These days there are countless ways to make money, but if you’re a stay at home mom, the options are slightly more limited.
For instance, doing online tutoring and teaching English as a foreign language might be a great way to earn cash.
However, you can’t always promise that you’re going to be available at a certain time when you have a baby or young child to look after – children don’t care about your appointment times!
The problem is, children are expensive, so any extra cash coming your way is very useful indeed.
Even if you have a partner who is out earning money, most of that is going to be taken up by bills, grocery shopping, and clothing etc.
If you’re a single parent, you’re unlikely to be rolling in cash as a result of what you have coming into the house either.
Whatever your situation, as a mom, a little extra cash is always a good thing.
Trying to find ways to make money is pretty easy, but trying to find ways to make money from home as a mom may be a bit more challenging.
Thankfully, if you think outside of the box, there are a few things you can try and many of them will bring you great rewards, for minimal effort.
Why Consider Working From Home as a Busy Mom?
Working out of the house just isn’t possible for a busy mom who doesn’t want to put their young child in childcare.
We all know that childcare is expensive and you might not want someone else to spend those precious early days with your baby.
However, as we’ve already mentioned, money is always tight when there is a child or more around.
So, working from home is THE IDEAL OPTION in many ways.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you can work at any hour of the day because you need flexibility.
If your baby wakes up and refuses to go to sleep for another two hours, you can’t tell him or her to be quiet whilst you work!
We know, we know, it sounds like someone just invented a unicorn, but we promise you these things do exist!
In addition, you might simply want something extra to do, something different that separates you as a woman and you as a mom.
There is no failing or worry about that, it’s totally normal!
Aside from the extra cash, having something different to concentrate your mind on might be welcome.
Is it Possible to Make Money From Home as a Busy Mom?
Shortly we’re going to talk about 10 different ways moms make money from home, yes, moms just like you!
There are plenty of success stories out there, you just have to search and you’ll see for yourself 😉
How much can you make from home as a busy mum?
Well, that depends on what you do and how much time you can dedicate to it.
Obviously, the more you do, the more you make, but your little one, or ones, have to come first.
Whatever you choose to do, it simply needs to tick these boxes:
✔️ You can put it down and pick it up when you need to
✔️ You can work anywhere in the house, garden included
The most important thing is that you find a way to make money from home that you enjoy and then it won’t feel like a chore.
It might be your little bit of escapism and you’ll get the added confidence and feel-good boost from earning cash too.
10 Ways to Make Money From Home as a Busy Mom
So, what exactly can you do to make money from home as a busy mom?
This isn’t an exhaustive list and if you do a little extra research you might find another option that suits you better.
Of course, there are new ways to make cash popping up all the time, so always keep your eyes peeled for new suggestions!
Below you’ll find 10 ways to make cash that are perfect for a busy mom, just like you.
You might not make a small fortune here, but you’ll make enough to add to your bank account, make life a little easier, and you might even enjoy the process too.
The word sounds technical and in some ways it is, but you don’t need any qualifications or experience to be a proofreader.
You simply need to be a native English speaker and have a good eye for spelling and grammar.
Most companies will ask you to do a test run first and that’s where you’ll show them that you’re able to do the job.
There are a few ways you can proofread.
- You can do this as a freelancer and work as many hours as you want to
- …or you can be employed remotely by a company and work a set number of hours per week.
Of course, as a busy mom, you’ll need to arrange these hours throughout the day flexibly, but that’s not usually a problem as long as you deliver the right amount of work per week.
It really comes down to negotiating a number of hours that aren’t going to leave you burnt out.
How much can you make proofreading?
What you can earn depends on how much you do.
Most companies charge by the word or by 100 words.
You might be able to earn around $5 per every 100 words proofread.
I know it doesn’t sound like a lot but when you consider that you might be proofreading full documents of around 5000 words or more, it easily adds up over the course of a week.
That would be $250 for the whole document!
The great thing about proofreading is that you simply need a laptop and an Internet connection.
