Work from Home with BabyQuip

Alright all you stay-at-home moms and dads: Side Hustle Mom is BACK and -- thanks to all of you who completed my survey last month -- better than ever! One of the ways that I have reformatted SHM to better serve you is by partnering with and featuring legitimate companies (verses just scouring the web for random at home positions, seen in the former job listings section) that offer good pay, flexible hours, and fun work! 

All of this being said, I have a question to ask: Have you ever flown by yourself with two kids, two car seats, two huge bags, and a bunch of other random junk? (Never again, right -- err, I mean, you too?) Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to get to where you're going, have somebody meet you with all of the baby necessities, and then pick it up at the end of your trip so you don't have to lug it all back with you through the airport?

Dream no more, mamma, for such a company exists, and YOU can work for them around YOUR schedule! Check out what Trish McDermott, co-founder of BabyQuip, has to say about her new company (and side hustle jobs in general) and how you can get involved:

Half of all US Millennials have a side hustle according to recent research from GoDaddy. Most side hustle for extra income, bringing in on average an extra $258 each month. Many report truly enjoying their side gig. There are many popular side gigs, including driving, pet sitting, cooking, running errands and selling items online.

With so much opportunity available, what makes for a good side gig these days, especially for a SAHM? As co-founder of BabyQuip, the leading baby gear rental marketplace - one that is 95% powered by women, most of whom are moms - I think I know.

BabyQuip mompreneurs (a few dads and retired folks too) rent, deliver and set up baby equipment that they own at a family’s hotel, vacation rental, or at the homes of grandparents who are entertaining visiting grandchildren. They return on departure days and pick it all up. They use their own SUVs, vans and other car types to bring portable cribs, car seats, high chairs, swings, books, games, toys and more to families traveling to their area who simply don’t want lug all that stuff.

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The work is flexible, easy, meaningful, and lucrative when compared to other side gigs. Mompreneurs acquire new sales, marketing and business skills on this journey and join a friendly and supportive community of entrepreneurs.

Here are some all-important criteria for a stay at home mom seeking to make some extra money in the gig economy. Whether you decide to start a baby gear rental business on the BabyQuip platform, or embark on any other extra income opportunities, you’ll do well to consider these factors.

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Flexibility - Does your side gig give you some control over your schedule? Can you take a vacation?

Easy - For stay at home moms, your side gig certainly isn’t the most important part of your life. You’ll want work that doesn’t stress you out (too much) and a side hustle where you can easily be successful, even when putting your little ones first.

Meaningful - At the end of the day, it’s nice to know that in some way, big or small, you left someone a little happier as the result of your work.

Lucrative - Not all side hustles pay well, especially when you factor in your time and expenses. Figure out your projected hourly income before you jump into any side hustle.

Educational - Select a side hustle that helps you keep your business skills sharp, or that increases your skill set, while you’re home with your babies. Ideally, you’ll be able to launch and grow your own business, one that can become a full-time gig if you decide to more significantly return to the workforce.

Collaborative - Look for a gig that connects you with other gig economy entrepreneurs, especially mompreneurs, even allowing you to collaborate with them as you grow your business. The best of both worlds is to have a solo business, but also a community of entrepreneurs with whom to share ideas, ask questions, and even make meaningful connections.

Trish McDermott is a co-founder of BabyQuip, the leading baby gear rental marketplace with locations throughout the US and Canada. Learn more about making baby gear rental your next side gig (and if you do, let them know you heard about them through the Side Hustle Mom!).

Mom Boss Interview: Amanda Tally from HomeSmart Realty Group

It's a new year and as promised, Side Hustle Mom is BACK! 

First of all, thank you to EVERYONE who took the time to complete the SHM survey -- you all gave me some great insight into what benefits you the most and how Side Hustle Mom can benefit you even more! As per your responses, one of our more popular features is that of our Mom Boss Interviews, so I will continue to reach out to more inspiring and BA mom bosses who are making a living from home whilst raising their babies! 

Speaking on inspiring and completely BA mom bosses, I am SO excited to introduce you to today's mom boss, who is not only a successful Denver realtor, but also a wife, momma of two, and amazing friend! 

