As a stay at home mom, I am always looking for ways to make money from home. I like to have some small ways that I can contribute to the family income. Sometimes, it also feels good to do another kind of work outside of my day to day parenting-work.
Over the past few years, I have explored a variety of options for making money from the comfort of my home. That way, I can tend to my home and my children while using my spare time during naps to be a little productive.
Here are a few easy ways you can make money from home.
Taking surveys can be a convenient was to bring in some cash on the side. There are several safe sites that offer cash for taking surveys. It can take anywhere from 15-55 minutes to complete a survey but you get to choose whether or not you take them. This makes survey taking ideal because you can squeeze in a survey while you rock your baby to sleep or while on the elliptical. Survey taking can be completely catered to your daily schedule. Here are a few sites to try.
Ibotta is an app that you can easily download into your phone. To make a little extra cash, simply take a photo of your receipt and you’ll get cash back for items that you purchase. Sometimes you get cash just for going to a specific store. Ibotta will give you $10 bonus cash when you sign up and use the app within the first week or so.
If you are into painting, lettering, knitting, or anything crafty (and an entrepreneur at heart), this option may be for you! Order a book on Amazon about how to start a successful Etsy shop to get the ball rolling. After you figure out the workload, weigh the pros and cons. This could be an opportunity to make money doing something that you love. What could be better?!
Many parent has made cash from companies by letting them advertise on their blogs. The more hits your blog gets, the more money you get. So, if you have a routine time to dedicate to maintaining a blog and a popular interest to write about, this option may be worth exploring. Here is a great beginners guide.
Sell your unnecessary furniture or other small household items on a local Facebook yard sale page. If you have household items that you can part with or items in storage that you haven’t seen in a while, it may be time to put them to better use by making some cash. Someone’s trash can be another man’s treasure after all.
One way to make money from home is to watch a friend’s child regularly during the week. If you have a friend who is a working parent and can handle having an extra little around, offer to watch their child each week. This is an easy way for your children to get some much needed socialization and can be quite lucrative.
Couponing in and of itself is not bringing cash, I know. However it is keeping cash from “going out” and as far as I am concerned, that’s a meaningful way to contribute. You can coupon by signing up for email discounts from brands that you often, buy, downloading store apps and utilizing the coupon sections or simply by using online couponing databases that share manufacturer’s coupons for the most popular brands.
Recently, I was given a large load on hand me downs from a friend closing her photography business. I decided to peruse the “loot” and keep some things for my children but then, I sent the remainder of it to swap.com. I simply filled up a box with the clothes that were gently used and in excellent condition, waited for the clothes to be approved, assigned prices for my clothing and sat back and watched the dollars come in. You can also save some cash by shopping on Swap for your family. Return shipping is free so you can have the items you’re interested in mailed to you, try them out and return any items you don’t want to keep without a hassle
If you love to DIY or bring used furniture back to life, consider keeping your eye out at local thrift stores and garage sales. Repair and renew items that needed a little extra love and sell them for more than you spent.
Tutoring is a great option because you can set your schedule, usually get paid $20-30 an hour and have a consistent income.