Being a stay-at-home mom is sometimes a thankless job that requires endless hours, patience beyond measure and a willing acceptance for the unexpected. Although it’s a job that is invaluable to its constituents, payment is often given in the form of hugs, kisses and a supportive comment or sideline cheer.
While many stay-at-home moms enjoy their position of choice, some hope to connect their home life with that of a paycheck. Luckily, Dayton has many opportunities for moms looking to earn some extra income.
If you’re the creative type, you have several avenues to consider. From blog writing to graphic design, an increasing number of moms are using these talents to earn a paycheck from home.
The ground is especially fertile for crafty moms who would like to use their skills to start a handmade business. If it’s adorable outfits you sew or wooden toys made by hand, there are opportunities in Dayton that allow you to showcase your products.
The 2nd Street Market is one arena where residents can apply to sell their goods in a downtown setting. Located on 600 E. 2nd Street, this public market hosts vendors in the areas of food, floral and handcrafted gifts.
Green Baby, an environmentally friendly baby boutique, also offers moms a place to sell their organic and green products. Located in Dayton, Green Baby works with local vendors to sell distinct and personalized gifts.
If you’d rather sell your items from home, try Etsy – an online marketplace that allows you to set up your own virtual shop. Check out www.etsy.com for details.
Business and sales options
Are you interested in selling a specific product? Being an independent consultant is an easy way to unite your skills in sales with your enthusiasm for a company or organization. The Pampered Chef and Stella and Dot are just some of the many successful companies that hire independent consultants.
Remote work is ideal for many stay-at-homers, especially when technology makes it so easy to connect with customers or clients. If you’re investigating online businesses, make sure to do your homework and verify that the company you’re interested in is legitimate.
If you’re a former educator or considered an expert on a specific topic, consider sharing your skills or knowledge for potential income. Tutoring students in subjects like math or foreign languages may be options, or giving private music lessons to area children.
Why not offer your expertise at your child’s school? If you’ve done public relations or marketing in the past, you may be able to use these talents in some capacity within your school system.
Health and wellness options
Are you trained in Pilates or yoga? Possibly a running guru? Use your interest in fitness to help other moms reach their goals.
Hosting paid exercise classes in places like Aullwood Garden Metropark or offering nutritional classes in an organized setting could be advantageous for both you and your peers.
Also, consider volunteer positions for organizations you’re passionate about. These experiences and connections can often lead to potential paid positions you can do part-time while still being at home. Good luck!