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When I first became a mom, I made it my mission to figure out how I could stay at home with my kids and make an income.
So, I became somewhat of a guinea pig for side hustles, home businesses, and the like.
Some of the things I tried weren’t worth my time. But some things were.
Legit stay-at-home mom jobs do exist. It’s just a matter of finding something that’s a good fit for you.
Here are a few ideas that may spark your interest.
1. Take surveys in your spare time
Taking surveys isn’t technically a “job” and certainly won’t make you rich.
However, it can be an easy way to make a few extra bucks in your spare time, especially if you like taking surveys.
Some people do apparently!
Surveys can be done in the comfort of your own home, and you don’t need any special skills or qualifications. All you need is an internet connection.
The average online survey takes about 10-15 minutes, so you can knock these out quickly.
American Consumer Opinion is a survey company that awards you with points for completing surveys. These points will accumulate in your account and can be cashed out once you hit their requirements.
2. Start a blog
Starting a blog is one of my favorite ways to make an honest income online.
I have a niche blog that continues to make passive income month after month, even when I’m not actively working on it.
But just because a blog has the potential to help you make extra money does not mean you’re going to have a full-time income overnight. Not even close.
It’s also not as easy as just sitting down and writing about your kids or other interests.
Blogging takes time, consistency, and a strong determination to learn. And it’s much easier to grow if you start off with a niche – or a direction at least.
That being said, the process is actually pretty fun and there’s no better feeling than when it finally starts to pay off.
The most common ways to monetize a blog:
- Advertising (with a solid ad network like Mediavine or Ezoic)
- Affiliate marketing
- Online courses
- And digital products such as eBooks or printables
3. Learn affiliate marketing
Blogging and affiliate marketing go hand in hand, but you don’t need a blog in order to do affiliate marketing.
Most products and services have an affiliate or referral program you can join.
And, if you have any type of audience online (maybe an Instagram where you share your fitness journey for example?), it’s not difficult to get approved for these programs.
Once you’re an affiliate, you will have your own special link to share with others. If someone makes a purchase through your link, the company will pay you a percentage of the sale.
Most affiliate programs are free to join and you can mention your link on social media, in blog posts, in the description of YouTube videos you create, etc.
Basically, anywhere that you have an audience.
Just always be sure to disclose your affiliate links and familiarize yourself with the company’s terms. You want to be 110% sure you are in compliance.
So, where do you find affiliate programs?
All you need to do is hop on Google, type in the product or service you love followed by “affiliate program” and find out how you can become an affiliate.
Usually, it’s as simple as filling out a form.
Some affiliate programs will require you to join an affiliate marketing network in order to sign up for their program.
One of my favorite affiliate networks is ShareASale. They have numerous affiliate programs you can join in a variety of niches.
4. Make and sell planners
I’m a big fan of printables and planners. In fact, my very first product was a set of printables.
You can sell these on Etsy or on your own website.
They’re fun to make and they don’t require you to ship anything physical.
You also don’t have to invest in any fancy design programs (unless you want to).
I started out using Google Docs to make printables. Now, I use Apple Pages and Canva to create my products. All of these are free programs!
If you’re totally new to making printables and planners, you can always start with a PLR (private label rights) product.
This is basically a product someone else has made, but you are paying for the rights to customize it and sell as your own product.
You can view several examples in my own PLR shop.
Just be sure to read through the terms as every PLR/commercial use shop has their own rules.
Some will allow you to sell a product as-is, while others will require you to customize it into your own unique product using new colors, design elements, and clipart.
Looking for more templates to start with?
I really like Secret Owl Society’s templates. You will have to customize them, but this is a good thing because it gives you the opportunity to learn!
Once you’ve figured out the basics and have created a product or two, I also recommend a course called Grow Your E-Shop if you plan to sell your products on Etsy.
In this course, Karen from Determined to Love Mondays shares the strategies that helps her to be successful in her own shop.
With courses, yes, you’re going to spend a little money up front. But it saves you so much time!
5. Start a YouTube channel
Starting a YouTube channel is another potential side hustle for stay-at-home moms if you like the idea of creating videos for content.
Like blogging, it’s not as easy as just sitting down and recording your thoughts– you will need to choose a niche and put work into this side business.
It takes time, commitment, and consistency to see results with YouTube.
That being said, the process can be a lot of fun, and creating videos is also an opportunity for moms to show what they’re knowledgeable about.
So, how do you earn money with a YouTube channel?
Once you start getting consistent views on your videos, you can make extra money through ad revenue, sponsors, and affiliate marketing.
