Looking for a stay-at-home mom job?
Don’t get me wrong — being a stay-at-home mom is certainly a full-time job on its own.
My wife stays home with our 3-year-old [cute] tyrant and leaving the house to work is the only way I keep my sanity.
Still, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make a little extra money on the side.
And while I know next to nothing about being a stay-at-home mom, I do know a thing or two about making money.
So I’ve compiled this list with the stay-at-home mom lifestyle in mind — each one is flexible and allows you to determine your schedule.
1. Amazon Dropshipping
This is something that my wife and I started doing about 2 years ago.
Through sheer dumb luck, we stumbled upon Katie Melissa’s Amazon dropshipping course. And what I love about this income method is that it’s 100% flexible to your own schedule — you can work whenever you want and as much as you want — and growing your store really only requires a couple of hours of work every day.
Here’s a general overview of how it works.
- First, you create your Amazon store, which just costs $39.99 per month. This gives you the ability to list products, set prices, and start selling!
- Next, you do research to find products that sell well on Amazon and cost more on Amazon than they do at other online stores (like Walmart and eBay, for instance). You can then list these products in your own Amazon store with a few simple clicks and set your price-point.
3. When someone purchases from your store, you buy the product from your less expensive supplier, ship it directly to the customer, and make money in the middle.
The hardest part of this process is finding products to sell. But with just a little bit of practice, you can list up to 10 products in about an hour. In fact, our store started making sales after just two weeks and it hasn’t let up since.
Now, it consistently makes us $1,000 per month in profit.
But there are a lot of details to this process that I don’t have time to discuss here, so I highly recommend purchasing a course like Katie’s (that’s the one we got and it was great!) to learn exactly how you can set up your store, find profitable products, and regularly make sales.
2. Start a Daycare
You might be surprised to learn that the average cost of daycare in the U.S. is about $11,600 per kid per year (unless, of course, you pay for daycare…).
Yes — that means that if you have 4 kids in your daycare, you’re already making over $40,000 per year.
Not bad, eh?
If you’re a stay-at-home mom, then starting a daycare might feel pretty natural. You’re already taking care of one kid, why not add a few more to the mix to the tune of $10k per year per kid in extra income?
First, you need to research daycare laws and regulations in your state and city. Some places will require you to get a license. Other places require a background test. And most places have some sort of max kids/adult ration that you have to keep in check.
Here’s an extremely thorough and helpful guide.
3. Work For a Transcription Service
Pretty much anyone can do this — if you type at a decent speed and you don’t mind sitting at your computer for a few hours, then consider working for a transcription service.
Basically, that means you’d transcribe other people’s videos (turn the audio into a written document) to the tune of $15 and $35 per hour. You can do it from the comfort of your couch and you can typically work whenever you want.
I mean… it’s not the most exciting job in the world. But if you want an easy way to make a little extra cash, then this certainly fits the bill.
There are tons of different transcription services you might consider applying for. Here are some of the top one (the hyperlinks go to their application pages).
- 3 Play Media — No experience required. Pays between $10-$30 per hour.
- Aberdeen — Must know Spanish and English and type at least 45 words per minute. Pays $12-$15 per hour.
- Appen — No experience required. Pay varies.
- BabbleType — No experience required. Pay varies.
- Birch Creek Communications — No experience required. Pay varies.
- Cambridge Transcriptions — One year of experience required. Pay varies.
- Castingwords — No experience required. Must live in the U.S.
- CrowdSurf — No experience required. It offers super flexible working arrangements.
- Quicktate — Experience required. They also run a background check.
- Rev.com — No experience required. Flexible working arrangements.
4. Become a Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is exactly what it sounds like: an assistant who helps with daily or weekly to-dos but provides their service virtually or remotely.
The best part about this option is that you don’t need any special expertise to get started. So long as you have basic competency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive, and email, and you’re a fast and diligent learner, then you can get paid to help business owners accomplish recurring tasks. These tasks often include (but aren’t limited to) data entry, answering the phone, organizing emails, responding to emails, and pretty much anything else that the client needs help with.
The other great thing about being a virtual assistant is that it pays well. Depending on the client you’re working with and how experienced you are, you can charge between $25 and $100 per hour.
If you want to find clients the traditional way, then you might create a compelling resume with your list of skills and talents — include everything you can think of. Also, include your work history and a quick “About me” section.
