Because with all the things you’ve already got on your mom plate, like looking after your little one and most likely running the household as well, the last thing you want is a job that feels like a “chore” instead of fun.
To help you find your perfect stay-at-home job, I am going to show you 7 completely different ideas of what you can do (that are already popular with other moms).
Ready? Here are the best jobs on How to Make Money from Home as A Stay-at-Home Mom to inspire you to think about what you can do and whether you’re a good fit for the job. Let’s start with the most popular of the stay-at-home jobs.
Best Jobs: How To Make Money From Home as a Stay-at-Home Mom
1. Work as a Virtual Assistant
Did you know that as a Virtual Assistant (VA) you could get paid to do something you already love? Virtual Assistants are in seriously high demand which makes it one of the best remote jobs you can do from home.
As a VA you’re an independent contractor and work remotely on your own schedule. That means you can literally work whenever your kids are in school or during nap time or while dinner is cooking.
The best part is that the roles for Virtual Assistants are endless.
To give you some ideas, you could do simple things like data entry Virtual Assistant where you manually enter data on your computer, social media manager Virtual Assistant, customer service Virtual Assistant where you reply to questions in live chats, designing Pinterest pins or work as a graphic designer Virtual Assistant or even work as a Virtual Assistant helping people plan their wedding. How nice would that be to get paid to do that?
A good place to start is to ask yourself what you already love doing and announce, on Facebook for example, that you’re thinking of offering these services. Really, getting clients can be that simple but we’ll cover that at the end of this post a bit more. I got all my clients on Facebook organically.
2. Sell things you no longer need
Have you got things sitting around you no longer want or need? Like jewelry, a pair of designer sunnies, your husband’s old polo shirts, kitchen gadgets, baby toys, an old bicycle, candles, or shoes that are just gathering dust? You can turn them into cash today. Selling unwanted items can be a quick way to make extra cash. I find the Facebook marketplace is the quickest and easiest way to list unwanted items and what’s even better is that it’s free to list. I have made thousands myself reselling unwanted items and usually, items sell within a few days.
An easy way to get started is by taking good photos of the things you’re selling and adding a decent description to your listing. Also, check out similar items for sale to give you an idea of how much to price your items.
Other marketplaces you can try are eBay or Gumtree. Personally, I’ve been re-selling my baby’s clothes and toys and have made half my money back or more with little effort, which is amazing.
Now over to you momma. Think about things you’ve got in the garage that you could sell or in the spare bedroom? I’m sure you’ve got some cash sitting around. And now it’s time to find them.
Alternatively, you could browse flea markets for antiques or other quirky things and flip them for profit.
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3. Create Printables
Creating Printables could be the perfect side hustle for you if you’re looking for a creative outlet. But not only that, you could turn this lucrative and fun side hustle into a full-time job. If this idea excites you but you’re not entirely sure what Printables are then let me explain.
What are Printables? Printables are digital files people buy and download from you and print at home. Popular Printables include meal planners, budget planners, coloring-in pages for kids, home-schooling Printables, and chore charts, just to name a few.
The best platform to sell them on is Etsy. How much does it cost to list on Etsy? Etsy charges a small listing fee of $0.20 as well as a 5% transaction fee for every item you list.
However, on average, Printables sell for $9-$15 each.
The best thing about running your own Printables side hustle is that it has the potential to become passive income, because you only need to create your printables once and can sell them over and over.
And lastly, the best part about selling Printables is, that you don’t have to physically ship out products to your customers or deal with inventory.
All you need is a free version of Canva, an idea for the Printables you want to design, and then start your own Etsy shop. If you need help starting your own online store, check out popular online courses that teach you how to get started.
4. Dog walking
Are you a dog person and love taking them for a walk? Then maybe dog walking could be a simple side hustle to do for you? You could earn between $20-$50/ hour. This simple job is a great option to get some exercise while earning extra money. Just have a look in your area or advertise your services on the blackboard in supermarkets or local communities. Some busy dog owners in your neighborhood will happily pay you for walking their dogs. Just give it a try if the idea appeals to you.
5. Freelance writer
Are you great at writing copy? Then you should consider working as a freelance writer. Because copywriters are in seriously high demand all the time. I used to work with a copywriter for years and really speak from experience about how rare good writers are. So, if you have the gift of writing, use it! You can make some astronomical cash. All businesses need great writers to help them sell more products.
As a freelance writer, you could help write sales copy, ad copy, articles, and blog posts, or offer your writing services to a specific industry you like writing about, for example, gardening.
Facebook is a great place to post about your services in general. But I believe for this particular job you should also post your services on Fiverr and Upwork. Both platforms are free to use, and I have personally used both of them successfully.
Are you good at teaching your kids? And have they improved so much since you’re teaching your little ones from your living room classroom at home? Then why not teach other kids after school to help them achieve great results too? You can help the kids finish their homework and answer all the questions they have. And you could really help boost those little ones’ confidence because kids find it less scary when they learn in a familiar setting.
