Stay-at-home mothers have a lot to deal with. They are always wrestling children, toys, lunches, school activities, sports, and so many other things that it is astounding to everyone how they can get so much done in a day. On top of that, many stay-at-home moms also find time to take on a part-time job or other little side gigs just to help make ends meet, buy new clothes for the kids, or simply have a little extra cash they can use on a shopping trip.
The problem that most stay-at-home mothers struggle with, however, is finding a job flexible enough to make a good amount of money but still spend time taking care of the house and making sure the kids’ needs are met. This often necessitates some side gig that allows for a flexible schedule, but these are often times harder to find, and they don’t really work if mothers still have small children. Even if a job allows mothers to work in the evening, this still means valuable time away from their children.
If you are a stay at home mother wanting to find part-time work and are tired of looking for opportunities that fit your schedule, you may be in luck. I have compiled 7 ways I have learned are the best for stay-at-home moms who want to learn how to stay home and make money, no matter what phase of life your children may be in. If you are serious about setting aside the time it takes to start a lucrative side-hustle, consider some of these options.
1. Start Online Business
If this sounds like a lot of work, it is initially, but as your own small business owner, you can choose to put as much or as little time into a side online business as you would like during any time of the day that you would like. Let me share with you some simply stakes my family has taken to make this prospect easy of money-making easy to do:
- Set time aside each day. The best way to see results when you start an online business is to decide how much time every day you are going to dedicate to it. When mothers think about how much they need to do to be successful with an online business, they may begin to feel overwhelmed or like it is one more thing on their plate that they can’t get done. Setting aside time to create a business like any job, however, makes this much less stressful. If you have two hours a day to dedicate to the task, that’s awesome. If you only have two hours a week to dedicate to an online business, that’s great too. Really! The important thing is that you have a time in your mind and you plan it out so you don’t have distractions while you are working on your pursuit. In fact, I suggest doing this for any side hustle you venture pursuing. Make sure you set apart the time to do it – whatever works for you.
- Decide what you want to sell. After you know how much time you are going to dedicate to your online business, take a little chunk of that and decide what you would like to sell. This can seem like a big task, but it really isn’t. I have written a blog post here that describes how to choose something to sell online, but I’ll also cover the basics now in this article.
First, think about something you are interested in or passionate about. Now, think about a product that relates to that passion that people want and which you could offer. Oftentimes, the best types of things that sell online are digital books, information, or video courses, but you can sell virtually anything you would like. Don’t feel limited to only things you can make or sell. There are opportunities out there to sell other people’s products for them, which I touch on more in the “Affiliate Marketing” section below.
- Set up a website. After you decide on the item/s you want to sell, you will need a website of your own where people can both see the items/buy them and interact with you. The more they know you as a person, the better your chances of selling the product. Your website will help facilitate this, and it becomes your vehicle for making money. You can even make one for free! Just enter in a unique domain name relating to the item you would like to sell and you can be on your way!
- Market the website. After creating the website and getting the products up there with some good content people can read, your next job, and the bulk of your time, will be spent marketing. You can do this two ways. One of them is free and the other requires a little investment, but not much. The first is search engine optimization (SEO) and the second is paid advertising.
SEO is making your site recognizable to Google or other search engines. People then find your website for free through their online searches, and they are more likely to become paying customers because they are actually looking for what you are selling. You can do this by making sure the structure of your site and pages are optimized, you are constantly producing content, you are gaining links from other websites, and you are correctly listed in online directories. More about this approach can be found in this beginner’s guide to SEO if this is a route you are interested in (and you probably should be).
Paid advertising refers to putting up a page on Google or Facebook and targeting people who are interested in your product. For example, if you are selling crochet patterns, consider targeting people looking for crochet terms or patterns. Google and Facebook take care of the rest for marginal cost.
After a while, and as you get more and more proficient at SEO and paid online advertising, your business will begin to grow itself. You will see it expand and more and more people will come to your site of their own volition. After a while, you won’t even need to spend a lot of time on it to see some big returns. However, like we said first and foremost, it is going to be important that you set some time for yourself and stick to it. It may be a slow-going process at first, but this is by far one of the best ways to make a steady passive income as a stay-at-home mom in the long run. The potential for reward is really great.
