From my experience as a mother and a successful freelancer with multiple income streams, I can attest that stay-at-home jobs are the best opportunities to indulge in. They are the easiest ways mothers can build their income base.
Being a mother and trying to find ways to develop your income can be exhausting, which is why I wrote this blog to help mothers build their income base.
Finding an online career is the easiest way to blend motherhood and build an income. That way, you can manage your house and also make an income. Nowadays, you can earn money online in many ways, and some pay better than the regular 9-5 jobs.
The toughest bit about being a mother is when you quit your job to raise them, but you still aren’t sure what your source of income will be. However, this blog will guide you on 35 ways to earn money online.
In this post, you will discover new ideas you can use to make money online and learn everything you need to know about online businesses; the best online business to start.
What Are Jobs You Can Do From Home?
You can do several jobs as you look after your loved ones. The most common ones are online tutoring, blog creation, and proofreading. You can also take up survey jobs from the following sites:
- Zap Surveys
- Life points
- Opinion champ
- Opinion outpost
- Inbox dollars
- Survey Junkie
Which Online Jobs Pay the Highest?
From research conducted by CNBC, the people who earn the highest from freelancing are web developers, business managers, UX designers, and software engineers.
Which Is the Best Job for Stay-At-Home Mothers?
From the FlexJobs blog, several jobs favour stay-at-home moms, the most common ones being proofreading, being a virtual assistant, and being an online tutor or teacher.
The most favourable bit about these jobs is you can work from anywhere with flexible hours, which means you can balance work with taking care of your little ones.
Here Are 35 of the Best Online Jobs Currently
1. Online Tutoring
Online teaching includes tutoring non-English speaking students on reading and writing in English. Therefore, if you are a teacher looking to boost your income or enjoy spending time with children, you should consider online tutoring as your source of income.
Each company has its requirement to apply; however, most require you to be a bachelor’s degree holder and have experience in teaching or a related field — research more on Google to find a company where you fit their requirements.
Below are tutoring companies that have vacant positions:
- Education First
2. Proofreading & Editing
If editing is your passion, then you should consider being a proofreader or an editor who earns more than $50k monthly, depending on their workload within the month and the rates their clients are paying.
Platforms like Proofreading Pal often take in professional writers to proofread and edit books for their clients. While most companies have a bachelor’s degree as a mandatory requirement to join their companies, some simply look for experience and writing capability.
Aside from the ability to meet tight deadlines, it would be best if you adopted several writing techniques to qualify for the editor position. They include MLA, APA, AP, and CMS.
According to a report by Indeed, editors earn about $22 per hour. You can do more research to find more well-paying websites and companies that offer proofreading jobs.
If you want to begin your proofreading career, you can search on Facebook or google for workshops that offer free training and weigh if proofreading is something you would like to do. If it is, pay for a course to teach you more about editing.
Most of these paid workshops give free mentorship for a minimum of 6 months after you complete your course.
3. Education Test Grader
When you land your job as a text scorer, your main role will be to mark and grade essays and tests. If you are a teacher or a tutor looking to increase your income, consider being an education grader.
Here are the companies currently hiring:
- Write Score
Blogging is one of the most popular online jobs, with several regular opportunities to make extra income.
However, before you begin blogging, it’s best to find a tutor who will teach you the various writing techniques, how to serve your readers best and the most efficient ways to monetise your blog.
From blogging, you can easily make more than $15k, especially when it grows into your full-time job. You can read several videos on youtube and blogs to learn how to run a successful blog.
Meanwhile, here are a few components you should keep in mind for a successful blog:
- Be creative and continuously come up with appealing subjects for your audience
- Create free content for your audience to grow your mailing list
- Understand your customer’s needs and desires, then create content that helps them meet them.
How Can You Earn From Blogging?
By Creating Sponsored Ads
This works where you post products, like clothing, jewellery or food, to your social media or websites to increase the visibility of the companies you represent, then get paid a fixed promotion rate or by commission per sale.
Here are some companies you can promote products for:
- Acorn influence
- Massive sway
- Blog meets brand
With the right brand, you can earn up to $1500 from a single post, which is why you should work for blogs that relate to the niche of your work; this will not only increase the income you earn from your blog but also open more opportunities for your brand.
As an affiliate marketer, you’ll earn money from the number of clicks and sign-ups a certain link gets from your website, social media or youtube channel.
