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.”
Great Stay-at-Home Moms Jobs
Many of the at-home jobs you hear about are very job-like in nature. When contracting with one of the big companies hiring remote workers, you'll often have a set schedule or at least be required to work a certain number of hours per week with a schedule you create. The benefits of contracting with one of these work-at-home jobs is that there is often no investment or marketing involved as there would be when starting your own business.
So many companies hire remote workers today, including big names you likely know; American Express, Apple, Enterprise and more. A few industries to consider when looking for a work-at-home j-o-b.
1. Telecommute for Your Current Employer
This is the easiest option – if you can make it happen. More and more employers are giving their workers the freedom to do their jobs from home, so ask your boss about this possibility.
Even if you cannot convince your boss to let you telecommute full-time, you may be able to work from home several days a week. That part-time telecommuting can cut your commuting expenses in half and give you additional freedom and flexibility, all without giving up your full-time paycheck.
2. Work as a Virtual Assistant
If you have experience as a secretary or an administrative assistant, you might be able to find work as a virtual assistant. These indispensable online workers do everything administrative assistants do, from setting up appointments to booking travel for their bosses. The difference is they do it online, and from the comfort of their homes. There are several companies that hire virtual assistants:
Belay hires part-time and full-time work from home positions. Currently, they are only considering candidates that are have full daytime availability (Monday-Friday during working business hours). These positions include executive assistants, bookkeepers, and web specialists. If you prefer part-time work, continue checking their website for updates, or consider one of the below companies.
To begin the application process, click the apply now button on their website and complete the assessment process. Once you are approved, they will match you with your ideal client.
Boldly, (previously known as Worldwide 101) provides premium subscription staffing to small and medium-size businesses around the world. They are 100% remote, offer a flexible workday, provide ongoing mentorship and learning, and offer paid holidays and parental leave.
They are currently hiring for executive assistants, market & social media specialists, project managers, and paralegals. Positions start at 20 hours per week, with the opportunity to become full-time based on performance. Pay ranges between $20 to $22 per hour based upon skills, experience and seniority.
If you are flexible and looking to provide part-time work from home, look no further! Time Etc. is hiring Virtual Assistants with at least 2-3 years of experience as an assistant, to do jobs such schedule management, travel management, document editing, content writing, and other tasks.
They will provide you with consistent work, pay, and support from the comfort of your own home. Set your own schedule and earn $11 starting pay. Apply today!
3. Act as a Remote Customer Service Representative
More and more companies are outsourcing their calls centers to remote workers. Anytime you call to place an order or get technical help, you may be speaking with an at-home rep. True story!
At-home customer service positions are some of the most plentiful work-at-home jobs and where many people get their start. These companies are frequently hiring. Most also offer a set hourly rate making them an attractive option for those that need a steady paycheck. Some even offer benefits!
One thing to note, is that these gigs typically require a quiet work environment. If you have little ones not yet in school, you may need to work only during naptime or after the kids go to bed. Many moms are doing it. You just need to develop a schedule that accommodates both your job and your family.
In addition to those “as seen on TV” sales roles, you will also find companies from every industry outsourcing to remote workers:
American Express is currently hiring remote employees for concierge services such as customer care, and travel agents. All of their work-from-home positions hire you as an employee. A major benefit! That means that you will have access to great employee benefits, as well as competitive base pay.
Apple is hiring At-Home Advisors and Chat Agents, as apart of their customer service wing. You will be taking customer inquiries, troubleshooting technical issues, answering questions, and solving problems.
Compensation ranges from $14-$16 per hour, and you will have access to paid time off, product discounts, and an employee discount package, even if you are only working part-time!
Alorica is currently hiring employees to work as customer service agents from home. That’s right. Employees. You will be paid your local minimum wage and have access to both medical and dental insurance! Of course, you get all of the other benefits of working at home – no commute, no dress code, and all the privacy you could want.
You must have a quiet home office to quality, as well as a reliable email address, and phone. Before being hired, you must pass their application process and pay for a background check.