Alternatively, to tutoring kids face to face you can also think about joining online tutors and offering your services to more kids in remote locations.
7. Start a blog
I’ve left this one for late because building a blog is not a quick way to make money, although it is possible to make extra income further down the line. So, I thought this one is well worth sharing with you on how to make money from home as a stay-at-home mom. If you’ve got a passion for something you’d love to share, like baking, knitting, gardening, or DIYing, if you love cooking or baking dog biscuits, then starting your own blog could be a great way to share your content with a larger community.
How can you make money with your blog? You can monetize with affiliate marketing or ads, like Google AdSense, Ezoic, or Mediavine. But to get into those bigger ad networks you need seriously good traffic (20,000 page views and more). In my case, I didn’t have this sort of traffic at all, but I still made my first affiliate sale after my 3rd post. But realistically building up a blog to a point where you can monetize it takes time.
I hope these job ideas on how to make money as a stay-at-home mom has helped you get thinking. But now, let’s talk about the realistic side effects you working from home has.
Expect things to get messy
Now that you’ve decided on your new side hustle on how to make money from home as a stay-at-home mom, you’re probably going to want to invest any little spare time you’ve got doing research, creating, crafting, or applying. Right? But there are only so many hours in your day, mommy. So, it’s only natural that the kitchen might be a bit messier or you’re behind on the laundry. But that’s ok! Just focus on your priorities inside the house and in your job and shift things around where you need to suit your needs.
Ask for help
To make sure your new job runs as smoothly as possible you may need to ask your family for some support. To begin with, you want to make sure your family is on board. That means, discuss with your partner or kids, or other family members that this is what you’re going to do and ask them to be understanding and supportive. You can work together to create a plan for getting the help you need. Perhaps your partner could pick up the kids or take care of dinner one extra time instead of you.
Or maybe it’s time to get the kids involved in helping around the house?
Set realistic expectations
Remember, nothing is going to be a quick overnight thing. Each idea that we discussed in this post still takes time to take off, even something as simple as dog-walking. Before you can make money you still need to do either research, create something or market your business. That’s why it’s so important that you truly pick something you love so that you enjoy spending your time doing it.
With your little ones to look after and the household chores, adding pressure is the last thing you want. So be sensible and follow your gut with what’s achievable at the start.
How to Find Your Perfect Stay-at-Home Job
Here are some tips to help you get started to help choose a job that’s right for you.
What do you love to do?
As I said before, the best place to start is by figuring out what you love doing, and what are you good at.
For example, do you love designing pins in Canva? Do you love to cook or are you great at taking food photos on your kitchen counter? Do you love organizing and planning your day? Are you a good accountant? Do you love writing? Or would you like to work with kids or animals? Have you thought about offering your services as a Virtual Assistant?
How many hours do you want to work?
How much time do you have realistically besides being a mom? And how much work can you take on with everything else you’ve got to look after? Do you want to make a full-time income or just side hustle? Do you want a part-time job, a full-time job or work completely flexible on and off?
The last thing you want is to add more to your busy mom life or get swallowed up by a job that takes away all your time. Just because you want the additional income doesn’t mean you have to bend over backward just to get it. Find the things you love to do, and the money will come more easily.
What do you need from your job?
It’s equally important to think about what requirements you need from your job to make it work alongside your family life. Are you a night owl or a morning person, meaning would you be interested in a job that would allow you to stay up later to work on your blog, for example? Or do you need to get it done during the day, while your kids are at school with dog walking maybe?
How much money do you want to make?
Do you want to make little money or a lot of money? Get clear on what you need first before you look for the job. This is important because when you know how much you want to make you know how many clients you’ll have to roughly find.
Research your niche
You want to see what others are doing to make money. Of course, you don’t want to copy them, just to get some inspiration. Look at what works for others and find ways to improve it.
Set up your business
With your husband and kids’ support behind you, take the plunge and just start it. You also might want to get advice on how to set yourself up as self-employed and what you need to do about taxes.
With every business you start, you need customers or clients. So, let potential clients know what you’re doing. Facebook is usually a great place to share it with your audience. You could also post in Facebook groups or create a Facebook page. Just put your services out there and pick the people you want to work with. Good luck!
Closing thoughts on how to make money as a stay-at-home mom
I hope this blog post has given you some ideas of the things you can do from home to make extra money. The bottom line is that the best stay-at-home-mom jobs for you are the one that fits your skillset the most. So ideally, find something that you’re already good at so that you’re not adding tons of new things to learn to your already busy mom plate.
And most importantly, doing something you love will make you a happy mom too. Enjoy your new job, mommy!
About The Author
Hey, I’m Kristin Brause, a new mom, and new blogger. But please call me Kris. My blog AnyMommyCanMakeMoney was born out of my desire to stay at home with my baby and work from home instead of being away from her for work. My mission now is to help mommies who also want to stay at home with their kids make money online because I believe that any mommy can work from home and make money, even between nap times and nappy changes, with the right work from home job.
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