How to Make Money on the Road with Kids

How to Make Money on the Road with Kids

Ever wonder how to make money on the road when you have kids? I know I have wondered if this is truly possible. So I checked in with the folks at Outdoorsy to see what this RV living is all about.

Traveling in an RV is exhilarating and relaxing as you can explore new destinations and return to the comforts of a hot shower and comfy bed at the end of the day. This comfort and flexibility combined with families disconnecting to reconnect with one another in life is seeing many families take extended trips or even move into an RV full time. The wide variety of styles and sizes of RVs make them perfect for families on the road. It is so tempting to live on the beach for a while and then head off to the next destination and let your children explore. Taking the steps to make that a reality seems overwhelming and many people stop at the daydream.

The most common question asked when it comes to full time RV living is how do you make money while on the road? As with any lifestyle, the nuances of life on the road will dictate to some degree the options you have for making money. Your skillset, distance and access to basic communication services can all play a role. When you throw kids into the mix then you may have the extra restrictions of limited mobility away from the RV to contend with. Here we will look at some options to make money while on the road with kids.

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Balance and Flexibility

If you are not traveling alone and your spouse can stay home with the kids or you can balance childcare, then you have many more options for making money on the road. Even if your spouse also has to work outside the RV, you can stagger shifts so that someone will be home with the kids when necessary. Workamping, traveling medical positions and working jobs for local temp agencies are all great options which can provide good steady income while on the road.

Attractions, RV resorts, playgrounds and nature hikes are often just steps away which is great to get the kids out of the RV for a while so it can serve as an office for almost any work at home job. A long hike, exploring or visiting a local attraction and then a snack will give a good chunk of quiet time for phone calls, correspondence and other work. If leaving the RV, or the kids, is not going to work for your family, there are still many great options out there. Many parents find altering their hours is a great way to work while still spending lots of time as a family. Working for a few hours after everyone is asleep is the perfect solution, especially for parents who are night owls anyway.

Working from the road is not that much different than working from home. When you cut out the time it takes a typical person to prepare for work, travel to their workplace, as well as coffee breaks, lunch breaks and travel time home, that adds up to a lot of time left to enjoy the RV life from whatever destination you choose. There are also options for work that is unique to the RV lifestyle.

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1. Workamping

Depending on the age of your kids and the position, workamping can be option. Workamping is just what it sounds like, working at a campsite in exchange for free accommodations and amenities. Many workamping positions cover the cost of your site when you work a certain number of hours per week. Once that minimum requirement is met, you can also earn cash. Other times, depending on the job duties, a salary can also be involved. Workamping jobs vary greatly by location from high-end luxury resorts where you gain access to pools, playgrounds and clubhouse activities to remote campsites where you have up-close experiences in nature. With older kids, you may be able to work an office or maintenance job without any problems. With younger kids a camp host may be more appropriate since those positions generally do not require you to leave your camper for significant amounts of time. There are also part time office jobs, gift-shop or café workers and other unique positions that will offer you a place to park your RV in exchange for various duties.

Working on the road has become a lot easier now that portable internet and Wi-Fi connections are readily available. Most RVs, even the smaller ones, have space for a small home office. A good travel laptop, internet connection and perhaps some equipment unique to your job are all that you need. Options for earning money can vary depending on your interests and skills, some people even include their whole family.

2. Freelance & Online Options

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Freelance design and creative jobs are common among those who have embraced the RV life. Web design, graphic design, UX/UI design, CAD, computer programming and freelance writing are all very popular and can provide excellent pay. They also tend to be deadline oriented which makes them flexible in the specific hours you spend doing them. This flexibility will allow you to spend time with your kids when you need to and work when you don’t. Finding these jobs can be challenging and the competition can be fierce. Start with what you know and work from there. You can find jobs on online freelance platforms as well as by networking with those looking for your service.

There are a few people that make money blogging or running a YouTube channel. While this can be a good way to make extra money, they tend to develop very slowly if at all. If your goal is immediate income, going this route will probably not be a good option. Instead, get into blogging and YouTube as a hobby while you work a real job and see how it develops. Within a year or two you may be able to shift from a more traditional job into full time blogging or YouTubing. This can be a great activity for the whole family and some of the most profitable and popular channels started as a family’s way to keep in touch with loved ones all over the world. Starting a blog or YouTube channel is most likely to be successful if it is authentic and exciting and living in an RV has the potential for both of those. If you do go this route know it is not a get rich quick solution.

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3. Tech Jobs

Tech jobs including app development can provide a good way to make money on the road with kids. App development is different from freelance computer programming in that you are producing an app that you promote and market on your own. App development can include website or web-based apps and services, but it is more commonly associated with standalone smartphone or computer apps. These can include games, utilities or other amps that people can find useful or entertaining.

Monetizing an app can be done in a number of ways including directly selling it through a distribution system like the Apple Appstore or Google Play. They can also include advertising, subscription based content and in-app purchases. Developing apps has become increasingly less difficult over the years, bringing income potential from their development to within reach of those with even modest skills. Developing apps is also a common segue for landing freelance programming jobs.

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4. Get Creative

There are many other products that you can make and sell that are not app related. If you are more of a mechanical or hands on person then custom jewelry, leather products, small signs and custom glassware or tumblers can all be made from an RV. The kids may even want to help out, allowing them to develop some trade skills at a young age. These products can be sold online through marketplaces like Etsy, eBay or even Amazon. Local flea or farmers markets can offer great venues for sales as well. Finally, as a traveler you can follow certain events around the country to sell your products at. For example, if you make western jewelry, following and setting up booths on the rodeo circuit may be a good source of income.

Making money while traveling can create some unique and difficult challenges. Adding kids into the mix can add even more. Still the excitement and benefits are worthwhile as you learn and explore the world. With some of the ideas presented here you should be able bring in the income you need, be that extra spending cash or a full living wage. You should also be able to do it while still enjoying your children and providing the attention that they need. Finally, in many cases your kids can be part of the process which can teach them valuable life skills and help pave the way for their bright future.

If you are thinking about traveling for long RV trips or even making the jump into full-time RV living, you can adapt practically any job to the lifestyle. There are even travel nursing jobs, construction and horticulture opportunities that all work well for RV living. Whatever you decide, it is worth considering renting an RV or even try out a few different styles to see what fits your family best. From there you might just find the thrill of the road is calling and you are ready to make the adventure more permanent. Knowing your options for earning money while traveling in an RV makes that adventure a little bit more realistic.

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About the Author

Shelley Trupert works for Outdoorsy, an RV marketplace for consumers and pros. She has been camping for almost 20 years and is always looking to find the next hike off the beaten path. While she used to enjoy tenting in the wilderness, she prefers to camp in an RV now—whether it is a Class C or a teardrop trailer—to enjoy a little comfort after a long day outdoors and the ease of travel it provides. Her goal is to hike in all of the national parks in North America.

Best Virtual Assistant Tools to Maximize Your Productivity

Best Virtual Assistant Tools to Maximize Your Productivity

During my time working from home, I’ve gathered a list of the best virtual assistant tools from trial and error. These tools have helped me, and I hope they will allow you to save time and stress less.

These tools and software allow virtual assistants to be more productive and focus on the tasks that allow you to make money – instead of messing around on the tasks that really don’t help your business grow.

I personally use all of these tools. And the best part is they are all free or fairly inexpensive tools that I wish I had found or upgraded to sooner in my work-at-home mom and online business journey.

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1. FreshBooks Online for Invoicing and Bookkeeping

I stumbled upon FreshBooks when they were running a deal where all payment fees via PayPal were only 50¢! Since the standard charge is around 3%, I did the math and figured out with all the invoicing I was doing as a freelance editor, writer, and virtual assistant, I would actually save money in fees by using FreshBooks. Little did I know how much time FreshBooks would save me too.

FreshBooks allows virtual assistants and freelancers to:

  • send quick and professional invoices to clients for one-time projects
  • automatically send recurring invoices and templates for repeat clients
  • organize expenses with little effort
  • see monthly business expenses vs income at a glance
  • easily see any outstanding balances from clients

If you are looking for an easy way to send professional invoices, track time for projects, and organize expenses then try FreshBooks. They have a free 30-day trial with no credit card required so you can see if you like it as much as I do.

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  • Freshbooks is the best accounting software for freelancers and sole proprietors, which fits many virtual assistants, on this PC Mag review.

2. Calendly for Scheduling Meetings

Calendly is a huge time-saving tool for virtual assistants. The back-and-forth emails to try and find a mutual time is maddening. Enter Calendly…

Calendly works like this:

  • Set your availability
  • Share your link in email, on your business Facebook page, or on your website
  • Clients schedule a time
  • Meeting is added to your calendar
  • Integrates with your calendar so you never double book

I also like that you can set an advance notice requirement to prevent last minute meetings and buffers between meeting times. The free version worked fine for my virtual assistant needs but there are advanced features for the paid plans.

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  • Zapier’s blog lists Calendly as the “best meeting scheduler app for letting others schedule meetings with you.”

3. Trello for Project Management, Pitch Tracking, and Weekly To Dos

Trello is another free virtual assistant tool I love. There are a lot of things to keep track of as a virtual assistant or freelancer, and Trello has been a lifesaver for my own projects and the projects I manage for clients.

A few of the things I track on Trello are:

  • most important tasks for the week
  • content calendar for blogs
  • time blocking (when to work on which project)
  • client pitching and follow up status
  • steps for writing and publishing my book

I have Trello boards that are shared for working together with clients and I have boards that are for my own work. Ok, I admit…I even have Trello boards for myself that have nothing to do with work! My life would not be organized without Trello.

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4. LastPass for Sharing Passwords

LastPass is another one of the best tools for freelancers and virtual assistants because it allows you to securely and easily share passwords. Often times a business owner is leery about giving out their passwords, but as a virtual assistant, you need access to their accounts to do work for them. This is were LastPass saves the day.

LastPass allows you to:

  • store passwords so you don’t have to remember them
  • customize access those sites (without actually sharing the password)
  • change your password in one location (but everyone with access to that passwords automatically gets the new password)

So as a virtual assistant, you might need access to a client’s blog, email provider, Canva account, and many others. With LastPass, a client can grant you access to those accounts without actually sharing the password. It’s a very slick way for virtual assistants and business owners to securely share accounts and passwords.

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5. Slack for Team Communication and Collaboration

Slack is a great tool for virtual assistants to keep in touch with clients and team members. With different channels, tagging of individuals, and private messages, Slack can virtually eliminate email communication for a team.

Without a ton of lost emails, Slack can:

  • be a means for quick communication 1:1 or for a whole group
  • share updates, ask questions, and make decisions
  • store files, links, and information in a searchable database
  • have different channels for different teams, professional development groups,

Slack is one of the best tools for freelancers and virtual assistants who want to stay in touch with clients without the frustration of emails.

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6. Canva for Branding, Social Media and Graphic Design

Canva is my favorite virtual assistant tool for creating designs. The templates and layouts are a huge time saver for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a ton of time on designs or doesn’t have a lot of design skills.

Canva is perfect for your own business and client work, including:

  • logos
  • website headers and blog banners
  • social media posts and headers for each platform
  • portfolios
  • business cards
  • letterhead
  • and so much more

I started with the free version but once I started using Canva for more and wanted to keep track of branding for several websites, I was thrilled with what the paid Canva for Work had to offer.

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7. CloudApp for Screen Recordings

CloudApp is amazing. I searched long and hard before I found a free screen recording tool that wasn’t ridiculously limited. I didn’t think I was asking for much in a free screen recorder, but apparently I was.

I’m thrilled that CloudApp allows me to:

  • record my screen
  • record my voice (optional)
  • record my webcam (optional)
  • share recordings with others online.
  • store recordings in the cloud

CloudApp has been the answer to my screen recording prayers, and I am so happy someone else recommended it to me.

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8. Toggl for Tracking Time

Toggl is simple tool for tracking your time. The information with collect with a time tracker like Toggl can help you be more effecient, earn more money per hour, and make smart decisions about which services you offer.

Toggl is a great freelancer tool for:

  • tracking your hourly time for each client or project
  • figuring out how long each type of work takes you
  • better estimate how long future projects will take you

Knowing how long projects take you will be key if you move from charging an hourly rate to a project fee. Doing a project rate is one way to scale because as you get more efficient, you’re earning more money for your time.

