Becoming a Full Time WAHM

Mom, Here’s How You Can Start a Work at Home Career


Thanks to the rising costs of daycare and transportation and the desire to have a parent home with the children, today many moms choose to work from home. This arrangement is sometimes called “telecommuting”, and it allows parents the opportunity to set up a workspace in their homes to earn a living instead of having to leave the home daily.

They might also choose to start their own businesses, instead of working for another company. Working from home is rising popularity and the Internet is offering many different types of careers and business opportunities to moms. And for proof that the work at home dream is possible, be sure to check out the success tips from moms just like you in the Full Time WAHM eBook.

So how can you start a work at home career? This is a frequently asked question that can lead to a lot of confusion about on where to start. Here are just some of the work from home careers currently available to moms:

• Party Consultant (beauty, health, jewelry, home decor, adult, etc.) We all know about companies like Avon and Tupperware, but there are so many more opportunities for moms and they are still a popular way to earn an income. From home and garden products, to jewelry and makeup and even adult novelties, home party plans are great ways for moms to work from home. Earnings vary by company and commission schedule.

• Virtual Office Service. Are you a people person who likes to do customer service and to provide other office services? Then a client service job might be perfect for you. Many large firms are hiring Mom’s to work from home answering customer calls and providing other office support virtually. These jobs can pay between $8-12+ an hour. You can also start you own business providing customer service directly to clients and increase the amount you charge per hour.

• Selling on Auction Sites or Craft Boards. Many Moms sell their unwanted items on auction sites like eBay.com or sell their crafts on boards like Etsy.com for a source of income. If you are a creative person who enjoys making beautiful things or you want to earn a little extra money for the clothes your kids outgrow, why not sell them!

• Starting on Online Business. The Internet offers the chance for you to create just about any type of business they desire. Whether it’s creating an information-packed website that helps others (and earns money through advertising and selling products for commissions), creating your own products or selling products at wholesale, the choice is yours.

There are any number of opportunities just waiting to be tried by enterprising Moms looking for fulfillment and extra money.

Recommended Additional Resource:

Working from home doesn’t come without it’s challenges. Learn from 21 moms just like you have been there, done that. Full Time WAHM provides practical mom-to-mom advice on who to balance work & home and how to turn into a work at home success.


May 6th, 2013

Walking the WAHM Tightrope

Walking the WAHM tightrope – balancing work and family

Sometimes, being a work at home mom can feel like walking on a tight-rope! Balancing your work-time and you family-time can almost feel overwhelming, but it can be done. As a WAHM you are ahead of the game. The following are some tips to help keep you balanced – and sane!

You have the ability to set your own hours, so take advantage of that right now. If you can handle some tasks at “odd hours”, you will have more family time during the day. Are you a morning person? If so, try to get up an hour before your family to take advantage of some “quiet time” to focus on your business; night owls can take care of emails and other administrative tasks after they have put their children to bed.

If you pick your children up from school, use the time you spend waiting for them to get out of class to return customer phone calls. A wireless headset for your cell phone will allow you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road if you make calls while driving.

During the week, when schedules are busiest, plan speedy dinners. Let your kids help out in the kitchen while you cook – you’ll be spending time together and teaching them skills they will need. There are plenty of cookbooks out there dedicated to “kid friendly recipes” if you need some inspiration on what to make.

Blend family time and work time by getting your children involved in your business. Smaller children can affix the stamps or mailing labels; older children can help hang flyers; and teenagers can take on some administrative tasks such as data entry.

Set aside some time each day to spend with your children with no distractions. You don’t have to go anywhere special; the time can be spent reading a book or playing a game. The point is just to let your children know that they come first, and the business comes second. Remember – you became a work at home mom so you could spend time with your family. Don’t forget to take some time out to enjoy them!


March 26th, 2013

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Guest Post by Jen Malik

Being a WAHM, I’ve never been one to get my Christmas shopping done ahead of time. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until it’s really time. I got a good chuckle when I was in a grocery line earlier this month and the cashier told me (it was DECEMBER 4!!!), “I’m going to finish my last-minute Christmas shopping tomorrow.”

What?   Last minute?

