For a while now, you’ve been thinking of starting to earn money from home instead of working an ordinary 9-5 job. Because the fact is, your kids are your priority now, and it doesn’t make sense to wake up super-early to drop them off at school, and then be tired both at work and when you’re back at home, with a stranger raising them. And, besides, you’ve always thought that you could be the kind of mom who could make money from home. Even before you had kids, you always had an entrepreneurial streak.
Luckily, there are some great ways to make money from home. Now that we’re living an age when everything’s online and everyone’s always on their phones, there are some great opportunities for remote work, and all you need is an Internet connection. Here’s how to make some money as a mom working from home:
1 Write a blog about being a stay-at-home mom
There are lots of women out there who are curious about the decision of staying in their 9-5 office job or becoming a stay-at-home mom–after all, you’re one of them. It’s a choice that has a lot of pros and cons on either side, which is why they’re going to be looking for answers to their questions. Is it financially feasible? How do you concentrate? You can even write about your switch to Juul e-cigarettes once your kids were born. Providing content to these mothers in the form of a blog is a great way to make some money.
Basically, once you’re getting lots of visitors to your site, you can make money from advertisements. One easy way is with affiliate marketing, by having ads show up on your site, and you’ll earn a commission (usually just under 10 percent). According to Kiplinger, “Depending on how much time you put into your blog and how many people visit it, you could be making a few hundred dollars each month within a year.” It’s not a surprise for this reason that, by 2020, the number of bloggers is estimated to reach 31.7 million.
2 Sell crafts on Etsy
If you’re super-creative, and being a mother has made you even more so (after all, necessity is the mother of invention for mothers), then you may want to consider selling some of your crafts on Etsy. If you’re really into knitting, for example, there are people out there who’ll want the Harry Potter-themed baby-sized hats you’ve posted about on Instagram. Especially because you’re using your own baby as a model, and he’s the cutest baby in the world (no bias here).
With 31.7 million active buyers using Etsy, it’s definitely worthwhile to set up shop. A lot of your success, however, will depend on implementing the right strategies: according to incomeschool.com, these include: “to simply make a few free samples of your items and mail them to bloggers who write about the type of thing you make. They can keep the item for free if they’ll write about it in a blog post. If you get a few blogs to mention you who have traffic, you could make tons of sales!” Additionally, check out this article to learn more.
3 Get a remote job
If you’ve ever been an assistant for anyone, a great remote job you can get is as a virtual assistant. If you’ve ever taught, then you may want to consider working for an online university. Are you a musician? Then there are companies out there that want to hire you. If there’s a job out there online you can think of, it probably exists. Even film companies producing movies like People You May Know need someone to write content about it on their blogs, and create a social media strategy for their Instagram account.
Considering that it’s estimated that by 2020, there are going to be 1 billion digital nomads in the world, it’s clearly a booming industry, and if you get started now with remote experiences, more companies will want to work with you in the future. There’s lots of potential here, and there are also lots of easy ways to get trained. If you’re just getting started and looking to get certified, check out this list from The Muse of 10 online classes to land your remote dream job.
As you can see, there are some great ways to make money out there online. And do it in a legit way that will help out your career in the long-term, so that you’ll have some great work experience throughout your life, and serve as a good role model for your kids. Find out what your passion is, get trained, and start making money from home.
What work-from-home jobs are you interested in pursuing? What kind of training do you think you’ll need?