Are you a stay at home mom (or Dad)? Read on. I want to talk to you about some stay at home mom jobs that’s not too complicated to start.
Well, there’s two routes mainly. You can start your own business or you can work for someone else.
One of the main concerns for a mom as far as I can tell (having had looked at my mom when I was a kid) is the flexibility of a job in terms of choosing hours and well, it can be done from home.
Starting your own business means you have all the flexibility you need, but there’s no guarantee of income. So if you are looking for immediate guaranteed income this is not an option.
But personally, I want to persuade you towards starting a business, because on my travels I’ve come across plenty of women, and especially women making a full time living and more doing the things that they are doing. Sure it may not have come easy for them, but they do make it work.
And, I am not going to talk about bullshit survey sites where you have to trade in an enormous time to get a few cents (I’ve tried it, why would anyone want to do that).
And the other option is to work for others. Here you need some experience or a portfolio for some jobs you need to have a portfolio on a blog
A good stay at home mom job means a few things
- It should be flexible and allow you to choose your hours
- Easy to start with little to no training
- It can be done online.
Tip: It is important to start with the end goal in mind. You need to know where you are going.
You wouldn’t get into a taxi and hope that you will get somewhere, right? So, know your why.
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Content Creator Stay at Hom Mom Jobs
1. Start a Blog (Probably the Best Medium To Long-Term Job For a Stay at Home Mom)
You write about a topic that interests you and build an audience. And you make money through selling services, courses, and through affiliate programs.
When starting a blog it requires time and effort. But once Google finds your content and delivers to your audience and they start engaging, then the growth is exponential.
Now some bloggers like this guy, have made quite a bit of growth in just six months, look at his income reports.
Experience/Skills required: No experience needed here, all you need is an interest in the topic you want to write about and willingness to learn marketing to get your content to your write audience.
How much can you earn: Some bloggers make over a million a year. Yes, it’s true. I swear I am not lying. Check these bloggers who make over a million in a year.
We’re not looking to make a million, let’s start with $100.
How to do it: Find a topic that is trending using google trends or a free keyword research tool like “ubersuggest”. See if there is enough demand – that would be looking for search volume and seeing how many websites provide the relevant information for that. If there are already others giving solutions, then think “can you provide better solutions”.
- Write content
- Drive traffic to your website using social media or using SEO (Search engine optimization)
- Monetize your website
You can drive traffic to your website by sharing your content on social media, using search engine optimization, and through your email list.
Search engine optimization is just a fancy word for saying ‘Hey Google, here’s my content and I want you to show this to people when they search for this term’.
Tip: Pinterest is a bookmarking, social site that can drive traffic to your site initially.
2. Start a Youtube Channel
I think this is a hot new trend. You had to start a youtube channel yesterday. A lot of people want to be a youtube these days. If you become popular, you get that thrill of fame, and authority and everything else that comes with it.
How much can you earn: $0-$million
Experience/Skills required: You don’t need any special skills, but as you grow you may need to get good at video editing and storytelling to stand out and get more subscribers.
How to do it: Take out your phone camera, film, and upload. That is the gist of it.
If you want to get fancy you can get better cameras, lighting (set up a studio at home), and so on.
To make money, you will have to do paid promotions, and put affiliate links in your description. You. can also create digital products and yourself and market through your youtube channel, because you have already proven authority and knowledge through your videos.
Anything to do with a content video or blog post, the intent is to attract an audience and then recommend affiliate products or educate them furthermore through courses. That is how you make money.
You can vlog, create product reviews, make up tutorials for other moms, reaction videos the options are plenty.
Where to look for: YouTube. Target keywords and niche that is easy to rank for using a tool like KeySearch.
3. Be An Affiliate Marketer
One of the ways you can monetize a blog is through affiliate marketing. But you don’t need to have a blog if you want to make money off affiliate marketing per se. But a blog is a way more effective method.
Experience/skills required: No need for any special skills.
How to do it: You join affiliate programs, get their affiliate links, and paste them on forums and other places, where your intended audience hangs out. Whenever they click on the link and subsequently make a purchase you get paid.
