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First, let me start by saying there’s more to you than being JUST a mom. Sure, that’s the most important job in the world, but you’re also more.
But now you want to start working. And doing it from home.
Because you’re a mom, after all.
But there are hurdles.
Maybe you’ve been out of the work force a long time.
Maybe nothing else really interests you.
So, for all you moms who think there aren’t any legit ways to work from home because all you do are mommy things, today I want to talk about ways to use your mommy-ness to earn some moolah.
And don’t worry, I’m not talking about surveys. Or mystery shopping. Or renting out a room.
I’m talking about the LEGIT JOBS that let moms still be moms.
Let’s dive in.
Legit. Jobs For Stay At Home Moms
(when all you know is being a mom)
#1 Child Sitter…an oldie but a goldie
I’m a big believer in outsourcing child care…as long as it’s another mom doing the outsourcing.
My friend Kimmi has two kids, 2 and 4, and she also watches her neighbor’s little boy. This job is perfect for her for 3 reasons:
- she doesn’t have to drive anywhere to pick-up or drop-off (like school)
- she already has the toys
- she already has the kid-friendly meals and snacks
She got started by finding a request on NextDoor.com by a new mom who needed someone to watch her son while she worked. One conversation led to another and now Kimmi is paid $200.00 a week to watch this little cutie.
Another option is your city’s Facebook group. I see A LOT of people needing sitters !
#2 Kid-Friendly Travel Planner
Do you take your kids on trips and excursions?
Oooo…I bet you know all the best places that cater to children so they stay happy as clams. Working as a travel planner is right up your alley !
OK, I’ll admit this one does require you to be on the phone. But heck, it’s a fun job if you like making travel arrangements ! Besides, chances are pretty good you’ll eventually communicate with customers via email or chat.
I discovered this little mom-job niche kind of by accident when an old acquaintance left her nursing job to fulfill her love of hanging out with Mickey Mouse. She’s now a Disney Travel Specialist at Magical Vacation Planner, making over $1,200 a month. And she only works a few hours a week. Lucky girl !
I gotta say, Disney trips are super hot with kids !
Want to go beyond Disney planning ? Here are some of the best known, and possibly the most used, travel companies that frequently have remote travel planner openings:
#3 Content Generator, aka Blogger For Other’s Blogs
Unlike so many other articles out there, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that blogging is one of the best ways for stay at home moms to make money. It’s not. It takes so darn long to see any results.
…you can start earning a living almost immediately if you blog for other blogs.
And there’s a huge trend in the mommy and child niche. Exactly what you know, right ?
Creating content covers things like sourcing and editing images, scheduling post publication, and updating blog posts (just to name a few things).
But writing is the most in-demand content creation task.
Here’s what I mean:
Carolina Parent generally pays $100-$300 depending on the word count and publication the content is being written for.
Her View From Home pays up to $100.00 per article on relationships, family, parenting, kids.
Yummy Mummy Club pays up to $100.00 for original articles.
But that’s not all.
Go to ProBlogger and check out the job openings. See all those content creation jobs ? Click on any one of them to see the requirements. Are you a good fit ?
Or, if you want to expand out of the parenting/child realm, check out Journalism Jobs. There’s a nice variety of writing jobs in the journalism field.
And then there’s Writing Assistance, which has a lot of opportunities for writers across many industries
If writing interests you but you’ve never given it a go, this easy to follow course sums it all up for you.
#4 Conversational English Teacher To Children
OK, you have a knack for relating to children, awesome. But you may not want to be a teacher. I get you.
But this isn’t your typical teaching or tutoring kind of job. Working a flexible schedule, you will teach students whose primary language is NOT English to speak conversational English. Basically, how to carry on a coherent conversation. And your students are mostly children in China (but don’t worry, you can do this job from your home).
If you have a Bachelor’s Degree or some kind of leadership background (coach, pastor, mentor) and want to help kids learn how to speak English, go for it. This is a fun job that pays over $20.00 an hour.
Not sure if this is for you ? Check out my article on this subject: Best ESL Companies.
#5 Earn From Your Photos
You’ve probably read this one before and scoffed, “make money with my photos…riiight.”. But you really can !
And here’s a little secret:
Bloggers are always looking for quality images. In fact, they need awesome images. A lot of us “seasoned” bloggers don’t like to use the free images because those are the pictures just about every newbie blogger use.
