It’s not that hard to start generating cash.
No matter what age your children are there are always opportunities to make money for stay-at-home moms. Whether you’re looking to pay off your debts, start saving for their education, or just build up an emergency fund, a little flexible working can bring in that extra money that makes life just that little bit more enjoyable. Generating some extra cash will also make you less reliant on expensive credit cards or a personal loan when you’d just like to have a nicer holiday this year.
If you’re a stay-at-home mom and you’re ready for action then here are just some money making ideas that might appeal to you.
Pick up a camera
You don’t need to be a professional photographer, or have your own studio, to make money from photography skills. There are many digital photo sites now (such as Shutterstock) where you can sell your photos online. Whether you’re capturing dew on the garden or an incredible sunset you could make anything from a few cents to a couple of hundred dollars per photo.
Be a mystery shopper
Brands constantly need feedback on everything, from packaging through to the way that products are being displayed in local stores. If you want to make a little extra cash every time you hit the high street then sign up to be a mystery shopper. You’ll be paid to pose as a regular shopper and to report back on various elements of your experience. This kind of market research is invaluable to big brands so the rewards can be good.
Do you have language skills? Can you play the piano? Have you written a novel? Most of us have achieved something in our lives that we could pass on as a skill to others. When it comes to teaching there are many different options, whether you want to do at-home tutoring or teach in the online world via sites such as Udemy or Skillshare.
Get paid to test and share
If you don’t have a lot of time then choose money making ideas that you can do ad hoc whenever you get a spare 30 minutes. Testing websites is the ideal task for this as you can do it whenever you’re able and in blocks of around 20 minutes at a time. Just sign up with a testing service and you’ll be asked to test and rate the usability of various websites. If you’d rather do something a bit more cerebral then give your views in exchange for cash. There are many online survey sites now where you’ll get paid for telling brands and companies what you think as part of their market research. Both of these can be found via a quick online search.
Monetise your assets
Do you own your own home? If so then why not rent out a room via a site like AirBnB and make some extra cash from tourists and visitors. If you have a drum kit or an electric guitar then hire these out on an hourly basis. If you have a car or a bike then you could even sign up to be a courier when the kids are at nursery or school. Almost everything we own can be rented out or shared with others who are willing to pay for it.
These are good ideas. For some of these, it may require checking with the town as to zoning. I had a couple of ideas (selling handmade items) that I was surprised to find is not allowed out of any residence, no variance. Our area doesn’t allow AirBnB either, but some people are advertising and renting anyway, but if someone complains, they could be fined, etc. So good to start by checking with zoning.