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Looking for ideas on how to make money as a stay at home mom?
Then you’ve probably stumbled upon a survey site at some point!
It takes foreeeever to earn anything completing online surveys, right? Or worse, you keep getting thrown out because you don’t even qualify for the survey.
Are all ways to make extra money online this tortuous?
Not at all.
Real Ways To Make Money As A Stay At Home Mom
Finding worthwhile and real ways to make extra money online as a stay at home mom is totally possible and unlike most day jobs, making extra money on the web is something you can do at a time that suits you.
When I left my full time marketing job 2 years ago to spend more time with my daughter, I was already a member of Wealthy Affiliate and making money from an affiliate marketing website I’d setup in the evenings. (Wealthy Affiliate is a top business idea for stay at home moms & you can Read My Full Review Here)
So I knew affiliate marketing worked. My next step was to scale up my affiliate marketing to a full time income, so I didn’t have to get back on the office treadmill again.
However, I knew this wouldn’t happen overnight, so I needed some other real online jobs suitable for stay at home moms, which could help supplement my income.
I spent aaaaages researching how to make extra money online and eventually chose Profit Accumulator (UK only), User Testing and side gigs on Fiverr to help bump up my income, whilst working on my affiliate marketing websites and my Mom Blog at the same time (yes, it was a bit of a juggle, but it worked!)
In fact, it’s amazing how cash starts to add up when you juggle a few work from home side hustles, especially if you sell a few things on Amazon or Ebay and take advantage of cash back sites like Ebates.
So if you’re a mom looking for ideas to make money (but want to skip the survey sites!), check out the 57 ideas for how to make money online as a stay at home mom, for lots of actionable ideas.
MAKE MONEY AS A STAY AT HOME MOM WITH A SIDE OR F/T BUSINESS
1 – Start your own blog
Starting your own blog, hosting it on Bluehost and learning how to monetise it can be both fun and rewarding. In fact, it brings in a full time income for many bloggers. If others can do it, why shouldn’t you?
Recommended Reading: How To Start a WordPress Blog: A Whiz Poppingly Easy Beginner’s Guide
2 – Earn passive income with your own affiliate marketing website
Affiliate marketing is much easier than you might think (absolutely anyone can do it!) and it can bring in real money if done right.
Wealthy Affiliate show you how (step by step) and their FREE Trial offers a no risk opportunity to start your first money making affiliate site for nothing. I owe a LOT to Wealthy Affiliate and highly recommend their training and super friendly online community as an actionable way for moms to start a business online from home.
3 – Start a Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) business
4 – Start your own online store
Starting your own online store is much easier than you might think. Steve, at My Wife Quit Her Job, made over $100k in 12 months and offers a free 6 day mini course that can get you started.
5 – Create and sell your own course
6 – Sell ‘gigs’ on Fiverr
On Fiverr, freelancers sell their skills for $5 (known as a ‘gig’) in areas ranging from graphics and copywriting to design and social media skills. If you have a legitimate service to sell, you can do the same. Whilst $5 may not sound like a lot, if you can find a gig that’s popular and doesn’t take you long to do, the money can start to mount up.
7 – Earn money as a freelance writer
8 – Earn money as a virtual assistant
Do you have great admin, social media or creative skills? If so, how about becoming a Virtual Assistant (VA)? Loads of moms are making an income from being an online virtual assistant and these sites can help find you a job:
9 – Write and publish your own Kindle or ebook
Fancy writing your own ebook? Kindles and ebooks have blown the publishing world wide open. Literally anyone can write, publish and sell their own ebook and Amy Lynn Andrews shows you how.
10 – Make money with video
According to Cisco, it’s expected 80% of web traffic will come from video by 2020. So now is the time to get on the video bandwagon ladies.
To make money with video:
- sign up for an affiliate site such as Amazon or shareasale.com
- choose a product you would be happy to recommend to others
- create a video review with easy to use video creation software such as Content Samurai (it’s a paid service but you get a FREE 7 day trial, which is ample time to create a couple of videos if you don’t want to sign up to the full service).
