Do-Able Side Jobs For Stay At Home Moms: I Make Over $1,200 Doing Them

Do-Able Side Jobs For Stay At Home Moms: I Make Over $1,200 Doing Them

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This is a special post written by my friend, Carrie, a stay at home mom with a purpose.  She has to make money but more than anything, she wants to stay at home with her three kiddies.  She solved both issues with a nice selection of side jobs for stay at home moms.  She can work a little, hang out with her kids, work some more…what ever “works” for her.  Here’s her story how she does side hustles and makes over $1,200 a month.

Side jobs can be a simple way to make money when you need it. And if you find the right ones, they can be quite lucrative.  I manage to make over $1200.00 a month with side hustles, so today I thought I would share with you how I do it.

But first, I have a confession to make:  With three little ones under the age of five, it gets a little hectic around here.  And trying to make some money on top of it all can be a little…well…much.

I totally rely on side gigs.  I need side gigs because I need money because I’m not able to work full time.


So I work as little as possible. Because that’s all I can do.

But you know what the hardest part is? The fewer hours I work, the less money I make.

And that sucks.

So I needed to find some realistic ways stay at home mom can make money.  And not just pocket change.  I tried several different things; some worked and some didn’t. And after a while of trying a variety of side jobs, I came up with some that let make over $1200.00 a month – as a stay at home mom on top of it all, too.


Side Jobs For Stay-At-Home-Moms That Are Do-Able


Easy ways to make money at home


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 8 hours five days 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.

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.


Not-My-Blog Blogging

Monthly Earning: $300.00
Time Spent: About an hour each day

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.  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 personal 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
  • 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 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 little 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.


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.

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 charge whatever I think I am worth.

Before I got started, though, I wanted to make sure I got things going the right way.  So I turned to this online course and was pleasantly pleased with what I learned.  I could have gone through this one, for about half the price, but wasn’t sure I would get all the info. I really needed.

I looked into the “we get the clients for you and all you do is the work” places like Time Etc and Fancy Hands but I found more high-payers by going solo.

I’m seriously thinking of doing this full time !


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:



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.


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 🙂


Selling Stuff

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.


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.

What about you ?  Are you ready to start out making $1,200.00 a month as a stay at home mom ?

Side hustles for stay at home moms


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