Gretchen made $1,713.11 last month without leaving her home. Alicia stumbled upon a wildly successful home business that makes at least $70,000 every month. Carol? She made a six figure income writing blog posts for big businesses online.
Alicia Shaffer, the highest earner of all the moms mentioned, originally started out with the modest intentions of earning just enough money through her business to pay for her son’s soccer. Now she’ll never have to work for anybody but herself ever again.
Each of these women were your everyday average moms before they decided enough was enough. What’s your excuse?
Admittedly these are the more extreme success stories. There are other stay at home moms like Krissy, who quit her full-time 9 to 5 to start a dog walking business.
It is probably safe to say she isn’t earning a $70,000 each month, but what she does have now is freedom and the happiness that comes with it. Aside from her appointments with her furry clients, which she schedules herself, she can be anywhere she wants at any time. More on Krissy and starting a dog walking business later.
These kind of opportunities are readily available to every mom reading this. Your dream job won’t come easy, but it is achievable.
Are you up for the challenge?
Keep reading. This mega-post covers everything you need to know about creating your own SAHM dream job for yourself. You'll learn how Jen, Krissy, Alicia, Carol, Gretchen, and thousands of other moms across the globe, are making a full-time income as a SAHM.
Go grab a snack and a cold drink. This is the most comprehensive guide to work from home jobs for moms that you have ever seen. It contains actionable information you can use to completely transform your life.
Bookmark it so you remember to go over it again later and share it with all of the other moms you know who would have any interest in beginning their work from home career. Done all of those things? Good. Let's get started.
16 Surprising Ways Stay at Home Moms Are Making Bank That Will Make You Say "I Can Do That!"
These Companies Are Paying Moms to Answer Surveys
You or someone you know has probably tried filling out surveys (Top Survey Sites for Moms) online as means to making some easy money. You're not going to get rich completing surveys, but covering a bill or two is definitely a possibility.
Who's Doing It: Online surveys tend to be the method to making money online most moms turn to. Don't set your expectations too high and take it for what it is - a simple way to earn a little cash.
Getting Work: Choosing legit survey sites is the name of the game. We've already highlighted the top 8 survey sites for moms here.
Time Required: Varies based on survey. Some will be multiple pages and require you to really think about the answer. Others will be dead simple. Because you survey sites operate on a points system the longer surveys tend to be worth more.
Estimated First Month Earnings: Like most supplemental income sources, it depends how much time you put into it. Take a look at the Cash Crate payment wall (here). $20-$50 seems to be the average payout received by most of the members with a few dedicated users earning over $100.
Get Paid to Write Blog Posts for Websites
In today's day and age you expect any company you do business with to have a website. Something seems off if you can buy a product at the grocery store that doesn't list a website or social media page on the package.
Companies of all sizes are expected to have websites, and websites are expected to have blogs. This is where you come in. Writers are constantly in high demand on the internet. Even the smallest of websites are paying the average Jane to write articles about a variety of topics.
Write from your laptop at the beach, Starbucks, or from your bed. Nobody will know the difference!
Who's Doing It: Carol Tice made a six figure income as a freelance writer in 2011. Not much has changed since then. There is a little more competition but there are also a ton of new opportunities.
Getting Work: Aspiring writers can find work two ways. The first is creating a profile on a content market place. This is an easy way to get started and decide whether or not you enjoy the work. You can build up a nice portfolio while getting paid. You can read more about leveraging content marketplaces here on SAHM.org here.
The second way to earn money writing articles as a SAHM is finding freelance work through Craigslist, cold contacting websites, and using freelance marketplaces such as eLance, and Freelancer. This can be difficult without a portfolio to showcase, which is why we recommend starting off with the link above.
If you find yourself enjoying the work and getting good reviews, it's time to move on to freelance work where the potential money to be made is much greater.
Time Required: This is dependent on how long the blog post is required to be and how fast you can transfer your thoughts from your head to your keyboard. A pace of half an hour for 500 words is a safe estimate. 500-700 words is about the size of an average blog post.