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More Virtual Assistant Tools Worth Mentioning

9. Zoom or Skype for Discovery Calls and Client Meetings

As a virtual assistant, you will need a tool for making calls and talking with current and potential clients. I’ve used both Skype and Zoom for these calls and both can get the job done. The ability for group calls, screen sharing, and chat messages are features I used most as a freelancer.


10. Google Voice for a Business Phone Number

You can get a free phone number through Google Voice, which you can use as your business phone number. The number can forward to your cell phone so you will still get the calls but you don’t have to give your personal phone number out to the everyone on the internet.


11. Google Drive for Collaboration and Cloud Storage

Google Drive is a key collaboration tool for virtual assistants and freelancers. It’s another free tool where you can store, share, and work on 15 GB of files for yourself or with a team. Google Docs (similar to Word), Google Sheets (like Excel), Google Slides (like Presentation) and Google Forms (surveys) are common ones virtual assistants use.


12. Dropbox for Sharing Large Files

Sometimes as a virtual assistant you will need to share or receive files that are too large for email. Dropbox is perfect for this and it’s a common tool that others are familiar with. The basic version is free and gives you 2 GB of space, allows you to sync files across devices, and share folders and links.


13. PayPal for Collecting Payments

PayPal is the tool I’ve used to collect payments from clients since I started freelancing. It’s been easy and I’ve had no complications receiving payments from clients.


14. SiteGround for Website Hosting

SiteGround is the website hosting I use for this site and it’s an affordable option for virtual assistants or freelancers who want their own website. While you can get by without a website, I personally think it sets you apart and adds a layer of professionalism when you have a website others can check out before considering hiring you.


Summary of Best Virtual Assistant Tools to Grow Your Business

When you maximize your time as a virtual assistant with tools that allow you to focus your time on the tasks that actually make you money, not only will you make more money but you’ll be happier too. When you find the tools that help you get the job done right and faster, you’ll have more time for things in life you love most.

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Cheers to your family and financial freedom,

-Val

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Black Friday Deals For Saving Time and Making Money

Black Friday Deals For Saving Time and Making Money

Looking for Black Friday deals on things that will help you save time and make money?

These are some of the best investments for helping you manage all your important jobs as a mom, including keeping your home clean, feeding your kids healthy meals, and supplementing your income by making money from home.

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These are some of my favorite items I bought last year while on sale or wish I had bought when they were on sale because I paid $100+ more a few months later. Definitely check out the prices on these things on Black Friday if you’re looking for a way to save time and stress less.

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When I was paying off over $48,000 in student loans and when I left my job and was figuring out how to make money and be a stay-at-home mom at the same time, I got ridiculously good at keeping a low food budget without sacrificing quality.

My secret was Meal Planning and Freezer Cooking.

It’s the best way to:

  • avoid expensive costs of eating out
  • avoid unhealthy convenience food
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Meal planning and freezer cooking can help you save money, save time, and stress less about what to feed your family.

These are my amazing resources to get the hang of both and they are on sale through Cyber Monday.

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Deals on Courses That Show You How to Make Money at Home

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I earned my money back on this investment in 60 days and my earnings have increased 3,780% in 5 months.

If you already have a blog, website, or social media following, Michelle’s course will show you exactly how to make money from it through affiliate marketing.

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Whenever you buy something, whether it’s a Black Friday Deal or not, take a second to consider how it will help you.

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  • Will it help you make more money so you can afford to do the things you want in life?

If the answer is yes, then go for it! Have a wonderful holiday season.

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How to Become a Proofreader

How to Become a Proofreader

Do you have an eye for spotting typos (and an irresistible urge to fix them)? If so, you have probably wondered how to become a proofreader, so you can use your eagle eyes to make some extra money.

With typos everywhere, there is surely a need for more proofreaders. But how do you start a side hustle as a freelance proofreader?

I wondered the same thing a couple of years ago when I started my freelance editing and proofreading business called Keep Calm Write On. Freelance proofreading and editing were some of the first ways I earned money after leaving my job in education to become a stay-at-home mom. Since starting Keep Calm Write On, so many people have asked about how to become a proofreader. So I gathered the resources you need to start freelance proofreading too.

In this article, you will learn:

  • What is a proofreader vs an editor
  • How to know if you’d be a good proofreader
  • How to become a freelance proofreader with loads of clients
  • The tools you need to start proofreading from home

But first, let’s get clear about what proofreading is and what a proofreader does.

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Step 1. Know What A Proofreader Does

The first step to becoming a proofreader is being clear on what a proofreader does.

What Does A Proofreader Do?

A proofreader checks documents for typos, misspellings, inconsistencies, and grammar mistakes. Proofreaders will take content that is already written give it the final check to fix mistakes so it is error-free upon publication.

Proofreaders can proof anything that has written content, such as novels, textbooks, children’s books, online or university course content, website pages, blog posts, presentations and slides, newspapers, magazines, ads, pamphlets, legal documents, transcripts, court reports, podcast pages, resumes, scholarship essays, and so on.

Step 2. Know The Difference Between An Editor vs. Proofreader

The average person confuses an editor and a proofreader, using them interchangeably. In reality, they are different. When it comes to publishing a book, there are several different levels of editing that happen before a proofreader looks at a book.

Editor: While I won’t go into all the nitty gritty of the different types of editing, the important thing to know is that editors handle the big-picture and overall flow. They reorganize chapters, delete paragraphs, and they change the wording to improve how sentences flow and sound.

Proofreaders: The final polish is done by proofreaders. They are the last people to look at something to fix typos, punctuation mistakes, and grammar errors that slipped through the cracks before something is published.

Step 3. Know How Much Does A Proofreader Make Per Hour

Below are the survey results from the freelance proofreaders I interviewed about how much they typically earn per hour.

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The amount of money a proofreader makes varies. From my experience and interviews with other freelance proofreaders, you can expect to make between $25-$44 per hour as a proofreader.

  • Many book proofreaders charge $.02 per word
  • Charging $25-$45 per hour is common
  • Even if you make less in the beginning to gain experience, you can quickly increase your rates

If you choose a proofreading niche, like proofreading court transcripts, you can earn more per hour. This woman earned $3,200 in her first month and $32,000 during the first year she became a proofreader while working part-time.

Step 4. Acquire The Necessary Skills To Become A Proofreader

While grammar and business skills can be taught, there are some things you need naturally in order to become a proofreader. The most important proofreading skills are:

  • In-depth knowledge of the English language
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Meticulous
  • Meet deadlines
  • Familiar with Microsoft Word

So if you have all of those skills, becoming a freelance proofreader might be perfect for you.

Step 5. Be Comfortable With The Pros and Cons of Freelance Proofreading

When I was desperate to become a stay-at-home mom but needed to make money for my family too, freelance editing, writing, and virtual assistance was the answer to my prayers. There are many perks of freelancing you don’t get with a traditional job.

Freelance Proofreading Pros

If you learn how to become a proofreader, you will enjoy more:

  • FREEDOM – to be home with your kids, leave your 9-to-5 job, and work with who you want, when you want, where you want
  • FLEXIBILITY – to work when it fits best in your schedule
  • FINANCIAL SECURITY – side hustles can help you to stop living paycheck-to-paycheck, get rid of debt, take family vacations, and have extra fun money

Plus, proofreading is something you naturally do for free anyway. Why not get paid for those incredible eagle eyes you were blessed with?

Note: If you find a typo in this post (or any post) please send me an email at Val [at] TheCommonCentsClub [dot] com. Proofing your own work is the hardest!

Freelance Proofreading Cons

Although freelancing, being your own boss, and making money from home is truly awesome, the downsides are:

But the more experienced you become in your craft and the more efficiently you work, the higher your income will be.

Step 6. Find Freelance Proofreading Jobs

If you’ve decided you’re ready to make money as a proofreader, you might be wondering where you find proofreading jobs?

  • Indeed has a job listing for proofreaders here
  • FlexJobs has editing and proofreading jobs here
  • Upwork has freelance proofreading jobs here
  • Utilize LinkedIn to find proofreading jobs here
  • Scribendi hires editors and proofreaders here

You can also network with anyone who would need proofreaders, such as bloggers, authors, and business owners that create important documents like tax documents, court reports, and product manuals.

Step 7. Get Training To Learn How To Become A Proofreader (optional)

Extra training to become a proofreader is optional and depends on your background knowledge and what you plan to proof.

You used to need an expensive 4-year degree in English or Journalism to work as an editor or proofreader. But many people don’t know that becoming a proofreader no longer requires such a heavy time or financial investment.

All you really need to become a proofreader with no prior experience is:

  • 1-2 months to get the proofreading training online
  • Less than $600 for all the training you need

How so?

Invest in a legitimate Online Proofreading Course to learn how to make money proofreading from home.

Step 8. Enroll in General Proofreading: Theory and Practice (optional)

The most popular and comprehensive course to learn how to become a proofreader from home is General Proofreading: Theory and Practice by Caitlyn Pyle. You can learn more about how to start a proofreading side hustle by signing up for this workshop today.

I reviewed her course and it is the only proofreading course I recommend. It is jam-packed with valuable information that will:

  • boost your proofreading skills so you can proof confidently
  • teach you all about about running a freelance business

Here’s a sneak peek inside the course:

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What’s Included in the Proofread Anywhere Course

In over 40 lessons, you will learn:

  • the essential grammar skills you need and practice tests to make sure you have it down
  • proofreading niches and how to grow your income the fastest
  • how to research grammar questions you’re not sure about
  • how to set your rates
  • the tax stuff you need to know as a freelance proofreader
  • where to find your first clients
  • how to bill clients
  • how to pitch clients and write proposals
  • how to set up a website to advertise your proofreading services
  • and how to be flexible and work with client’s preferences

Then for a final stamp of approval, if you go with the Ignite Plus version of the General Proofreading course, you’ll get to prove your worthiness to become a certified proofreader with a final exam. The exam is hand-graded and you need to score at least 90% to pass. If you invest in yourself to learn the skills that can earn you money proofreading, I highly recommend this extra add-on.

Perhaps the most valuable part is the Facebook Community.

As a student of the best proofreading course online, sometimes called the Proofread Anywhere course, you get exclusive access to a Facebook Community that is only for you and your fellow proofreading students.

A Facebook community is super valuable because it allows you access to:

  • Fast and accurate answers to all of your questions
  • Support and encouragement if you face a challenge
  • Help from those who are just a couple steps ahead of you

The Course Downside

The one downside I have for this course is that it’s text-based. Although those interested in proofreading typically enjoy reading, I am also a visual learner and enjoy video courses.

Ultimately, I still think this proofreading course is the best available and is an excellent value for anyone serious about learning how to make money as a proofreader.

So if you are ready to make extra money working from home as a proofreader, the fastest way to stop thinking about it and actually get started is the Proofread Anywhere course.

Step 9. Smother Your Scarcity Money Mindset

If you’re hesitant about investing in a course or think I’m off-my-rocker for recommending such a thing, I completely, 100% get it.

The first time I saw a price tag of an online course I had sticker shock. The frugal part of me pinched my wallet as tightly as possible.

Fast forward two years, and I drop money on online courses regularly. It’s the only way I’ve built a successful work-at-home mom lifestyle for my family. To make this change in my income, I had to smother my scarcity mindset and switch to a money mindset of abundance.

I realized if I follow the steps that are laid out for me in a course, I will earn my money back within a few months AND have new skills with the ability to keep earning more money for the rest of my life.

You, my friend, are no different.

Step 10. Start Proofreading!

After you get through the workshop and course, you’ll be well on your way to making money on your own schedule as a freelance proofreader. You’ll help others make their writing shine by fixing typo after typo, and proudly returning work to clients even better than it was.

They’ll be grateful for your work, you’ll be happy to help, and your bank account will continue to grow.

Can you see it already?

Freelance Proofreaders For Hire


Proofreader

 

Natalie Tinker

Melissa

Kendray Rodriguez

Jana Lynch

Toni Hammer

Miriam Mysteriam

Lydia Fleming

Patti Kasmarcik


Specialty

 

Most experience in non-fiction but can do anything.

Masters in Homeland Security. Degree in international relations. Specialize in geography, history, politics, emergency management, and security.

 

BA in English and Creative Writing. focus on youth development and education, but open to all fields. 

 

Nonfiction - Personal Finance and Business emphasis. Background experience in publishing.

 

Fiction and self-development. Editor of a submission-based site and freelance writer.

