Are you looking for stay at home jobs for moms? Are are you thinking of trying to make some extra income while staying home? Well, this post is all about those and how you make some extra money at home.
Before I start I want to say this so I am upfront and honest. Sorry if this is blunt or mean but you have to work for it.
Just because your doing it from home does not mean you aren’t going to be actually working. If it was easy everyone would do it.
I make an income working from home. A good income. I sold my first business Hudson Baby Company for 5 figures after 3 years. I sold that business to work on this blog and have more passive income. That’s a whole other story but I wanted to share a bit of my background. If I can do it you can do it too.
I am not going to lie there are months where this is so hard and I want to just throw my hands up in the air and give up. Trying to be successful and raising two kids is not easy. My husband works crazy long hours and I have to juggle it all by myself most of the time. But like I said if I can do it you can too!
Luckily the perks from working from home far outweigh the cons. I get to be there for all of my kid’s activities and not have to ship them off to daycare every day. When you do start paying your bills and having extra money to spend it’s that much more rewarding!
Some of these jobs I share with you not going to be a lot of money but they will buy a lot of groceries or a few tanks of gas. Mommy is on a budget!
There are some that will pay all of the bills and much more like blogging. They, of course, take time and effort but will be rewarding down the road.
Work From Home Blogging Jobs
The first job I want to share with you is blogging. Yes, blogging can be a full-time job. It is for me and yes I make a full-time income doing it.
My first list of 11 work from home jobs is for bloggers that want to earn more income while their blogs grow. Scroll to the bottom for non-blogging ones!
Below are ways to make money blogging according to The Stay at Home Wife
1) Become a Writer
Ever heard of the cliche, content is king? It’s true. People need high-quality content for their businesses to help drive traffic, convert visitors into subscribers or buyers, grow their reach, and establish their authority. As a blogger, you know what quality content looks like and you’re probably already good at writing it.
You know the importance of using SEO properly instead of stuffing a million keywords into a rambled run-on sentence. Formatting for the web is something you already do. You know about headers, breaking up long sections of content, and using short paragraphs to keep readers reading.
If you enjoy the writing side of blogging, definitely give freelance writing a try. While ten cents a word is a good rate to aim for, there are people earning much more than that. Clients are willing to pay for quality content, especially if you specialize in what you do. Specialized writers earn even more than general ones, since they know the ins and outs of a particular industry or format of writing.
As a writer you can create:
- Blog posts
- Article starters (shorter posts that business owners can add to prior to publishing)
- Content driving traffic to affiliate material
- Persuasive copy for websites, newsletters, or social media
- Product descriptions
- Product reviews
- Coupon and deal matchups
- White papers
- Content for a freebie, courses, and other digital products
- Content for traditional advertisements (flyers, brochures, etc.)
Any site that has written content is a potential client. Think about what you enjoy writing and start reaching out to companies to see if they need someone with your ability to create written content.
2) Create Blog Images
Multimedia components keep website content interactive. The saying, a picture is worth 1,000 words, is true. If your blog post doesn’t have photos or videos, you’re missing out on potential readers. At the minimum, you need a high-quality pinnable image and an image for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
Many bloggers LOVE writing and HATE creating images. If you thrive in the world of multimedia creation, there are people who will gladly pay you to make branded, high-quality images for them.
You can specialize and become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant. Or you can create packages for other social networks. Instagram is a big one right now. Think about what bloggers need, and put a package together selling your services. Make sure your own blog has great images, as that will be your starter portfolio.
You can create:
- Cover images
- Featured images
- Images based on a quote from a blog post
- Optimized images for all social networks (Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
Bringing content to life through images takes time and design skills that many bloggers don’t have. Will you help them out?
3) Offer Graphic Design Services
Images aren’t the only design-based elements on a blog. If you’re interested in graphic design, you can put your skills to work for you by creating:
- Themes for WordPress
- Customized printables for clients to use on their website
- eBook covers
- Worksheets to accompany online courses
- Headers and other graphics for a blog design (think social media share buttons, custom badges, and things like that)
- Header images for profiles on Facebook and Twitter
By incorporating your client’s branding into the material you create, you help them achieve a cohesive, professional look. You take their content and ideas and make it all beautiful!
