Being a stay-at-home mother is a taxing job that does not always come with a full-time paycheck. As a result, most families experience difficulties when it comes to relying on just one income to increase savings or make ends meet.
Even with this challenging situation, there are many ways for stay-at-home moms to earn extra cash that can help supplement the family budget without leaving the house or sacrificing quality time with the children.
The earnings received from these are modest, and not every opportunity will be right for the mother. But over the course of a year, with consistency and enough effort, it is possible to pocket hundreds—and even thousands—of dollars.
Sell Crafts and Other Things Online
Most moms at home become sellers in their free time by listing items online in hopes of earning some extra cash. While there are tons of items that can be sold on the Internet, there’s always something about handcrafts that interest buyers, whether it’s embroidery, calligraphy, or homemade soaps.
A popular way to effectively sell things online is to create a few samples of those being placed for sale and mail them to bloggers who are willing to write or review the items. The bloggers, in return, can keep one of the things for free if they agree to provide their insights.
If one gets a few blogs to mention these items, this will eventually lead to an increase in sales. It may take months to see fruitful results, and it will depend on how well the job is done.
So go ahead and sell your handcrafts online, and remember always to keep the chin up
Teach and Help Students In Need
Mothers with an academic specialty will benefit from this as they can squeeze in a few hours during the week to share knowledge with students who are struggling with their assignments or lessons in general.
To pursue this, find students seeking to better their grades through one’s kids’ schools. Another way is to frequently check sites such as Craigslist.org to compare hourly rates in one’s area.
There are also online tutoring companies that moms can apply to. For this to work out, they must have a college degree and an availability of at least five hours a week to tutor certain subjects for these companies.
These tutoring sessions are done virtually from home using a computer, not in person. This is perfect for those who slightly fear personal interaction.
Accept Freelance Editorial Work
Perhaps you’re someone who does not want the commitment of tutoring every week but likes to write about different subject matters as a way to express creativity. Plenty of media and nonprofit websites are always on the lookout for freelancers who can write, edit, or produce high-quality content.
Some employers pay by word, others pay by the hour, and some transfer payment after every project completed. The advantage of accepting freelance editorial work is that mothers can choose which projects they want based on niches or topics provided by a specific company.
There’s a lot of freedom involved in this area of work, which makes it the perfect job to do while contained in a busy environment that is the home.
Bake Pastries, and Sell Them Everywhere
There are parents who may not have that much free time to whip up sugary cupcakes or elegant cakes for school parties and such. This is where stay-at-home mothers come in if they can make delicious baked goods. To begin, one may start creating a few batches of, say, cinnamon rolls as a way to be occupied while staying with kids when they are at home.
Photos of these baked goods can be posted on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. Eventually, the post will garner several orders from friends and friends of those friends.
If this is continually done, moms can earn a few hundred dollars a month. The money received from this rather-fulfilling job can be used to help buy the kids’ school supplies or snacks.