Or, instead, consider using that time to create a profile on UpWork — here’s a helpful guide for optimizing your UpWork profile. There are tons of virtual assistants on UpWork, but don’t let that discourage you — there are also a ton of people looking to hire a VA. Apply for jobs consistently (try doing a few every day) and eventually you’ll land your first gig.
5. Become a Coach
You can make a ton of money as a coach. I pay my current coach $1,100 per month. If you factor in how often we meet, he’s making about $360 per hour, and that’s pretty damn cheap in the coaching world!
Of course, what you charge largely depends upon how you help people and who you target.
You could coach people on physical fitness, addiction, lifestyle, business, meditation, or pretty much anything else you can think of.
But remember, this is a more personal way to make money — you’ll be having one-on-one calls with your students and they’ll be paying you a lot of money for that time — so make sure you’re ready for a big commitment.
In terms of how to get started, I’ve heard great things about Consulting.com. It’s definitely worth checking out.
But the basic formula is…
- Decide what you’re going to help people with.
- Decide who you want to coach and how much you’re going to charge.
- Create a curriculum for your coaching program.
- Network like crazy on social media to find clients (message people, ask questions, comment, and provide free value). This is by far the best way to find coaching clients.
- Rinse and repeat.
6. Sell Your Artwork
A lot of artists think they could either never sell their art or they’re not good enough to sell their art.
But the fact is, good art is usually just good marketing. That is, people usually don’t think art is great because it is, but because of whose name is on it or how much it costs.
I’m not telling you to go sell your kid’s finger-paintings for $500 a pop, but if you consider yourself a decent artist, then you’re probably better than you think.
Choose three of your best art pieces that you’re okay with selling. Then decide how much you want to sell them for — start high and you can decrease price later if you’re struggling to sell.
You can list your art on Etsy and run paid ads to your store to speed up the selling process. You could even ask local cafes to hang your art on their walls with a price tag. If you’re a photographer, then you might consider submitting your work to Shutterstock to get paid whenever someone downloads your image.
But that’s all coming from a guy who’s never even painted a decent picture in his life (me).
So I asked Elizabeth McDonnell — an artist who actively sells on Etsy — what strategies she would recommend to a beginner looking to do the same. Here’s what she told me…
“There are so many ways to make money with your art… you can have an online shop (either on your own website or somewhere like Etsy), you can put your art on products or license your designs to companies, you can do craft shows or wholesale your work to retailers. You can get commissioned to do artwork for businesses or magazines.
Because there are so many avenues available to artists, do some experiments to see what resonates most with you before jumping head first in any one direction. Ask yourself some starter questions to get the ball moving… do you like working collaboratively or would you rather sell a finished product? Would you rather sell original paintings or have you always dreamed of seeing your artwork on stationery? Having some initial ideas in place can help you figure out where to focus your time first.
Do as much art as you can and set up a simple website to showcase your portfolio, talk to potential customers about your art and pay attention to what they say. Keep your heart open and flexible and connect to other creative people who are asking similar questions.
Before you sell anything, look up the laws where you live regarding taxes and registering as a business. Start small, stay curious, and if you get overwhelmed, take a step back and regroup. You can create something new and amazing and the first step may be as simple as buying some paper and a few paints to play with at the kitchen table. You can do this!”
Also, here’s a great article with advice from people who successfully sell their artwork on Etsy.
7. Teach At-Home Classes
If you want to make money by teaching other people a skill, then why not just start a paid weekly class at your home? You could teach piano, tutor college students, or even start a paid mom’s exercise group.
First, decide what you’re going to teach people and how much you’re going to charge. Then put up fliers around your city, add it to the Facebook Marketplace, post it under “Classes” on Craigslist, or call friends and tell them what you’re doing. The more people you message and places you advertise your class, the faster you’re going to find students.
8. Choose a Profitable MLM
I don’t typically recommend joining an MLM (like Avon or Mary Kay, for example) in order to make money.
And to be honest, I’m still not a fan of the idea. I think that most MLMs make it very difficult to build a sustainable stream of income — once you’ve exhausted all of your friends and family, who are you going to sell to?
If you don’t believe me, consider that research by FTC found that freaking 99% of sellers lose money on MLM ventures, meaning that only 1% make some sort of profit. Conversely, 39% of other small businesses become profitable at some point.