You can try on Pinterest as well, as they allow affiliate links now – if you’re good at pinning.
E-Commerce Stay at Home Mom Jobs.
4. Sell T-shirts Online
Do you have design experience, or know how to make awesome designs, then you would enjoy this. But don’t worry you don’t have to make these t-shirts at all.
Skills/Experience: If you have an artistic flair, that will definitely help. Women are obviously better for this too, as you have a better sense of fashion and all that.
If you don’t want to design then you can pay someone on Fiverr to do so.
How to do it: Find a specific niche like ‘chihuahua owners’. Then create a store on a print-on-demand dropshipping site. What this means is that you submit your designs and they will print your design on the t-shirt and then send directly to your customers.
You can either have a store for yourself using a service like Shopify or BigCommerce which is quite popular now. And then use a print-on-demand service such as Printful or Printify to upload your designs.
Tip: You can also sell other products such as Masks, Mugs, Stickers, and so on.
5. Sell Digital Products
You can also sell digital products such as checklists, printables, photos, stock videos, and so on.
The Advantage of selling digital products is that you only have to create it once and there is not much effort after that.
Experience/skills required: No skills are needed, though you need to be able to identify what sells and putting your unique spin on it to stand out.
Things that are hot now are
- Lightroom presets
- Video editor LUT packs (Premier/Final Cut Pro/Da Vinci Resolve) etc
- Online courses
6. Consider Dropshipping as a Stay at Home Mom Job
We already talked about one form of Dropshipping. Print on demand T-shirt stores.
There are others too. Dropshipping merely means that you don’t stock up the inventory. You just need to market a certain product, find a supplier that will send the product to your customers directly from their warehouses (so you don’t handle any of the logistics), and set up a store to handle orders.
Experience/Skills required: You will need to develop skills as you go, to be able to identify selling products and replicate their process with your own spin on it. When I started (and closed) my dropshipping store a couple of years ago, I didn’t know a thing and learned everything through Udemy courses.
How to do it: Find a product that people want (Do this by browsing through amazon’s best sellers list), or looking at eBay’s sold listings.
Find a similar product from a local supplier or one from Aliexpress that has been sold many times.
List the product on your store and run Facebook ads.
Where to look for: AliExpress, Local suppliers (Google search)
Tip: To stand out, look for that uniqueness in the item – Maybe a unique design or feature. See if it works. Repeat. You probably will need to do this with several items to find the one that works for you. You can also use a plugin called Oberlo if you are going to use Shopify.
7. Sell items using Amazon FBA
FBA is fulfilled by amazon. That means amazon handles shipping the product to your customer whenever they order your product. You don’t have to worry about a thing about logistics.
The benefit of Amazon is that it already has a customer base that it will show your product to. Make sure you optimize your product listing with keywords that people actually search for, in amazon’s search bar.
How much you can earn will depend on the product and how much similar products sell for. Set the price point in the price vicinity of similar products.
Experience/Skills required: Patience to do online research and setting up ads is required. Skills to set up ads can be learned by watching youtube videos. Not very easy to get started with when compared to other stay at home mom jobs.
How to do it: The process of finding a product is essentially the same as dropshipping. But, you send your stock to Amazon warehouse rather than keeping it in your garage or littering your living room.
Find items that are already selling using amazon’s best-seller list or looking for product ads with high engagement on Facebook. Then head on Alibaba to look for a similar product and order in bulk.
Label the products according to amazon specification and send it to the Amazon warehouse.
When someone orders a product from your listing, amazon fulfills it.
You get paid.
Where to look for: Find selling products using Use Alibaba that sells products in bulk (Same company as Aliexpress mentioned above)
8. Sell Crafts and Printables on Etsy (For Crafty Moms)
If you have a hobby or you know how to make crafty things, you can sell them on Etsy. Sell also printables such as planners on Etsy.
Experience/Skills required: What your craft is. See if you can turn your hobby into a business on Etsy.
