Any Actual Stay at Home Mom Jobs Online??

Updated on February 27, 2014
V.N. asks from South Point, OH
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I can't seem to find a job around my home. We only have one car and my husband is using it for work right now. We have got to get some extra income coming in, we are behind on bills, not too bad, but behind none the less, and could possibly lose our home. Does anyone know of any actual real jobs online??

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answers from Los Angeles on

Can you sew?
Because tailors and the like are getting $15-20 to hem a pair of pants!
My mom sews and it takes her about 20 minutes to do a hem.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

It's really hard paying for child care when you work at home because you probably won't qualify for child care assistance from the state, that means you'll have to pay out of pocket.

If you use the after school program for an hour or two you should be able to get that for just a few dollars per day. That really helps. In Oklahoma we get $11 per day for school age kids. When they're out of school we get the same. It can go up a little bit more per day depending on the STAR rating of your center.

You can also use it before school. This will allow you to take hubby to work, drop off kiddo, then go to work. Expecting you will work during the day.

Working at home is a hard job. You are working and not taking care of your kids, your house, or your family in any way. You are actually at cannot work at home and not have a vehicle to take kiddo to child care, school, and do your job.

What you're saying is this, you want to stay at home all day and make money. That doesn't happen the way you think it will happen. There are no such jobs.

I'd suggest you start looking for jobs that pay minimal wages and that have any hours you can be on the clock.


On the other hand, if you have skills that are desirable then you might find some that will pay you to do that for them. Such as write papers, iron, wash and dry their clothes, teach piano, dance or some other activity, any skill you have could be made to bring in money if you can only find someone that needs that done for them.

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answers from Dallas on

As you already know.... NO one will pay you to stay home to watch your children. Work is just that WORK.

There are some things few and far between that might be legit but please don't fall for the scams. If it sounds too good to be true... You know the rest of that quote.

Start babysitting, selling what you don't need online, cut out things you do not need... cell phones, cable, etc. There's a lot we think we need when we don't.

SH gave you a lot of good ideas.

I work from home but most people like me who do work from home are running our own company or working for a cooperation where the work from home opportunity is earned. Childcare is required for legit work from home jobs as well.

Best wishes to you and check out the avenues SH mentioned.

ETA: Beware of the MLM and direct sales that will pursue you on this site because you posted this question.

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answers from Kansas City on

Lots of good advice so far! The few moms that I know that work from home all worked for their company for years. They did their 'office' time and now work from a home office.

Could you find a job that would require you to work a different shift than your husband? My sis did this for years. She and her hubby had a baby straight out of college and childcare was so expensive. He worked 7:30-4 and she tended bar at night (she usually went in at 5 and was home by 11-12). They did this for several years.

Or, what about childcare? If you worked at a childcare center, maybe your child(ren) could go for free or a reduced rate.

You definitely have to think outside the box:) Good Luck!

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answers from Dallas on Free website who scopes out legit work at home jobs. Just click on today's leads. A lot if them are customer service jobs. So you would need a quiet work space but if your kids or kid is in school then some if them might work for you. Good luck!

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answers from New York on

I telecommute 4+ days a week. My employer shifted to remote working as its model to save on office space costs, among other considerations. I have signed a contract in which I state that if there are any children in the home, another adult will be primarily responsible for their care during working hours.

None of what I am going to suggest will get you out of a bind quickly, but you could work as a tutor, do specialty cooking/ decorating. do scrapbooking for people, cater a party, make diaper cakes, stencil things, do woodworking, make pre-made cookie mix jars, sell glow sticks outside the park during concerts, sell bottled water to drivers at the intersection on hot high traffic days, there are a number of ways to turn around a few bucks. If you are in need of a steady paycheck though, and you can't get one, maybe its time to speak with the bank, a loan officer, a credit counselor, and attorney, social services to see if you qualify for aid, forebearance, etc.

F. B.

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answers from Los Angeles on

In looking at your profile, I am assuming you have a six year old son? Where we are, the YMCA Safe and Sound after school care program charges around $350 per month per child. Do you know any working moms at your son's school that would like to have you watch their kids after school or before school? If you can watch the children in your own home, you wouldn't need a car.

Some of the advantages you could offer are watching the children even if they are sick, so that the parents don't have to take sick leave to care for their children. You could also offer later or earlier hours than your school's program and offer your services in the event that the schools are closed for snow days.

This sounds like the easiest and quickest option for you right now. You can either approach the moms yourself (but don't solicit people you don't know) or put a profile on and specify your son's elementary school. Good luck!

