I was laid off from my job at a mortgage company when I was six months pregnant with my oldest son. The “plan” was to be a stay-at-home mom after giving birth. After I few months, I decided to look into ways of becoming a work-at-home mom instead.

I am sharing these with my readers because I know there are a lot of people who would love to stay home with their kids, but still need to pay the bills. While some of the the jobs helped, others did not. However, I don’t want that to discourage you from trying them yourself. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you (and vice versa: just because it may have worked for me, doesn’t necessarily mean it will for you). In either case, I wish you all the best of luck if your goal is to stay home with your “miracle babies” and earn a living at the same time.
The list below are things I’ve done to make money from home. Some take a little while to get off the ground, so take into consideration the time, effort, and any cash investment involved before you start. I will write a detailed blog post about each “generic” topic. In the meantime, you can look into the ones in parenthesis as they are the ones I actually did from home.

Direct Sales (Avon, Mary Kay, The Body Shop At Home*)
Mystery Shopping (Yes, there ARE legitimate ones out there that do not make you pay to register with them)**
Make and Sell Handmade Crafts (Etsy, Artfire, open houses, craft shows, etc.)
Sell new or gently used items on auction or other online sites (Ebay, Craigslist, garage sales, etc)
Earn points and redeem them for gift cards and other prizes (Swag Bucks, MyPoints, etc.)
Start a blog about something that interests you (Blogger is FREE but, in the long run, WordPress is a much better choice)

*Please Note: At the time this blog post was written, the “at home” part of being a Consultant for The Body Shop had been discontinued. They still have stores at shopping centers as well their official website.

**I was registered with at least ten mystery shop companies at the same time. Since you are used on a rotation basis (to reduce the risk of being recognized the next time you perform an assignment), you should consider signing on with more than one if you expect a “steady income”.

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