4) Try Your Hand As a Social Media Manager
Getting genuine followers, creating strategies to produce viral content, and interacting with fans are all things that bloggers need to learn to increase traffic on their blog.
These are the same reasons why bloggers fit the profile for a great social media manager. Many companies (both small and large) hire freelance bloggers to manage their social media accounts. It’s a fun way to earn income on the side.
In this role you might:
- Create a social media game plan for the company
- Write customized content for social media
- Pull out the best quotes from each post to use as a Tweet or in a graphic
- Interact with followers for your client
- Test new strategies to build a following
- Create short video-based content for social sharing
- Help your client pinpoint the ideal reader and tailor content for that person
- Curate engaging content to share from your client’s account
- Oversee paid social advertising campaigns
You can be a general social media manager and offer a variety of services. Or you can specialize in areas you really enjoy and are great at.
For instance, if you know your way around Facebook ads, and can create campaigns that get results, you can become a highly-paid specialist. But even being able to manage advertising campaigns — even if you aren’t setting them up — is a valuable skill.
5) Work As a Content Strategist
Just as I mentioned earlier, content is king. In today’s world, companies that don’t have a solid website or social presence are missing tons of opportunities. They need someone with your skills to help them implement a content strategy to revamp their online presence.
As a content strategist, you can help your clients:
- Research keywords
- Brainstorm content that will convert
- Get a big-picture view of the way websites, blogs, social profiles, and reviews work together
- Establish a plan for improving their web presence
- Hire other freelancers to create the content you need to implement the strategy
- Review copy on all existing pages and revamp them to fit the new strategy
- Implement guest posting to gain backlinks and spread awareness
- Promote posts to further their reach
- Create a content calendar
Companies are paying bloggers to handle these “behind the scenes” sorts of tasks. They know they need to look better online, but many just aren’t sure how to make it happen. That’s where you come in!
6) Get Hired As an SEO Expert
In the modern world, Google is the biggest internet giant that every webmaster should please.
Their algorithm matters in order for your site to get indexed. Every blogger who knows to manipulate the dashboard is aware of just how important SEO is to increase the visibility of their blog.
It is important that a blogger also knows how to decide which theme/design is best for the blog in order to trigger the spiders to crawl the site. Therefore, basic (or better yet, in-depth) knowledge on how to code and tweak the themes in order to make the design SEO friendly is important.
As an SEO expert, you can put your skills to work for your clients to help them gain authority, rank better on Google, and drive traffic to their site. You might:
- Research keywords
- Pick long-tail keywords to focus on
- Rewrite existing content to improve its SEO
- Create briefs for freelance writers to use to create content
There will always be a need for businesses to hire SEO experts. It’s a powerful way to get traffic, and because the search engine algorithms are constantly changing, the landscape is always changing. It’s a great niche to burrow down into because the need isn’t going anywhere.
7) Offer to Be an Email Newsletter Manager
Whether you are using paid email autoresponders or a free email newsletter account, it is important to know just how (and when) to use a call to action terms like “click here” or “buy now.” You need to know how to create content readers are actually eager to read.
If you enjoy building relationships with readers, know how to set up effective email campaigns, and understand the basics of using email service providers, you can earn money by offering these services to others.
- Specialize in a single ESP (ConvertKit, Drip, MailChimp, etc.)
- Create customized newsletter templates
- Set up and migrate client accounts (link the proper email address, put in all the legal requirements like the address, and ensure the unsubscribe button is available)
- Ensure email signups are compliant with GDPR
- Help segment lists to improve conversion
- Analyze data to see what tactics work best
- Create content for the newsletters
- Write a series of welcome emails
Email lists aren’t borrowed territory like social media followers. They are essential for companies to increase traffic and drive sales, and many business owners are eager to hand over their list building to those who already know what they’re doing.
