Last Updated on March 23, 2021 by Andrew Shih
Moms have a lot on their plates, especially today. Raising kids, dealing with e-learning, and keeping the house in shape is a lot of work. Sometimes it’s too hard to get a job outside the house, or it doesn’t make financial sense.
But what if you want extra money or to carry your end of the bills? Fortunately, there are many job opportunities for moms at home. The best stay at home jobs for moms are easy to start and have great earning potential.
We’ve outlined some of our favorite stay at home jobs for moms below that allow you to work not only from home but during times that work for you. Sometimes earning money at home means working at the crack of dawn or midnight when everyone is asleep.
Fortunately, there are many opportunities for that today.
#1 Create a Blog
Starting a blog is one of the most financially rewarding and fulfilling jobs for moms. It gives you an outlet for something you love – you can write about anything but can fill up your bank account too.
What it Entails:
Blogging is basically online journaling. You can write about anything you think your audience wants. I recommend that you pick a target audience and niche down. For example, to blog about parenting, pick an age group.
Parenting toddlers or parenting teens are two great niches. You’ll have a specific audience and can target your ads to them. If you are too broad, it will be harder to build a brand, promote relevant products or services to your audience, and lower your earning potential.
- Writing sponsored posts from companies who pay you to write about their product.
- Adding affiliate marketing links to your blogs to companies that coincide with your audience. Every time someone purchases from your link, you make a small commission.
This is why choosing a niche is essential. Then you’ll choose the right products or services to share.
There are multiple passive income streams for a blogger, which is why it can be rewarding to become a blogger. However, it will take considerable work upfront to create high value and promote your content.
The earning potential varies based on how much work you put into it and how much you advertise. On average, bloggers make $1,000 a month, but you can make $10,000+ if you really work it.
#2 Ghost Writer
If you love to write but don’t want to host your own blog and deal with the responsibilities it entails, be a ghostwriter. You choose your niche (again niche down) and advertise your services either on social media, LinkedIn, or sites like Fiverr or Upwork.
You can write for small companies, large corporations, and everything in between. You may even write for other mom bloggers who love the advertising and networking part of owning a blog, but not the writing.
What it Entails:
Ghostwriters ask the client what they want – whether a blog post, website content, or a written article and write it. You give over the rights to the buyer. Many put their own name as the author, but you may come across a few who will let you publish in your own name, which is great for exposure.
You can write as little or as much as you want, and do it on your own time. As long as you meet their deadlines, no one cares if you write at 8 AM, 5 PM, or 3 AM.
Like blogging, you can make as little or as much as you want as a ghostwriter. Working part-time, you could make around $1,000, but work it full-time or perfect your skills and charge more, and you could make up to $10,000 a month writing.
Businesses need more than writers – they need proofreaders too. Many business owners or companies write their own content but want professional proofreading it and tightening it up.
If everyone calls you the ‘grammar police’ and you can’t handle it when someone uses ‘their or there’ wrong, this may be a great gig for you.
What it Entails:
As a proofreader, you correct errors and may do a little writing. Some clients may ask you to rewrite their content while others just want another set of eyes looking over what they wrote. You may have to do some research or in-depth writing for companies who want their entire website revamped, which happens often.
You decide what you’ll do and what to charge. You can work for companies directly, advertising your services online and on social media sites or you can set up a gig on Fiverr or Upwork and let companies come to you.
Some professional proofreaders, like Caitlyn Pyle, made $40,000+ working part-time in her first year. You may not be as lucky, but the earning potential is there. Like writing or blogging, you get out of it what you put into it and could make $10,000+ per month.
#4 Teach English Online
Were you once a teacher or wanted to be? Do you love to teach kids? You can use your skills online teaching for children in China trying to learn English. VIPKid is a legit platform parents use to teach English while at home. It’s a great way to use your teaching skills while making a decent living.
What it Entails:
As long as you have at least a bachelor’s degree, you can sign up to teach kids on VIPKid. To be accepted, you must pass a test and video interview/mock lesson. They’re not hard, but reading tips online on how to succeed may help.
Since you teach children in China, you work mostly when your kids are sleeping, so it’s great for night owls who want to bring in some money without interrupting the kids. VIPKid creates the lessons – you just teach it. Some prep work may be involved, so you may work a little more than just the time spent with students.
If you do not have a bachelor degree or willing to expand teaching beyond kids, there are other platforms for teaching English online.
VIPKid pays $7 – $9 per 25-minute class. You can earn a $2 bonus per class if you teach over 45 classes a month. Most teachers currently using the platform say it works out to around $20 per hour teaching from home.
#5 Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant can do just about anything. If you have a desire to help business owners, you can be a virtual assistant. Think about what you can do well – maybe bookkeeping, answering emails, proofreading, writing content, managing schedules, or something else.
Offer your services, and chances are business owners will hire you. With more businesses getting online today, business owners have their hands full and will often hire out to get help with the tasks they can’t do.
What it Entails:
Decide if you can make yourself available during business hours or flexible tasks you can do when you have time, like when the kids are napping.
On average, virtual assistants make $10 – $27 per hour. The more experience you have and the more/harder tasks you do, the more money you can earn.
#6 Travel Agent
This is one of my favorite ways to make money from home. If you love to travel, why not share your passion with others?
Like most gigs, it helps if you niche down. Are you a Disney guru or a Caribbean junkie? Focus on the areas you know well, and you’ll sell more trips. It’s easy to sell something that you love.
What it Entails:
You can be a travel agent from home in one of two ways – open your own agency or work for someone else.
In today’s environment, most travel agents work from home, so you can find work with hundreds of agencies around the country. You don’t even have to be local to the company you work for.
Travel agents plan trips, find the best deals, work out the fine details of the itineraries, and be the travelers’ guide to help them have a dream vacation.
The average ‘work from home’ travel agent makes $50,000 a year. How much you make depends on the niche you serve and how much you work. If you work part-time, you’ll make less, but your earnings could be much higher if you work full-time.
Have fun making money from home. Moms can make money doing just about anything they love from home.
If you can do it online, you can make money doing it. Whether you work for someone, such as a platform like VIPKid or a virtual assistant platform, or you start your own thing, there are opportunities out there.
Check out the different gigs on Fiverr, peruse social media, and even read other mom’s blogs to get a feel for what other people do.
Every blog you see is likely monetized (they make money). Is it something you can do, or would you rather do something more hands-on? The sky is the limit to increase your household income and bring more income streams into your home.