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How to Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom

Many mothers choose to pause their careers and stay home with their children. For families that are used to having two income streams, cutting back to just one income can be quite an adjustment. There are several ways to make money as a stay-at-home mom that may suit your talent and experience. 

Tutoring

If you’re a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom, you may thrive as a private tutor. Topics ranging from advanced algebra to chemistry to speech therapy are all viable options for private tutors. Plus, as a private tutor, you can book your lessons to fit your stay-at-home mom schedule. 

Science and reading teachers aren’t the only ones who can take advantage of tutoring for money on the side. Qualified art teachers and music instructors can also earn an average of $30 per lesson.

Providing customer support

Many larger companies have work-from-home opportunities with flexible hours. For many of these jobs, you’ll need a headset and a secure internet connection. You’ll have the flexibility to log on to the customer service queue and take calls for a variety of industries, from IT to hospitality.

You may have to pay an initial cost for a grounded internet line, as opposed to Wi-Fi, but other than this, you shouldn’t have any other start-up costs. 

Copywriting

 As a copywriter, you’ll be asked to write articles or website content for clients about a variety of subjects, such as real estate, health and wellness, gardening, or parenting. Copywriting covers a lot of different niches — you can select your clients through a job board and focus on topics that you have a ready understanding of.

As a copywriter, you’ll be asked to write articles or website content for clients about a variety of subjects, such as real estate, health and wellness, gardening, or parenting.

As a copywriter, you’ll be responsible for writing engaging articles for a business — for instance, you might write about how to help children develop good oral hygiene habits for a dentist client or about how to be a stay-at-home mom for a parenting website. 

Copywriting typically pays per word, with average pay ranging from $0.01 to $0.10. Assignments can be done when you have time, as long as they’re completed and returned by your deadline.

Proofreading

If you have a great eye for detail and a strong understanding of grammar and sentence structure, you may be qualified for freelance work as a proofreader. There are several job boards online that allow you to select different gigs. If you find work this way, you’ll accept the job assignment through the job broker, complete the task, and then submit it to the client.

If you have a great eye for detail and a strong understanding of grammar and sentence structure, you may be qualified for freelance work as a proofreader.

Working through a reputable website allows you to connect with legitimate clients who will pay you on time. In return, these clients know that they’re getting vetted, professional proofreaders who are qualified to edit their work. With these jobs, you can choose when to work as long as you complete your assignments by the agreed upon deadline.

Babysitting

Watching other children is one of the more popular ways to make money as a stay-at-home mom. You may be able to take on babysitting jobs, either as a date-night sitter or to help other moms with after-school care. Depending on how many children you care for, you can expect to earn between $15 and $25 per hour for babysitting. 

Reselling

It’s possible to get started as a successful reseller at home. You can sell your unwanted clothing, children’s clothing and toys, and other items, usually at a consignment store or secondhand shop. Some stores will pay for the items outright, while others give you a portion of the sales price when the items sell. Once you’ve gone through your personal supply of things, however, you’ll need to restock. You can look through garage sales for things that you can fix up, repair, or upcycle and sell them for a profit. If you’re a creative seamstress, you can even repurpose things to make new, handcrafted items.

It’s possible to get started as a successful reseller at home. You can sell your unwanted clothing, children’s clothing and toys, and other items, usually at a consignment store or secondhand shop.

Other ways to make it as a successful reseller include buying and selling online. Memorabilia and collectibles are popular resale items. If you aren’t familiar with the lowest prices and the most popular items, you can research auction websites to get a better grasp of the process.

Selling crafts

If you enjoy crafting and creating, selling your crafts is a great way to both enjoy your favorite hobby and make a little money on the side. Things like handmade picture frames, doll clothes, and Christmas ornaments are popular, as are artwork and small figurines. Area craft fairs may be a great place to start. Simply contact the agency sponsoring the fair to reserve a booth, which usually costs between $50 and $100. You’ll have a chance to get to know people in your community and sell your goods.

Other options include opening an online store at a site such as Etsy and reaching out to the internet at large. With these types of online boutiques, you can take commissions from customers, creating custom crafts for them in addition to your other merchandise. The amount you can expect to make depends on a lot of factors. Make sure to determine the cost of each piece (including supplies and labor) and price them higher to make a profit.

Transcribing

If you have a medical background, you may be able to work from home as a medical transcriptionist. This job involves listening to taped reports from doctors and transcribing them. You may also transcribe lectures from a local college professor or anything else that needs to go from spoken to written. Being able to type fast and having a good understanding of the subject matter helps so that you’ll understand what your client is talking about.

Social media marketing

If you enjoy tweeting or creating engaging social media posts for yourself, you may be surprised how many companies want someone to do this for them. Freelancing sites and job boards may have opportunities for you to write a series of engaging social media posts featuring a company’s services, highlighting interesting facts about their industry, or promoting a sale.

These are usually paid per piece, but many companies may ask for 10 to 30 posts that they can schedule and release the posts themselves.

Blogging

If you have a passion for a specific topic, consider offering your services as a “ghost blogger” for businesses in that field. Many companies enjoy having a vibrant website with fresh blog content, but a lot of business owners are too busy running their business to blog about it. These can be booked either through an online job board or by approaching a business directly. For example, if you have a background in the restaurant industry, you can offer to write blog posts for area restaurants.

If you have a passion for a specific topic, consider offering your services as a “ghost blogger” for businesses in that field.

These pieces may pay either by the article (between $30 and $60) or by the word, like copywriting, typically $0.01 to $0.10 per word.

Which choice is right for me?

By choosing to work from home, you can raise your children without completely giving up your income. Evaluate your schedule and be realistic about committing to projects. Above all, don’t be afraid to get started — many successful working stay-at-home-moms have said there was a learning curve when they were getting started.

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