11 Creative Ways to Make Money On the Side

Living on one income can be hard. Especially with how high the cost of living is these days. As mothers, we want to provide for our family as much as we can, and sometimes that means trying to bring in extra money each month.

Here is a list of work home jobs for moms, as well as a few ways to make money outside the home, without sacrificing time with your children.

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Work from home opportunities:

Make and Sell Items–Start an Etsy Shop

This is a fun job if you enjoy being crafty. A lot of people love to make their own products and sell them online.

A really good place for this is Etsy.com. Some popular items are baby accessories such as headbands, clothes, pacifier clips, hair bows, etc. Women’s accessories are also pretty popular. Some people are into graphic design, they offer business cards, logo design, printables, and a ton of templates. Crafts are also super common, such as watercolor paintings, home décor, and much more! There’s something for everyone. If I had any more time in my day I would love to have an Etsy shop!

If I had any more time in my day I would LOVE to start an Etsy business, it just sounds so fun! Check out this book with all of the ins and outs of starting a successful and profitable Etsy business!

Babysitting/In-Home Childcare

If you truly want to stay at home, taking on some additional children to watch is a great idea. You can do it informally, or you can go to the lengths of getting state certified. Then you can set higher rates and people might trust it a little more because it’s regulated by the state.

You can also nanny or babysit for another family in their home. This is a great way of getting out of the house and still making some extra money while your kids make friends.

DIY and Flipping

This has started to become a very popular way of making money. There are so many consignment stores now that are flooded with things that can be flipped. Lots of people make money refinishing furniture, or making some cute home decor.

I’ve even known people who go find name brand clothing at consignment stores and sell them online and make a large profit. Walk through any Walmart, I bet you will find so many things you look at and think, “I could make that, heck I could make something better than that!” If you’re crafty, this is a good way to make money with a small investment!

Utilize a Skill you can turn into a work from home career

There are so many skills that people possess that they can turn into a career from home. Some women went to cosmetology school and offer beauty services out of their home. If you’re great at typing, you can try transcribing. If you can sew, look for a company that likes to outsource their work. 

Teach English Online

Another really common job people have started doing from home is teaching English online to children in other parts of the world. This job is great because you only work a few hours of the day, and it’s either super early in the morning, or late at night, while your kids are sleeping! Some companies require a degree, but some don’t. A common company that requires a degree is VIPkid, and a common company that doesn’t require a degree is Qkids. The payout is just slightly better when you have a degree!

Become a social media manager or virtual assistant

If you have a good understanding of social media, you can be a social media manager. Or, if you want to act as someone’s personal assistant over the internet, you can be a virtual assistant! There are a ton of businesses that are always in needs of social media managers or VA’s. Bloggers are also often looking for assistance. You can even search on indeed for virtual assistant jobs!

Start a Blog

Blogging is such a great way to make money from home. You get to write about what you love, work however much you want, from anywhere in the world. It’s so exciting to start something from scratch and build it up into something that is producing a great income. It’s so satisfying.

If you are interested in starting a blog, check out this blogging for beginners course. It is super affordable, and it has all of the information you will need for setting up your blog, getting started on writing content, promoting your blog through social media, and how to get started making money.

Youtube Channel

There are a lot of Youtubers/Vloggers that make some really good money! If you have a particular skill or an interesting life, start recording! This is a slow moving way to make an income, but it can pay off really well if you keep working at it. Videos are so popular now, people enjoy watching videos/tutorials more than reading an article.

You can also do a combination, where you write a blog and add in your videos and promote your youtube videos. That way you can channel some traffic from Google, different social platforms, and youtube!

If you want to learn about starting a blog to promote your youtube videos, click here!

MLM/Network Marketing

Network marketing usually consists of signing up with a company and selling their products. You often sign up underneath someone, and build a team yourself and earn commissions on everyone’s sales that are under you. MLM’s have a low success rate, but the people who do succeed often do really well!

There are so many different multilevel marketing companies out there to choose from. If you can find something you’re passionate about, it will make it much easier to promote the products.

Out of the home money earning opportunities:

Donating Plasma

This is a quick and easy money maker if you’re not afraid of needles! Plasma is nice because it can make enough money to cover either your groceries, or utilities, or anything! After your initial appointment it usually only takes about an hour. Most centers allow you to go up to twice a week. Some centers even have free daycares! Every center pays differently, so be sure to compare and make sure you’re getting the most out of it as you can!

Work in a Daycare

This is such a great way to make money as a mother. You get to make extra money, take your kids with you, and socialize with other adults, while your children are practicing their socialization skills too! There are traditional daycares that children attend on a regular, full-time basis.

Or there are other forms of daycares that are more the in and out type, which is usually shorter, easier shifts. A lot of places have started doing this, like Ikea, or plasma donation centers, or a lot of gyms have daycares.

I hope you found this article helpful, and you were able to come up with some ideas to make extra money for your family!

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