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.
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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:
- Flexibility to work when it fits in your schedule
- Freedom to spend more time with your family
- Financial Security because you’ll be making money too.
That’s what I like to call Family & Financial Freedom. Something I longed for, was told wasn’t possible, yet achieved and love it. Now my mission is to help as many other women as I can experience the same freedom.
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 these are the ones I know are not scams and they work.
Plus, there’s no pressuring your friends and family to host parties or buy stuff like MLM 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
- How to Find Freelance Editing Jobs For Beginners
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
Start a Blog – Since earning money online from home, I’ve been floored by the amount of money you can earn from blogging. The income reports of big, medium, and even fairly small blogs inspire me. Like this stay-at-home mom whose blog generates millions each year. Seriously, mamas!?
I don’t foresee my income from blogging being as big as Pat Flynn’s or Sarah Titus’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 affiliate marketing. How insane is that? She created a course that I took that has helped me increase my income by thousands each month! If you’re interested, you can check it out below:
I took her course and learned a ton. After just 3 months my affiliate income increased 183%. Now I’m earning thousands using her strategies.
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.
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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!
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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)
- Direct Sales This Mom of Four Littles Homeschools and Earns Over $2,000 by Helping People Eliminate Toxins From Their Life
There are so many opportunities for moms to make money and stay at home with the kids. Pick one that fits your interests and dive in! You can always try something different in the future (no shame in that!)
Whatever you do, do something that lets your light shine in the world. It will be a better place because of you when your soul is happy and you’re experiencing both family and financial freedom.
Cheers to YOUR family and financial freedom,