We live in a time and place where moms don’t necessarily have to choose between their careers and staying home with their kids if they don’t want to. These days, stay-at-home moms can sometimes make serious cash on the side if they have a lot of discipline and some major hustle.
I personally made it my goal to grow my own business to a full-time income so I could stay at home when I gave birth to my twins in 2014. Although it’s certainly not easy to balance everything, I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to make more money than I did working in academia without giving up time with my babies.
Below are seven other stay-at-home moms who did the same thing.
Sarah Bettencourt is a single mom and business owner who runs the social media and web firm The Blonde Spot. Sarah has been in the industry for seven years, and as of two years ago, she works from home while taking care of her son, Fox.
Bettencourt says, “Between everything I do for my business and on the side, I’m pulling in $6,000 – $9,000 per month. I’ve nearly tripled my income by working from home and have created a higher quality of life for Fox.”
Of course, Bettencourt admits that being a business owner as a single mom can definitely be challenging. She gets great support from her own mom, who lives 10 minutes away from her and also hires babysitters as needed to help watch Fox when business gets busy.
She says, “My favorite tip for keeping your head above water as a mompreneur is to schedule ‘me time’ once a week.”
Elizabeth Thames is better known as Mrs. Frugalwoods, thanks to her highly successful award-winning blog, Frugalwoods, where she writes about being a rookie homesteader and finding contentment on 66 acres in rural Vermont with her husband and daughter.
Thames says, “I work from home while caring for my 2-year-old daughter and I actually earn more than I did when I had a 9-5 office job. I do not work a full-time schedule, but I get a lot done in a short amount of time by prioritizing, creating efficiencies, and working quickly. I once wrote 2,000 words in 20 minutes because that’s how much time I had!”
Speaking of writing, Thames also managed to write an entire book while being a stay-at-home mom. It’s called “Meet the Frugalwoods” and is coming out in March 2018.
When I asked Liz how she manages it all, she told me, “My primary tactic is ruthless prioritization. Every day I do only the things that are most important to me and that are the highest priority. I’ve streamlined and simplified my life, my routine, and my home in order to facilitate this.”
Olga Kovtun is a mom of two young children who was determined to find a way to stay at home with her kids while still making an income.
Kovtun works as a freelance graphic/web designer and marketing specialist for approximately 20 hours a week. She also started an eBay drop-shipping and Amazon eCommerce business.
Kovtun works mostly during her children’s naps and when they’re asleep at night. She told me, “I make anywhere from $2,000-$4,000 a month depending on sales and workload/projects that month.” When I asked her what she loves the most about working from home and being with her kids, she said, “The flexibility, stress-free, no-rushing out of the door lifestyle. My priority is always family and I work around them with my businesses.”
She leans on her mom for help taking care of her kids and also drops her children off at a nanny’s house for one full day a week so she can get work done.
She says, “I’ve always been proactive and entrepreneurial. I love to learn, network, and focus on my personal growth.”
Sarah Brooks is the creator of the popular blog The Frugal Millionaire. She’s also a mom to three little girls ages 5 and under.
Brooks says that she makes “$1,500-$4,000 per month blogging part-time!” She explains, “It took me 2.5 years of working roughly 10-15 hours per week on my blog to get to this point, but looking back it was absolutely worth it.”
Brooks worked as a full-time content manager before becoming pregnant with her third daughter. Now, she says, “I currently blog when my baby is napping and my older two are at school/preschool and for about an hour after they go to bed if there’s something I need to do.”
Brooks earns most of her income from affiliate sales, her own product sales and ads. She says, “I love that blogging is able to fit into my life, not the other way around.”
Monica Allen is a serial entrepreneur who has owned numerous businesses in addition to being a mom to her school-aged daughter and son. She says, “I have been working while being a stay at home mom, from home, since my daughter was 2 and my son was 4 months old.”
Allen says she never had a babysitter but instead formed close friendships with a group of stay-at-home moms who would help her with childcare if she got in a pinch. She says when her kids were little, “Nap time was my most productive time of day!”
Allen currently owns an RV park and campground as well as a full-fledged photography business that brings in an average of $4,000-$6,000 per month, depending on the season. She admits, though, that it wasn’t always easy. She said she remembers having to get up early before her kids to finish her work when they were little and staying up long after they went to bed.
Jessi Fearon is a money coach, blogger and stay-at-home mom to three children ages 5 and younger. Jessi says, “I earn anywhere from $1,000 – $7,000 a month from my online business depending on my product and affiliate sales.”
Fearon doesn’t hire babysitters, so when I asked her how she manages her work and home life, she said, “I set a schedule for my work life. … For example, Wednesdays are blog post writing days. Thursdays are relationship nurturing day (sending follow up emails, responding to readers’ emails/comments) and so-on.” She says this system works well because, “By having set days for set work things, I’m able to complete those tasks without getting distracted.”
Although it’s not easy working while taking care of little ones, Jessi has a devoted group of fans and followers, myself included!
Caroline Vencil is a personal finance blogger and homeschooling mom of three boys. She says, “I get to take home about $7,000/month from my blog side hustle, which has now turned into a complete replacement of my husband’s income. Plus, I get to stay at home with my kids (which is both awesome to see them and it saves me a ton of money in childcare costs)!”
I’m amazed that Vencil has such a thriving business while homeschooling her boys. I asked her for her biggest tip for other stay-at-home moms, and she said, “My biggest tips for other stay at home moms looking to make either a side hustle or a full-time work from home career work is to make a schedule, stick to it, and teach your family to respect your work time!”
She went on to explain, “Once my kids and husband learned that my time in the office or working in front of the computer is actual work time, my job became easier (which means that the work got done quicker and I got to spend more time with them).”
Keep in mind that Vencil once spent years living on her husband’s singular $17,000 a year income, so she has truly grown her online empire into an incredible success.
As shown above, many stay-at-home moms are making serious cash on the side. I hope reading about these women motivates you and shows you that there may very well be a way to have the best of both worlds.
While their monthly incomes and the types of businesses they run differ, one thing remains the same: Each of these moms wanted to spend more time with her kids without giving up the idea of a career. And each and every one of them did just that.
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