Being a stay at home mom can be very rewarding but also very challenging. There are many women who become bored sitting around at home all day, and while the kids can certainly keep you busy there are times when you find yourself with little to do because the little ones have gone to sleep or they are at nursery.
Something that can make life even more difficult is if you are strapped for cash as a stay at home mom. Raising a family is expensive and most parents could do with additional income to help with the financial side of things. However, going out to find a job is not an option if you are a stay at home mom with family commitments. One thing you can do, however, is consider one of the many stay at home mom jobs that will enable you to stay busy, earn money, and look after your family.
Some of the Jobs You Can Do from Home
As a stay at home mom, there are various jobs that you can do from home. The great thing about these job options is that you can do them all in your own time, so you can work around your existing schedule and family commitments.
You can do these jobs in the evenings and at weekends when you have more time to yourself. In addition, you can do them all from the comfort of a home office and earn a very good income into the bargain.
One of the jobs you can consider as a stay at home mom is offering web design services online. This is something you can do remotely, and you can offer your services to clients around the world. In today’s digital era, website design services are very much in demand, so you should find an excellent demand for your services.
You can look forward to putting your creativity to good use while also making very good money doing something that you can work on from home and in your own time.
Another option if you want to work from home as a stay at home mom is to offer online writing services. Many businesses and individuals are keen to find good content writers for blogs, articles, marketing materials, and more.
If you have a flair for writing and you are good at research, this is a job that you can do from home and in your own time. Again, you can earn very good money doing this and you should never find yourself short of clients.
One other option to consider if you want to work from home is online selling. Over recent years, more and more people have taken advantage of the popularity of online shopping by setting up their own online retail venture. You can set up your own site or you can operate with the help of tools such as eBay stores. Either way, you can make a very good income by doing this.
What are the Benefits of Working from Home
As a stay at home mom, there are many benefits that you can look forward to when you set up a venture from home. First off, you won’t have to worry about the expense and hassle of arranging childcare for your little ones, as you can work from the comfort of your own home.
This can save you a lot of money and time as well as stress, as it means you can continue raising your young family yourself while also enjoying the opportunity to make decent money and keep yourself busy once the kids are asleep or at school. Another major benefit is that you get to enjoy total ease and convenience when you work from home.
You don’t have to worry about travelling to and from work, which saves you time and enables you to eliminate the need for travel costs.
In addition, you can set your own schedule, so you can work at the times that are most convenient for you and fit your work in around your childcare and family commitments. You can also look forward to the ease of working from the privacy and comfort of your own home, which makes it far easier and more convenient to earn money as a stay at home mom.
Another thing to consider is your future. Even if your kids are still very young, at some point they will be heading off to school leaving you at a loose end. If you have already established a part time stay at home business that you do in your spare time, you can expand this and turn it into a fulltime venture when the time comes. This means that you can hit the ground running once your kids are at school and you can start working fulltime and earning even more money without the hassle of having to apply for jobs and try and get back in the saddle.
As your own boss, you will find that operating a business from home is the ideal way to juggle raising a family and earning money. You won’t have to worry about what to do if the kids are ill or you cannot go into work for any reason because you are your own boss. As long as you keep your clients informed, you can take time off as and when you need to, which is something that is crucial for the parents of younger children who are often prone to illness or accidents.
With so many benefits to look forward to, it is little wonder that so many moms decide to set up their own venture at home in order to earn money while their kids are growing up.
With advancements in technology, this is something that has become far easier and this means you can look forward to making decent money while also raising your family. Moreover, this is something you can then turn into a fulltime career once the kids are a little older.
I have always been in love with all things art- I was obsessed with drawing and painting before I was even walking. In high school, I started a career selling art through various gallery art shows and on Etsy. I then went on to study fine arts at the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in painting, but took classes in ceramics, printmaking, cinema and architecture to get a really well-rounded education on all sorts of art.
During my senior year of college, my career path went through a huge transition; I started my own temporary tattoo brand, INKED by Dani, which is a brand of temporary tattoos based on my hand-drawn fine art designs.
The idea for the brand came one night after a themed party at college. My friends, knowing how much I loved drawing, asked me to cover them in hand-drawn doodles using eyeliner. The feedback from that night was overwhelming, everyone my friends saw that night was obsessed with the designs. In that moment, a lightbulb went off in my head... I could do some completely unique here and create chic temporary tattoos with an art-driven aesthetic, unlike anything else on the market. Other temporary tattoo brands were targeted to kids or lacked a sleek and millennial-driven look. It was a perfect pivot; I could utilize my fine arts training and tattoos as a new art medium to create a completely innovative brand.
Using the money I made from selling my artwork throughout high school and college, I funded the launch of INKED by Dani. I had always loved the look of dainty tattoos, but knew I could never commit to the real thing, and I knew my parents would kill me if I got a tattoo (I also knew that so many girls must have that same conflict). Starting INKED by Dani was a no-brainer.
I started off with a collection of about only 10 designs and sold them at sorority houses around USC. Our unique concept for on-trend and fashion-forward tattoos was spreading through word of mouth, and we quickly started growing an Instagram following. I was hustling all day from my room, cold calling retailers, sending blind samples and tons of emails, and trying to open up as many opportunities as I could.
Now, we're sold at over 10,000 retail locations (retailers include Target, Walmart, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Hot Topic), and we've transformed temporary tattoos into a whole new form of wearable art.
My 4 best tips for starting your own business are:
- Just go with your gut! You'll never know what works until you try it. Go day by day and do everything in your power to work toward your goals. Be bold, but be sure to be thoughtful in your actions.
- Research your competitors and other successful brands in your category to determine how you can make your product stand out. Figure out where there is a need or hole in the market that your new offering or approach can fill.
- Don't spread yourself too thin. Delegate where possible, and stay focused each day on doing the best and most you can. Don't get too caught up in your end goal or the big picture to a point where it overwhelms or freezes you. You're already making a bold move to start something new, so try to prioritize what's important! I started off in the beginning hand packing every single tattoo pack that we sold and shipped. If I wanted to scale to align with the level of demand we were receiving, I needed to make the pivot to mass produce and relinquish the control of doing every step myself. I am a total perfectionist, so that was definitely hard! From that point on, overseeing production has been a huge part of my daily schedule, but by doing so I've been able to free up more time to focus on design, merchandising, and sales, allowing me to really focus on growing the business.
- Prioritize great product packaging and branding. It's so important to invest time in customer experience- how customers view and interact with your product. The packaging is just as important as the actual product inside! When we were starting off, we had high demand, and I definitely jumped the gun a bit on packaging so we could deliver product to the retailers when they wanted it. Since then, we've completely revamped the packaging into something upscale and unique that reflects what the brand is all about. Our product packaging is always called out as being one of our retailers' and customers' favorite part of our product!