This day and age, working from home seems like the dream job. The issue is finding one that is both legit and pays well. I have five job ideas for moms who want to work from home.
Before diving into my five ideas, I’d like to talk about some myths revolving around the dream of working from home. The first myth is you don’t have to really work. Wrong. There is certainly a level of work that has to be done no matter what route you take.
The second myth is you can become rich quick. There are actual companies out there that promise people a butt load of money just by simply signing up. Wrong. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Third, there’s a myth that it doesn’t cost anything to work from home. That could be the case depending on the route you take, but any successful work-from-home mama will tell you that there is always some kind of investment involved.
The last myth I want to touch base with is working from home is easy. Sure, the thought of working from home sounds easy, but the truth is that is takes discipline. In most of my suggestions (if not all), discipline and time management are key – especially if you are staying home with children and/or homeschooling.
So let’s get on with it…
Hear me out before you give me the, “Psshhh, been there done that!” thought. Direct sales is usually a mama’s first go-to for a work-from-home opportunity, and yet, over 80% don’t succeed in them.
Speaking from personal experience, it usually involves the wrong type of investment and mindset. What I mean is that a person usually signs up for a D.S. company and hope to make it rich quick. They want everyone to support them. And, they may not understand the work involved.
Sadly, none of those are truly the case. Referring back to my myth busters, there is patience, understanding, and time involved with working direct sales. Also, keep in mind that direct sales involves directly selling products to others. There are perks to “building a team” but that’s more of the highlight with the next suggestion.
Below are a few direct sales companies that are more product first versus income opportunity driven:
- Usborne Books & More (my personal favorite and I’m still a Consultant)
- Pampered Chef
- 31 Gifts
Network marketing – also known as MLM (multi-level management) – has the highlight of selling products but the drive of building a team to reap the biggest benefits. Sure, you could get by with making sales but the money is made when you get more people to sign on under you.
This type of opportunity is exactly what its name says – network marketing. The more you network and market the opportunity, the greater your chances are of succeeding.
For example, a company my husband and I used to work for had a commission system built around enrolling new members, but the biggest pay was getting these members to be “Preferred Customers” who spent at least $100 a month on products. So while highlighting the product was good, it was better to network and market the income opportunity.
Yes, commission was made on individual sales but “locking in” PC’s meant a guaranteed paycheck every month. Be mindful if this is not something you can see yourself doing! Network marketing companies to consider:
- Rodan & Fields
- Mary Kay
- It Works!
At first thought, you may think that you need a blog and some large social media following to be an affiliate marketer. While that may be the case for some companies with an affiliate program, that’s not always the case.
Affiliate marketing allows you the opportunity to promote other people’s products and/or services and earn commission when someone uses your affiliate link to make their purchase. This is the single best route to take if you don’t want to officially “sign up” with a company or create your own product/service.
You can land some pretty good deals with small businesses who are looking for simple ways to help sell their products. Word of mouth has always been the golden ticket to businesses succeeding, and that hasn’t changed now. I will suggest creating a Facebook page and consider a one-page blog to help with promoting products.
A few companies that offer amazing affiliate marketing programs:
- Ultimate Bundles
- Amazon Associates
- Trip Advisor
This is another opportunity that most people shy away from either because they don’t think their qualified, or their confidence gets the best of them. I’m here to tell you that if there’s something you’re good at, there is a space out there for you to teach it.
In some cases, credentials may be required. However, there are some companies that offer positions based on experience and knowledge of a topic alone. Below are a few to consider:
- HALA (yep, that’s our online academy Huddleston Academy Live Academics – and we don’t require a degree!)
Sell Your Own Products/Services
Last but not least is selling your own products and/or services. Regardless of what you want to sell, there are many platforms out there to choose from that will help you make those sales.
The biggest key with selling your own stuff is having the confidence and consistency to promote it. Most platforms take a small percentage (rightfully so) so you’ll want to take into consideration those extra business expenses.
Platforms to consider selling your own products/services on:
- Etsy (you can sell just about anything on here)
- Teachers Pay Teachers (geared toward curriculum resource creators)
- Ebay (great for re-selling items too)
- Teachable (perfect for course creators)
- Facebook (yep, you can monetize a group and sell a membership!)
If you’re more of the 9-5 or set schedule type of mama, then perhaps a telemarketing or customer service job would be the route to take. There are tons of companies out there looking for people who are willing to work from home.
These types of jobs do require a quiet space, set work hours, a good computer with fast Internet, and typically a headset or phone. You can find tons of these job on websites like:
- Flex Jobs
- Rat Race Rebellion
A Few Other Tips
Before heading out I’d like to give you a few other tips to consider when making the choice to work from home. First and foremost, don’t give up. It can be easy to throw in the towel at the first sign on failure. Don’t do it. If you find something doesn’t work, try something else.
Second, invest in yourself. If you know that working from home is something that you absolutely want to do, make the necessary investments to make it happen. I’m not saying to frivolously spend your money, but make wise investments that will pay off.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. One of the single biggest mistakes I made was starting a business and then stressing myself out on trying to learn it all or do it all. Once I asked my upline for help (direct sales speaking), asked other business owners (HALA speaking), and took their advice, I could see a big difference!
Looking for personalized help?
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