Sheila

Non-Toxic Cleaning With Bona

I received products for review, but no compensation. And as always, all opinions are 100% my own. 

The more I learn about the amount of toxic chemicals in our cleaning products and the instances of cancer and other diseases in the people I know and love, the more I associate one with the other. I personally don’t want to fill my home, clean my floors, and wash my dishes and clothes with chemicals that could actually be making my family sick rather than healthier. So when I went to the BlogHer blogging conference this summer, I was very excited to stop and talk with a representative from Bona, a line of more natural cleaning products and hardwood floor systems.

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I’d already been using several of Bona’s cleaners in my home, and love them. The hardwood floor mop is the tool I use to clean all of our floors (we don’t have any carpet here), with its washable microfiber cloth and spray bottle attachment. Just like those other brands you see in every store, the Bona mop is easy and convenient to pull out of the closet and clean the floors with, quickly and effectively. Unlike those other mop systems, the Bona cleaner doesn’t use harsh chemicals to do so.

The only thing that would make the mop system more convenient is disposable pads to stick on the bottom of the mop and toss when you’re done. So imagine my delight when the Bona representative at the conference told me about their new cleaning pads for the mop! Again, the cleaning pads are just as convenient as the “regular” brand at the store, but they contain Bona’s non-toxic cleaning solution AND they contain 75% less plastic for the landfill. Awesome, right? When I tested a disposable pad out on my mop, I’ll be honest….my floors hadn’t been cleaned in a while. But one pad cleaned the floors of our three most high traffic rooms (kitchen, living room, and dining room) and it cleaned them well. I didn’t hurt my back scrubbing the spots off the floors (you know what I’m talking about). When I don’t have time to do a super thorough whole-house floor cleaning with the spray, these cleaning pads absolutely will do.

I also had the opportunity to try out the Wood Furniture Polish. Again, I’m just going to be honest here. Our dining room table has seen better days. Like, before-we-had-four-kids days. Our table is used for eating (obviously), but it’s also used for crafts, homework, LEGO building, glitter-gluing, etc etc etc. Usually, it looks, shall we say….not so pretty. It’s often dull and covered with breakfast crumbs, glue spots, stuck paper pieces, glitter globs, and marker marks. Like this:

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But the furniture polish (again, non-toxic, no harsh chemicals to ruin this wood that has been in the family for years and years) was able to remove all of the paper and glue and shine it up like new. It couldn’t remove the Sharpie marker marks, but I’m not sure anything could:

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Bona’s cleaners are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, meaning that they have been tested for their environmental impact and will not harm the air we breathe with toxic chemicals or particulates. In other words, they’ve gotten a third party seal of approval for being low on the scale of harmful to the environment as a whole, and especially the air. I don’t want my kids and pets to be walking around our house and getting toxins through their bare feet from the “clean” floor, or breathing in harmful fumes. Do you?

I’m a Bona for customer for life now.

 

You can find Bona cleaning products and professionals by entering your zip code here. And by going to the Bona website, you can sign up for special coupons.

How To Personally Connect With Customers

Working out of your home requires strong time-management skills, especially since you don’t have administrative or marketing support. Since everything hinges on you, you have to use your time wisely to take care of existing customers and cultivate new ones.

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Home Business Magazine reports there are more than 18 million home-based businesses across the U.S. If you’re seeking to cultivate new business, consider the power that word of mouth can have over your personal brand. Steady, positive customer reviews can help your products or services stand out from competitors. Here are some tips to create a meaningful, positive buzz around your home-based business and personally connect with customers:

Build a Network

If you’ve launched a home-based business, chances are you’ve already relied on family and friends for some early sales or other types of support. That’s great on the surface, but those relatives and friends won’t be able to sustain your business on an on-going basis. Ask those family members and friends for testimonials and positive reviews that will work to help attract new customers for the future.

Make a list from your Rolodex and consider the various connections within your own network of contacts. That’s the first step toward finding people who could make good customers. Make an effort to get in front of people at key meetings in your community. Depending on the line of work you’re in, you could find connections at Chamber of Commerce meetings, local civic associations, PTA meetings, trade shows and professional conferences and networking events.

Similarly, social networking is essential to personally connect with potential customers. With Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social sites, it’s more about making a direct link to people than spamming acquaintances with messages about your wares. These basic sites, and even others like Yelp or Trip Advisor, provide people with a forum to share their personal experiences.

