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Great Ways to Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom

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Discover how to easily make money as a stay-at-home mom!


When I left my corporate job in the summer of 2015 to stay home with my children, money was tight.

Before quitting my job, my husband and I had crunched the numbers and we knew that with some sacrifice, we could make it work on only one income.

But it wasn’t easy, and we certainly struggled a bit.

So I decided to get creative and try and find as many ways as I could to help us out financially, whether it was cutting back on our expenses and learning to live more frugally or seeking out opportunities to generate a bit of income.

In this post, I’d like to share with you the different ways I have discovered to make money as a stay-at-home mom.

Hopefully, you’ll find some helpful information here and perhaps you’ll be able to start your own side hustle as well!

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Work-From-Home Job Opportunities

Below you will find several work-from-home job opportunities. These are all legitimate work-from-home positions (I even work for one of them!) that offer flexible hours and reliable pay.

Work-from-home positions are not always easy to come by, but I will update this list as I learn about more opportunities (so make sure to check this post often).

ESL Teaching

I currently work from home part-time for a company called Qkids. They are based out of Xiamen, China and have been in business since 2015.

As an online ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher with Qkids, I get to teach English to kids in China each morning from my home computer.

It’s incredible to me that I am able to reach students halfway across the world, and get paid to do it! It’s a ton of fun and really great money for such a small time commitment.

The pay for this job is between $16-20 per hour, and they allow a flexible schedule where you can work whichever days and times you’d like, within their available time slots.

I wrote a very detailed blog post sharing everything you’d ever want to know about working for Qkids here.

If this position is something you’re interested in, then you can click here to apply.

If you have any questions about the company, the position, or the hiring process, feel free to contact me here and I’ll be more than happy to help you out! I’ve found this option to be the perfect way to make money as a stay-at-home mom!

Stitch Fix

Become an online stylist with Stitch Fix!

I wasn’t fortunate enough to be eligible to apply for a stylist position at Stitch Fix due to my location. You must live in one of the approved cities in order to work for them.

My sister, who lives in Pittsburgh, has been working with Stitch Fix as a stylist for a couple of years now, and she loves it! They offer flexible hours and great pay.

Rev

I haven’t personally worked for Rev, but only because I’ve been too busy to take on any extra work lately.

However, I do have friends who work from home as transcriptionists for Rev and really enjoy it.

You can earn a couple hundred dollars a month working whatever hours you’d like. No experience required.

User Testing

UserTesting pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud. You’ll earn $10 for every 20-minute video you complete, paid via PayPal.

Disney Travel Agent

If you love all things Disney, you might consider becoming a Disney Travel Agent.

Payment ranges anywhere from part-time to full-time income, so this could potentially turn into even more than a side gig, depending on how hard you work to find clients.

Some popular Disney Travel Agencies include: Marvelous Mouse TravelsMagic Guides, and Off to Neverland.

Cash Back & Rewards Programs

Don’t have enough time to invest in an actual part-time job, but still need to find easy ways to earn some extra money? Don’t worry, mama — I’ve got you covered.

The following options won’t bring in the big bucks but will enable you to earn a little cash or free gift cards. Every little bit helps, right?

Check out the links below for ways to earn a bit of cash with very little time investment or effort on your part.

Swagbucks

I earn gift cards and cash (paid through PayPal) with Swagbucks by simply using their search tool, answering surveys, viewing videos, and completing other quick, easy tasks.

In fact, I easily earned a few hundred dollars to put towards our most recent family vacation by using this app!

Rakuten (formerly Ebates)

I have used Rakuten (Ebates) for a couple of years now, and have earned over $850 in cash back simply by shopping like I normally would. The cash back you earn is deposited into your PayPal account on a quarterly basis.

Ibotta

I earn cash back when I use Ibotta for grocery purchases and for other local shopping trips.

I love how easy it is to use! When I am planning a shopping trip, I simply open my Ibotta app and select the items on my list. Then, I go shopping and when I am done, I scan my receipt into the Ibotta app and my cash back is immediately credited to my Ibotta account!

You do need to earn a minimum of $20 to cash out, but once you do, you can elect to have it transferred straight to your PayPal account.

Extra Work-From-Home Training

Do you want to make money as a stay-at-home mom, but you feel like you might need to brush up on some skills or learn new skills altogether?

Here are some great training opportunities to help you acquire the skills you need for a whole new career (that you can do from home in your pajamas!).

Freelance Writing

Learn to become a work-from-home freelance writer with this online course.

Virtual Assisting

Train to become a work-from-home virtual assistant with this online course.

Transcription

Choose either the General Transcription course or the Legal Transcription course, and learn how to work from home as a transcriptionist.

Proofreading

Do you have sharp eyes, a keen attention to detail, and excellent grammar skills? If so, a job as a part-time work-from-home proofreader might be the perfect fit for you!

Check out this free online workshop to learn more!

Blogging

Have you ever considered starting your own blog? Blogging has become my passion and my primary (and favorite!) way to make money as a stay-at-home mom.

My friend, Suzi, from Start a Mom Blog has a fantastic course that will teach you everything you need to know to begin blogging.

She really knows her stuff, too! She has successfully grown her blog from $0 to over $30,000 per month — all with 3 little kids at home! (2020 update: Suzi has now earned over one million dollars from her 4-year-old blog and has been able to bring her husband home from his fulltime corporate job!)

Not sure what to blog about? Suzi offers help with choosing your blogging niche here.

Online Store Selling Printables

Learn everything you need to know about setting up your own online printables shop in this course created by renowned Shopify expert, Sarah Titus.

Her printables shop earns her over 2 million dollars per year, which is extremely impressive, especially considering she started only a few years ago as a single stay-at-home mom.

The investment in this course is a bit steep, but nowhere else on the internet will you find a more thorough, step-by-step plan to teach you exactly how to create your own money-making online printables store!

More to Come…

Make sure to check this post regularly, as I will be adding more work-from-home jobs and other earning opportunities as I come across them.

Have you found an interesting way to make money as a stay-at-home mom? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or contact me here and let me know what you’ve sort of opportunity you’ve found.

Post last updated: 2/2/20

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Kristine is a busy homeschooling mom to four awesome kids and the wife of a professional computer geek. Her passion is to help encourage other moms while teaching the importance of giving yourself a little bit of grace in this crazy yet blessed calling of motherhood.
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  • Great ideas! I’ve never thought of being a Disney travel agent. Love Disney!

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  • Thank you Kristine! There are so many great ideas here, I’ve only heard if Qkids before, I am an ESL teacher myself. But now I am particularly interested in opening an online shop to sell printables. I would most definitely try Sarah’s course, thank you! I will come back for more tips!

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  • Disney travel agent?! Could you imagine?! How fun! I’ll have to look into stitch fix. I’ve heard great things about it from friends!

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