We know you’ve read through 18 lists like this already today. They’re all the same spammy nonsense.
You don’t want a list of survey sites where you’d be lucky to earn more than a dollar an hour doing mindless clicking. You don’t want a list of degree-requiring career positions (How are you supposed to be a Product Design Manager while taking care of your kids at home exactly?).
You want real solutions.
We’re not going to blow smoke, it’s hard to find solid income streams as a stay at home mom, but it is possible.
If you want to start earning money for your family today read on.
Become a Freelance Writer.
Of course this option comes with the big caveat of “Can you write?”
If you can write this is an excellent option.
If you can’t write well you should still consider this option, but you’d need to work on your writing a lot before making decent money.
So how does a stay at home mom become a freelance writer?
Reach out for business directly.
If you’re a talented writer with some work to show (A portfolio) you can just start emailing poten
tial clients asking for work. Honestly, it’s that simple. Writing is a career based entirely off your ability, no degrees required.
Online publications to reach out to include popular blogs, news organizations, and other content-heavy websites.
Check out freelancer markets like Upwork or Fiverr.
But beware. These platforms are a great way to get your feet wet if you’re not certain how much your work is worth or how well you can manage deadlines, but they tend to pay poorly and the competition for good gigs is fierce. If you’re a native English speaker you will have a big advantage generally.
Check out Upwork at https://www.upwork.com/
Check out Fiverr at https://www.fiverr.com/start_selling
Write for pay-by-article blogs.
If Upwork and Fiverr seem a bit too low-end for you, but you’re not quite ready to email for work at the New York Times there’s a good in-between option: pay-by-article blogs.
These websites pay a flat fee per accepted article and don’t require you to be an authorized contributor. Simple write an article that passes their guidelines and they will pay you for it.
Some of the best examples of this type of model is Listverse, which pays $100 per top-10 list published. Depending on your writing speed, this can be quite a substantial income.
We analyzed a random sampling of recent lists on Listverse and the average word count came out to 2,138, though they ranged from 991 to 4,200 words on the margins.
Since the average writer can type at a speed of 38 words per minute, you can divide the 2138 word average article to see that your average typist would take just under an hour to type an average Listverse article. Of course, you also have to factor in research, brainstorming, formatting etc.
If you factor in all the prep work, the average Listverse article can be completed in probably 2-3 hours of work, and since Listverse pays $100 per article you can estimate $50-33 dollars per hour if all your articles are accepted… not too shabby for a stay at home side gig.
You can check out Listverse at http://listverse.com/
Improve your writing.
If you don’t feel ready for any writing gigs yet, you can try to improve your writing first.
The best ways to improve your writing fast are:
- Check out an online writing course at Udemy
- Write for non-profits, local businesses, churches and charities for free.
- Start your own blog and learn as you go. This can also lead to income as you’ll see in the next section below.
Start A Blog.
“Wait just a second, are you telling us to be a writer twice in a row?”
Well, yeah, kind of.
This is different though. This is writing for yourself, or perhaps not writing at all and earning an income based off affiliate commissions and advertising fees.
If you have a deep knowledge or interest in a subject and know you could provide authoritative content based in that niche you are in a very good position to make money blogging.
The key to succeeding at blogging for money is in these four fundamental aspects:
1. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
SEO used to be a lot more complicated than it is today. For a long time SEO was all about figuring out the algorithms (Computer codes that automatically perform actions) that the search engine companies (Mostly Google) used to rank websites on their search engine results pages (SERP’s).
People figured out devilishly clever techniques to game the system and artificially get their websites to rank above others, thereby taking the bulk of the traffic.
Google has since become much more sophisticated, and ranking a website has become a lot more straightfoward: Simply write good, compelling content that answers the question of the person performing the search.
For example, if you make a blog on sandwiches and your first post is targeting the keyword “How do I make a PB+J sandwich?” if you provide a detailed, accurate and compelling (Interesting to read) answer to that question, Google will rank you high on the search results.
Ranking higher leads to more traffic, and more traffic leads to more income.
If you want to learn absolutely anything you could ever need to about SEO and much more check out https://backlinko.com/
2. Content Creation.
If you’re a talented writer you can produce most of your content yourself. If you want to learn more about online writing for money, read the section above on freelance writing where we listed some good resources.
If you want to create your own content you’ll need to learn about:
- Keyword research.
- Content Strategy.
The best resource we’ve come across for learning these skills is https://www.authorityhacker.com/
If you want to outsource your content creation you can do so easily by using Upwork or Fiverr, or other content outsourcing services such as Constant Content.
