If you’re a stay at home mom who still wants to contribute to your family financially, there are numerous stay at home mom jobs you can do to earn extra money. Luckily, we live in a time and place where earning a living online is not only possible, it can be highly profitable. Plus, many of the stay at home mom jobs on this list can be completed during your children’s naptime.

Whether you want to earn a few dollars a month to help pay your family’s bills or have the satisfaction of funding a big family vacation yourself, earning your own money as a stay at home mom can be fulfilling and motivating.

Of course, taking care of your kids while also earning an income can have its challenges. However, with enough organization, motivation, and a good support network, you can learn how to earn money with these stay at home mom jobs.

Blogger

Blogging is a great business for moms to start. This is something that you can start while your children are napping and grow over time. It’s very possible to build a profitable blog over the course of a few years. That means that by the time your children are ready to start school full time, you could have a full-fledged blogging business. Keep in mind blogging requires consistency and there is a steep learning curve. However, if you can stick with it, this is a great way to earn extra money as a stay-at-home mom job.

YouTube Personality

There are so many families who make a living as YouTube personalities. If you’re comfortable having your children on video, you can make videos of your daily life and post them to YouTube. It takes time and consistency to build your channel, but this can be a fun project you can do together as a family. You can use your children’s naptime to edit your videos, post them, and interact with other YouTubers.

Freelance Writer

If you love writing, you could earn income as a freelance writer. This is a great side hustle to complete because you can do it while your children are napping or after they go to bed at night. There are also numerous freelance writer moms who write articles in the morning before their children wake up as well. As a freelance writer, you can write blog posts for clients. You can also write articles for magazines or self publish your own books on Amazon. The possibilities are truly endless.

Facebook Ads Manager

Learning how to run Facebook ads for businesses can be a lucrative side hustle. There are numerous pieces of training online that you can complete during your children’s naptime to learn this skill. Then, once you acquire your own clients, you can charge them to manage their Facebook ads. You can invest as much time as you want into this. There is a growing need for people who understand Facebook advertising as it is one of the top ways entrepreneurs grow their businesses today.

Etsy Seller

If you have a passion for crafting and design, you can develop your own products and sell them on Etsy. You can use your children’s naptime paint, craft, create, design, or build. Then, use other nap times to photograph and create listings of your items in your Etsy store.

Online Coaching

Online coaching is an industry that has exploded in recent years. You can become a life coach, a business coach, a health coach, or a fitness coach. You can develop your business by posting regularly on social media and spending time connecting with clients both locally and online. There are numerous training programs you can take to become proficient at this business. Generally, a willingness to help others and a strong business acumen are required to make this side hustle a success.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online website where teachers can sell their lesson plans to other teachers. If you are a former teacher and you enjoy creating lesson plans and handouts, then you can make a living by selling these to other teachers online. This is a great way for teachers who have become stay at home moms to keep their skills sharp and remain in the education field.

Uber Eats

You might have considered driving for Uber as a way to make extra money, but now that you’re a stay at home mom, you might not necessarily want to have strangers in your car. Enter Uber Eats. This is a great option for stay at home moms because you can take your children to go pick up food for other people and then deliver it to their homes. Even if you do this for just one or two hours a day, you can earn extra money for your family to achieve your financial goals.

Bookkeeper

Many local and online businesses need bookkeepers to help them keep their financial records organized. As a bookkeeper, you would be responsible for creating invoices, marking payments, balancing checkbooks, and keeping quality records for the business owner. You can take on as little or as many clients as you like. You can start pitching local businesses owners that you already know well, and then later on expand to more and more online businesses.

Tutor Online or In Person

If you have experience tutoring, you can also be a tutor as a stay at home mom. You can tutor children in your home while your children nap or watch a movie, or you can tutor online with a company like VIP Kid. Tutoring is a flexible job that you can do on your own time, and it’s a great way to earn income without committing to part-time or full-time hours.

Virtual Assistant (VA)

Being a virtual assistant is a great stay at home mom job especially if you are organized and you enjoy helping other people improve their systems and processes. As a virtual assistant, you can do a number of different tasks which include answering emails, responding to customer requests, updating social media, editing photos, editing content, and more.

Social Media Manager

If you enjoy being online and interacting with others on social media, you could earn money as a social media manager for entrepreneurs and other companies. There are numerous free trainings online and several different social media scheduling software tools that make this job simple. Keep in mind that being a social media manager is more than just posting items online for companies. You have to learn to develop and implement social media marketing strategies in order to make this a success for your clients.