Amanda DiSilvestro of Yahoo Small Business Advisor offers the following advice to small business owners: “Make efforts to earn quality reviews, and communicate with the team about updating and managing comments.”

If you focus on striking up general conversations first, people will sense that you’re confident enough with your business, and they’ll take a look for more information or provide positive reviews knowing they’re not being directly propositioned for a transaction.

Find Ways to Educate Consumers

The best way to explain what you do is to place some type of thoughtful demonstration online—a searchable, optimized website is a great first step.

Physical demonstrations also work, and allow your personality to shine at public events. Speak with other businesses, especially more established small businesses in the community, and figure out ways where you can fill a need at events.

Following up with thank-you notes or gifts is a memorable way of letting clients know you’re interested in their continued business. Simple gift baskets can brighten someone’s day and indicate that your business will continue to give them more than they expect.

Want more like this? Check out How To Make Social Media Marketing Work For Your Business.

The Secret Society Hidden Mystery Game

I became a stay-at-home-mom almost nine years ago when my oldest was born, and having been working freelance writing jobs and keeping up with two websites since then. But I recently started a part time job, mostly from home, that involves coordinating a lot of people and juggling a lot of balls in the air. I need to be able to focus in order to not drop any balls, not miss any deadlines or forget about what I should be asking and answering of everyone, but after days of doing that, I also need to be able to turn my mind off and relax. A game I recently discovered, called The Secret Society Hidden Mystery game from G5 Entertainment, is helping me do both of those things.

In the game, you play as the nephew of a man that has disappeared in order to protect the “Seekers.” The story goes that he was part of a Secret Society called the Order of the Seekers that can do magic. He took pictures but had to destroy them so whomever he was trying to disappear from wouldn’t find the pictures and discover clues to his whereabouts. But, your job as his nephew is to take his place in the Order and put those pictures back together to figure out where he is.

Basically, the game is a series of puzzles. You earn coins, experience points, tools, and energy from solving the puzzles, which give you clues and unlock other puzzles.

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For example, there’s a picture of a Christmas scene. You can unlock it after you’ve found specific objects in other puzzles and earned a certain number of coins. The first thing you have to do is put the picture back together that your uncle has torn apart.

Secret Society: helping moms relax

Secret Society: Helping moms relax

Once you’ve done that, you can “Research” the scene to find hidden objects and earn goodies. The more you play a certain scene or puzzle, the more you earn and the further you advance in the game.

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There are also other puzzles, like matching games and brain teasers, and those are my favorite. This isn’t a game that I would normally ever even look for, let alone download. I didn’t even have games on my phone until now….I would normally just kill time on Facebook or Instagram. But I find myself relaxing at the end of the day by playing Secret Society for a few minutes at a time, looking for hidden binoculars or trying to turn the pipes so they line up or matching cards to each other. It actually feels really good to use my brain in this way, and I’m finding that when I am working my job during the day, I’m better able to remember things and stay focused on what I’m doing.

The game is free to download, and you can earn tools and other helpful things by playing solving puzzles or making in-app purchases of coins and crystals to speed up your progress. I’ve become hooked on the hidden object adventure game and look forward to spending a few minutes on it here and there every day.

The Secret Society – Hidden Mystery is available to download for iOS, Android, Kindle/Kindle Fire, Windows 8, and Mac.

I received credits for in-app purchases in the game, but was not compensated otherwise for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

5 Ways to Toddler-Proof Your iPhone

The most recent data from Pew Research indicates 58 percent of Americans over age 18 have a smartphone, and according to the T-Mobile website, at least 209 million of them are using lightning-fast 4G LTE connections. All that speed and power, and you’re still being foiled by a 4-year-old? If you’ve experienced cracked screens, missing apps and unexpected Apple store purchases one too many times, it’s time to take action and toddler-proof your iPhone. It’s easy to put your phone on lock-down when you don’t want curious little fingers tapping away on your device.

How to toddler-proof your iPhone

Invest in a Sturdy iPhone Case

An internally restricted iPhone won’t do you any good if the damage happens on the outside. A sturdy phone case makes a world of difference, particularly when your iPhone is in the hands of a toddler. According to Lifehacker, not all iPhone cases are equal. Otterbox, for instance, creates high-impact cases made of hard polycarbonate with soft silicone corner bumpers. For a sleeker look, Case Mate offers full-body, military-grade protective cases. If these cases are tough enough to withstand combat, then you know they’ll hold up against a tantrum.