How to do it: See what kind of products are selling already, make them better, and provide a unique perspective to stand out. Uniqueness does not have to be super special.
Where to look for: Etsy
9. Flip Items on eBay
Go to a garage sale and get old CDs, toys, or vintage items that are in demand. Flip them for a profit on eBay.
Experience/Skills required: An eye for spotting good quality items that people will buy.
How to do it: Use the eBay or amazon app to see how much an item sells for. You can use it when you go out shopping.
Examples of flippable items
- Books and DVDs
Where to look for: The ‘on sale’ aisle of large chain supermarkets (Walmart, DIY Stores, Toy Stores). Also visit garage sales, closing down sales, storage auctions, thrift stores, and Facebook market place.
10. Sell Stock Photos, Stock Footage, and Lightroom Presets
Do you have a passion for photography? Do this. Several services make it easier for photographers to sell their work.
Experience/Skills required: If you are good with photos and a camera you will do fine here.
How to do it: Sign up to shutter stock and other stock photo providing services submit your photos there.
Freelance Stay At Home Mom Jobs
11. Ask your friends for work
Know a friend who always says that she/he is overwhelmed and wants help with something. Or those who have “no time”? Well, this is offering them help and getting paid in return.
Experience/Skills: No experience needed.
What skills are required? Depending on the help offered. Those who have no shame in asking friends for help to make some extra money and those who like their friends.
How to do it: Find friends who need help. Then offer them that help. “Hey, you remember that thing you always complain about, well how about I help you out and in return you give me some cash. So it is a win-win. Coffee to chat over?
Ideas for the type of help you can offer in this stay at home mom job:
- Manage their social media: Instagram/Pinterest and the likes.
- Assist them in internet research if they run a blog, or are a writer, and so on.
- Travel planning.
- Excel, Powerpoint work.
Where to look for: Phone contacts and Facebook.
12. Be a Social Media Manager
You manage someone else’s social media. Do it for companies and aspiring influencers. They need help. Especially now influencer marketing is a billion-dollar industry.
What it involves
- Curating/creating pins or images for Instagram
- Creating Instagram stories, commenting on other relevant accounts.
- Using software like tailwind or later to facilitate the whole process
Experience/Skills required: If you are good at social media, good at creating a good following either on Instagram or Pinterest, you can leverage that.
How to do it: Find clients on Facebook groups, or advertise your services on freelancing websites such as Fiverr or Upwork. Fill up your profile and add keywords in the description so buyers can find you.
Where to look for: Blogging Facebook groups, Linked In, Job boards.
13. Be a Consultant (One of the Highest Paying Stay At Home Mom Jobs For Moms With Specialist Skills)
If you have other skills that you can advise someone else, become a consultant.
I do this myself, I provide my consulting services to companies that require a software infrastructure to deliver their products to their consumers.
Other popular things to consult on are digital marketing, project management, and so on.
Experience/Skills required: Consultants are called into companies to teach their staff more or less. They are often specialists. More than the actual skill, the real skill is to get clients through great marketing.
How to do it: If you used to have a day job, or have a specialized skill, create a blog or youtube channel and talk about it. Use this as a basis to approach clients and pitch them.
Where to look for: Find clients on Linked In. Write articles on medium and share on social media to showcase your expertise. Start a blog if you haven’t already.
14. Be a Coach
There are life coaches, business coaches, sports coaches, a coach for everything.
A coach is essentially someone who helps others achieve their goals.
Experience/Skills: If you are good at listening to people and seeing situations objectively, this is a good fit for you. Often you will need to create goals and schedule for your clients to achieve their goals.
You don’t a certification as a stay at home mom job – but objectivity, empathy, and a desire to get your clients what they want (Not what you think they want) help.
How to do it: Start by coaching people in your social circle. Then extend to LinkedIn. You can coach people to have better time management skills, better relationships, act as an accountability buddy for your client’s goals, and so on.
15. Testing Software/Websites (User Testing)
Software companies want you to test their software. And they’re ready to pay for it.
