The responsibilities of a stay-at-home mom are nothing less than that of a full-time employee. Unfortunately, this highly-demanding job doesn’t come with a full-time paycheck. Making money while parenting demands a work schedule that doesn’t clash with the busy life of a mom. This is why the best way for a stay-at-home mom to earn is by working from home. Fortunately, there is no shortage of such opportunities these days.
Listed below are some of the most realistic avenues for mothers to make a decent earning while taking care of their kids.
Tutoring: A great opportunity for mothers with some kind of academic specialization—while the baby is sleeping, moms can help local students improve their grades. They can also sign-up with an online tutor site and teach subjects in their specialization. In-state teaching certification is not required for joining these tutoring services, but most of the sites do require a Bachelor’s degree. The virtual tutors joining these sites are required to commit availability for a certain minimum number of hours. Payment is done hourly, based on the qualification of the applicant.
Become a Blogger: If you love writing, this can be an exciting earning opportunity for you. As a stay-at-home mom, you can share your views on a wide range of parenting issues. Also, specific interest areas such as gardening or music can be excellent subjects to blog about. In order to make money as a blogger, you would have to build an online follower base. Your ability to gain followers quickly will depend on how entertaining, original, and informative your blogs are.
Take Online Surveys: Taking online surveys is a relatively easier and quicker alternative to make some extra money or reward points. Most of these surveys are about your opinion related to different products or services and can be completed within ten to twenty minutes. The points earned from these sites can be redeemed in the form of gift cards from Starbucks, Amazon, or other online retailers.
Make Money from Photos: Moms that are skilled behind the lens can make a decent amount of money by selling their photos in stock image sites. Shutterstock is a popular stock image site where images are downloaded by subscribers. For each downloaded image, you can earn anything between 25 cents and $120.
Transcription Work: If you have accurate and fast typing skills, this can be an earning opportunity for you. You would require a computer, good headphones, and word processing software to do this job. Working as a transcriber is suitable for a mom’s lifestyle because it can be done remotely and doesn’t require a lot of training.
Babysitting: This is a no brainer for any stay-at-home mom. There is no doubt that your friends and neighbors that work in an office would love to have their children looked after by an experienced mom. In most of the American cities, nannies and babysitters earn at least $10-15 per hour per baby.
Virtual Assistant: This is an administrative job that involves travel booking, performing general research, creating expense reports, arranging catering for events, maintaining a calendar, etc. This job can be done from home as a freelancer. Based on your availability, you can choose gigs that last for a day, a few weeks, or even for months.