Use the iOS Restriction System

The iOS Restriction System is the easiest way to restrict and customize access on an iPhone, iPod or iPad. To begin, go to Settings > General > Restrictions to set a four-digit PIN number. This passcode locks down various iPhone features you don’t want your child to access or change, says Tech Radar. For instance, these restrictions can keep your child from using Safari, making in-app purchases or logging onto iTunes. The pin also keeps toddlers from accidentally deleting or installing apps on your phone.

Turn Your iPhone into a Fun Phone

Obviously, there are instances when you don’t want your children using your iPhone. And guess what? There’s an app for that. If handing a locked phone to your fussing toddler no longer keeps them entertained, turn it into a pretend iPhone. BabyCenter’s PhonyPhone free app keeps children from accidentally making a real phone call with a faux number pad that teaches numbers and colors while playing music. The oversized screen is perfect for small fingers that are eager to place a pretend phone call.

Enable Guided Access

This nifty feature in the iOS 6 software update limits your toddler’s access to a single app. Enable it by going to your phone’s settings, visiting General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Turning this option on lets iOS know if it should recognize touch or motion based input and if its sleep/wake and volume buttons work, states TIME Magazine. To fully set up, launch the desired app, triple-click the Home button and enter your passcode. And there you have it, you’ve set up a virtual play space for your curious tech-savvy tot.

Turn Multitasking Gestures Off

The clumsy fine motor skills of a 2- or 3-year old mean they may inadvertently swipe or pinch out of an app. Fix this problem by going to General in Settings and turning Multitasking Gestures off. These gestures allow older iPhone users to use four fingers to swipe between apps or five fingers to “grab” the screen and get back to Home, explains Gigaom. Install easy to use apps designed for young children, like Baby Piano and I Hear Ewe to it easier for toddlers to manipulate an iPhone’s touch screen.

The ASEA Business Opportunity

I love to host and advertise work at home businesses here, to get the word out about different opportunities for moms looking to make an income while raising their kids at home. It’s what this site is all about! Today, I’d like to bring you an opportunity from ASEA, healthcare products making a difference in customers’ lives and those of the sellers of the products.

Learn about Asea, Renu 28 and the unique business opportunity
As you will learn below, the Asea business opportunity is unique in that there is no competition, the products are protected by over 30 patents and you will have the opportunity to help people get over chronic illnesses or just feel healthier everyday.

www.TryRedox.com

While ASEA’s flagship product helps support your body from the inside out, ASEA’s newest product, RENU 28 offers a way for you to support your skin and body from the outside in. RENU 28 uniquely offers you the ability to utilize Redox Signaling Molecule science for cellular skin care support.

 

ASEA RENU 28 encourages the strength and resiliency of your skin cell reproduction in partnership with your body’s natural efforts to keep your skin healthy. The powerful science behind ASEA’s RENU 28 delivers gentle, effective treatment to repair and comfort aging or damaged skin. Through ASEA’s proprietary Redox Signaling technology, the unique RENU 28 gel provides essential support to the all-important cellular mechanisms that are the foundation of your skin’s structure. Vital to the health of living cells, RENU 28 provides critical connections and communication between cells with Redox Signaling molecules to ensure optimum renewal and replenishment.

German Dermatological testing lab Dermatest – RENU 28 received their coveted 5 STAR RATING! To be rated 5 stars by Dermatest, the product has to meet 7 criteria with NO REACTION AT ALL…Dermatest does not just give out 5 star ratings…PERIOD!

The Dermatest study tracked 20 women over 28 days; they then took 3-D digital photos which showed 6 separate points that hit OVER 10% IMPROVEMENT… 5 of the 6 were OVER 20% improvement.  No other product can make that claim.

More info at: www.TryRedox.com

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Thanks to ASEA for sponsoring this post!

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The Truth About Invisalign for Teens

This post was sponsored by the folks at Invisalign, but all opinions and genuine interest are my own! (I’m saving my pennies to get them for myself!)

 

I went to the Blogher blogging conference this summer, and I had the chance to speak with several great companies. One of them, Invisalign, hosted a daytime cocktail party and invited a local-to-California orthodontist to come speak about what Invisalign had to offer as an alternative to traditional metal braces, not just for adults, but pre-teens and teens as well.

Most of us have heard of the clear plastic teeth-straightening devices, but I didn’t, and maybe you don’t, know the specifics of how they work, why they work, and who makes great candidates for the system. In fact, I learned how and why Invisalign for teens is an effective, popular option.