Affiliate marketing is quite broad compared to other online forms as it accommodates most online workers, not only bloggers, As long as you have enough audience to promote the products.
Amazon and ShareASale are the most common companies that widely recruit influencers.
Sell Digital Products
Another popular way is by selling products that meet the needs of your audience. The first step is to conduct market research to determine your audience’s challenges and how they would prefer these needs met.
For example, if you are dealing with an audience between 30-40 years, they most resonate with written content, while people between 20-30 often resonate with videos.
Ad Publishing Network
As a video creator, the company will include an advertisement in your video either at the start, middle, or end. If you are a blogger, the company will display ads on your website, and any clicks on the ads will earn you a predetermined amount based on your agreement with the company.
However, the only way to earn is if you own a website and meet their requirements, especially on the number of engagements on your website.
Companies like Mediavive are a great place to start offering, as it offers amazing deals.
Make Money From Cash Back on Credit Cards
Whenever you purchase a product using your credit card past a certain amount, some credit cards give cash-back rewards or an incentive from a purchase.
5. Customer Service Representative
Remote customer service has become popular as more companies pursue remote customer service agents worldwide.
To qualify as a customer agent, you only need to be fluent in English, have a reliable internet connection, have a fast computer and sometimes have headsets with noise-cancellation features.
The most common companies are Alorica, Kelly Services and LiveOps, all paying between $10-$15 per hour.
6. Data Entry Clerk
All you need to do as a data entry officer is key in data on a computer spreadsheet from a document or PDF on behalf of your client. It is one of the easiest yet well paying($15 per hour) online jobs that will favour you even if you have other commitments.
Several companies and individuals are constantly looking for data entry officers, both on social media and on Google — all you need to do is to search.
If you have done bookkeeping or an accounting course, then bookkeeping is something you should try out. Here are a few companies you should apply to:
- Beech Valley Solutions
- Account Departments
- Backyard Bookkeeper
Another popular job is transcribing, where you translate audio-to-text documents on behalf of your client. The best part about this field is its high demand and several platforms where you can source jobs.
Some of the popular platforms are:
- Transcribe me
- Transcript Divas
- Go Transcript
9. Virtual Receptionist
Being a virtual receptionist is one of the most flexible jobs you can do as a stay-at-home, and it has minimal requirements to qualify; with a laptop, reliable internet access, excellent customer service skills and general computer skills, you are good to go as a receptionist.
Here are a few websites that are actively hiring virtual receptionists:
- World Wide 101
- Working Solutions
- Sig Track
10. Telephone the Nurse
You cannot work as a telephone nurse without a nursing degree and certification from a busy hospital or any other medical field.
The role involves assisting patients with their concerns and questions. You help find a possible diagnosis, especially with infections that do not need lab tests.
Several websites offer such services; research the one that suits your expertise.
11. Virtual Travel Agent
Travel agents recommend the best destinations for their clients and help them make necessary reservations, all in the comfort of their homes. They help reduce the workload for their clients and avoid possible confusion when the day or travelling comes.
You can source your job from ZipRecruiter or Indeed.
12. Social Media Manager
The job mainly involves scheduling and posting content on various pages, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, among other social media pages, to grow their audience.
To be a social media manager, you need to be on top of every trend and development on social media and have some basic graphic design skills, i.e., Canva or Adobe.
Here are a few companies you should consider applying to:
- 99 Dollar Social
- The Social Element ar
- The Mod Squad
Becoming a social media manager might be a great side hustle if you are great at handling multiple social media accounts.
13. Graphic Designer
If art creativity is your area, you might have found your landing spot on online jobs; the jobs mainly involve creating poster designs, logos, and business cards to maximise brand visibility for advertisement.
To begin, you need to have basic skills in Canva, Adobe Software and PicMonkey. The best places to land a graphic design job are on Upwork, Fiverr and LinkedIn; you can also join the various design groups on Facebook to find clients.
14. Community Moderation
Facebook and other social media platforms with communities or groups often need moderators to manage the members, admit new ones, filter through spam and approve content. If you’re Facebook savvy, this is for you. Most people pay per hour (between $10-$20).
However, you can still negotiate a monthly payment with your client. You can source these jobs on ModSquad, Baby Center, Upwork, Fiverr or Facebook.
15. Pet Sitter
If you love spending time with animals, this job best suits you. It is time flexible, fun for animal lovers and allows you to work at home or outside. There are various websites where you can begin, but Rover is the most common one that is often actively hiring.
