Many of my readers are stay-at-home moms who want to make money from home. If that’s you, today’s post should be a big help! Whether you’re looking for ways to replace your previous income, supplement the family budget, or just have some extra spending money, there are tons of awesome jobs for stay-at-home moms.
As a stay-at-home mom, it can be deeply frustrating to try to sort through all of the information out there about online work opportunities. Finding the right opportunity for you may take time but with some work, you can learn how to make money as a stay-at-home mom.
When you think about making money from home, one of the first things you need to decide is how much you want to make and how much time you have to give it. There’s a big difference between looking a full-time at-home job, running your own business on your own schedule, and doing one-off tasks that pay a little bit here and there. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do at each of these levels of “commitment.”
Finding Remote Work at Home
Many of the at-home jobs you hear about are very job-like in nature. You’ll have set hours you have to work (although those hours might not be 9 am to 5 pm) and you’ll need to show up every day on schedule. These jobs are going to be really hard to pull off if you have small children at home, but if your kids are in school or at childcare for most of the day, you may be interested in a part-time remote job.
- Yardi Matrix — This is a seasonal (temporary) job, but when the gig is available, it’s a great work-from-home job for moms. You’re assigned places to call — usually real estate and rental listings — to collect information and then report back to the company. Background noise and distractions are allowed and even appreciated because they make you appear more like a legitimate caller.
- Phone-Based Customer Service Jobs— These are best if your kids are out of the house during the day, because they require a quiet environment and steady hours. Some will require you to have a separate home office just for work, with a door you can shut.
- Non-Phone Customer Service Jobs— In addition to calling centers, many companies will hire remote workers to handle their email and chat inquiries.
If this is the type of work you’re looking for, one of your best resources (in addition to getting on my job leads email list) is going to be FlexJobs. It’s a job board that specializes in non-traditional work arrangements like the kind you can do from home. You can find full-time, part-time, contract, seasonal, and temp work on FlexJobs.
You Could Be Your Best Boss
Starting an at-home business is a great way to make some money from home. You can set your own hours, take on as much or as little work as you want, and really have some serious control on your time and income. This is a hugely popular job for stay-at-home moms who are willing to do the research into all the different opportunities. These are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Blogging— I love blogging! It offers you a great outlet to share your ideas with the world, and there are lots of ways you can “monetize” your blog and develop income streams, which means your income potential is basically unlimited. Blogging does require work and you’ll need to learn a lot (either on your own or through a course), but it’s really popular with moms for good reasons.
- Freelancing — This is another at-home gig I love to recommend. Freelancers provide some sort of service, and often they’ll do it online. Freelance jobs include things like web design, bookkeeping, social media management, and being a virtual assistant. Even if you don’t think you have marketable skills, all it takes is a conversation with someone about what you know how to do, and you’ve got the potential for a freelance business. Plus, you can always deep-dive into something that interests you (Facebook ads, landing page design, marketing on Pinterest, podcast production, and more) and specialize in that area. You can even freelance as a customer service representative for other online entrepreneurs!
- Writing – Whether it is blog content, articles, or business letters, this way of monetizing your skills has become quite common. Micro-job sites like Fiverr allow you to post your skills as “gigs” that you sell for a price, usually a few dollars. Sites like Freelancer and Upwork are “business to consumer” sites where sellers are linked with buyers. Most of the time jobs are awarded based on skills, qualification, buyer needs, and bids made by the seller (you, the freelancer) to get the buyer’s work done. Other sites screen you by requiring you to provide a sample before you are graded and placed in the appropriate writer level based on your writing skill.
- Online Tutoring and Lessons — If you know a skill that can be taught in person, it can probably also be taught online over video chats. Offering lessons and tutoring online is a great way to work from home, on your schedule, doing something you know or enjoy. And teaching English online has been experiencing a huge boom in business these past few years.
- Travel Agent— Sometimes the hours can be demanding, but a huge amount of travel agent work can be done over the computer or phone on your own schedule — and you usually know about crunch time far enough in advance to do some planning.
- Direct Sales— This is one of the most common ways of making money for stay-at-home moms. Direct selling is simply selling another person’s product or service to receive a percentage of the sale (commission). This has enormous potential, and can easily help you earn money online. A word of caution though — before you join any business opportunity, investigate the company, make sure the product is available and reliable, and ensure you have a good knack for selling. Stella & Dot is one of my favorite direct sales opportunities.
- Selling Products — Whether you’re a maker of physical goods or someone who’s more into writing books or putting together digital downloads, you can sell your wares online. Sites like Etsy and eBay are great for selling physical goods, FBA is an interesting way to become a reseller, Amazon is the go-to site for self-publishing and selling your own books, and you can sell digital products on your own website, on sites like Etsy, or even in ClickBank.
Ways to Get Pocket Money Here and There
None of these things will bring in a ton of money, but they’re great ways to come up with a bit of spending cash here and there or bridge the gap when you’re barely making ends meet. None of these tasks really require any skill or effort, and the vast majority of them can be done completely on your own time, whenever you feel like it.
- Swagbucks— This is, hands down, one of my favorite ways to make extra cash from home. With Swagbucks, you can earn money in tons of ways: watching videos, taking surveys, shopping online, and even doing regular internet searches. Sign up here.
- Surveys— These are a really popular way to make extra money in your spare time. Many surveys pay out between $1 and $5, but they’re sometimes hard to qualify for. If you’ve got time on your hands, they can be an easy way to make some extra money here and there. PineCone is one of my favorite survey companies and they pay $3 per survey. Not too shabby.
- Small Tasks— Sites like Mechanical Turk are known for offering you small tasks you can do in a few minutes here and there and get paid. It’s usually simple, easy work, and you can just pick and choose what you do whenever you have some time to spare. Website evaluations are a specific type of small task that some people really enjoy doing.
- Online Juror— I don’t see this one recommended a lot, but it’s a great gig if you can find it. As an online juror, you’re presented with a “case” that you read and evaluate the way you would if you were on a jury. They’re often used by lawyers to figure out whether or not their case would do well in court. The work tends to be sporadic, but it’s pretty interesting when you can land it.
- Mystery Shopping— While many “shops” will have to be completed at a specific time and place, you can plan your schedule around them. You may even be able to find family-friendly activities that you can do as a mystery shopper and then get reimbursed for them!
- Sell Photos – Pictures are memories caught at the right time. Images are always in high demand. If you have a knack for taking high-quality snaps with your camera, this is definitely for you. There are sites where you can submit your photos and get paid for them, or enter them in contests to see if you win a prize.
Looking for more ideas for making money from home? I’ve got a huge list for you right here.