2. Affiliate Marketing
If you don’t want to supply a product, whether digital or otherwise, you don’t have to. Like we already mentioned, stay-at-home moms who want to create a business without inventory can look into affiliate marketing as another option. The difference between selling someone else’s product and selling your own is very minimal, meaning you follow the same process for both. The only difference is that you get commission payments from anyone whose products you sell.
You go about selling another’s products in the same way as you would your own, however. Start by thinking of something you are passionate about selling, find a company/product that allows affiliates to sell the product for them, create a website, and market that website. The best types of affiliate programs for mothers which I have come to realize are those that sell memberships. Since memberships are recurring month to month, affiliate marketers who sell memberships also receive royalty payments month to month. Affiliate marketing is great for any stay-at-home mom that doesn’t want to have to worry about extra stuff in the house or kids getting to their belongings.
I would recommend getting started with a free subscription to Wealthy Affiliate if this piques your interest. It is a worthwhile investment that anyone can make who wants to see real success making money from home.
There is no shame in mommy blogging. Seriously! It is an amazing tool, and there is untold potential wealth in mothers who take it up. Interestingly, successful bloggers follow essentially the same patterns as online businesses or affiliate marketers. They start with a niche they are passionate about and which other people are interested in and then build a website. The website, however, becomes a platform for communication and writing (the ‘blog’ aspect of it all) where they get more and more users to interact and engage with their content. You can become really successful at blogging by offering free tutorials about things people want to learn or know or by writing really interesting content.
Money starts to flow in in three ways. First, if you have enough followers, companies like Google and Bing will allow you to put advertisements on your site related to your blog (at least semi-related). They then pay you for the ads and a little extra for anyone who clicks and buys from the ad on your site. Second, you can make money by free sponsorships or companies who want you to blog about their products. Third, once you have enough followers, and people really want to follow good mommy bloggers, you can start marketing your own products (if you want to). All of these techniques are really effective for making money. An added bonus to blogging is that you can also get a chance to collab with other moms about topics that are important to them.
It isn’t important that the blog is mom or family-specific. The most important thing is that it relates to something you are passionate about and you are connecting with other people who are equally passionate about your topic.
4. Freelance Writing
If blogging sounds good, but you are concerned about making money in the immediate, perhaps freelancing could do the trick. Many stay-at-home mothers love freelance writing because this, of all other online traditional ‘jobs’, is the least structured and offers the most flexibility for time and schedule. Online platforms like Crowd Content or Upwork may be your best options for flexible writing that you can do at your leisure.
Want another type of writing job? There are hundreds of opportunities out there for people like you to write different recordings. Companies who hire transcriptionists will often send you equipment to do it, but it requires dedication and a time commitment some mothers are not willing to take on. Those who are, however, and may find themselves with a few hours of downtime during the day, may be interested in this more structured business. Transcriptionists are also paid very well by the hour, so it is worth looking into if this is something that you may find interesting.
6. Selling on Online Market Sites
There are many sites, such as Ebay, Craigslist, Facebook groups, and Amazon, which you can use to sell your old belongings. This is admittedly only good for a short time. After a while, you end up running out of items to sell or things people want to buy. In the short term it’s great, though, so you may consider selling some of these popular items if you have them laying around your home not being used:
7. Offline Jobs
Pretty much everything I have mentioned up to this point has been internet-based. I am personally biased toward internet pursuits for mothers because they can really make a difference in the lives of their families without really needing to dedicate hours and hours of time elsewhere. However, if you want to work from home but don’t want to do anything on the computer, you still have several options.
For example, many stay-at-home moms start up daycare centers for other children. This gives moms the opportunity of being with their kids while they make money with other kids. You have to be the type of person willing to take on more children, but those who are generally find this a very positive business in their lives. This same thing goes for any types of classes you may offer for the community, such as music lessons, dance lessons, or even crafting lessons.
There are several others pursuits you can pursue offline, though some of them may also take you away from the home for a little bit. If you are able to find the time, that is great, but if you aren’t, there are definitely other options for you.
Running a Successful Stay-At-Home Side-Hustle
There is so much you can do today to be successful in your monetary pursuits, but needless to say, everything you do as a mother is appreciated. Hopefully this list will inspire you to make a little money on the side, so go out there and be successful!