There’s a fantastic write up on these services here.
Once you’ve chosen one of these services and start receiving articles you’ll need a website to publish them on.
3. Website Management.
The good news is you don’t have to be a web developer to run a sleek, modern, responsive website anymore.
Pretty much the industry standard now (And the platform Parentingauthority.com is built in) is WordPress.
We use HostGator for web hosting as we find it easy, well priced, and convenient.
Hostgator will set you up with a wordpress installation which you can then customize.
We highly suggest checking out WPBeginner which is the best resource on learning WordPress and it’s free!
Once you have your website up and running and your theme set up you can start publishing blog posts.
Now it’s time to make money.
4. Affiliate Marketing.
Affiliate marketing remains the best way to make money online for bloggers.
In simple terms, affiliate marketing works like this:
- You apply to be an affiliate of a website or business which is selling products.
- Once you’re accepted into the program you are given special links to their products.
- You publish these links on your website in reviews or comparisons etc.
- When your readers follow the links, if they make a purchase you will earn a commission % of the total sale.
One of the biggest affiliate networks and certainly the best for beginners is the Amazon Associate’s Affiliate program.
Just be sure to wait to apply until you’re comfortable with your website passing review and you feel confident that you can make regular sales. Otherwise you may not be accepted.
You can also make money off advertisements on your website, but to make any reasonable amount of money takes a lot of traffic.
Apply For A Remote Job.
This is not for the busiest moms, but if you have enough free time to work out a schedule it’s a good option.
A lot of companies are now offering quite competitive compensation packages for 100% remote work-from-home jobs.
Amazon has pages and pages of openings any given day you look.
Some things to keep in mind about these types of jobs:
- They require a quiet, clean, and organized home office.
- You have to be sure that you won’t be interrupted while working. Your kids can’t be running in screaming while you’re on the phone with a customer.
- They are actual jobs and require that level of commitment.
Still, if you feel you can navigate the complexities involved remote jobs can be a Godsend for stay at home moms.
Start A YouTube Channel.
This is more of a long-shot, but there are many people making a great living on YouTube.
Compared with blogging, making a YouTube channel has the advantage of not requiring any web management or marketing experience at all.
All you really need to succeed on YouTube is a winning personality and the ability to captivate your audience. . . mixed with a good portion of luck.
We always stick to the old adage of following your passions. So when it comes to deciding on a niche for your channel, pick something that really interests you. People respond to passion and excitement.
The downside to starting a YouTube channel is that it requires some equipment.
The 3 Key pieces of equipment for starting a YouTube Channel are:
1. Light Ring.
Lighting is everything in video. Badly lit videos will be passed over at a much higher rate than well lit videos. Professional lighting makes your videos stand out. They will appear to have high production values, and therefore will be seen as more authoritative.
The Neewer Camera Photo Video Lighting Kit has everything you need for professional grade lighting at home with minimal space used at a great price.
A good mic is the audio counterpart to the light ring.
The YouTube algorithm that decides which videos to promote to viewers pays a lot of attention to how long people watch your videos, and trust me, no one will keep that video playing if the audio is irritating muffled and distorted.
One of the best beginner’s microphones for YouTube is the Blue Yeti USB Microphone.
It sounds great, it’s affordable and best of all it’s USB- meaning it plugs right into your computer and doesn’t require any other special equipment like a pre-amp or an interface.
3. A Camera.
This one is easy for most people though: Use the camera on your smartphone.
Most laptops have a webcam built in too, but we highly suggest using your smartphone camera instead. Laptop webcams tend to be much lower quality.
The newer generations of smartphones have excellent HD quality camcorders in them. There’s no need to buy a separate camera.
Start An Etsy Shop.
Etsy is the most popular handmade/hobby craft shop online.
If you know how to sew, knit, woodwork, make pottery, blow glass, make jewelry, work metal, paint, draw or otherwise create things by hand you can find buyers for your wares on Etsy.
Etsy has written a great guide for succeeding on their platform for beginners.
Remember this isn’t a place to sell off old things you don’t want. It’s strictly for taking order from people who wish you to hand craft them something.
We hope you’ve found this article helpful or instructive. Being a stay at home mom (or dad) is a job of vital importance to society and to your children. At the same time, it can be hard to live off of one wage in America today.
We hope we’ve provided you with the resources to generate a second income stream and have fun while you’re at it.
We will update this list any time we come across new or improved ways for stay at home moms & dads to make money.
Now go get started!