There are lots of mothers out there who would love to stay at home with their young children–but financially, it just isn’t possible.
Many mothers who do attempt to stay at home often find themselves seeking ways to boost their home’s monthly income by taking on a side job.
Many turn to direct sales companies, like LuLaRoe, Young Living essential oils, or Passion Parties as a way to make money from home.
While some women can make decent incomes from direct sales, it takes a lot of time and effort to build up a solid base.
The scary truth is that many women end up actually losing money due to being unable to recoup their startup costs.
So what are moms supposed to do when they want to stay home with their kids, but make money on the side to help their family’s budget?
Check out these five legitimate jobs for stay-at-home moms.
1. Virtual Assistant
Almost anybody can become a virtual assistant, and it requires no start-up costs. The hardest part is finding the jobs.
A virtual assistant is essentially someone who does a variety of work virtually for small businesses. The work can range from answering emails, setting up travel plans, keeping track of schedules, to more specific tasks like social media scheduling, website management, and content writing.
There are plenty of free Facebook groups to help you get started on your VA adventure, and you can always check out resources like the VA Clinic for more information.
2. Customer Service
Many companies these days allow their customer service reps to work from home. You can schedule your own hours (maybe after the kids go to bed), and all you need is a decent internet connection and a headset.
3. Stitch Fix Stylist
Love fashion? Stitch Fix stylists put together outfits for other women, all from the comfort of your own home.
Make your own schedule, work when you can, and complete your projects on time. It’s like shopping for free!Want to be a stay-at-home mom, but still need an income for it to be possible? Check out these jobs Click To Tweet
4. Freelance Services
Do you have any specialized services? A lot of mothers had careers prior to having children–careers that required a certain set of skills.
Attempt to market these skills as a freelancer. For example, if you’re a graphic designer, you can become a freelance graphic designer. There are lots of jobs that can be done virtually, such as graphic design, writing, website design, photography, etc.
Use the power of word of mouth to get your name out there, build a website for yourself, and market your services. Find a field that needs help.
For example, I started freelancing by offering public relations for small businesses and nonprofits because I saw that there was a need for these companies that didn’t have large budgets. I use my network and social media to get my name out there and build my client base.
5. Specialized Services
So many moms have a skill set that they’re good at, but have no clue how to market it. Are you an excellent cook? Are you a great baker? Do you love throwing parties? Can you knit? Do you know how to sew?
These are all specialized skill sets that lots of people would pay money for. For my son’s baptism, I found a local mom who worked out of her home baking cakes. Her prices were better than local bakeries so I hired her and hoped for the best–it was the absolute best cake I had ever tasted!
I have now hired her to do my son’s first birthday cake and will hire her for all my future parties and I leave wonderful reviews. Plus, I love that I’m supporting a local mom!
Find a service that you can offer and market it to build yourself a client base. Start with friends and family and have them help you get the word out.
Everyone should have the opportunity to do what’s best for their family without having to live paycheck to paycheck.
Are you a stay-at-home-mom (or dad)? Do you bring in any extra income? If so, how do you do it?