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answers from Honolulu on

Since you are home with the kids, I assume... then you should use the car. Not him.
ie: We have 1 vehicle. I am home with the kids who are in school daily, I have a part time job at the school although I am a SAHM, so I have the car. IF my Husband had the car, it would be SITTING in the parking lot, ALL day, doing NOTHING. He does not use it for work. We all car pool. I take the kids to school (2 different schools) and drop him off at work, and pick up the kids after school and pick him up after work.
It works, for us.

You could babysit.
Clean homes.
Get a part time job.
Do some kind of service, for others.

Online jobs, if any, takes TONS AND TONS of research.
It is not easy, to find one.

Or you sign up for those things that you have so sell things, but that is an MLM. And you have to shell out money for that, yourself, too.

ONCE your kids or kid is in school, you can find a part time job or something to do. Because the kids are in school, all day.

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answers from Huntington on

Good advice already.
Listen, they are really hard to find. I work from home but I had to put in 7 years with the company to show I could be trusted to manage my time and work remotely. And now they have changed their policy so that working from home is not an option, so that is hard too. Even if you do get a work at home job, many of them require so much focus and phone time that it would be impossible to have children at home at the same time, so you would have to arrange child care. And to be honest, while their are great parts about working from home, it can be a huge stress, because people SEE that you are home and they don't remember that you are working. For instance, the neighbor children literally sat at my door knocking loudly for like 20 minutes yesterday while I was on a conference call. There was nothing I could do but just listen to the knocking, which was very loud. Lots of people drop by during the day- I had to disable the door bell because children would disregard a sign on the door. It is stressful. But, if you can swing child care, I do know that a lot of sales jobs will let you work from home and so will a lot of credit counseling/debt settlement jobs. They would be jobs where you are on the phone and computer the whole shift.

Babysitting, running a pre-school out of your home, taking in laundry and ironing, cutting hair, and medical transcription are jobs you can do from home as well.

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answers from Sacramento on

There are very few legit opportunities you'll find just listed online. Those that are listed are typically very low paying.

All of the people I know who work from home have professional jobs. They typically started off working for a company, proved themselves and received the option of working at home. Or they're in a profession where being on-site isn't critical, like sales or writing. I have worked from home for 13 years as a freelance writer. I started my own business.

I have only worked when my kids were in daycare or at school. That's a pretty standard requirement for WAH jobs -- no kids at home. Make sure you know how you'll handle this aspect of working from home.

I think SH has given you some good alternatives. If it's serious enough you could lose your home, it's time to think broadly about what you can do and what makes the most sense with access to the car (I agree with SH on that one, too).

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answers from Nashville on

I have been working from home now for two and a half years. It's definitely a "real" job and I put in 40+ hours a week. It certainly has it's perks but it's definitely not easy. I got my job through an employment agency. You might want to contact some of those in your area. Also, depending on your experience/education there are online teaching positions, Univ of Phoenix, etc. Most online universities require degrees and experience in the field that would be taught. There are also online high schools that might not need as much experience as an online university.
Good luck!!


answers from Santa Fe on

Look for jobs where you live and start interviewing for them. When interviewing you will 1. get practice and 2. you can find out during the interview if it is part time, flexible, and will allow you to work at home. My background is in biology (fisheries work mostly). After having my second child I became a stay at home mom for a few years. I felt ready to work again but I wanted something part time and flexible. So I brainstormed...what can I do? Where we now live has ZERO marine science or fisheries jobs! After talking to people I thought I could try science writing or science editing. I started researching it. Then a 10 hour a week science writing job popped up at a small company in our town and I interviewed and got it. They gave me a laptop and I can work from home or I can work in my office (which is mostly what I do. Home is too distracting). I can set my own hours. It is now up to 20 hours a week. So my advice is first brainstorm about what you could be qualified to do. And next start doing interviews for whatever pops up.



answers from Washington DC on

HireMyMom is a subscription service that offers you job listings. It is still up to you to discern what jobs are legit (they try, but occasionally...), which are worth the salary, etc. You need to pay your own taxes as a 1099 employee (consult a tax advisor), make sure you have a contract, set up payments, etc. It's a legit resource that I've used and my friend used. If you have the skills to design graphics, be a virtual assistant, etc. it may be good for you to check out. Note: many jobs are short-term so you may be constantly looking for a next project. is a tool that is free to help you with invoices, reports, and timekeeping. You can also receive payments.

But the bottom line is that jobs that you can do with the kids around takes a lot of juggling. I frequently work on writing jobs after 11PM when the house is quiet. I try to do most of my work when DD is in school. So be realistic about your schedule.

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