The pay varies depending on how many minutes you test. And there are usually eligibility criteria like if you are using a special product, you have a certain interest, and so on.
Experience/Skills required: no special skills necessary. If you are good at describing things in detail that will certainly help. You may not be eligible for all the testing campaigns because you use a competitor service or don’t use it and so on. Very easy one among stay at home mom jobs. You just need to respond faster to tests.
How to do it: Sign up to a site like Usertesting and upload a video of you to verify your sound quality and video quality. The service will send you emails now and then to test different websites.
You just need to be quick and do the work before the testing window closes.
16. Plan Events as an Event Planner (Party Planner)
Perhaps one the most fun stay at home mom jobs?
Event planning usually involves making the production of the event go okay, planning for failures (supplier backing out or not being able to give the expected amount of thing lets say).
Experience/Skills required: No need for any special skills. If you have good organizing skills and your friends sometimes comment on you being ‘resourceful’, then this may be the job for you.
How to do it: Find a niche – what kind of events you want to plan (weddings, conferences, and so on). Then print some flyers and place them at some of your local suppliers you intend to use.
Alternatively, simply help people in your social circle planning birthdays, bar mitzvahs.
Where to look for: Facebook groups, Flyers in local shops, Linked In
17. Be a Virtual Stylist
Do this If you have a good fashion sense and know-how to create a good “look”.
It involves putting together a style and sending it your clients.
Experience/Skills: A good Fashion sense. Perhaps the most stylish of stay at home mom jobs.
How to do it: You can work with clothing companies and services like Stitch fix, where they pay you a commission when a client buys products based on your style recommendation.
Look also on Fashion Job boards
Virtual Admin Stay at Home Mom Jobs
18. Be a Virtual assistant
Basically, this is assisting someone virtually, that is – online. Do it from anywhere in the world. One of easiest of stay at home mom jobs.
Experience/Skills required: No experience is necessary, apart from good English skills. You will typically respond to email, plan travels (Hotel, flight booking, and creating itineraries), do data entry, internet research, and so on. You need to know how to use Word and Excel at the very least.
How to do it: Set up a profile on Fiverr or Upwork to start with. Apply to jobs listed, get accepted, and get paid.
19. Be A Virtual Receptionist
This is more like an actual job, just remote and strict working hours. the only benefit is the ‘remote’ option as far as a stay at home mom is concerned.
But you get benefits like dental coverage, retirement plans, and so on.
Experience/Skills required: Prior experience as a receptionist or call center representative is required.
How to do it: Sign up to a virtual receptionist service like Smith.ai, use their careers page, apply, get selected, and start working.
20. Become a Virtual Travel Agent
Definitely for those moms, who spend time online searching for the next vacation.
You can become a travel agent, planning other people’s trips. Booking their plane tickets and hotels and so on. Also, work for a company selling package deals.
You can do this on your own, in which case it will be your business or you can start with a host agency if a business is not something that you want to explore.
Experience/Skills required: Most host agencies will train you. For you to be able to sell travel services legally you need to be part of these agencies.
If you are looking at starting your business option then get certified and register your business to get started.
How to do it: Select a host agency, go through their application process, and get started.
21. Do Customer Service
I will include this on the list but it may be one of the worst stay at home mom jobs. This means listening to complaints all day and sorting them out, listening to verbal abuse, etc.
But if you’re good with people and can handle it, this one is for you.
Experience/Skills required: You need to be able to handle a phone conversation well, and need to have previous customer service experience or a high school Diploma.
How to do it: To do customer service, you need to have good knowledge of the service or the product that you provide customer service for. Usually, companies train after you’re on board.
Teaching Stay at Home Jobs
22. Sell Courses Online (AKA information products)
If you have knowledge that people want, basically you can sell it as a product. They call it information products – courses, webinars, and so on.
Experience/Skills required: Whatever skill you have.
How to do it: Identify a skill you have that you can teach others. And create a course out of it – outline it, make videos, and use a platform like a skillshare, Udemy, or create your own learning platform using a service like Teachable.
