One of the most common questions I get from friends, family, and readers is how to make money as a stay at home mom. Not long ago, I had the same question! And figuring out how to make money from home allowed me to leave my full-time job, work when it fits into my schedule, and most importantly, be home with my babies. (P.S. I started adding resources for moms who want to work from home into my Free Resource Library. Sign up for access later on in this post!)
You see, just over one year ago, I was unhappy in my job, stressed out, and longing for a change. I hated leaving my daughter at daycare all day, but my family needed my income. I felt completely stuck. Once I found out there were legitimate ways to make money from home, I was hooked. I knew this was my opportunity to make a huge change and avoid regrets later in life. This was my chance to create a lifestyle that included more time for the things that mattered most in my life–my kids!
At first, I was amazed to even find one way to earn money online. And now I’ve made money at least seven different ways! (Likely, there are more in progress as you read this…I love the challenge.)
So if you are wondering how to make money as a stay at home mom, you’re in luck. It CAN be done! I’ll be real though, the strategies below do take time and effort–like any career. But if you’re willing to put in the work, you can have the flexibility of working when it fits in your schedule and have the freedom to spend time with your kids every day, and make money too. In my world, it doesn’t get much better than that. So here we go…
How To Make Money As A Stay At Home Mom
Below is not one, but seven ways I’ve made money online within one year while being a SAHM. These are the best jobs for stay at home moms to make money online, in my opinion, because I know they work.
Plus, there’s no pressuring your friends and family to host parties or buy stuff.
1. Make Money as a Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistant (VA) – One of my favorite ways I’ve found to make money as a stay at home mom is as a Virtual Assistant.
Just like it sounds, VAs assist people and businesses virtually with any number of things, like: checking emails, scheduling, writing blog posts, bookkeeping, editing online content, managing social media accounts, creating online courses, planning events, transcribing podcasts, or editing videos. There’s no cut and dry list of what VAs do because it’s based on what each business owner needs help with, but here is a list of 150+ services you can get paid to do as a virtual assistant.
How to Become a Virtual Assistant
My role as a virtual assistant was the key to finding flexible ways to work from home and be a stay-at-home mom. To help other moms who want to learn how to make money from home, I searched high and low to find the best resources, including over 3 hours of FREE virtual training that covers:
- how your current experience can transfer to working as a VA
- how to easily find your first client
- how to start out making $20-$30 per hour even if you have no experience
- and so much more!
Virtual Assistant is another one of the best jobs for stay at home moms because the hours and duties are flexible, and there are tons of small business owners who need help with the day-to-day activities of running a business.
2. Make Money as a Freelance Writer
Freelance Writing – Since I am a complete introvert, I am much more comfortable writing than speaking. This is why freelance writing was a great fit and one of the first ways I found to earn money online.
To make money as a freelance writer, you’d usually write articles that are 500-2,000 words, and website owners will pay you for them. These are posts I’ve written for other websites about editing and Amazon’s author pages.
How to Become a Freelance Writer
When I was starting out, I took the course by Gina Horkey called 30 Days to Freelance Writing Success. It helped guide me when I was feeling lost in the beginning about:
- what to write about
- which writing niches pay the best
- how to contact sites with your article ideas (aka “pitching,” not to be confused with the softball term).
Freelance writing is one of the best jobs for stay at home moms who have been told they’re a good writer and enjoy doing it. If you’re not sure what kind of sites pay for articles, this list of 92 websites that pay writers $50+ per article has been helpful.
3. Make Money as a Freelance Editor
Freelance Editor or Proofreader – If you travel through life and cannot help but correct the grammar and spelling mistakes you see around you, helping others as a freelance proofreader or editor might be a good option for you.
Lots of people, from business owners, bloggers, and authors hire editors and proofreaders to polish website content, blog articles, brochures, course content, and more.
How to Become a Freelance Editor
I started a book editing business called Keep Calm Write On and got to help everyone from first-time authors to New York Times bestselling authors improve their books by making their writing more clear, concise, and consistent.