A lot of moms at the party were concerned about the fact that, like a retainer, you remove the nearly-invisable plastic Invisalign aligners when you eat (it’s recommended that you where them 21 hours every day). They weren’t sure if their tweens and teens would be responsible enough to not lose them.

But, the orthodontist had a couple of good points: one is that you change sets every two weeks, so if you lose one close to that two week mark, you’re probably fine to go ahead and start using the next set. Two, when you get the sets from your orthodontist, you get extras…six free replacement aligners.

And you get several sets at a time, so every two weeks, you change to the next set without having to go back to the orthodontist for an adjustment. The moms that were at the party whose kids had been wearing Invisalign said that they didn’t have any trouble with their teens losing or forgetting to wear the aligners, however. And I believe it…my 7 and 8 year olds recently got glasses, and they been good already about remembering to wear them. I think that when kids know how important something is, they really step up to the plate, given the chance. And they learn to be more responsible in the process.

Not every orthodontist recommends or uses Invisalign regularly, but you can get online and find one close to you that does if you’re interested in a consultation or learning more.

Invisalign for teens: Invisalign compared to braces

Here are some myths about Invisalign and the truth behind them:

Myth: I won’t be able to tell if my child is wearing Invisalign often enough for it to be effective.

Setting it Straight:  Invisalign Teen aligners are made with small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, that gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for parents and teens to confirm they wearing aligners long enough to get results. In fact, clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.

Myth: If my child loses their aligners, it’s going to cost me an arm and a leg to replace.

Setting it Straight: We know kids lose things, even their aligners! That’s why you get up to six FREE replacement aligners with Invisalign Teen.

Myth: After Invisalign Teen, my child’s teeth may revert back to their original position.

Setting it Straight:  Studies show that without retainers straight teeth can gradually shift back towards their initial position. This is a common occurrence with all orthodontic treatment including braces, but is one that can easily be overcome. Ask your doctor. about Vivera retainers from the makers of Invisalign.

Myth: I don’t need to take my child to see an orthodontist until they are a teenager.

Setting it Straight: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.  The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.”

Myth: Invisalign takes longer to complete than braces.

Setting it Straight: The length of Invisalign treatment is comparable to braces. The average Invisalign journey averages about 12 months for adults. The length of treatment time for teens may vary depending on the severity of the case and can only be determined by a doctor.

Myth: If my child’s dentist or orthodontist recommends braces over Invisalign, I should trust their opinion.

Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit www.invisalign.com and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area. If you are told your teen is not an Invisalign candidate, it may be worth getting a second opinion from more than one orthodontist. Doing so may help ensure that you have all the information you need to make an educated decision.

Myth: Braces work better than Invisalign.

Setting it Straight:  Invisalign Teen was developed with leading orthodontists to correct the most common teeth straightening issues – from severe cases to more minor, cosmetic adjustments.  Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it.  With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces.

Myth: We can’t afford Invisalign.

Setting it Straight:  Invisalign Teen is covered by many dental insurance policies just like traditional braces — up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance. Even if dental insurance doesn’t apply, many doctors will help parents find options to make straightening their child’s teeth more affordable. Many offer flexible and affordable monthly finance plans that can be as low as $99 per month.

Invisalign Teen clear aligners straighten teeth without traditional wires and brackets giving teens the confidence to live life to the fullest while improving their smile.  Visit the Invisalign website for more information.

You can find out a ton of information on the Invisalign website, including FAQs, finding a doctor in your area, how it works, and if you or your teen would be a good candidate for the system.

And check out the Infographic here!

Also, make sure you enter the sweepstakes to win an Invisalign system for yourself or your teen! (Ends Oct. 1, 2014)
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Have your kids had an orthodontic consultation yet? Have you ever considered Invisalign for them (or yourself)? 

The truth about Invisalign for teens

 

5 Ways to Make Social Media Marketing Work for Home-Based Business

While it is still important for an entrepreneur to know about traditional advertising (newspapers, flyers, direct mail, signage), these tools are quickly out lapped by their digital counter parts that are not only more powerful, but are also less expensive (i.e. Google AdWords, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media). Of course, some technical prowess or support is needed to take advantage of these new opportunities.

The beautiful thing about social media is that everyone is doing it because everyone can do it. Social media marketing is simple, accessible and—with the right strategy—can be working for you while you are busy growing your business and focusing on customer service.


