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Since having children I’ve often wondered what are the best stay at home mom jobs and what would make it possible for me to earn money while still being able to be home with the kids.
I’ve spent a lot of time searching for jobs to be a stay at home mom, and while there are plenty of options it can be a struggle knowing what will be both flexible and enjoyable and actually bring in a real income.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has battled with wanting to stay at home with my kids but also feeling the need to be earning an income to help provide for them financially.
For moms particularly, (though not exclusively of course), deciding what to do about work and home and creating the right balance for our families can be a difficult decision.
The problem is that even when we try to save money by cutting back, to stretch the budget further, dropping down to one income can leave things feeling a bit tight.
The obvious next step is to think about returning to work, but when we look into it we discover that childcare costs are often so expensive it means going to work just to fund the childcare bill, especially if you have more than one child.
This is where stay at home mom jobs might be the answer.
Why Choose a Stay at Home Mom Job?
There are lots of benefits to working from home, especially for parents.
Children don’t come with schedules. They don’t sleep regular hours (at least to start with!), they need plenty of attention and as they grow up they end up with crazy schedules of their own involving school and extra curricular activities, not to mention the school holidays which throw any sense of routine out the window.
Working from home gives parents the freedom to work around family commitments, choosing to work the hours that are convenient.
More Time with Children
Finding a stay at home mom job means being able to spend more time with your children while still being able to make some money. Being at home also means you can save time (and money) on commuting to and from work.
Lower Childcare Costs
Working from home means not having to pay those increasingly expensive childcare costs, so the money you make goes straight to you and your family finances.
So here they are, the are some of the best jobs for stay at home moms. These are genuine, flexible stay at home mom jobs and I’ve interviewed real moms who are earning money from them today.
I’ve earned money from numbers 1 and 3 and am working on making number 5 become my top income source.
13 Best Stay At Home Mom Jobs
1. Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistants (or VAs) are becoming more and more widely used as time goes on. There are all sorts of services you can provide as a VA from research, writing articles, data entry, social media management, design and more.
It’s one of my favourite stay at home jobs for moms because it means you can be flexible in when you do the work as long as you meet the deadline, and you can choose to offer the services you most enjoy or are best at. I’ve worked as a VA updating old blog posts and creating Pinterest images for others who don’t have the time.
You can look for virtual assistant work on websites like Upwork, PeoplePerHour and FlexJobs.
It can be just as lucrative or even more so than a traditional job too – see how Kirsty manages to earn more working part time as a Virtual Assistant than she did in her full time corporate job.
Bookkeeping is a great flexible stay at home mom job which gives you the option to build up your own business from home.
It involves being responsible for a companies accounts, recording transactions and producing financial statements and reports.
While you do need specialised training and skills to be a bookkeeper, you don’t need any specific experience to be able to learn, apart from perhaps to be good with numbers.
Here’s an interview with Kate, a stay at home mom of three young kids, who has built up her own home bookkeeping business, and she walks through the steps needed to qualify as a bookkeeper from home, even with no experience.
Blogging is quite a popular way for stay at home moms to make money. It’s definitely not something that’s a quick money maker, and does require quite a lot of time and effort, but it can be a great way to earn from home.
The best thing about blogging is the flexibility. You can work completely on your own schedule, which makes it one of the most ideal stay at home mom jobs.
There are quite a few ways to make money with a blog. One way is to earn from displaying adverts on your site, working with an ad network such as Google Adsense, Media Vine, Monumetric or Adthrive.
Affiliate marketing is another way to make money from a blog. This simply involves referring people to the products and services you use and love, and collecting a commission if any sales are made.
The third most common way for bloggers to make money is with sponsored posts. This is where a brand or company will pay you to write an article. The amount of sponsored work you can get and the amount you can charge will be dependent on your followers, reader engagement and reach.
A lot of moms are making a full time income from their blogs – I interviewed Victoria, a full time blogger and mom of two, about how she makes blogging work for her.
4. Freelance Writer
Freelance writing is yet another legitimate stay at home mum job that gives people a really flexible way to work from home.
If you have specialist knowledge or expertise in a certain area, or even if you don’t but are good at research, you can make money from home as a freelance writer.
I’ve written freelance articles for an online wedding magazine, and I’m by no means an expert at weddings (I’ve had just the one myself!), but it’s about whether you can write engaging material to the specification given, and it can be interesting to find out more about different things as you write. Of course, if you do have expert knowledge or experience you might be able to charge more for your services.
