When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I had a plan. She was due in January. I would work through December, have the baby, and get a job when school started back in August. It sounds like a great plan. My parents could watch the baby, my husband could go back to school. I have a degree, so it only made sense that I would go to work. There was one thing I didn’t take into consideration though. I LOVE being home with my daughter. I don’t want anyone else to watch her. My days of Romeo and Juliet and Chaucer have been replaced with head, shoulders, knees and toes, and Dr. Suess. In short, I don’t want to go back to work.
I do, however, want to contribute to my families finances. In today’s economy, being a stay at home mom is becoming more and more difficult. As such, I have been doing research in legitimate jobs for stay at home moms.
Job 1: Writing Articles
When the baby is sleeping, I try to churn out a few articles for associated content. The pay isn’t always great, but hey, neither are my articles. When writing for associated content, I focus on what I am learning as a parent and try to write it in an accessible format for other moms. Pay is usually 1-3 dollars per article, but depends a lot on the amount of readers you get. If you find you enjoy reading articles on AC, go back to the home page and consider writing a few instead!
Job 2: KGB or Chacha
You may have seen the KGB commercials that are taking over the airways nowadays. You can text a question to these sites, and someone will do all the web work for you. If you are good at doing web searches, this may be the job for you. KGB offers a better chance of pay, but Chacha is easier to get accepted. This is a REAL work at home job, and you will have real hours you are expected to follow.
Job 3: Take care of kids
Daycare can run working mothers more than $500 a month, even in rural areas. In cities, the prices are astronomical. By offering childcare services to another mother you can bring in some extra cash and still look after your own little darling as well. An important reminder to those people looking after other children: If you don’t want to get your house certified as a home daycare, there is a limited amount of children you can watch. This number varies by state, so be mindful.
Job 4: Create
If you have a creative talent, there is a job market for it. Many people sell handmade clothing, blankets and crafts on Etsy.com. Cloth diaper or baby sling creation is also popular.
There are work at home jobs for moms who are determined. Think about what you can do, and how it will best serve your family.