 

30 years experience. BA in Autoethnography. Works with all writing, especially creative writing. 

 

Masters in English and creative writing. Taught university composition & literature. Editor for university press.

 

BA in English. Mostly proofread articles and blogs.

 

What Tools Can Help You Become a Proofreader?

Below are recommended resources that will help you start a successful proofreading side hustle from home:

Now You Know How To Become A Freelance Proofreader

Ultimately, if you have a natural eye for spotting typos and you know how to fix them, you have a valuable skill that people need and will pay for. If you’re confident in your proofreading abilities, then you just need to work on the business side of finding freelance proofreading jobs.

If you need a refresher on grammar rules or you’re not sure exactly how to start the online business part and find clients online, that’s where Caitlin from Proofread Anywhere comes in to fill in all the gaps.

The best way to become a proofreader is to follow Caitlin’s lead. She is not only a talented proofreader who earned $43,000 her first year proofreading online part-time, but she’s a natural and inspiring teacher too.

The Proofread Anywhere course and training is for you if you want to learn:

  • the most important grammar rules you will run into as a freelance proofreader
  • how to turn your proofreading skill into a legitimate work-from-home business
  • how to make more money and create a flexible freelancer lifestyle

If you’re not ready for her course yet but really want to learn more about how to become a proofreader, tap the link here to see if there are still available seats in her video training to help you figure out if proofreading is right for you.

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Cheers to your finances, your freedom, and your future,

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How To Afford To Be A Stay At Home Wife Or Mom – Tips For Living Off One Income

How To Afford To Be A Stay At Home Wife Or Mom – Tips For Living Off One Income

The opportunity to be a stay at home wife or stay at home mom can be a dream-come-true for many women. But it’s only a dream if your finances are under control.

Without financial stability, your time spent as a stay at home wife or mom could turn into a nightmare.

So to be sure you create your best life at home, follow the proven tips below.

1. Do A Financial Checkup

Before you decide to leave the workforce and become a stay at home wife or mom, give your financial health a checkup.

You’ll want to figure out:

  • your monthly income
  • your monthly expenses
  • your net worth

If your monthly income is greater than your monthly expenses, and you have a positive net worth, then you are sitting pretty, my friend. Congrats!

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PERSONAL FINANCE 101

Income – how much you earn

Expenses – how much you spend

Net Worth – the value of your assets (things you own) minus your liabilities (things you owe)

To figure out your monthly income and expenses, I’ll give you access to the budget template I use. It’s been my secret weapon for conquering all of our money goals, starting with paying off $48,000 in student loans in less than 3 years as a teacher.

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And to calculate your net worth, this net worth calculator will help you determine if you have a positive net worth, or if you own more than you owe.

If your net worth is negative, or you owe more than you own, then you and your spouse will want to put a plan in place to increase your financial stability. Being a stay-at-home wife or stay-at-home mom may actually be a burden to your family if you’re creating a financial mess that you’ll have to clean up later. And The Common Cents Club is all about helping you confidently take control of your finances, your future, and your freedom.

It doesn’t mean you can’t be a stay-at-home mom or wife, it just means you may have to figure out a way to cut your spending, save some money, or make money working at home.

2. Get On The Same Team With Your Partner

Becoming a stay at home mom or wife is something that affects your entire family. Hopefully, it’s a goal that everyone in your family has so you can more easily work together to make it a blessing for your family.

Some key things for working together when it comes to your money are:

  • honesty and transparency
  • equal power (even if only one will be earning an income)
  • respectful communication
  • clear responsibilities (including work, housework, and childrearing)
  • value for what both provide
  • shared responsibility for managing finances
  • open discussions about money and how you use it

If you have these things, you may have small but manageable disagreements about money, but it’s much less likely you’ll end up in counseling or divorce. If you’d like to how my husband and I learned to work together with our money, including how we learned to live off one income so I could be a stay-at-home mom, you can watch my live video where I spill the beans.

3. If Money Will Be Tight Living Off One Income, Try These Ways To Save Money

The biggest areas to save money are on your:

  • housing
  • transportation
  • food
  • recreation
  • interest, service charges, fees
  • insurance

Housing – You can save a lot of money on housing if you’re willing to downsize, move to a cheaper area to live, or rent out part of your home through Airbnb, or buy a duplex and rent out half the property to help cover your rent.

Transportation – Downsize to get rid of your car payment. Drive a smaller car that uses less gasoline. Save for and pay for car repairs versus trading in for a new one. And my favorite way to save money before we went down to one income: carpool to work. The amount we saved on gas and car maintenance added up fast!

Food – Meal planning, cooking at home, and shopping at Aldi are my top 3 tips. Those save the largest amount of money over the long haul. For smaller savings that are super easy, use apps like ibotta, Fetch, and ebates for rebates and coupons. Also, growing your own food in a garden or pots can save a lot of money and add healthy food to your diet.

Recreation – Find free recreation. Public libraries, businesses in town, and nature are fabulous places to find fun things to do without paying a dime. Sign up for Redbox and you’ll get promo codes to rent movies and games for FREE. Then pop some homemade popcorn and you’ve got yourself a nice date night without the expensive price tag.

Interest, Service Charges, and Fees – Stay at top of your budget and tracking your spending. This way you’ll know exactly how much is in your account and avoid overdraft fees or late payments. Also, getting rid of your debt ASAP will help you minimize the amount you pay out in interest. The loan calculator tool on my resources page will tell you how much you’re paying in interest an any of your loans. Paying off my student loans as fast as I did saved us around $30,000 in interest. Seriously, this one is no joke.

Insurance – After years of just letting this one ride out because I didn’t want to look into it, my husband and I finally decided to look at our insurance. After finding a way to get better coverage AND SAVE $700, I’m glad I did. Check out the insurance section in this post to discover exactly how we saved so much.

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4. Stay At Home Wives or Moms Can Make Money Working At Home With Flexible Online Jobs

There are so many ways women are finding to make money working from home now, myself included.

I have a resource library full of cheat sheets, templates, printables and how-to guides for women who want to take control of their money and create their best life. You can sign up for instant access at the bottom of this post.

Here are some of my favorite ways for a stay at home wife with no kids or a stay at home mom with kids to make money from home:

Ways to Make Extra Money From Home

Virtual Assistant – There’s a huge demand for virtual assistants and the starting pay is typically $20-$75 per hour. This can be a totally flexible job and fit into any stay-at-home mom or stay-at-home wife schedule. Virtual Assistants might manage social media accounts, proofread, manage email accounts, manage projects, or a variety of other things based on what a client needs. I gathered all the resources you need to learn how to become a virtual assistant and listed my favorite tools for virtual assistants.

Freelance Writing – With the online world, everyone and their mama has a blog, website, or some content that needs to be written. Some freelance writers are even hired as ghostwriters to put someone else’s book idea onto paper. Ghostwriting is lucrative for those who are excellent writers. If you want know how to make money as a freelance writer, Gina Horkey is an excellent teacher.

Online Teaching / Tutoring – If teaching is your thing but you don’t want to teach during the hours of 8-4 every day, I’ve talked a handful of women who enjoy online teaching. If you’re curious about online teaching, the pay, and the requirements, you’ll love my interview with this work-at-home mom who earns more than $20+ per hour with this side gig.

Freelance Proofreading – Remember all that writing I mentioned blogs and websites need? From articles to ebooks, video transcriptions and podcast show notes, there are a lot of words (and mistakes) out there that could benefit from a good proofreader. Check out this post if you’re curious how to get started proofreading for money.

Blogging – Whaaat? You can make money from blogging? I know, I thought the same thing. Well, first I didn’t even know what a blog was…then I was clueless how a blog could earn money. Lifelong learner here, people. But for real, you can earn money through a blog with ads, recommending products, selling digital or physical products, and partnering with brands to name a few. If you ever start a website or blog with the intention of earning money, you’ll want to follow this step-by-step guide to starting a self-hosted blog (for beginners).

Take Surveys – Taking surveys can be frustrating if you don’t choose the right ones. That’s why it’s important to point out the survey sites survey takers report give them the best results:

Taking surveys will not replace a full-time income. Think of surveys more like a way to earn extra cash while watching Netflix that can buy another pumpkin spice latte or six.

Multi-level marketing company – If you don’t mind selling products and hosting parties, you can do direct sales to earn extra cash. Here’s an interview with a work-at-home mom of 4 who homeschools and earns thousands per month helping families remove toxins from their life.

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Becoming a stay-at-home mom or wife can be an absolute dream-come-true. But if your money is not in order, you can create a vicious cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck, or worse — burying yourself in a massive pile of debt.

Create Family and Financial Freedom

The keys to creating your best life, whether you work at home or live off one income are:

  • You’re on the same team with your spouse, including money matters.
  • Do a financial checkup. Know your numbers: income, expenses, and net worth.
  • Create a plan for spending less, saving more, or earning more if your finances are too tight.

Then enjoy living your best life as a stay at home wife or a stay at home mom.

Cheers To Your Family & Financial Freedom,

-Val

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Best Virtual Assistant Training to Learn How To Become A Virtual Assistant

Best Virtual Assistant Training to Learn How To Become A Virtual Assistant

Are you interested in learning how to become a virtual assistant but aren’t sure where to find the best virtual assistant training?

Not long ago, I wanted to know the same thing. I desperately wanted to find a flexible way to make money so I could stay home with my baby. It took me months of reading blog posts, listening to podcasts, and watching training videos to fumble through starting my own online business.

I was skeptical of courses and was scared to spend money on something that might be a complete waste. After a few intense months of hustling, it finally clicked. I started consistently earning $1,000+ a month and sometimes $3,000 per month working part-time by becoming a freelance virtual assistant, writer, proofreader, and editor.

I resigned from my stressful job as the breadwinner of our family and have been a work-from-home / stay-at-home mom ever since.

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Now one of the most common questions I get is “What kind of training is there to learn how to become a virtual assistant?”

I did not take a course to learn how to become a virtual assistant, but I can say without a doubt that I would have earned more money, faster and easier if I had taken one of these virtual assistant courses with an experienced teacher to lay it out for me step-by-step.

So I went to school, reviewed courses, and found the best virtual assistant training so you can take the faster and easier path to become a virtual administrative assistant, even if you have no experience.

In this virtual assistant resources review, you’ll learn:

  • where to find the best free virtual assistant training to figure out if it’s a good fit for you
  • how to determine what services you can get paid for as a virtual assistant (even if you have no experience)
  • how much money do virtual assistants make
  • the best virtual assistant training course to fast-track your success

I’m super excited for you to start learning how to become a virtual administrative assistant because it was the answer we needed to achieve Family & Financial Freedom.

Before we jump in, some of the links below are affiliate links. So at absolutely no cost to you, I may receive a small commission. When I started this blog, I vowed to only promote products I would recommend to my BFF–and a lot of times, I have! This helps fill my coffee cup so I can keep writing.

Do You Need Free or Paid Virtual Assistant Training?

Whether you need paid or free virtual assistant training depends on two things:

  1. How serious are you about becoming a virtual assistant
  2. How fast do you want results

More than likely, you fall in one of the following three groups: A, B, or C

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Group A: You Are Serious and Want Fast Results

If you are serious about becoming a virtual assistant, working from home, and you want results fast – 100% invest in a course today. Every day you postpone is another day wasted. Life’s too short, my friend. All the hard work has already been done for you because I reviewed entire courses and shared the results for you below!

Group B: You Are Serious but Don’t Need Fast Results

If you are serious about becoming a virtual assistant but you don’t need fast results, it’s up to you. Invest in the course now and take your time getting through it at your leisure (you have lifetime access and they are all self-paced). Or start with the free training, decide which teacher you like best, and invest in the course training when you’re ready.

Group C: You Are Not Serious or Not Sure

If you are not serious or are not sure if becoming a virtual assistant is a good fit for you yet, start with the free video training below to figure that it. If it’s not for you, move on…now you know. If it is for you, welcome to the VA world! 😉

Best Virtual Assistant Training to Learn How to Become a Virtual Assistant

I wholeheartedly admire both Micala Quinn and Gina Horkey, who have turned their own desire for flexible freelance work into passionate life-changing missions to teach others how to do the same. As moms and online business owners, I have the utmost respect for their courses, training, and virtual communities.

Although I was already working as a virtual assistant, I spent weeks taking both of their virtual assistant courses so I could review them for you. I know courses are a financial investment and sometimes it’s hard to know if it will pay off.

