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Work from Home Ideas for Busy Moms

Updated on September 29, 2011

More Work?

Being a Mom is a full time job, so why would you want to get more work? Well for starters no matter how rewarding it is to work with your kids and to see them make daily progress, there is also a need to get paid in cash. Some families are lucky and have no trouble with money, but the majority of us will agree that a little extra cash is always welcome.

If you have chosen to stay at home and look after your kids, it does not mean that you are destined to not earning your own money. There are a number of things that you can do sitting at home that can help you pick up some extra cash along the way. Here I'd like to give you some ideas for work from home businesses which have worked well for other mothers in the past.

So after you pack off your kids for a while to school and finish the cooking and the household chores you can get down to setting up a small business from your home. You don't even need to rent office space, as you can operate right out of your virtual office on the internet. Of course as with any business some initial investment is required, but just get the basics that you need to function and get started making money.

Make money at home with these businesses

Home Business Idea Number 1

Freelance online at the skill that you already have. For instance if you have a background in journalism you can be a freelance writer. Or start a blog on something that you know a lot about. A simple blog with a good niche and interesting content can be a real money spinner. Of course you do need some help setting up the site and a bit of investment for the hosting et al.

Home Business Idea Number 2

Baby Sitting or Creche is a great idea if your kids are still small and at home most of the day. This way you can take care of your kids and help out other working mothers with their kids and get paid for it. Of course it would only work if you really love children a lot and actually want to spend time with them. If you are looking at a business venture which gets you a break from your own kids, this may not be ideal for you.

Home Business Idea Number 3

Multilevel Marketing is also a good idea to consider. Sure you won't become a millionaire overnight, but you will have a little stream of money coming in on a regular basis. Pick a company with care and in a field which you are familiar. For instance if you use cosmetics and are passionate about make up you will enjoy working as a beauty consultant. Or if you feel greatly about maintaining a healthy lifestyle you can become a lifestyle coach.

Home Business Idea Number 4

Cooking is also a passion and a talent which can convert well into a small side business. A person I know sells desserts made to order. So any one having a party in the neighborhood just gives her a buzz and she delivers the pudding. She even gets the dishes back to reuse for the next pudding, saving on a constant investment. Of course if you break the dish you pay for it. It is a incredibly simple but highly effective small business based on her cooking skills.

Home Business Idea Number 5

Candle Making is a simple skill to master. If you are artistically inclined you can pick up a candle making kit and get to work right away. Make up your own designs of floating candles, taper candles, beeswax candles and you are ready. You can sell the candles in any local gift shop in town. Or if you don't want to tie up with anyone you can sell them online on eBay or Amazon. Setting up a virtual shop is very simple with these two sites and selling was never easier.

These five ideas are just the tip of the small home business iceberg. Other ideas can include becoming a travel agent, business consultant, costume designer, dance instructor, dating service or match making operator, dog walker, yoga trainer, interior decorator, desktop publisher, bill payment service, turn key housekeeping service, party planner, plant nursery, pregnancy exercise coach, and so many more things.


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      cashmere 4 years ago from India

      Sounds interesting, but doesn't work for me as I do not live in the US

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      Bryan 4 years ago

      Take a look at website Feel free to email us with any questions: This is a young and tremendously successful custom jewelry direct selling company and great work from home opportunity. You can sign up as designer/rep for this company and sell their great products. It's much like Tupperware, Avon and other direct marketing sales where you do home hosted parties but this company is young and products are wildly popular. The company is coming up on two year anniversary and is at $250 million dollars in revenue. The crazy thing is that it was started by a teenage girl who was making her own lockets to sell. It's my wife who actually signed up and sells the products and I was extremely skeptical, having been hit with the Amway type sales pitch in the past but I am a true believer now because we are seeing the tangible affects of true income. Our monthly group override commissions are currently averaging $1500/month and have been selling for just little over a year. That is just group override in addition to weekly commission on sales and direct commission by buying at rep cost and selling at retail directly. This company is also a great faith filled company and really making a positive impact on communities, so just great opportunity all the way around. Please check out our website and reach out to us if you are interested. Good luck in all your endeavors.

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      larrybeckham 5 years ago

      Home based jobs are in demand for full time mothers.

      Turnaround Consultants (

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      pune packers and movers 6 years ago

      great hub thank you for sharing.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Could not have put it better myself!