If you’re detail-oriented and have a gift of spotting typos everywhere you go, then freelance proofreading could be the perfect fit for you. Check out:
- How to Become a Proofreader (Even if You have No Experience)
- FREE Intro to Proofreading Workshop by Caitlin Pyle of the Proofread Anywhere blog and founder of the Work-At-Home School
4. Make Money as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Pinterest Manager / Strategist – Yes, it’s true. You can earn money from Pinterest…I was amazed when I found out too.
You can use Pinterest to get potential customers to your product, your MLM business, your blog or website. Or if you’re like me when I started out, I did not yet have my own blog. But I worked as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant providing only Pinterest setup and management services.
How to Make Money on Pinterest
There’s a course called Become a Pinterest VA that specifically teaches you the ins and outs of starting out as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant.
If you adore Pinterest and think being a Virtual Assistant might be a good side hustle for you, I highly recommend looking into a course that can show you step-by-step how to use your love for Pinterest to make money while you are a stay at home mom.
5. Make Money as a Blogger
I don’t foresee my income from blogging being as big as Pat Flynn’s. However, I do hope that blogging will replace my old income with fewer and more flexible hours while helping moms like you make money online as a stay at home mom.
How to Make Money Blogging
If you have a hobby blog of your own already, you could learn how to monetize your blog. Things like ads, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, providing services like coaching, or selling digital or physical products are ways you can bring in cash through your blog.
Blogging can totally be done on your own time and you’re the boss. In addition to enjoying writing, bloggers need some tech skills to do all the website stuff that goes into having a blog. If you want to start a blog of your own, check out my tutorial for how to start a blog for beginners to show you how to get your blog up and running in as little as 15 minutes.
6. Make Money as an Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate Marketing – You can make money from home through affiliate marketing, which is where you promote products you love to use while earning a commission if someone makes a purchase through your link.
You can promote clothing, food, makeup, books…pretty much anything you use and love.
How to Become an Affiliate Marketer
One of the most impressive affiliate marketers I know is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner from MakingSenseofCents.com. She’s earned over $300,000 from one single blog post due to its affiliate links. Naturally, from loads of questions about how she did it, Michelle revealed all her secrets in an online course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
I took her course and learned a ton. It’s been 3 months and my affiliate income has increased 183%
So now I’ve learned affiliate marketing is legit and another way to make money as a stay-at-home mom who blogs.
7. Make Money as an Author
Write and Sell Books – Thanks to Amazon, people with a book idea no longer have to bank on getting a rare deal from a big publisher. Instead, we can now self-publish a book.
Basically, if you are willing to put in the time and effort to learn and do all the steps yourself (or hire out), you can create and sell both ebooks and print books quite easily.
How to Self-Publish and Sell a Book
I was a full-time stay-at-home mom to a one-year-old and pregnant with my second little one throughout the writing and publishing process. We also sold our home, found a new one, and moved in that timeframe too. My very first book published when I was 40 weeks pregnant, right on my due date!
How Can A Stay At Home Mom Make Money?
So when I get asked how can a stay at home mom make money online, I want to say, “How can’t they?! Where do I begin?!” I love to teach moms how they can make money even if they are a stay-at-home mom.
Within one year, those are seven ways I found to make money online. Although there are thousands of ways you can make money online, these are the jobs that best matched my interests, skills, and schedule. That’s why I think these are the best jobs for moms to make money on the side.
Where to Begin
So are you ready to start making money online but aren’t sure exactly where to begin? Here we go…
Step 1. Get access to the free resource library
The Common Cents Club Free Resource Library is starting to fill up with resources for moms who want to make money from home. Most resources are focused on freelancing, as that is the fastest way to make money as a work at home mom.
Inside The Resource Library You’ll Find:
- 8 Secret Spots to Find People Who Will Happily Hire You (Even if you have no experience)
- The Proven 10-Step Plan to Start Freelancing From Home (Checklist)
- The Crazy Simple but Effective Test to Offer the Right Freelance Service
- Goal Setting Worksheets to Create the Life You’ll Love
- plus more for organizing your life as a busy mom!
Get Instant Access to These Resources for Thriving Family & Finances Below
Step 2. Sign Up For The Free Work Your Way Summit
I could not be more excited to share this incredible opportunity to hear from 45+ experts who’ve created massive success working from home. Many of the speakers were stay-at-home moms who figured out ways to successfully make money too.
