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Today you’re going to read about several side jobs for stay at home moms that are easy to do and won’t leave you feeling drained.
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With three little toddlers, these are the side jobs I do to make over $1200.00 a month so I know they are totally do-able.
So, if you’re looking for ideas to make money on the side, these just might be the answer.
Let’s get to them
Do-Able Side Jobs For Stay-At-Home-Moms
I Shipt Shop
Shipt: an internet based grocery delivery service and my favorite “extra money” gig. I seriously think this is the best side job for a stay at home mom.
Monthly Earning: $180.00
Time Spent: About 2 hours a week. I could do more if I felt like it.
This is such an easy mommy-side-job because I have to go to the grocery store every week anyway, so why not make some money while I’m at it ? Plus, I like to grocery shop early in the day before it gets crowded, so this is a perfect side job for me.
Even with kids. They know how to behave in the grocery store.
It works like this:
Apply, get approved, download the app, start shopping and get paid. Oh, you do have to be at least 18 years old, have a valid U.S. drivers license, valid insurance, and a recent-ish model car.
Here’s another “shop/deliver” site:
Postmates. You first sign up, with Postmates, download the Fleet app, see who needs some food delivered, take home 100% of what you earn.
I Watch My Neighbor’s Little Boy
Heck, why not? What’s one more kiddie in my house? I already have the toys, snacks and patience.
Monthly Earning: $300.00
Time Spent: If I had to count this as working hours, I would say I spend about 10 hours a week. Because the little guy is a small extension of my family, it’s not really work. And because his mom is my friend, and I can relate to her need for good, inexpensive childcare, I cut her a brake.
We both win!
I’m an Online Researcher
Monthly Earning: $150.00
Time Spent: About 1 hour a day
I learned of AskWonder about a year ago and boy, am I glad I did. Turns out I really like to do internet research. And I seem to do it ALL THE TIME. I consider this to be one of the most flexible side jobs for moms because it can be done any time, any place.
How do I do it? I log onto the Ask Wonder platform, look for submitted questions that appeal to me, do the necessary research and answer the questions. But before I started making money I had to go through the little thing called the application process and then do a few test questions.
I can easily whip out at least 6 answers – research included – in a week. Not too bad for $6.00 to $8.00 average pay per answer.
Monthly Earning: $100.00 (could be more if I was more serious about writing)
Time Spent: About an hour each week
A lot of moms try their hand at blogging. Some are pretty successful at it, too. But I know blogging to make money is really hard and takes a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of time, patience, and writing, which is why I’ve never been crazy about the thought of blogging. And to be honest, I wouldn’t call this a great side hustle at all. I mean, sit in front of the computer trying to churn out a few paragraphs about something that interests me today ?
Nah. Not for me.
Unless…I can write like a blogger without actually running a blog (and all the work that comes with it) AND pick the topics that interest me. Picking the right places lets my creative writing juices flow and has given me a nice little bundle of cash.
Here are a few of my favorite places to write like a blogger:
- Listverse pays $100.00 for a list of 10 things
- BlogMutt pays $8.00 for each “purchased” article
- Autoshopper.com pays $15.00 an article
- Cracked claims they ‘ll pay $100.00 for your first article
- Upwork, a well-known and reputable freelance platform, gives me the opportunity to write about anything. The pay varies by customer that hires me but I make about $100.00 a month.
I scoured the web and found these places that pay you to write about pets:
Nashville Paw, although their writing rules are pretty complex and I couldn’t see how much they pay.
Blog Paws, pays $75.00 per accepted post.
The Bark, pays depending upon complexity of written piece.
Kitty Catter, pays $15.00 for every 500 words written.
And these places pay you to write about money and finance:
The Dollar Stretcher, pays $.10 centes per published word.
Money Crashers, their site doesn’t specify the pay but it does state this: “Starting base rate per article is competitive with additional monthly performance incentives based on traffic.”
I Do a Little Transcription
Monthly Earning: $200.00
Time Spent: Between 1 and 2 hours a day, or up to 10 hours a week.
This is one of those typing jobs that doesn’t require a whole lot of experience. I had absolutely no transcription knowledge under my belt but was able to get a job with a company called Rev. I really like this gig, too, because I can do as much work as I want – whenever I find the time.
The most annoying part about applying for this little job was the application. It literally took me about an hour to get through it, thanks to the skills tests. The tests were easy enough, I must have been anxious to get started.
The pay is ok and there is always work to do. Some day I hope to start doing some of the captioning, which is a step up from transcription.
I did invest about $30.00 to buy this set of headphones. I have kids, after all. Gotta block the racket. So worth it!
Here’s a comparison of the most popular places to do easy, no-experience-needed transcription.
If I really wanted to do this for a living – because the pay can be pretty darn good – I would seriously get into these training courses.
