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Being a stay-at-home mom is a full-time job, but it doesn’t pay a full-time paycheck. This makes it difficult for some one-income families to earn enough money to pay for things they need, let alone grow their savings. Good news is, there are ways to earn money without leaving the house or sacrificing your time with the kids. These opportunities enable you to make some cash while your children are at school, asleep, or even while they’re home and wide awake!
1. Make Money With Your Blog
Just about everyone’s got a blog now, right? Heck, I have more than I can count with both hands! But for good reason… it’s where I make most of my hands-free income from affiliate commissions, Google AdSense, and sponsored advertisers. You get to choose what your blog is about, when to write, what products to promote, and what types of ads to feature. Have you been curious about starting a food blog? Maybe a parenting blog? How about a marketing blog? Or a fashion blog? The possibilities are endless and getting one set up is easy as one, two, three! Check it out!
2. Affiliate Marketing
Did you know that you don’t even need to have your own products or services to earn a hefty paycheck? This is the beauty of affiliate marketing. You promote other people’s stuff and when someone buys, you collect a cut of the sale price! That’s it. No need to carry an inventory, deliver the product, or provide support to the customers! Where do you promote affiliate products? On your blog, social media, articles you write… pretty much anywhere! Here are some popular networks that offer ad links to earn some cash from:
- Rakuten Linkshare – My favorite network. You can promote popular brands such as Starbucks, iTunes, and Walmart, as well as products offered by smaller companies
- Amazon – They’re tied with Linkshare as my favorite network. You can promote books, audio books, video games, clothing, kitchen tools, even car parts! You can earn up to 10% commission on majority of what’s being sold on their website! They pay their associates like clockwork, which I love.
- Clickbank – Their online marketplace contains tens of thousands of products to choose from, and you can earn commissions as high as 75%!
- JVZoo – Huge variety of products to promote; from business, cooking, and education, to foreign language, gambling, and travel!
- Shareasale – These guys have over 3,900 merchants to promote from including: Beachbody, Zazzle, Craftsy, Juleep, and Weebly. They always pay on time too!
3. Sell Custom T-Shirts
You could have probably guessed that this would be on the list, since my website is dedicated to taking surveys online. However, I am being honest when I put this in the number one position in my list.
Taking surveys is a great option for stay at home moms, because:
- There is no background experience needed
- You can get paid in cash
- You can get access to special coupons for shopping
- You get to work from home
- You can work any hours you want
- It is extremely easy
- You can get started right now
Taking surveys online is an easy, free way to make money online. The problem is avoiding the scams that people try to pull. Avoiding scams and finding the best survey websites is the entire purpose I created this website.
If you’d like to get started making money with survey companies, I’d recommend this article I wrote:
2o Survey Sites that Pay in Cash
5. Freelance Writing
If you enjoying writing, then this could be a great way for you to get some extra income. If could even go beyond just extra money and become a full-time job, if that is what you would like.
I don’t consider myself an expert or authority on freelance writing, so I did some research and found some great articles that could get you going in this direction if it seems appealing.
- 53 Freelancing Mistakes That Are Costing You Clients, Cash, and Credibility
- An Interview with Tom Ewer on How to make $150+ an Hour as a Freelance Writer.
- Jeff Goins Blog on becoming a better writer
- Freelance Writer’s Den
These sites should help you learn more about freelance writing, and teach you ways to make more money when doing so.
Also, I included an article on improving your writing. If you think freelance writing is a good job, but don’t consider yourself a good writer, don’t worry. Writing is a skill, which means that you can work on it and become better at it.
What I think is cool about freelance writing is that the more jobs you do, the more you will be writing. The more you are writing, the better your writing will become, and the better jobs you will be able to get.
Here are some sites that you can sign up for and begin your freelance writing career:
- Online Writing Jobs
- Journalism Jobs
- Media Bistro
- Pitch Me
- Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs
- ProBlogger Job Board
- Freelance Writer’s Den
6. Data Entry
Data entry may not be the flashiest of jobs, but it does provide consistent work and doesn’t require prior experience. These are very simple tasks that companies need done, and luckily, they don’t involve going to an office.
They send you over the information and task, and you simply do it from home on your computer.
Here are some companies that are currently offering data entry jobs:
- Virtual Bee
- Capital Typing
7. Customer Service / Sales Representative
If you enjoy helping people, then you could be great for being a customer service or sales representative. This can require you to be on the phone, but this is still a way for you to make money from the comfort of your own home.
While this may technically not be an online job, it was close enough that I figured I would include it. Especially since they are rather simple jobs that allow the freedom to work from home.
Here are companies offer customer service or sales representative jobs:
- The Connection
- Uhaul Contact Center
- 1-800 Flowers
- Exact Customer Service
- West at Home
- Skyes Home
8. Sell on eBay, Amazon, or ETSy
eBay, Amazon, and ETSy are great sites for making some money online. There are multiple ways to go about using these sites to make money, and this blog post won’t be able to cover them. But to get you started with some ideas, you can look for products that are being sold locally near you or in bulk somewhere online, then sell these individually on Amazon or eBay for profit.
An example of this is to look for video games being sold on eBay in groups. These video games will probably be worth more if they were all sold individually, so you could buy the grouped games, then simply resell them individually on eBay.
When it comes to ETSy, it is similar to Amazon and eBay except that you sell your arts and crafts. So if you love doing crafting projects, then this could be a great way to make money online with your hobby.
Here is a cool post on 10 tips for successfully selling on ETSy.
There you have it, the 5 easiest ways to get going with making money online for stay at home moms. If you have any questions about these opportunities, or would like to add some tricks you are using to pull in extra money, make sure to let us know in the comments!
