25 Jobs to Make REAL Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom
I’ve always pictured myself as a stay-at-home mom. And a couple of months after I had my first baby I decided to make it official and stay home and take care of my baby.
But I needed a plan.
I knew we couldn’t live off just ONE income.
I needed to make money somehow….but how?
And I’m sure that’s exactly why you’re here. So you can make money while being a stay-at-home mom.
So whether you just want a little side money or to actually make an income, the good news is that it CAN BE DONE!
You CAN DO IT!
Believe it or not, there are actually ALOT of jobs for stay-at-home moms!
There so many different ideas and options to choose from!
But I’m sure you’re thinking…
Are Work from Home Jobs Legit?
Yes, they are!
There are a lot of people who work from home AND make money!
Some have even been able to replace their income from their old full-time job.
But unfortunately, not all work from home jobs are legitimate. Sometimes it can be a scam.
You want to avoid these as they could take personal information about you and use it against you.
This article from The Penny Hoarder here explains how to figure out if it’s a scam or not.
Now on to the good stuff!
Below you can check out some job ideas for stay-at-home moms!
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Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms
Blogging is a great way to make an income and is one of the most flexible jobs you can have!
And it requires NO degree!
You can make as much as $500-$10,000 a month. Some make even more than that!
I know plenty of bloggers who are able to make a full-time income from home and still do all the mommy things (I know wow)!
Unfortunately, though, this isn’t a get rich quick type of job. This job requires lots and lots and lots of hard work.
But if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you could definitely make it happen!
Interested in starting a blog?
You can check out this post here where I’ll walk you step-by-step on how to start a blog!
If you’re good at writing then freelance writing could be your thing!
Freelance writers can write anything from blog posts, magazine articles, ebooks, and more. And you can do it all at the convenience of your own home.
I’ve heard of some people who are able to make as much as $60k a year!
This post by Elna Cain (who is a very experienced freelance writer) explains everything you’d need to know about freelance writing and how to get started!
Like taking photos?
How about doing photography!
I once did a photo shoot with a woman who had her own photography business right in her own home! She had a special photography room to take amazing professional photos as well as props.
There are lots of different types of sessions you could do like maternity, graduation, newborns, engagement photos, outdoor sessions, and LOTS more!
The possibilities are endless!
If this is something you think you’d be good at, a great place to start is with photography lessons and having a great camera!
I know lots of people who are Virtual Assistants that make great money!
Tasks for a virtual assistant could be helping with social media, email management, graphic design, content creation, and more!
Virtual assistants can charge as much as $1-$100 per hour! But normally it’s around $30 per hour.
Interested? You can find out how to become a virtual assistant here.
Pinterest Vitural Assitant
Many bloggers and businesses use Pinterest.
Pinterest though can be time-consuming so sometimes they need a Pinterest VA (Virtual Assitant) so they can work on other duties in their business.
A Pinterest VA does things like creating pin images, pinning content, and creating a pinning strategy.
They earn up to as little as $15 an hour all the way up to $50/hr! Sometimes even more!
So if you like creating fun and unique designs then this may be right up your alley!
This job will require a quiet space for when you’re working.
With this job, you’ll be taking calls and help with answering questions, processing payments, redirecting calls, and so forth.
Keep in mind though that you will need to have your own laptop and highspeed internet.
You don’t want your internet lagging!
Virtual receptionists can make anywhere from $9-$17 an hour.
This is something I considered doing before I started blogging.
What I love about this is that while you watch other kids you are still able to watch your own!
A couple of relatives in my family have done this before and it has worked out really well for them.
Some are still doing this as a business!
Good daycares that are in bigger cities can make around 30K a year.
Here is a helpful article about starting a daycare business at home.
Do you have lots of experience and knowledge about a certain subject?
Why not try being a virtual tutor?
Depending on the subject being taught and your level of experience you could earn up to $30 per hour!
Make an Etsy Shop
If you’re creative, love being crafty, and are good at making things this could definitely be a contender!
Etsy makes it easier to sell your own products and make money!
You can learn about how to start your own Etsy shop here.
Wikipedia explains Influencer Marketing as, “Influencer marketing is a form of social media marketing involving endorsements and product placements from influencers, people and organizations who possess a purported expert level of knowledge and/or social influence in their respective fields.”.
So for this job to work, you will need to build up a following and know how to work social media.
This is another one that will definitely take some time before you actually start “making” money.
But influencers can earn up to $30-$100k a year!
This article helps explain how to make money being an influencer on social media.
Can you play an instrument and read music?
You could be a private music teacher right in your own home!
I love music and still play the piano and thought about giving beginner piano lessons before I decided to go with blogging of course.
But maybe this is something I can try later on in life!
Private music teachers can earn up to around 76K per year!
You could earn up to $22 per hour teaching kids in China English!
All you need is (literally) any kind of bachelor’s degree, a working laptop with high-speed internet, and live in the US or Canada.
You can get started with VIPKID and become an English teacher today!
Data entry is a well-known job that you can do from home that normally requires no commute.
They normally range from $12-$30 an hour.
All that’s needed is a computer, good typing skills, and a good internet connection!
Baby Equipment Rental
Did you know that people who are traveling will actually rent baby items?
I didn’t know that either til recently!
So if you live in a good tourist destination then this could be a good option!
This one lady made a little over $20,000 in her first 6 months!
You can read about how she got started renting out baby equipment here!
And how you can too!
There are plenty of women who’ve gone out and are making good money selling products!