16. Social Media Influencers
Being a social media influencer constantly requires you to be creative and ready to create new content daily as you keep up with daily trends.
Different brands, like Nike and various mobile phones, always look for bloggers and content creators to help promote their brands to their audiences on social media and websites.
The best way to begin your journey is by growing your audience on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and TikTok by creating quality posts as often as possible. Eventually, these brands will locate you and hire you for a gig.
However, you can still search the various brands looking for influencers and apply if you meet their qualifications.
17. Etsy Shop Seller
You can create a virtual shop that sells creative ideas or digital products and promote them to your profile. It may not seem like a sizable gid, but you can easily make more than $60,000 annually if you are consistent.
If you don’t know where to begin, make Facebook groups that support Etay sellers your friend.
18. Makeup Artist
If you are interested in doing makeup on others, you should consider being a makeup artist; the best part about this gig is that it doesn’t require you to be a degree holder, just the necessary blending skills.
Here is how to begin your 7 figure journey as a makeup artist:
- Get yourself a high-quality travelling makeup kit
- Do your research to see the trends those ahead of you have adopted
- Do free makeup on others to build your portfolio
- Post your content on social media for prospective clients to see.
Like any other practice, you must continuously practise and be in the know to get the hang of your craft.
Photography is not a quick get-rich scheme, but it is one of the fastest ways to build a fortune. There are various kinds of photography. All you need to do is find the one that best suits you; you can take on a photography course for a start to help you narrow down your options.
Newborn, graduation, birthday, and wedding shoots are various kinds of photography you can venture on. Unlike the other side gigs, with photography skills and a great camera, you can work from anywhere and on your own time.
Many online resources will help you get started as a freelance photographer; you only need to research to locate them.
20. Chat Agent
Are you quick at texting? Do you love guiding people through problems? Being a chat agent might be the next hassle. You can start with several sites, but Site Staff and Chat Shop are the best.
21. Online Tutor
If you are an expert at a subject, consider online tutoring to help students understand those subjects beyond their classrooms.
To qualify for this gig, you must have a bachelor’s degree, a good grade( mostly above a B) in the subject you are interested in tutoring, and some teaching or tutoring experience.
The subjects with the highest demands are Science, English and Maths, with an hourly rate of about $17.
Here are some sites you should consider applying to:
- Tuta Point
22. Freelance Writer
Freelance writing is one of the best ways to make good money, especially if you enjoy researching and writing. Especially on Upwork, writing is one of the most sought-after talents; people are constantly looking for article writing, research documents, and to write blog posts for them.
To begin as a freelance writer, you need to be an expert in at least two or so topics, like personal finance, pregnancy or parenting, among other issues- most companies are often looking for experts in specific areas to reduce time spent on those areas.
You can look at online resources to learn how to go about freelancing; text broker, Doct of Credits and Listverse are great places to start.
23. Home-based Caregiver
Nowadays, more parents are taking their children to in-home daycare centres than school-based centres due to the specialised care. Therefore if you have a passion for children, consider taking on a role as an in-home teacher, aiming to make it a full-time hustle.
However, if you have more than three children under your care, you must acquire a licence certifying your qualifications for the job. Since each state has its own set of rules to protect children, you will need to research or contact the appropriate offices to find out the requirements you need to meet as a home-based caregiver.
24. Freelance Interior Design
Interior designers help clients with ideas for the perfect home, meaning you need to be creative and have an eye for detail to qualify as an interior designer.
They are time oriented and can meet tight deadlines while working under pressure to meet the client’s needs. To make it as an interior designer, you need to have amazing communication skills, be a broad thinker and be able to decorate creatively.
As an interior designer, you will need to place orders for your clients and oversee the purchase and installation of various decorations for your clients.
25. Business Coach
The main purpose of business coaching is to help entrepreneurs fill any holes in their businesses and give ideas for running them. They help their clients maximise the companies’ strengths and identify their weaknesses.
Once they have identified the strengths and weaknesses, the next part is to create a workable action plan for the business.
Here are other kinds of coaching you can consider:
- Skill coaching
- Performance Coaching
- Health Coaching
- Career Coaching
- Spiritual and life coaching
- Personal Coaching
26. Website Flipper
A website flipper grows a website intending to sell it later. You can create a website with a certain niche, and then once it’s successful, you can resell it; It is quite similar to property flipping, where you build a house and then resell it later. Flippa is the best website to flip your website on.