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      motherswhowork 6 years ago

      some great tips there Hashmere.

      I always tell my readers on that if you are good at anything, there is usually someone out there willing to pay for that service.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      You summed it up just right loseweightmama

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      loseweightmama 7 years ago from Maine

      These are great ideas. I think the key is taking your passions and trying to find a way to make a profit with it and being persistent.

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      cballi316 7 years ago from USA

      Great hub! Lots of good ideas for moms.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Glad u found it useful Carla

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      carla_easley 7 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Great hub! These are great business ideas for moms.

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      Home Business Guy 7 years ago

      If your a dab hand at sewing, I've noticed a pretty simple idea/trend recently of people making cute little covers, bags and soft sleeves for peoples gadgets. You could probably find cheap offcuts and some discounted trimmings and your away. I've seen some selling for $80!

      They can't be too hard to do as most of them are a simple rectangle in shape!

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      lilypjmom2122 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Great Advice. I like the cooking idea you mentioned. I'm considering doing a candy and gift making business.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Artwork, setting up a website can be daunting for some technologically challenged people. Although it does make good business sense for a home based business.

      Pre-Launch, yes it does make sense to check out a good feasibility study before you begin your business.

      Thank you Neil, Joshua and Cris for stopping by.

      Meddie knitting clothes is an excellent business to do from home. I know a lady who does my son's sweaters each winter and she makes a good income out of it.

      Thank you jasoncox83. I'll surely check it out.

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      jasoncox83 7 years ago from Ohio

      Really well written, bookmarking this page. There are a lot of Pro's Vs Con's of working from home too though which you can see a list here.

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      Meddie 7 years ago

      According to me I think knitting clothes is the best business or job what home based moms can do. Moreover all nice tips has been shared..



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      Joshua Lindsey 7 years ago

      Keep up the good hubs!

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great info! I have bookmarked this hub for further reading..

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      CrisRodrigues 7 years ago

      Yes,I Agree With You...I'm On Hubpages Also,Have a Nice Weekend!!!!

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good hub.

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      Pre-Launch Biz Opp 7 years ago

      The analysis which you have done is very good. It will be of good help to beginners who will get a better idea about working from home.

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      artwork786 7 years ago

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Ylva,moondive,callentx, Soni, and Daron, thank you for stopping by. I hope Soni n Daron's wives find some inspiration after reading the hub!

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      Daron Murray 7 years ago from USA

      I will tell my wife to go through these tips. She use to be very busy at all . This idea is great.

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      callentx 7 years ago

      Enjoyed reading the information on your HUB!

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      moondive 7 years ago from Modena,Italy

      This is great work,I really like your hub!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent work from home ideas for busy moms. Really interesting. I have bookmarked this and will share this info with my wife.

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      Ylva 7 years ago from Sweden

      This is a great article

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      GJgoodness, mom or not, working from home has many advantages. Yes it does take a while getting used to changing diapers and getting back to the computer, but in the end its worth it.

      Thanks Neil and febriedethan.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      I really agree with u, as you wrote that mom is a full time job haha..really we're doing a full time and 24 hours job. Bravo Moms :) This is really a great article. Thank's for sharing cashmere !

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great info! I have bookmarked this hub for further reading..

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Hi cashmere, these are great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      I am not a mom, but just babysitting for a day or so makes you realize what it's like. I have always worked on the computer for my job & think it would work pretty well even when there are kids around. Obviously you aren't as efficient and just don't get as much done, but that's OK.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Oh, and here I had visions of samba and salsa floating through my head as well! :)

      Will check out the site Nick!

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      nickshamrock 7 years ago

      lol I meant, it's a website where people text questions to. You google the answer and send it back to them via the website and you earn some money. Trust me, I'd never make a cent teaching people how to dance... because I'm so good... no one can move like this...

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Stay home mommy 3, you need to get that business set up, specially if you are already making the candles. A lot of women feel silly trying to sell their handcrafts to relatives and friends, that's why you should use the online option. Set up a store on ebay!

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      jagz033 7 years ago from India

      Its a nice Idea...

      Do you know any site of data entry online...

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      stay_home_mommy3 7 years ago

      I love #5! I love to make candles, but never sell them. I always end up giving them away!

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Nick you need to know ChaCha to be a guide:) Can you teach me?!!