Well, I guess because in the commercial world Christmas starts well before November even starts, December 4th can seem like last minute. Of course, if you wait until the TRUE last minute and hit the shopping mall as any good WAHM does, you’re probably headed for some aggravation and disappointment.

However, if you use some of my tips below, last-minute shopping can be much more pleasurable and the recipients of your gifts will probably pretty happy too.

Food and Wine clubs. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Many of us think of the fruit-of-the-month club or something like that but this kind of thing has caught on. You can find just about any kind of monthly club that your recipient is interested in: salsa, jellies, desserts, wines, beer and even barbeque sauce.

Gift cards. It seems like such a small presentation, but it is quite a popular gift. Do you know how many people pack the stores the day after Christmas just to return gifted items? A gift card avoids all of that. Have the kids put together some festive wrapping or decorate and envelope for a personal touch.

Charitable gifts. These gifts put others first and help great causes at the same time. Perfect for the person who ALREADY has everything, you can make a donation to various international charities (wildlife foundations, disaster relief, medical missions, peace keeping efforts and more) in the name of your gift recipient. They will receive a letter thanking them for their donation.

Food gifts. Before toys and technology, people gave what they had and that was usually some sort of food item. Sweet breads in decorative loaf pans, cakes, cookies and cupcakes still make great gifts for teachers, grandparents, neighbors and friends. Give the delectable offerings time to cool sufficiently before wrapping them.

– Memberships/Subscriptions. Has one of the people on your list been meaning to join a gym? You can gift them a membership for Christmas. When money gets tight, memberships and subscriptions are usually the first to go. Renew a subscription to their favorite magazine or a service like AAA Motor Club.

– Gift baskets. Most stores have them on display at Christmas time. You can purchase one that is already made if you see one that fits your recipient’s tastes. For teachers and coworkers, baskets with mugs and coffee or hot chocolate are a safe bet. Or better yet, create your own with a basket and small items that reflect the recipient.

Overall…have fun take a little time out of your busy WAHM life and enjoy the holiday. Dress your packages up, make your own cards. The personal touch will always go a long way to making you happier and the recipients of your gifts even happier.

December 10th, 2011

Homeschooling Advantages

Homeschooling or the act of teaching children in the home with the parents or tutor acting as teachers is an alternative form of education that is starting to appeal in developed countries. It also refers to enrolling children to a correspondence school so that they will be studying more at home.

The education quality of traditional schools is deteriorating. A number of parents choose homeschooling as they want their children to reach their full potential. The parents may not be the teachers in this case but at least they have the say in hiring the teacher they think is best qualified to input data in their child’s mind.

A great percentage of reasons for homeschooling refer to keeping the religious or moral values of the family. Morality and religion are sensitive issues in this world at this time. There are a lot of things considered as “normal” by most that may not be consistent with the values of a child’s family. If this is the primary reason of parents to start homeschooling, then they only want to protect their children from the worldly pressures that may shatter their kids’ faith and values. Eventually, home-schooled children will learn of these problems but by that time, they are more mature to handle them.

An unbelievable but really logical advantage of homeschooling is socialization. But wouldn’t that be contradicting because children taught at home are limited to interact with their family members during classes? That is a misunderstanding actually. Homeschooling may mean that children will be learning at home but they actually have more time to interact to different groups in the society in general. They could visit a factory, or volunteer in elderly homes or actively learn in a machine shop. That means they get to socialize more with a variety of people. If the problem is having friends, well, the children have weekends to play with their friends in their block. What about school meets, prom and graduation? Home-schooled children can participate in athletic meetings and that parents can hold a graduation for their children. The prom thing is something to think about but that can be replaced with dance classes.

Another advantage of homeschooling is the fact that lessons can be tailored according to the individual abilities of the children. It is as flexible as your child may be doing grade 6 math and grade 5 English and grade 4 music. Your child learns at his own pace and he can help choose the lessons he will take.

But after all of these and many more advantages, tight family bonding tops the list of positive effects of homeschooling. Having a healthy family contributes to a more peaceful community and it decreases the rate of broken families which is the underlying cause of many problems.


June 26th, 2010

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To all my WAHM friends Enjoy and stay safe!

October 31st, 2009

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