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5 Work from Home Ideas

5 Work at Home Woman IdeasBy Kirsten Hendrich

If you’re not able to negotiate a work from home contract in your current job, there are plenty of alternatives for you. If you’re a busy mom who wants to get back into work yet maintain the stay at home parent role and would welcome an income boost, there are a wide range of opportunities, most of which simply require a computer or laptop.

Even during a recession there are jobs openings and part time work readily available it’s just a case of deciding what’s best for your situation and your time constraints. Another benefit is that you don’t have to feel tied into a particular role, if it’s not for you, simply move on.

Pet Sitting:

Pet sitting is a great flexible option for stay at home moms. Pets become members of the family too, so owners would much prefer to leave their loved animals in a caring home rather than in kennels. You can choose how much you charge, your hours, and generally take full control. In time you will build up a reputation and more and more people will seek your services.

You can choose to care for animals which suit your situation. If you are nervous of dogs, or worried cats could damage your home, small cage contained animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs are always in need of holiday care. Pet sitting is also a great way to teach your children how to care for animals and the responsibilities associated with pet care.


Content writers are big business right now. If you are a competent writer there are many companies worldwide who require your skills. You might be required to write individual product descriptions or general content for websites, or even articles. It’s a great activity to increase your general knowledge as you’ll probably be asked to write on all sorts of subjects.

It also fits in well around family life as you can choose to do as much or as little as your lifestyle permits. These jobs can be found easily through websites such as

Another bonus is location is not an issue, you might be based in America, but you could end up working for someone in England.


If you’ve always wanted to start your own business and have a viable money-making idea, just get going. It can be very daunting, but there are many stay at home moms who run successful home businesses which supports the family. As they say to try is to risk failure, not to try is to guarantee it.

Surprisingly, a recession is a great time to create your own company. The key is finding a product or service that isn’t currently supplied, or finding a way to put your unique stamp on it. Discover your niche and ensure you work smart with the resources you have around you, and success will be achievable. It will be hard work to set up and get moving, but in time it will be rewarding, especially seeing something you have created, come together to provide a return.

Be Creative:

Etsy is a great site for selling your crafts, like eBay for artisans. While you might require a creative flair for this, it is a fun, creative way to earn some extra money without the hassle of running and setting up your own website. If you don’t have a business mind, and don’t have time to go about creating a brand, why not take care of the creative side of things, and list your work on Etsy to sell it for you?

User Testing:

Websites always require reviews. All you need to become a User Tester is a plug in microphone headset. You will be asked to visit specific websites and complete tasks such as finding a particular product on the website and adding it to the basket, or finding out delivery times etc. Your screen is filmed as you complete the tasks, and you are also required to give your thoughts throughout. It is a great, easy way to earn money, by purely giving your opinion. Again this employment opportunity isn’t location specific – there are always opportunities!

Here are 11 companies that hire Website Testers!

Making money doesn’t have to be hard, there are many options out there to help boost your income, or provide a full monthly wage if required. It simply involves the initiative to get out there and do. You will find a wide range of options on sites like The Work at Home Woman; this can be a great place to start researching some potential ideas to get going.

Kirsten Hendrich works for vouchercloud and loves anything to do with money, budgets, and saving.

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4 Responses to “5 Work from Home Ideas”

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    Hi Kristen,
    Truth is there are probably an almost endless number of businesses you can start from home, including some you might eventually want to do from an office or other brick and mortar location. The benefit of working from home, other than personal preference and productivity, is quite honestly low overhead. So even if you have enough money to rent an office, but don’t really need one at first, why not wait until the venture is revenue positive before moving it out of your living room? Thanks for sharing with the BizSugar community.

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      Holly Hanna says:

      So true, Heather. The possibilities for working from home are really endless. Technology was made it easier than ever to start an online business. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Mompreneur says:

    Some really good ideas! Specially the user testing, that you can do from the comfort of your home. I would also add some extra income opportunities like freelance writing or blogging. Also helps to make some extra cash. Or something from this list:

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