So an MLM probably isn’t your best choice.
But if you are really determined and think I’m crazy, here are some of the most profitable MLMs according to CPPLuxury…
9. Shopify Dropshipping
I love Shopify. They’ve made creating an ecommerce store and selling products easier than any other company. They also have tons of free online resources and guides that walk you through creating and designing your store, even finding products to sell.
And the best part is, Oberlo — a service that partners with Shopify — allows you to dropship products with the click of a button. This means you can build your ecommerce store, sell, and ship products without ever leaving your house.
Here’s an awesome guide by Oberlo that walks you through how to create a Shopify store in 10 steps. Shopify has a 14-day free trial, too. So why not give it a go for 14 days and see how far you can get?
The biggest barrier to entry will be driving traffic to your ecommerce store — for that, you’re going to need to use some form of paid advertising (Facebook ads are probably the easiest — here’s a guide).
And if you’re wanting to buy a course to walk you through the steps, a friend I trust recommended Lucas Jackson’s course.
10. Become a Freelancer
95% of my own income is from freelancing. I’m a freelance writer and content marketer for various businesses, but you can also design, consult, video edit, or even become a virtual assistant.
The best part is, you can make a lot of money as a freelancer. Not to mention that you can work from the comfort of your home, as much or as little as you want. You can charge what you want. Heck — you can even freelance if you’re a stay-at-home mom or already have a full-time job. I make well over 6 figures per year working about 5 hours per day. You could work just a few extra hours per day and make some hefty pocket change (the more experience you get, the more money you’ll make).
The ultimate question: how do you get started as a freelancer?
Well, first you have to decide what you want to do. Do you want to write? Design? Develop? Here’s a quick overview of your options.
Next, you’ll need to figure out a strategy for finding your first clients. Personally, to get started, I networked like a mad-man. I messaged all of my social media friends to tell them what I was doing, I hopped on calls to chat with people who I thought would be valuable connections, and I followed up on every possible lead.
You can also try…
- Joining platforms like UpWork and Freelancer
- Guest blogging
- Bidding for gigs
- Joining relevant Facebook groups and interacting like crazy
- Attending local professional meet-ups
Finally, a good friend of mine who makes lots of dolla’ bills as a freelance writer (and now teaches freelancers to do the same thing), Jacob McMillen, offered this advice when I asked him how someone with no experience could find their first client (his advice is specifically for writers, but it relates to all freelancers):
“The best way to land your first writing client is to find someone in your network who either has their own blog or works for a company that has a blog, and then ask them to pay you $20 to write a blog post or ask them to connect you with whoever runs their company’s blog.”
11. Craigslist Arbitrage
I love the simplicity of this strategy.
Anyone with a few bucks in their pocket and access to the internet can make money with Craigslist arbitrage. This strategy hinges on the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Basically, you find free stuff on Craigslist or cheap items at yard sales and sell them for a profit on eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook’s marketplace. It’s dead-simple and you can make $1,000 or more per month if you’re consistent.
Gary Vaynerchuk has an awesome guide explaining this type of arbitrage in detail.
12. Sell Online Courses
Do you have a skill you could teach other people?
Maybe you could teach people how to improve their diet? How to play the guitar? How to create an exercise routine? How to have a better marriage? How to be a better parent?
One of the best ways to make money online right now is through digital online courses — and you can create a course about almost anything you want.
Start by jotting down what specific skills you could teach people.
- Foreign Language
- Diet & Exercise
- Public speaking
- Overcoming addiction
Then choose one of those items off your list which meet these two very important criteria:
- You’re confident you could help people with the skill.
- You would have a lot of fun teaching people the skill.
Once you’ve chosen, make an outline for your digital course. How will you take people from point A to point B? How many modules will you have and what will each one be about?
Teachable is a platform for creating and hosting your online course.
Also, decide on how much your course is going to cost; you can charge anywhere from $50 to $5,000 for your course depending on the people you’re targeting and the value you’re providing.
Unless you have a large email list or a big social media following, consider learning Facebook ads so you can run paid traffic to your course and start making money right away. Here’s a helpful guide from Teachable on doing just that.