      Thanks Angelique and bajoah2

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      Angelique Loux 7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the advice. Excellent hub! :) Come Look at my hubs!

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      nickshamrock 7 years ago

      You can always try being a ChaCha guide as well. I gave it a shot for a couple weeks and made about $50 working an hour or two a day. It's not for everyone, though, especially for full time work. But if you've got free time, you may want to give it a shot.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Thanks Property invest, Moon Daisy, Jacky Jokes, and djarot.

      Yes Jen, it is an untapped source to improve the economy!

      Iowac, true sometimes all you need is the idea to get your own engine started for a good small home based business.

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      djarot 7 years ago from Indonesia

      The idea so brilliant, so lets start now.

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      iowac 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Good basic seed starter info to get the thoughts flowing. Sometimes all a person needs is the idea seed and they take it and run.

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      Jen Dalitz 7 years ago

      It always excites me whenever I see women put up their own businesses and become independent. Mompreneurs have great insights into marketing gaps and the effort they put in to juggle their time to balance home and business is really amazing. Cheers to all the moms who give it a go! I hope we will continue to see the rise of mompreneurs as future leaders of our businesses and communities.

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      Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

      That's a really nice hub. Thanks for the great ideas!

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      jacky jokes 7 years ago

      this is really great information which may help in gud jobs at home tips

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      Property-Invest 7 years ago from London

      Great small business ideas. It really gives people some serious alternatives. Thank you.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      I know Georgina, times have sure changed and there is a lot more that a mom can do.

      Wuttisak and newmom, thank you for reading.

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      newmom 7 years ago from Canada

      Great ideas!

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      wuttisark 7 years ago

      nice idea. I am glad to know great idea from this here

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      Georgiana85 7 years ago

      It is great that in our times, home busy moms can find something to do for extra money, back in the days there where just a couple of things to do.

      Good Job! Go busy moms go!

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Thanks econsurvivalist, dinermom, festersporling1,marcus james, and adrienne2. Am glad you found these ideas interesting.

      pjroussey I'll check it out and see what the site is about.

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      DinnerMom 7 years ago

      Nice article with lots of information to ponder.

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These seem like great solid ideas for anyone. Thanks for sharing.


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      pjroussey 7 years ago

      Do you keep your option open? If so check this out! We do Home base as well, let me know what you think

      we are finding this very easy and only 25 buck to join

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      Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

      These are some great ideas for moms looking to make cash at home.

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      Marcus James 7 years ago from Australia

      While not a mom, this information can be useful for anyone working at home. Great job Cashmere!

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      econsurvivalist 7 years ago

      Great suggestions! Thanks for the well organized list.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Jen, Susan and Specialk, thanks for the support.

      Angie, yes even telecommuting is work. many people do not understand how hard it can be.

      Thank you commodity trader,and hqtan.

      Psychic Australia, yes these canbe used by busy Dads too! :)

      Borge I hope you mom finds something she likes to do ...

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      borge_009 7 years ago from Philippines

      I will definitely tell my mom about these brilliant ideas because she's bored staying in the house all day. Thanks, this hub is really worth reading.

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      Psychic Australia 7 years ago from Australia

      Mums are important , but what about busy Dads?

      There are some great tips here I can use!

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      hqtan2003 7 years ago from China

      seems good idea

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      commodity trader 7 years ago

      I like the ideas you shared above. This world is ever changing and more people are relying on technology and their own talent to make money instead of corportations!

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      Angie 7 years ago

      Thanks, I have telecommuted for the past ten years for various companies. There are great opportunities out their for legitamate work, just remember if you choose to work at home through telecommuting your children need to either be old enough to watch themselves or at school( I have even had mom's telecommuting with a babysitter watching the kids). Telecommuting for major companies is a real job and as such companies that hire telcommuters are sticklers for noice, and no children. However when my child was younger I too did a in home day care and I manage to have the best of both worlds without my children suffering and the added benefit of having someone to play with!

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for some good tips and a nice written hub!

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      Susan Carter 7 years ago

      Lots of information in your post. Sometimes women don't realize they have other options than just a regular job. Thanks for providing some good ideas.

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great information! I know there are lots of people looking for ways to make more money with the economy down in the dumps.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      jepzky Yes i suppose it does apply to stay at home daddies too. msryder, please stop posting the same link again and again.