So here is a head-to-head comparison of two of the best courses to learn how to become a virtual assistant and start a freelancing business:

*Each course has a refund available if students prove they everything that what was taught and did not get results. It’s extremely unlikely anyone will need to worry about a refund because– if applied– this stuff works. Thousands of people just like us went from wondering Could I become a virtual assistant? to earning money on a flexible schedule from home.

Paid Virtual Assistant Training Course Reviews

There are virtual assistant training courses that will take you from no experience to a thriving business fast – typically 6 months or less. If you already have some administrative support or experience, you’re way ahead of the game.

Micala and Gina have been there, done that. They’ve been unhappy in their jobs, desperately wanted to be stay-at-home moms, and craved the freedom and flexibility that working at home offers. Now they’ve both built successful online businesses and are using their gifts, mistakes, and successes to show you how virtual assistance works.

  1. Overwhelmed to Overbooked by Micala Quinn of The Live Free, Mama
  2. 30 Days to Virtual Assistant Success by Gina Horkey of Horkey Handbook

These courses are step-by-step, just follow the directions and you will succeed, including:

  • WHAT you need to do to become a virtual assistant in achievable baby steps
  • WHEN to do the steps, and
  • HOW to do them to get the best results

While there are more courses out there, these are the most highly recommended by past students that I found. Both courses cover the basic core material but with unique perspectives, bonus materials, teaching styles, price tag, method of delivering the information, post-course support and training.

Whenever Comparing Courses, I Keep These Things In Mind:

  • Value: What quality and How much information are you getting?
  • Proof: Why are they qualified to teach you?
  • Teaching Style: Who do you connect with and how is the material delivered?
  • Price: What is the investment?
  • Support: What support do you get during and after the course?

Let’s dive into course #1.

1. Virtual Assistant Course: OVERWHELMED TO OVERBOOKED

Micala Quinn went from zero experienceshe was a high school teacher – to working with BIG names (like Dana Malstaff THE Boss Mom) and earning way more from home than she ever did teaching. Her reason for leaving schools? To be a stay-at-home mom after her first baby. Ohh, how I can so relate.

Here are some stats from (mostly) moms in the course: 

  • 4 weeks on average until they land their first client 
  • 2 weeks on average to complete the course 
  • moms are earning anywhere from $500 – $5K+ per month

And here’s an overview of what you’d gain access to from this virtual assistant training.

Overwhelmed to Overbooked Overview:

  • 7+ hours of video course training
  • Investment of 6 payments of $133 or one payment of $597
  • Lifetime access to course materials & all future updates
  • Templates, workbooks, scripts and guides to show you how to get everything done
  • Group Coaching every 2 weeks – ask anything, troubleshoot roadblocks, and understand what you need to do next based on your situation
  • Private Facebook Mastermind for ongoing support, monthly expert training, and job leads
  • Full refund within 3 months if you show you did the work and didn’t get results
  • Extremely Active & Supportive Private Facebook Mastermind with Micala and other super helpful women and students. I have been so impressed by the value of this group…and I am in like 100 Facebook groups. This group is ‘da bomb and it’s included when you join as a student of her course.
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Overwhelmed to Overbooked Pros

The perks of being a virtual assistant are obvious and easy to promote by all of us who work from home. But I love how Micala is also upfront about the parts that were hard for her on her journey to becoming a virtual assistant and work-at-home mom.

She’s realistic that it will take time and effort, but that you definitely should see an ROI within 6 months tops (I agree and would even say less time). This all depends on how much time and effort you put in. But she removes all the guesswork about what you should do at any stage of the game. Either it’s answered in her course or she answers it in the Facebook group.

Micala also gives you free options for any tools that will help you get started. She even shows you how to use everything so you can start making money as a virtual assistant ASAP without spending any more money.

And no, that’s not all. Check out the gorgeous welcome gift basket she sends you in the mail…seriously.

This is just one physical example and way I can show you how well she takes care of her students and stands out from the pack of virtual assistant trainers.

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 Overwhelmed to Overbooked Cons

Although Overwhelmed to Overbooked is an amazing VA training, there are two things I wish were included:

  • how to set up a website
  • bookkeeping basics

Neither are dealbreakers. In truth, I am being pretty nitpicky here.

To be fair, Micala shows how you can start with a Facebook Page for your business instead of a website. As for bookkeeping, she has an expert training already scheduled and she gives you a basic spreadsheet template so you can track your expenses and income.

Overwhelmed to Overbooked Review Grade

A!!! 

Overall, I loved this course.

If you invest in this course and follow her steps, I have full faith you will successfully earn your money back plus turn a profit as a VA within 3 months. On top of that, you will have marketable and in-demand skills, important connections, and knowledge to keep growing and earn more money.

Overwhelmed to Overbooked is the best video-based course that completely removes the guesswork of how to become a Virtual Assistant with a step-by-step, comprehensive and enjoyable course with an amazing tribe of supportive moms.

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2. Virtual Assistant Course: 30 DAYS OR LESS TO VIRTUAL ASSISTANT SUCCESS

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Gina Horkey started freelance writing and working as a virtual assistant when she was sick and tired of her job in the financial industry. She started earning $4,000 per month within just a few months and eventually left her soul-sucking job to work from home. She’s created two courses (30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success and 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success) to show others exactly how to leave a job you don’t like and start freelancing working from home.

30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success Overview:

  • 13 modules of primarily text-based training
  • Investment of $297 (soon to be $397)
  • Lifetime access to course materials and all future updates
  • Templates and scripts for pitching clients and getting testimonials
  • How to set up and optimize a Website to get hired
  • Video interview with her first VA client shows a unique perspective and how cold pitching works
  • Quizzes and a Final Exam to check your understanding
  • 90 days FREE access to Private Facebook community for job leads and ask Gina anything
  • Full refund within 7 days
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30 DOL to Virtual Assistant Success Pros

Gina’s course to learn how to become a virtual assistant gives you the nuts and bolts of choosing the services you’ll offer, setting up your new business, and finding clients with a low price tag.

I love copy-and-paste scripts and you will get lots of those so you know exactly what to say to get hired and receive great testimonials, which are key to getting more work and earning higher pay. The video with the first guy who hired her to do virtual assistant work was insightful to hear his perspective and why her cold pitch worked.

You’ll get quizzes to make sure you’re learning everything you need to know at the end of each module. And you get 90 days of free access to her VA Leads Community, which is an extra service she offers to connect those who want to hire virtual assistants with virtual assistants who want more work.

I love that you get checklists and step-by-step information so you know how to set up a website and what to include on each website page to increase your chances of getting hired. While I don’t believe you NEED a website to get hired and start working as a virtual assistant, and I know how much time it can take to set up (especially for others who are not so tech savvy like me), BUT I also have firsthand experience of how many strangers reached out to me when I was freelance editing and mentioned in the initial email that they “loved my website” or were “impressed” by it.

This course also offers unique information about using your website or blog not only to get hired as a virtual assistant but also to set yourself up to possibly grow your own platform and earn passive income someday with your own email list of followers.

30 DOL to VA Success Cons

Since I write as if I’m talking to my BFF, there are a few potential downsides I experienced in my 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success review.

Before you buy 30 DOL to Virtual Assistant Success, you should know:

  • it is almost all text
  • you must pay in full
  • you must pay extra for a few things, like a contract template, access to her Virtual Assistant Job Leads group, and ongoing training

With that being said, it’s hard to find a video-based course for less than $400 these days. I have invested in and learned what I needed to from several text-based courses. As a money nerd who hustled to get out of debt, I can’t really complain about someone requiring payment in full (and Gina has a financial background, so she’s kind of a money nerd too). She is slowly adding videos to update the course over time, so I would expect the number of videos to increase.

30 DOL to VA Success Review Grade

A-

Overall, I love Gina, and I really liked this course.

I believe if you take 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success and follow her steps, you will earn your money back and then some within 6 months. In the next 30 days, I’d say it’s likely you could be through the course and have a solid game plan for what services you’ll offer, where you can find your first few clients, and know exactly what to say to them to land the job and start making money.

30 days or less to virtual assistant success reviews

30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant success is the best course to become a VA for under $300. Besides Gina, the coolest thing about this course is it will only take landing one part-time client to earn your money back. And as she will show you, there are potential clients lurking everywhere. 😉

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Free Virtual Assistant Training & Resources

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While the best information is always laid out nicely paid courses, there are some awesome resources where you can get a feel for if virtual administrative assistance is a good fit for you and what an instructor is like before investing in a course or coaching later on.

So if you’re not ready to invest in a comprehensive course just yet, here are the best free virtual assistant training and resources, which you can get sent to your email today.

3. Freebies for Virtual Assistant Training in My Resource Library

If you want to work from home but aren’t sure what you could do or how to get started, you need to check out the resources in my Freebie Library.

  1. What you Need to Do to Get Started as a Freelance Virtual Assistant (checklist of the first steps I took)
  2. Clarify your Most Important Goals so You’re Most likely to Succeed Working from Home
  3. The Crazy Simple Test to Discover Which VA Services Would be a Good Fit for You
  4. 8 Places to Find your First Clients (Even if You Don’t Have Experience)

The strategies used in these free resources are exactly what I did go from knowing nothing about making money online–or even what a virtual assistant does–to having more clients than I knew what to do with.

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4. Free Virtual Assistant Training – What Does A Virtual Assistant Do?

Gina Horkey from Horkey Handbook organized a LIST OF 150+ SERVICES VAs CAN OFFER to help you figure out what tasks, projects, or services people hire Virtual Assistants to do. This guide is an excellent first step if you’re just starting to figure out what a virtual assistant is and what a virtual assistant does.

Discover what a virtual assistant does by downloading Gina’s list below.

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5. Free Virtual Assistant Training – What Service Can I Offer?

Micala Quinn of The Live Free, Mama has a free BRAINSTORMING GUIDE to help you figure out what skills and experiences you already have that you can turn into a profitable work-from-home career.

Having a background in education, it wasn’t clear for me. But now that I’ve been working online for a couple of years, I promise, you have skills already that you just don’t realize yet that people want to pay for!

Figure out what skills you have already by grabbing Micala’s guide below.

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Free Virtual Assistant Video Training

Below are virtual assistant training videos that you can sign up for and watch anytime. In videos like these, you can quickly tell if you connect with the teacher’s style, personality, strategies, background, core beliefs and if they seem to know their stuff.

6. Virtual Assistant Training – How Gina Earns $100 Per Hour

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Gina of Horkey Handbook also has a one-hour free webinar that covers:

  • What is a Virtual Assistant?
  • What does a Virtual Assistant do?
  • Is there really a need for Virtual Assistants?
  • How to get started and become a Virtual Assistant?
  • Which industries are most secure to get into?
  • Which tasks earn $20 per hour versus $100 per hour?
  • and more!

You will be impressed to see that Gina reveals the first 3 steps to getting started, including a simple but effective script and strategy for finding your first client.

Sign up and see how Gina has helped thousands of newbies break into virtual assistant careers.

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7. Virtual Assistant Training – How Any Background Can Turn Into VA Services

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Micala Quinn of Live Free, Mama also has a free workshop that’s two hours of valuable content and questions answered. Watch this free training video and you will understand:

  • Why freelancing is such a hot industry
  • the services you can offer for $20-$100+ per hour
  • narrow down which services you should offer
  • 5 things you need to focus on (and what you should not focus on)
  • 3 different goals you need to start your virtual assistant journey
  • tools you will need
  • how to find clients without spending anything on advertising
  • and how you can replace your income within 6-12 months from now
  • build confidence so you take action and stop letting fear hold you back from your dream

Sign up and see how virtually any background can turn into services you can offer to earn a full-time income as a virtual assistant.

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Minimum Things A Worthwhile Virtual Assistant Training Will Cover

As an avid course taker and experienced reviewer, I’ve seen the ins and outs of a lot of courses.

From my experience, these are the things at a minimum you will want to ensure a worthwhile training for virtual assistants will cover:

  • How to identify your virtual assistant niche and which service(s) you will offer
  • What equipment and tools you will need to start
  • How to market your new virtual assistant business
  • How to find and land your first client
  • Contract requirements
  • Templates and scripts for how to pitch clients and get testimonials
  • Basic business startup for a freelance business
  • Common mistakes and struggles of virtual assistants

Top Things To Know About Your Virtual Assistant Course & Teacher

As for the teacher, these are things you should keep in mind to know you’re in good hands:

  • Why are they qualified to teach you?
  • How long have they been working as a virtual administrative assistant?
  • Do they have an active website and social media presence?
  • Is there a Private Mastermind Included where you can get answers to your questions?
  • Do you get any help finding virtual assistant job opportunities?
  • Are there any extra expenses or is everything included in the course price?
  • Do you have access to the teacher during or after the course?
  • How long do you have access to the course materials?
  • Are course updates included?