8) Manage Blogs for Clients
Many bloggers dislike using WordPress. They don’t understand how it works, and they feel outside of their comfort zone every time they log in.
If you thrive in the tech side of blogging, you can earn money managing blogs for your client. The services you could offer include:
- Updating plugins
- Ensuring WordPress stays up-to-date
- Backing up the site regularly
- Uploading posts to WordPress, formatting them, adding images, and scheduling them for publication
- Responding to comments
- Sifting through spam comments to ensure nothing is there by mistake
- Changing the theme
- Adding pages
- Managing on-site ad placement
- Ensuring all legal requirements are in place
- Installing important plugins
- Making changes to the site using CSS or HTML
- Troubleshooting tech problems
- Integrating paid services such as LeadPages
Not all these tasks are highly technical, so don’t feel like you must be a super techie to manage a blog. You can specialize in what you do best. Just make sure your services page spells out exactly what is included so your clients understand the scope of your offerings.
9) Sell Stock Photography
As established earlier, every website needs beautiful multimedia content. But, where do all those images come from? If you have photography skills and enjoy taking pictures, consider starting your own stock photography business. Your customers can subscribe for a monthly fee, and you can upload new photos each month for them to use in their online content.
Clients in all niches are searching for relevant, high-quality photos. What can you specialize in to set you apart? The first thing that comes to my mind is flat lay photos with a feminine touch. You could even offer custom branded photos for an additional fee.
But, pictures with office supplies and flowers aren’t the only option. You could specialize in stock pictures of:
- Life with special needs
- City scenes
- Beach sunrises
Brainstorm what you have access to, and what types of blogs don’t have the best images available. Look for a need that you can fill, and then start taking pictures. Consider offering a set of five images as a freebie to give people a sense of your work and style. Just make sure your terms and conditions are spelled out clearly.
Please head to my shop on Creative Market to see them or my entire catalog is on Creative Market.
Besides stock photography, you can upload and sell cliparts, vectors, fonts, and templates on Creative Market. Check it out you never know what you can make money on that you love to do.
11) Become a Virtual Assistant
No matter where your blogging skills are, you can put them to work for you as a virtual assistant. Virtual assistant jobs encompass many tasks, from consultancy to payroll. As a virtual assistant, you can get paid to help your clients:
- Do blogger outreach
- Manage their email inbox
- Provide customer service
- Complete data entry
- Keep track of income and expenses (bookkeeping)
- Schedule appointments
- Research for posts
- Brainstorm relevant post ideas
- Source stock photos for images
- Perform one-time tasks, such as setting up a new service
- Help organize a virtual conference or summit
Work from Home Jobs that are Legitimate
Next up are some working from home jobs that aren’t blogging or social media related. These will help pay for some extra things. Please treat yourself if you start making some money. I demand that you do, you deserve it!
According to Clark.com these are some legitimate jobs that have been vetted.
Amazon Flex: Pays you as an independent contractor around $20 an hour to deliver packages to Prime customers in under one hour. You cover gas, maintenance, and any other car expenses. Available in more than 50 cities, including Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, New York, Chicago, and Portland.
- CheckPoints.com: This app offers manufacturer deals while you’re in the store. You earn points for simply scanning the barcode on an item in a store. No purchase of the product is necessary. You can redeem the points you collect for free gift cards, airline miles, and other perks.
- ConvergysWorkatHome.com: Be a home agent providing customer care, human resources, and billing services
- EasyShiftApp.com: Essentially turns you into an on-demand secret shopper. You’re assigned “shifts” by product manufacturers who want people on the ground to go into stores and confirm that their merchandise is being displayed properly. The pay rate for a shift is between $3 and $8 and the money is remitted to you via PayPal.
- Chegg Tutors & Tutor.com: Become an online tutor. These sites allow you to virtually connect with students in need of lessons and do the teaching right from your computer at home.
- eJury.com: Online mock juries and focus groups allow large groups of people to help attorneys determine case value, develop case themes, find the facts to emphasize, and learn “public” attitudes.
- Foap.com: Sell videos and photos to brands and marketers looking for content.