Then, when your little one is sleeping, you simply do a little work, put it down when they wake up, and then pick it up again later.
Becoming a virtual assistant might sound like more work than you can commit to on the face of it as a busy mom, but it can take many different forms.
You don’t have to work full time or even part time; you can help out a blogger with their social media, you can do a little customer service, maybe some bookkeeping, the list goes on.
A virtual assistant is basically an assistant who works remotely, i.e. over the internet and therefore virtually.
Ask yourself what skills you have that you can make cash out of and then offer them accordingly.
The more skills you have, the more you can demand for earnings.
But if you are skilled in SEO and content writing, you can demand a little more, perhaps around $30-50 per hour.
All you need is a skill to help someone out, a laptop, and an Internet connection.
If you have a friend who is savvy at designing websites, why not ask them to create one for you so you can market your skills and find clients?
Become a Blogger
Starting a blog is great fun and it’s super-flexible too.
You could write about your journey as a stay at home mom, recipes you love to make, or anything you want, but you need to have enough content to keep updating your blog and showing up for your readers.
If you want to read a bit more about how to choose a niche (or blog topic) that suits you, I recommend spending a couple of minutes reading this article: How to choose the right niche for your blog in 3 steps.
After a while, once you’ve built up enough of an audience, you can monetize your blog via affiliate marketing.
This means you can join an affiliate marketing program, such as Amazon or Shareasale, and you can start promoting their products.
Then, when one of your followers clicks on any affiliate link and buys the product, you earn a commission as a result.
You actually don’t need to create your own products to start selling.
It might take time to build up your earnings as a blogger, but it will become a labor of consistency. Many bloggers find that they create a whole new community from other bloggers in the similar niche.
It’s great for helping you to feel more connected to the world, which can be difficult when you’re at home with a baby or a young child most of the time.
The good news is that anyone can start a blog, but you need passion and commitment to get it off the ground.
So, when your little one goes to bed in the evening, grab your laptop and spend an hour or two blogging!
Yes, you read that right.
You can earn money from sitting on the sofa with your laptop, telling people what you think about their product or what you think about a particular subject. It’s relatively easy money!
Of course, you’re going to need to take quite a few surveys before you receive a sizeable amount of cash for your efforts, but you can easily complete several surveys in an hour.
You won’t become rich from this method, but you will have a little extra spending money and that may come in very handy indeed.
Some of the survey companies I recommend are Swagbucks, Vindale Research, American Consumer Opinion, Survey Junkie, Ebates and Qmee.
Some of them give you cash back, others some extra money for answering surveys or trying products.
Can you type quite fast? If so, you can make money from home as a transcriptionist in your spare time.
Now, we should point out that this particular way to make money from home can become a little overwhelming if you take on too much work. To avoid get burned you need to be mindful of what you commit to.
Once you take on a transcription task, you have to complete it within a set amount of time, e.g. 48 hours or sometimes even 24 hours.
How to write a transcript?
Once you get all your gear, then, you need to listen to the audio files that the company will send you and you type it out into a document.
This might be verbatim, e.g. you type exactly what you hear, or you might have to change it a little to make sense. The company will give you exact instructions.
You’ll normally be paid per hour, although some companies pay a set rate for each file, depending on how long it is. You can then choose a specific audio file depending on its length and content, making life a little easier for you.
It’s probably do-able to earn around $200 extra a month if you put your mind to it, and that will be a very welcome addition. Of course, the potential for more is there but that depends on what your little one is up to!
Search online for transcription companies who are currently hiring but always bear in mind that there are some scams out there too.
You should never send money to a company in order to work for them – a reputable company will not require a penny from you; all they ask if a little of your time to do a test piece, and they will then tell you whether you’re hired or not.
A good place to look to a transcription job is Upwork. It’s free and you can have multiple clients at the same time.
Create And Sell Digital Products
Creating and selling digital products is one of the best ways to make money from home. You simply create one product and sell it over and over again; little effort for the good amount of potential extra cash.
