I get a lot of questions about the topic of working at home and being my own boss, so today I'm sharing everything I can think of to help you live your dream in this way too!
A Few Ideas for “Be Your Own Boss Jobs” — Some Work at Home Concepts to Consider
How many of you are tired of working for someone else, struggling to make ends meet, or dropping your kids off at daycare?
As stressful as it can be at times to work at home, and even though some months I make so little it's pathetic (other months are much better), I still wouldn't trade this flexible lifestyle for anything. The fact that I've never had to entrust someone else with our kids for hours every day makes me very happy, or just that I can stop and go take a walk on a gorgeous day if I feel like it — there are many benefits that make this a really great gig. It's not for everyone, I know, but being my own boss, setting my own hours, and in recent years, having the option to homeschool the kids, is priceless. It's certainly not always rosy, but that's true no matter what you do!
I recently received this note from a soon-to-be-Mom:
My husband and I finally conceived after fully implementing the recommended diet in Nourishing Traditions. It's a very exciting time! I was just wondering, Kelly, how you were able to figure out how to make money from home? My husband and I want to raise this baby in our home, playing in our garden, and getting schooled at our table. Yet I have student loans so I must make an income somehow. We are attempting to create a garden and sell organic produce, specialty breads, and fermented foods at the farmers market, but that is really a seasonal job. Do you have any encouraging words for two people currently working through debt yet still want to keep Momma in the home? All I hear from my family is, “Suck it up, do what you have to do (they mean taking our baby to daycare). Sure, everyone WANTS to stay home with their kids, but it's not possible!” Thank you for your help and for your wonderful blog!
First, I do NOT agree that if you want to stay home with your kids it's impossible.
People do it all the time. Some moms like to work outside the home, and if that's the case, cool, it's her choice! But my heart was in turmoil at the thought of leaving my kids all day every day. Don't listen to those who say it can't be done, you just need to be creative, think outside the box a little, and be determined to live your dream. And besides, flexible at-home hours means more time to cook real food! 🙂
A Random Collection of Ideas for “Be Your Own Boss Jobs”…
- Since most of you are probably curious about the ‘six figures' mentioned in the title, I'll tell you about that option first. This one may not be for everyone, but I'm sure it would apply to a lot of my readers! How many of you are health coaches or nutritional consultants in some capacity? If so, you'll want to watch a free online webinar about how a couple of my online friends, Jordan and Steve, built a $367,027/year part-time health consulting practice, and are on the way to a 7-figure online business — apparently they only work 10 hours a week?! I've done some one-on-one health coaching in the past, so you can bet I'll be watching this. 🙂 Even if you aren't a health coach, you may want to sign up to watch as I'll bet there will be lots of tips on growing your own business no matter what it is. Click here to sign up to watch the free webinar on your computer or your phone, your tablet, etc. (If you're reading this later, they run it again fairly often, so be sure to sign up so you'll know when the next one is.) These guys were originally engineers working regular jobs, and after overcoming some terrible health challenges they created a successful consulting program that’s helped over 600 clients… Here's what Jordan and Steve say, “There are so many great health coaches and practitioners out there struggling to pay the bills… and there are so many people that need their help. Our mission: To help those great practitioners create their dream online health consulting practice so all those people can get the help they need.” Click here to register or to learn more.
- What has allowed me to work at home, have flexible hours, and homeschool our kids is my blogging/online/writing business. I know MANY bloggers who started long after I did who are earning six figures. (I'm not there yet, but finding the balance between business stuff, Mom stuff, and homeschooling is tricky!) I began blogging in late 2007, when there weren't many blogs, especially not many real food blogs, and now they are everywhere. This is good, because that means real food is becoming more mainstream! Note though, as much as I love how my business provides a fairly good income that I earn from home, it's not always easy. As I said, finding the balance is really difficult. Some days when everything breaks in the backend of my site, and there's no one but me to fix it, that can mean loooong hours. I worked 17 hours the other day, but yet I'm my own boss, so other days I only work an hour or two if I'm busy with kid stuff, or some days hardly at all. I can work whenever I want! There are many options for online businesses, so again, be creative. Start with what you LOVE — God gave you your passions for a reason. I absolutely love talking about food and nutrition and helping others become healthier, I'd do it whether I earned anything from it or not — in fact I chat about it with complete strangers at the store! Figure out what that thing is for YOU.
