Back in December of 2016, my husband was diagnosed with several spinal conditions including, Schuerman’s Disease, a narrowed spinal canal and herniated and degenerative discs.
At that time, he was the only one working and providing financially for our household. And with two small children at home, one of us had to stay home to care for them.
However, since our youngest child was only 14 months old at the time, there was no way that my husband could lift him and also care for his spinal pain. It was at that time that I started searching for ways that I could shoulder the financial burden while also staying home with my family.
After a ton of research, I came across a ton of different ways to earn money at home while also raising my children.
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind while searching for a work at home job:
- Be on the lookout for scams. If the job sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Don’t ever give out personal information to someone. Some scammers will try to send you a check for equipment and etc. and ask you to deposit into your bank account and then send them a certain amount back. Do not do this!!! This is a HUGE red flag and a waste of time.
- If you were working at a full-time job before and need to work from home now, try asking your employer if they have any options for you to continue working from home. Many moms are able to do this. In fact, my neighbor worked at a medical billing company and was able to convince her boss to allow her to continue working from home after her youngest child was born.
- Look for flexibility. Stay-at-home moms are on call all the time. Try to find a job that is flexible where you can make your own hours.
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1. Start a Mommy Blog
One of the most successful jobs that many stay-at-home moms are loving is blogging. I started my blog just over 18 months ago and have not looked back. The best thing about blogging is that you can be creative and make a passive income at the same time.
There are a few different ways to make money blogging but here are my favorite ways:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Selling Digital Products or Physical Products
- Offering Services
- Sponsored Content
- Creating a Paid Membership Website
- Selling Ebooks and Online Courses
The best thing about blogging is that you can make money in many ways and even with a small blog. I learned how to make money blogging with this helpful course.
Are you ready to start a money-making blog? Here is my step-by-step tutorial on how to start a mommy blog in minutes.
More Helpful Blogging Posts:
- 9 Inspiring Mom Blogs You Should be Following
- How to Get Paid to Write Sponsored Blog Posts
- Zero to 10,000 Pageviews…in less than 30 days
- 7 Budget-Friendly Ebooks to Actively Boost Your Blog
2. Freelance Writing
If you love writing and would like to write for other bloggers and websites, freelance writing may be just the job for you. Freelance writing is very flexible and exciting since you are able to work on different projects on your own schedule. The best thing about freelance writing is that you don’t have to manage your own blog (unless you want to that is).
My friend Elna is a very successful freelance writer and blogger who writes posts for several companies including the Huffington Post. She even created this course where she walks you through all of the steps needed to become a thriving freelance writer.
Are you an amazing photographer who is constantly snapping beautiful photos? If so, then taking and selling photos could be a great option for you. The best thing is that you can sell photos of whatever you want.
Kayla from Ivory Mix is a blogger who also creates and shares stock photos, blogging tips, and social media and marketing strategies.
She helps to supply bloggers with amazing stock photos for creating quality blog post images. The beautiful advantage of Kayla’s photography business is that she and her husband are able to spend tons of time with their 3 children and also enjoy traveling together.
4. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is basically an assistant who does all of their work online and in the comfort of their own home. This is another great option for moms to make a full-time income right from the comfort of their couch.
There are tons of bloggers and other website owners who hire virtual assistants to complete tasks that they may not have time to finish themselves.
Here are a few different services that a virtual assistant can offer:
- Blog Post Creation
- Content Editing
- Content Uploading
- Email Management
- Photo Editing
- eBook Creation
- Social Media Management
- Video Editing
- Website Updates
- Customer Service
- and more…
5. Social Media Manager
A social media manager is someone who takes care of creating and scheduling social media posts for website owners. You don’t necessarily have to be a virtual assistant to be a social media manager. Many bloggers will hire their own assistants just to hand social media for them.
One popular social media site to become a manager of is Pinterest – especially for mommy bloggers since that is where a ton or our traffic comes from.
If you LOVE Pinterest and would be a great fit for this job, I would highly suggest it. Plus many social managers use Tailwind to schedule social media posts for them so they have time to complete more tasks. Try Tailwind for FREE through my link HERE!
There are also courses that teach you how to use Tailwind as well as great SEO practices to use while pinning to Pinterest. However, the best course that I have found is Ready, Set, Blog for Traffic.
And my friend Carly has written a fabulous ebook that also covers ways to rock Pinterest but through a manual pinning method called Pinteresting Strategies.
She swears by this method and most of her blog’s traffic comes straight from Pinterest. Here is the post I wrote about how her manual pinning strategy helped my blog.
6. Data Entry
If you are super fast at typing and love working with Microsoft Word, data entry may be just the job for you. It is a pretty straight-forward job, but often requires some past experience as well as on-point accuracy.
Many data entry positions also pay according to the number of correct keystrokes made.
7. Website Testing
Website testing is just like it sounds.
Once you sign up with a company, you will be emailed when they find a website that needs to be tested. You spend around 10-15 minutes completing tasks that are asked of you on the website and describing your experience.
UserTesting is the only company I personally have experience with and they rewarded me with $10 via Paypal for every website that I was able to test.
8. Taking Online Surveys
Taking online surveys is definitely not a full-time job, but if you have some free time and a smartphone, you can surely earn some extra money easily. Here are some of my favorite survey sites:
- Opinion City
- Survey Rewardz
- Opinion Bureau
- Vindale Research
- Pinecone Research
- US Opinion Poll
- Survey Voices
Proofreading is another great way to make money from home if you are great at perfecting details and catching mistakes.
