Some moms just have the gift of running a joyful daycare.
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.
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 of 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 the summer months.
About How Many Hours Per Week Do You Work?
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.
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.
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.
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