6. Start a podcast
Podcasting is very popular right now.
A podcast can be the perfect side hustle for stay-at-home moms who love to talk about a certain topic.
If there something you could talk about for days? It might be a good podcast idea.
By starting your own podcast, you can share your thoughts and ideas with the world. It’s a fantastic way to build an audience of people who are interested in what you have to say.
Podcasts make money through sponsors (once you’ve built an audience). And, if you record videos of your podcasts, you can upload these to YouTube also.
7. Offer freelancing services
Are you a natural writer?
Freelance writing is a side hustle you may want to consider if starting your own blog isn’t for you.
It’s ideal for stay-at-home moms because, like the other side hustles we’ve talked about, you can work from home and set your own hours.
Freelance writers typically offer their services to businesses or individuals who need content written.
Some of the most popular topics for freelance writers are travel, food, lifestyle, and home design.
Breaking into this world will be the hardest part. You’ll need to join some Facebook groups and start making connections.
You may also need a few pieces of content to give others an idea of your writing style.
Freelancing services don’t stop at writing. You could also offer:
- Proofreading/editing services. Your services could be even more valuable if you speak more than one language.
- Resume writing services. For some people, writing up a resume is no big deal. But for others, it can be a real challenge.
- Graphic design work. As a graphic designer, you could design logos for blogs or businesses, book covers, or even party invitations.
8. Make and sell custom invitations
One idea that branches off from graphic design is making and selling custom invitations.
If you’re not quite ready to create your own website, you can sell custom-made invitations on platforms like Etsy.
Whether it’s invitations for kids’ birthday parties, graduations, or weddings, people are definitely seeking out this service!
9. Sell your own handmade items
If you love to make things, you can turn this skill into an income.
People know that when you purchase a handmade good, not only does it help the person who made it, but you also get something of higher quality and more uniqueness than what you might otherwise find at a store.
From junk journals to handmade candles and soap, there is a plethora of items you can make and sell on Etsy.
10. Become a virtual assistant
A virtual assistant is someone a business owner hires to outsource some of their tasks.
The type of tasks will depend on the specialty of the VA.
As a virtual assistant, you may be responsible for simple tasks like responding to emails or comments on social media.
Or, if you have more specialized skills and experience, you could be responsible for helping with graphic creation, content creation, marketing, etc.
Virtual assistants usually offer retainer packages to their potential clients that include a certain amount of hours per month. The cost of these retainers varies depending on the VA’s experience and skills.
11. Become a social media manager
There are also virtual assistants who specialize in the management of social media platforms.
These are known as social media managers.
As a social media manager, you may be responsible for creating content, responding to comments and messages, and tracking analytics.
There are also social media managers who specialize in certain platforms. For example, a Pinterest Manager or Pinterest Virtual Assistant.
12. Start a photography business
Another option if you’re a SAHM who loves photography is to start your own photography business.
If you have a nice camera, some basic knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom, and the talent to take great shots, you could be making money in no time.
There will always be clients looking for high-quality photos that capture their favorite moments.
13. Sell your photography online
Do you love photography? Another option is to sell your photos online.
Stock photos will always be needed by business owners, bloggers, and the like.
You can use sites like Etsy or Creative Market to set up an online store for people to purchase your photos.
Or, you can look into selling your photos to stock photo sites such as Deposit Photos.
14. Thrift store flipping
If you find that you’ve had great success selling your unwanted items online, you can take it a step further with a side hustle called thrift store flipping.
Thrift store flipping (or simply thrift flipping) is when people buy goods from thrift stores (or garage sales/yard sales) and sell them online for more than what they originally paid.
Usually after cleaning or polishing them up.
This can be an exciting way for stay-at-home moms to make some extra money on the side.
15. Refinish furniture
It may come as a surprise, but refinishing furniture can also be a terrific side hustle for stay-at-home moms.
If you’re looking for a way to bring in some extra money and you enjoy working with your hands, then refinishing furniture may be just the thing.
This side hustle involves finding furniture pieces that you can refinish at home. You might find pieces like this at thrift stores, garage/yard sales, or online.
Then, you’ll sand the surface and apply a sealant for protection. After it dries, you can then stain or paint as desired.
Once it’s finished, you’ll have a unique piece that you can resell for more than you originally paid!
Stay-at-home moms have plenty of opportunities when it comes to finding a side hustle. These are just a few examples, but there are many more out there!
If you’re looking for the perfect side business, then these ideas might be a great place to start.