11 – Launch your own product at no risk with Teespring
Ever wanted to design and sell your own product? Well, with Teespring you can. You create the design, gather an audience and Teespring handles all the fiddley bits like production and shipping.
12 – Earn money as an online transcriptionist with speechpad
Transcription is another popular way to make money online as a stay at home mom. And with speechpad you get to choose when and how often you want to work doing paid transcription jobs. You can apply here.
13 – Make money by becoming a zazzle associate
Sign up to the Zazzle Associate Program and get paid for promoting and sharing other people’s customised gifts and creative products.
14 – Become an online home tutor
15 – Make money as a graphic designer
16 – Make money selling skills you already have
Upwork is a another good way to kickstart your freelance career, selling skills you already have. There are loads of freelance job categories to choose from – from translation and admin support to sales, writing and design.
WAYS TO MAKE EXTRA MONEY FAST AS A STAY AT HOME MOM
17 – No risk matched betting (UK only)
You can earn money really fast with matched betting. Profit Accumulator (UK only) show you how, plus offer a FREE Trial where you can earn around £45. I regularly earned from £300 to £600 a month with matched betting. Some people earn £2k a month. Oh and LOADS of UK stay at home mums do it!
18 – Get paid for online reviews
Want to get paid around $10 (£8) for a website review? You can with User Testing. It’s easy to join and they pay up regularly via Paypal.
19 – Recycle your old smart phone or iPod
There are loads of companies online who will buy your old cell phone or even your used iPod or Mac.
MAKE EXTRA MONEY AS A STAY AT HOME MOM SELLING YOUR STUFF
20 – Sell your used clothes on Ebay
Selling your used clothes on Ebay is a great way to free up closet space and make money at the same time. Most of us moms have some clothes knocking around we no longer wear and branded jeans and well presented bundles of baby or kids clothes tend to sell well. Or you could try selling your maternity wear.
21 – Sell your used furniture or working electrical items on Craigslist or Gumtree
22 – Sell your old CDs, DVDs and games
Using music or movie exchange sites can be a great way to shift your old music and movies quickly, but keep in mind they don’t generally pay much. Ones to try include:
If you have more time, selling via Amazon (or to a local second hand store) is likely to earn you a bit more.
23 – Sell your old Lego
I know, who an earth would want to part with their Lego, right? But just in case, you can sell it on www.bricklink.com.
24 – Sell old textbooks or used books on www.bookscouter.com
Got a huge pile of old college text books lying around? www.bookscouter.com will help you sell them for the most money by comparing offers from over 35 book buyback vendors.
25 – Sell your breast milk!
Yes, people will buy breast milk! It might sound a bit weird at first, but WHO actually recommend that:
‘where it is not possible for the biological mother to breast feed, the first alternative, if available should be the use of human breast milk from other sources.’
26 – Sell your designer labels clothes on Poshmark (US only)
Ok, so not all of us have an old Louis Vuitton bag knocking around! But if you’re a bit of a label lover and have some items you no longer wear, why not sell them on poshmark.com?
The Penny Hoarder have some tips to get you started.
27 – Sell your phone snaps on foap
Do you snap a lot of photos on your phone? Try selling your best ones on foap!
28 – Create and sell your own products on Etsy
Crunchy Betty makes her own organic natural care products and was pushing over 30,000 sales on Etsy last time I looked. So if you have a hobby, such as sewing or photography, where you’re able to create items of a saleable quality, try selling them for a profit on Etsy. Loads of moms are doing it.
29 – Sell your own photos
Got a decent SLR camera and a good eye? If you can take a professional looking photo of hi-res quality, you can submit your shots to stock photos sites and they’ll pay you a commission every time one gets downloaded.
Everything Microstock can help you get started and photo sites that offer a decent commission include:
30 – Dig out and sell your collectibles
I once found an original Tomb Raider figure hiding in the cupboard that was selling for quite a bit on Ebay. People will pay a lot of money for original movie posters, rare vinyl and out of production TV and movie merchandise.