Estimated First Month Earnings: $1,000/month (weekends off), $1,400/month (working weekends).
If you write 2,500 words per day (5x500 word articles) and get paid $10 per article ($0.02/word is a reasonable rate to expect as a beginner), that's $50 for 2.5 hours work, or $350/week. $250/week if you take weekends off. You can make considerably more by charging a higher rate for freelance work.
Creating Your Own Business With Direct Sales
Trying direct sales is a great way to dip your toes into mompreneurship while minimizing your risk. Low entry fees and a high earnings potential are the two main reasons SAHMs are trying out direct sales.
Who's Doing It: Today recently did a feature on Jen Griswold; a SAHM who grew her business to "a multiple six figure income" by leveraging social media to market their direct sales companies. The possibilities really are endless when you're not restricted by a salary.
Getting Work: The first step is choosing a product you love enough to promote. We listed the 5 most popular direct sales programs among work at home moms over here.
Time Required: Running a direct sales business can be a lot of work. You can run your business from home and live a work from home mom lifestyle, but don't fool yourself into thinking you can get away with working a couple hours a day and still make a significant income.
To maximize your chances of success (success being defined as reaching an income comparable to a low-mid end full time job) you should schedule at least 4-5 hours of work each day.
Estimated First Month Earnings: There is no way to provide an accurate prediction for a brand new direct sales business. It would be like trying to pick the winner of a sprint by only reading the participant's names off of a list.
Running your own business is hard. If you really love the product you're selling and really believe other people will too, you have a chance.
Sell Your Own Homemade Goods & Creations on Etsy
Have you always dreamed about selling your own homemade goods? Etsy fulfills that very dream to thousands of women. Etsy's motto explains their business in a single sentence: "Your place to buy and sell all things handmade".
Who's Doing It: A Mom from California started out on Etsy with the goal of earning enough money to pay for her son's soccer program. Alicia now grosses at least $70,000 every month. How crazy is that! Read more about that Etsy success story here.
Getting Work: Finding customers is just one of the 10 types of questions Etsy answers in their Etsy Seller Handbook. You'll find over 200+ articles about being a successful Etsy merchant.
Time Required: The answer of this question could be copied and pasted from the Fiverr feature above. It all depends your product. Boil it down to an hourly wage you're happy with. Don't sell a product for $5 that takes you 2 hours to produce!
Estimated First Month Earnings: Unfortunately I've misplaced my crystal ball so I'll be unable to tell you if you will sink or swim on Etsy... 😉
The truth is you need a great product, good marketing, and excellent customer service. Dig your nose into the Etsy Seller Handbook and learn all you can about the website and what kind of products are successful on Etsy. Emulate what is already working to maximize your chances of success.
Earn Money for Being an Animal Lover by Taking Care of Dogs
It's like parenting furry babies that voluntarily take naps throughout the day! Get paid to enjoy the local weather on your own schedule.
Who's Doing It: I Quit My Job and Became a Professional Dog Walker. SAHM.org reached out to Krissy and asked her what advice she'd give to stay at home moms looking to create their own dog walking business. Here's what she had to say:
For those looking to make dog walking a full-time source of income I would suggest working part-time, or for a company (which is what I did) first, just to see if walking outside all day, regardless of the weather, is something you can really see yourself doing full-time.
Do a good job. If you love dogs, this should be the easiest part. Be kind to doormen, people on the street, and other dog walkers, as building relationships with these people can, and often does, lead to future work. When I started taking private clients of my own, I researched what other walkers in that area charged, and priced a little lower.
Once I had a couple of clients to use as referrals I raised my price to the standard rate for new clients, and provided exceptional work (people have no problem paying for great work, especially in regards to someone with whom they've entrusted the keys to their apartment, and the welfare of their pet.)