- Do you know what I did to earn money when our kids were young? It's something that most any mom could do: a home daycare business! I've always loved kids and I made money from home for over 20 years this way. Now, obviously, there were pros and cons to this job, as with anything, nothing is the “perfect” job. There were tricks I learned over the years, though… I had clear rules and boundaries as far as payment and other policies in place, so parents knew what to expect; I was fairly structured, so the kids knew what to expect, too, and best of all, my kids LOVED having their friends come over to play EVERY day! (The picture at the top is from a few years ago with our daughter and all her little friends.) I was able to be home to make dinner, keep on top of laundry, and get other stuff done around the house. I could do fun Mom things with our kids and include all these little people who I grew to love. Most of the parents were really great, and I made SO many friends who are still some of my best friends today. I keep in touch with a lot of my day care kids who are grown now and come back to visit me often — I love seeing them and getting hugs. They are like family to me. Wow, I'm almost talking myself into starting back up again, LOL! I actually would consider it if not for the fact that my husband wouldn't love the idea. I just asked him to remind me why he wouldn't like me to do daycare again and he said it's because everything was always broken and stained. I said, “How is that different than what OUR kids do to the house?” He said, “It's not, but at least I know it was our kids who did it.” All that is truly a small price to pay for being able to be home with your kids, though, AND having their friends come to YOU (no driving to pick up play dates!), AND you get paid for it! The only other downside is that you're tied down and don't really have flexibility to go anywhere during the daytime hours, unless you don't have very many kids, but then you don't earn as much either. OR unless you have a vehicle that holds everyone. I used to pack my van full and we'd head off to the park, and in those days, to McDonald's. Gads I was SO in the dark! The other thing that was tough was the occasional challenging parent and/or kids. If it's too bad you could tell them you can't watch their child anymore (it's your business so you can call the shots), but that's always sticky and I don't think I ever did it. Usually the parents are great, and they are thankful to have someone watching their kids who love them, and the occasional challenging phases that kids go through can be worked out. You just get through it or you try different things… Taking my cod liver oil consistently helped with my patience level — seriously! (Have you read my post: My All Natural Chill Pill for Anxiety?) Depending on the laws in your state as far as how many kids you're allowed to watch in your home at once, you can usually make a fairly good income this way as well. Especially when you factor in the money you're NOT spending on gas, work clothes, or daycare for your kids! At its peak, I made $3000/month bring home, not bad, and that was several years ago. (By the way, here's another post in response to a reader question that you also may want to read: Straight Scoop On Day Care and What If They Don’t Serve Real Food?)
- Many are earning six figures with businesses like selling essential oils. That business and the MLM model turned out not to be a good fit for me, but it's something for you to consider! (Now I love these affordable quality oils best!)
- Another idea, an option from my online friend, Sylvie, to look into if you've dreamed of writing: Click here for a free cheat sheet with 6 proven steps to create (plenty of) passive income with ebooks.
- If you want to get out of debt, Dave Ramsey is someone you need to know — he not only gives you the tools to do so, but he motivates you and gives you hope! Thankfully Kent and I only have debt on our house, but I still love to listen to him. His book, The Total Money Makeover, is about how to have financial peace in your life. (Have you seen my post, 5 Dave Ramsey Money Principles compared to 5 Kitchen Kop Real Food Principles?)
- If your goal is to be home with your kids, but owning your own business isn't for you, then be creative!
- Ask your employer about working from home — you don't know unless you ask.
- Look for another work-from-home job.
- Maybe your hubs could work a second job while the kids are young so you can afford to stay home with them, and then work somewhere on nights or weekends when your spouse is homeO
- Or do what a friend of mine did: get radical about cutting down on spending so they could afford to live on one income!
- What else haven't I mentioned? Let me know in the comments how YOU earn money from home or “be your own boss jobs” that you know about, so we can help those who dream of doing the same. 🙂 (There are some great ideas in the comments!)
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Some related, some not…
- Don't forget to check out this podcast for work-at-home Moms w/ my tips on working at home, prioritizing, and some info on real food too!
- All my posts about infertility, babies, and having a healthy pregnancy
- Have you seen this post with pictures of my big-batch cooking day?
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