the world. If the work sounds too simple for the kind of money that is promised, it probably is a scam.
Never agree to pay any money, no matter how small the amount is. Similarly, never reveal any bank details or any kind of financial details.
Do your homework. Research about the employer, call on the contact number provided and talk to the concerned people.
Take a second opinion. Discuss the opportunity with your husband or a trusted friend. It is possible that they may be able to see something that you managed to somehow overlook.
Don't jump at the first opportunity you get! Desperation makes us blind to obvious flaws in a situation and can lead you down the wrong road. Act with patience and wisdom.
Best wishes from us for your mom-ventures! Remember that you are capable and can score any job you'd like. Do write to us for any help needed - we at World Of Moms are always there for you!
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