Post # 1
My dream has always been to stay at home with our kids, but I would still love to be able to make some money from home, especially with hubs starting a new job soon. Do any of you ladies run a small business/online business from home and have any pointers or ideas?
Post # 2
I’ve got 3 semesters left before I graduate with my BS in accounting. I currently work in accounting at a manufacturing business and do some bookkeeping from home on the side. I’d love to somehow work solely from home when we start a family, but I would need to find more bokkkeeping clients, and it would render my BS pretty much useless.
Post # 3
Hmm. I have a 10 month old and have a dog grooming business out of my home. Honestly? Good luck lol. It’s definitely doable but it’s significantly more difficult. Before baby I groomed 5-8 dogs a day. Now? I try not to book myself more than 2 a day.
As far as tips go: a baby monitor with camera, a baby proofed room (extremely baby-proofed!), a walker or playpen, and a good nap schedule.
If I have a client coming at 9am that means I get baby up at 6am. That way I have him worn out for a nap right before my client arrives. It is a balancing act for sure. Thankfully I don’t have deadlines or quotas to meet. It’s definitely a blessing to be able to work from home but it is HARD.
Post # 4
I’m not a mom, but I work from home! I run a VA company turned into a marketing company, all of my clients only need stuff done virtually. You might want to look into working for an agency, as it can be difficult to find clients, but now that I have clients I am much happier doing it for myself.
Post # 5
haley309 : I have two friends who essentially do this. One is a personal assistant. She works for three executives and handles things like scheduling their vacations, appointments, cancelling credit cards, and basically everything that the executives don’t want to deal with. The other does basic wedding coordinating — setting up flower arrangements or decorations before weddings and then cleaning up after the wedding takes place. She works a lot of weekends but it works out because her husband can watch the kids while she works and vice versa.
Post # 6
I ocassionally work from home for my job and even when I work from home there’s no way I can have my son home without another adult supervising him. I have to focus on work and there’s no way I could do both honestly. Unless you’re doing work that can have frequent interuptions, it’s not going to work without having some sort of childcare.
Post # 7
The only people I know who make this work well get their heavy work done while they have help at home (either a sitter/father/grandparent during the day or in the evening or when the children are at school. I remember hiding in the laundry room or bathroom with the door locked to try to have a professional phone conversation when my children were young.
A lot of it depends upon your profession and how understanding your clients or colleagues are with a child in the background or having to hang up quickly because someone just swallowed a Lego. A babysitting co-op can help with providing free time to work if you are willing to watch other people’s children. All-in-all I’d say it depends a great deal upon the job and the temperament(s) of the child or children but it’s not as easy as it sounds. I now work primarily from home and it can be challenging even with teenagers.
Post # 8
If your plan is to be a full time Stay-At-Home Mom and have a lucrative side hustle, good luck. Little kids need constant supervision so you’d be waking up at 4AM to work for a few hours before your kids wake up or working after you put the kids to bed every night until 12 or 1AM and foregoing any quality time with your spouse.
This is why so many SAHMs get sucked into MLMs- it seems so easy to make an extra grand each month but the ones who do well devote serious time to it.
Post # 9
I occasionally work from home (though I have a corporate job), but find I can only really do it successfully when my kids are out of the house. They’re 3 and 10 mos. I’m not sure how I would otherwise get anything done- they require waaaaaaayy too much attention to work when they’re around. So, unless it’s a job that you could pull off after bedtime or squeeze into nap time (assuming your kids nap at the same time, or at all) then I’d say likely not a reality. Now once your kids are in school during the day- totally doable!
Post # 10
I have a two month old baby and am returning to my work from home job in a couple weeks. I primarily freelance for a content marketing firm, writing and editing blogs and website content for various businesses. It’s perfect because I can usually get my work done in about four hours per day if I’m focused, which I think I’ll be able to manage with my baby assuming she continues to be a reliable napper (probably this wouldn’t work without childcare if I had two kids though).
Post # 11
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I work from home and have a puppy. My work has a policy that you cannot work from home with a child unless you can demonstrate that you also have childcare in the house.
Babies are a lot more work than a dog, and I struggle at times to remain focused unless he is in his crate or off at puppy daycare. Even if you can find a position where you are allowed to work remotely, it can be difficult to handle both at once.
Post # 12
teamroro : YUP. Exactly.
OP- My son was a toddler when I started my current job, working from home. The only way it was workable is that my mother was home with us and took care of him so I could focus on my work tasks. There is no way I could have accomplished what I needed to get done while also attending to his needs every day. I have a co-worker who homeschools her children and when I talked with her about her MO, she said she’s with her kids during the day and then working during the nights after they go to bed- that wasn’t anywhere near the realm of possible or reasonable for me.
My son is 8 now and pretty self sufficient (much moreso than when he was a toddler, at least) and if he’s home from school and my mother has to go to the office, it’s STILL a trial to try to get my work done. He was unexpectedly home from school today and almost got in trouble 3 different times because he was talking and being disruptive and trying to say hello to people on my teleconferences (which he’s done in the past with no problem but didn’t recognize that today’s meetings weren’t really the time or place).
Post # 13
sollyb : Any suggestions on finding agencies for something like this? Sorry OP, not hijacking your thread. I’ve been looking at https://weworkremotely.com/categories/sales-and-marketing since another poster posted it a few days ago but trying to get more ideas. I currently do business development and sales.
Post # 14
I’m not sure where you live, but this is the company I used to work for. A few years go when I did, they were just in Canada, but I recently heard they are expanding!
Post # 15
sollyb : Thanks, I’m in the US but will take a look. Thanks!