If you have ever thought to yourself, “How do I make money as a stay at home mom?” you’re not alone. There are many stay-at-home parents who are in the same boat, especially after the coronavirus pandemic.
So, we’ve gathered up some of the best ways to earn money as a stay-at-home mom with the tools you likely already have on hand: a computer; a camera or camera-enabled phone; and even the crafty items in your garage.
These jobs can be divided into these categories:
Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom Writing
Writing is one of the best ways to make money as a stay at home parent. For one, writing doesn’t require consistent work hours, which means you can set your own schedule. Plus, what you write about is up to you (or at the least, you can pick and choose your clients).
One of the best options to make money as a stay-at-home mom is blogging. This is great for stay-at-home parents in general because there are so many options and a lot of flexibility. Blogging is a be your-own-boss kind of job, an answering-to-no-one kind of job. Meaning you can start a blog by yourself.
To get started, you can enroll in some courses about successful blogs and start thinking about topics. Whether you want to write a blog about your adventures as a toddler wrangler, the struggles of quarantine fashion and mask-ne (mask acne), or something on a more serious note, the written world is your oyster.
And as a blogger, you can make anywhere from $0-$10,000+ per month.
Another great option to make money as a stay-at-home parent that’s similar to blogging is freelance writing. If you enjoy writing, you can find freelance writing jobs for blogs or big companies writing content. It’s very easy to do since a lot of the time you’re given a topic and a lot of creative freedom.
This job can make you anywhere from $15-$1000 per article depending on the amount of research required, the length of the article, and the quality of your work. Plus, being a freelance writer is great when you are stuck at home with a child or three because you can start and stop writing whenever you need to.
Not to mention, you don’t have to worry about coming up with your own blog topics.
Making Money as a Stay at Home Mom through Education
Another option to make money as a stay-at-home mom is through educating others. If you’re a former teacher or have a degree in education, this would be great for you.
Those with expertise or experience in a given field or skill, such as cooking or crafting, can also reap the benefits of giving others an online education.
There are many different ways to make money at home as an educator as well.
Online Course Creation
If you have a background in education or teaching (or a specific topic), or if just like to research and write, you can create an online course. Creating online courses can be lucrative work since businesses and other online educational outlets are always looking for new content. Platforms like Teachable make online course creation easy and profitable.
To start make sure you apply to many different platforms, just in case you don’t get accepted to one. Also, when starting, understand the material you will be putting into your course so you can answer questions from students. This job can make you up to $97 per student, per course, depending on what platform you use.
Another great job in education for stay-at-home moms to make money with is tutoring. Many kids need help with math, science, English, etc. work after school while their parents are at their jobs.
Plus, with the drastic changes in educational curriculums and stay-at-home learning in the past year, there are plenty of stressed-out parents who would love a helping hand with their child’s education.
If you really excelled at a particular subject, you could help these kids (and parents!) out. Sites like Indeed and Care.com have many job postings for tutors.
Tutors can make anywhere between $8.59-$25.90 per hour depending on both the parents and tips. You can tutor either in person or online to help kids out, but make sure you really know the subject. For students who live far away, using Skype or Zoom is a good idea.
Entrepreneurial Ideas to Make Money as a Stay at Home Parent
If you’re interested in owning your own business, now is a great time to explore your entrepreneurial bent. But being an entrepreneur doesn’t necessarily mean starting up your own business – freelancing as an independent contractor is another popular option. There are many jobs that can bring out your inner entrepreneur.
One option to make money as a stay at home parent as an entrepreneur is by freelancing. Freelancing is when you find jobs to do for clients. You have the flexibility to say “yes” or “no” to projects that you want to or don’t want to work on. To start you can look on sites like Fiverr or Upwork to see what you’re good at and how much money it makes.
Stay at home moms who freelance can make at least $15 per hour. To get started, understand what you’re good at and try to sell your skill on a dedicated freelancing site. This line of work lets you make money as a stay-at-home mom when you want and at your leisure.
One of the most natural jobs for parents with babies is photography – those little bundles of joy are just so darn photogenic! It’s a fantastic way for stay-at-home moms to make money because you can take on photography shoots when you can and take time off when you need to. Many new moms take this up as a hobby when their new babies are born, but with a little effort and know-how, you can turn your hobby into a very successful side hustle.
To start, you may need to take a few basic photography courses. If you don’t have one already, investing in a decent camera is also important. And of course, practice makes perfect. A tip to get more gigs is to create a Facebook page or website to display your work. You can also set up an online portfolio or advertise your services on freelancing sites.
Photographers can make anywhere between $50-$100 per hour depending on the job.
Ways to Earn Money as a Stay at Home Mom in Business
Many stay-at-home moms don’t realize they can still make money in the business world even though they aren’t “full-time employees.” As the business world expands to be more globally focused, telework is becoming more prevalent. And after the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home and remote work have only become more common and popular.
With more people going to work online, there are more hirings to help with said online work. This is where virtual assistants (VAs) come into the picture.
Being a VA is about helping take things off your boss’s plate and you can log in your hours while your kids are either at school or asleep. This option is great for those organized stay-at-home moms who want to stay part of the workforce.
You can find courses on virtual assisting on the Internet and finding jobs shouldn’t be that much harder.
As a VA, you can make at least $15 per hour.
Social Media Manager
If you love being on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., another great way to earn money as a stay-at-home parent is as a social media manager.
As this field is growing, more and more companies want to have a social media presence, but they are too busy with day-to-day operations. This is an easy win for them, and you can start with small local businesses. Once you gain a few clients, you could pitch your services to a larger influencer or company.
Being a social media manager can at least make you $25 per hour depending on who you work for or with.
Making Money as a Stay at Home Parent in E-Commerce
Using e-commerce as a way to earn money as a stay-at-home parent is great since it’s a very straightforward way to make some income. Plus, it can be a creative way to start a business or get things out of your house. E-commerce will help you make a profit on refurbished goods, as well.
Reselling on Amazon
One great option to make money as a stay-at-home parent through e-commerce is by reselling on Amazon. Amazon FBA, or Amazon Fulfillment, is one way to go. This is where you purchase items in-store and resell them on Amazon for a profit.
There are successful FBA-ers who make millions per year. But this takes a bit of luck and skill to find cheap items that will resell.
Set up an Etsy Shop
Another great e-commerce option is setting up an Etsy shop. This is especially great if you love to create little knick-knacks or jewelry or crochet. All you need to do is set up an account to start selling on Etsy.
Selling on Etsy can make you up to $1,000 per month if you leverage your business right. One tip is to check out competitors’ prices to make sure your prices are competitive. For more tips, check out my article on how to make money on Etsy.
Making money as a stay at home mom isn’t as hard as many people think it is. With the world becoming more virtual, being a stay at home parent who makes some money won’t be that uncommon. All of these options are only side-hustles but they can become more with time and dedication.