How To Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom

Updated January 31, 2023

Stay-at-home parents and guardians handle a myriad of responsibilities around the house while taking care of their children. Many stay-at-home parents are excellent multitaskers and want the opportunity to work in addition to raising their kids. There are plenty of opportunities for moms and dads to make money from home while still attending to their parenting duties.

In this article, we offer a list of 11 ways you can make money as a stay-at-home parent, 25 jobs for stay-at-home parents and tips for working from home. 

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11 ways to make money as a stay-at-home parent

If you're looking for ways to increase your income and raise your children at home simultaneously, consider this list of ways to make money out of your house

1. Sell or resell items

Survey your home and look for items you no longer use, such as clothing, furniture, books, kitchen goods, electronics and toys your children have outgrown. You can then list those items on different e-commerce sites such as Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, Etsy and Nextdoor.

It's important to take clear, high-resolution photos of your pieces and do some research to find out how much similar items sell for to price your own items competitively.

Related: How To Become a Reseller in 4 Steps (Plus Tips)

2. Find jobs on Upwork

Upwork is an online job board for freelancers. Jobs vary widely in scope and can pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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3. Start a blog

If you’re particularly interested in a certain topic, you could start a blog and promote it on social media to attract an audience who wants to learn about that topic. If you draw a large enough audience with your blog, you can make money from advertising on your site.

4. Create online courses

Online course providers like Udemy, Skillshare and Teachable pay creators to build and market online courses. Course offerings cover various topics, including history lectures, photography and foreign languages.

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5. Start a YouTube channel

While the online video-sharing platform YouTube is a site for watching viral videos, it can also be a way to make money. If you have expertise in a particular area or want to vlog about your life, you can try to build a strong subscriber base and enable the monetization feature. YouTube allows you to earn money in various ways including: 

  • Advertisements

  • A percentage of subscription fees from each YouTube Premium member views

  • A merchandise shelf if you have at least 10,000 subscribers

  • Paid memberships to your channel if you have at least 30,000 subscribers

  • Super Chat, which allows users to pay to display their messages during your live streams

Related: How To Start a YouTube Channel (Plus Benefits and Tips)

6. Rent out your home or a room

Listing your house or a spare bedroom on a vacation rental website like Vrbo or Airbnb can provide easy income. If you do so, it’s important to spend time keeping your property and home clean. To ensure you maintain 100% occupancy, consider renting your home on multiple sites.

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7. Sell services online

There are lots of online sites where specialists offer their services on a contract or per-project basis. Some different types of services you could offer are graphic design, website design, link building, programming, animation or video creation.

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8. Monetize your craft skills

You can sell handmade items through your own blog or platforms like Etsy, eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. You could open a shop with handmade items like: 

  • Jewelry

  • Candles

  • Quilts

  • Body care items

  • Pottery

  • Clothing

Related: 66 Business Ideas for Artists and Creative Professionals

9. Offer pet sitting at home

If you enjoy animals and your kids get along with pets, you can run your own pet daycare or pet-sitting business. This is a good way to earn money directly from your home by watching someone's pets at your home. 

You may need to invest in marketing and insurance if you operate out of your own home. Further, you also might want to speak with an accountant and/or bookkeeper as well as a lawyer to discuss liability.

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10. Write or review resumes

Resume writing is a high-paying and competitive niche. If you can find customers, you can charge $100 or more for each resume you write.

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11. Create a podcast

You can start a podcast with a laptop, microphone and an interesting topic. Many podcasters make money using a subscription service like Patreon.

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Jobs for stay-at-home parents

If you're looking for jobs that allow you to work remotely and raise your children at home simultaneously, consider this list of 25 jobs for stay-at-home parents:

  1. Accountant

  2. Art teacher

  3. Blogger

  4. Copywriter

  5. Customer service representative

  6. Dance instructor

  7. Data entry clerk

  8. Editor

  9. English teacher

  10. Freelance writer

  11. Graphic designer

  12. Insurance sales agent

  13. IT support specialist

  14. Online tutor

  15. Organizer

  16. Personal trainer

  17. Photographer

  18. Proofreader

  19. Real estate agent

  20. Social media manager

  21. Transcriptionist

  22. Travel agent

  23. Video editor

  24. Virtual assistant

  25. Wedding planner

Related: 12 Online Jobs From Home for Parents

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How to work from home as a stay-at-home parent

Though there are several benefits to working from home, it's important to keep in mind some tips for working remotely

  • Establish a designated workspace

  • Stick to a routine

  • Take regular breaks

  • Develop a good work-life balance

  • Determine your work style

  • Use technology to communicate with coworkers and clients

  • Set ground rules with your kids

Please note that none of the companies mentioned in this article are affiliated with Indeed.

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