Gone are the days of having to choose between earning money OR being a stay-at-home mom.
Today is likely the best time in history to be both an income generator AND a mom due to the online world of flexible work-from-home opportunities. Further, the abundance of free resources to learn how to start businesses, network, and find jobs, allows you to learn skills that will boost your career.
If you’ve struggled with the decision to spend time with your kids or earn money to provide financially for your family, your worries can come to an end.
With some planning, research, systems and discipline, you can easily dig into your repertoire of skills to capitalize on, alongside managing a family.
Here are some great, legitimate ways to earn money while being a stay-at-home mom.
The boom of online businesses and social media has opened up massive opportunity for those who are gifted at graphic designing. People and businesses of all kinds need logos, business cards, social media posts, t-shirts, mugs, lead magnet designs, ebook covers, images for blog posts, or complete website designs. Some freelance graphic designers charge thousands of dollars for branding packages because there are so many small businesses and solopreneurs who know the importance of a creating an online branded presence but don’t have the time or skills to do it themselves.
Sell Creative Goods on Etsy
Many people think selling handmade goods on Etsy is just a hobby. And while it can be a hobby, selling on Etsy can also be a lucrative business for women if they know how to stand out. You’ll need to be creative in your marketing and provide top-notch service, as well as have confidence in your product and ability as an entrepreneur.
If typos and grammatical errors pop out at you, chances are you’re detail-oriented and would make an excellent freelance proofreader. Even though I don’t have an English degree, I’ve found plenty of work as a proofreader for books, blog articles, course notes, and other online content. This is because almost every business uses the written word, but a lot of people struggle with spelling and grammar.
If you’re good with numbers, there are lots of small businesses who hire bookkeepers. Since this is often a job that does not require set daytime hours, it’s a great option for those who are good with finances and want flexible hours to work around their family life. According to this post, the average bookkeeper in the U.S. earns $40,000 per year and it’s a career you can start with no experience.
Finding consistent Virtual Assistant work is what allowed me to leave my job and earn enough money to stay home with my kids. With the explosion of online businesses and social media, there are many women venturing into the world of virtual administrative support. Virtual Assistants (VAs) are those who provide a service virtually in exchange for pay. There are hundreds of services virtual assistants can offer (even some on this list could be considered virtual assistant work). Some include email management, customer services, website management, blog management, project management, graphic design, or social media management. These tips from VA pros will help you keep customers happy and you can find free virtual assistant training to see if a VA career is a good fit for you.
Another incredibly flexible work-from-home job for moms is freelance writing. Although many blogs do not pay for guest posts and articles, there are plenty of sites that do pay in just about every industry. In addition to freelance proofreading and virtual assistants, I’ve earned money as a freelance writer too while being a stay-at-home mom. Should you decide to earn money as a freelance writer, tips like these will increase your odds that a website, blog, or magazine editor will choose to publish and pay for your article.
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I know several success stories of women who earn money by virtually teaching English to children in China through VIPKID. While I used to think tutoring jobs would only pay pennies, I learned that VIPKID pays this mom over $20 an hour for tutoring. If you have a teaching background, it’s likely you’ll fly through the application process and earn a little higher than base pay. However, a teaching degree is oftentimes not even required. Anyone with a bachelor’s degree and a little experience with kids can earn money by teaching basic English to kids who want to learn.
Good with kids? Another option for earning money and staying home with your children is to open your home to other children in your community. There always seems to be high demand for childcare, which is understandable considering nearly half of married couples are both employed. Most of the women I know who run successful in-home daycares easily find enough children to care for. So if you want to stay home with your kids and earn consistent income, consider asking family, friends, neighbors, or use social media to let others know your home is open for childcare.
Sell on Amazon
Selling on Amazon is another way to earn money with a super flexible schedule. Not only can you sell physical products, but you can also sell your services, self-publish ebooks, planners, and more to earn part-time or even full-time income from Amazon.
Blogging for Money
Finally, if you have something you are passionate about, you enjoy writing as well as design, you have some tech skills and are willing to continuously learn, then blogging could be another flexible way for you to earn money. Blogging is not a get-rich quick career, but with persistence and strategy, you can monetize a blog in many different ways.
If you desire to be a stay-at-home mom, you don’t have to stop earning money if you don’t want to. Instead, you can use one of these 10 legit ways to earn money from home that are flexible enough for you to be home with kids too. No matter which path of entrepreneurship you choose, as long as you’re solving people’s problems and making sure your business is visible to others, you’ll be able to grow and thrive as a successful mom and business owner at the same time.
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