You may want to consider working as an independent contractor for Working Solutions. They have a number of remote jobs available at any given time. As an independent contractor, you will be able to set your own schedule.
If you live within 1.5 hours from Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Reno or Tulsa, you could qualify for a position as a customer service representative with Williams-Sonoma! These remote positions provide assistance to customers by way of placing orders, processing returns, locating products, and setting up deliveries.
These seasonal positions are listed online by location, because they require you to come into their offices for meetings and trainings on occasion with advance notice. At the time of writing this post, they are advertising pay of $12 per hour. Overtime will likely be available.
Training for these positions is paid, and beings soon. Apply today!
Earn up to $25 per hour from home taking inbound sales calls without a landline! NexRep is hiring independent contractors as inbound sales representatives. You will have the ability to set your own hours, work from your home, and develop your customer service business in your own fashion.
Pay starts at $13 per hour, but productive agents are earning around $25! Begin the application process by filling out a series of questions broken down into sections on an online portal. If your application demonstrates that you have what they are looking for, then you will be invited to set up an appointment for a phone assessment. Finally, you’ll be offered a contract and given information on how to sign up for their next certification class.
KellyConect is offering temporary and temp-to-hire positions in a variety of fields including Creative Services, Education, Contact Center, Healthcare, Law, Information Technology, Electronic Assembly, Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Office, Science and Engineering.
The salary range for positions ranges from $13 to $15 per hour based upon skill set and scope of support. The pay scale increases from there as the position level advances. KellyConnect also offers employees performance-based incentives, earned paid time off and career advancement opportunities.
Xerox has been offering greater job flexibility to their employees with their Virtual Office Program for the past 30 years! Join work-from-home team, by applying for positions such as Customer Care, Tech Support, Data Entry, Image Tagging, Quality Control, Systems Development, Software Programming, and Administrative Support.
If you’re comfortable on the phone and want the freedom to determine your schedule and work environment, Liveops is the place for you!
You are hired as an independent contractor with a six-month contract and have complete control over your schedule while working with Liveops. All jobs are phone-related, you will either be making or receiving calls related to inbound sales, insurance sales, insurance claims, health care or roadside assistance.
There is not a set pay rate, your pay is determined by the clients on the line you choose to work. Some pay a flat rate per minute of talk time, and others pay a base rate with a commission bonus. Either way, it is up to you!
U-Haul is hiring Center Support Agents for work from home positions. You will be providing assistance to customers answering questions about pricing, products, services and reservations.
You’ll average making approximately $14-$15 per hour with base pay and the bonus structure. All you need to get started is a quiet work area, basic keyboard, wireless headset, and computer skills!
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.
Looking for more positions like this?
- Phone-Based Customer Service Jobs— Check out this big list for even more companies that hire remote customer service reps.
- Non-Phone Customer Service Jobs— In addition to calling centers, many companies will hire remote workers to handle their email and chat inquiries.
4. Tutor Students Remotely
You will need the right qualifications and experience to land this kind of gig, but if you have teaching experience or foreign language skills, you could find work as an online tutor. These online teaching professionals work in a number of different capacities, from formal teaching positions at community colleges and online schools to ad-hoc arrangements with parents and students.
There is a great deal of demand for tutors with foreign language skills, and these professionals often work with students overseas. If you have language skills and the right teaching experience, you could make a very good living as an online tutor.
Do you desire to teach without the inconvenience of having to create lessons plans and possess certifications? VIPKID offers the opportunity to teach Chinese students if you have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of full-time teaching, coaching, or tutoring experience.
Teachers make between $14 and $22 per hour teaching. Each teacher’s pay is calculated from a base pay of $7 to $9 per 30-minute class.
Chat with students anytime and anywhere, while getting paid! Cambly tracks the time that you tutor, paying $0.17 USD per minute ($10.30 per hour). You can make your own hours, work as much or little as you want, and log in whenever you have free time! No experience is necessary.
