Stay at home mom's guide
To supplemental income...


As a stay at home mom, income is often limited. More and more mothers are giving up full or part time careers to stay home with their children. While this is an extremely rewarding choice, it also means limiting the family to a single income. However, stay at home moms can often find part time jobs allowing them to work from home. This gives them the option to supplement their husband or partner's income, while continuing to give their children the attention they deserve. This article will present several career ideas for stay at home moms who are interested in working from home, such as freelance writing, online auctions, and selling arts and crafts.
 
Freelance Writing
For stay at home moms who enjoy writing, this can be a great career option. Launching a freelance writing career allows you to work as little or as much as you choose, set your own hours, and choose your own projects. To start, you can try websites like www.helium.com  www.associatedcontent.com  and www.constant-content.com  Build up a few sample articles that you can then refer potential clients to. You can market your articles through forums, or work with a bidding site like www.elance.com  or www.guru.com  These sites allow you to pick and choose assignments, and place bids on a variety of projects. You can also find many writing jobs on sites like www.craigslist.com 
 

Online Auctions
Many stay at home moms are able to earn a decent supplemental income by selling items on bidding sites like www.ebay.com  You can create items to sell, such as cloth diapers, baby carriers, or crafts - items made by work at home moms often sell well on bidding sites. Or, you can purchase an inventory of items such as clothing or toys at thrift stores and garage sales, then resell these items on ebay. If you choose to go this route, be sure to purchase items at a low cost that have a high resale value, such as name brand baby clothes, designer clothing for adults, or toys in excellent condition.
 
Selling Arts and Crafts
If you enjoy creating handmade items, you may be able to sell your wares online and earn some extra money. Selling arts and crafts can be a great way to turn a hobby into a profitable income source. Items such as diapers, clothing, soaps and lotions, crocheted items, or decorative items all sell well. Consider starting an online store using a service like Hyena Cart or Etsy, which allow you to have your own storefront. You can also sell your handmade items on auction sites like eBay.
 
Staying at home with your children doesn't mean that you have to give up your earning potential completely. Working at home allows you to combine a home business with raising your children, earning a supplemental income and spending time with your children simultaneously. Working from home provides stay at home moms with the best of both worlds!


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