Finally, at the risk of sounding all flaky and "the universe provides," believing in and reminding myself that plenty of work opportunities are out there, and I deserve to have some of it come into my life, has really provided me with the foundation I need to get up and keep going, especially when times aren't as fruitful (which will happen.
Clients will move, or not need you, or sometimes just find a better fit. Unless they are telling you they're unhappy with your work, try not to take this personally, it's just the nature of client-based work.)
I cannot afford to ever think I can't make it, I have to believe that I'm capable and deserving, even if it sometimes doesn't feel that way. From there I show up, do a great job, and occasionally recognize how fortunate I am to get to do what I do.
Getting Work: Cover the usual bases (newspaper, Craigslist, visiting local dog parks) and then read our post on How Any Mom Can Turn Pet Sitting Into a Real Money Maker.
Time Required: 24 hours a day if you're dog sitting in your own home, an hour or two a day if you're just visiting for walks and keeping company.
Estimated First Month Earnings: $1,080 assuming you have 3 clients who you visit 6 times a week for $15 per visit. That's $360 per month, per dog. Having fun? Take on 3 more dogs for an income of $2,160 per month.
Make Money Online by Completing Micro Jobs
Micro jobs are small single-task jobs that range from basic data entry and transcription to testing new website features or giving your opinion on a new design.
We recommend being careful in your selection of micro jobs. Many jobs pay only pennies. Instead of trying to complete dozens of these tiny pay tasks, try sorting by largest reward and trying your hand at the bigger tasks that require a couple hours of your time.
Who's Doing It: Here is a Reddit thread where users posted how much on average they earn in a 5 day week of using mTurk for a couple of hours a day. There are thousands of people using micro jobs as a supplemental income source.
Getting Work: The easiest way to load up on micro jobs is to use Amazon's mTurk platform. An alternative is Clickworker. You can create an account free of charge on both platforms and get started after going through the approval process.
Time Required: The amount of time you spend completing micro jobs is entirely up to you. You can focus on quantity and work on as many $0.05 tasks as you have time for, or you can set aside 2-3 hours a day to tackle a single larger paying task worth $40-$50.
Estimated First Month Earnings: The average seems to be around $50 every 5 days for 2-3 hours of work daily. Micro jobs should be used as a supplemental income source, not as a full-time job.
Test Smartphone Apps for Cash
Make some change while laying in bed on your smartphone. Completing simple tasks like watching movie trailers, downloading new apps, and testing new features will all earn you points you can cash out for real money.
Getting Work: Check out our post on the SAHM guide to making money testing smartphone apps to find the top 3 companies willing to pay you to test apps.
Time Required: Watching a movie trailer can take as little as 1 minute. This is a work at your own pace type of deal.
Estimated First Month Earnings: You'll get paid according to how many tasks you complete. It probably isn't worth it to spend hours playing with these apps but it may be realistic to make a $5-$10/week if you put in the right amount of time. 600 points is equivalent to $1, and some apps pay you over 100 points to install.
Check out this Feature Points review to get a good overview on how it all works before you get started.
Find Local Odd Jobs Through Your Smartphone
You know those guys who walk around beaches with metal detectors hoping the beeping intensifies to signal that they've found treasure? Imagine you had a job detector that let you know about about nearby opportunity like that.
Who's Doing It: Time.com recently did this inspiring interview with 3 people making a full time income through Task Rabbit (mentioned in link below).
Getting Work: These apps we wrote about here are your new job detectors. [UNPUBLISHED POST LINK]
Time Required: Odd jobs have odd time requirements. Job completion time will vary.
Estimated First Month Earnings: Odd jobs have odd pay! This depends entirely on what kind of jobs you take on and how many. The greatest benefit of these jobs are their flexibility, but that very thing makes them hard to forecast.
Passively Earn Money While Browsing the Internet
What if I told you that it was possible to make money passively while browsing the internet? Key word here is passive. You won't earn much, but there's no harm in earning a couple bucks for changing your default search engine. Interested? Keep reading.
