I remember it well, two kids under 3 years old, trying to juggle being a Mom, keeping a house and wanting to make some extra cash! It can sometimes feel overwhelming, with many part-time jobs not suiting my free hours. Typically for me, the only time I thought I had spare was once the kids were tucked up in bed. But as Moms should stick together, so I have created some ideas if you are looking for ways to make money on the side. They will work around your schedule and give you flexibility, but you can do them right in your home, and they could be very profitable for your family.
Create an Online Store Selling Your Own Handmade Goods
If you have a creative side or a hobby, why not turn it into a money maker? Create an online store selling your own handmade goods. You can use Etsy or other online marketplaces to sell your products or start your website and use it as a platform for selling handmade goods.
Look for a niche in demand but not oversaturated with competition (e.g., jewelry, home decor). Next, be sure to check if what you’re creating doesn’t infringe on anyone else’s intellectual property rights before publishing it! Finally, promote your store through social media channels and email marketing campaigns to increase traffic and gain new customers.
Rent Out Your Garage or Unused Space
Renting out your garage or unused space can be a great way to earn extra money. You can rent out space to someone who needs it for storage, parking or a workshop. It can be done on many peer-to-peer online websites by posting an ad indicating the space you have, pictures of it and the rates you want to rent it for. Some questions to ask yourself are:
- How will the user access the space?
- What times do you want to rent the space – weekly, monthly, or yearly?
- How much can I earn from renting out a garage?
The average price of renting out garages varies depending on where you live. Generally, it ranges between $150 – $300 per month, depending on the size and location of the garage you’re renting out. When I was bringing up my two kids, I advertised my garage for rent in Los Angeles for $220 per month; it was an incredibly easy way to make extra cash with limited input from me.
Become a Mystery Shopper
Mystery shoppers are paid to visit businesses and provide feedback on their services. It is a bit like being a secret spy! Mystery shopper jobs vary in scope but may include checking a restaurant’s or retail store’s cleanliness or evaluating how employees treat customers. If you’re interested in becoming a mystery shopper, here’s what you need to know:
- You’ll have to apply for each job through an agency or company that hires you as a mystery shopper
- You can expect to make about $10-$12 per hour doing this type of work (although some companies pay more than others)
- To get started as a mystery shopper, visit this website for more information
Sell Your Photos
Another way that stay-at-home moms can make money is by selling their photos. The best place to start is with stock photo sites like Shutterstock, which have a large audience and pay well. You can also try Etsy or eBay, although the market for your photos may be much smaller on these platforms.
If you want to sell your photos online but don’t have any experience with stock photography (or just want to start somewhere else), there are still plenty of options for you! Sites such as Shutterstock and iStockPhoto (and many more!) work well if you have good photographs that people want; however, many photographers only get paid a little through these services due to competition within their industry, so keep this in mind before jumping headfirst into this option!
Do Freelance Work as a Writer, Editor, Web Developer or Graphic Designer
If you have a knack for writing, editing, web development or graphic design and would like to make some extra money on the side, then there are many opportunities for you. While many jobs require that you work in an office, plenty of companies will hire freelancers to work from home.
Freelance work is available online, so all you need to do is set up a profile with one of the freelance websites, such as Upwork or Fiverr and begin searching through the listings. The pay rate varies depending on what kind of job you’re doing, but it can be anywhere from $5-$30 per hour (or more). There are loads of online resources that help you with how to become a freelance writer.
Rent Out Your Spare Bedroom While You Are There or While You Are Away
Renting out your spare bedroom may feel a bit daunting. Still, as long as you vet the person carefully, you can get extra cash, a new friend, or a babysitter! This is a great way to help pay for any additional expenses that might come up, such as bills or groceries.
Another benefit of renting out your spare room is that it can be helpful in terms of having someone else in charge of certain chores like cleaning up after meals or doing laundry, and who doesn’t want an extra pair of helping hands around the house?
Renting out your spare bedroom also offers an opportunity for guests who otherwise couldn’t afford this standard of accommodation; this way, they can have access without breaking their bank accounts!
There are many ways to earn extra cash when you have time and motivation. One of the best ways is renting out your garage or unused space. This might be a good option if you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash!
It’s time to get creative and make money! You have a lot of options to consider. The best part about earning money on the side is that you can do it whenever and wherever you want. We hope this article has given you some ideas for how to make extra cash as a stay-at-home mom.