Legit real work-at-home jobs for moms are hard to find but we got you!
Are you a mom looking for real work-at-home jobs? Well, 2020 has been a rough year with COVID-19, racial unrest, and unemployment at an all-time high. It feels like we’re in a recession. If you’re looking for a job or just want to work from home, listen to this broadcast for legitimate work-at-home jobs on a website created by a Black mom.
Whitney Bonds was pregnant with her second child and missing out on so much family time that she looked for ways she could replace her income legitimately online and couldn’t find a site without all the scams. She created a safe space for moms to find jobs online for free and now over 550k visit her site every month searching for ways to monetize their dreams. She’s now living with the best of both worlds making money from home and raising her family. Her website is TriedAndTrueMomJobs.com.
Some of the top jobs available for work-at-home moms includes everything from blogging to freelance work. You can easily make a side-gig job money on sites like Fiverr.com but many of the interviews on her website include moms that are making six-figure full-time income. One of our favorite work-at-home moms is Tawanna Chamberlain, who operates her public relations business from home and she can do this while raising her two sons. There are all types of opportunities out there. It’s time to level up!
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:00:00] Hey, everyone and thank you for listening to BackTalk by Successful Black Parenting magazine. The podcast talk show for parents. I’m Janice Robinson-Celeste, your host and publisher of Successful Black Parenting magazine. I want you to tell all of your friends and followers about the show.
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Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:00:38] In addition, our hashtag for the show is #BackTalk. Now 2020, has been a rough year with COVID-19, racial unrest, and unemployment at an all time high. It feels like we are in a recession, but no matter what happens, parents have to put food on the table and work. So, today I’m speaking with Whitney Bonds, who’s a mom and she was looking for ways that she could replace her income legitimately online. But if you’ve ever done it, you know, you can’t find a place without all these scammy websites. So she made her own website and created a safe space for moms to find work-at-home jobs online. And now she has more than 500k visitors to her site every month. So welcome, Whitney Bonds. Hi, Whitney!
Whitney Bonds: [00:01:44] Hi, how are you? Thank you for having me.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:01:46] Now, you guys might notice the little discrepancy in the lips thinking for Whitney. We had some audio difficulty.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:02:06] So I have some questions, Whitney. So, first of all, tell us a little bit about your story. I kind of gave them a brief background, but what really happened? Did you lose your job or got tired of your job?
Whitney Bonds: [00:02:18] What actually happened was I got pregnant with my second child and I already had my son, who was two-years-old at the time, and I was working a corporate job. But then when I got pregnant with my daughter, things just starting changing. After I got pregnant, I just want to stay home and be there to raise my baby. But we were living on a two-household income and my husband and I had to figure out how I would supplement my income before I quit my job. So then I started looking online for ways to make money from home with kids. And the thing was, I couldn’t find anything that just seemed legitimate. I really was just looking for success stories because I knew there were working moms out there. I didn’t know what they did, how much they make. I didn’t know what my true options were. So after a couple of months of frustration and a short time out of work, I wanted to quit my job, so I decided to go ahead and reach out to [other work-at-home moms] interview them to see how to get started and see what they do and really how much they were earning. And they answered. Then I interviewed them and documented everything. And I created a website to share their stories for moms like myself looking for legitimate ways to make money from home. So everything that I post is actually from a mom that is doing this today. So you know it’s real and you can really know what your options are that can do it from home. And this works for anyone, I mean it’s just a more flexible way that moms can make money with kids at home.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:03:47] It really is a mystery when you’re first starting out. I remember looking and I gave up because I kept running into all of those scams. It is not easy process.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:03:55] And if you don’t know where to go or how to really navigate it, it seems like it’s not even possible.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:04:02] So can moms make real money, like at a real job? What should we expect? Is it a real job? Like real money, like big money you would make as if you went out and worked a nine-to-five?