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9. Buckle up your babies and run errands for other people as a TaskRabbit tasker.
Make deliveries for other people on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can choose which tasks you want to take, and you can “nope” the ones you can’t do.If you love to stay active, this may be a good fit for you. TaskRabbit has a lot of positive reviews from other SAHMs who have figured out how to be taskers even with a busy at-home life.
10. Sell your crafts on Etsy if you’re arsty.
I know I’m not the first one to recommend this. If you’re crafty and you’ve been talking yourself out of selling your creations on Etsy, let me give you a nudge—just do it! Etsy is a tried and true online marketplace with over a million shops. You really have nothing to lose if you’re doing (and selling!) what you love.
Keep in mind you’ll pay three fees: a listing fee, a transaction fee, and a payment-processing fee. You’ll pay $0.20 per listing you publish in the Etsy marketplace. This gives you four months to sell your item, and once it sells, you’ll pay a 3.5% transaction fee on the sale price (doesn’t include cost of shipping).
11. Resell your brand-name used clothes or shoes on ThredUp.
Clean out all the closets! I tend to do this naturally at the end of summer when I buy new school clothes for my kids, but you could do it as often as you want.
Order a “clean out kit,” which is a bag for you to load with all of your unwanted (but still in-good-shape and on-trend) items and ship them to ThredUp.
Anything ThredUp prices at under $60, they’ll pay you up-front for—just like a brick and mortar consignment shop does—and anything they value at over $60, they’ll consign and pay you when it sells.
Check the payout estimator to see how much money you can potentially make on your items. Enter the brand name and what your item is to see if it’s worth your time.
If you want to level up on this, plan to do your clothes shopping on ThredUp as well. You might only have to buy new clothes when your items are so loved and worn that ThredUp won’t take them.
12. Resell new (unused) clothes and shoes on Inselly.
Skip the used stuff! Make money off new items. If getting out of the house with your kids in tow sounds like an adventure you’re up for, try your hand at flipping clothes and shoes for a profit.
Best part? Since you’re not buying for yourself, no need to try anything on. Just look for high-end brand named items that have been marked way, way down.
Check out department store end-of-season clearance (think Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s) or brands you know are hot (J.Crew, Banana Republic, Anthropologie) and buy when you know you could turn a profit then sell on Inselly, an Instagram-based marketplace.
Post your items for sale via a photo on Instagram, and label and tag them with #inselly in order to start selling.
13. Comb thrift stores and estate sales for furniture you can flip for a profit on Craigslist.
SAHMs have been doing this for years. And yet, there’s still a market for it.
As long as you have creative ideas for upcycling out-of-style pieces, there’ll be a market to purchase your creations. Still doubt me? Just ask Joanna Gaines how profitable a creative mind + some old stuff can be.
Bonus: Join the midcentury modern craze and become an expert on the mid-mod vintage style. Many people still don’t realize how valuable these items are when resold (credenzas turn the best profit). Check out the furniture section of Craigslist or head down to your local thrift store.
For mid-mod treasures, be the first to visit estate sales. Be sure to drive a truck to go shopping in case you find a larger item you want to flip!
14. Start a blog easily through HostGator and then look into monetizing options.
Don’t believe them when they tell you the mommy blogger days are over!
The Internet is huge and people are always looking for great content. If you like to write and you have something to say or teach, get on the path to making a side income from your blog. Are your kids or pets hilarious? Do you get invited to parties just so you’ll bring your signature appetizers and desserts? Blog about it.
Hostgator offers the KCL community a killer deal, and I’ll tell you how to start a blog the right way in 4 easy steps.
15. Get paid to do other people’s laundry through Laundry Care.
If the thought of dragging your kids around town makes you feel like you need a nap, here’s one just for you, because you can do it at home.
It’s really as simple as it sounds. Sign up to be a home-based launderer and start taking clients in your area. If you enjoy doing laundry and you have good attention to detail, this may be a good fit for you.
16. Write an eBook and self-publish using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
Getting published used to be hard; self-publishing used to be expensive. No more.
Once you’ve written your manuscript, simply upload it to KPD, set your sale price, and start earning 70% royalty. It’s free and your eBook shows up next to everything else on Amazon within 24 hours. In order to really be a successful self-published author of an eBook, get cozy with social media, because you’ll want to tell everyone you know to go check out your new book on Amazon.com.
17. Cash in on your academic skills by working with Tutor.com to tutor K-12 students.
If you’re a teacher taking a break to be home with your kiddos, or you just have a lot of smarts in areas like math, sciences, or foreign languages, this is a great way to earn some side cash.
If you’re available to tutor at least 5 hours per week and you can pass a test in your chosen area of expertise, plus you’re passionate about education, check this one out! (Let me know what the pay is like–I haven’t tried it and can’t find out how much you’d make doing it.)
18. Have experience as a voice actor? Become a voiceover artist with VoiceBunny.
If you’ve started a career or gained experience as a voiceover artist, continue from home with VoiceBunny.
Obviously not for everyone, but maybe this is for someone!
19. Get paid to do what you’re already doing online with InboxDollars or Swagbucks.
Read email, watch videos, browse the Internet or play games online? Make money while you’re at it.
You can earn up to $40 per month with InboxDollars or $100 per month when you use these Swagbucks hacks.
20. Give attorneys feedback about cases as an online juror through Online Verdict.
Attorneys used to rely on focus groups and mock trials exclusively when trying to decide whether or not to take a case. Now Online Verdict offers attorneys a chance to get feedback about cases from people like you, while you’re sitting in the comfort of your own home.
What if you could make between $20-$60 per hour for 20-60 minutes of your time at your own convenience? I’m thinking once or twice a week during nap time (as opportunities are available) could turn a nice profit!