I’m going to be honest. I thought a stay at home job was a pipe dream. After all, if it was really that easy, everyone would be doing it. Right?
Who wouldn’t love to work from the comfort of home?
But you know what. Getting a job from home really is possible. And I’m not talking about applying for jobs online and hoping to work remotely for someone else.
Oh no! I’m talking about making a job for yourself at home. Being your own boss!
It’s totally possible. And about way more than just making money. It’s about a sense of freedom, control over yourself and having the leniency to do what you want to do.
Here are the top best stay at home jobs for moms to help you make money from home!
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I put this one first because it’s my favorite way to make money. After all, you are reading a blog post.
It’s also the best way to make a truly passive income, at least in my humble opinion.
I had no idea this was even a thing. Who knew that people made their own websites and earned money with them?
You can indeed make money blogging. I like it because I see it as a business. Now, technically you can get started with blogging for free, but it will take you forever to figure things out.
Instead, I suggest taking a few courses and investing your time into learning how to be successful at blogging to truly generate an income more quickly.
A brick and mortar business is a huge investment upfront and can take years to see the return investment of your money.
But blogging is much quicker to see the money you invest in it. I personally have several blogs, and kind of see it like owning real estate, but in the virtual world. Each little property is different and helps me make money in different ways.
This stay at home job is good for those who like to write, connect with others and let their creativity flow. It’s also for those who don’t mind a challenge.
My next favorite work from home job is virtual assisting! I’m partial because much like blogging I too have made money as a virtual assistant.
The key is to finding what you’re good at and offering that service to someone else who needs it and is willing to pay.
Nowadays a virtual assistant isn’t the same things as a “digital secretary.” Instead, most virtual assistants are really good at one or two things and can charge a decent rate for their expertise. \
Most virtual assistants make between $25-100 dollars an hour! All of this is totally dependent on what you can offer of course. But as someone who frequents the business mom facebook groups, I can tell you, people are always looking for a great VA and willing to pay!
Getting started as a virtual assistant isn’t as hard as it sounds. Again, I always suggest investing in your self and taking a course to help you get off the ground.
After all, people spend thousands in college to get the knowledge that will potentially make them more money in the long run right?
I see this as no different.
In fact, when we really needed the extra money I invested in 30 Days or Less to VA success and it helped me figure out how to set up my own business quickly and start making a side income before my blogs became profitable.
Most of my income now comes from blogging, but I still dabble in VA work sometimes just to stir the pot. I like changing it up by providing content for other bloggers or selling photos of fun activities.
This is one of my favorite jobs for moms who stay at home because there’s so much versatility.
Check out my full in-depth review on 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success. It’ll help you build your entire business from scratch.
Another great work from home gig is freelance writing. As a freelance writer, you can write articles for blogs and websites and make money doing so.
Lots of websites will pay for written material.
The starting pay for a freelance writer is usually about $30 an article, but some writers average a few hundred per article!
It all depends on experience, expertise and writing quality. It also depends on if the article is an easy one to write like “10 cool gifts for 7 year old girls” or more time and research intensive like “the science behind an atom.”
Those are 2 very different writing experiences.
The most intimidating part is like any other job really, it’s the getting started. There’s a great introductory course on freelance writing you can check out that’s a well-rated course.
It’s by the same girl that made the VA course that I totally love. The course helps you have a thriving business in no time!
This work from home job is great for moms who enjoy writing and don’t mind writing for others.
Did you know you there is a very high demand for proofreading? The best part is you can get jobs from all around the world and work right from home.
All you need is a computer or tablet.
A proofreader takes content that someone else has written and proofreads it with a fine-toothed comb. Your job is to make sure it comes out perfect.
This stay at home job is obviously for people with a very specific skill set who love to correct grammar! (I know you know if this is you!)
You know, they type of person who can’t stand it when an author uses a comma splice, or you just have to point out that spelling mistake on a restaurant menu.
It’s that eagle eye that would probably make you an awesome proofreader.
Many proofreaders can make quite a bit. Some are earning $40,000 working for home, for themseleves, and loving their jobs.
If this sounds like you, check out how to get started proofreading. It’s got great information on how to turn this into a full-time business.
*By the way, you may have noticed that I am NOT the proofreader type. So if you see any typos or spelling errors or, you know, random commas. Just know hiring one IS on my to-do list.
Do you love snapping photos?
Maybe you should start a freelance photography business. People are always looking for great photos to capture special moments and have a specialized memory of a moment in time.
If you are short on starting money, you can start with an affordable camera and work your way up to a more expensive camera as your business and needs grow.
Now, this can be a work at home job or a job where you meet the customer at their location of choice, but it’s all about how you want to structure your business.
And being a photographer doesn’t even have to be just about taking family photos. There are lots of demand for specialty photos like newborn photography, pet, food or even boudoir photography if that’s up your alley!
The fact is, today everyone wants high-quality photos of just about everything. From their house to their family and even for their businesses.