If you have amazing grammar skills and love to read behind others you can make a ton of money proofreading.
Are you great with numbers? If you are a math-lover, bookkeeping might be a great work at home option for you.
Bookkeepers are often hired by small business owners, bloggers, and many other industries.
11. Transcription and Captioning
Transcription is where you listen to audio and type exactly what is being said on the audio file. It is a very fast-paced profession and generally requires a very fast typist.
It can also become difficult if you cannot understand some audio files. However, there are many very successful transcribers out there.
Check out Transcribe Anywhere to learn how to build a career as a transcriber.
Captioning is like transcribing but with video. Have you ever noticed words at the bottom of a TV that match up with the audio? That’s what captioners do.
If you want to find opportunities in transcription or captioning, I highly recommend Rev. They pay via PayPal once a week and always have new content available.
12. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is when you recommend a product to someone who purchases it through your specific link and in turn you earn a commission from that sale. You can make a full-time income by using affiliate marketing on your blog.
In fact, Michelle makes over 6 figures just by using affiliate marketing techniques on her blog. She even teaches you how to do the same in her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Affiliate Networks are very easy to join and some don’t even require that you have a website. Here are my favorite affiliate programs:
13. Babysitting/In-Home Daycare
Do you love kids? If you are great with kids and also have your very own kids at home, you might start a childcare business.
Even if you only watch 1 or 2 children full-time for 5 days a week you could make a substantial income. Plus if you have kids at home already, they may enjoy the extra company.
14. Flipping Items
Have you ever bought something at a yard sale for pennies and later sold it for much more money? That is flipping.
There are lots of people that actually do this for a living and have online stores where they sell their finds.
15. Write and Sell Ebooks
Do you love to write ebooks? Some moms write and sell their ebooks and make a killing. You could too.
If you would like to learn how to write and sell a profitable ebook my friend Suzi has a great course that walks you through how to create, design, and launch an ebook.
She makes thousands from her ebooks and has become widely successful. Here is her Ebook by Number Course
16. At Home Customer Service Jobs
Do you have a wonderful voice and love talking to customers? If so, maybe a remote customer service job is right for you.
More and more different companies are hiring at home customer service representatives every day. Including Apple, Amazon, and Comcast. All you really need is a good computer, a headset with a microphone, and a quiet workspace.
Now some moms may be able to work this out and work when their children nap, but this did not work for my family since my life is different from one day to the next. But please don’t let that discourage you.
Do you have some teaching experience? You may be a great fit for online tutoring. I actually know several former school teachers that now work from home tutoring and teaching online.
Here are some sites to check out:
18. Direct Sales
Direct sales is when you sell products that are from a retailer but not in a retail store. Most of the time it is done at in-home parties and online. When you sign up with a direct sales company, you generally buy a starter kit and share it with others so they can see all of the benefits of the product.
And as a distributor, you earn a commission for every sale that you make or referring new members. Some of my favorite direct sales businesses are:
- Young Living – I cannot say enough about Young Living. This company sells essential oils as well as health and wellness, household, and products for the entire family. The best part is that all of their products are made with the purest essential oils. You can read more about Young Living HERE.
- Thrive Life – They provide meals that are already planned, prepped, and quick and easy to make.
- Norwex – is a company that sells products for cleaning without harmful chemicals.
- Thirty-One Gifts – Thirty-One sells cute fabric bags, totes, purses, and backpacks.
- LulaRoe – LulaRoe is a clothing line that sells comfortable and stylish clothing that is perfect for moms. I love their clothes and wear them on a daily basis. Here is my favorite LulaRoe seller. (P.S. Tell her I sent you)
19. Start Your Own Etsy Shop
Are you a crafter? Do you make beautiful artwork that is worth selling? You should start your very own Etsy shop and sell your creations.
I know some people that sell beautiful artwork and love working every day.
20. Travel Agent
Do you love traveling or have a vast knowledge about traveling and geography? You might like to work from home as a travel agent. People are always looking for someone to plan their vacations and trips for them. Start out by looking at some of these companies:
Along with blogging, becoming a full-time YouTuber has been extremely popular for stay-at-home moms. You really just need a video camera to get started but it does take a lot of work.
Like blogging, it is not a get rich quick scheme. However, in the long run, creating YouTube videos can provide a flourishing income for your family.
Here are some of my favorite parenting YouTubers:
Love Meg – Meg is a stay-at-home mom of two who creates motivating cleaning videos and much more.
Fathering Autism – Asa and Priscilla Maass are parents to Isiah and Abigail. Abigail has autism and is completely nonverbal. The entire family is wonderful to watch and gives a real look into daily life with autism. However, even with the hardships that are presented to them, they approach every day with a positive attitude.
Do It On A Dime – Kathryn is a blogger and mom of two who loves to share how she lives a beautiful life on a budget. Here dollar tree videos are so helpful and informative. She also offers some FREE printables for organizing, budgeting and more on her blog
Wow! These are really great! Thank you so much for this! Ok always looking for ways to make a little extra money from home, i personally loves reselling on ebay and amazon but these other ideas are gold.
Hey Heather, this covers almost every legitimate side hustle there is for a mom.
For tutoring, there is another extremely reliable platform – VIPKID. They pay around $18-22 per hour for teaching English to Chinese students.
Oh wow! Thank you Chhavi.
I just love this post
Very helpful post, Heather!
What a great post! As a mum of 2 young children I am always looking for fun and creative ways to supplement our income other then my usual nursing job and freelance writing. Thank you 🙂