So dig around for any old stuff lying around, which may be sellable to a collector on Ebay (just don’t sell Dad’s original Star Wars figures without asking first;)).
31 – Sell your used ink cartridges
MAKE MONEY AS A STAY AT HOME MOM WHILST YOU SURF & SHOP
32 – Earn cashback when you shop
Cashback sites are a popular way to earn cash and are a bit of a no brainer if you shop online a lot. You can often earn a decent chunk of your shopping outlay back via these sites. Popular ones to join include:
33 – Earn rewards when you shop online, watch videos or play games
Reward sites take time to earn much of value, but if you spend a lot of time online, you can earn credit for completing simple online tasks or offers. Everything adds up over time and Swagbacks in particular can be a good way to earn Amazon vouchers for birthdays or Christmas.
34 – Earn money for sharing your coupons
If you spend time online searching for coupons, you can share them on Coupon Chief and get paid 2% of the sales from any of the coupons you share. It might not make you rich, if you have the coupons anyway, it doesn’t take long to join up and start sharing.
35 – Earn cash by scanning shopping receipts (US only)
You can really save on your grocery shopping with Ibotta and moms love it as a way to earn a bit of extra cash.
A free mobile coupon and cash back shopping app, simply sign up and earn cash back on certain products by performing tasks, purchasing the product, then providing photo proof of purchase.
MAKE MONEY AS A STAY AT HOME MOM DOING SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT
36 – Enter competitions for a chance to WIN
‘Comping’ or entering lots of competitions in the hope of winning cash and other prizes of value, is a full time job for some people. Money Making Expert offer 42 Comping Tips here. It’s aimed at the UK, but the ideas and tips can be applied globally. Entering ‘#competition’ into Twitter can also be a quick way to source online competitions.
37 – Buy and sell domain names for a profit
The domain name Hotels.com was sold for a staggering $11 million in 2001. It’s unlikely you’ll replicate that!, but you could try searching Namecheap for domain names with commercial potential. These tips from GoDaddy on buying and selling domain names for a profit should help.
sedo.com is a popular auction site for selling on domain names.
Warning: Avoid buying domain names of well known brands, companies or people with the sole intention of making a profit – this is cybersquatting and can be illegal.
38 – Get paid for answering questions
5 hours of home improvement expertise could bag you up to $193.
39 – Make money with the ‘Disney Vault’!
They’re clever chaps over at Disney and only release each Disney film for a limited time, after which it goes back into the ‘Disney vault’ for a few years.
If you buy up Blu-Ray and Special Edition versions when they become available, you can often sell them for a lot more, on Amazon or Ebay, once they go back into the vault.
40 – Rent out your parking space
41 – Make money as a babysitter
OK, so you won’t technically be making the money ‘online’, but if you have spare time on your hands, you can certainly hire out your babysitting services on a site such as www.findababysitter.com (UK) or www.urbansitter.com (US).
42 – Get paid to tweet
In a nutshell, this means you can apply to share something about a brand on social media and if you get accepted, you’ll get paid for it. Izea also connects bloggers with brands, so if you have a blog and want to get paid for promoting a brand you admire, Izea could make some money for you.
43 – Earn cash for simple tasks on Amazon Turk
Amazon Turk offers micro jobs (HITS) such a data entry, or audio transcription, for which they’ll pay you a fee. Fees paid are often pretty low – however, you can choose your own hours, pick the jobs you want, plus work your way up to higher paying jobs once you’ve successfully completed a number of HITS.
Here’s a review from someone who made decent money from Mechanical Turk with the right approach.
44 – Be an eBay trend spotter
Are you good at spotting trends? People will pay top dollar for the latest ‘must have’ items and it’s not that hard to spot something that’s becoming popular and cash in on it. Products from the Disney catalogue work well here – one stay at home mom bought up loads of Frozen dresses and sold them for a huge mark up on eBay!
Google Trends can be a good source for what’s trending. When I looked, Donald Trump was in the Top 20 search trends and when I popped onto eBay, I discovered Donald Trump face masks are pretty big sellers right now!
