7 Jobs for Stay at Home Moms

Stay at home moms are often undervalued. They don’t technically contribute to the household’s income. However, stay at home moms wear so many hats, that if they were paid, they’d make over $100,000 a year. They are the caregivers, the chefs, the maids, the errand runners, the bus drivers, and often the accountants. So hats off to you if you have taken on this thankless and underpaid job! What you do is more than just valuable, it is essential to keeping your family afloat.

In today’s society, it is hard for a household to survive on two incomes, let alone one. It is doable, but you may feel the pressure to get a job to help make ends meet. The good news is you don’t have to give up time at home with your kids to make some money. There are several options for jobs for stay at home moms that can be done when the kids are asleep.

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Regardless of your reasons for staying home with your children, you do not have to give up on your dreams. For many families with multiple kids, it is cheaper to forego the second income and have one parent stay home. However, this does not mean that you have to put your career on hold. It just means you have to be a little flexible and creative in how you go about earning that extra money.

You don’t have to sell your soul to make extra money either. There are hundreds of legitimate job opportunities that don’t involve guilting people into buying a product they don’t really want. Life as a stay at home working mom is easier if you are disciplined about your time and stick to a schedule. Depending on how much time you can commit, you can earn anywhere from a little spending money to a full-time income.

Most work at home moms work while their kids are asleep. This means they usually wake up a few hours early or stay up late to get some work done. Flexible jobs like writing, teaching online or creating products to sell are the perfect jobs for stay at home moms.

1. Freelance Writer/ Editor

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If you have a decent grasp of the English language, you should consider becoming a freelance writer or editor. You can start small on a content platform or apply directly to freelance positions as you would with a regular job. Most freelance writers and editors are paid by the word or project. These can easily be completed during nap time or in the hours before your kids wake up.

2. Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant takes care of all the duties an administrative assistant would in a physical setting. Many small online businesses will hire a virtual assistant to help with the day to day work. This usually includes tasks such as answering emails, maintaining the online and social media presence, and providing general assistance. With this job, you may have more sporadic work throughout the day. However, you can accomplish most tasks from your couch.

3. Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists basically type the captions for all of your favorite TV shows and movies. They usually get paid per project or by the hour. You will need to be able to point out the distinct differences in each voice as you are often only sent the audio. As long as you can hear clearly, this is a great freelance job for a stay at home mom.

4. Open an Etsy Store

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If you are creative and like to make things by hand, opening stores on Etsy or other marketplaces can be great jobs for stay at home moms. Etsy is mainly for handmade items. Therefore, you can sell handmade soaps, scrapbooks or even anything made out of wood. Find something you enjoy making, take some quality photos, and post them on Etsy. You can even get your kids involved in the process, so you can spend time together and make a living.

5.  Sell on Amazon

Just because you feel like you can’t make anything that is worthwhile to sell, doesn’t mean you can’t sell on an online marketplace. Amazon, one of the largest companies in the world, offers plenty of jobs for stay at home moms. You can self publish a Kindle eBook, clean out your house and give others the opportunity to use anything you don’t need or resell items you pick up at a yard sale. Selling items on Amazon can potentially be a real money maker if you are willing to put in effort.

6.  Photographer

Another great option for jobs for stay at home moms is a photographer. All you need is a decent DSLR camera. Extra equipment can help improve the quality of your photographs, but it is not necessary to begin. If your kids are old enough, they can tag along to shoots and be your assistants for the day. As a freelance photographer, you have the authority to determine what kinds of jobs to take and when to take them.

7.  Become a Teacher

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Jobs for stay at home moms have really grown over the last few years. If you have a passion for teaching kids, you are no longer limited to an 8 to 5. There are a few new companies that will hire you to teach a class online.

Depending on your preferences and expertise, you can teach English as a second language. Classes are usually taught first thing in the morning or late at night, leaving time for your regular day. There are also options for teaching kids at the local park. While the classes are during the day, most of these companies encourage you to bring your kids along.

Final Thoughts

Working from home as a stay at home mom is entirely possible. Get creative and take advantage of the time you have when your kids are asleep. Freelance writing, teaching online, and selling your products on an online marketplace are great jobs for stay at home moms. If you have any other suggestions for great jobs for stay at home moms, please feel free to share them in the comments.

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Potty Training Basics: The Right Way to Toilet Train Your Toddler

Potty training is a major milestone in the development of a child. Most parents look forward to the time they will potty train their kids. The joy of potty training is that you will no longer worry about changing your child’s diaper. Despite the anticipation that moms and dads have, most of them do not know the basics of toilet training.

