Any stay at homes who run business' from there?

Molly - posted on 08/03/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I am at home with my Daughter ( 2 yrs 4 months) and am in charge of the house and care of our daughter: cooking, cleaning...running the place. I am lucky to have a husband who helps out when he can and actually DOES do the chores I ask him to. But the daily grind really gets me down.

I am a designer, and have worked in the fashion industry for my career, and REALLY want and need to get a few days of work in a week. We do not want to put her in daycare more than a few days a week, but work in my field really is ONLY FT. I am a super creative person, always making something, I am am illustrator and digital graphic designer, I have been sewing most of my life...! I am feeling rather lost in my direction and not liking my daily duties...not EVERY day anyway!

I love being a mother, have a good kid who is sweet and listens and who I have a lot of fun with. But a break is best for all of us. It's about sanity, and mental wellness I think.

Do any of you run a home based business with little ones at home? How do you manage your time?...love some words of wisdom here!

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Bobbie - posted on 08/29/2012

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Hi Molly,

I worked for a woman with a home business. I arrived first thing in the morning and took care of her three children upstairs in the kitchen to feed them breakfast. Then I dressed them for the day and played in the playroom or took them to the local play area. At noon I fed them lunch and laid them all down for naps. My hours were 7:30 - 12:30. Their mother was able to tackle her work, sometimes still in her p.j.'s as soon as she got up. This made her very productive. By 12:30 she had a full days work completed and had time to sit and rest for an 30 minutes or shower and groom. When her children woke up at 1:30 she was ready to have a full day with them as Mom and still get housework, quality time and sleep.

Heather - posted on 08/12/2012

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You mentioned your always making something, and you sew a lot. Have you thought of starting a business on etsy.com? My aunt and her husband both did, and they were both able to quit their "day-jobs."

Katie - posted on 08/07/2012

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I stay at home with my son and work from home as well. I finally had to bite the bullet and put him in daycare 2 days a week for for ONE: Sanity TWO: To get something done without him getting annoyed that I am working and not paying attention to him and THREE: The importance of him interacting with other children. We found a really reasonable daycare and it's been working out great. The extra money we pay in daycare is made back in the time I have to work on my business. Food for thought.

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Danielle - posted on 08/26/2013

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I have a 4 yr.old and a 19mth old and run a successful home business and now I also homeschool. I won't lie it's hard because I feel as though I am being pulled many directions. All I can say is I am so thankful for calendars. I have one on my phone, my fridge and my office. I write everything down so I make sure it gets done. I make every minute count!

Amanda - posted on 09/08/2012

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Do you have any friends who do daycare? I was back to work full time with my two oldest when they were 6 months...it's not so bad if you find someone who's awesome that you can trust:)

Sarah - posted on 09/08/2012

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It sounds like you have a few ideas of things you would like to do. I would say start with those.



Some ideas on how to get word out there is.....make a facebook page of your business and put a link to it on your facebook page. Get your friends into it......tell them what you are doing, if some buy some of your stuff that is a great way for others to see your work. I know we are hitting the end of the season in my area, but having a table/boothe at a farmer's market or craft show can really help show your work. Craft shows might actually start picking up as I think that tends to be more of a fall/spring thing. Depends on how much time you want to spend you could travel around to the big craft shows. If you are wanting to stay more local right now for travel just finding ones in your area can help.



Also when you do your taxes if you make enough to claim on your taxes talk to an accountant.....there are deductions you can take off since your business is homebased......down side of that there is a self-employment tax....so some is trying to offset that tax. Keep your reciepts for anything you buy for your business.....also since your home is your business there are some decitions you can take off such as mortgage, mileage if you use your car.



As for time.....I do two different businesses at home. I run an in-home daycare and I also work for an adoption agency. For the adoption agency I do much of my typing and paperwork during naptimes and after kids go to bed in the evenings. My meetings are in the evenings or on weekends when my husband can watch them, thus not needing daycare (and it allows me to do the in-home daycare).

Carole - posted on 09/08/2012

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Sorry - just noticed that you already dealt with Etsy. I have some friends who make really good "Christmas Cash" by doing the rounds of the mistletoe markets in November and December. They're cheaper than a booth at a craft fair and if you have appealing, unique (or sometimes not - I have been to some where there were multiple "31" vendors, for example) you can really rack up when people are ready to buy good stuff for Christmas.

Carole - posted on 09/08/2012

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Any chance you could do consulting or leverage that creativity toward an Etsy or eBay shop?

Nancy - posted on 08/29/2012

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I have a crochet biz that I do while I'm a SAHM. Most of the time I work when my son is either napping or after he goes to bed. But if I have an order that needs done asap I turn on his favorite movie/cartoon and let him watch it while I work.

Molly - posted on 08/12/2012

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Hi Heather, Yes I have a shop on etsy - I've put a lot of time into it for over a year now, but sales are not adding up with my time spent on it - I'll keep the shop, but concentrate on my sewing alterations, repairs and custom work...Just came back from the city looking at industrial machines :)

Michelle - posted on 08/08/2012

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Kathy - posted on 08/08/2012

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Oh I'd drop the PT job in a heartbeat if my business would take off a little more... but its hard to get it moving to that point in a little town. My daughter helps me unpack product when it comes, but still if I have a party or a show its time away, and thats a good break right there!

Sally - posted on 08/06/2012

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Hi ladies,
I have 6 year old twins and we're thinking about trying again at the start of next year (most likely twins again lol) started working from home on January 1st of this year and was able to resign from my normal job by March. I have never felt more organised, social, happy and in love with my family as I'm not run off my feet! I LOVE what I do and would recommend to EVERYONE to work from home :)

Kathy - posted on 08/06/2012

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I do a DM business from home, although I'm really just getting started and not really making much money as of yet. I'm hoping as it gets closer to Christmas that changes!! Also because of funds being extremely tight I've taken a very part time job, like MAYBE a day a week... I did that more for the break than anything, as strange as it sounds.

Stephanie - posted on 08/05/2012

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Have you considered a home based business? I had a surprise third baby and had to quit teaching after 13 years!! It was a hard adjustment being home with three little kids. I do love it and feel guilty even thinking about wanting to get away from the house! However, I started a home based business and I love it! I get out two nights a week. It is easy. I make some extra money that is just for ME. It is nice.

Molly - posted on 08/05/2012

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Thanks Josey,
Yes, aside from getting out of the house, I need to make some $ too. Actually, after a lot of struggling in my own mind about what I could do, my husband reminded me of my extensive sewing skills and how I have been mending gear for some of his co workers, the money is good and I LOVE to sew...So I've just put up an ad in my area for Alterations, Repairs and Custom Sewing for Home or whatever is needed!
WOW - Why was that so hard to figure out?!?! Silly!

I would LOVE to take a regular weekly class. Already I have signed my husband and daughter up for skating lessons on the weekends, and with a little encouragement, he does take her out every weekend for one on one time and some quiet time for ME! :)

Josey - posted on 08/05/2012

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I was going to suggest some things you could do from home with you background but it sounds like what you really want is to get out of the house. Why not just apply for a couple of part time jobs and see what you get? With your training you may enjoy working in a clothing store or sewing shop and they would be lucky to have you! If money isn't really an issue, then why not make some plans to get out a couple of evenings a week when your hubby is home, maybe take an art class, do yoga, whatever it is you enjoy. I love to get out and scrapbook every now and again, and when I get home I feel refreshed and ready to take on Mommyhood for another week or two, good luck!!!

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