      Leandraluv, I'm sure you will have more time than us mommies to take up a home based business. All the best.

      Lender, stay at home mom, igw899 and just about it, I'm glad some of the ideas clicked with you guys.

      Tabzfrench and knowledgeeater I'm sure candle making will work out quite well. It takes little time and has a high sale value.

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      jgw899 7 years ago from Santa Cruz

      I'm a stay at home wife and I think your hub is awesome.

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      knowledgeeater 7 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Candle making? That is very cool. Maybe I should go learn that sometime.

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      TabzFrench 7 years ago

      I was thinking about starting my own little business and candle making seems like a great idea, thanks.

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      Just About It 7 years ago from southern CA

      Great ideas for stay at home Moms to make some money at home.

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      Stay-at-Home Mom 7 years ago from MIddle Georgia

      Great ideas and very informative. Thanks!

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Very helpful hub! Some really good ideas in there.

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      Leandraluv 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great ideas! I like the candlemaking and cooking ideas! Thanks for sharing. I am a housewife at the moment and I don't have kids so I have time to explore other opportunities. Thanks.

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      msryder 7 years ago

      I use the Internet to make money online free and easy.

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      jepzky 7 years ago

      really a comprehensive suggestions. it does apply to daddy's also. :)

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Its really disturbing to see your work and personal photos stolen like this and not be able to do something tangible about it.

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      englightenedsoul 7 years ago

      I found it from the forums(titled another scraper) and yea there is nothing we can do to contact this person except for contacting google. And If you wondering how to contact google just click on google ads not on any ads you see just click on "ads by google" will take you to a page where you can report it for copyright issue

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      How did you find this? And there seems to be no contact id on the site to get in touch with the person.

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      englightenedsoul 7 years ago

      Click on ads by google and it will take you to google's page where you will find the option to report it to google....It will get the concerned person's adsense banned!!But to remove your work from there you will have to contact the particular person!!

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Okay it is there and I found it. How does one report it?

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      englightenedsoul 7 years ago

      Cashmere your hub is still there!!And yes you are right that the link I have posted is not working and I dont know why? But directly go to and you would find your hub(It is archived in 2010,02/14 and your hub is third from the last)

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Thanks enlightened soul, I just tried the link and it does not seem to be working. Guess he has taken it down already!

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      englightenedsoul 7 years ago

      Cashmere your this hub has been copied here report this guy and ask him to put down your article!!

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      Nick17Pierce19 7 years ago from Cambridge

      Extremely informative, I really appreciate the time and effort you put in to this hub. Although it's targeted to busy mom's, it really applies to everyone!

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      I agree shabari, they just need to get a bit more organized to find that free time.

      Jan I know just what you mean. I actually felt that my grey cells were dying about a year after my son's birth (It was two years since I quit working!)

      Thank you crazybeanrider. I guess the ideas are equally applicable to those who are not Moms!

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      I am not a mom, but found this hub to be useful.

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      Jan 7 years ago

      I'm a mother of two four year old twins but I have to admit that I love my part time job. I work at home writing for different magazines on a freelance basis - on some days when my twins are in pre-school and on some evenings. It keeps my brain ticking over.

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      shabarigirish 7 years ago

      Great ideas Cashmere..

      All busy Moms should read this hub and make use of their free time.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      That is again a great product to start a home based business with Sherrylou57

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      sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

      I was a stay at home and I did alot of craft, making and selling Jewerly. Thank you for sharing this.

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      hudsonj1994 7 years ago from Alabama

      Great information! Awesome hub.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice idea. I am glad to know great idea from this hub.

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      charlesefe 7 years ago from Nigeria

      You have a great tips to throw around and a very great ideas. you are great. I love your write up.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      I agree that being with your kids as they grow is really rewarding. Plus with our generation the options of online work are so many that one should take advantage of it!

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      rosemere 7 years ago

      I feel the ability to stay with your kids while they are growing is so rewarding. I started down that line for wahm when she was born. almost 18 years ago. I feel hubpages is a great place to start. just master keyword research and layouts etc... thekewordacademy is a great place to start.

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      Kathy 7 years ago

      Great ideas. I love to cook and decided to start on website about cooking chili. I love sharing my chili recipes with others and receiving recipes from people. It allows me to make money also.


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      ladylux 7 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks! I always thought about cooking for others and am often asked to do so, but barely have time for my own little family.