Many stay at home moms feel that because they are at home with their children that they cannot make money to contribute to the household. This is far from the truth. Not only is it possible to earn money as a stay at home mom, but just about anyone can do it. Here are a few ideas that you can try to make extra money while you watch your kids.
Writing online articles for sites like Helium and Associated Content is one of the best ways for a stay at home mom to make money. One 400 word article only takes about 30 minutes to write and can earn you an unlimited amount of money of time. If you were, for example, to write just one article a day and each article was able to earn you $1 a month in residual income, then by the end of one year you would be earning $365 every month whether you wrote again or not. Not to mention that both of the companies listed above pay upfront for you articles, so you are guaranteed to make money either way.
Since you are staying at home anyway, why not watch one or two children while you are taking care of your own. You do have to be careful not to break any laws, but babysitting for other parents during the day is a great way to bring in extra money. Watching just one child 5 hours a day at $5 an hour, 4 days a week will bring in an extra $400 every month. Not too bad considering you are watching kids every day already.
Another great option is to start mystery shopping. Basically, you go to a store acting like a customer and see how the customer services is. Depending on the detail of the shop you can make anywhere from $10-$50 per shop and be reimbursed for any items you are required to buy. Just be careful not to pay for any service that promises to get you secret shopping assignments. No legitimate company will ask you to pay to shop for them, so if one does you know it is a scam.
Look at sites like CashCrate.com and InboxDollars.com for yet another way to make money as a stay at home mom. These sites will pay you to sign up for free trial offers. So long as you cancel the service before the end of the trial period, you won’t pay anything and you will have earned $5-$20 for every offer you complete. There are many people that make $500 or more every month just from completing these offers a few hours a day.
Finally, you can also make money from home by selling other people’s items on auction sites like eBay. Offer to list items for people who do not want to take the time to sell their items themselves for a cut of the profits. This is something that you can do from your home while you are keeping an eye on your children. So make a few test runs with a few people to see how it goes. You never know, you might just turn it into a profitable business.
Just because you are a stay at home mom does not mean you cannot make money from home. There are plenty of option out there that will allow you stay at home with your children and still bring in a few hundred dollars a month. So look for an option that is right for you and get started. What do you have to lose?