The other option is to sell a digital product rather than a course (such as ebooks, meal plans, exercise programs, etc). On that vein (and by way of offering advice from a true expert on the topic), I asked Talia Koren — the founder of Workweek Lunch — what she would do if she had to start over from the beginning. Here’s what she told me…
“If I had to start all over, I would do a lot of things the same: I would have still invested in a course about how to build an online business and launch courses (it’s called Zero To Launch). I would have still started the process by building my audience FIRST, then thinking about what to make for them. But if I had a do-over, I would have launched courses even earlier. I made my first dollar 15 months after starting my blog (which is still fast) but I could have created a basic course sooner and sold it to a smaller audience. The sooner you start, the sooner you make mistakes and the sooner you can learn from them and find success. You can still launch a course to an audience of 100 if they’re super engaged and find your free content helpful.”
13. Join The Reserves
I only recently learned about this option.
A friend of mine who is a stay-at-home mom is also a part of the Army Reserves. But from what she explained, it doesn’t interfere very much with being a mom.
She only has to do two weeks of training each year and one weekend of training each month.
As for how much you can make, here’s the salary chart directly from the Army Reserves.
So you can expect to make between $3,000 and $6,000 per year (not including bonuses), which isn’t a ton… but it’s also not a lot of work, especially if you already live near a military base.
Here are links to learning more about joining the reserves for each branch of the military.
14. Apply For a Remote Job
If you don’t want to create your own private stream of income, then you might consider sending your resume to companies that hire remote workers (meaning they let you work from anywhere you want).
The experience you’ll need to land a remote job will heavily depend on the job you’re applying for. Some positions — like customer service, for instance — don’t require much past experience. Other positions — like marketing or advertising — will require a more robust work history.
All you need to do is apply! Here’s a list of some of the top remote work companies around right now (each hyperlink goes to the careers page of the corresponding company).
- Appen is a huge company in the artificial intelligence sector with tons of different remote work positions.
- Lionbridge has job openings for corporate associates, testers, raters, and curators, translators and agencies, and interpreters.
- VIPKid is looking for people who want to teach English online. They advertise that you can pick your own hours, be your own boss, and make up to $22 per hour.
- Liveops is perhaps the biggest remote call center in the world, employing about 20,000 different customer service agents.
- Working Solutions is another company that employs customer service agents from all around the U.S.
15. Start a Blog
I’ve known a lot of moms who’ve started blogs or dreamt of starting blogs with the goal of eventually making money from them.
And it’s a good idea!
There’s never been a better time in history to make money off of your own writing. Anyone can start a blog and, with enough hard work, monetize it.
Your first step is to choose a topic or niche. Just fill in the blanks…
I want to help _____ with _____.
Here are a few examples…
- I want to help single moms with raising their children.
- I want to help overweight moms with getting back in shape.
- I want to help people with perfecting their artistic abilities.
It could really be anything!
But make sure you have a niche — it’s much easier to build a loyal audience if your blog focuses on helping them with a single specific challenge.
Keep it simple. Just choose a theme, tell people what you’re going to talk about, and then start writing. You can always add some flare down the road.
You’ll want to blog at least once every other week and, as you’re doing so, build an email list of people who love your content — check out Mailchimp, which easily integrates with WordPress.
As for actually getting people to visit your blog and read your content, here are two of the best options…
- Social Media — Sharing your content on social media is a great way to drive traffic to your site. Make sure you focus the bulk of your time on the social channels where the people in your niche most like to hang out, though. Is that Pinterest? Twitter? LinkedIn? Tik Tok? Facebook? Instagram?
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) — You might not be familiar with this term, but SEO is actually how I drive traffic to this site! By targeting certain keyword phrases in Google, I can get free recurring traffic. This is 100% worth it but it does require quite a bit of time and a solid understanding of SEO. Here’s an awesome basic SEO guide from WordStream.
Once you’re driving traffic to your blog consistently, you’ll start wondering, “Okay… but how do I make money from this?”
Here are your options…
- Run Advertisements — This is probably the tactic that you’re most familiar with. Unfortunately, while it’s one of the easiest, it’s also one of the least lucrative. You can use GoogleAdSense to automatically display ads on your site and you’ll get paid a few pennies whenever someone clicks on one of those advertisements. Yeah… a few pennies. Typically, it takes hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors to make good money doing this.
- Sell Digital Products — We already talked about selling courses and digital products in point #13, but it fits well within the blogging format. Write blog posts to drive traffic and build your audience, then sell courses that dive deeper.