23. Teach English Online
This one is one of the easiest things that you can do. Many from China or other parts of the world will pay you a good buck to teach them English.
Experience/Skills required: You don’t need to have any special skills for this but a knack for teaching. Being a native English speaker helps but not necessary.
How to do it: Use an English teaching website that connects students with teachers. Set up a profile, teach, and get paid.
24. Do Private Tutoring
Online tutoring services match students to teachers through their platform, all you have to do is sign up and start teaching.
Experience/Skills: If you have prior teaching experience you can do the same thing online.
How to do it: Sign up to a website like Chegg. You will need to give your diploma copy, or id card to be verified and take a qualification test in the subject area that you wish to teach.
Tip: Especially now with the coronavirus and all, more and more people are looking for private tutoring services. Traveling families need tutoring services as well. So do the ones getting homeschooled.
Technical Stay at Home Mom Jobs
25. Become A Web Designer
Well, you design websites as a web designer.
Experience/Skills required: You need to have web design skills though you don’t need any experience to start. You will need to know a tool like a Sketch or Photoshop, or illustrator to design the websites. This is perfect for moms who have artistic proclivities.
How to do it: To start you can use Upwork, 99 designs to start your design work. If you don’t have any experience make sure you create a portfolio site using a WordPress blog or Squarespace.
Where to look for: Use Fiverr or Upwork to start. You can also look in remote work job listings to find one that pays well and allows you to work remotely. Use remote.co, Weworkremotely, and Indeed.com for this.
26. Be A Web Developer
This is one of those high paying online jobs.I’m one of these.
Experience/Skills required: You need to be proficient in a programming language. Or learn it. No experience is necessary when starting out, but you need to be able to demonstrate how you will approach and solve a problem.
How to do it: Set up a profile on Upwork, apply for jobs, do the work, and get paid.
Where to look for: Upwork, Linked In, and job boards. Make sure you turn on the remote jobs filter so you have the perfect mom job.
27. Be an SEO expert
As I’ve mentioned before, SEO stands for search engine optimization.
If you know the various aspects Google uses to determine a website is worthy of being ranked (Or can read up on) in its search results, then you are an SEO specialist. At its core, it is about providing the content that the users are searching for (using keywords) and making sure the users are engaged and satisfied with your content (google uses different metrics to measure this)
Experience/Skills required: You will need to know the ranking factors for SEO so you can implement those strategies. This is definitely not for those who don’t have time for learning these.
How to do it: Use a freelance site like Upwork or Fiverr to create your profile. Create a compelling description and if possible provide some samples. See which other services there have high rating and order rate, and replicate it with your own unique touch.
28. Evaluate Search Engine Results (Search Engine Evaluator)
This is evaluating search engine results. Search engine companies like google use these services through agencies to improve their search results.
Experience/Skills required: There is no prior experience needed, though there are some eligibility criteria for this. You need to be in the country for the last few months (no of months is variant) to be up to date with the current cultural trends and news.
You also need to know how to use well social media sites like Facebook and Google.
No college degree is required.
How to do it: Decide which agency you want to work on, check your eligibility criteria, and apply. Then you need to do an evaluation. And then some more paperwork. And start working, that’s all.
You can set your hours, consistent work, and decent pay, and best of all no technical knowledge is required.
Writing Stay at Home Mom Jobs
29. Be A Transcriptionist
You translate what’s in an audio file to text. That’s the basic gist of it.
Experience/Skills required: You one of those people who type insanely fast? This one is for you. If you’re not great in the patience department – you will need to listen through long audio files – this can be a tad difficult.
How to do it: Listen and Type
Can you spot spelling errors, and grammar mistakes or sentences that don’t convey the intended message?
Anyone who writes needs a proofreader – bloggers, writers, copywriters, and so on.
You earn $30-$35/hour or $600-$1000 for a book.
Experience/Skills required: No special skills necessary for this role. A university degree or familiarity with different writing styles can certainly be a plus in actually carrying out the work.
The important thing is to have a great level of attention to detail to spot spelling mistakes, grammar errors, breaks in continuity, and so on.