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Below are the three most popular social networking sites, along with tips on how a home-based business can leverage them as part of a marketing strategy. The great thing is, these are networks you can join right now for free.

Facebook

This is a growing and global captive markets for your message. Many small businesses now forgo a website and link their business home page directly to their Facebook page. This is even more effective when you purchase a small amount of advertising to promote your business page to your ideal customer.

Try starting a Facebook page and updating daily about a product you are selling. LifeLock’s Facebook page is a great example of the content possibilities from videos and photo albums to recent promotions and call to action pieces.

You can also use this opportunity to network with other businesses and even share promotions or suppliers. One Nova Scotian home-based business, an organic market stand owner who was at a stalemate with shipping fees for bulk supplies, used her Facebook page to reach out for community interest in a group-buying scenario. It was a win-win for the customers and other small businesses that benefited. The biggest benefit was for the business owner who can now pass on the lower price for bulk goods onto her customer.

Twitter

A global conversation is taking place. It’s between your current customers, your future customers and everyone in between. Conversations are happening and topics are trending. As a small business owner, jump in on the conversation and directly interact with your customer. Ensure they have your @twitterhandle to discuss your products or a recent experience with you. Network with other businesses like yours. Provide the public with tidbits of information about the area you specialize in. Follow trending topics and join the conversation, linking back to your business information when it is relevant.

Pinterest

If your business has anything to do with food, exercise, home improvement or decorating, you need to be on Pinterest. It is simple to join and add the bookmark tool to your browser. It is also simple to isolate the influential people who have garnered many followers on their personal pin boards.

Create a pinboard of your product offerings whether it is kitchen materials or press-on nail ideas. Create web articles and photo galleries on how to use your products in innovative ways to make day-to-day life easier. Share your pin board with others with similar interests or pins and sit back and watch the referrals come to your business.

Five Tips for Social Media

On any of the described engines, or any of the other multitudes of social media engines, the basic mantra (be creative, be unique and be original) and the following rules apply:

  1. Know who your customer is and speak to them; if you don’t know this information, find out!
  2. Be real. The appeal of social media is connecting to other people. Create a personality for your business that is closely related to you. The more genuine you are in your efforts, the more loyal your following will be.
  3. Plan and commit to fresh and original content. You can share, re-tweet or re-pin other people’s information from time to time but your followers will grow when they see you as a source for unique and original content.
  4. Commit to new content daily. Give some thought to what you will feature and post each week. You can use themes to help (birthday, holidays, etc) but make sure you are bringing new content out regularly. It is okay to repeat some posts but never too close together and never more than twice or three times.
  5. Don’t over post content or flood the feeds too much in one day. If you have a flurry of ideas for Monday, save some of these and post on Tuesday or throughout the week.

Back to School Morning Routines

This year, I’ll have three kids in school and one staying home (he’s three). Last year, the third school-aged kid was in morning preschool, so she still had to be up and ready and out of the house with the older two.

Honestly, I panicked. How was I going to get them all out of the house on time?! At least two of them are not morning people, that’s for sure.

But, we were able to get into a routine, and made it through the last school year without ever being late. And to me, that’s a HUGE accomplishment.

Here’s an example of how we handle back to school morning routines (what works for us):

The biggest thing that I do is prepare as much as possible the night before (or even the weekend before). I make all of the school lunches the Sunday before the school week (check out how HERE). I also sort school clothes into piles the weekend before, by days. So, each stack will have a complete outfit for each child, and I have at least three (if not five) stacks ready to go for the week.

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I also gather breakfast the night before…if I’m going to make scrambled eggs, I scramble them in a container, put a lid on and put them in the fridge, so all I have to do is pour them in the pan in the morning. I make muffins, waffles, and even pancakes ahead of time and freeze them, so in the morning, I can pop them in the microwave to reheat and serve them. My kids use cups with lids and straws, so I’m able to fill up their cups the night before with milk and stick them in the fridge.

Homework is done the day before (read about after-school routines here), and backpacks hang on hooks next to the front door.

In the morning, all I have to do is heat up breakfast and lay out the outfits. There is no TV on in the morning (unless they finish getting ready in plenty of time), because my kids just get too distracted.

I wake them up about 45 minutes before we need to leave…they eat breakfast first thing while I take a shower, then they get dressed, get their shoes on, brush their teeth, and grab their lunch boxes and backpacks and we head out the door.

