Guest Post: Professional Opportunities for The Stay-at-Home Mom

September 9, 2014

Guest Post by Katy Blevins


Welcome to the chaos! I’m Katy, the writing Mama behind Chaos & Kiddos, a blog dedicated to helping working mothers claim a more manageable life as they seek to achieve balance and order in both the professional arena and their home lives. In between juggling twin toddler boys, a rowdy teenage stepdaughter, a handful of fish, a newly acquired snail, one rescue pup and a self-entitled bull dog with my husband of almost 10 years, I also work full time in sales and run a boudoir photography business in Virginia Beach, VA.

When I’m not elbows-deep in kiddo crazy, you can find me behind the camera, teaching basic photography and small business management, or managing The Studio Hampton Roads. Yup, I’m one busy gal!

Call me crazy, but life is good. If you’d like to learn how to make life more manageable as a working mom, be sure to visit me on social media and subscribe to the blog! If you’re looking for a support system as a busy, working mom, be sure to join us at Working Moms United!

Take it away Katy:

The burden of balancing a family budget while staying at home with the children can be an overwhelming task for any parent. Riddled with stress, worry and anxiety, families are challenged to explore alternatives to make ends meet and provide a stable environment for their children. The high cost of quality day care often makes returning to the work force unrealistic for growing families, so many stay-at-home parents turn to small businesses or work-from-home opportunities to supplement their income and contribute to the financial needs of their family.

Small Business Owners

If you’re a stay-at-home mom thinking of jumping into the small business fray, make sure to do your homework and educate yourself as to the legal and financial ramifications involved with starting your own business. Take the appropriate time to consult legal and financial counsel, develop long and short-term goals, and plan your marketing strategy and workflow. Confer with City and State governments to apply for the appropriate licenses and to file accordingly for state and federal taxation. Don’t rush. A little bit of patience and the proper attention to detail can be the difference between long-term profitability and short-term train wreck. Get started at The U.S. Small Business Administration website.

Work-From-Home Opportunities

If you’re exploring work-from-home opportunities, practice extreme vigilance when it comes to identifying safe, legal and profitable employment. Seek to work with accredited placement companies or temporary employment providers. Research all potential professional connections extensively online and via references. Don’t ignore red flags or internal “gut checks.” Be sure any companies follow due diligence with reporting your employment to government agencies and are properly categorizing exemptions on any paychecks. Be very careful.

Creative Opportunities To Do What You Love

The possibilities available for at-home employment or small business opportunity are only limited by your imagination. With the proper work ethic, a heart of ambition and focused energy, there are many ways to financially support your family while doing what you love. Examples include:

  • In-Home Day Care
  • In-Home Salon Care
  • Etsy Shops
  • Online Art Forums
  • Online Resale Groups
  • Photography
  • Consulting
  • Blogging

There are also any number of ways to work remotely thanks to the magic of modern technology. Many corporations and companies outsource smaller projects to temporary employees or even delegate long-term positions to employees located in other states and countries. Routine tasks and projects, flexible hours and regular salary can be huge benefits to this type of work. Examples include:

You can also consider joining one of the host of independent sales consulting opportunities that exist today. Direct sales or MLMs (multi-level marketing companies) are most often partnered with stay-at-home moms or part-time working parents. Be your own boss and truly mix business with pleasure by considering some of these powerhouse brands:

  • Arbonne
  • Pampered Chef
  • Mary Kay
  • Scentsy
  • Thirty-One
  • Avon
  • Stella & Dot
  • Origami Owl
  • ItWorks Wraps
  • Jamberry
  • Amway

You can find a complete list of members of the Direct Selling Organization HERE.

Seek Value In Your Work

For the stay-at-home parent, finding value in your work is an absolute must. You already have your plate full with managing your home and raising your children. If you must add to your workload in order to financially support your family, make sure you takes steps to do what you love. Grabbing a job in desperation might help bring in a few bucks short term, but working under the pressure of home at something you hate…well, that’s pure torture! Take the time to contemplate what type of professional opportunity is ideal for you and your family. Set your course and aim for the stars!

Kaitlin Gardner

About the Author

Kaitlin Gardner

Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.

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