A lot of things change when you have kids. However, being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean you can’t make a living – and making a living doesn’t mean you can’t spend all the time in the world with your kids.
When I left my job for extended maternity leave, I really wanted to start creating an income as quickly as possible so that I wouldn’t have to go back to a j-o-b and leave my son with strangers.
Luckily, it’s possible to earn money as a stay-at-home, even if you are still breastfeeding and have limited time.
Today I’m going to give you five different ways for you to work from home and still make more than enough to live comfortably.
Sell on eBay or Craig’s List.
Do you have half a house of old baby stuff or things that didn’t get used quite as much as you would have liked? Your used electric breast pump or bassinet could fetch you a handsome payday on eBay. Or perhaps your partner has tried every hobby and has a garage full of old sports gear. You can sell these items on eBay and fill up your Christmas fund.
Once you have gotten the hang of selling your old stuff, it’s time to move on to upselling on eBay. The simplest way is to buy items at wholesale and sell them at retail prices.
Create content for a living
Yes! You can make money by being creative! Even though this was impossible for most people a few decades ago, we can thank the internet for allowing us to turn our passions into profit.
There are so many different ways that you can create content and earn an income from it. How you are exactly going to do that is up to you: you can start a blog, create a vlog with Youtube, make a website, and be paid commissions – there are lots of options.
The important thing is that there’s a market that you can exploit.
For example, let’s say that you love to read. That’s great! You can start your own YouTube channel to talk all about your favorite authors. Little by little, more people will begin to pay attention to your work – and you get paid from ad revenue.
Now, while this is the most fun way to make money from home, it’s also the one that will take the most time to develop into something big.
The sky is the limit with how much you could make with being a content creator. The good thing is, you can start to create content part-time while you focus on some of the other options we have for you below – and watch it snowball into something big!
Get hefty commissions with affiliate marketing.
There’s somewhat of an affiliate marketing boom nowadays. If you know what that is, you probably spotted it in several places: websites, blog posts, social media content, and videos.
And there’s a reason for that: affiliate marketing is an excellent way of making money from home. It’s not hard to understand how this works either: it’s simply pre-selling other people’s products for a commission.
For example, let’s say someone writes a review of a treadmill.
They go on and on about the pros and cons of owning one, and at the end of the article, they put a link that takes you to Amazon so you can buy one. That’s a referral link – and if you buy the one from that link, the reviewer gets a commission.
You can do the same! You need no degree, training, or anything like that. You need a platform (you can use social media) to post your links and wait for the money to come in.
Affiliate commissions run from around 3% to 70% of the value of the item sold, so it can be really lucrative if you pick the right niche and can get traffic to your offers.
Find a remote job with flexible hours.
The 2020 pandemic showed us there’s no need to go to the office to work.
Even though plenty of people knew this before last year, there are now many people who are waking up to that reality.
And you can be a part of that reality as well!
There are plenty of remote jobs for you out there. We’re talking about jobs that will give you the routine and stability of an office job – without having to go to the office.
You can work as an analyst, doing data entry, or as a virtual assistant, and countless other things that only require a computer and willingness to do the work.
Then again, a traditional job might take a little bit of freedom away from you (even if you’re doing it from home).
Fortunately, there are ways to get a job and have more flexible hours – check it out down below.
Become a part of the gig economy
How do they work? It’s simple: a client posts a job, and a worker claims this job; when they finish working, they get paid. It’s that simple!
If you don’t believe me, go to Fiverr.com right now and see it for yourself! You can do countless things there: write articles, film videos, paint pictures, do voiceovers, and more.
That’s the beauty of the gig economy: if someone out there needs something, he will post a job and wait for someone like you to get to work – from the comfort of your home.
The only downside of the gig economy is that you have to compete against other people, and sometimes, there’s a first-come, first-serve policy.
On the plus side, if you’re good at what you do, clients will start to seek you personally – and that means a never-ending stream of money!
Start tutoring from the comfort of your home.
Does remote work sound too rigid for you? On the other hand, does the gig economy feel a little too unstable for your taste? Don’t worry! There’s a middle ground!
Tutoring from home is the sweet spot between having to meet eight-hour days while doing remote work and competing for jobs in the gig economy.
The beauty of tutoring is that you set your hours – and there’s always someone who needs help learning something.
If you can tutor English to people who want to learn it as a second language, there’s an entire world waiting for your help.
And you don’t have to find students to do it! Plenty of companies are happy to connect teachers with students and make sure you get paid for your work.
We’re talking about sites like Skooli, Q-Kids, and DaDa – but there are plenty more out there! Some English tutoring sites pay around $25USD per hour of teaching. It’s definitely a great way to earn money.
So, which one will it be?
Content creation or teaching English? Something else, perhaps?
The great thing about working from home is that you don’t have to choose one – you try as many options as you want!
You can combine these options too: create a blog and use it to grow your affiliate marketing business. Or teach English sporadically in-between gig economy jobs.
The important thing is that you find a great job, make plenty of money, and keep being a great stay-at-home mom!