Getting it all gathered and prepared beforehand makes our mornings go so much more smoothly, and saves me a lot of stress on school mornings.

What is your biggest morning routine tip? Please share!

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Back To School: After School Routines

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again….BACK TO SCHOOL. One of the hardest things for our family (other than the dreaded transition from summer schedule to school schedule) is getting the kids into an after school routine that allows them time to eat, play, relax, AND get their homework done.

After school routines

Sometimes, you can use the same after school routine from year to year, but kids will probably grow out of it as their homework assignments change and grow, their sleep needs change, they become teenagers. And in the very beginning, that first year of school, everything is new and you just don’t know what will work.

Leigh Ann Torres of Genie in a Blog is the mom of three girls (twins and a little sister). Last year, she went through a tough tranisitional period in which she had to figure out what kind of after school routine was going to work for her twin kindergartners.

She finally did….here’s a bit of what she had to say: We’ve gone through a great many phases of change from the start of kindergarten until now. At the beginning of the school year, they were so, so, SO tired when they got home, they didn’t know what to do with themselves. I didn’t know what to do with them. Sometimes their tired translated into them being too rowdy, which always resulted in someone getting hurt. Sometimes it translated into them wanting to do nothing but stare blankly at the TV. Playing was too hard, eating a snack was too laborious, and don’t even ASK us to flush the toilet, Mom. We’ve had a hard day of coloring and ABCs.

To find out what finally worked out for her girls, READ MORE HERE.

When do your kids go back? Do you have a good after school routine already in place, or will you be doing trial and error to find a new one this year?

The Best Jobs for Moms

It’s tough being an entrepreneurial mom. It can get stressful coordinating childcare, work at the home office, housekeeping, and a social life. Some entrepreneurial endeavors are more profitable than others, and some depend on the amount of time and effort put into them. They all depend on a mom’s interests, talents, abilities, availability, and resources. Below are some of the best jobs for moms:

The best jobs for moms

Figure Out What You Really Want to Do

Top mom businesses and career roles are those that relate to their interests and passions, that pay well, and that can be done in flexible schedules.

SizzleIt! founder and entrepreneur Scott Gerber recommends entrepreneurs, including moms, focus on one business enterprise and not get sidetracked by too many different opportunities. They need to stick to things they like and can sustain an interest in for the long term. He suggests being able to articulate the business concept in 30 seconds — a very abbreviated elevator pitch — and surrounding themselves with advisors and mentors to figure out what they truly want to do.

Best Jobs and Businesses for Moms

April Peveteaux, writing for The Stir, says the best jobs for moms don’t require scrambling for childcare or going out on the road, or have blatant pay discrimination. She says jobs that are meaningful are important to moms who are spending time away from children.

Charyn Pfeuffer of Payscale.com says jobs and enterprises that work for working mothers pay well even for part time hours, allow a flexible schedule, provide paid maternity leave, and/or have good daycare benefits. An insurance role meets some of these criteria, with well-paid work from home which may also provide benefits. Using lead aggregation services like Quote Wizard to find customers frees up busy moms’ time and energy to work more efficiently and be available for family obligations.

Creative and helping jobs that offer flexible schedules include lactation consultant/doula, freelance writer, personal trainer, and Etsy seller/artist. Pfeuffer adds web developer, pilates/yoga instructor, and market research analyst. These jobs can be part time or full time or lead to a full business enterprise depending on moms’ interest levels.

Jobs You Never Thought Were Work-From-Home

With advancing technology and social media, many more jobs can be done from home than ever before. Jobs you might not think of as being done from home include senior bilingual technical advisor, nonprofit director, grant writer, online fitness coach, and RN nurse coach.

What Working Moms Need

Glamajama CEO and founder and author of “The Working Mom Manifesto” Heather Schuck says moms need jobs that allow them to take care of their families and pursue their work passions in fulfilling, lower stress ways. She says moms deserve to be happy at work where flexibility and a culture that values family prevails.

One of the 10 best jobs for work/life balance that Schuck recommends is entrepreneur. She advises moms that starting a business can be the quickest way to fulfilling their needs for flexible, rewarding careers. Schuck says that home and/Internet-based opportunities offer economical means to an alternate work schedule.

If you’re a mom trying to decide what kind of work would fit best into your busy lifestyle and still enable you to take care of your family, explore some of these jobs and work from home businesses. Look for good pay and flexible hours in work and businesses related to your interests and passions.