As a mom, you have the hardest job on the planet, and you’re a valuable contributor to your family and your community. But with all that you do, sometimes you still need to do even more just to make ends meet. Well, that doesn’t seem fair, but it is what it is. So how can you make money if you’re tied to your kids at home all day? You’ve likely seen all kinds of ideas floating around online about how to make money from home, but it’s hard to know which ones really work and which ones are a waste of time.
Below you’re going to see five ways to work from home that really work. Real moms like you do these things every day and make enough money with them to pay all their bills and then some.
None of these methods are right for everybody, just like no single job out there “in real life” is right for everyone. So here’s what you should do: pick one and start on it immediately. Then stick with it for at least 30 days to get the hang of it before you decide whether to keep going or to try something else.
1. Freelance Writing
Right now there are tons of small business clients out there who need content for their websites and would be willing to pay you to write it for them! You don’t need a degree in English or journalism, and you don’t need corporate or industry experience either. You don’t even need to market yourself or create a writer’s website.
All you need is a computer, an Internet connection and decent spelling, grammar and communication skills. Try googling “freelance writing websites” and sign up with a few of them. There might be some that want you to pay a membership fee, but you don’t really need to use those ones. Just sign up at the
free ones, read through the tutorials to learn how they work and then start grabbing assignments and writing them. The faster you work, the more money you earn.
The key with content writing is productivity. Since these platforms do all the marketing and find all the clients for you, the only thing left for you is to research and write the articles. That means you must push through the distractions, avoid procrastination and just do the work. Productivity is key!
2. Blogging and Vlogging
If you don’t want to deal with clients and just want to write about your own interests, you can become a blogger and/or vlogger. You’ll have to get your own website, and you’ll have to hustle to round up traffic to your blog or YouTube channel, but if you can crank out high-quality content on a regular basis, then you can develop a nice stream of income on your own terms.
3. Direct Selling/MLM
You can also sell products right from your own home through multi-level marketing companies like Mary Kay, Xyngular, Melaleuca and a host of others. You may have some friends and family who are already signed up with one of these companies and would love to walk you through it, so put the word out through your social media channels or just through word of mouth and see who’s already doing it.
4. Reselling on eBay And Other Platforms
Reselling is huge right now, and there are a lot of moms who make a full-time income this way. If you love to shop and hunt down good deals, then this might be ideal. Start with used items you have around the house or in the garage or in storage. Watch some YouTube videos about reselling to help you learn the ropes, and then just get started. Start with low-value items while you figure out the procedures and pricing strategies, and then move up to the big-ticket items once you’ve learned how to do it right.
5. Crafting on Etsy & eBay
If you love creating arts and crafts, you can do pretty well selling your work online on sites like Etsy and eBay or even through groups on social media. There’s a lot of competition out there, but if you can create unique items and carve out your own niche, there’s a lot of profit to be made. And you don’t even need to sell at craft shows or galleries; you can do it all online from the comfort of your home.
Thanks to the Internet, smartphones, computers and affordable digital technology, you can make a great supplemental income or even a full-time income right from your own home while raising your kids without daycare. Try out some of the ideas above today and find the one that works best for you and your family.
About the Author
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.