If you are a stay at home mom, you have your hands full all day watching over your little ones while taking care of your home. You want to earn money, but working a 9-5 job is out of the question. Besides, you rather stay at home and spend time with your children right?
So what is the solution to this problem?
You can make money from home in your spare time. As a stay at home mom, here are some of the benefits you`ll have working from home:
- You make your own hours. You can choose to work as much or as little as you want.
- You can be at home and spend time with your children instead of hiring a babysitter.
- Depending on what type of online job you choose to do, it is very possible to make more money than a “normal” full time job.
- You can have the freedom to take breaks when you need to.
- You’ll be your own boss so you won’t need to report to anyone.
So What Kind of Legit Jobs Can I Do?
My highest recommendation is learning about affiliate marketing (more on this later), but there are lots of other ways for a stay at home mom to make money online.
Types of Online Jobs
You can check out the “Types of Work at Home Jobs” page to see the different options you have for working online. However many of those online jobs are probably not suited for a stay at home mom. Let`s talk about what are the best jobs for a stay home mom are and which ones to avoid.
Here are the online jobs that I recommend for a stay at home mom:
This is by far the best way to make a steady and legit source of income from home. Creating your own website is essentially creating your own business online. A website can provide you with a steady paycheck and possibly make you more money than a normal full time job.
If you have no idea how to make a website, you don`t have to worry. There are ways to create a website in minutes that even a 10 year old could do. And turning your website into a successful business is achievable for ANYONE. You don`t need any special skills or knowledge, but you do need the desire to succeed and put in the time and work.
Affiliate marketing is advertising products or services for a company and getting paid whenever you make a sale. For a detailed explanation about affiliate marketing, you can check out the page I wrote here: Affiliate Marketing – The Best Way to Make Money from Home
Creating a website gives you the opportunity to make money with something that you love to do. You can create a website about one of your passions, hobbies, or interests and make money from it. If you want to know more about how to make money by doing something you love, check out the step-by-step guide for beginners on how to build a website that will make you money.
The internet also provides amazing resources that will teach you everything you need to know about building a website and how to make money from it. Of course there are many scams out there as well, so you have to be careful. I’ve tried many products and looked at many resources, but my highest recommendation is the Wealthy Affiliate Community.
Wealthy Affiliate offers step-by-step guides, training videos, and forums that will give you all of the tools you’ll need to be successful making money online. They also have a very active community that helps you whenever you have questions. The best thing about Wealthy Affiliate is that their starter memberships are FREE! For more details, check out my detailed review of Wealthy Affiliate.
Selling Products / Homemade Crafts
If you are interested in making money by selling products, the Internet makes this very easy to do. Online services like E-bay and Etsy make it easy for you to post the items you want to sell. People can then bid or buy your items.
However, E-bay charges a small fee for you to use their services as a seller. You will also have to take care of the shipping and customer service for all of your customers. If you want more details about making money by selling products online, check out the “Selling Your Own Products or Services Online” page.
You probably heard about taking online surveys for money. Online surveys are very, very easy to do. Most survey companies don`t require you to have any experience or specialized skills. All you need is a computer with Internet access.
However, you will literally be making pennies. If you sign up with several online survey companies and work on it for a few hours a day, you might be able to make $30 or $40 bucks a month…but most likely you`ll make less than that. So I would stay away from online surveys unless you just wanted to pass the time and make some pocket change in the process. For more details go to the “Are Online Surveys For Money a Scam?” page.
What is a little better than online surveys is Amazon Turk. I`m pretty sure you`ve heard of Amazon.com before. Well now they offer a service where they post small jobs that you can do for money. There are jobs like audio transcription, visiting websites to search for things, clicking on links, etc. Most of these jobs don`t require any specialized knowledge.
Many of the jobs only pay a few cents, but these jobs are usually simple tasks that can be done in a few minutes if not seconds. So if you did a lot of these jobs, your pay can add up.
Other jobs like audio transcription cause pay $50 or more, but it’s a time consuming job. It’s free to sign up and use this service, so if you’re interested, you can check it out here.
If you do have special qualifications or skills (especially in writing, translation computer programing, or web design) then freelancing might be a good choice for you. There are websites like e-Lance that posts many freelancing jobs that people can bid on. Many people actually work full time as freelancers.
The one main drawback of freelance work is the competition. There are usually many people competing for the same job. And most people will hire the person with the most experience or best review. As a person just starting out, you won’t have any positive reviews or work history. But you can build yourself up if you keep at it. This will take a while and quite a bit of work on your part. Depending on the type of work you do, you can expect to make anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars for big projects.
For more information, check out the “Making Money from Home as a Freelancer” page.
Many companies are looking to the internet to for people to do things like data entry. If you get hired by a company, you can possible have a stable source of income. However, it’s difficult to find a good company that will hire you full time.
Just looking for a good data entry job could take you a long time. You also don’t make much money. If you aren’t experienced in data entry, you could make a little more than minimum wage if the company pays you for work done instead of an hourly salary.
While I’m not a fan of data entry jobs, but if you get hired by a good company, this is probably the most surefire way to make a decent amount of money. It probably won’t be much, but at least you can know exactly how much you’ll make on each paycheck.
The online jobs posted here are probably the best options for a stay at home mom. If you search the internet for making money online opportunities, you’ll see tons of websites claiming you can make thousands of dollars in a few weeks. DON’T FALL for any of these SCAMS. The old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” really holds true with the internet.
Before looking for the best job for you, think about how much time you can devote to working online, and how much you would like to make. Just like with anything in life, the more work you put in, the more you’ll get out. If you don’t have much time, Amazon Turk, freelancing, or online surveys (for pocket change) are good options.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I would be happy to reply to them.
Have an amazing day!