Can Single Moms Work at Home?


I can say without hesitation one of my biggest challenges as a single mom is working outside of the home. I want to work, I like to work, but I’d rather be working in my home than in an office. Surviving on one income is difficult and especially if you reside in an area where the cost of living is high. Most telecommuting jobs don’t pay a salary that covers rent, a car payment, food, clothes, school, etc. I like my job and I’m fortunate to be able to work at home when Anya or myself is sick. I’m not sure if that option would be available to me fulltime. I prefer to work home for a few reasons.

1. Money– I spend close to $40.00 a week riding the metro to work, if I drove it would be $18 a day for parking! I’m spending $160.00 a month to get to work. Add in costs for aftercare in the fall.
2. Time- I leave work around 4:45 I pick up Anya and we normally get home around 5:45 or 6:00, I get to spend around 3- 3 1/2 hours with her until bed time. Not much time considering there are 24 hours in a day!
3. Quality of Life– Working at home affords me time to work on multiple things and get more accomplished in my day, which gives me more time to pursue writing and to spend with Anya.

Clearly, I want to be a stay at home mom because I want more time with my daughter and I don’t want her to spend most of her day in school and aftercare. Every mom is different and being a stay at home mom is a personal decision, but I’m curious to know if any of you are stay at home moms and how did you negotiate it? What are your thoughts on working at home and as single moms can we make it happen and how?

My goal is to find a job that I can work at home on a full time basis. During my quest I’ll post any information, links, or insights that I discover. Please share yours with me! I’d love to read your thoughts on this topic.

7 Replies to “Can Single Moms Work at Home?”

  1. I recently found a great blog by a woman who is a single stay at home mother, who also homeschools, and her blog is very inspiring. It is

    A few sites to help you get started on your search for work at home positions are:

    Good luck with your search. It is definitely well worth it.

  2. That’s my absolute dream- to be a work at home mom. I’m a single mom too, so I do understand where you’re coming from. If only I could buy more time to be with my daughter. I’ll check out those sites posted by one of your lovely commenters ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m a single mother of 3, I was able to stay at home with them for 6 years. In April I went back to work, because my baby will be starting school in September. I loved being at home with them, and wish I could still do it. Now that I’m working, it seems like I don’t have enough time them and I’m struggleling to find a go routine for them as well as a good routine for the house work that’s got to get done. I’m working on shifts and it is hard to get into a good routine for the kids and to stick with it, because my hours of work changes every week. would you have any tips or links I can check out to help me out ??

    Thank you in advance. I really find your blog usefull.

  4. Hey, I hope you don’t mind me asking but what is your current job? I’m a single mom too and would really like to be there for my son as much as

  5. Today was my first day at work after being a full-time mom to my five year old and after being away from work for nearly six years! I, too, would love to be with my child whole days of the week but had to opt working full time from 9 to 5 for monetary reasons.

    In saying this, God has given me this full-time, permanent job (in line with my profession) which is only 10 mins walk from my child’s school and that school is only 5 mins walk away from where we live! This is to testify that with God nothing is impossible and He is true to His promises, one of which is my favourite ( so does my child), “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find, and knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

    Try this prayer and claim the promise and God will give to you what you desire according to His will.

    Will be praying for you all, too!

    Have a blessed week ahead!


  6. I am not a single mom but I do work from home. I believe God has given each and every one of us a talent only a mother could do like multi-tasking, attending to my children’s needs and at the same time can work from home. I consider it a big blessing to us!

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