Being a stay-at-home-mom can be difficult. Especially if you’re used to bringing in a significant income or even being the breadwinner in the home. But just because you’re home with the kids, doesn’t mean you can’t work some side gigs.
Let me clarify; this is not another run of the mill list of apps and websites targeting moms but not paying out!
No. These are viable options for women who are limited on time, energy, and funds; but still want to earn some extra cash on the side.
1. Take Surveys
Yeah, I’m sure you’ve heard this one before. But I’m not talking about sites that claim to pay $20 a survey (it rarely if ever happens that way). I’m talking about sites like Survey Junkie and apps like OnTheGoSurveys and GoogleRewards.
These allow you to answer short surveys and earn a little bit of cash at a time. Sure, it’s not much, but it’s something to do while the kids nap.
With the above mentioned apps, you’ll have to wait until surveys are available, and many are location-based. But with Survey Junkie, you can take as many surveys as you have time for, and there are usually quite a few available. You’ll earn points which add up to dollar amounts. I’ve earned about $30-50 a month in my spare time, which isn’t a bad gig.
2. Sell on Facebook Marketplace
Let’s face it. CraigsList is creepy. I stopped selling anything on the site a long time ago. Facebook Marketplace, though? That’s another story entirely.
You can post almost anything, and there are usually hundreds of groups you can join to sell items in your area. It’s simple, efficient, and easy to make a quick buck; especially if you’re cleaning out the house and find some extra belongings you don’t need or use.
I’ve regularly made between $10 and $80 a week just selling items I have found in my household. Things I don’t use or even forgot I had!
While there are some rules, you can sell anything from kids toys and clothes, to household items, DVDs, clothing, vehicles and even handmade items. Which brings me to our next option.
3. Sell Your Creations on Etsy, Facebook, or Depop
If you’re a crafty Pinterest mom, this one’s for you. Stop making things, then having no idea what to do with them. Open an Etsy or Depop store, or post your creations on your own Facebook Business Page.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but many stay-at-home-moms won’t do it. Why? Either they assume it takes more time and energy than they have, or they just aren’t aware of the opportunity.
One of my businesses, Arcane Technique, started as a part time Etsy store. I was selling anything from handmade cards, to one of a kind jewelry. Once I realized people were interested in my products, I moved on to selling in a bigger way.
How much you make using these sites will really depend on what you create, how long each product takes, and how much time you have to put toward posting and updating. But we both know you’re on Facebook throughout the day anyway; so take some of that time to invest in your own little business!
4. Recycle, Restore and Relist
Do you have a knack for looking at the finer details? Love to fix or refinish used it well-loved items? Turn it into cash.
You’d be surprised how many curb alerts and Facebook Marketplace “FREE” listings you’ll find for items that are still usable, and even able to be restored and refinished with a little bit of work.
Many people are just too busy or too preoccupied to put the time and work into these items. So the next time you see an old, worn side table sitting on the curb down the street, pick it up. A couple screws and a little bit of wood stain or paint can turn it into a brand new piece. Which means cash in your pocket.
5. Go “GoodWill Hunting”
(Did you like that one? I hope so.)
But really. Go to Goodwill or Salvation Army. Not only does it get you out of the house, but you’d be surprised at what you can find in all those overloaded aisles of… well, stuff.
My husband and I adore second-hand stores. I’m a big vintage tee shirt fan, and he’s a video game junkie. So it’s mutually beneficial for us to spend the day going to thrift stores together. But I found a few more things I like to watch out for when I visit these places.
Colored 50’s glass pieces, old works of art, China, Silver utensil sets, vintage toys, rare records and tapes, even brand name shoes and clothes; all items I’ve found at thrift stores like Goodwill or Salvation Army. All items I’ve resold after a bit of cleaning, buffing, and a good amount of research.
Even a half hour trip can provide you with an opportunity to find something pretty cool. I once found a complete China set for $6 that I was able to sell on eBay for almost $200, and a 1950’s Barbie Dream House that sold for over that amount. You can’t beat that! So dress the kids and take them for a thrift store run. I’m sure you’ll find it worth the trouble.
6. Clean out your closet
This is a big one. How many of us have new or almost new clothes and shoes in our closets that we never wear? My hand is up. Instead of donating it or throwing it in the garage sale box, bring it to a consignment store or sell it on one of the many apps available for clothing and accessory resale.
Look into Poshmark, Letgo and Mercari. They’re all apps and sites that allow you to sell your clothing, shoes, and accessories to a group that’s actually willing to pay a good price for them. I’ve seen everything from Adidas to Louis Vuitton, ranging from $5 to $500, sometimes more.
Now I’m not saying you have to have a closet full of LV, Gucci, or Michael Kors to make money this way. Quite the opposite. All you have to do, is have a few trendy or cute pieces you’re willing to part with, take a few pictures, post, and you’re done. This is another one that really depends on what you have and what you’re willing to sell, but many women make a great side income off of it! (Remember #5? Hint, hint!)
7. Provide personal assistant work
Virtual Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Personal Assistant… all names for a job that stay-at-home-moms have the ability to completely excel in. Home all day? No problem. Take time off from browsing social media and offer VA work for busy professionals.
Assistants complete tasks ranging from answering emails and phone calls, setting up travel arrangements and appointments, to posting on social media and scheduling daily events for professionals who don’t have the time to do it themselves.
The cool thing? These individuals are willing to pay a pretty penny to have someone take care of these tasks for them. Of course, pay will increase with experience, but getting paid to do something you do for your family and yourself every day is pretty great.
8. Start a blog
This one is the final item on this list, because it’s the one that takes the most time and energy… but the one I’ve found to be the most rewarding.
First off, just know it’s completely possible to start a blog for free. Through WordPress, you can create a free site and begin within just a few minutes. Just find your niche, come up with a name you like, and start your blog.
It’s literally as easy as that. Now. That being said; this is an adventure that takes much longer to make any money off of. But it can make you much more in the long run.
Put up some valuable content, include catchy images (I love to use Canva for my graphics), share with your friends and family, a voila. You’ve got your very own blog, up and running. Don’t be ashamed to do a little self-promotion and send your blog posts to family and friends with a request to share. Sometimes word of mouth is the best free marketing technique you can use!
I hope some of these ideas have sparked your imagination.
It can be stressful being a stay-at-home-mom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to earn your own side income, or even a full-sized paycheck every month.
Good luck and get to it!
Did I miss anything? Have any money-making ideas of your own? Comment below and feel free to share.