Quitting My Day Job: How to Make Money Working Out of Your Own Home

One question I’ve been asked is “What will you do all day when your kids are in school?”

Um, work.

A Different Kind of Work

Yes, I still plan to work. It’s just going to be a different KIND of work.

Unpaid work, for the most part, but for a couple years now, I have done freelance work in my meager spare time.  More spare time means more freelance time possible.

Most of MY freelance work is editing and writing academic papers.  It’s amazing how many people will pay you money to format their references into APA-format, correct their grammar, or ghostwrite their memoirs because they don’t have the time or skill to do so.

How to Make Money From Out of Your Own Home

Pretty much, I’ve learned that if you can do something not everyone else can (whether it’s sewing a costume, playing the oboe, dying hair, being home midday to care for pets, or creating spreadsheets) it is instantly a marketable skill.  The trick is finding people who need your skillset and are willing to pay a reasonable fee for it.

Here are ten websites to consider using for marketing your unique skills and talents online:

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I’ll Pencil That In

One of the most common tips that I have received from current stay-at-home parents is to make a schedule and stick to it.

This is one of those things that sounds super duper simple, but is really a big pain in the ass.  There are just too many variables currently undetermined to hammer down anything resembling a predictable a schedule.

I know I will be the most productive directly after getting both the boys off to school. That means that I should probably use that time for the tasks that I am most likely to avoid OR something I need to be diligent about accomplishing.

Like exercising.

Which means I have to consider joining a gym…and the class schedules of the closest ones. Cardio Kick at 9:15 AM ? Pilates are at 10:30 AM ? I don’t even know what those things are!

So, instead of saying “Exercise at 9 AM”…I now find myself looking up Pilates online and reconsidering. Will altering my original plan to 10:30 on Tuesday/Thursdays will completely destroy my productivity plan or offer me daily diversity?

I think I will just pencil everything in for now and wait until I’ve actually been a SAHM for a couple weeks at least before figuring out a schedule that works for me.

Or I’ll just distract myself from making one by watching Cardio Kick videos while contemplating if I could really do that for 45 minutes straight twice a week.


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When Push Comes To Shove

Despite my ass-backward approach, my transition from to SAHM has actually been a long-time coming.

It didn’t come like a freight train barreling down on me in a frightening manner.

Nor like a holiday present you are eagerly waiting to receive.

More like an impending root canal, where you know you’re going to have to suffer through a procedure to improve your overall quality of life. You can only avoid the event for so long before it becomes crucial, and when it does happen…you’re so relieved that you welcome the event.

I can’t tell if that makes it sound better or worse than it actually is.

It’s probably both….

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