Uh Oh! Virtual Assistant Training Mistakes

One thing to take note of as you’re learning how to become a virtual assistant with no experience is what country the course creator is located. Some virtual assistant training provides contract templates to help you get started with your first VA clients, but you won’t want to use a contract based on UK law if you’re a US citizen. So while the Society of Virtual Assistants for UK VAs is a great resource for those in the UK, it’s not the place I recommend for aspiring virtual assistants from the U.S.

Start Your Virtual Assistant Training Now

If you are frustrated with your current situation and you’re looking for a job that can be flexible and pays well, a career as a Virtual Assistant could change your life (like it changed mine and thousands of others). My virtual assistant income was key to providing the extra money my family needed so I could be a stay-at-home mom.

If you’re trying to figure out if virtual assistant work is a good fit for you, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Sign up for Micala’s free video training to see how a teacher and anyone else can turn their experience into VA services
  2. Sign up for Gina’s workshop to find out where and how to find your first client
  3. Grab Gina’s list of 150+ services to see what a virtual assistant does
  4. Download Micala’s Brainstorming Guide to narrow down which services are best for you to offer
  5. Sign up below for My Work At Home Resources to see tools for how to get started as a virtual assistant

If you know you want to become a virtual assistant and you need someone to tell you what to do:

Please do not put this off another day. If you know it’s in your gut to check it out, just do it. If you try and don’t like it, so be it. But if you don’t try and give it your all, you’ll always wonder what if?

Use the training above with these proven mentors and you will have your own thriving virtual assistant business working from home within the next 3-6 months. Being a VA has changed my entire family’s life, and I can’t wait to hear how it changes yours.

To Your Family & Financial Freedom,

10 Products That Make Working From Home With A Baby Easier

10 Products That Make Working From Home With A Baby Easier

Working from home with a baby is a win-win…you get time with your precious little one and make money at the same time. Ideally, your baby will take long naps plus sleep through the night at just a few weeks old, so you have plenty of time to do #AllTheThings.

Except, it doesn’t always work that way.

In fact, juggling your work from home job with kids can be tough, exhausting, and even maddening at times.

From my experience working from home with a baby, a toddler, and now one of each, I’ve learned a lot. So to help you avoid those days when you want to pull your hair out because you can’t seem to get anything done, here are the products and tips that have helped figure out how to work from home effectively with babies.

Products For Working From Home With A Baby Easier

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Check out my full disclosure for more info. 

1. Baby Carrier

A good baby carrier is a key tool for working from home with a baby. Babies need to be held. Baby carriers allow us to give baby the physical comfort and touch she needs while our hands can be free to do other things, like work on the computer, make a phone call, do laundry, cook, or take care of older kids.

When I say a “good” carrier I mean an ergonomic baby carrier that correctly supports baby’s spine, pelvis, and hips. I used to have the Baby Bjorn but it killed my back after a short time. After some research and talking with experienced moms, I discovered “ergonomic carriers” are better for both mom and baby.

After I invested in a better baby carrier, I could wear baby for hours without pain and my baby was content for much longer too. This allowed a lot less time soothing and a lot more time to be productive. With a good carrier, you keep baby close, supported, sneak all the sweet new baby smells you want, and still have your hands free to do other things.

The One I Use

I use the Standard Tula Baby Carrier. It’s comfortable, has a pocket for your phone and keys, and comes in adorable prints. Right now it sells for $139 directly from the Tula website, but you can find a lot of them on Amazon for $100. This carrier is for babies and toddlers who weigh between 15-45 pounds. You can wear babies on your front or back. My daughter is now 3 and still easily fits in this carrier.

For my second child, I got the Baby Tula Infant Insert so I could wear my baby in my carrier right away. Babies weighing between 7-15 lbs need an extra infant insert to properly support them in the Tula Carrier. So if you’ll be working from home with a newborn, the right baby carrier can help you give snuggles while keeping your hands free.

Other Good Baby Carriers

Tula Free-to-Grow Carrier, the new style Tula create that grows with your child from newborn to toddler (no infant insert needed)

Ergobaby 360

Boba Wrap

KeaBabies Baby Wrap Carrier


2. Laptop

A good laptop has been another key ingredient for figuring out how to work home with a toddler and baby. While a desktop computer is good for working in a home office, it’s not feasible when you have an on-the-go lifestyle when you’re trying to work from home with kids. A laptop, on the other hand, can go with you anywhere: the recliner, couch, outside, in the car or even in bed when needed.

The One I Use

I have an Apple MacBook Pro and absolutely love it for working from home effectively. I’m a big fan of Apple products and this one has not disappointed. Of course, Apple is top-of-the-line when it comes to computers, so you’re going to pay top dollar for these premium laptops.

More Laptops With Good Reviews

Dell XPS 13 

ASUS VivoBook

Lenovo Yoga Book


3. Breast Pump

If you are a breastfeeding mom, you will spend many hours nursing your baby. While you might be able to get some work done while nursing, another way to maximize your time is to pump with an electric breast pump. You can maximize your time by pumping one side while nursing on the other or pumping both sides to get double the milk. You can let someone else feed baby so you can get a longer time to work.

The One I Use

I use the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump. This pump has gotten many, many hours of use from my days of working outside the home. You can use it at home or even in the car with the right attachments. Having a reliable breast pump can help you give baby the best nutrition while maximizing your limited time.

Other Good Recommended Breast Pumps

Electric – Signature Pro by Lansinoah

Manual – NatureBond Silicone Manual Breast Pump

*Money-Saving Tip: Check with your health insurance about getting a breast pump for free or discounted price. This was a perk I did not know about as a new mom!


4. Hands-Free Pumping Bra

A hands-free pumping bra is one of those things I wished I had bought sooner! After months of holding the bottles while pumping, it was amazing to finally have my hands free and multitask while pumping.

The One I Use

The Lansinoh Simple Wishes Signature Hands-Free Pumping Bra is the one I have and it is awesome. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out the reviews from over 7,000 happy moms who bought this bra on Amazon.

Other Good Hands-Free Pumping Bras

HOFISH Wireless Hands Free Nursing Bra

Hands Free Breast Pump Bra


5. Baby Swing

A baby swing that baby loves was another key for me as I was working from home with a baby. It was awesome to have the swing as an option when baby needed something new to do, and honestly, I used the swing a lot in the younger months for naps. Sometimes this was the only thing that would make baby happy! There are noise and music options, which I used the heartbeat noise the most.

The One I Use

Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer – Both of my babies were fans of swings that swayed side-to-side. Neither was a fan of the swing we had that swung front to back. Seems weird, I know. But I was so glad I found this swing that also came with a bouncer as it helped soothe my baby both for playtime or for naps. Some days my son’s only long nap of the day would be in this swing!

Other Good Recommended Baby Swings

Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker

Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing


6. Video Baby Monitor

A video baby monitor was an awesome tool for me because sometimes baby was making noises in his crib and I thought my work time was over. However, by being able to see baby on the monitor, I sometimes realized he was just making sleep noises or rolling around a bit trying to get back to sleep. Without the video monitor, I would have went in his room to get him and ended the sleep session. This also came in handy when our first became a toddler because I could tell if she needed something or if she was just being silly in her crib.

The One I Use

I have the Summer Infant Baby Secure Video Baby Monitor and it’s helped our family for over 3 years now. My only issue is that we’ve had to replace the battery once, but other than that it has served us well. Since both of our kids were noisy sleepers from day one, the video part has been a key feature on our monitors and has brought us peace of mind many times.

Other Good Recommended Baby Monitors

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

Home Video Baby Monitor Camera


7. Bouncy Seat

Using a bouncy seat was another thing that helped me when I was working from home with a baby. While tummy time, time on their back, and time being held is preferred over too much time in a baby device, there were many times when the bouncy seat came in incredibly handy, like when I:

  • needed to take a shower
  • needed to cook dinner
  • needed to get work done

The One I Use

I probably would not have bought a bouncy seat because I simply didn’t want another bulky baby item. So I didn’t know how much I’d use it until the swing I bought came with a bouncy seat too. Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer. Had I bought one separately, I would have looked for one that had lights, music, or more engaging discovery toys on it. The bouncer disconnected from the swing super easy and could be easily carried anywhere in the house or outside. Once my little one got more mobile and wanted to move more, a Jumper was my go-to thing to put baby in when I needed to get something done.

Other Good Recommended Baby Bouncers

Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Fisher Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker


8. Planner

There is a big difference in my productivity on the days where I have a plan and days where I don’t. While there’s nothing wrong with flying by the seat of your pants and rolling with the punches, if you have work that needs to get done and you’re juggling kids, you must create a plan. That way when you are blessed with a few minutes to work you know exactly what your first priority is–and isn’t. Writing a freelance writing post that you’ll get paid for? Yes. Browsing Facebook or Instagram? Not so much. But without intentionally planning your ideal work from home schedule, your precious time can easily be sucked by a “quick” email check or peek at social media. Trust me…

passion planner for ideal work from home schedule

The One I Use

This year I bought the Passion Planner for the first time. I was skeptical at first since I see myself as a natural planner and goal setter but within the first day of reading the front matter and using it, I knew it was the right choice. It helped me break down my big goals for the year into manageable steps that I actually scheduled to help keep me on track.

Other Good Recommended Planners

Plum Paper

Happy Planner


9. Bluetooth Headphones

I used the earbuds that came with my iPhone for a long time, but when baby #2 got curious and yanked them out of my ears every time he was nursing or he was in the carrier and I was trying to listen to something, it got old fast. I decided to try wireless Bluetooth earbuds and it helped a lot since the cord was no longer danging near him. So if you can’t get something done because baby is distracted by the noise or cords of whatever you’re tryig to listen to, check out a pair of Bluetooth headphones and see if that helps you figure out how to get things done with a baby around.

The Ones I Use

I have the SENSO Bluetooth Headphones. At $30, they are nothing amazing, but they get the job done. I chose these because I needed a pair that would stay in good while I’m running and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money. They easily connect to my laptop or phone so I can listen and have my hands free. Another bonus is these block out noise better than other headphones I used. So when Mr. CommonCents is in charge of our little ones, I can block out their happy (and unhappy) yells.

Other Good Recommended Bluetooth Headphones

Cowin E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones 


10. Robot Vacuum

If you’ve read my post about things I’m glad I splurged on, you’ll know that I love my Robot Vacuum, “Robo.” If you’re a mom who’s trying to figure out how to work from home with a baby, chances are you also wish you had more time or help with house chores.

Enter: Robot Vacuum. I used to think these were kind of a joke until I had to figure out how to work from home with a toddler and a newborn. I’m not the best at ignoring a messy house, so the Roomba was a perfect solution and Christmas gift. By just making sure an area is relatively clear, I can push the button and Robo will clean the floors for me. It works on both carpet and hard surfaces and allows me more time to get my work done and have clean floors too. Or at least semi-clean. 😉

The One I Use

I have the iRobot Roomba 650, which is a little older model that’s harder to find now. You can get a better deal on a newer model that uses Wi-Fi by buying the iRobot Roomba 690 instead. Then get ready for your floors to be cleaned while you are free to do something else!

Other Good Recommended Robot Vacuums

eufy RoboVac 11

eufy RoboVac 11S (Slim)


Make Working From Home With A Baby Easier

With the products and tips for working from home with a baby above, you’ll be a master at balancing both in no time. Start slow.

Which product that I use don’t you have yet? Put it in your budget and see if it helps! Don’t expect a magic pill to give you immediate success, but stick with it and you’ll see improvement over time.

With persistence and trial-and-error, you’ll figure out how to work from home with a baby (and toddler) while keeping your sanity.

Which item will you try? Did I miss something that works great for you? Share your best product for working from home with a baby in the comments below.

I’m always open to new ideas for maximizing my time as a work-from-home mom.

Spend your time and money intentionally,

This Stay At Home Mom Makes Consistent Money Loving On Kids

This Stay At Home Mom Makes Consistent Money Loving On Kids

Some moms just have the gift.