So we spend a few bucks and buy some appealing pics.
And that’s where you profit.
With cell phone in hand, take some pictures of…whatever. Your kids doing a puzzle, the view looking up into a group of trees, a park, the sunset, a cluttered desk. Anything.
Foap, Alamy, EyeEm, Shutterstock, Crestock, are some popular places people go to to buy photos, so it stands to reason you stand a chance at making money. But it gets better. Etsy (here’s a good tutorial) and Fiverr are awesome platforms to set up a photo selling “business”.
Like I said, one-of-a-kind images are in high demand.
Here are a few things to know about making money with your photos:
- It’s a numbers game. The more pics you have to sell, the better your chances of making money.
- Try to stick with a niche. Personally, I – and all my fellow “work from home” bloggers – look for images with a specific feel; usually pictures that include a laptop, a desk, or an office scene. Mommy bloggers look for images showing kids doing stuff or moms working on specific projects.
- Images without faces do better on Pinterest, according to this study, which is cool if you don’t want your child’s face all over the internet.
Then There Are These Popular Ways For Moms To Make Money:
These jobs aren’t specifically mom or child themed but they are legitimate. And yes, they are flexible, so you can still be mommy-on-demand.
#6 Social Media Specialist
Social media is not going away. That’s great for you, mommy, because you can make a nice little fortune managing the social profiles of just about anyone: bloggers and business of all sizes.
If you think you know enough about the big social platforms, get on Upwork and start contracting out your social media specialist skills. But here’s a little secret: Pinterest is quickly becoming a profitable side gig as it gains ground among business owners.
And if you’re still in the” thinking about it” stage of making a go of this kind of work, this complete online course will help get you going.
There’re a ton of articles telling us that online transcription is one of the best ways for stay at home moms to make money.
It’s easy and flexible.
But the pay sucks.
Unless you have a lot of experience and really good training, then we’re talking pay that’s over $50,000.00 a year. Easier said than done, especially for a busy mom, right ?
A while ago, I looked into what is needed to make a good living doing transcription work from home. Turns out, there’s more to doing transcription than fast typing and careful listening skills. You can do all the practice tests in the world and work for all the “popular”online transcription companies, but without knowing all the little details that save you time and energy, you’ll just be stuck.
If you’re just now thinking about trying your hand at transcription, go ahead and build up some experience by working for Rev, GoTranscript, or Scribbie. They are the best payers for beginners, based on my research of the “better” transcription companies.
Then go for the training and better payers.
#8 Online Administrative Assistant
Most people call this kind of job a Virtual Assistant, but I think that is such a vague description. I like to call this line of work Online Administrative Assistant because it tells us the role is specific to administrative tasks…not picking up dry cleaning or taking kids to birthday parties.
This is an awesome way for moms to make money from home because you can narrow your niche down to what makes you happy. And what works for your schedule.
To get started, think about the office-y kind of things you like to do. Is it crafting and responding to emails ? Is it scheduling appointments and meetings ? Is it transcribing recorded seminars into text ? Maybe it’s web design or creating logos ?
Then, do one of these:
- Go solo and find your own clients via Upwork.
Now I’ll tell you this: going the solo route will more than likely net you more income, as my friend Carmen explains (she’s been an Online Admin Assistant for several years and still loves it !)
#9 Post Proofreader
This is a high-demand job among blog owners because we’re human and make type-O’s. In my case, a lot of them. So, we pay to have people do the work for us. In this case, bloggers pay to have people proofread their posts before they are published.
It’s not too out of line to think you can make over $30.00 or an hour as a proofreader. In fact, take a look at these freelance proofreaders who make good money peddling their skills on Upwork.
If you think you have the chops to be a proofreader – meaning you can spotting the common and not-so-common grammar mistakes – then I say “go for it”.
Not sure how to get going ? Ahhh…Caitlyn Pyle’s Proofread Anywhere course will get you there.
Hey Moms, Ready To Start Working From Home Today ?
As you can see, there are quite a few options for you, mom. Even if you still think being a mom is the only skill you have, it’s nice knowing there are ways you can make money. Because working from home is for everyone !
Now I would like to hear from you.
Which job from today’s post are you interested in ?
Or do you just have a question ?
Either way, I’d love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment below.