27. Sell Your Electronics
If you have extra electronics you do not use, consider selling them on Backflip and receive your check within 24 hours. It’s also a great way to declutter your space.
As long as the electronics are in good condition, you can sell them for some quick cash- you can also use this method to create a business where you buy old products and post them on Backflip for a profit.
28. Invest Your Spare Change
The other way to earn extra money is by investing your pocket change in the Acorn app, which automatically grows your finances on autopilot.
You can research the best ways to maximise Arcon to acquire the highest financial rewards; many people worldwide have entrusted Arcon with their finances.
29. Virtual Customer Assistance Reps
Suppose you love staying in touch with people through chatting and helping people solve problems. Your main responsibility will be assisting people in placing orders and supporting them through any challenges they might be dealing with.
The best place to begin your job search is through Amazon, which constantly oversees chat reps. Amazon has several virtual jobs you can pick from.
You can also look at ChatShop for a job opp, but you must be available for phone and live interviews. The pay is between $10 and $14, depending on your experience level in the company.
Here are other companies you should consider applying to:
- Ginger ($11- $16/hr)
- Apple ($11- $20/hr)
30. Medical Phone Support
If you have the expertise and experience of working in the hospital area and want to work from home, consider being a Medical Phone Support. The most popular sites are coding, billing and triage customer support, but you can still work in other areas.
A company like CVS Health is always looking for virtual health assistants for their company to work in the customer care and Pharmacy technical team.
Simply check out their website to apply. You can also look at other companies like the UnitedHealth Group and The Coding Network that offer equally amazing opportunities for a virtual medical assistant.
Translating has become a common gig as people develop an interest in learning various languages. If you know multiple languages, you can assist tourist companies, organisations or even individuals with interpretation services at a fee.
It is converting words and sentences from one language to another; most people choose to learn one additional language aside from their native language.
Here are various websites you can apply to become a translator:
- Language Line Solutions
32. Sell Unwanted Baby Items
Kids grow very fast; in most cases, they outgrow their clothes before completely wearing them out. If that’s the case in your home, consider reselling some minimally used clothes at various online shops as you declutter your space.
Most of these shops also accept baby toys, equipment, carriers, strollers, and other baby items; you should check out Kidizen for amazing resell deals. Here is how to begin:
- Research the seller you want to approach and see the requirements you need to meet to place your items on their platforms successfully.
- Have a personal shopper like Style Scout to help you successfully sell the clothes you are not currently using.
Here are some certified websites where you can sell your products on:
- Once Upon A Child
- Good Buy Gear
33. Book Reviewer
Your main role as a book reviewer will be reading books and giving unfiltered opinions to readers, which is why you must be a book lover to succeed in this field. Successful companies will pay you a lot, but only if you love reading books.
There are various ways to source such jobs; however, the best website you can find a possible employer is Reedsy Discovery.
Reedsy gives you a list of unpublished books to read and shares your honest opinion on what the book entails- you are paid to read!
You can find many online materials on how to sign up on Reedsy and the requirements you need to meet.
Here are a few other websites:
- Kirkus Media
- Reedsy Discovery
- Women’s Review of Books
34. Use Your Phone to Take Surveys
If you’re constantly on your mobile phone, you can spend a few minutes taking a few surveys that you will be paid for. You only need a good internet connection and a quick mobile phone to conduct surveys.
There are many websites where you can take paid surveys, but the most common ones are:
- Fetch Rewards
35. Earn by Signing up for Focus Groups
When you sign up for a focus group, various companies will source you to review and give unfiltered opinions on their products.
Here are the best focus group to sign up:
- Focus Group Global
- Field Work
- 20|20 Panel
36. Virtual Research Assistant
If research is your thing, you should apply as a research assistant. There are a few websites that hire research, but here are the common ones:
This Is How You Begin Your Freelancing Career
1. Map Out Your Goals
Before you begin any venture, you must clearly outline what you hope to achieve and the timelines you intend to work with.
Secondly, you need to do enough research on the area you hope to venture into and what you need to know about the gig. For example, the best sites online to source jobs, how to avoid being conned, and the amount of money you expect to earn, among other areas.
The research will guide you in making necessary plans and advise you on quitting your job and how to manage your time.
