Looking for ways to make money while baby naps? Check out my suggestions for stay-at-home mom side hustles!
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Sleep when the baby sleeps, work when the baby...naps?
Being a stay-at-home mom can be one of the toughest jobs in the world, and it's not just because of the endless piles of laundry and the endless amount of dishes. For many moms, it's also challenging to make ends meet on a single income, with the cost of living constantly on the rise.
As a long-time side hustler, and recent new mom, I thought I'd share some valuable side hustle ideas that stay-at-home moms can do from the comfort of their own homes to bring in some extra cash.
From blogging and content creation to selling handmade crafts and offering freelance services, there are plenty of opportunities out there to use your skills and expertise to pad your pocketbook.
So, if you're a stay-at-home mom looking for some extra income, keep on reading to learn all about these amazing side hustle ideas!
A note on protecting yourself
Unfortunately, there are a lot of unsavory people looking to take advantage of those of us who want to work from home. Beware of 'get rich quick schemes' and things that seem too good to be true.
There are plenty of decent, reliable, honest ways to make money from home. You should not have to make large up-front payments, work for free, or do anything that makes you uncomfortable. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your gut and discuss with a friend or family member before getting yourself involved in anything you might regret.
Side Hustles for Stay-at-Home Moms
Blogging and Content Creation
I thought I'd kick things off with the side hustle I know best: blogging and content creation.
I've been running a monetized blog since 2018, and am proud to say it's making more money now than ever before. As you can see, I run ads here on my actual website, which is my main source of income. I also earn a small commission when someone purchases an item that I promote on the blog. Occasionally, I do sponsored posts where I receive an item for free, and sometimes compensation for writing about it.
By using your passion and expertise to create engaging blog posts, social media content, or even e-books, you can showcase your unique voice and knowledge while also earning some extra money.
If it goes well, some bloggers parlay their work into many other channels. Many businesses and websites are looking for talented writers who can create compelling content to attract and retain their audiences. There's no one way to blog.
Whether you write about parenting, cooking, fashion, travel, or any other niche, there's always a demand for great content. So, if you enjoy writing and want to explore this creative avenue, consider starting a blog or offering your content creation services to businesses and individuals.
As a mom, one of the great things about running my own blog is that I put out content when I want. Because I run the show, no one is waiting on me. If I need to take a week off for a sick kiddo or a family vacation, I can do that. Of course, that also lessens the compensation and invites more risk into the equation - no sure paychecks when you're on your own! Don't hesitate to reach out to me here or on social media, if you're interested in starting a blog.
Selling Handmade Crafts Online
If you have a knack for crafting, you can turn your hobby into a profitable side hustle by selling handmade crafts online. With platforms like Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and Facebook Marketplace, there are endless opportunities to showcase and sell your unique creations. Whether it's handmade jewelry, knitted scarves, or custom-made home decor, there's a market for every type of craft. You can also leverage social media to promote your products and reach a wider audience, as an add-on to your blogging.
If you've been following the blog for a while, you'll know that I run a dropshipping Etsy store, Pints, Pounds, & Pate! Drop shipping means that I design the products on my computer, list them on Etsy, and a company prints and ships them for me! The margins are very slim, but I don't have to make mugs in my basement (which I don't know how to do anyway).
If you'd like to learn more about starting a drop shipping Etsy store, check out the full post!
Contract or Freelance Services
Contract or freelance services are another great option for stay-at-home moms looking to make extra money. By offering your skills and expertise on a project-by-project basis, you can earn a flexible income while still having time to take care of your family.
Some popular freelance services include graphic design, website development, social media management, and virtual assistance. Websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com connect freelancers with clients from all over the world, making it easy to find work and build a portfolio.
With the rise of remote work and the gig economy, there's never been a better time to explore freelance opportunities. The Mom Project also aims to connect moms with flexible and remote work.
Virtual Assistant Services
Similarly, Virtual Assistant Services are an excellent option for stay-at-home moms who are organized, detail-oriented, and enjoy administrative tasks. As businesses continue to expand globally, the demand for virtual assistants has dramatically increased in recent years. Virtual assistants handle a variety of duties such as managing email accounts, scheduling appointments, and responding to phone calls. Entrepreneurs and small business owners often have an overwhelming workload, and virtual assistants can help relieve some of that burden.
Managing social media accounts is a common task outsourced to virtual assistants. As social media is an integral part of any marketing strategy, it is essential for businesses to have a strong online presence. Virtual assistants can manage social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. They can monitor for any messages or comments, post updates and promotions, and engage with followers.
The best part of the right virtual assistant gigs can be the flexibility they offer. As a stay-at-home mom, you may need to set your own schedule and work as many or as few hours as you want. You can work from anywhere as long as you have a stable internet connection. The pay rate for virtual assistant services varies depending on the scope of work and the client.
However, on average, virtual assistants can make between $15-$30 per hour.
If you are interested in working as a virtual assistant for me, please reach out!!
Tutoring or Coaching
As a stay-at-home mom, you have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be valuable to others. Sharing that knowledge by becoming a tutor or coach can be a profitable side hustle. You can offer your expertise in a variety of areas, such as academic subjects or professional development.
There are many ways to market your tutoring or coaching services. You can advertise on social media or create a website to showcase your skills and services. You can also reach out to your network and offer your services through word of mouth.
Virtual tutoring or coaching is a popular option that allows you to work from home and connect with clients from all over the world. Online platforms like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet make it easy to conduct virtual sessions and share materials with your clients.
Thanks for stopping by, Mama!
Now, more than ever, stay-at-home moms can pursue financial freedom by exploring side hustle opportunities.
Whether it's through blogging and content creation, selling handmade crafts online, offering contract or freelance services, providing virtual assistant services, or tutoring and coaching, there are a variety of options available.
So, what are you waiting for? Start using your unique skills and expertise today.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill.
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