Many people choose to work from home in order to enjoy their children’s younger years and avoid the high cost of daycare. Some work from home jobs, like customer service, are not well-suited for those with young ones. Luckily, there are so many awesome home business options available that are not only kid-friendly, but might also get the kids involved and nurture that entrepreneurial spirit.
Today we are looking several kid-friendly home business ideas that can have the entire family involved.
It isn’t all corporate stiffs and honeymooners looking to rent spaces on sites like Airbnb. Families are also looking for friendly spaces to occupy on vacations. And they want kid-friendly spaces.
Kid & Coe is a listing site specifically for homes that are kid-friendly. Books and toys are available for play during downtime. Some accommodate babies and toddlers with the availability of highchairs, strollers, and cribs. As a host, you can also help guests find the best family-friendly tourist spots. If this sounds like a good side gig for you, sign up here.
Blogging is a family affair for many. Many moms are making a darn good living through their personal writing spaces today. It’s rubbing off on their kids. We have a whole new generation of young bloggers coming online every day. While some opportunities are only open to those 18 years of age or older, others only require parental consent. And PayPal accommodates minors to help take care of those blogging expenses and income. Student Accounts are available to those 13 years of age or older.
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Crafting & Handmade Products
Phallin Marie makes homemade soap from home to sell in her Etsy shop www.foursistersfarmsoap.com. Her kiddos help out with packaging orders, cutting tags out for products and the little ones enjoy taking the packages out to the mailman. She shared a few more ways her kids have helped out the family home business as well.
“Finger knitting scarves. Once you teach our child to make these you can whip these out pretty fast. Your children can even model them for your products pics. You can sell these on Etsy, Ebay, Fleat market booths or your own website.
“Designing and making hang tags. If graphics are not your thing you can even purchase pre-designed hang tags online. Then you cut them out and use pretty ribbons, bakers twine, or lace to tie them off. Embellish with buttons and bling. These are especially popular closer to Christmas. But you can make them for all seasons. These sell good on Ebay and Etsy as well.
“Make homemade dog treats. Kiddos love helping to cut out the dough with dog bone shaped cookie cutters. It can be a fun family event. And now that vegan and grain free treats are especially popular consider a niche market in that aspect. Come up with a cool name, get a logo from Fiverr and you are all set for a fun kid-friendly family business.
“Sell children’s clothes on Ebay. Whether you are clearning our your own children’s closets or purchasing from yard sells or thrift stores. These are great to re-sell. You can use a mannequin or your child as a model. Clothes also sell well in group lots on Ebay.”
Lisa Williams had this to say about owning a kid-friendly home business, “I’ve owned a shop on the website Etsy since 2008. I started when my children were little…3 and 5! They weren’t able to help with much when they were small, but they are 9 and 11 years old now and love to help me out! I sell vintage items and scrapbooking supplies/paper crafts and my girls go with me to estate sales, etc. and help me pick out items for the shop. They also help create some of the paper crafts I sell. My husband and I also have started an in-home bakery business. We are small-time right now and just concentrate on selling items at farmer’s markets, since my husband is still employed full-time with another job. The girls help out so much with the bakery business! We truly couldn’t do it without them! We split up the work and have our oldest help my husband with the prep and baking, while our youngest helps me with clean-up duties. It’s a lot of hard work but fun too!”
Selling Children’s Books
Barefoot Books, an independent children’s book publisher, is a company created by and for families with an emphasis on community building and growth for both parent and child. Founded as a home business in 1992, Barefoot Books empowers passionate individuals to build their own businesses in the same manner. Our versatile Ambassador program enables stay at home moms to own a business that is flexible to her own schedule, family values and interests. Beautiful, diverse children’s books can be sold at home parties, community events and through a multitude of online medias. Barefoot was designed to give Ambassadors the chance to grow a phenomenal business while also making a difference in children’s lives. Ambassadors can sell and advertise how they like, when they like and are free to make decisions that best fit their lifestyles – ranging from a few hours a week to a full-time job (bringing in a salary that matches)! In addition to being family-friendly, Barefoot Books often actively involves children in the process. “My daughter is truly my partner in my Barefoot Books business…we set goals together, I pay her a commission on sales she makes, we celebrate success together – usually with her favorite dinner of burritos! We make a great team!” stated Liz Hughes, a Barefoot Ambassador since 2010. Our mission concisely affirms not only our goals, but also how we operate: “Connect families. Share stories. Inspire children.”
Origami Owl is a direct selling company that provides individuals with customizable lockets. The company currently has over 60,000 Independent Designers across the United States, Puerto Rice and most recently Canada. Independent Designers sell Origami Owl through several means, including at-home parties called Jewelry Bars. Each Designer is an independent business owner and has their individual Origami Owl branded web page for customers to purchase items through.
Through the Owlette program, Independent Designers are invited to partner with their son or daughter between the ages of 12 and 17 for a unique bonding experience offered only by Origami Owl. This exciting opportunity was built from 18-year-old Founder Bella Weem’s passion to inspire youth to develop life and business skills at an early age.
New to The Work at Home Wife?
Working at home successfully is all about maximizing your online time for profits. If you are new to my site, I highly recommend the below opportunities and resources.
- Ebates – I love, love, love Ebates. It’s not unusual for me to earn $300 to $1,000 per month in cash back bonuses and referring my friends. And, the program is free! They will even give you a $10 gift card just for signing up (and so will you).
- Swagbucks – This program has come a long way from its earn-for-search beginning. Today you can earn SB for completing surveys, watching videos and more. Redeem your SB (aka Swagbucks) for cash or gift cards. (Members redeem approximately 7,000 gift cards per day!) Get a $5 signup bonus when you earn 2500 SB in your first 3 months.
- Ibotta - This nifty little app can help you earn money doing something you have to do anyway - grocery shopping. It's kind of like coupons, but instead of money off at the counter, you get cash back on select items each week. You can take your rebate by PayPal in cash or use it to purchase gift cards at great merchants like Amazon. They also have an amazing referral program. Get $10 for every two friends you refer! If you sign up through my referral link, you will get another $10 bonus when you redeem your first rebate.
- Start a Blog – Blogging is what pays my bills these days. It’s not too difficult to start a blog on the side and it’s not expensive either. Learn how you can get your first month of hosting for only a penny in the above link. Already have a blog? Learn 7 Surefire Ways to Increase Your Income here.
- FlexJobs – This is my go-to job board for high-quality job leads. The listings are always researched and always telecommute. No scams!