2. Focus On Your Strong Areas
Your expertise is what will guide you on the venture you need to. You don’t want to start a career with something you have no interest in because it will drain you. For example, if you enjoy time on social media, consider being a social media manager instead of a tutor.
3. Create a Workable Schedule
A huge challenge with online jobs is they have unpredictable timelines due to time differences, which means there are days you will work during the day and others at night.
Therefore you need to consider that and make necessary arrangements at home or communicate with your clients beforehand to maintain trust. It would be best if you created a schedule that best works for you and your family as you balance with work.
4. Organise for Child Care
With a job like writing that requires maximum concentration, working with kids around can be difficult. Therefore, you need to create a schedule to work when you have someone like your partner to help or organise a nanny before you begin working.
However, if your children are older and need minimal supervision, you can find activities that keep them occupied as you work. You can research more on activities that suit children your age.
5. Go for the Best Opportunities
Once you determine which industry to enter, it will be time to apply for the best opportunities through websites like Indeed and Flex Job.
Please read all information about a job posting before applying to ensure it’s an excellent fit for you. Another great idea is to look at reviews of the companies you will be used to in a Google search.
Which Is the Most Reliable Online Job?
There are several flexible online jobs. However, the best one for a stay-at-home mom is being a virtual assistant, as you can handle most jobs with basic knowledge of the software. It also allows you to work from anywhere, and in some cases, you get to control your working hours.
Here are the best sites to source for an online assistant job:
- Belay solutions
- Vicky Virtual
- Fancy hands
- Time Etc
- 24/7 Virtual Assistant
How Can I Earn Money From Home?
You can do several jobs from home, like being a virtual assistant, tutoring and being a book reviewer.
To narrow your options, consider your strengths or hobbies and build up. You can also look at your interests, then take a short course to enable you to work online, or look at your degree and figure out a job that aligns with it. E.g., if you are a teacher, you can work as a tutor.
Which Is the Easiest Job to Work From Home?
If you love reading and teaching, proofreading, reviewing, and tutoring are the easiest jobs you can take up.
Here is what you need to begin your role as a tutor:
- Have a high grade to prove expertise in the subject you intend to start tutoring
- Have a bachelor’s degree or a high school diploma
- Be ready to earn about $25 per hour.
With proofreading, you only need excellent communication skills and basic knowledge of software like google docs or Microsoft. Your work should also be free from grammatical errors.
You can search for jobs on Upwork, polish paper and Fiverr.
How Can a Stay-At-Home Mom Make Money?
You can pick several options if you are looking to work from home, from transcribing to being a writer.
However, being a virtual assistant is the place to start, where you can offer services like data entry, social media scheduling and management, and calendar scheduling, among others. Even with basic computer skills, you can start being a VA, but you can still take the course for VA.
You can also take short-term courses like completing surveys and tasks on various platforms.
Can I Get Paid for Being a Stay-At-Home Mum?
Various jobs support working from home, like social media management and transcription. You can source for these jobs from multiple websites and sites like Upwork.
Can I Earn Money as a Housewife?
You can use several ways to make money as a homemaker: book reviewing, transcription, filling out surveys and being a virtual assistant.
Where Can I Get a Job as a Stay-At-Home Mum?
The best place to start is by identifying and building upon your skill sets. You can also look at your homies and interests, then take a short online course to gain experience and expertise.
The aim is to ensure you do something you enjoy to avoid frequent burnout and give your best.
Once you know your strong suit, the next step is to source for jobs from Upwork, Fiverr and other sites that are openly hiring.
Must I Have the Experience to Start Working From Home?
You might not qualify for opportunities like being a virtual health assistant, but you can take short-term roles like surveying or managing groups on social media.
You can also start a blog post to earn money through affiliate marketing or resell it. Several blogs can help you begin blogging, and free online courses will guide you as you strive to become a full-time blogger.
What Can I Do to Make Money From Home?
There are several jobs you can do to make money from home. You can become a blogger, data entry officer, transcriber, reviewer, or virtual assistant.
To find these jobs, click on RemoteOk.com and Freelancer.com and start sourcing clients. Facebook groups and LinkedIn are also amazing places to seek support from people venturing into such businesses.
Most people are now choosing to work from home, instead of the usual 9-5 jobs, due to flexibility which allows you to spend more time with family and also the chance to decide how much you earn- the more you work, the more money you make, all at the comfort of your house.