Whitney Bonds: [00:04:16] It seems like the most money that you make working from home is when you do freelance work. The moms I interviewed, the majority of them that are doing well are doing freelance jobs like being a virtual assistant, a proofreader, a freelance writer. They can do other things like selling things on Amazon or putting products in flea markets and thrift stores. There are things that you can do, you just need to see what your options are and see what fits you. And I have pretty much success stories for all of these moms that are doing well doing these things and tools and resources to help you get started, if this is what you want to do.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:04:53] Ok. So how much are we talking here? What’s possible?
Whitney Bonds: [00:04:56] Sure. OK. So I interviewed a mom who is a freelance writer. She earns over $200k per year as a freelance writer. Yes, but I will say she does this full time. I asked for someone who was just starting out as a beginner, how much do you think they could earn? She said that it is very feasible to make at least $40 to $50k as a beginner as a freelance writer. So it’s not like something you can’t make a maximum amount of money as a freelance writer. Obviously, it takes more time you’ll have more time to accept more work. But this is a great way if you are passionate about writing, if you enjoy it then it’s something you should consider. I love talking about how this story on becoming a virtual bookkeeper because I interviewed two stay-at-home moms and one of the moms had nine kids and she homeschooled six of them and she still makes over $2k per month on the side while raising her kids. I’m like OK, if she can do it you can do this job because I mean, I can’t even get past my two kids and she has nine. So there’s so many opportunities out there. You just kind of need to know what your options are. And that can go on if you want but.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:06:07] Yeah. Tell us about some of the success stories like that. That’s amazing! Can you give us another example? Because I think a lot of us can relate.
Whitney Bonds: [00:06:16] Yeah. And another one I often see if you have a bachelor’s degree, and you live in the United States but you need at least one year teaching experience. And the teaching experience can be anything from mentoring, if you go to church and you participate in the children’s department. That’s also a form that’s acceptable as teaching experience. And you can work with companies like VIP Kids, QKids, EF Teaching is yet another company that hires people that will teach kids in China how to speak English. And what is so cool about this is that because you are working on China’s time we are looking at early morning or late at night and you have the rest of the day to be there for your family. And then you’re going you make up up to $26 per hour doing this job. And most of these jobs, are only 3 hours. You can make a nice amount of money, at least $2k per month doing this while our kids are asleep or early morning. That’s another thing that I interviewed two moms who are doing this, the one mom makes up to $1700 per month and the other mom who makes (inaudible)…makes over $3k per month. So these are definitely ways that you can make money at home with kids. And these are actual companies. This is not freelancing this is something that you can do and get hired doing.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:07:37] Right. And I know some people have done that and they work with teaching kids online in China. And you have to get, well, really early in the morning because of the time difference. Right?
Whitney Bonds: [00:07:46] Yeah, yeah. So this is one of those things like with any job and especially working with kids they’re going to require some sacrifice and just making it work. It’s not all ideal but these are things that moms are doing to make income from home with their kids. And with the pandemic going on right now more kids are at home. There is a high demand right now for these teachers for these companies that are hiring may because they need more help. That’s definitely another way of you can make money at home with kids.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:08:19] All right. Well. Are they there like Fortune 500 companies that people actually recognize that our home moms to work at home?
Whitney Bonds: [00:08:29] Oh, yeah. VIP Kids, they were on like the Top 100 the Forbes list. These are legitimate companies and I’ve interviewed the moms that are actually working for them so that’s another way to find out if these are like legitimate ways for moms can make money from home. And there are…other like if you’re good with typing, you can transcribe and make money by typing audio cloud… It might not be the most enjoyable job but it’s another way to make money from home on your own schedule. You just have deadlines that you have and it is definitely something you can do if your have that type of skills. And don’t mind listening to audio recordings and typing out what you hear.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:09:07] Now, you mentioned that one mom was working full-time as a writer, freelance writer. You can do full-time or part-time or is it flexible once or you get into one thing, you have to do it according to the hours, required.