45 – Rent out a room with Airbnb
If you have a spare room or apartment and don’t mind washing some extra bed linen now and again, Airbnb is a popular way to make some extra money as a stay at home mom.
46 – Collect empty toilet roll tubes and sell them on eBay
Seriously! For a bit of extra cash, bung all your empty cardboard ‘loo’ rolls in a box and shift them on eBay for a quick profit. Prices vary, but you can get around $5 or £5 for 40+ empty tubes. Schools or parents will buy them for arts and crafts, especially at times like Easter and Christmas.
47 – Do the lottery for free (UK only)
At freepostcodelottery.com they give away £750+ per day FOR FREE. Simply enter your UK postcode and an email address and if you postcode comes up, you’re a winner.
I’d suggest you don’t use your main email address if you try this (set up a new free Gmail or Hotmail one), as I suspect you may get marketing emails from their advertisers.
48 – Be a street spotter (Europe only)
Download the Street Spotr app on your Smart Phone and perform simple challenges, such as taking a photo of a supermarket or price list, and get paid for it. You won’t make a fortune, but once you get going with a few challenges, the cash can start to add up.
MAKE MONEY WITH MONEY AS A STAY AT HOME MOM
49 – Invest in the stock market
Investing in the stock market is now something anyone can do with the help of online market trading platforms. eToro is one of the most popular and it’s a way to extra make money as a stay at home mom if you like figures.
Disclaimer: Investing in the stock market can be volatile & it’s possible to lose money, as well as make it. Please ensure investing or trading in the stock market is suitable for you & you understand the risks involved.
50 – Save money with a budgeting app
Using a bugeting app can be a great way to keep track of your money. Most people live paycheck to paycheck, but using a budgeting app can help you stay on budget as a stay at home mom, avoid bank charges and save money by building up a reserve fund.
51 – Get rewarded for switching your bank account
Competition among banks, for your custom, is high and many offer a generous incentive to switch your account to them. Try The Penny Hoarder for some US bank promotions or head over to The Telegraph for some UK bank incentives.
52 – Invest with your phone
Stash is a great way to start investing with just $5. You’ll need to invest more over time to make worthwhile returns, but the Stash app makes investing super simple for beginners, plus you get to choose investments based on your interests.
53 – Check your purse for unusual US dollar bills or UK £5 pound notes
Depending on the rarity, if you find one of CoolSerialNumbers.com’s most-wanted serial numbers on a dollar bill, it could be worth a lot of money. Similarly, find a water mark of Jane Austen on a UK plastic £5 note and you could be ‘quids’ in.
54 – Earn money by ‘stoozing’
Stoozing is all about making money from 0% interest periods on credit card loans.
It works by using the credit to invest in a high interest savings account. Then, when the 0% interest period expires, you use the money in the savings account to pay off the loan, then keep any profits from interest accrued. uSwitch offer a useful guide.
Disclaimer: Stoozing requires discipline. Only attempt it if you are good with money and understand the concepts, as well as the risks.
55 – Open a new bank account and get paid cash
Sometimes, you don’t even need to switch accounts to earn a reward from a bank.
Simply opening a new account and fulfilling a few criteria, such as depositing a certain amount within a given period, is often enough to bag yourself some cash. Google a search phrase like ‘banks offering incentives to open an account’ and you should get lots of options.
56 – Claim tax back
Are you a student who worked over the summer or a new stay at home mom who perhaps overpaid on tax during maternity leave?
If so, you may have overpaid your tax. In the UK you can use this calculator to check how much tax you’ve paid and whether you may be due a refund.
57 – Rediscover your lost assets
According to Money Making Expert up to ‘£15 billion of unclaimed financial assets in the UK lie in old bank accounts, pensions, life assurance and investments’. If you think you may be sitting on some lost assets, this guide should help.
So there you have it. 57 ideas for how to make money online as a stay at home mom.
Now it’s your turn, to go forth and start earning!
Have you tried any of these ways of making money from home? Do you have any other good tips for how to make money as a stay at home mom?