12 Side Hustles for Stay at Home Moms

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One of my very favorite joys in the world is to be a stay at home mom with my sweet kids.  I wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything!

But, as my kids have grown older and I have had more free time, I have been looking for ways to earn a little extra income, without having to give up my time with my kids.

I brainstormed a list of ideas for any of you moms who might also want to earn a little extra money on the side!

1.  Clean Businesses or Homes

Hire yourself out to clean local  businesses or homes.  Usually businesses will need to be cleaned after office hours, which is perfect for stay at home moms because you can leave your kids home with your husband while you clean.

You can easily market yourself on facebook or craigslist, or join a cleaning service.  You will make more money if you work for yourself, but it will probably be harder to find jobs at first.

This is actually my side hustle.  I have been cleaning two AirBnb Rentals for the past year and actually really enjoy it!  I stick my earbuds in, listen to my favorite podcasts or a new book and clean away.  It’s good money and fairly easy work.  I’ve also been given permission to bring my kids with me, so I give them little jobs to help with and pay them for their help!  It’s been a great experience for both of us!

2.  Ebay Reseller

Do you like to thrift shop???  Why not turn that hobby into a part time job?  Look for brand name items at local thrift stores or garage sales.  Be sure to check eBay to see how much money similar items are selling for, this should give you an idea of what is a good buy or not.

I’ve sold items here and there on eBay, but never consistently.  If you are interested in learning more, I found a fantastic article from Pennies to Pounds that can help get you started!

3.  AirBnb Hosting

I first learned about AirBnb Hosting from the lovely Jamie at Fly By The Seat of Our Pants.  Her family travels constantly, and they have learned to rent out their home using AirBnb while they are on vacation!  This has given them the ability to EARN money while they are on vacation!  I mean seriously, can it get any better than that????

I’ll be honest, when I first heard Jamie talk about letting strangers come stay at their house while they go on vacation, I was not on board.  But, the more I have learned from her, the more that I can see it is in fact a GREAT way to earn an extra income.  If you’re like me and have questions about how she makes it all work, check out her post Secrets of an AirBnb Host-FAQ of Renting our Home. She explains it all so well!

4.  VIP Kid

VIP Kid is currently one of the most popular work from home jobs, and for good reason!  The company is super easy to work with and hires most of their applicants!

This job sounds so fun because you get to sit at your computer while teaching English to kids in China!  The best part is that all of the work is already done for you!  The lesson plans are all prepared, your job is just to teach it!

5.  Babysit Kids in Your Home

If you are already at home taking care of your own kids, why not offer to babysit a few other kids.  This is an easy way to earn an extra income, while doing what you would be doing anyways!

If a full time daycare feels like to much, consider just watching one child a couple of times a week.  I constantly see posts on Facebook Marketplace of parents wanting to find a part time sitter for their child.  Check their first!

6.  Blogging

Hello blogging! I fell in love with blogging last year when I decided last year, completely on a whim, to start this little blog.  I’ve always had a love of writing and being able to do that while being a full time stay at home mom felt like the perfect fit.

I’ve learned a lot over the past year and made a lot of mistakes at the same time.  One of my mistakes was not signing up for a self-hosting plan through Site Ground from the very very beginning.  I recently made the switch (after MANY promptings from other bloggers) and I’m wishing I would have started with Site Ground from the very beginning.  It has been the best thing for my blog!

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about getting started blogging!  It’s a long road, made much easier with a support system!

7.  Open an Etsy Shop

Open an Etsy shop to sell your handmade items.  We all have the ability to create something to share with the world.  Maybe your shop would be crafts, or jewelry, or printables….the sky is the limit!  Spend a few minutes searching through Etsy to get a few ideas for your own shop.

8.  Teach a Service

Do you have a skill you could teach to others?  I bet you do!

A few years ago I was a piano teacher (until I retired for personal reasons).  I loved having the ability to pick my own schedule and teach right out of my home.

What skills could you teach to others?  Maybe music, sewing, gardening, art, or cooking.  It would be fun to create a summer camp and focus on teaching for a few weeks straight if you don’t want to commit to something long term.

9.  Photography

Do you have an eye for photography?  Consider taking a few eCourses to hone your skills and start taking on photography clients.  I have many photography friends who are also stay at home moms and  I love to support them.  They usually work in the evenings or on Saturdays when their husband is home.  This Photography Bundle is only $67 and includes 19 eBooks, 15 eCourses and more tools to help you get started!


Did you know you can even sell your photos to websites online?  I mean, talk about an easy way to make a buck!  Check out this article to give you a few ideas of how to accomplish this.

10.  Refurbish Old Furniture

Refurbishing old furniture might feel a little daunting at first, but once you get going with it it’s actually really not that hard!!

Search thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales for old furniture and when you find a cheap price on a nice piece, snatch it up.  The trick is to look for the POTENTIAL!  Try to see beyond the yellow oak stain, the scratches and nicks and imagine the beauty the furniture could be.  Be sure to BARTER if you’re at a garage sale (always).

You can find hundreds of YouTube video tutorials all about how to reburbish old furniture!  Once you’re done fixing it up, list it for sale and enjoy the profit you’ll make!

11.  Become a Virtual Assistant

Becoming a virtual assistant is easy!  All you need is motivation and a computer!  Virtual assistants work from home while assisting companies with social media, blogging, editing, e-mailing and more. This job is wide open to whatever the company needs from you to keep their business thriving.  I have heard SO many good things about being a virtual assistant, and have considered it myself!

12.  Tutoring

There have been times (actually many times) when I would be willing to PAY someone to help my daughter with her math homework.  I just don’t do math!  If I knew of a stay at home mom who would be willing to tutor my daughter in this subject, that is a fee I would be willing to pay!

Consider signing up through a tutoring company, or hire yourself out online.  This is a great job for setting your own hours!

Are you a stay at home mom with a side hustle???  Please share in the comments how YOU have found to make some MONEY while being home with your kids!  The more ideas we can share with each other, the better off we will all be!



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