Whitney Bonds: [00:09:20] So basically what it is, is that you’ll have clients. So you’ll have a client that will give an project or an assignment to work. So what is so great about freelance writing, is that you work on your own schedule as long as you meet the deadline. So by the time you put the kids to sleep, that is your best time that you’ll have to dedicate to that article or whatever you have to write so you work around your own schedule so as long as you meet that deadline. You make your own schedule.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:09:47] Which is great! That flexibility is what moms need. We have a lot of now moms that are not only taking care of their children but are taking care of their parents. They need that kind of flexibility to be home and be available. So if you’re one of those people and you’re listening, this is probably something you might want to look into. Now, I know it’s about moms, but what about dads? Do they stand a chance at landing a working home job? Can it come to your site or is it just moms only?
Whitney Bonds: [00:10:15] Yes! This is for everyone. It’s for everyone! I’m targeting moms because it’s something that I couldn’t find so could other moms need this information. This information is for anyone. It could be for dad, it could be your son that…is in college and needs something to do to work from home. It could work for anyone. And I found blogging, that was the best stay-at-home job. So I figure out how to write my articles to rank on Google… And I’m making money through people visiting my website through ads and affiliate marketing. And affiliate marketing is basically is when you refer a product or service to someone and when they make a purchase through a unique referral, and if they make a purchase. Well, if they make a purchase or a product or whatever that product is that I’m promoting . That is a way that I make money through blogging and it’s a great way that anyone can make money you just have to understand how it works. I definitely recommend some training to try to understand SEO, which is search engine optimization. If you can master that, it’s a great skill to have and you can help other people and become an SEO auditor and help other web designer or bloggers learn how to get their articles to rank on Google and charge a $100 to $300 per hour. Teach yourself first how it works and then outsource your skills to other people. They are paying people who understand how it works.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:11:45] Well, this all sounds great and wonderful. So what is the first step in applying for one of these jobs? What are we needing to do?
Whitney Bonds: [00:11:54] For the answers to check out the options that I have on the website. And I have a description for each one that kind of give you a little glimpse of what that little world looks like. And I have an answer for pretty much each job on the list. Some of my Google pops out of how to do that and get started and a day in a life of what they go through. So review that to see if that is something you want to go through because every one is different. Everyone is different. Find out what will work for you and I have tools and resources for each job on the list to help you get started. So it really depends on what you want to do and what you choose and there are tools and resources for you to get started for each one of them.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:12:38] Okay, and tell people what website should we go to, which is yours. What is it?
Whitney Bonds: [00:12:39] So, the name of the website, TriedAndTrueMomJobs, spelled just like it sounds, TriedAndTrueMomJobs.com and if you click on the first tab there are two little lines. And if you are on your mobile phone you can just click on Google maps and then go to work at home jobs and there is a list of 25 stay-at-home mom jobs that I have on the list. It says stay at home moms but it’s for anyone who is looking for ways to make money from home. And knowing what moms are actually doing today.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:13:17] Are there any fees at all anywhere during this process?
Whitney Bonds: [00:13:23] There are no fees but for some of the things like, for example, the bookkeeper. How to become a virtual bookkeeper, there is a course that the moms took before they were able to start their own business as a bookkeeper to get certified. So I have a link to courses they took. So you would need to take the course before you become a virtual bookkeeper, because it gives you everything you need to know about how to become a bookkeeper. So there’s a free class to take first just to make sure this is the way you want to do it and is something that you really would want to even invest it. So, I have those links in the article as well. For you to first take the free classes, first to make sure that this is something that you want to do before you invest any money.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:13:52] OK. So how do workers normally get paid?
Whitney Bonds: [00:14:06] It’s in a variety of ways. It depends on what job is that you choose. But if you’re doing freelance work, I feel like I’m getting paid through Paypal or through checks in the mail. And those are probably the majority ways I see people getting paid.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:14:22] Are there any benefits, especially for people that are working full-time or are they considered independent contractors?