- FieldAgent.net: Find local mystery shopping jobs in your area and complete them within two hours for cash.
- Fiverr.com: People share things they’re willing to do for money. The marketplace includes needs for digital marketing, writing and translation, graphics and design, lifestyle, business and more areas of expertise.
I have my Pinterest services on Fiverr if you want to see them.
- Google Opinion Rewards: Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credits.
- MusicXray.com*: Get paid for listening to new music and leaving reviews. Must be at least 13 years old.
- OnlineVerdict.com: Provides online case review and juror feedback services to attorneys.
- Pro Referral: Market your professional services in your local area to provide services for others. Owned by Home Depot.
- Scoopshot.com: Receive photo assignments from the media based on your location.
- SlicethePie.com*: Earn money for leaving reviews of music, clothing and more. Must be 13 years of age or older.
- LiveOps.com: Virtual call center offering home-based agents in the United States contract opportunities in sales, insurance sales, insurance claims, customer service, healthcare, and roadside service. Most client companies require applicants to undergo a comprehensive background and credit check that typically costs $65. Independent agents will also need to meet technical requirements including the installation and maintenance of a dedicated landline telephone only to be used for LiveOps work.
- SnapWi.re: Connects mobile photographers with businesses and brands that need creative imagery.
- Sutherland CloudSource: Work-from-home customer service opportunities. Includes paid training, paid background checks, and no hidden fees.
- Sykes.com: Virtual call center provider using home-based customer service agents.
- TaskRabbit.com: Market your services in your local area to run errands for others. For example, if you’re good at building Ikea furniture, you might position yourself as a “Rabbit” who gets the furniture at the store and then assembles it for others. This website only serves select metro areas.
- TeenEyes.com*: This online survey panel of teens between ages 13 and 18 reward young people for giving companies feedback on their products and services from a teens’ perspective.
- UHaul.com*: You can get a job doing customer service from home. If you’re at least 16 years old, you must currently be enrolled in school or have your GED/diploma.
- Upwork.com: Find clients and freelance jobs offered by small businesses to do freelance web design, programming, SEO, graphic design and more.
- WAHM.com: An online magazine for work-at-home moms. This online resource features regularly updated full- and part-time employment opportunities.
- WAHVE.com: Offers remote contract opportunities for retired and “pretired” industry workers.
- West.com: Be an “at-home-agent,” with an assortment of duties including working remotely as an IT specialist or obtaining, entering and verifying customer information, answering questions, resolving issues, explaining sales features or offering additional products or services. (Some users have reported being asked for their Social Security number when filling out the Work Opportunity Tax Credit [WOTC] info. However, filling out the WOTC is strictly voluntary — not required.)
- WorkingSolutions.com: Hires independent contractor home-agents to provide sales and customer service. Home-agents earn anywhere from $8-$20 per hour, depending on the program.
- 2020Research.com: Market research services for professional marketers, including online focus groups, hosted focus groups and online surveys. The company says you can make $50 to $150 just for sharing your opinion.
- Zintro.com: Market yourself as an “Expert” consultant based on your area of expertise. (Unlike other sites, Zintro requires the hiring business to put the money it intends to pay a freelancer into escrow. Once the work is completed, Zintro releases the money into the freelancer’s account, generally through PayPal. )
Working from Home
Is this list getting too long for you? Tired of reading? Check out this video from Gillian Perkins a pro at making income from home. She shares ideas to make at least $100 per day working from home.
Financial Tips to Working from Home
So many times I have thought I just need a few more bucks. It would make my life that much easier! There is another way to get a few more bucks. It’s not as fun as earning money but it still will help. What is it?
Financial planning. Planning how and where to spend your money. I know pretty boring stuff but managing your money and bills will make having extra money left over a lot easier for you.
Take a look at my finical help and guidelines board on Pinterest to learn more. I am not a pro at this stuff but I do enjoy reading about it from the pros!
To close this post about working from home as a mom I just want to say thank you to all of my readers for helping me achieve what I have.
Every click, pin, or share helps me so much and I appreciate everything. Thank you!
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