It helps if you have a blog when creating digital products because that’s a great way to market them and it’s another way to monetise your blog too. However, you can do this without a blog too.
For instance, you can write a short ebook, around 10,000 words and you can sell it on Amazon. The marketing side of things could be done via social media, or checking out blogs you like and leaving a comment with a link to your product.
If you want to learn how to create an ebook
If you are looking to generate passive income by selling ebooks, then you should check out this course. In this course, you’ll learn how to become a self-published eBook author – whether if you want to sell it in Amazon or your own blog.
Ebook Bestseller Bootcamp is for you if you are looking to make an extra $500-$2,000 per month from your own eBook(s).
What other digital products could you create aside from an ebook?
✔️ How about printables, such as checklists and shopping lists?
✔️ A song
✔️ An App
✔️ A painting that can be printed out and hung on the wall
✔️ An online course to teach people about a subject you’re experienced in.
It can be anything as long as it’s useful to other people and you charge cash for them to download it.
All you need to do is set aside an initial amount of time to create the product, check it all out and make sure it’s as good as you can possibly get it, test it, and then market it.
Once orders come in, receive the money and email the product. Easy!
Create an Etsy Store And Sell Your Crafts
If you’re a crafty kind of person and you love to do something creative whilst your little one is playing or sleeping, why not make some cash from your hobby?
This is one of the best ways to make money from home without it feeling like work, because you’d be making those things anyway!
Here are some ideas of crafts you can sell in your Etsy store:
✔️ Paintings & drawings
Once you decide what you are going to craft and sell, you can set up an online store on Etsy and showcase your creations.
Then, when someone places an order you just process the transaction and send them the item.
Many moms make money on Etsy because it’s fun, it’s something they’d do anyway, and it has good potential for earnings.
Obviously, the more orders you get, the more you make and the higher you price your products, the more you’re going to see coming your way, but don’t overprice either – people won’t order if it’s too expensive.
Most of us know our way around the Internet these days, so if you have a little spare time, a laptop, and a good Internet connection, why not earn some cash as a website reviewer?
Bloggers and owners of websites often look for reviewers to check out their sites and give feedback. After all, if a site isn’t high quality and doesn’t work properly, they’re quickly going to lose traffic and that equates to lost revenue.
You’re going to be the one who tells them what you think about the site as an end-user.
You’ll check how the website looks, whether the links work, if the pages are organized and whether you think it’s useful or hard to navigate. You give your opinion on the experience you had checking out their website or blog, and they’ll pay you for the privilege.
Each review will take less than half an hour, with some taking just 10 minutes or so. You’ll usually be paid around $10 for each one and the more you do, the more you earn!
This one is a little more involved than some of the other ways to make money from home but depending upon how much time you have, you could make a very good amount of cash from creating your own dropshipping business.
Basically, you would create a business niche, e.g. cell phone accessories, and you’d set up a website for your business. You’d choose a manufacturer to work for, e.g. a company that makes and sells cell phone accessories and you’d choose the products you want to sell on your site.
Then, when you get an order and receive payment, you order the product from the manufacturer and give them the delivery details, without having to do any of the sending and processing yourself!
It’s win-win for both you and the manufacturer. They’re getting cost price you’re selling it for a little higher in order to make a profit. Of course, you need to choose reputable manufacturers and you need to discuss with them regarding a dropshipping arrangement, but most are quite open to this.
There is a little customer service work to be done occasionally but this is very easy to fit in around what you need to do at home. If your business starts to do well, you could earn a very tidy sum every month!
Last Words on Ways To Make Money for Busy Moms
You might like the sound of one or two methods more than others. However, be open-minded to the others too and see which might fit in well with you.
It’s important that you choose something you know you’re going to enjoy. That way it will never feel like work and you get to earn cash from something you actually enjoy doing whenever you get the time!
Which ways do resonate more with you? Did you try any already? Is there anything you do that’s not on the list?