It’s the gift of incredible patience, tolerance for chaos, and unconditional love for children–even for those little angels that aren’t biologically their own.

Moms like this are absolute saints for moms who work outside the home.

Today I have another interview with one of those gifts from above, a mom who has four little boys and works from home running her own daycare.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission for qualifying referrals and purchases made through these links. 

Meet Danielle, Daycare OwnerMom makes money from home running a daycare

Danielle has been married for almost 10 years. She and her husband have 4 handsome little boys, ages 6, 5, 3, and 6 months. They also have 2 fur pets, Timon and Citra (a red fox labrador retriever puppy).

How Do You Earn Money From Home While Being A SAHM?

I run an in-home daycare full time. I watch and stay home with not only my own children who are too little for school but also two little ones full-time Monday thru Friday and a couple others who are currently part-timers. I watch these kiddos anywhere from 10-35 hours per week now and I will watch them full-time during summer months.

About How Many Hours Per Week Do You Work?

45 hours

How Much Money Do You Make From This Work From Home Job?

It truly varies a lot depending on the week. Things like kids being sick, if I need to take a day off, or if one of the parents takes a day off all affect how much I earn each week. In a “typical” month, I make a minimum of $1,200 but many times I earn more with my daycare.

How Long Have You Been Running An In-Home Daycare?

I’ve run an in-home daycare for combined 4 years, with a short break in there.

How Does Your Income Income Compare Now To When You First Started?

I make a little more, depending on any children I have added.

What Does Your “Typical” Day Look Like?

My typical day now is different than what it will be in the summer and next year. But currently, I have daycare children getting dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 5:30 p.m. I drop my two oldest children off at school between 8-9 a.m. and pick one up at 11:30 a.m. I pick the other one up at 3:30 p.m.

In between these times, I am trying to stay ahead of the children and getting out activities for them to do before they start to get bored and chaos breaks out. Sometimes there is free play, while other times it’s structured time at the table, flashcards, art projects, play-doh, etc. After picking up my son at 11:30, it’s home for lunch and getting kids down for naps.

The summer months will have more free play as we will be allowed and desire the outside more for running around and summer activities. Then fall will again change when some kids go back to school and I’ll have different pickup schedules.

Is This A Job You Can Do While Pregnant?

Yes. I worked throughout my pregnancy and only took about 5 weeks off for maternity leave.

Here is an Epic List Of More Jobs You Can Do While Pregnant

Did You Have A Different Career Before You Started Staying Home With Your Kids?

No. I worked at a couple insurance companies for several months in between doing in-home daycare, but my passion truly lies with being home. I graduated college and had my first baby shortly after, so I never jumped into a corporate career.

Many Moms Want To Find Ways To Make Money From Home, But They Don’t Know How To Start. How Did You Get Started Running A Daycare?

I searched through Care.com and Facebook for children to watch. I set up multiple interviews to meet with families then went from there. Now I get children through word of mouth if I have an opening.

You can Google “in-home daycare” or check out sites like SitterCity.com or Care.com to learn more about starting a daycare too.

Who Would Be A Good Fit For This Work From Home Job?

Running an in-home daycare would be a good fit for someone who wants to work from home but doesn’t need the freedom to do whatever works best for them each day. To run a daycare,  you typically need to be committed to the same hours on a daily basis to consistently meet families’ needs. You tend to lose some freedom of being able to come and go as you please.

You also need to be good at communicating and building relationships. Being able to multitask and work in a fast-paced, loud environment while remaining happy with kids is also important.

What Advice Do You Have For A Mom Who Wants To Stay Home With Kids And Make Money Too?

You can totally find a way. There are countless ways you can make money while staying home with kids. The opportunities are there. It’s really what you make of it. 

Stay-At-Home Moms Can Make Money Too!

Thank you for sharing how you make money from home while being a stay-at-home mom, Danielle!

You’re a Super Mama. Not only are you jugging all the balls of four little boys, but you have the coming and going of daycare children, preschool and school pickups and drop offs too while creating a fun place for children to play and learn.

Providing childcare from home is yet another legit way moms can make money from home. To get started, check with your friends, family, Facebook, Care.com or SitterCity.com to use your love for kids to start a daycare from your home.

More Work From Home Mom Interviews:

How To Make $2,500 Per Mont With VIPKID

How To Make Money and Homeschool Too

Cheers to using common ¢ents and letting your light shine,

 

VIPKID Pays This Mom Over $20/Hour To Teach Online (Work From Home Mom Series)

VIPKID Pays This Mom Over $20/Hour To Teach Online (Work From Home Mom Series)

Have you ever wondered if those claims that the VIPKID pay is >$20/hour are actually true? Does making legit money from home when it fits in your own schedule sound too good to be true?

I wondered the same thing.

So I found a fellow stay at home mom who makes legit money online as a VIPKID teacher to give us the ins and outs of what VIPKID hours are like, how much VIPKID pay is, and what it takes to be a successful online teacher.

Here’s the interview with Whitney, a real work from home mom and VIPKID Teacher.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn an incentive for qualifying referrals.

Meet Whitney, VIPKID Teacher

Whitney and her husband have been married for 3 years. They have a dorkie named Tinkerbell and a 19-month-old girl known as Scout online.

How Do You Earn Money From Home?

I have been teaching online with VIPKID for over a year. I am an independent contractor and teach Chinese children ages 5-12 four hours a day, six days per week. (You get to pick your own schedule.)

The curriculum is provided.

I’ve also been a teacher and recruiter for Magic Ears and Cambly. Magic Ears is very similar except it is up to four students at a time. Cambly is video chatting with people all over the world to help them practice English.

How Many Hours Per Week Do You Work?

24-30 hours per week

What Are Your VIPKID Hours And How Do You Get Work Done With A Kid At Home?

I teach from 4:00-8:00 am while my daughter sleeps. I sleep with her during naps sometimes to catch up on my sleep.

How Much Money Do You Make Working From Home?

I earn about $2,300-2,500 per month.

How Much Does VIPKID Pay? What Is A Typical VIPKID Salary?

VIPKID teachers start at $7-9 per class base pay. While I can’t disclose my actual rate, I can say that most teachers I’ve talked to start around $8 per class. Classes are 25 minutes, so that comes to $16/hour.

You get $1 just for showing up and teaching the class, and you get another $1 per class if you teach 45 in a month. That brings it to $10/class or $20/hr.

6 days x 4 hours x $20 = $480/week. That times 4 weeks is $1,920. With a couple of extra days in most months, I usually make $2000 each month just in teaching.

I recently added an hour a day, so now it’s more like $2500 per month based on the $8 average.

I also am a recruiter and help other teachers get started with VIPKID. VIPKID pays me for each referral, and I usually get 1-3 of those per month.

Here is a quick video I made to visually break down the common questions:

  • How much does VIPKID pay?
  • What can you expect as a VIPKID salary?

How Does Your Income Compare To When You First Started?

I just got a raise with VIPKID, so I now make $1/hour more. I also work more hours, but that’s due to my own scheduling changes.

What Does Your “Typical” Day Look Like?

I finish teaching and then often lay down with my daughter until she wakes up. Sometimes I’ll work on videos to help recruits or current teachers during that time.

While my daughter is awake, I try to be totally focused on her, though I often spend a lot of time on Facebook trying to find referrals. I’m trying to cut that time down and be more present with her when she’s up.

Referrals are not required for this job, but they do help bring in extra income.

Did You Have A Different Career Prior To Staying Home With Your Kids?

Yes. I was a teacher prior to staying home.

What Are VIPKID Requirements and Your Educational Background?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from BYU. VIPKID requires a Bachelor’s Degree, but it can be in anything (doesn’t have to be in education).

You also need “a year” of teaching experience. That year should add to at least 500 hours of teaching experience. That can be ANY teaching experience – coaching, tutoring, training at work, church classes, homeschooling, volunteering at a school, music lessons, etc.

You absolutely won’t get an interview if you don’t meet those two requirements. You also need to be eligible to work in the US or Canada (don’t have to live here), speak English like a native, and have a North American accent.

**No Bachelor’s Degree?  No problem!  Check out tutoring through Magic Ears and Cambly instead. I can help get you started with both!**

Many Moms Want To Start Making Money From Home, But They Don’t Know How To Get Started. How Did You Get Started?

I first found it on Facebook. Then I found out many of my friends were doing it. One of them let me know about a minimum requirement change that made it a lot more accessible to me.

What Advice Do You Have For A Mom Who Wants To Be Home With Her Kids And Earn Money Too?

Do it! It is so worth it to watch my daughter grow.

Where Can People Learn More About You And How To Make Money Tutoring?

You can follow me on Instagram: @teacherwhitney

‘Like” my Facebook page 

And check out my YouTube channel full of super helpful videos with answers to the most common questions about how to start as a VIPKID teacher.

How Can Stay at Home Moms Make Money Online

Thanks for sharing your story, Whitney! You’re an inspiring and fun Money Making Momma.

I love her tip that implies all the work and getting up early to be home and watch her daughter grow is worth it. I can completely relate!

Making money as an online teacher through VIPKID, Magic Ears, and Cambly is a legit work from home opportunity for anyone who enjoys teaching and meets the educational requirements.

That extra money each month can make a huge impact for a lot of families. Way to go finding something you like and makes money too!

If you’re interested in getting started as an online teacher/tutor, “Do it!” There has never been so many legit opportunities to earn money from home (or anywhere). Plus, the VIPKID pay can quickly add up. Find out if VIPKID is the right work-from-home job for you.

What do you want to know about VIPKID and online teaching?

Comment below and SHARE this post to show how real stay-at-home moms can be home with the kids and make money too!

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Let your light shine–even across the world,

 

 

How This SAHM of 4 Homeschools and Makes Legit Money Too (Work From Home Mom Series)

How This SAHM of 4 Homeschools and Makes Legit Money Too (Work From Home Mom Series)


Wondering how can a stay-at-home mom make money and be home with the kids?

How about and homeschool too?!

That’s exactly what this mom does.

Meet Brigid, a real friend who took time from her incredibly busy day to teach me about her MLM business and how she helps families eliminate the chemicals in their home, all while wrangling in 4 kids and homeschooling her oldest too!

Meet Brigid, Young Living Educator

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Brigid Bergman of Wisconsin has a household of 6, including a husband who works construction, and four kids: ages 6, 4, 3, and 5 months. Sounds like a busy house, let’s hear how she manages to earn money in the middle of all that.

What Is Your Stay At Home Mom Job?

I am an educator and advocate for chemical-free homes and natural products. Technically, my title is “Young Living Distributor.” As part of my work, I teach classes about using essential oils and other Young Living products, both online and in-person.

My work also involves time on Facebook, where I manage a Facebook group, share ideas and recipes, answer questions, and works with other leaders in my group.

I’m also constantly learning myself. It’s important to keep learning about ways to use essential oils so I can incorporate them into my own family’s life, as well as those in my classes and group.

When new people sign up to buy Young Living essential oils or other products through me, I help them get started by guiding them along the way as they learn the ins and outs of oils and supporting them through their new journey of living with more natural products and fewer chemicals.

How Many Hours Per Week Do You Work?

I try to limit myself to 3 hours per day, which consists of planning, replying to messages, checking on my team members, educating myself, and more. During busy times in the business, especially end of the month and during special sales, I spend more time than that working.

How Do You Get Work Done While Having Kids?

Like many work-from-home moms, I operate during nap time, early mornings, and late nights.

If needed, I hop on the computer while the kids watch a movie or are playing elsewhere in the house. Sometimes my husband takes the kids out of the house for a while so I can have some quiet and really focus on my business.

Hiring a nanny or babysitter at this time isn’t an option for our family, so I’m working with what I have!

How Much Money Do You Make Per Month?

I’ve been educating others and selling Young Living oils for 4 years now, and I’m grateful I’ve been able to double my income every year. I’m currently at the Executive rank and working to move up to the next rank soon.

Here are the potential earning opportunities you can expect from supporting and selling Young Living.

What Does Your “Typical” Day Look Like As A Working Stay At Home Mom?

In the morning, I jump online to answer questions and connect with members. Then while the younger kids play, I homeschool our oldest son. (Yes, she is a stay-at-home mom, an essential oils educator/distributor, AND SHE HOMESCHOOLS TOO. Amazing.)