Kaplan has a variety of remote job openings ranging from Content Specialists, to Med Student Ambassadors. Hourly pay is high, ranging between $15 and $30. Specialized experience is required, so be sure to visit the requirements section of each post.
Earn $200 per month while working at home and changing kids lives! If you live in the United States and hold a bachelor’s degree, you can earn money teaching English to children online.
Apply today by submitting your qualifications online and teach your first class in as soon as 2 weeks!
5. Evaluate Search Engine Results, Social Media and More
A position that has grown and become increasingly popular, is “evaluators.” In this role, you may be evaluating search engine results or ads for relevancy and quality. The same companies that hire for search engine evaluators, also hire social media evaluators and map analysts. These jobs are usually project-based and have a maximum number of hours you can work each week. Usually, no set schedule is required. Some of the projects can even be done with just your smartphone.
To qualify for a position at Appen as a Media Evaluator, you must be living in the United States, and be a daily user of social media. You will be required to provide feedback and write reviews on content that you view online.
Their pay rate is not listed online but will be revealed as a part of the application process. For flexibility, and the ability to work from home, consider supplementing your income and applying to Appen.
If you have a keen interest in the internet (researching, blog writing, forums and web publishing), and would like for your feedback to have an impact, consider working for Lionbridge! They have several emulator positions open including Ads Assessors, Web Content Assessors, U.S. On line Maps Quality Analysts, U.S. Personalized Ads Evaluators, U.S. Mobile and Desktop Internet Search Reviewers, and Raters.
General transcription is an industry that welcomes newcomers with little to no experience. The pay can be low initially, but with time, and a full-time schedule, you can easily earn a full-time income.
The process of transcription begins by being sent an audio or video files that need to be copied into a text file via transcription. Competed files are generally “turned in” digitally. There are three main categories of transcription work, general, legal and medical. Legal and Medical transcription work requires training and certifications. You can gain such experience online through companies such as Career Step.
Bloggers, business owners, insurance agents, lawyers, authors, doctors and churches may have a need for audio files to be transcribed as well. This would fall under general transcription.
To start a career in transcription, make sure that your typing skills are up to speed, and you have a solid grasp of the English language. Your resume should highlight skills such as transcribing audio content quickly and accurately, great listening skills, and the ability to speak multi0ple languages (if applicable).
Check out some of the companies hiring for entry-level transcription jobs below!
- TranscribeMe- is a great option for beginners. They pay $15 per audio hour to start and operate on a microtask-crowd-based setup.
- Tigerfish – is hiring without experience. To qualify, you must pass their entry-level test.
- 3 Play Media – does not require previous transcription experience, however, they prefer that you understand word processing.
- Accutran Global – is open to newbies. You must be able to type a minimum of 60WP with great accuracy.
- Appen – is open to those without transcription experience.
- Babbletype – is a great choice to begin your career is transcription. You must pass a transcription test to quality.
- Birch Creek Communications – does not require prior experience. They pay by the audio minute.
- Castingwords – is hiring transcriptionists without experience. When you create an account, you may be required to take a transcription test depending on the information and bio that you provide.
- Ubiquis – is open to beginners. You do not have to have transcription experience but must have worked in education, publishing or as a secretary for at least one year.
- VerbalInk – is a good option for a beginning transcription position. They hire without experience, as long as you are well-versed in the English language and a skilled typist.
If you are looking for a work-at-home job, 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 over your time and income. At-home businesses are hugely popular opportunities for stay-at-home moms who are willing to do the research into all the different possibilities. 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 earning 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 — I mentioned contracting as a virtual assistant for a multi-VA firm above, but you can also provide these services – and others – directly to clients. 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.
- Writing– There is such a demand for content today. Whether it is blog content, articles, or business letters, this way of monetizing your skills has become quite common. Freelance writing can be incredibly lucrative and offers a flexible schedule. Most of the time, you can do your writing whenever and wherever you want – as long as you meet your client deadlines, of course.
- 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 tasks and opportunities 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 to 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.
- 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.