Getting Work: Everything you need to know right here: These 6 Companies Are Paying SAHMs to Surf The Web
Time Required: Don't watch the clock on this one. Follow the instructions provided for the site you choose via the link above and continue on surfing the web as you normally do. Check back in a couple months and see how much money you've earned without changing your browsing behavior.
Estimated First Month Earnings: $0. It takes time to earn any kind of noteworthy income passively through this method. Get accustom to using a different search engine for a couple months and then check in.
$10-$30 per year is achievable for the SAHMs who are frequently using the internet to research new things. Remember, this is completely passive income you don't have to schedule time for. Treat any income earned through this method as you would finding a $20 bill in your winter coat at the beginning of the season.
Leverage Fiverr.com to Make Money From Home
Starting to get into the mompreneur territory. Fiverr is where creative moms will thrive. If you can think up a unique service that benefits online businesses you will be a success on Fiverr.
Who's Doing It: Check out this writing service offered by Kim. She has 88 customer reviews currently. If we assume each customer ordered a single 500 word order (which is unlikely - many probably ordered in bulk) we can estimate Kim has earned over $350 from Fiverr so far.
Getting Work: Fiverr is a competitive global marketplace. You should aim to be the best at what you do, or one of the only ones offering a certain product or service.
We recently published a post showcasing 5 Fiverr ideas all SAHMs should consider offering as their first service on Fiverr.
Time Required: This depends what you're selling on Fiverr. Don't sell an elaborate service that takes you an hour to complete per order unless you want to earn just $5/hour.
If it takes you 20 minutes or less to fill an order that means you have the potential to earn $15+/hour if you are able to fill up your order queue - a challenge in itself.
Estimated First Month Earnings: $40-$50 isn't outside the question. That means you need to find 10 people willing to purchase your product or service. Work on your first 10 before working on bigger milestones.
Design Business Materials For Companies on 99 Designs
This is a great opportunity for artsy women looking for freelance work. 99 Designs can lead to incredible connections and repeat business. Winning a 99 Designs competition is certainly something you can put on your resume.
Who's Doing It: 99 Designs have a a collection of testimonials (that can be found here) that goes 561 pages deep.
Getting Work: Browse open contests on the site then submit your work for the ones that inspire you. If you win, you get paid, and create a direct line of contact between you and the company who created the contest for follow-up work.
Time Required: There are dozens of categories on 99 Designs. Logos, banners, books, magazines, and more. We don't have time to guesstimate how long it would take the average designer make any of these things!
Estimated First Month Earnings: New designers start on a 30% commission at 99 designs. Logo packages range from $379 to nearly $1,500, earning you $113.70 and $450 respectively.
Once you hit 10 sales you are bumped to a 40% commission while 25 sales gets you 50%.
Buy & Sell Products You're Knowledgeable About
If you find yourself regularly watching storage wars, this one is for you. If you are the person all of your friends turn to when they're looking for the best deal, this one is for you too. The game here is buying products and reselling them for a profit.
Who's Doing It: This man makes a living buying and selling appliances on Craigslist. Take notes!
Getting Work: To find work you need to find a deal. A very good deal. Sure, if you buy a $2 product 10 people are willing to pay $1 for, you'll make profit. There's more to this equation. How much is your time worth? Gas money? Factor it all in.
The most profit in this kind of work tends to be in bigger ticket items or products you have expert level knowledge on. Being an expert enables you to do things like buy damaged goods, repair them, and put them back on the market at full price.
Time Required: How ever long it takes you to find a deal, seal the deal, and re-sell the deal at a profit to another person.
Estimated First Month Earnings: Entirely dependent on how many deals you are successful in capitalizing on. There is a lot of potential here, especially if you find a good product fit.
Tutor Kids Online or Offline for $20+/hour
Tutoring is especially relevant to the school teachers reading this. There are websites offering base rates as high as $20/hour to teachers with experience across a variety of subjects.
Don't forget offline opportunities either. It feels especially gratifying to know you helped a neighborhood kid pass his or her exams and feel smarter along the way.
