My first business failed. I was seven and no one wanted to buy the rocks that I collected and displayed. Now, looking back, I’d have a few lessons to teach my 7-year-old self (like supply and demand–there wasn’t a huge demand for regular, old brown rocks in my desert hometown– and pricing– no one was going to buy old brown rocks for $7.
But I’d also give my 7-year-old self a hug and say, you’re going to make it. I’ve always wanted to grow a business but I’ve also always wanted to be a mom. That is why I love living in this time of life, I get to do both.
If you are like me and are wanting to start a business, I have a 9 ways to make money as a stay at home mom.
1. Sell your skillz.
Remember the time before your kids came and people actually called you by your first name? Maybe you were in college and earned a degree or two. Maybe you had time for some hobbies. Maybe you had a full-time job. Odds are you have a skill or two that you can use now to make some money without going into an office. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Photography: You don’t need a fancy camera to be a photographer anymore. Smart phones have great cameras, and apps make it easy to edit your photos anywhere. Start small with friends and family. There’s always a need for someone to take pictures of a newborn baby or of family reunions. Don’t be afraid to offer your services to those you know.
- Accounting: Jobs like accounting are increasingly becoming remote, meaning you can work from home on your own schedule. You can check with small businesses in your area to see if they have work for you, or there are some companies that hire work-at-home accountants. The Balance Careers has a great article you should check out.
- Childcare: If you have your own children, you might consider providing childcare for one or two other children during the day. It’s not only a great way to provide some income, but it can also provide socialization for your child, having friends to play with for a few hours out of the day.
- Teach an online university course: Many colleges and universities provide classes online, with some college and universities being solely online, such as the University of Phoenix. As an online instructor, your hours are flexible and the material is usually given to you. You act as a facilitator for the class, answering questions and grading assignments — great to do during naptime or after the kids are in bed.
2. Sell your products.
You might consider painting or sewing a fun hobby that you do in your downtime, but you should consider selling some of the products you make. There is a market for many different types of handmade products, including sewing, painting, artwork, hand lettering, handmade jewelry, woodwork, the list is endless.
Etsy has created an online marketplace where you can sell your products. You can also create your own website and look for local craft fairs in your area to sell your products.
Take some time to make quality products and then start selling and advertising. You can use social media to promote your items and tell people where they can find your great product. Even if you don’t use Etsy to sell your product, consider browsing Etsy’s seller’s handbook for some valuable information on how to successfully sell your handmade goods. I know it can be scary to show the world your lovingly made creations, but do it! You’ll find a great community of people who love your products and will support you.
3. Become a social media manager.
If you have experience in communications or marketing or you have created a successful online presence, you should consider becoming a social media manager. As companies grow, they need help managing all the different aspects of the business, including their social media. This is something that can be done completely from home. You’ll work with the company to create content for its social media, manage ads, reply to followers, etc. Look for brands, companies, and online presences that you already love and follow, then either reach out to them or check their career pages to see if they have a need for a social media manager.
4. Become a freelance writer.
Writing is another job that is easy to do from home. With the increase of blogging, many people are looking for extra help to provide content for their websites. You work on your own schedule (subject to possible deadlines), and you can control how much you write during the week. There are so many topics available for freelance writers, you are bound to find something that interests you. To get started, check out the list that Arts and Budgets has curated of companies that hire freelance writers.
5.Teach English classes.
If you have worked as a teacher, you should consider teaching online English classes. Companies like VIP KID need people with teaching experience to teach English to children in China. The work is flexible but consistent, and the teaching material is provided for you. You can work as much you’d like, and you get the satisfaction of helping children learn a new skill, which can be very rewarding. For more information on what it’s like to work for VIP KID, look at the interview Alexis Tanner Lane did with a current teacher for the company.
6. Get involved with an MLM.
MLM’s can be scary for a lot of people. You might think the only way to make money with an MLM is to hit up all your friends and host lots of parties. But it doesn’t have to be that way! If you’re careful about the MLM you choose, then selling can be fun and easy. Choose a product that you truly love or already use (like I did with
7. Start a blog.
Many people wonder how bloggers make money, and the answer is that there are SO MANY ways. One of the best ways to make money blogging is through affiliate links. Affiliate links are links to products and services that you talk about through your blog. Then when people click on the link and buy the product or service, you get a percentage of that sale. Think of products and services that you already use and then go visit their website or reach out to them to see if you can become an affiliate for them. If you are using the product already and love it, then writing about it in the blog will come naturally. Don’t force this. If you don’t love a product, don’t endorse it.
Having a blog is also a great way to promote some of the other ways to make money that we’ve already talked about. You can promote your MLM, sell your handmade products, create printables, or design courses (like photography courses) for people to buy.
I have a great article that will walk you through starting a blog step-by-step. It’s not hard. Go do it right now!
8. Take surveys.
Did you know you can get paid to answer questions? You may not make enough to pay your mortgage, but you can definitely supplement your gift budget or buy that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. Surveys typically provide cash or gift cards, and you can take the surveys on your own time at your leisure. Arts and Budgets provides a great list of companies that pay you to take surveys.
9. Become a brand ambassador.
This is really similar to affiliate links. You can get paid for sharing pictures of great products that you already use and love. How great is that? One of my favorites is Poppy and Dot. They are free to join, and as a brand ambassador, they give you 10% off their products, along with a 10% coupon to share with your followers. Another fave is Cents of Style. As an affiliate for them, you receive a 10% commission for sales you direct to their website.
Being a brand ambassador is pretty easy. You take pictures of you wearing and using the product, then tell your audience how great the company and products are. That’s it! Choose brands that you truly love, and it will be easy and natural to promote them.
Hopefully this list inspires you! There are so many fulfilling ways to make money from home. As always, post in the comments if you have questions or other great ideas.