Side Hustle Moms: Meet Amanda Tally from HomeSmart Realty Group

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1.) Real estate is actually somewhat of a newer occupation for you, so tell us about what you did before beginning your new career.

Before beginning my career in Real Estate, I was a Special Education teacher. I have worked with students from kindergarten to 12th grade with a range of disabilities. I very much enjoyed working with my students and by no means did I leave my career in teaching because I did not  enjoy teaching.

2.) Have you always stayed home with your kids or were you ever a working mom?

As I mentioned above I taught prior to working in Real Estate, so I was a working mom. I taught until my second child was born which was when I decided to no longer teach. When I left teaching I didn’t initially plan to start a new career. I did have a 6 month period between when my second child was born and getting my Real Estate license.

3.) Teaching and real estate are pretty different, so what inspired you to take this leap and move from one field to another?

I have always had a strong interest in Real Estate. My father has been a Realtor most of my life, so I grew up hearing Real Estate info and looking at homes. To be honest my Real Estate career began out of my strong interest in houses, I just wanted to know more. I would have to say though that there are more similarities between teaching and Real Estate than one might think. Both are both very people oriented fields. In both fields I find it essential to be in good communication with all people involved. Also being a Special Education teacher there is a lot of detailed paperwork, which is the same in Real Estate.

4.) Now that you are fully immersed in your new side-hustle-turned-successful business, what does your day-to-day look like? How many hours a day do you typically work?

It looks different day to day. Thi s is primarily because of the nature of Real Estate. When I am working with buyers I am flexible to their schedule and when they want to view homes. At times this requires a babysitter for the kids.  There are days I end up working 10+ hours and days and days I work just a couple. .In general though I work for about 2 hours before the kids wake and then another 2 hours or so when they are napping/ playing. Also my husband is blessed to have a four day weekend so schedule open houses and longer training when he is at home.

5.) How do you market your business? Which means have been the most successful?

I hold open houses, I work to contact individuals who are trying to sell their home on their own, and I keep all my contacts up to date on  my current business so that when they are ready to move they know how to reach out to me. . By far my most successful ‘marketing’ isn’t really marketing, but working with friends, family and their referrals.  My friends and family have been very supportive of me and I am forever thankful for that.

6.) Do you have any words of wisdom (or inspiration) for any parents out there who are thinking of beginning their own side hustle/business but are not sure where to begin?

Don’t be embarrassed or shy in your new beginning. For me I was worried about what other people were going to think even though in my heart I knew it was the right choice for our family. Find your purpose or reason for starting your new business and hold on to that tight.  

7.) What is the best part of working your business from home?

The best part of working from home is that I am able I am still able to do many of the things I enjoy with my kids. Just yesterday, I was able to take my kids to the zoo during the middle of the day on a Monday. It was perfect day. I get to be home every morning when my kids wake up for that first morning hug so in general the flexibility it provides me.

Isn't Amanda awesome? To learn more about Amanda -- or to get in touch -- please visit her HomeSmart website

I'm Still Here (and Have a Favor to Ask...)!

I ALWAYS forget how crazy this time of year is and I ALWAYS think I am going to have time to add new posts on here, but alas...

Anyway, I am still here and have SO much to share/awesome mom bosses to introduce you to, but first I have a quick favor to ask: Could you fill out this quick survey for me? Side Hustle Mom has been live two months now and I want to make sure it is headed in a direction that is beneficial to you, our awesome readers! In exchange for your honest feedback, I will be offering a GIVEAWAY next week, so stay tuned. 

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! Our Thanksgiving was perfectly low-key and you can bet I took advantage of the $.25 tag sales at my hometown thrift store :) Even though I'm sporadic with posting on here, I am pretty good at keeping up on Facebook and Instagram, so please stop over and say hi! 

Mom Boss Interview: DeeAnna Soicher from ThriftDee

You guys... I am FREAKING out over today's interview, as the amazing Dee Soicher from ThriftDee has so graciously taken the time to answer a few questions and give some super helpful pointers on starting (and thriving with) your eBay business!

