When I became a SAHM, it wasn’t long before I felt the need to contribute in more ways than just changing diapers, washing clothes, and being on-call for 24 hours a day. (You know, like new moms need more to do!) I realized that in order for me to stay at home, it was important for me to also contribute financially—and that meant even if I couldn’t work in a traditional job. Pinching pennies in order to stay at home with the kids is nothing new for families scrambling to make it on one income, but there are some ways you can actually bring in some money- or at least recoup money you’ve spent.
Sell All the Things
My husband is a giver. He wants to give things away to people. It’s a really nice trait, but I’m not a giver. I’m a seller. When our son grows out of clothes, I sell them. Toys? For sale. That stroller he outgrew? Sold. Any and everything that can be sold will be. It takes planning and organization to sell items on Facebook sites, Craigslist, or eBay and you’ll need to be prepared. Or you can look in your area to find a resale shop that takes gently used kid’s items. You’ll make more money if you sell things on your own, but if you try and no one’s biting, take them to a resale shop for a quick cash pay day in your pocket.
Become a Freelance Writer
The Internet is huge. Websites are begging for new content all the time so they can stay relevant and competitive. In order to do so, they need to post original posts several times a week, if not every day—sometimes multiple times a day.
And while they just might seem like words on a screen on a website, those words–that content–was written by a person, most likely a freelance writer.
Freelance writing is a fantastic way to earn extra money as a SAHM. The vast majority of positions allow you to take on as much or as little as you’d like, while working from home. There are lots of websites out there that can link you up with companies interested in writers, such as elance.com, creativecircle.com, and problogger.com.
Don’t forget to put aside some money for taxes—most freelance jobs are 1099—meaning they don’t take out taxes for you and the position is considered a contractor.
Offer Services If You Have a Talent
Just because you aren’t working in your career field anymore doesn’t mean your experience and knowledge aren’t valuable. If you worked in education, you could tutor students in subjects like math, English, social studies, or foreign languages. Other ideas include:
- Doing hair/nails/massage out of your home (for former hairstylists/cosmetologists)
- Data Entry (Some companies offer data entry jobs that can be done from home)
- Lesson planning
- Making crafts—Are you talented at making something? Could you open your own Etsy shop and make it worth it?
- Childcare—Take on a few more kids—it doesn’t have to be all day—but what about moms who want to just get away for a few hours?
Being a SAHM in itself is a full-time job, whether you have one little one at home with you, or several. If you find yourself in a position where you’re able and willing to take more on, there are opportunities out there for you that are fun, flexible, and make sense financially. You might have to put in a little more legwork to find ways to make extra money from home, but it is possible!