- Build a Membership Site — What if people just outright paid you to be able to read some of your best content? Sites like Mark Manson and Wallstreet Journal both require memberships in order to access certain blog posts. This can be a great way to not just monetize your site, but to create monthly recurring revenue. To make it worth it, your content will need to be better than most of what’s already out there for free. Here’s a list of the best plugins for creating a membership site on WordPress.
- Become an Affiliate Marketer — Affiliate marketing is when you sell other people’s products online for a commission. There are a ton of different companies that will pay you to promote and sell their products. Here’s a list of some of the best affiliate programs that you might consider applying for.
You might choose some combination of those strategies. The best way to figure out how to monetize your blog, though, is to research other successful blogs in your niche and figure out how they are making money. If it works for them, it’ll probably work for you, too.
If you’re really serious about building a blog, then I highly recommend SmartBlogger’s Freedom Machine program — it teaches you how to build your blog from $0 to $1,000 and it’s one of the best courses I’ve ever gone through.
16. Become an English Teacher
It turns out that there are quite a few different sites looking for online instructors to teach kids English.
And while it helps to have a Bachelors Degree or some past teaching experience, it’s not mandatory.
The hours are flexible, you can work as much as you like, applying is super easy, and you can make up to $25 per hour. Here are some of the top sites to check out…
17. Become an Esthetician
Hey, I learned a new word!
Esthetician: “a person who specializes in the beautification of the skin.”
Why not “beautify” other people’s skin from the comfort of your home? According to my wife, you can charge between $30 and $50 per appointment.
Here’s a helpful list (I think) of supplies that an Esthetician needs. If you want to get some formal training, check out this guide that explains the process (they have online learning options, it looks like).
Then tell your friends, tell your family, and put some flyers up in local coffee shops.
If you’ve got the right personality for it and you charge even a touch less than local salons, it probably won’t take you very long to find your first clients.
18. Provide a Laundry Service
To be fair, I didn’t even think of this idea until I did a little research and discovered that — holy shit — people can make pretty decent money doing other people’s laundry.
And that makes sense.
Because I HATE doing my own laundry — it’s entirely possible that hell will consistent of forever washing, drying, and folding clothes — and I would totally pay someone else to do it for me, especially if that person picked up my laundry and brought it back folded and ironed.
I mean, it’s not the least time-consuming side-gig in the world, but if you don’t mind doing some extra laundry throughout the day, then you can make a cool $15 – $20 per hour.
In fact, there’s an app called SudShare (that I literally just discovered) which helps you find clients and manage payments.
19. Become an Online Travel Agent
Are you an expert planner?
Do you enjoy organizing and coordinating the details of trips?
Then maybe you’ll want to become an at-home travel agent. Although this certainly isn’t something that happens overnight. Some sources recommend that you start by getting certified, and pretty much everyone who’s done it says that, to be successful, you’ll need to be good at marketing yourself.
Here’s a thorough guide from WikiHow that walks through the process of building your own online travel agency business.
But if you want to avoid building your own business, you could just apply to work for one of these companies that hire remote travel agents…
- American Express
- BCD Travel
- Working Solutions
- World Travel Holdings
And finally, I’ll point you in the direction of this article: 15 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Travel Agent — it consists of an interview with real-life travel agents.
20. Become a Virtual Tutor
Well, you can tutor kids in math, english, and other topics all online to the tune of about $20 per hour.
If you want to build your own business around virtual tutoring, check out this guide.
This really is as easy as it sounds… with a high-school degree and a passion for teaching, pretty much anyone can make money by tutoring kids online.
So Which Stay At Home Mom Job is Right For You?
I understand that being a mom is already a full-time job.
But if you want to make a little extra money on the side, I also hope you now understand that doing so doesn’t need to be extremely time-consuming, daunting, or difficult.
It’s just a matter of choosing one of the 20 ideas above — one that works for you — and then running with it.
You might be surprised at just how quickly you end up making an extra $1,000 or more per month.
Well, at least one thing’s for sure…
You can’t know unless you try! 😉
Mike is the founder of Get Your Gusto Back. He has a passion for traveling, he LOVES to write, and he’s been mentioned in Forbes and Entrepreneur for his expertise as a marketer and personal-development expert. He currently lives in Hawaii with his wife and two-year-old daughter.