Sometimes it feels like stay-at-home moms are the lucky ones. The reality is that most households need two incomes to keep above water.
Being a working mom is tough. You miss out on some special moments in your little one’s life, and often aren’t able to be with them when they are sick. Having the ability to stay at home, watch over your children and still contribute financially to the household may seem nearly impossible, but it really isn’t.
There are so many platforms that have been created that cater to stay-at-home moms. Jobs can be found online that require data-capturing, blog writing or transcribing. You can advertise your own special talents or professions online and do them from home. For example, if you are a good seamstress you are able to advertise online and people will send you their items to be sewn up.
The possibilities are endless. While this is a good thing – it can also be really overwhelming. Taking the decision to stop working a 9-5 and working from home is a big financial step to take. It will have an effect on everyone on the household and is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly.
Remember that staying at home with your kids can also feel like a full-time job. You will feel like you are constantly making lunch, changing nappies and mopping the floor. Next thing you know it will be bedtime and you have got NOTHING done!
If your kids go to school or day-care, you will be able to use this time to work. However, if your children are home with you all day, you will need to fit in work during nap time or play time. This can be really tricky and is quite a juggling act at first, but you should soon fit into a routine.
This is why we have listed the best stay-at-home mom jobs for you to choose from. Investigate and research each option, figure out if it will work for you and roughly how much you can make. Once you have made sure your household will be okay on this budget – take a leap of faith and become a stay-at-home mom!
|Upwork||Total flexibility||Online freelance industry. Choose how often you want to work and set your own price|
|Etsy||Depends on customer demands||Ability to run an online store selling things you create|
|Rover||Needs full attention when looking after a dog||Make money baby-sitting other peoples dogs|
|TaskRabbit||Total flexibilty||Do other peoples tasks and get paid for them|
|Dropshipping||Depends on size of site||Sell stock without keeping any stock on hand, using sites like Amazon|
|VIPKID||Set hours to tutor English||Earn money teaching English to students in China|
|Babierge||Total flexibility||Hire out your own baby items to travelling parents|
|Blogging||Total flexibilit||Blog about what you love, and eventually earn money from ads and sponsors|
Upwork is a freelance based marketplace. You can sign up to Upwork under many different fields – data-capturing, telesales, translation, web design, article writing and many others. Prospective ‘employers’ advertise jobs that they need done and you are able to apply for these. You build up your profile by successfully completing work, and receiving good feedback from clients. The best part about Upwork is that you decide how often you want to work, and how much money you are willing to work for. Upwork also has great customer care who mediate disputes between clients and freelancers, so it is a very trusted site.
Choose how much work to take on
Set your own price
Build up a reputation to earn more
Profile needs to be approved
Competition from many freelancers
There is a market for almost everything nowadays. If you can make it, you can probably sell it. Put your talents as a crafter, seamstress or calligrapher to use and sell items on Etsy. Starting up an Etsy shop is really easy and it gives you the freedom to advertise your goods on a trusted platform. You will just need to design your site, advertise your products and get some sales. This is a cheap way to run a business from home, and you are able to sell things you love to make.
Online store selling your crafts
Run from home
Depends on market
Need to be constantly replying to customers
Did you know that you can make some money out of being a dog-person? Rover is a web-based site that matches dogs to prospective dog-sitters. If you really love spending time with the furry little creatures, sign up to Rover and you might be matched with a prospective client around you. Create a profile and decide how much you will charge. You will then be matched and paid to look after their dog for a certain amount of time. The rate at which you get business depends on the city you live in of course, but it is definitely worth a try.
Perfect for dog lovers
Set your own price
The dogs will need constant attention
Similar to Upwork, but more errand and task driven. Users post tasks they need done, these can range from grocery shopping to spray-painting a chair, and you can apply to do these. You are able to fit these jobs into your everyday life and can choose how often and when you want to work.
Get paid doing simple tasks
Fit the tasks into your routine
Choose when you want to work
Tasks may be trivial
Not too much earnings to be made
Some people are making a fortune by dropshipping. It is a method of selling where you as the seller don’t actually keep any stock on hand. You create a site and act as the middle man between an online store such as Amazon and the customer. Many online stores allow you to register as a dropshipper, and this allows you access to lower prices and the ability to use their warehouse to fulfill orders. Amazon will facilitate your warehousing and even organize delivery of goods to your customers. This is all obviously built into the price, but you are free to charge whatever you like per product. It is a low-cost, low-risk way to run an online store, as you are never required to keep stock on hand or make any purchases without having an order to fulfill.
Decide on your own niche
Create your own store
Low start-up costs
Maintain customer relations
Can take up lots of time
If you love working with people, then online English tutoring could be for you. Through VIPKID, you register your profile and are able to tutor English to students in China, and be paid for it. The more experience and qualifications you have in the field the better, but if you are able to motivate reasons why you would be a good fit then you could be in luck.
Earn money from your computer
Only work a few hours a week
Some experience is needed to teach
With small kids around, you obviously have a lot of baby gear stacked up in the store room. By becoming a Babierge partner, you can actually put this baby gear to good use and earn some money. Families who are traveling don’t necessarily want to pay to carry over prams and cots through the airline, and will often look to hire the necessary gear when they reach their destination. Moms can make some really good money hiring out items such as prams, strollers, camp cots and car seats. Babies need gear wherever they go, and hiring these items can be cheaper than paying for them through luggage on a flight. This business is nottime-consuming at all, and just requires you to advertise and keep your items clean and working.
Use your own baby items
Hire them at your own rate
Will need to meet customer demands
If you find you often have a lot to say, or there is a niche in life that you are absolutely passionate about, why not put this to use and start a blog. If you are a good, interesting writer and the field you choose isn’t saturated with a million other blogs, you could find yourself earning some really decent money. Advertisers will latch on to your blog and pay you for ads or mentions, and may even send you some products to test or review. It is a super flexible and really fun way to earn some money, and the possibilities and growth are endless. Why not blog about stay-at-home moms?
Blog in a field you love
Test and review products
Start up fee to create a website
Takes time to become recognized
Being a stay-at-home mom while still contributing to the household is completely doable. It won’t be a walk in the park though, you are expected to be a full-time mom and still fit work in somehow, but it is so rewarding. You are able to be there for ever milestone, every sniffy nose and afternoon nap. The stress of a 9-5 will fall away and you will be able to work on your own terms.
It takes determination, sacrifice and a few sleepless nights, but you will soon fall into a routine where you manage to get everything done (imagine that!)