To give a little backstory, I first "met" Dee when Brandon and I were engaged and I was super into blogging, thrifting, and wedding planning, which is how I stumbled upon her former site, Thrifting Denver. Long story short, we were able to meet up a few months later (as I am from Colorado and she lived in Denver) and got to not only thrift, but shop for wedding rehearsal/honeymoon dresses at Deja Blu. 

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(As if shopping with DeeAnna wasn't fun enough, she also loaned me a TON of beautiful glassware -- mostly thrifted, of course -- for the candy and snack bar at our wedding reception, which saved us so much time and money!)

I could seriously gush about this lady all day, but I will go ahead and jump into our interview, which is as helpful as it is inspiring. Enjoy!

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Before you became a mom and ThriftDee, what did you do? Have you always been in a creative field like you are now?

Before I was ThriftDee I was a stay at home mom. I am a trained Reading Specialist that worked with elementary students. I started a stationery company with a friend for a creative outlet but working with brides and Bar Mitzvah moms was no joke!! I have always been creative but it isn’t always the easiest way to make a living!

Have you always been a big thrifter or did that come at a certain time in your life?

My road to thrifting is a windy one! I was in a car accident about 10 years ago that damaged my frontal lobe. While I was in cognitive therapy my neurologist suggested writing a journal to work my brain. I began reading blogs because they were easy to consume quickly. I started following Eddie Ross who is a designer for Martha Stewart. He kept writing about his trips to Goodwill with his boyfriend. I thought, hey, I live close to a Goodwill, I should check it out! One visit and I was obsessed!!!!

The first time I "met" you was when you were writing for Goodwill Denver. How did you get such a fun job like that and what did it entail?

I began writing a Goodwill Fangirling Blog that I figured my mom would read! I was speaking with the manager and told her I wrote a blog and that is why I was there taking pictures! She told her boss in a managers meeting and it went from there!! I didn’t even know blogging was a real job!!

When did you realize that you could turn your passion for thrifting into a career? Aside from blogging about it, have you done anything else to monetize your finds?

Selling in EBay is not allowed when you work for Goodwill. While I was blogging I was buying everything! Once I left Goodwill I started selling some of my cowboy boots on Ebay and then I started reselling and flipping!! I worked with some news outlets about thrifting but there is no money to be made there!! Ha! I should have monetized my blog a LONG TIME AGO. I had a few viral Pinterest posts before it was worth any money. Dang it!!! I’m just now seriously considering monetizing. I think I was just blogging for fun. But money is FUN TOO!!

When did you start selling on eBay? Did your business take off right away or did it take some time?

Can you offer any tips to moms out there who are thinking about selling on eBay? Is there anything you would have done differently when you first began?

I love EBay selling but it is a job like everything else. I study other EBay like it’s my job. Because it is!! I work 20-30 hours a week but I make more money than if I was teaching full time. I have always made a few bucks for my Starbucks habit, but once I put my full effort into it I started making a “living”. It can be a great extra money side hustle! In order for it to be your full time gig, it takes time and effort like any other job.

What stands out in your mind as the greatest thing you've ever thrifted (whether it be in terms of sentimental or monetary value, hilarity, uniqueness, etc.)?

Hmmm the greatest thing I’ve ever thrifted? If you are a serious thrifter you know that if you put an order for the perfect thing into the universe it will come to you. I was always looking for a Burberry Quilted Jacket. I found Burberry here and there but stopped by Goodwill on a whim with my favorite intern thrifting partner and I found it!!! We were so excited that we were laughing and jumping and trying to remain calm for the check out person! I sent it off to college with her!

Tell us a little bit about ThriftDee and what Side Hustle Moms can find when they visit your site? 

ThriftDee is a blog about my thrifting adventures. I include up cycling projects with fun finds. I am thinking of starting an online EBay Selling class too that will start you out on your side hustle journey! Whether you need some extra money for your kids classes, sports, a little self care fund, or maybe you want to buy organic grass fed beef and want to buy it with no hesitation! It’s in the works! I will let you know when it launches and your readers will get the first discount code!

Finally, what is your favorite part of working from home?

I am an extroverted hermit!! I love being at home. We recently moved from Denver to Arizona. So thrifting allows me the opportunity to find new things and explore my new city! My boys are all grown up so this is my second chapter!!

Connect with Dee on her website, Facebook, and Pinterest