Motherhood is exhausting and expensive. Being a stay-at-home mom is a full-time job. Sadly, it is a job you don’t get paid for. What’s a woman to do to make ends meet? And in this economy! Well lucky for you, there are a lot of home-based employment options for homemakers that can get you some extra bucks.
Sign Up for Freelancing Jobs
The internet is not just a place to watch cat videos and stalk people on Facebook. You can actually find some well-paying freelancing projects online, if only you know where to look. Clients and companies are always on the lookout for talented amateur artists, graphic designers, and content creators worldwide.
So, if you have a technical skill or talent, use it to earn some money. You just need to have some minimum qualifications to apply (a college degree or in some cases not even that); age is not a factor. The working hours are usually flexible and the pay is pretty good – what else do you need?
Sell Crafts on Etsy
If you have an artsy side, you can use your artistic creations to earn some quick cash. Sell your craft on platforms like Etsy. All you have to do is set up a profile on Etsy, upload your work and then spread the word online. One of the easiest ways to get subscribers and buyers is to offer free samples of your items. The start-up costs are usually very low, but it has good returns. You can even start your own website or e-store to tap into the international market.
Start a Blog
Blogging is the first thing that comes to mind when someone talks about work-at-home jobs. There are tons of platforms like WordPress or eBlogger where you can set up a blog and post content regularly. Start a personal blog (about your daily experiences, funny anecdotes, recipes and stuff) or a professional one (where you talk about stuff like politics, economics, review products among other things). And if you’re not good with the written word, try out other forms of self-expression like photography, illustrations, painting, music – the possibilities are endless.
Tutor Kids Online
If you have an academic specialty and have a few hours to kill every week, then online tutoring is the best option for you. Learning doesn’t always happen in the traditional classroom setting; students prefer an informal space where they get quick tips and short-cuts to crack exams. Platforms like Tutor.come and Criaglist.org offer plenty of teaching opportunities to budding and professional teachers. Video conferencing, live chats, tutorials, blog posts are some ways in which students can connect with you. The pay is decent; you usually get paid on an hourly basis. Share your knowledge with struggling students and help them pass the semester – there’s no nobler deed than that!
Fill Out Survey Forms
A lot of the home-based job options require some degree of expertise and start-up investments. You don’t need any qualification to fill out survey forms and make money from it. Everyone, from big-shot companies to growing start-ups is looking for data – customer tastes, their likes, dislikes, trends of the industry and what not. And they’re willing to pay you for your opinion! There are tons of survey sites where you can sign up, fill in the questionnaires and get paid. What’s more, it’s free and it takes less than 10 mins to fill out a survey.
Sell Stuff Online
You know what’s the easiest way to earn some quick cash and cleaning out some of the junk cluttering your house? Having a yard sale of course. Now, it might be a bit inconvenient to organize a makeshift thrift shop in your backyard, but it takes but a few hours to sell stuff online. You can now get rid of the old clothes, toys, furniture, electronics, gadgets and everything else that you don’t need and get a good deal out of it. Platforms like Craigslist and eBay encourage buyers and sellers worldwide to interact and engage in business.
Make DIY Videos
Making videos for a living? That’s like the millennial version of a hipster life. Everyone loves DIY stuff, it looks cute and seems pretty easy. Shoot videos on makeup tutorials, recipes, jewelry and cute artsy things – people will lap it up! And once you have an impressive viewer base, you can monetize on the content. Platforms like YouTube pay people on the basis of the viewershipfor their video content. Then, you could get deals from sponsors. Place advertisements, collaborate with brands, launch your own line of products – the sky is the limit.
The Bottom Line
Sure, kids are a real joy (well, most of the time) and you wouldn’t have it any other way. But admit it, wouldn’t it be nicer if you could contribute to the household expenses? Maybe have a little savings of your own? You don’t necessarily have to work in a conventional 9-5 job anymore for that. You can get equally lucrative earning opportunities online – and that’s where this guide intends to help.