Midday, we eat lunch then the kids watch a movie. During this time, I work for about 1 hour doing things like prepping classes, sharing in my Facebook group, and connecting with group leaders & members.

In the late afternoon, we all play, go for a walk, go to the library, or something like that. Then it’s more school time with my oldest.

Evenings are dedicated family time for us. The computer is off while we have dinner and spend time together before bedtime. I’ve set a boundary for myself and typically do not respond to messages during this time to keep the focus on my family.

After my kids are in bed, I hop back on the computer to get a little more done before I spend time with my husband.

Admittedly, there are nights when I stay up until1 AM to finish up work so that I can be more available to my kids the next day.

Like most moms, my days vary. I work around the kids and baby and squeeze in work when I can. I find it helps me to make a list every day of what I want to get accomplished so I can better stay on track with what I need to get done.

How Did You Get Started With This Type Of Work From Home?

I always felt strongly that I wanted to contribute to my household income but working out of the home wasn’t an option for us.

A friend introduced me to Young Living years ago and it was a good fit. I was already natural-minded and enjoyed sharing what I’d learned or things I was trying with others. So for me, passion met opportunity and that’s how I got started.

Who Would This Job Be A Good Fit For?

I think this job would be a good fit for someone who enjoys building relationships with others and helping others to live a healthier lifestyle.

What’s Your Advice For Moms Wondering How To Make Money As A Stay At Home Mom?

It’s totally possible, but it’s not always easy! Keep your priorities in check and remember why you started when things get tough.

Where Can People Learn More About You and Your Business?

Brigid teaches and blogs about motherhood, essential oils, dwarfism, and small house living at Surviving Motherhood on Oils & Coffee. Her blog posts about motherhood are raw and hilarious. I love them.

Plus, you can learn lot about Young Living oils and natural products from a mom who wants to keep her family safe, healthy, and chemical-free.

You can join Brigid’s Facebook Group for awesome ideas for using essential oils with your family and creating a chemical-free home.

Stay-at-Home Moms Make Money

Thanks for sharing your story, Brigid! You’re an incredible Money Making Momma.

I love her tip to “keep your priorities in check” and “remember why you got started.”

Becoming a consultant is one of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms if you’ve found something you’re passionate about. Side hustles like this can give you income to pay the bills, pay off debt, save for the future, etc.

If you’re interested in getting promoting your wellness and chemical-free cleaning, I’ve heard and personally experienced awesome things with essential oils.

Are you interested in being a Young Living Educator?

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Best Stay At Home Mom Jobs – How SAHMs Make Money

Best Stay At Home Mom Jobs – How SAHMs Make Money

You badly want to stay home with your kids, but your family needs money too. This battle causes heart-breaking torment for many moms, myself included. Thankfully, I’m here with good news: It doesn’t have to be one or the other. I’ll show you the best stay at home mom jobs through a series of interviews with real moms. These will teach you how you can be home with your kids and make money too.

In this article, you will learn:

  • how stay-at-home moms make money consistently every month
  • real jobs you can do from home, online, on the side, and during naps
  • tips for fitting in babies, homeschooling, housework and earning money too

You may have read about 7 different ways I made money online during my first year staying home with my kids. But I understand not everyone has the same interests, strengths, and circumstances as me.

Thankfully, there are SO many ways to make money as a stay at home mom. Keep looking and you will find something that’s a good fit for you.

And instead of just taking my word for it, I asked some of my favorite stay-at-home mom friends to share how they stay home with their kids and contribute financially to their family too. Enjoy this series of the best jobs for stay at home moms called: Work From Home Moms.

You’re going to love their stories. These moms will tell you about how to earn money from:

  1. Multi-Level Marketing
  2. Teaching and Tutoring
  3. In-Home Childcare
  4. Handmade Goods
  5. Freelance Work

And much, much more!

Let’s begin.


Multi-Level Marketing

Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a form of direct sales. Moms who get into MLM businesses often find a product or company they love, learn they can get discounts and earn commissions by sharing the product with their friends, become an independent representative, and voila! Their new home business is started.

These moms find people with a problem and show how the company they represent and the products they sell can help solve that problem. Here are tips for being successful in direct sales and common myths and misconceptions that I believed too.

Thankfully, Brigid took time from her busy day to teach me about her MLM business and how she helps families eliminate the chemicals in their home, all while wrangling in 4 kids and homeschooling her oldest too! Let’s meet Brigid.

Meet Brigid, Young Living Educator

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Brigid Bergman of Wisconsin has a household of 6, including a husband who works construction, and four kids: ages 6, 4, 3, and 5 months. Sounds like a busy house, let’s hear how she manages to earn money in the middle of all that.

What Is Your Stay At Home Mom Job?

I am an educator and advocate for chemical-free homes and natural products. Technically, my title is “Young Living Distributor.” As part of my work, I teach classes about using essential oils and other Young Living products, both online and in-person.

My work also involves time on Facebook, where I manage a Facebook group, share ideas and recipes, answer questions, and works with other leaders in my group.

I’m also constantly learning myself. It’s important to keep learning about ways to use essential oils so I can incorporate them into my own family’s life, as well as those in my classes and group.

When new people sign up to buy Young Living essential oils or other products through me, I help them get started by guiding them along the way as they learn the ins and outs of oils and supporting them through their new journey of living with more natural products and fewer chemicals.

How Many Hours Per Week Do You Work?

I try to limit myself to 3 hours per day, which consists of planning, replying to messages, checking on my team members, educating myself, and more. During busy times in the business, especially end of the month and during special sales, I spend more time than that working.

How Do You Get Work Done While Having Kids?

Like many work-from-home moms, I operate during nap time, early mornings, and late nights.

If needed, I hop on the computer while the kids watch a movie or are playing elsewhere in the house. Sometimes my husband takes the kids out of the house for a while so I can have some quiet and really focus on my business.

Hiring a nanny or babysitter at this time isn’t an option for our family, so I’m working with what I have!

How Much Money Do You Make Per Month?

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Online Teaching and Tutoring

If English is your first language, you already have a skill that many people around the world are willing to pay for.

Platforms like VIPKID and Magic Ears are two sites that will pay you to tutor about the English language virtually.

This is one of the best jobs for stay at home moms because it offers great pay with super flexible hours.

If you want to hear from one mom who makes more than $20 per hour as an online teacher, meet Whitney.

Meet Whitney, VIPKID Teacher

Whitney and her husband have been married for 3 years. They have a dorkie named Tinkerbell and a 19-month-old girl known as Scout online.

How Do You Earn Money From Home?

I have been teaching online with VIPKID for over a year. I am an independent contractor and teach Chinese children ages 5-12 four hours a day, six days per week. (You get to pick your own schedule.)

The curriculum is provided.

I’ve also been a teacher and recruiter for Magic Ears and Cambly. Magic Ears is very similar except it is up to four students at a time. Cambly is video chatting with people all over the world to help them practice English.

How Many Hours Per Week Do You Work?

24-30 hours per week

What Are Your VIPKID Hours And How Do You Get Work Done With A Kid At Home?

I teach from 4:00-8:00 am while my daughter sleeps. I sleep with her during naps sometimes to catch up on my sleep.

How Much Money Do You Make Working From Home?

I earn about $2,300-2,500 per month…

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In-home Childcare

Providing childcare for others is another legitimate way to make money while staying home with your kids.

Many moms start an inhome daycare and find kids to watch through family, Facebook, or even Care.com or SitterCity.com.

Here’s an interview with a mom who has 4 little boys of her own and runs a daycare too!

Meet Danielle, Daycare OwnerMom makes money from home running a daycare

Danielle has been married for almost 10 years. She and her husband have 4 handsome little boys, ages 6, 5, 3, and 6 months. They also have 2 fur pets, Timon and Citra (a red fox labrador retriever puppy).

How Do You Earn Money From Home While Being A SAHM?

I run an in-home daycare full time. I watch and stay home with not only my own children who are too little for school but also one little girl full-time Monday thru Friday and a couple others who are currently part-timers. I watch these kiddos anywhere from 10-35 hours per week now and I will watch them full-time during summer months.

About How Many Hours Per Week Do You Work?

45 hours

How Much Money Do You Make From This Work From Home Job?

It varies, but usually, I make at least…

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Stay tuned for more interviews from Work From Home Moms coming soon.

Best Jobs For Stay At Home Moms

Thanks for sharing your stories! You’re incredible Money Making Mommas. 🙂

Side hustles like this can give you income to pay the bills, pay off debt, save for the future, etc.

Which stay-at-home mom job seems like the best fit for you right now?

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31 Jobs For Pregnant Women: How To Make Money While Pregnant

31 Jobs For Pregnant Women: How To Make Money While Pregnant

There’s nothing quite like when you’re pregnant and need money fast. After all, there’s a live human growing bigger every day to remind you your world is about to change forever. And while babies bring lots of joy, they also need a LOT of stuff! So if you’re wondering how to make money while pregnant, here are the best jobs for pregnant women.

Whether you need money fast or you’re looking for a way to help provide financially for your family after the baby comes, there’s a job on this list for you. There’s some overlap, but I tried to divide the ways to make money while pregnant into four categories. Read them all or use the links below to jump to the section that best describes your situation:

> I am pregnant and need money fast. It doesn’t have to be a real job.

> I am not in a rush for money. I want the best jobs for pregnant women that have career potential.

I am pregnant and need a job ASAP. I want it to be a job that I can continue.

> I need to know how to make money while pregnant and unemployed.

There may be affiliate links in this post. Read my full disclosure here.

Pregnant And Need Money Fast With Little Effort

It’s crunch time. You’re pregnant and need money fast because baby is on the way and there are one hundred things yet to buy. You need cash and you need it fast. Here’s how to make money while pregnant without much effort:


1. Make Money Taking Surveys

While taking surveys will not replace a full-time income, you can make easy extra money. Plus, these are things you can do even if you’re pregnant, on bedrest, or just killing time in the waiting room for your 98 appointmentsBut are there legitimate survey companies? You bet! There are six listed below.

Hot Tip: Create an email address just for taking surveys or create a filter so all messages from survey companies go to a specific folder. That way you can check that spot once or twice per day when you’re ready for survey activities without filling your main inbox with survey offers.

Legitimate Online Survey Companies:

Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is a trusted leader in the survey panel industry. This site pays you $3 for every survey you take and you only need a $3 balance to get paid. There is a specific app for Pinecone Research too, so you can take surveys while you’re killing time in the waiting room for all your doctor appointments.

Pinecone is also great because you can get paid in your PayPal account, check, or gift cards and it seems much faster than other survey sites. Tap here to sign up and see if you qualify.

Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll Online is a place where you can make a little extra money by sharing your opinion. The surveys typically take 15-20 minutes or less.

You accumulate points and cash them in for gift cards. Tap here to create a free account with Harris Poll Online.

InboxDollars

InboxDollars is another survey company that gives you a $5 bonus just for signing up.

Then you can earn more cash a little at a time by:

  • watching TV and movies
  • answering questions
  • playing games
  • using the InboxDollars search engine
  • entering into sweepstakes
  • reading emails

You can withdraw money once you reach $30. A cool thing with InboxDollars is even if you get disqualified for a survey, you win a spin on Billy’s Spin and Win wheel to at least earn something for your time. The easiest way to make money through InboxDollars is the InboxDollars app. Get the InboxDollars app for Android or app for iOS.

Tap here to claim your free $5 reward from InboxDollars.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is another site where you can get paid up to $35 per survey. I love cashing in my points for fun money to spend on Amazon. (Diapers and wipes on Amazon Prime Subscribe and Save is a life saver as a mom!)

You can also rack up points by:

  • watching videos
  • playing games
  • using the Swagbucks search engine for your internet browsing
  • adding the Swagbucks button to your internet browser

Bonus: You get a $10 Bonus after your first eligible purchase (similar to Ebates and Mr. Rebates).

Tap Here To Start Earning with Swagbucks.

Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is another survey site to make money while pregnant. Survey Junkie is known for offering high points for their surveys and a good user experience on their site. They are also generous with points by giving you a few points even if you get disqualified from a survey (which not every site does). Once you reach $10, you can cash out your points for money.

Get started making money through Survey Junkie now.