Some kids can take a few days to adapt to the changes, and others can take longer. Parents should know what to expect before the training begins to ensure that it is done at the right time and efficiently. The toddler must be both physically and emotionally ready for the toilet training. The child should be willing and cooperative. Do not try very hard as your child will eventually learn how to use the potty on their own. Here are some of the potty training basics to ease the process for both child and parent.

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Check for Signs

Most parents start potty training their toddlers at two years. In some cases, the child may start showing the signs earlier. The child is ready for potty training if he/she:

  1. Can follow simple instructions.
  2. Is able to pull the pants up and down.
  3. Becomes uncomfortable when wearing diapers.
  4. Starts calling himself/herself a big girl/boy.
  5. Can keep the nappy dry for up to three hours.
  6. Tells you that he/she is about to wee or poo.
  7. Is walking and sitting.

Prepare for Potty Training

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When you notice some of the signs, it is time to get ready for training. The parent will have to decide whether to train the child on how to use the potty or the toilet directly.

It is more advisable to use the potty as more children find it less scary compared to the toilet. You can ask your child what he/she prefers. If you opt to train your child using the toilet, get a small stool for the child to step on. Also, get a smaller seat that fits well in the existing toilet seat. This way, the child will sit on the toilet without the fear of falling into the bowl.

It is important to start training your child when you do not expect a big change in your routine. This could mean getting a new house or going for a holiday.

Help Your Child Get Ready

Train your child how to say some words related to going to the toilet, for example, poo and wee. Occasionally, motivate the child to sit on the potty or the small toilet seat to help him/her familiarize with the equipment.

Feed your child with plenty of fiber and water to prevent constipation. The main aim is to let the child learn at his/her pace. If you start the training and the toddler shows no interest in learning, give him/her time and later he/she will respond positively as they familiarize.

Start Potty Training

The best time to start training your child is when you do not have plans to leave the house. The real training begins when the child is aware that he/she is going to poo or wee and yearns to use the toilet or potty. The parent can also look out for signs that the child wants to go to the toilet. Some of the signs include passing wind, change of posture, and getting quiet.

When you note the child is about to pee or wee, encourage him/her to sit on the potty. If the child seats on the toilet for more than five minutes and no activity has taken place, take him/her off as it might feel like a punishment.

Praise the baby for the efforts made to let him/her know that sitting on the potty is a good thing. Remind the child to go to the toilet. Gradually stop using diapers and nappies except during day sleep and at night. Instead, use training pants or underpants. Dress the child in clothes that can come off easily such as trousers and avoid full body suits which can’t come out easily.

If you note that your child is having problems sitting on the toilet, demonstrate for them. Train your child how to wipe themselves after using the potty. Remember to wipe them from the front to the back. Also, show them how to pull the pants up after using the toilet or potty. Teach them that it is hygienic to wash their hands after visiting the toilet.

Start Night Training

When you start potty training, the child’s body is still not aware of most of its necessary reflexes. Therefore, it cannot wake up at night to use the potty. It is normal for the child to wet the bed at night for some time.

Before the child becomes ready for night training, continue using diapers or pull-up at night. Encourage the child to call for help if he/she wakes up in the middle of the night and feels like going to the toilet. Leave the potty near the bed to encourage the child to use it.

When you notice that the child stays dry for long at night, you can start nighttime potty training. Place a plastic sheet under the baby to protect the mattress. Let the baby sleep in underwear only. Have the child use the potty before getting to bed.

Upon waking up, encourage the child to use the potty before beginning his/her day’s activities. When night training, remember that the child has less control over bed wetting. When the child can’t stay dry overnight, embark on using diapers until he/she is a few months older.

Duration of Training

mother talking with baby daughter on toilet in bathroom for potty training

The average time for potty training a child is three months. In most cases, the child will still need help when wiping himself/herself until he/she is four to five years.

Setbacks while Toilet Training

Potty training is not an easy task. Drawbacks are expected, and they are part of the learning and training process. To avoid setbacks, trust children when they say they need to use the potty.

Also, remind the baby to use the potty if he/she has taken long before using it. Let the child use the potty before going to sleep. Always ensure that the potty is ready for use.

The stress that comes with potty training can make the child have health complications. For example, the child may pass out hard or watery poo. If the health complications persist, visit the pediatrician.

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4 Successful Mom Entrepreneurs Who Inspire Us

Mompreneurs is more than just a cool word; it is symbolic of the greatness that women can achieve as mom entrepreneurs. It is no secret that motherhood is the most demanding role that a human can undertake, but it requires a special kind of woman to take care of a home and build a successful business at the same time.

Here is a list of successful mom entrepreneurs who give new meaning to the title “Super Mom.”

