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Staying at home to raise your little ones can be rewarding, but let’s face it…mama still gotta make her own money.
Especially if you’re a single mom.
That’s why we need to figure out ways to bring in money while we’re balancing cleaning bottles and changing diapers.
And we also need a job that we can do while breaking up fights or with the sounds of children’s shows blasting in the background.
How to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom
Being home with the kids all day doesn’t mean you can’t make a decent side income.
In fact, there are plenty of ways to do it. Here’s how.
1. Transcription Work.
While the little ones are napping, get some transcription work done. All you need is a foot pedal, headset, and a place to work.
Try Rev.com. They hire caption editors, but you can also look on LinkedIn Jobs. That’s how I found my caption editing job.
When I worked for Video Caption Corporation in 2015-16, the work was pretty easy.
To do this job you need to have a strong grasp of the English language and have the ability to distinguish between words that sound similar (i.e., choose the one that makes the most sense). It was a definitely one of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever had (sometimes – be aware that you may have to work on some pretty boring material and still stay consistent with your work).
2. Book Reviewing.
Book reviewers can earn a decent side income reviewing work from upcoming authors and there are a few sites that’ll hire you to do it from home.
Oftentimes, all you have to do is write a short 300 to 500 word review (at least that’s how it is on Reedsy – one of the companies that pays you to review books).
Sometimes reviews will be a lot longer and you’ll be paid more for those obviously because they’ll require a more in-depth analysis of the content.
Related: How to Get Paid to Read Books
Copywriting is a skill anyone can learn. You don’t need to go to school or complete a course (although I do recommend reading a few books on the topic if you’re not going to go either of those routes).
Robert Bly’s The Copywriter’s Handbook is one of the best books for learning the fundamentals of copywriting.
If you want to get into content creation, this book can help you distinguish between the two and decide which route is best for you. Or you might decide that both routes are for you, like I did.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, create some samples and a portfolio to show to potential clients.
4. Content Creation.
Content creation is a little different than copywriting even though the two are often used synonymously.
However, content creation can encompass writing the copy for a project. Content creation is more of a broad term, but it can mean creating content for social media sites like Pinterest or Tik Tok, creating infographics, a YouTube video, or any other kind of media.
Copywriting is simply the copy.
Advertise your services on sites like Upwork and Fivver and create social media ads targeting your ideal customers. Niche up or don’t, it’s up to you. Some people are successful as generalists, and some swear by niche-ing down. Everyone has different results so just do whatever feels right for you.
5. Graphic Design.
If you know how to use Canva (which anyone can do), you can create logos for companies (or really anything you want).
You can also create WordPress themes, brochures, pretty much anything a company might need designed. Think about what kind of stuff you enjoy creating that could be lucrative for you.
Start your graphic design business and start marketing yourself.
Since you’re going to be home with your kids anyway, why not add the neighborhood kids to the mix and make some extra money babysitting?
Your kids will have new friends to play with and they’ll stay out of your hair throughout the day (so maybe you’ll have time to work on another side gig while the kids play).
7. Online Researcher.
You’re glued to your phone or computer all day anyway if you’re trying to make money from home.
Why not put your research skills to use and become an online researcher?
Medium is another way to make money doing online research (although you will have to write articles about what you research in order to make money).
On Quora and Ask Wonder, you just have to answer simple questions based on what you research and you can make a decent amount of money this way.
8. Freelance Article Writer.
If you’d rather not write for clients, you can always be a freelance article writer and submit articles to websites that pay.
Freedom With Writing often has lists of publishers and magazines that accept unsolicited submissions.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Listverse – pays $100 per article
- Cracked – pays $100 for the first article
- The Penny Hoarder – pays $75 for a 700-900 word article
- The Motley Fool – pays $100
- Freelance Mom – pays $75 to $100 via PayPal
9. Online Tutor.
Didn’t know you could tutor SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and GMAT online, did you?
Well, you can! And you can get paid (pretty handsomely) for it, too – about $50 an hour!
Check out Tutors.com if you’re seriously considering this.
Just set up a free tutoring profile, introduce yourself, and start getting tutoring requests.
It might sound like something you have to go to school for, but underwriting actually doesn’t require any special training or degree.
All you really have to do is become familiar with the underwriting process.
As an underwriter, however, you’ll have a pretty big job.
You’ll have to:
- Determine the level of risk for insuring or lending
- Collect, review, and examine an applicant’s relevant history and records
- Obtain more information about an applicant to determine how much coverage they need
- Evaluate insurance claims for accuracy as well as the coverage amount
- Provide recommendations about whether or not to approve an application
Learn how to become an underwriter here.
11. Bilingual Recruiter.
A bilingual recruiter helps conduct searches for applicants who speak more than one language.
For example, as a bilingual recruiter, you might be looking for someone who speaks both Spanish and English or both English and French, depending on the company you’re recruiting for.
You can also opt to become a regular recruiter and do it completely online.
As a bilingual recruiter, you’ll have to:
- Interview and assess prospective candidates before hiring them
- Developing creative recruiting techniques to attract bilingual and multilingual candidates
- Searching for and contacting qualified candidates for multiple positions
Do you know how to speak more than one language? You could make a pretty decent income as a translator. Dozens of companies hire translators.
If you know Spanish or another highly in-demand language, this could be a great way for you to earn a little extra money each month.
13. Sell Baked Goods on Facebook.
Do you love creating delectable confections that make peoples’ mouths water before they even get a taste?
You could be a successful online baker.
Facebook offers a way to sell items locally so if you’ve got baking skills that would put Martha Stewart to shame (or you just make really good cupcakes), consider selling your baked goods online or on Facebook.
I know a few people who do this and make a decent side income doing it.
For best results, try to really put your creativity to use and make something unique that no one else makes.
14. Travel Planner.
It might sound like an outdated concept, but not for the rich. A lot of people with money tend to have less time to do things they want – like plan their own vacations.
Even the non-rich often need help planning their vacations because they just don’t have the time or they simply don’t know what’s out there for them.
That’s where you come in.
I recently saw a girl on Tik Tok advertising her travel planning business. She gets groups of women together for group girls’ trips for those that don’t want to travel solo. She also plans the itinerary for the entire trip so the travelers don’t have to think about a thing.
You can do the same thing and start recording your travels and putting them on Tik Tok and YouTube (if you go on the trips too, which, well why wouldn’t you, right?).
Not only will you get to travel almost for free, but you’ll get paid to help other people live their best lives on vacation. I don’t really see a down side here.
15. Make and Sell Crafts.
If you can create something unique that no one else has, you can create custom-made crafts for people. What kind of things are you interested in making? And what kind of crafts are already making the most sales?
Those are both things to consider if you want to make money in a way that puts your creative juices to work.
Browse Etsy and look at the top-rated crafts so you know what your competition looks like, as well as some of the kinds of crafts that sell the most. Use it as inspiration, but create something totally unique.
Stay-at-home moms have plenty of ways of bringing in a little extra income. Start with the above money-making ideas and write down the top three you think you’d be good at.
Start researching how to to get started with your top choice and go from there.
If you find that your top choice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, you can always go to the second choice (or the third).
Just know that each idea above is going to require time or an investment (or both). Happy side-gig hunting!
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