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7 Creative Job Ideas For Stay-At-Home Moms

7 Creative Job Ideas For Stay-At-Home Moms

Some people feel that being a stay-at-home mom is a literal death sentence for a woman’s professional career. We call those people sexists. Sure, when you’ve got a small baby to take care of, or a couple of the little rascals, you pretty much have your hands full. However, once the little ones have grown up a bit and start school, you’ll have some extra time on your hands, particularly if your partner is there to help you out.

A busy mom will also want to have some quality alone time to just kick back and relax, so we’ll need to look at some career opportunities that don’t take a lot of time out of your day and provide you with a creative outlet – doing something you enjoy will make it seem less like work, and you’ll be motivated to keep learning and improving.

So, here are seven great jobs that you can do from home in just a few hours a day, while earning some extra cash on the side.

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1. Create your own clothing line

Launching a full-blown clothing line may be Herculean task for a beginner, but you can start out nice and slow – design some cute scarves, creative T-shirts, small accessories, and more. Take some time to work on your designs and hone your skills, and be sure to do some online research to stay up to date with the latest fashion trends. Etsy is a good place to start for anyone offering unique handmade garments and accessories, but you can eventually start offering your clothes on your own website, which we will get to later, or even through Facebook.

2. Sell delicious homemade food

We live in an age when people are turning to healthy food options made from fresh ingredients and with limited amounts of additives. This gives moms with good cooking skills an opportunity to market their homemade meals and maybe even turn their operation into a successful full-time business a few years down the line. Jams are a particularly popular option, but you can go with a wide variety of foods that don’t spoil easily, like cookies, sauces, almond milk, and so on. You can sell your food locally, or you can offer it online through a website or a shop on your own blog, which brings us to our next point.

3. Start a mom blog

Although a lot of people have a talent for writing and plenty of useful experience that they can share with others, they are reluctant to take the plunge and start their own blog. This is usually down to the fact that they overestimate the costs involved. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll need to invest a bit of money into blogging, but you’re not going to need a $5000 website and a team of writers and editors. Register a domain, cover the hosting costs, get a decent WordPress blog theme (which can be free), and you’re ready to get started.

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You might want to invest in a new desktop or laptop computer, but you can always do a bit of maintenance work to get your old computer to work faster and it will serve you well. Then, it’s all about creating a content schedule and investing some time and effort into developing your own writing style. Be genuine, give advice, create “how to” articles or videos, and engage your audience both in the comments and on social media.

4. Become YouTube Guru

Setting up a YouTube account and posting some lifestyle, how to, cooking, parenting, or DIY videos can actually be a good first step for a stay-at-home mom looking to start an online career. It’s less of a hassle then setting up a website of your own, but you should definitely get a blog up and running once your channel grows. You’ll need a decent computer, good camera and microphone, a lighting setup (which you can make yourself), editing software, and some basic video editing skills.

You can get started for a few hundred bucks with a very basic setup, and as long as you have creative ideas, a unique personality, and fun and informative content that you put up daily, then you’ll be able to upgrade your equipment as your channel picks up. When you become a YouTube partner, you’ll earn money from the ads on your videos, which can be quite a nice sum, even with a smaller channel.

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5. Write children’s books

Freelance writing is on most lists of good jobs for stay-at-home moms, but it can be dull and unfulfilling, particularly for someone who is creative, a good writer, and has tons of great ideas. A different route to take would be going all in and writing short stories or books for children. You’ll need to focus on a particular age group and decide whether you’ll go with the classic anthropomorphic animal characters and a more educational approach, a thrilling adventure, something humorous, or perhaps an outside-the-box idea that covers serious themes and still mixes some of the previously mentioned elements. It’s not that difficult to self-publish a book online, and the eBook version won’t cost much to polish up and distribute.