Plus, the more work you do, the more experience you gain and the more you can add to your portfolio which will enable you to up your rates as you go on.
Francesca is a mom who makes a part time income from freelancing, and you can read more here where she shares how to go about finding working as a freelance writer.
If you want a flexible job that you can start with no experience, then becoming a transcriptionist might be for you.
It involves listening to audio files and typing out what you hear. It’s fairly flexible so you can work in your own time (perhaps while the kids are sleeping!) though the faster you are the more you’ll be paid for your time.
To do transcribing work from home you will need a computer and internet connection.
You don’t necessarily need any previous experience to become a transcriptionist, but when applying for jobs you’ll probably be required to take a small test to measure your accuracy, typing skills and attention to detail.
6. Etsy Seller
If you have a craft or product you love to make, then setting up as a Etsy seller may be a great option.
Suzie, a stay at home mom of four, started her own business from home making resin keepsakes hoping to make a little extra money. She started selling on Etsy and it went so well that she now earns a great full time income and her business is flying.
Tutoring is a great option if you have skills or expertise in certain areas. You could offer tutoring for local pupils in your area in a subject you know a lot about, such as English, or Math.
Or if you can play a musical instrument you could offer lessons and start teaching.
Another great tutoring option is to teach English to foreign students. Ashton is a mom of two, who teaches with VIP Kid. She teaches over video call, and is able to set her own availability for teaching slots, so it’s a really good flexible option.
Do you find yourself noticing errors while you’re reading and internally correcting grammatical mistakes? If so, you might make a good proofreader!
You’ll also need a good eye for detail and a good understanding of words and grammar.
A good proofreader can earn a decent income working just 25 hours a week so if you’re willing to put the work in, it can be a great earner.
If you want to become a professional proofreader you might want to look into taking a course to teach you everything you need to know.
Merch is a platform on Amazon whereby you can sell your own designs to be printed on t-shirts and other products.
The great thing about Amazon Merch is that anyone can join and you don’t have to handle any physical products.
All you need to do is create a design and upload it, adding a description. You can create designs for T-shirts, sweatshirts, even pop sockets.
If anyone chooses to buy something with your design, you don’t need to do anything else! All the printing and shipping is done by Amazon. All you need to do is sit and wait for your royalty payment at the end of the month.
You don’t need to be a graphic designer either! You can even create designs just using text. Not every design you make will be a winner, so the more you create and upload the more sales you’re likely to make.
This is a great option for making money from home solely online.
10. Google Rater
Google uses real people to help rate websites for search engine results, known as Search Engine Evaluators or Google Raters.
You can apply to become a search engine evaluator through the company Appen (formally Leapforce). While you don’t need any specific experience to work for Appen, you will be required to undertake training and to pass an exam.
Sam works from home as a Google Rater, and makes a full-time income. Read the interview to see more about what’s involved and get some top tips for getting started.
11.Sell Handmade Crafts
If you’re creative, then creating your own small business selling your own handmade crafts can be the perfect stay at home mom job for crafty moms. You can set your own working hours, do something you already love and bring in an income.
A great place to start selling crafts is Etsy – an online marketplace where crafters sell anything from crochet to painting, jewellery to woodwork and upcycling; wherever your creative skills lie, there’s a market for you on Etsy.
My friend Suzie started her home business selling stunning resin keepsakes – she started with small jewellery pieces and is now killing it preserving wedding flowers in beautiful resin pieces – you can read an interview with her here.
12. Become a Hairdresser/Beautician
If you’re skilled in hair and/or makeup, this can be a great stay at home mom job option.
You can choose to have clients come to you, at convenient times for yourself and your family and it’s a great job for people who prefer to be sociable and work with people rather than behind a computer screen.
13. Daycare Provider
Providing childcare is probably the most obvious of all the stay at home mom jobs but it’s not for everyone and it’s also not as easy as simply deciding to do it.
How many children of your own you have and the age range of the children you mind will affect how many children you can take and you will probably need to undertake a qualification.
Your home will need to be assessed for its suitability and anyone who lives with you will need to undergo a security check.
Nevertheless, if you love children, becoming a daycare provider is a great option which allows you to stay home with your own kids while making money at the same time.
Do you have any other suggestions for stay at home jobs for moms?
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