How to do it: Start on a freelancing website such as Upwork. Create a decent profile and start working.
Where to look for: Again, Upwork is a great place to start.
31. Be a Writer or Editor
When it comes to writing the options are plenty. Passionate or skilled or knowledgeable about a particular topic?
Become a writer. You can write about travel, personal finance, knitting, hobbies, etc.
Experience/Skills required: No experience in writing is required. You can start a blog and practice your writing skills.
You will need to pitch to several publications to get started, and should be able to handle rejections.
How to do it: You can use the blog as your work/portfolio to get work. All that is left is reaching out to businesses looking for content, which you can find in these writer specific job boards or a broader site like indeed. And of course, a way to get paid.
Where to look for: You can look at any job board with the remote filter on, or look at job boards specializing for writers.
32. Become a Copywriter
The role of a copywriter is to create copies for sales pages, web pages, and so on. The copy needs to persuade people to take some action.
If you have a good sense of what makes people tick and persuade them to do something this is for you.
Experience/Skills required: You don’t need any special skills to get started but, you will need to understand human behavior and current statistics in how people interact with copies only that leads to a successful purchase and so on.
How to do it: To get started, build a portfolio (or have some samples) and start pitching on writing job boards. A good place to start is Upwork, if you don’t have any prior experience.
Where to look for: Use Upwork, Problogger Jobs
33. Become A Translator
Know multiple languages? English, Spanish, Russian? Well, this is a good fit for you. As the name suggests the job involves text from one language to another.
People from non-English speaking countries who want to attract an English audience often want a translator (Or that other way around).
Experience/Skills required: Know multiple languages.
How to do it: Read, Translate, Type.
Where to look for: Upwork, Fiverr, LinkedIn, job boards
34. Write on Medium
Heard of Medium? it is this huge platform mainly for reading articles from other users. You write on medium and medium pays you for the reading time from its members.
It’s Netflix for articles.
91% of the writers make $100 a month. Under 1% makes $5000-$30000
How to do it: Join medium, set up your profile, and join their partner program. You don’t have to be a paying member to write. Only to read more than a certain number of articles.
Experience/Skills required: If you can write informative and engaging content then this is for you. No other experience is required.
Where to look for: Medium.com
Offline Stay At Home Mom Jobs
35. Rent Out Baby Equipment
This is renting out baby gear to traveling families who are in town. You deliver baby gear to their hotel or vacation rental and get paid for that.
Experience/Skills: There is no special skill involved, just you have some gear lying around and you can deliver the equipment to the client’s hotel, or vacation rental.
How to do it: Sign up to one of the rental providers and start working.
Where to look: BabyQuip
36. Start a Daycare Business
If you don’t mind looking after other kids then you can start a daycare business at your home.
There may not be as much flexibility as one would wish as a stay at home mom, but still, it is a viable option.
Experience/Skills required: No special skills are required in this case. But you may need to get a license if required in your area.
How to do it: Find a safe space for the kids, get licensing if you need to, and market by networking with other parents.
Where to look for: Reach out to parents who you know, network with local communities.
37. Do Laundry for Others
Do you have a working washer and dryer, and you know how to fold? This may be an option for you.
You can do this on your own and target business customers. Or, you can join a laundry service like Laundry Care.
Experience/Skills required: No special skills are needed. But some services require you to be 21 and have a valid driving license to pick up and deliver laundry.
How to do it: Sign up to a laundry service, pick up clothes from clients, wash, dry, fold and deliver them back to their places.
Tip: If you start this as your own business, you can target local businesses such as B&Bs to do this for them.
Where to look for Laundry Care, Start a laundry business.
5 Bonus Stay at Home Mom Jobs
- Participate in research studies (User Interviews, Respondent.io, and Recruit And Field)
- Upvoice panelist
- Dog Walking
- Sell Books (BookScouter)
- Interior Decorator – for home-loving moms who can create a feel.
Bonus: Download Stay at Home Mom Jobs Tool Kit (List of jobs + Websites To Find Them)