Whitney Bonds: [00:14:30] Yes, for most of these jobs, they are considered independent contractors. And I’m looking, ah I’m working on to article now on how insurance, health insurance that you can get as an independent contractor, because I know that’s a huge issue with people not wanting to leave their job yet because of that security of having those benefits at a full time job. So I’m working on an article now to help people figure out what their options are when it comes to one of these work from home jobs that does not have a spouse that has insurance. I have my husband’s insurance that’s how I’m able to get my medical insurance and things like that.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:15:08] Ok, I just want to take a second because we’re running starting to run out of time. But I want to show everyone. I’m going to share my screen here and show everyone what your website looks like. So they should be able to see, look at this. This is TriedAndTrueMomJobs(.com) at Home and right at the top here it tells you work from home jobs “make money online” and you can see it is done really well. And look at all of these places you were featured on, congratulations! This is great! Business Insider. YahooFinance! Intuit Mint. I use that Intuit Mint. That’s awesome! Different advice down here, even how to make money as a kid. Oh, my God. You’re going to tell us about that in a minute. But let me just click on this here and just show people, so they know what your site looks like. And here you go. We have how do you find stay-at-home mom jobs. And then you have different um, “start a blog” and different things that they can do. So I think this is very helpful, especially now. And you have “start here,” is that where they should go and start? “Who we are,” “Want to save money,” So there we go. We do not accept guest posts. OK. But yeah, this is great. So I think, I just want to show everyone, you know, what it looks like so they know what to expect when they come to your website. So how do you make money as a kid?
Whitney Bonds: [00:16:29] There are a lot of ways. There are some traditional ways like you know yard and lawn care but it depends on how old you are too. But you can do survey as a kid, online. I think you have to be 13-years-old or older, but you can do surveys to make money just like a little chump change just to get some money to spend on video games or whatever. But there are ways that kids are making money and they’re doing pretty well. So I just created a full list of things that they can do.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:16:55] Well, that’s great moms. Put those kids to work. Make them pay the rent.
Whitney Bonds: [00:16:59] I will say to that I’m learning more and more because when you have a home based business, I’ve learned so much that there are so many things that you can write off as a business expense too. So, if you do consider one of these independent contractor roles, there’s things you can write off, like your phone, your phone bill, your car that you use for business, if you do any vacations if you can consider them business trips, if you going to do some business on them and you’re able to write that off come tax time. So there’s so many benefits to having a home-based business. And that you can even have while you have a full-time job. So you’re able to get a lot of the money back that you’re already spending on things if it’s consider a business expense. So that’s another thing that’s so great about working from home, is that you can utilize the tool that the government is already giving you.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:17:47] Well, this is all been great advice. I’m excited. I hope we can help some people to make some income or extra income. But do you have any last advice about applying for these types of jobs?
Whitney Bonds: [00:18:00] Just go ahead and get started. I know one of the things that people always are just saying, that they do these things and they have the desperation, but just go ahead and do it. Look at the list. Find out what works for you and start applying and putting yourself out there because if you don’t you’ll be in the same position that you’re in right now, if you want to make a change.
Janice Robinson-Celeste: [00:18:19] Absolutely. And I want to thank you, Whitney, for coming on our show today. No problem. And thank you all for participating and listening to BackTalk by Successful Black Parenting, the podcast talk show for parents. If you missed part of the show, no worries, you can just wait a few minutes and click the replay of this podcast. You can share it with anyone who needs to hear it. Let’s get the word out. OK. We are back to our regular schedule and we’ll be broadcasting every Saturday at 11 a.m. through the summer and the fall. Next Saturday, our guest is literacy advocate Carrie Lee Carrington, and she will be discussing, celebrating and discovering new black children’s book authors, children’s book authors, I should say. Go to our Facebook page at BlackParenting1 and sign up for the notifications so you don’t miss when we go live again. Let’s see. And let me say, I want you not to forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. It is going to be at BlackParenting1 on or Facebook and on Instagram, it’s SuccessfulBlackParenting. It is also BlackParenting1 on Twitter. Our website is SuccessfulBlackParenting.com. Don’t forget the successful part. SuccessfulBlackParenting.com and it is full of great content to help you thrive and not just survive as a parent. Be sure to rate our podcast. And until next time, take care of yourself and stay safe out there.