I Do a Little Online Office Assisting
Monthly Earnings: $300.00
Time Spent: Depends on what I have to do but I usually spend about 5 hours a week. This is less than an hour a day because I tend to do this on the weekends.
This is an awesome job if you want to be a work at home mom and use the skills you already have. Some call this Virtual Assisting, some call it online assisting, I like to call it being a Remote Office Assistant because I tap into my past office experiences and do office-y things for others. I work whenever I want to and get paid about $15.00 an hour.
A few other companies that hire virtual assistants are:
I Do a Few Surveys
Monthly Earnings: $50.00 plus $15.00 sign-up bonuses
Time Spent : About 4 hours a month, or right around an hour a week
I know, I know. Surveys ! Really ? Yep, really. This is by far the best way to make easy money for just a few minutes a day.
…The trick is to find the survey sites that pay cash.
And, to make things even better, some places give you sign-up bonuses.
My favorites are:
- Opinion Outpost
- Global Test Market
- Swagbucks (earn per survey plus $5.00 sign-up bonus)
- Inbox Dollars (they are giving out $5.00 sign-up bonuses)
I Do A Little Passive Income
Monthly Earnings: More savings than earning
Time Spent : Virtually no time spent at all because this is passive
OK, first I should say this: when I say “passive income”, I really mean “things I do every day that save money – I’m not really making money” . And that’s OK. It still contributes to money in my bank account.
Here are some of the passive things I do:
- I got hooked on the idea of a high yield savings account by reading DollarSprout.com’s article showing me how I can earn passive income. It opened my eyes to the fact my bank wasn’t sharing their wealth with me. So I looked around and joined a credit union that has a ton of reward options for me.
- I’m going to try affiliate marketing at some point. I just have to do more research.
- I work-out more because it curbs my appetite. And a curbed appetite means I eat less. Therefore I spend less on food. How’s that for a cool way to save money when on a budget ?
3 Things I’m Considering For Future Earnings
#1: I’m Creating A Fiverr Gig
I plan on providing zone-specific garden advice and selling that advice on Fiverr for…drum roll…five bucks.
#2: I’m Trying To Get Going As A Solo VA
Wish me luck on this one.
Before I get started, though, I want to make sure I get things going the right way so I’m going to check out this inexpensive VA course.
Then, when I have some money saved up, I’ll get this highly-rated online course because I want the best training I can get.
#3: I’d Like To Be An Online Stylist
I’m thinking about trying to get on with StitchFix as one of their online stylist. Heck, I love fashion so why not ? Plus, according to Glassdoor, Stitchfix stylists are paid $15.00 an hour. Not bad for part-time work.
Unfortunately for me, I don’t live in one of these cities – where they’re looking for remote stylists:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco Bay Area
Maybe they’ll need me in the future. Fingers crossed !
The Side Jobs That Didn’t Work For Me:
Blogging For Money
Over the years I have read a lot about starting a blog.
And after having a few great ideas pop into my head I jumped on this bandwagon.
Know what happened ? I flopped !
Not because I couldn’t write or manage a blog. I flopped because I really wasn’t interested in doing this. It was hard, and after six months I saw absolutely NO profit. None !
Having a Full-Time Work At Home Job
Even though working from home has always been my goal, working full time with little ones was not do-able. I wound up staying up really late and getting up soooo early just to get my full schedule in. And I was a grumpy witch in the meantime. So yeah, working full time was not in the cards while the kids were young.
Having a Job With Structure
I just could not do this. Have a structured routine. Even if it was part-time.
My kids saw to that 🙂
Oh ya, I have a lot of stuff. Baby things, knick-knacks, old cell phones. As much as I would love to part with all this ju…err…stuff, I just can’t seem to do it.
I tried Ebay with mixed reviews. I didn’t earn enough profit to make it worth my effort. And I always seemed to be looking for boxes to ship my stuff out.
I tried selling some of my husband’s old-ish video games to Game Stop (local gaming store) but again, more work than it was worth.
So I gave up trying to sell my stuff. I think I’ll wait for one of those city-wide garage sales.
Anything In Customer Service
That’s right, anything customer service related. Mainly because I can’t just shut my office door and hope the kids will watch themselves. Besides, I’m not much on talking on the phone.
Search Engine Evaluator
I’ve read SO MUCH about this kind of work; I would be PERFECT for it !
But, turns out this kind of job is just so darn hard to get !
And there’s NO WAY I could do any of those driving jobs for money, especially the ride share ones.
My Journey Will Continue
Some day I hope to bump my earnings and be one of those stay-at-home moms that make $3,000.00 a month like others claim they get.
But I know one thing for sure: That won’t happen any day soon. My kids keep me too busy so I’m sticking with what I’m doing so I don’t get drained.
What about you ? Are you ready to start out making $1,200.00 a month as a stay at home mom ?