2. Use Rebates & Cashback Apps

You might as well make sure you’re getting as much cash back you can on your purchases by using these tools. You’ll get rebates on groceries, cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothes, travel, wholesale memberships, pet supplies, and alcoholic beverages. There’s a way to get cash back on just about any purchase using these:

  • EBATES – Get big fat checks in the mail or PayPal every 3 months simply for clicking a button before you make online purchases. Thousands of stores offer $1-40% cashback for things you’re already buying. Seriously, you’ll wish you had started using it years ago. Grab Your Free $10 Bonus Now!
  • Ibotta – Get easy money back for things you buy anyway–milk, bread, crackers, toilet paper, baby wipes, formula. Take pictures of your receipts and get real money via PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards. Ibotta will also give you $10 Welcome Bonus just for signing up. Get Your Friend Referral Code for Your Welcome Bonus Here!
  • Swagbucks – Sometimes you can get a higher % back on your purchases if you go through Swagbucks instead of EBATES. If you sign up for Swagbucks you can compare the cashback offers and see which will save you more money. Either way, it’s a super easy way to put more money in your pocket

3. Sell Anything You Don’t Need or Love

If you’re pregnant and need money super fast, sell anything you don’t need or love. You would be surprised what people will pay for. Your clothes. Your purses. Holiday decorations. Your plasma. I made over $200 just last month selling stuff on Facebook that I almost just donated.

In addition to Facebook Marketplace and local buy & sell groups, you can make money while pregnant selling stuff on:

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Best Jobs For Pregnant Women That Can Be Careers

If you’re not in a rush for money but you’re looking for a flexible work-from-home job you can do while pregnant and continue after your baby is born, here are some of the best options:

  • Freelancing
  • Blogging
  • Writing Books
  • Coaching

Freelancing

A Freelancer is a self-employed person offering services, usually to businesses and multiple clients at one time.

Freelancing is one of the best jobs for pregnant women for two reasons:

  1. You have more control and flexibility both during pregnancy and after your baby is born
  2. You have great potential and the best odds for making a legitimate income from freelance work

You could make money as a:

4. Virtual Assistant

If you’re a fan of office work, there’s no shame in that. In fact, your skills are in demand–virtually! With the massive growth of online business, there’s also an explosion of need for Virtual Assistants. I see posts looking to hire virtual assistants every single week in my Facebook groups…and I’m not even searching for that information!

Some virtual assistants provide customer service or check emails, but there are hundreds of services a virtual assistant can do. From video editing to proofreading and graphic design. Virtual Assistants can work remotely and start out earning $20-35 per hour.

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5. Freelance Writer

Blogs need to keep putting new content out to the world to keep people engaged. But it can be hard to come up with the time and ideas. Plus, it’s nice to have a fresh perspective once in a while. So as a Freelance Writer, you could write blog posts in exchange for money. While a lot of sites will not pay for articles, there are hundreds that do.

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6. Social Media Manager

Yes, there are legit ways to make money by hanging out on social media. Everyone from one-person blog owners to multi-billion dollar companies relies on social media to connect with fans, build buzz, and spread the word about their brand.

Social Media Managers obviously need to know the ins and outs of the most popular social media platforms, but there are many other traits it takes to succeed. For more information on starting a side hustle as a social media manager, click here.

7. Freelance Graphic Designer

An excellent job for pregnant women who are skilled at designing is a Freelance Graphic Designer. Many people and businesses hire graphic designers to create logos, business card designs, images for social media, brochures, advertisements, postcard designs, and more.

8. Freelance Bookkeeper

If you know how to reconcile a bank account, are comfortable with technology and accounting software, and you have strong communication skills, then maybe being a Virtual Bookkeeper is a good way to make money while pregnant…and after. 

Here’s an interview with a successful bookkeeper who created a course for those who want to start providing bookkeeping service. And with a quick search, I found hundreds of bookkeeping jobs on Upwork and Indeedand FlexJobs.


9. Freelance Videographer

Videographers are often hired to capture special events or to create promotional videos for marketing purposes. This job has enormous potential for growth because, as you’ve probably noticed, videos are what capture our attention now. One scroll through your Facebook news feed and you’ll see video after video.

And video skills are not skills many business owners have. So if you are pregnant and need money fast and you have video-making skills in your toolbox, then start raking in the money creating amazing videos.

10. Freelance Website Designer

Another way you can make money as a creative with flexible hours is as a Website Designer. A business without a website is missing out on huge growth potential. (This would be a perfect client to approach, by the way.) If you have design and tech skills that you love to use designing websites, then you could make money fast because there are MANY people looking for someone to help them make their website look better/more professional/prettier/easier-to-read/etc.

11. Freelance Photographer

Love taking stunning pictures? Get paid for it!

People love pictures. From pregnant mamas to sweet newborns, high school seniors to happily engaged couples, college athletes to authors. It seems like people are hiring photographers every few months.

So if you have the skills to take amazing pictures, working as a Freelance Photographer is a job you could start while pregnant and continue for years after your baby is born.

This guy transformed his photography side hustle from $30k per year to $30k in one day!


This is just scratching the surface of freelancing opportunities. If you want to know the 10 steps I took to start freelancing from home, you need to check out the checklist and resources for finding opportunities in my Free Resource Library. Just sign up below to access them now!


12. Blogger

While blogs used to just be online diaries, they are now used as a marketing tool for businesses and can even be a business in itself. Most people can earn money a lot faster freelancing than blogging. But if you love to write, you want to work for yourself, you have tech-skills, you are willing to willing to continuously learn, and you understand that it’s not going to be fast money, then maybe you can make money as a Blogger.

If you start a blog at the beginning of your pregnancy, you could start to see regular income by the time baby is here.

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13. Coach

You could be a Coach for anything you are passionate about and turn it into a way to consistently make more money. If you’re a good listener and people often come to you for advice, maybe becoming a life coach would be a good job for you. Here’s a story of a mom who started as a BeachBody Coach while on maternity leave.


14. Author

I officially became an author on my second baby’s due date. It took me about 6 months to complete my book about how to wipe out debt fast, and I was 40-weeks pregnant when I hit publish.

P.S. I wish I had known how many times I was going to publicly share this picture. I had no intention of it when my husband took it. We just wanted to capture that incredible moment when I received my own book in the mail. I finally felt like a legit author! Had I known, I would have put makeup on or something…but that is the real me. T-shirt, yoga pants, and all.

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Pregnant And Need A Job ASAP That I Can Continue

If you’re pregnant and looking for a way to make money soon that you’ll be able to continue after your baby is here, these are excellent options:

15.Transcriber

Someone who turns audio files into text is called a Transcriptionist. This would be good for someone who has a quiet place to work, is skilled at listening carefully, and can type quickly. If that describes you, here are transcriptionist jobs that require no experience.


16. Professional Organizer

Have that pantry that’s perfectly organized? A neatly labeled craft room? Always getting compliments on how organized and tidy your things look? Start a side hustle as a Professional Organizer.

People will happily pay you to organize their chaos. Grab your label maker, baskets, and bins and help someone organize their life–and get paid for it. Start by asking those you know personally or professionally to see if anyone is interested in your service and what they’d be willing to pay.


17. Proofreader

If you’re like me and you cannot help but walk through life correcting the typos and grammar errors you see around you, then perhaps you need to be a Proofreader. Turn that skill into a job you can do from home. As someone who edited and proofread books, blogs, online course material and more, there are plenty of people who will pay for your eagle eyes.

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18. Pre/Postnatal Fitness Instructor

If you have a fitness background or are willing to get training, you can teach prenatal yoga or other prenatal/postnatal fitness classes while you are pregnant. Just talk to your doctor first before doing any changes to your exercise routine while pregnant.


19. Reservations Agent

A Reservations Sales Agent is someone who helps customers set up reservations for things like hotels, flights, rental cars, and more. Companies like American Airlines and AAA are some of the bigger companies that are starting to hire people remotely to do this job.


20. Teacher & Online Course Creator

Another way you can make money while pregnant is as an Online Instructor. You would teach what you know, bundle it into an online course, and sell it on a website like Udemy.

What can you teach? Udemy is a site that boasts you can “learn anything.” A few category examples are:

  • beauty & makeup
  • arts & crafts
  • sales
  • nutrition
  • music
  • productivity
  • stress management
  • and a ton more.

Even if there’s already a course on the topic you know well, there’s always room for competition. Make your course better or price it lower and you’re still in the game.

Here’s more information on becoming an instructor and reasons why you should be selling courses on Udemy. An online course is something you could create once and sell over and over again, even while you’re sleeping.


21. Customer Service Rep

If you love talking on the phone and helping people, you can work from home (or anywhere that meets the requirements) as a Call Center Representative. Here is one place you can find customer service work-from-home opportunities from a reputable company that has thousands of independent agents working through them. You’d get to set your own schedule and the application process takes a couple of weeks.


22. Direct Sales

You’ve probably bought items from a Multi-Level Marketing Representative and company before. Things like LipSense, Thirty-one bags, LuLaRoe leggings, Rodan & Fields face products, Young Living essential oils, Mary Kay makeup, Stella & Dot jewelry, Wildtree spices, Thrive shakes, Pampered Chef kitchen gadgets…

If there’s a product line you absolutely love and are passionate about, check into becoming a distributor and selling those things to your friends, family, people in your community, or even online. Check the fine print first so you know the upfront or ongoing investment required before you dive in. If it makes sense, dive in and sell away! Here’s a post I love with the Do’s and Don’ts of Direct Sales.


23. Caretaker

A popular job for pregnant women, stay-at-home moms, and even grandmas is to Babysit or Run an In-Home Daycare. As long as we keep having children (and by we, I mean you. I’m done. lol), there will continue to be demand for childcare providers.

Care.com is a popular site for finding people who are looking for childcare. Of course, you can also find kiddos by word of mouth or Facebook too. This is a way you can help other families while taking care of your own children too.


24. Online Test Assessor

Another completely online job for pregnant women could be a Test Scorer. These are the people who grade standardized tests, such as the PRAXIS. See if there’s an online test scoring opportunity for you here.

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How To Make Money While Pregnant And Unemployed

Struggling to find a way to make money? Do you still need more ideas for how to make money while pregnant and unemployed?

No worries, there are lots of things you can do. Here are some more ways to make money while pregnant, and most are super flexible so they can fit into your schedule.

25. Brand Ambassador

If you have a friendly or outgoing personality, you can earn $20/hour or more as a Brand Ambassador. I’ve seen plenty of legitimate postings for flexible jobs like this that would be great for anyone who’s unemployed. Read about how to get started as a brand ambassador, what to expect, and where to find these jobs. You usually have to spend a decent amount of time on your feet, but this shouldn’t be a problem for most mamas until the very end of pregnancy.


26. Pet Caretaker

If you are good with animals, your services are in demand. People will pay decent money for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers. Read how this woman made $500 per month pet sitting to get out of debt. And this creative lady started an Airbnb for Dogs and earns $200/day.


27. Driver with Uber Or Lyft

if you have a car, a driver’s license, and time then use what you have and start making money as an Uber or Lyft Driver before your back seat is full of car seats. This is a side gig my husband started doing. Instead of going out and spending money on Friday and Saturday nights, he uses that time to make extra money. At the time of this writing, his last night out driving he earned $30 / hour. Check out these 11 things to know before driving then if it’s a good fit, start making money by giving rides to others as an Uber or Lyft Driver.


28. Tutor Online

If you have an educational background or are strong in one subject area, you can use those skills to help tutor in person or online. Through companies like VIPKID you can work with children in China who are eager to learn basic English with the lesson plans that are already created for you. Here’s a mom friend who earns over $20 per hour tutoring through VIPKID so she can be a stay-at-home mom.


29. Website Tester

Enjoy browsing the web? Like to share your opinion? You can actually earn about $200 per month as a Website Tester. Learn what a website tester does, tips for being successful, and a bunch of companies that will pay you to test websites.


30. Search Engine Results Judge

Another online job for pregnant women could be a Search Engine Evaluator. Here’s a guy who makes $700 a month with this flexible gig. With this job you’d help search engines show more accurate results by judging the results on search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing.


31. Rent Out Your Open Room

If you’re willing to share a room or the basement in your home for $150 per night, you can make money as an Airbnb host while you are pregnant. Just don’t rent out the nursery if the only bed in there is a crib. 😉

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Best Jobs For Pregnant Women – Which Is Right For You?

Congrats! There’s no better time to get control of your money than when you’re pregnant with a baby on the way. Whether you just peed on the stick or you’re about to pop, there’s a way to make money while pregnant.

Do the things that you will enjoy most and will give you the results you want.

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