How to earn money from home!
I have been so lucky to have been able to spend the past 16 years at home with my kids. Being a stay at home mom is a job I always dreamed of, and I am definitely living my dream! 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. If you are in a similar situation at me, wanting to stay home with your kids, but are also wondering how to earn money from home, this article is for you! I brainstormed a list of the best side hustles for stay at home moms, and I hope they help!
The best thing about this list is that these jobs are for anyone who wants to work part time out of their home. Many of these can be done in the evenings or on weekends while you are still working a full time job.
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1. Clean Businesses or Homes
A great way to make money as a stay at home mom is to hire yourself out to clean local businesses or homes. Many businesses will need to be cleaned after office hours, which is perfect for stay at home moms because this mean you might be able to leave your kids at home with your husband once he gets home from work while you go clean. This is also a good option for those needing to earn money after their day job is done.
You can easily market yourself on Facebook Marketplace, just post in a local group that you are available to clean and when. There are also a few cleaning companies you could call and ask if they are needing another cleaner.
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 all 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 and resell them on ebay.
Before buying anything remember to do a quick check on 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 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! If you are a teacher at heart, this is the job for you.
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!
They do require you have some experience working with kids and a bachelors degree. But! It doesn’t matter what your degree is in! (whoo!)
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 there first!
Hello blogging! I fell in love with blogging last year when I decided, 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. But, you know what. All of the ups and downs have been so worth it! I love getting to do what I love from the comfort of my home.
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.
- Related: How Do Bloggers Make Money
7. Open an Etsy Shop
Do you love to craft or create? Consider opening 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. It might even be graphic design or printables….the sky is the limit! Spend a few minutes searching through Etsy to get some 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 you could teach 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.
You could even teach through Zoom, Skype, etc.
Do you like to take pictures? Why don’t you turn it into a business! All of the photographers I use are stay at home moms, and they are fantastic!
This side hustle will require some upfront costs as you invest in a camera and possibly some equipment. But, it might be worth it if this is something you feel passionate about.
Do some research online and learn about what it takes to start a photography business to help you decide if this is the right fit for you or not.
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 refurbish old furniture!
Once you’re done fixing it up, list the item for sale, Facebook Marketplace works great, and enjoy the profit you’ll make!
I actually LOVE buying from people who have fixed up old furniture. I love the look of it, but don’t like putting in the work. So, you never know….I just might be your first customer! 😉
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!
If you are interested in becoming a virtual assistant, I recommend joining a few Virtual Assistant Facebook groups. These will be a great resource for you to ask questions and network.
There have been times (actually many, 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! If you enjoy working with others and feel confident in a specific subject, this is a great way to earn extra money from home.
Consider signing up through a tutoring company, or hire yourself out online. This is a great job for setting your own hours!
I truly believe that with the technology we have there are so many side hustles for stay at home moms, or anyone wanting to earn an extra income from home. Do some research, find the right fit for you and your personality, and then get started making money!
Let me know if you have any questions, I am here to help!