The possibilities are endless!
I mentioned above that food photographers are in high demand. This is one of my favorite stay at home job opportunities because everything happens in your house.
Food photographers make the food, style it and then snap pictures to sell.
Of course, you may wonder who is buying photographs of food? But I’m telling you, people do!
Food bloggers and websites are always looking for new food content. I bet you didn’t know a lot of food blogs and recipes are actually from recipes that are created from photographers working from home.
Food photographers can make anywhere from $100 a session, to a few thousand a session!
Of course, it all boils down to your photography skills. But the cool thing is, you don’t even have to create recipes.
A lot of food bloggers are looking to purchase photos of recipes they already created.
For a little while, I dabbled in photographing recipes and crafts and selling them to websites to use as tutorials. I made anywhere from $100 to $200 per session with only a couple hours of work.
If I honed my skills further, I could have charged a lot more.
That’s because bloggers are busy running an entire business. Which means sometimes they need to outsource content to keep up with the demand. This is one of those services that they love!
It’s also a fun way to spend an afternoon. Making treats, baking/cooking and taking fancy photos.
And of course, there is a course on how to take awesome food photos. (I am a course junkie after all and love learning lots of skills.)
If this sounds like a fun job for you, check out the Food Photography Guides here. Just watch the video on that page and you’ll be drooling!
Become an Online Coach
Yes, this is a real thing! And yes people do pay others to coach them.
What can you coach online exactly? So, many, things!
For example, there are wellness coaches, weight loss coaches, business coaches, life coaches.
Pretty much think of anything real struggle someone has and there’s a coach out there somewhere who can help!
When people really want to accomplish a goal, they’ll do something smart, like hire someone to help them.
When done well its a really great way to help connect with someone, bring real value to their lives, and make a full time living doing it.
If you are a go-getter, love communicating with people and really want to make a difference, this just may be the work from home job for you.
But let’s say these characteristics scream “yes, this is my dream job!” How do you even decide what you would coach in.
I’d say go with an interest of yours or help others solve a problem you yourself have concurred. Like, let’s say you worked really hard to lose 50 pounds. Maybe you’d be a great weight loss coach, showing others how you did it.
Or maybe you have an interest in wellness and would love to help others live healthier lives. You could totally be the one that helps guide them through their journey and cheer them on.
To become a life coach you can start by figuring out what you would offer and to who. Then start marketing yourself. (FB is a great place to start!)
And yes, I know you are probably thinking this sounds like a lot of work. But according to pennyhoarder.com life coaches average about 40,000 a year, but there are quite a few who earn well into the 6 digit mark.
Sell Items on Amazon from Home
Did you know that you can find great priced items in your area, and turn around and sell them on Amazon for a profit?
It’s a whole art actually, and a really cool job you can do from home… When you are not shopping that is.
This kind of job is great for those who can recognize a great deal.
You’d be surprised by how many people do this! When my husband worked for USPS he said there were certain houses that were ALWAYS sending and receiving large amounts of packages.
These customers always felt the need to greet him since he was sort of their lifeline. But each one said the same thing. The made their living selling on Amazon! And they always add it was good money.
(I have found entrepreneurs are always excited to tell you when they make good money! It’s almost never to brag, but usually out of sheer excitement of the whole process. Once you build a self-sustaining business, you want the whole world to know that it’s totally possible!)
If this sounds like a work at home dream job for you, you should check out this free 7 Day course on Selling on Amazon.
Sell Handmade Goods From Home on Etsy
We all have seen the gorgeous handmade creations on Etsy! But can you actually turn a profit with Etsy?
Yes! This is a great work at home option for moms who love to create. You can sell hand made goods or even digital goods.
I personally like the idea of selling things like printables and other digital downloads that don’t require shipping. I also like businesses that I don’t have to constantly babysit.
Grow and Sell Produce at home
Another great stay at home job opportunity is growing your own produce and selling it! You could also start an herb garden and sell dried herbal teas.
If you have a good sized yard and love to garden this could be right up your alley.
The produce you grow can be sold at farmers markets. While the dried teas can be packaged and sold both online in shops like Etsy or Amazon and also in person at the farmer’s markets or local health food stores.
Heck, if you really uped your marketing game, you could probably sell in local moms facebook groups! Who doesn’t love affordable, locally grown organic produce?
You can promote your services and have your customers coming to you! Making it true in every sense of the term stay at home job.
I have a special place in my heart for herbs and know quite a few people who have made a full-time business out of selling herbs and herbal products.
I’ve taken several courses at The Herbal Academy, and they have an entrepreneur course to help lovers of herbalism learn to how to set up and market their own herb based business.
It’s Totally Possible
If you’re here, then you are probably really looking for a way to make money from home.
If you want to make it happen, please know it is totally possible! I have personally made money from home, dabbling in quite a few of these stay at home jobs myself.
Keep at it! You can do this.