I attended the very first WAHS Summit in 2018 and LOVED it. Thankfully, it’s back. And you can sign up for it today!
In this summit, you will learn:
- LEGIT Ways to make money online or from home
- How to get your first client
- How to decide what to charge
- How to handle taxes and health insurance
- How to get paid and collect money
- And much, much more!
This is 6 days jam-packed with inspirational people who started with nothing and now earn a full-time income working from home. Some of my favorite online entrepreneurs will be sharing their knowledge, such as Michelle Schroeder-Gardner (Making Sense of Cents), Rosemarie Groner (The Busy Budgeter), and Gina Horkey (Horkey Handbook).
This could be your first step to starting that side hustle, new job, and creating the life you so badly want with Financial And Family Freedom! Sign up to Reserve Your FREE Ticket for the Work Your Way Summit!
Step 3. Reflect
Now that you know how to make money as a stay at home mom, you have access to the resource library of tools, and you signed up for Work Your Way Summit…you’re on a roll!
You might know right away which way to make money you’re going to focus on first.
If not, that’s ok. Then it’s time for you to reflect and ask yourself the questions below.
WHY Do You Want To Make Money Online?
You’ll need a good reason.
Like, really good.
Because if you’re a stay-at-home mom, online work for you likely means early mornings (even when you’d rather pull the covers up and roll over in bed) and late nights after the kids are finally asleep (even when you’d rather relax with a glass of wine and binge on Netflix).
But those are small prices to pay if your reason is big enough.
*You can use my goal setting worksheets in the Free Resource Library to clarify your goals and primary reason for your drive to make money from home.*
Reason to Be a Stay at Home Mom
For me, getting to see my daughter grow, learn, try new things, and experience all her firsts was worth it. And now I get to do the same with my son. I am so thankful I will never have to experience the tears and gut-wrenching feeling that I have to leave him and go to work in order to provide for my family. I get to provide financially without sacrificing family time.
If you’re serious about making a change and making money online, I believe you need a crystal clear answer to the questions:
- Why do you want to make money from home?
- What will change in your life by learning how to make money online?
Maybe you want a side hustle to pay down debt. Maybe you want to afford to stay home with the kids. Whatever it is, see it in HD and know your reasons why.
Pass the 3P Test
When you’re figuring out which way is right for you to make money as a stay at home mom, you’ll need to pass the 3P Test.
Whatever service you provide needs to be something you’re:
- Passionate about
- Proficient at
*PASSION* WHAT Do You Enjoy?
Obviously, if you’re going to invest your time and maybe even money in a new job, you want it to be something you enjoy.
I don’t think it necessarily has to be the one perfect job or the thing you are most passionate about. But I do think it should be something you enjoy to make sure you stick with it.
- Do you like working with other people or by yourself?
- Do you like being in the spotlight or behind the scenes?
- Do you like spending time on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter?
- Do you enjoy checking emails, scheduling, and managing projects?
- Do you enjoy speaking or writing?
Figure out which three of the seven jobs above sounds the most enjoyable to you, and rank them 1-3.
More Ideas for How Moms Make Money From Home
Here are other moms I’ve interviewed who’ve shared exactly how to make money as a stay at home mom too:
- VIPKID Pays This Mom More Than $20/Hour To Tutor Online (She earns $2,500 every month with this online job)
- This Mom of Four Littles Homeschools and Earns Over $2,000 by Helping People Eliminate Toxins From Their Life
*PROFICIENT* WHAT Are You Good At?
Often times the things we enjoy are also the things are good at, but not always. Sometimes you can be good at things and not enjoy them. And sometimes you can enjoy things, but you really aren’t good at them.
Now it’s time to reflect on your skills and uncover what things are your natural gifts. Use past job or school experiences to discover what you are good at. Ask yourself:
- Which classes did you earn the best grades in?
- Which tasks did people ask you to help with at school or work?
- What things came naturally to you?
The goal here is to again review the seven strategies listed above to make money online and identify three that seem to best align with the things you are good at. Rank them 1-3.
*PROFITABLE* HOW MUCH Money Do You Need To Earn?
Next, consider how much money you need to make each month. Do you have to earn a certain amount every month to avoid cover the bills? Or is your family out of debt and paying all the bills fine, but you want to supplement your family’s income?
