Even if you've been a "stay at home mom or dad" for the whole 18 years or so since junior and missy were born, chances are very slim that you have done nothing work related or transferable since you first left the paying work force or had those children. Chances are that you did lots of things old and new: room parent, PTA volunteer, fundraising, den leader, community volunteer, soccer website, learned a new skill, took up a new hobby. Why is this imortant? Because before you even look on the web, you need to look at yourself and think. Think about what you love, what you like, what you are good at, what you stink at, how you like to work, how much you need to work, how much you want to work.
Once you answer those questions, then you can get to work.
For me I never really stopped working, even though I still identify myself as a stay at home mom first and foremost, it doesn't mean I haven't worked the last 14 years. After leaving a Fortune 100 firm when my oldes was 1, I consulted a little, and then got to work just being mom for a few years. Before my 2nd baby was 1 though, I had started a company "PicturePals" that turned photos into memory books to be carried around by kids. It failed to make me any money, but most importantly I was on the leading edge of digital photo and printing technology, so I learned a whole lot of new skills (Lesson 1).
I was fortunate enough to buy some retirement/vacation/investment property around preschool age and learned html, PhotoShop, FrontPage, and a few other tools. This kept my mind engaged, and kept me from being obsolete as the internet boomed(Lesson 1 again - new skills)
By the time the kids were in school full time, I had some connections in my old world, and did some marketing consulting, for high pay, and flexible hours. I loved the money and the work, but grew tired of the inability of the companies I worked with to pay on time (yeah even Fortune 100 was lousy), and to actually implement any of my great work (they were all slow as molasses). I didn't want to do this forever or go back to Corporate America, and I definitely like working in my pajamas (Lessons 2 and 3).
I became more active in my vacation rental management, and added a few more properties of my own. To market them I networked online, learned about SEO, optimized my web pages (all the time), and realized how much I don't know, but how much I LOVE managing and marketing vacation rentals. I also realized I didn't have enough capital to just manage my own empire - I needed to use other people's capital and my skills and passion to make them and me money. (Lessons 4 and 5).
As the kids are off in middle and high school, I'm on the brink of something big. I've obtained my real estate sales license and sit for my broker's exam next month (NO I didn't forget all my lessons; I like vacation rental management, not RE sales). I'm starting my own property management company for vacation rentals in the locations that I personally know and love. I've recruited a woman I respect and like to work with me to help me grow. I'm doing something that works for ME. I hope it helps you figure out what works for YOU