1: Sarah Davis/Fashionphile.com

Sarah Davis, the founder of Fashionphile in her storage room

Many times, it is a necessity that brings about success. Such was the case for wife and mother of four, Sarah Davis. In 1999, she was attending law school, and her husband was a med school student. Though they both had bright futures, Sarah admits that they “had no money coming in but a lot of money going out.” It was at this stage in her life that a routine trip to the mall proved itself to be fateful.

Sarah witnessed a woman buying a stack of blankets that were on clearance for $17 apiece, and she planned to sell them on eBay for $40 each. Sarah was so inspired by this stranger’s prowess and knack for buying products at clearance prices to resell at retail prices that she went home and began “selling everything…that wasn’t nailed down, and that was easy to ship.”

Soon, she turned her love for fashion into a business when she came up with Fashionphile.com and began selling high-end handbags from her own collection. Eventually, this evolved into her selling luxury bags for other women who wanted to turn their gently used high-fashion bags into cash.

Today, Sarah Davis is the head of a fashion reselling empire with two boutiques, one in San Francisco and another in Beverly Hills, and a headquarters in Carlsbad, Ca. Most importantly, she uses her business as a way to work with her kids and spend time with them as well, which seems to be a hallmark of mom entrepreneurs.

2: Julie Aigner-Clark/Baby Einstein

Julie Aigner-Clark, the founder of Baby Einstein

On the off chance that you have never heard the name Julie Aigner-Clark, the odds are even slimmer that you have not heard of Baby Einstein, which she founded. Inspired by her desire to incorporate a fun way to teach her daughters what Barney and Big Bird couldn’t, Julie gave birth to Baby Einstein, a series of books, cd’s, and DVD’s that teach children about music, poetry, and art.

Five years later, she had generated $25 million in revenue with only five employees, and then she sold Baby Einstein to Disney for a cool $20 million.

To date, Julie has co-created Safe Side with the patron saint of children’s safety, John Walsh, and inspired by her own bouts with breast cancer, she founded Cancer Assassins. Julie Aigner-Clark is arguably the golden standard for mom entrepreneurs everywhere.

3: Julia Hartz/Eventbrite

Julia Hartz and her husband Kevin, the founders of Eventbrite

Julia Hartz is one of the most successful mom entrepreneurs in the world, today. In 2006, when Julia founded Eventbrite; her goal was to “democratize ticket sales.”

She wanted to make it easier for individuals who want to buy or sell tickets to be able to connect with each other, and she, along with her husband Kevin, did just that. Julia calls Eventbrite her “second baby,” and the revenue that her second baby has been able to generate has all of the top business publications cooing about her.

In 2015, Julia made Fortune’s 40 under 40 list, in 2014 she made Inc’s 35 under 35 list, and in 2013 Fortune named her on their list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. Not only does she know how to generate cash flow, Eventbrite has brought in over $5 billion in earnings to date, but she also knows how to create the kind of workplace environment that employees love.

She has made San Francisco’s list of best places to work for seven years and still running. Fortune Magazine, who just can’t get enough of Eventbrite’s leading “Briteling,” put her company on their list of 100 Best Workplaces in the U.S., and Eventbrite also made Glassdoor’s Employees Choice Best Places to Work list. Julia Hartz is one of the most influential and successful mompreneurs and a heroine that all mom entrepreneurs can look up to.

4: Angela Benton/NewMe

Angela Benton, CEO and founder of NewMe

At the tender age of 16, Angela Benton became a single mother, but she didn’t let the deck being stacked against her at such a young age stymie her success. Today, a single mother of three, Angela has made the success of others her business.

She makes the list of inspiring mom entrepreneurs, being the founder of NewMe; this is a startup accelerator that seeks to give minorities in the industry of technology the guidance and funding to have a fighting chance in the ultra-ambitious Silicon Valley.

However, NewMe isn’t Angela’s first foray into the field of entrepreneurship. She founded Black Web 2.0, an online publication, in 2007 for African Americans interested in technology and news media. She was spurned by her agitation with the lack of representation of blacks in the fields of technology.

Therefore, she launched Black Web 2.0, which is now called B20 and is a subsidiary of her NewMe brand, she highlighted African American culture and technological developments by African Americans, and the marriage of the two.

Today, NewMe has helped launch and accelerate hundreds of startups. Most importantly, some of the entrepreneurs that she has aided have been able to raise $25 million in funding since she launched NewMe in 2011.

Now a single mother of three, Angela’s determination and tenacity in the face of odds that many would consider overwhelming have made her a hero not only to other mom entrepreneurs but also to the many hopeful entrepreneurs that she has helped to realize their dreams and potential. She is living proof to single mom entrepreneurs everywhere that obstacles are only rungs in the ladder to success.