6. Offer online training or tutoring

Skype is a wonderful thing, and it is an incredible teaching tool. You can get face to face with your students and give them some great first-hand information, show techniques, and allow them to ask any question they want. Depending on your talents and previous experience, you can give guitar lessons, singing lessons, cooking lessons, language lessons, do online fitness or martial arts coaching, and more. You can offer eBooks and instructional videos from your website to go along with the lessons, and you’ll have a very flexible schedule.

7. Become a fashion consultant

A lot of people these days have the money to buy good quality clothes, but simply lack the fashion sense to create a great outfit. On the opposite side of the coin, you have people who think that you can’t dress in a stylish, unique, and exciting way on a tight budget. If you have lots of experience in creating interesting combinations and putting together stylish outfits, you can help out those who are in dire need of some fashion advice and get paid for your efforts. It is fun, creative, and challenging at times, and will definitely make you feel like you are doing something good.

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There you have it — a number of interesting, creative, and fulfilling career ideas for stay-at-home moms, some of which have lots of potential for further growth. Who knows, maybe your part-time job will turn into a lucrative career.

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Ivan Dimitrijevic

Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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Last Updated on June 18, 2019

5 Types of Leadership Styles (And Which Is Best for You)

5 Types of Leadership Styles (And Which Is Best for You)

It takes great leadership skills to build great teams.

The best leaders have distinctive leadership styles and are not afraid to make the difficult decisions. They course-correct when mistakes happen, manage the egos of team members and set performance standards that are constantly being met and improved upon.

With a population of more than 327 million, there are literally scores of leadership styles in the world today. In this article, I will talk about the most common leadership styles and how you can determine which works best for you.

5 Types of Leadership Styles

I will focus on 5 common styles that I’ve encountered in my career: democratic, autocratic, transformational, transactional and laissez-faire leadership.

The Democratic Style

The democratic style seeks collaboration and consensus. Team members are a part of decision-making processes and communication flows up, down and across the organizational chart.

The democratic style is collaborative. Author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek is an example of a leader who appears to have a democratic leadership style.

    The Autocratic Style

    The autocratic style, on the other hand, centers the preferences, comfort and direction of the organization’s leader. In many instances, the leader makes decisions without soliciting agreement or input from their team.

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    The autocratic style is not appropriate in all situations at all times, but it can be especially useful in certain careers, such as military service, and in certain instances, such as times of crisis. Steve Jobs was said to have had an autocratic leadership style.

    While the democratic style seeks consensus, the autocratic style is less interested in consensus and more interested in adherence to orders. The latter advises what needs to be done and expects close adherence to orders.

      The Transformational Style

      Transformational leaders drive change. They are either brought into organizations to turn things around, restore profitability or improve the culture.

      Alternatively, transformational leaders may have a vision for what customers, stakeholders or constituents may need in the future and work to achieve those goals. They are change agents who are focused on the future.

      Examples of transformational leader are Oprah and Robert C. Smith, the billionaire hedge fund manager who has offered to pay off the student loan debt of the entire 2019 graduating class of Morehouse College.

        The Transactional Style

        Transactional leaders further the immediate agenda. They are concerned about accomplishing a task and doing what they’ve said they’d do. They are less interested in changing the status quo and more focused on ensuring that people do the specific task they have been hired to do.

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        The transactional leadership style is centered on short-term planning. This style can stifle creativity and keep employees stuck in their present roles.

        The Laissez-Faire Style

        The fifth common leadership style is laissez-faire, where team members are invited to help lead the organization.

        In companies with a laissez-faire leadership style, the management structure tends to be flat, meaning it lacks hierarchy. With laissez-faire leadership, team members might wonder who the final decision maker is or can complain about a lack of leadership, which can translate to lack of direction.

        Which Leadership Style do You Practice?

        You can learn a lot about your leadership style by observing your family of origin and your formative working experiences.

        Whether you realize it, from the time you were born up until the time you went to school, you were receiving information on how to lead yourself and others. From the way your parents and siblings interacted with one another, to unspoken and spoken communication norms, you were a sponge for learning what constitutes leadership.