But maybe you don’t want to be a “tuber ware lady”.
There are lots of different options to choose from!
You can sell essential oils like from Young and Living, or make-up and other beauty products from Mary Kay, and even organic products from Poofy!
Just to name a few!
Got a background in graphic design?
Why not use those skills to make some money from home!
Graphic designers can make up to $50k a year!
Some jobs you can do as a graphic designer are logo designs, web designer, and a photo editor.
Social Media Manager
Are you good at social platforms?
Well, maybe you could be a social media manager!
They help businesses with their online presence which in this day and age is pretty important.
Social media managers are in charge of things like responding to comments, compiling campaigns, and creating content.
The average salary is $45K a year for being a social media manager!
What Are Other Things Can I do from Home to Earn Some Extra Cash?
ALOT of these jobs may take time until they start earning you any kind of income.
Specifically, if it’s a self-employed job.
So, maybe you just want to try small things instead to help earn a little bit of cash.
Luckily there are lots of side hustles that moms can do from home to help earn a couple of dollars here and there.
I mean anything helps! Right?
Side Jobs for Stay at Home Moms
If you don’t mind having a couple of extra kids around, babysitting would make a great and super convenient side job!
I mean, you’re already at home, have baby stuff, and you won’t have to leave your kids!
You can choose to just babysit on weekends or even certain weekday nights.
Taking online surveys is one way to get some extra cash.
Though it does take a while to actually build up some money, they would be very easy to do.
And it requires no experience!
You could even do them when your little one is napping or while watching TV.
Shopping apps that give cashback are almost a must!
They literally will give you money, just for shopping for items that you would normally buy when you’re at the grocery store!
I use them all the time and love seeing the money add up!
You can check out these money-saving apps here!
Sell Old (But Still Nice) Clothing
Over time clothes we use to love just don’t get worn anymore.
And babies can grow out of their clothes within months!
So if you got some nice clothes with no stains, no holes, and don’t look worn out, why not sell them?
People are constantly looking for ways to NOT pay full price on items, so selling old clothes for a good price benefits not only you but them as well!
Not to mention easy money!
You can try selling them online or have a garage sale!
What about being a dog walker?
People will actually pay you to come over and give their doggy some well-deserved exercise and fresh air.
Not to mention you’ll get some yourself as well!
A dog walker can earn anywhere from $17-$40 an hour.
If you love animals maybe you could consider being a pet sitter!
When families go out of town and can’t bring their furry friends, they’ll need someone to watch them.
You could be that person!
Pet sitters can make anything from $7-$30 per hour.
With certain programs, you can get paid to rate products.
It could be in a survey or doing a sampling club.
With Moms Meet you can earn points by reviewing products. The points you earn can be redeemed for gift cards, printables, surprise fun packs, and gifts!
You must signup for either the Mom Ambassador or Blog Ambassador membership. Both are completely free!
Get started with Moms Meet today!
Love finding good deals?
And with Amazons FBA program you can sell things that you found cheap, for a higher price!
Amazon will even ship the products and handle customer service!
This lady here has made a living selling on Amazon!
And now her AND her husband work at home together selling items on Amazon.
You can check out her FREE Amazon FBA Starter Course here!
How to Make Working from Home WORK
Being a work from home mom can be challenging.
You have to try and balance work, babies, cleaning, and just mom life in general.
I mean how do you even make time to do everything? Especially WORK.
So here are a couple of tips I’ve learned from being a working stay at home mom.
- Use naps to your advantage. When the baby is sleeping, use that time to get some work done. Trust a few naps a day can go a LONG way!
- If you need to make more time to work. Try staying up later after the kids are asleep, or waking up earlier before they wake up. Even an hour of extra time will help you get things done!
- Are they busy playing with toys or watching their favorite show? Get your computer out to get a couple more minutes in!
- Is Dad or Grandma available? Ask if one of them can watch the baby while you catch up on some work.
- If it is really hard to make time, create a set time or schedule where you and your partner (or whoever can watch them) knows that during this time to this time you’ll be busy working. That way they can watch the kids you can get some work done!
What You Should Keep in Mind Before Starting a Business as a Stay at Home Mom
Now if you’re planning on not working for another company and want to actually start your own business, there are some things you should know before you start that little (actually pretty big) adventure.
- First off you must keep your expectations low. I’m not saying don’t be positive and have goals. But don’t expect to be earning top dollar (or even any dollars) for awhile.
- Working as a stay at home mom is HARD WORK. Especially if you’re a stay at home mom with little children to watch. It’s gonna be hard to make time and starting any business takes time.
- Something that you should hear now is that it takes money to make money. That saying is all so very very true. It’s gonna take money to buy courses to learn how to do it, for the equipment you may need, and etc.
- Remember that it takes a lot of time and hard work to actually have and grow a business. Meaning you may not see any results for a while. So don’t get too hard on yourself!
Now I don’t say these things to scare you out of doing it. I say them because I truly didn’t know what all it took to do it (or maybe I just didn’t wanna listen) when I first started out.
I feel like knowing these things NOW and accepting them will help you in the long run.
Cause it’s gonna get frustrating at times and you may even want to throw in the towel.
But unless you really don’t want to continue on with it anymore, you’re just gonna have to be strong and stay positive!
Yes, some of these jobs for stay at home moms won’t take as long as others and may even be easier than others. And some may take a very long time until they start earning you any money.
Working from home CAN work, you just have to remember to put in a lot of work to make it happen!
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