Summing It Up

Every day, mom entrepreneurs are proving that women don’t have to choose between having a career and being a mother. These ambitious women are truly role models for all and not just other women. Special thanks to all of these inspirational women for showing us all how far a dream and determination can take you.

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How to Organize a Yard Sale – 14 Effective Tips

Learning how to organize a yard sale will help you reach maximum profits and success. Getting rid of clutter and excess belongings is easy when you have a yard sale that is organized efficiently and properly. These effective tips for how to organize a yard sale will give you the tools you need to sell your excess that may otherwise be donated or thrown out.

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#1. Gather Your Items to Sell

Gathering your sellable items is the first step in learning how to organize a yard sale. You should make sure everything is clean. Goods that are not clothing should be wiped down and tested for working condition.

If electronics or similar goods are not in working condition, make sure they are labeled correctly. This will make it easier for you to put items out on the day of your yard sale.

#2. Advertise Appropriately

A week before your yard sale, you should make sure that you are making effective advertisements. Social media has become a major way to advertise to hundreds of people at no cost. Utilize social media outlets to their maximum.

Your local newspaper will also have a section for yard sales, and you should submit an ad to the paper. Finally, you will need to post signs near your home that advertise your upcoming sale.

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#3. Boast Bigger Items If You Have Them

You can lure people to your yard sale by advertising bigger-ticket items you may have for sale. This includes furniture, appliances, game consoles and brand-name items. If people are coming for those specific items, they are likely to check out other things you have for sale too.

#4. Combine with Neighbors

If you want to learn how to organize a yard sale, combine your efforts with neighbors. A yard sale with multiple families hosting it is more successful because people have the incentive to come to a neighborhood that may be out of their way. Customers get more options when shopping, and you get more foot traffic.

#5. Make Your Yard Sale Look Good

In case you have been to a yard sale where home goods and clothes were thrown everywhere on tables, then you know this is not how to organize a yard sale. Instead, you want to organize your items on tables in a neat and orderly fashion.

If you do not have time to do so, at least group items together in similar categories. Don’t mix children’s clothes with adult clothes. Don’t have DVDs strewn across different tables. Keep things together so shoppers can clearly see what you are offering.

#6. Use Labels and Signs

Labels and signs help you organize effectively. Labeling individual items or tables is helpful for your own records as well as for the people who are shopping. Having people ask for the price is tedious. If a price is not listed, people are less likely to make a purchase.

#7. Allow Haggling

When you are learning how to organize a yard sale, you also need to know a bit about haggling. It’s a fun part of hosting a successful yard sale. Make sure shoppers know that best offers are acceptable.

They will feel more comfortable making offers, and you are likely to sell more. In order to haggle effectively, you should set your prices slightly higher so that you still get what you expect from items you are selling.

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#8. Research Items of Value

If you have valuable items to sell, you should research their value before making price determinations. Learning how to organize a yard sale takes time and effort.

When you research items beforehand, you are discovering useful details about the market value of goods and pricing accordingly. This helps both parties: the buyer and seller. You know what your goods are valued at, and buyers can get a fair price.

#9. Be Clear

Be clear about what you are offering at your sale. Clarity helps buyers decide whether they are going to stop at your yard sale. You don’t want to attract disgruntled customers who thought they were getting something they are not. False advertising is a lose-lose situation for everyone.

#10. Have Change on Hand

Use a box for cash. Keep change on hand for buyers. If you do not have change, people are less likely to buy. Having plenty of quarters, singles, five-dollar bills and so on will help you organize an effective and successful yard sale. Rookies always make the mistake of not having change beforehand.

#11. Protect Your Home

In the event of large sales, people may mistake your home as a place where they can wander or use facilities. Post signs that make it clear your home does not have a public restroom. Lock your doors and windows. Keep shades drawn for safety.

#12. Let Kids Have a Bake Sale or Lemonade Stand

Kids love helping out at yard sales. If you have children, you may consider letting them sell small snacks and beverages. This gives them something to do, and it also helps make a few extra bucks. Snacks and coffee in the early morning are usually exciting to people hunting yard sales.

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#13. Hang Nicer Clothes

It’s not realistic to hang all of the clothes you have for sale, but nicer clothing items should be hung up for better presentation and protection of the garment.

#14. Be Ready for Opening

One of the biggest mistakes people make when learning how to organize a yard sale is not opening on time. If your advertisement says six A.M., be ready at that time.

Wrapping It Up

Hosting a successful yard sale is easy once you know how to efficiently organize and advertise your sale. Yard sales take a lot of effort before the day of the sale, but it pays off by the end of the day of your sale. You will make more money with the above tips, and your customers will be happy. Everyone wins and has fun in the process.

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