Flip Items

If you enjoy going to garage sales and thrift stores, you might like being a flipper. When you flip items, it means that you purchase them for a low price and then sell them for profit. You can do this with small items like high-end children’s clothes you find at thrift stores or you can do it with larger items like furniture that you can refinish or repaint before selling. This is a flexible job that can bring in a few hundred dollars a month if you’re consistent.

Interior designer

If you have a flair for interior design, did you know you can become an interior designer online? You can work with a company like Havenly who hires online interior designers. However, you can also start your own business doing this by making digital designs for clients who send you their inspiration rooms, dimensions, and ideas online.

Graphic designer

There is a growing need for graphic designers online these days. Graphic designers can help new business owners or existing business owners improve the look of their brand by creating logos and improving website design. You can work on your own or be a contractor for larger companies.

Photographer

If you enjoy taking pictures, you can earn extra money as a photographer. This might require equipment to start as well as knowledge of photo editing software. In order to organize your time, especially if you will be taking pictures of other people, you can arrange childcare on the weekends so you can book clients. Then, you can work on your website, edit photos, and answer client questions during the week while your kids nap. If you’d rather not have clients but still want to earn money as a photographer, Adobe Stock is a popular stock photo website that pays contributors for images.

Pros to Having a Stay at Home Mom Job

The biggest pro to having a stay at home mom job is, of course, the ability to earn an income while staying home with your children and not missing any of their milestones. It’s also great to have a sense of fulfillment when you earn your own money and can use it to further your family’s financial goals.

Cons to Having a Stay at Home Mom Job

The hardest part of having a stay at home mom job is balancing your schedule. There will be times where you feel like you’re not able to give 100% to your work or to your children. There might also be many days where you’re tired or running on empty. However, over time, you can improve your time management skills and learn how to streamline tasks. Plus, the more money you earn, the more you’ll be able to outsource certain duties like housekeeping or babysitting. It just takes time and effort to get to that point.

Tips for Balancing Your Stay at Home Mom Job With Childcare

If you think having a stay at home mom job is right for you, here are a few tips for balancing your work duties with taking care of your children.

Routine is Everything

Even if your children aren’t good nappers, work hard to establish a routine where they spend some quiet time in their rooms at the same time each day. In order to signal this quiet time, you can do the same rituals every day to show them quiet time is coming. 

For example, every day after lunch, you can remind them that quiet time or nap time is coming up. Set your expectations, and let them know that you are going to set a timer, and they will not be allowed out of their rooms until the timer goes off. Read them a book before sending them in there, and make sure they have several toys and books to keep them occupied. 

If you’re concerned they will wreak havoc in their bedrooms, you can always use a baby video monitor to check in on their progress. Although the beginning stages of doing this might be difficult, with enough time, consistency, and patience, your children will come to appreciate their quiet time as much as you do. 

Also, if you’re not opposed to screen time, this can be their one time every day where they’re allowed to watch a movie or play on an iPad. The goal is to give you uninterrupted time to work, and if you’re contributing financially to your family, you should not feel guilty about that.

Reinvest in the Babysitter

When you first start your stay at home mom job, you might not feel like you have any extra income to pay a babysitter so you can get work done. However, make it a goal that the first time you earn money, you use it to reinvest in your business by hiring a babysitter. 

So, if you earn your first $50 from writing an article online as a freelance writer, you can use that money the following week to hire a babysitter for four to five hours. Then, use that longer stretch of time to hustle and find new clients. The goal is to earn more than you’re paying your babysitter. So, keep doing this week after week, month after month until you have an established group of clients and consistent workflow. Remember, having a babysitter for 15 to 20 hours every week can help you to earn serious income while also still being able to have quality time with your children.

Don’t Give Up

Lastly, I want to encourage you not to give up. If you are set on earning money as a stay at home mom, it is possible. That doesn’t mean that every day will be easy. You will have days where you’re unable to get work done and days you’ll have to care for a sick child. That’s okay and that’s to be expected.

The goal is not to seek a perfect balance of work and taking care of your family. The goal is to keep growing your career while earning an income all while enjoying the flexibility of getting to stay home and care for your kids. There are many women who do this with great success, but it does take time and dedication. So if things are moving slowly, keep going, and don’t give up! It’s entirely worth it when you can build something all your own and still have the flexibility to enjoy your kids while they’re young.

Author

Catherine Alford is the go-to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families. Cat was named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, and over the past few years her writing and financial expertise have been featured in dozens of notable publications like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, U.S. News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Investopedia, Business Insider, and many more. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, Mint, The Work at Home Woman, and Huffington Post Live and is a sought-after speaker at universities and large conferences on topics such as motherhood, money, and entrepreneurship. Learn more at www.CatherineAlford.com.

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