        The same is true of our formative work experiences. When I started my communications career, I worked for a faith-based organization and then a labor union. The style of communication varied from one organization to the other. The leadership required to be successful in each organization was also miles apart. At Lutheran social services, we used language such as “supporting people in need.” At the labor union, we used language such as “supporting the leadership of workers” as they fought for what they needed.

        Many in the media were more than happy to accept my pitch calls when I worked for the faith-based organization, but the same was not true when I worked for a labor union. The quest for media attention that was fair and balanced became more difficult and my approach and style changed from being light-hearted to being more direct with the labor union.

        I didn’t realize the impact those experiences had on how I thought about my leadership until much later in my career.

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        In my early experience, it was not uncommon for team members to have direct, brash and tough conversations with one another as a matter of course. It was the norm, not the exception. I learned to challenge people, boldly state my desires and preferences, and give tough feedback, but I didn’t account for the actions of others fit for me, as a black woman. I didn’t account for gender biases and racial biases.

        What worked well for my white male bosses, did not work well for me as an African American woman. People experienced my directness as being rude and insensitive. While I needed to be more forceful in advancing the organization’s agenda when I worked for labor, that style did not bode well for faith-based social justice organizations who wanted to use the love of Christ to challenge injustice.

        Whereas I received feedback that I needed to develop more gravitas in the workplace when I worked for labor, when I worked for other organizations after the labor union, I was often told to dial it back. This taught me two important lessons about leadership:

        1. Context Matters

        Your leadership style must adjust to each workplace you are employed. The challenges and norms of an organization will shape your leadership style significantly.

        2. Not All Leadership Styles Are Appropriate for the Teams You’re Leading

        When I worked on political campaigns, we worked nonstop. We started at dawn and worked late into the evening. I couldn’t expect that level of round-the-clock work for people at the average nonprofit. Not only couldn’t I expect it, it was actually unhealthy. My habit of consistently waking up at 4 am to work was profoundly unhealthy for me and harmful for the teams I was leading.

        As life coach and spiritual healer Iyanla Vanzant has said,

        “We learn a lot from what is seen, sensed and shared.”

        The message I was sending to my team was ‘I will value you if you work the way that I work, and if you respond to my 4 am, 5 am and 6 am emails.’ I was essentially telling my employees that I expect you to follow my process and practice.

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        As I advanced in my career and began managing more people, I questioned everything I thought I knew about leadership. It was tough. What worked for me in one professional setting did not work in other settings. What worked at one phase of my life didn’t necessarily serve me at later stages.

        When I began managing millennials, I learned that while committed to the work, they had active interests and passions outside of the office. They were not willing to abandon their lives and happiness for the work, regardless of how fulfilling it might have been.

        The Way Forward

        To be an effective leader, you must know yourself incredibly well. You must be self-reflective and also receptive to feedback.

        As fellow Lifehack contributor Mike Bundrant wrote in the article 10 Essential Leadership Qualities That Make a Great Leader:

        “Those who lead must understand human nature, and they start by fully understanding themselves…They know their strengths, and are equally aware of their weaknesses and thus understand the need for team work and the sharing of responsibility.”

        The way to determine your leadership style is to get to know yourself and to be mindful of the feedback you receive from others. Think about the leadership lessons that were seen, sensed and shared in your family of origin. Then think about what feels right for you. Where do you gravitate and what do you tend to avoid in the context of leadership styles?

        If you are really stuck, think about using a personality assessment to shed light on your work patterns and preferences.

        Finally, the path for determining your leadership style is to think about not only what you need, or what your company values, but also what your team needs. They will give you cues on what works for them and you need to respond accordingly.

        Leadership requires flexibility and attentiveness. Contrary to unrealistic notions of leadership, being a leader is less about being served and more about being of service.

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