Not a school teacher? You won't make it through the online opportunities we have listed below but that doesn't mean this door is shut for you. Can you play an instrument? Do you have unique experience in a field other people want to know about? There are all kinds of tutoring possibilities.
Getting Work: Moms who have experience as a school teacher can apply to these high paying online tutoring services. Need help marketing offline? Try contacting nearby schools and asking if you can place an ad in the school's newsletter.
Put together a simple flyer listing the topics and grades you are comfortable tutoring and pinning them up everywhere kids go. Sports arenas, local community centers, parks, etc. Don't forget the local newspaper classifieds, as well as Craigslist.
Time Required: You're paid hourly so time required isn't such a big deal in this case.
Estimated First Month Earnings: Let's say you start tutoring 3 kids for 1 hour a week each. Your rate is $20/hour. That's $60/week, and $240/month... but you already knew that, right?!
Earn Money for Being a Mom by Starting a Day Care
If your main reason for wanting to work from home is to spend more time with your young children, why not take on a couple extra and get paid for parenting?
Getting Work: The easiest way to get customers for your day care business is through word of mouth. Get out there and make friends with other moms!
Day care is a relatively high paying and easy to enter occupation. The average cost of day care is just under $1,000 per month in the United States. Round it up to $1,000 per month and take on 2-3 kids. That's a seriously respectable income for a SAHM.
Time Required: Pretty much all day. If your customer's parents are working a traditional 9-5 job then it's safe to assume those are your hours as well.
Estimated First Month Earnings: About $2,000 for looking after 2 kids if you charge $1,000 per month.
Apply For a Telecommute Job for a Steady Work From Home Income
There are options for SAHMs who want to work for another company on a part-time or full-time basis from home. These jobs require you to adhere to a schedule and complete the tasks assigned to you by your boss... just like a normal job.
Getting Work: The 4 most popular work at home jobs for moms are search engine evaluator, tech support & virtual call centers, and data entry.
We've broken down each of these positions and included the top companies you should be applying to our post 4 Real Work From Home Jobs for Stay at Home Moms. [UNPUBLISHED POST LINK]
Time Requirement: 20 hours per week is the most common option for new employees.
Estimated Monthly Earnings: $1,040 is what you can expect if you are able to snag a $13/hour job and put in 20 hours per week
Earn a Paycheque From Google by Starting Your Own Blog
Making a full time income by starting a blog is the dream of many. Thousands of stay at home moms worldwide are already making more money from blogging than they have made at their former 9 to 5.
Who's Doing It: There is an entire Pinterest board dedicated to sharing Mommy Blogger income reports. These reports show exactly how much money mommy bloggers are bringing in on a monthly basis.
We found Gretchen by browsing through that Pinterest board which revealed her blog, Retired by 40, earned her $1,713 in a single month! Here's some advice from Gretchen to stay at home moms looking to try blogging for the first time:
Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. It's easy to get sucked into thinking you'll be making six figures overnight, but if you can stay away from the get rich quick mentality and put in the work, having passive income from a blog gives you freedom that you will never have in a traditional job.
Sure, it's a lot of learning, work, and crazy days, but that work you put in during the early days benefits you 10x in the years following
Getting Work: The beauty of blogging is that you create your own job. Once you have a following the next step is finding a way to make money from your audience.
The most common form of monetization is putting ads on your site and/or promoting affiliate programs that earn you a commission of each product or service you sell to your readers.
Time Requirement: Creating and maintaining a successful blog takes a lot of time. Starting out you should treat it as a real job if you want a real chance at succeeding. That involves at least 4-5 hours of time invested everyday.
Estimated Monthly Earnings: The sky is the limit and $0 is the minimum. Don't start a blog out of a requirement for money. You cannot count on making money until you are making money.
It is possible to make a couple bucks after a single month, but probably unlikely. A more realistic goal would be aiming to break even 3-4 months in. If high potential opportunities were easy they wouldn't be have such a high potential.