The reason I added this question is because you can earn money in some of these jobs more quickly and regularly than others.
For example, before I left my job, my husband and I figured out through budgeting that I needed to earn $1,000 per month to comfortably pay our bills. I started with freelance writing, editing, and virtual assistant work.
I didn’t jump right into blogging or writing books because those methods take most newbies a lot more time to build a platform and get enough traffic to earn consistent money.
So if you need to earn money sooner than later, you will probably freelance at first as a virtual assistant, writer, graphic designer, social media manager, or editor. Then over time, you can build your own author or blogging platform if those interest you.
Pick Your Top 3 Jobs You Can Do Online
After you’ve spent time reflecting on your why, your talents, the things you enjoy, your timeline, and your financial situation, then choose your #1, #2, and #3 preferred ways to make money online. This will give you a clear target and plan of action by identifying your #1 Goal: Your Plan A for earning money online. Woo hoo!
*If you want an awesome goal-setting worksheet, use the ones in my free resource library.*
But identifying your #2 and #3 will serve as Backup Plans B and C just in case Plan A doesn’t work out.
Then start envisioning yourself as a successful ________ (virtual assistant, writer, editor, blogger, author, etc.). It’s getting real.
Step 4. Learn, Learn, Learn
Once you’ve identified the one way you’re going to start making money online, celebrate, relish the opportunity, smile because this really is happening. Then dive into the deep sea of information.
Google. Blog posts. Podcasts. Courses. Build a solid foundation of knowledge then create a plan of action. Identify what you want to get done by the end of this week, next week, and this month.
WARNING: Please do not get stuck in the learning phase for a year or two because you need everything to be perfect, or you’re waiting for the timing to be perfect, or you’re waiting for the sky to open and tell you that you’re on the right track. It’s not going to happen. Take action despite not knowing the entire process. It will be ok!
Say a prayer, talk with your spouse if you have one, and get a move on.
Learn enough so you have a basic understanding then start doing. There’s lots of cash out there just waiting for you!
Step 5. Start Doing It!
After you start learning, it’s time to implement what you’ve learned one baby step at a time.
When you get stuck or something doesn’t make sense, Google it, email someone, hop on Skype or the phone, join Facebook groups and ask questions.
Do not stay stuck.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the supportive community of online entrepreneurs. Everyone was a beginner once and understands what it was like in the beginning, and most are willing to help out if you just ask.
And do not let fear hold you back. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Stretching out of your comfort zone is a good thing. If you want your life to change then you have to do something different.
So if you’re uncomfortable because you’re doing something you’ve never done before, like creating a website or editing someone’s book or writing something that potentially millions of people could read, it’s ok.
Every step you take will either be successful or it will be a lesson. Both will help you, and both will bring you one step closer to creating the lifestyle you dream of.Your why. The life you truly love because you’re doing what matters most to you.
Earning money online can allow you to be a stay at home mom and contribute financially to your family. We live in a great world of opportunity, don’t we?
Ways To Make Money As A Stay At Home Mom
And those are the ways and steps for how to make money as a stay at home mom.
Working smarter is not always easy. And in this case, working online in your spare time and being full-time mom is not easy. I will never say that.
But if it creates the lifestyle you adore, and if it allows you to be able to stay home and earn money for your family, then it is working smarter. You’ll be happier when your time (and money) is spent in ways that match your values.
So instead of wondering how can a stay at home mom make money online, be a stay at home mom that makes money online.
Access all the resources in the Free Resource Library, including checklists to start working from home, the best places to find freelance clients, and goal templates to focus on your most important goals.
The great thing is you can always add another side hustle or try something different in the future. As you can see, I tried seven to make money online within just one year!
When you work online through these methods, whether it’s as a virtual assistant or a freelance writer, you’re the boss. If one thing doesn’t work out, there are plenty of other options for you until you find the right fit. It’s not like you’re stuck in one path for the rest of your life.
That’s the beautiful freedom this lifestyle of making money online brings.
So now I ask you: How will you make money as a stay-at-home mom?
Whatever you do, do something that lets your light shine in the world. It will be a better place because of you.
Cheers to your family and financial freedom,