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21 Ways For Stay at Home Moms to Make an Extra $1000 per Month

Being a stay at home mom comes with a lot of perks. For example, I can usually eat lunch whenever I want, wear my pajamas all day, and stay home (or go out) if I choose to.

While these are all great perks, there is one obvious, glaring reason why so many moms don’t (or can’t) stay home with their kids – there’s no paycheck!

While raising children is undoubtedly one of the toughest (and most rewarding) jobs there is, it doesn’t come with a healthy paycheck at the end of each week. That’s a tough break for those of us who really need two incomes to make ends meet.

Luckily, there are plenty of legit work from home jobs for stay at home moms. Use of these 21 ways for stay at home moms to make extra money and find yourself with an extra $1000 or more in your pocket at the end of the month.

1 – Work as a Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is top of my list because it’s how I’ve been making money from home for over nine years, but I’ll tell you a secret – you can make WAY more than $1000 per month with this work from home job.

In fact, my biggest earning month was over $6500, and I was really only working part-time.

I’m telling you that number so you can realize that it’s totally doable, but probably not right out of the gate. $1000 per month is a very realistic goal for someone who’s new to freelance writing.

You don’t need to be a professional writer to start freelance writing for others. In fact, this is definitely an area where you’ll get better the more you do it.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started as a Freelance Writer

2 – Become a Virtual Assistant

Another one of the best ways to make an extra $1000 per month is to work as a virtual assistant.

The term virtual assistant is kind of a catch-all phrase used to describe someone who acts as a remote assistant. You’ll perform any number of tasks, much like an in-office assistant would, only you’ll do these things from the comfort of your home and in the flexibility of your own time.

One of the best things about working as a virtual assistant is that you can create packages based on the things you want to offer and then offer those packages to busy business owners.

For example, you could choose to offer only email marketing services or customer service services.

If you were working as an assistant in-house somewhere, you’d have no say as to what tasks you’d be asked to perform, and you would (obviously) be limited to just that company.

Virtually assisting turns this on its head. Now you get to call the shots about what you will and will not offer, and you get to work for as many clients as you can handle at one time, easily making $1000 or more per month.

Read More: How to Become a Virtual Assistant

3 – Offer Services as a Social Media Manager

Do you love spending time online? Do you enjoy sharing and interacting with people on social media? If so, you could fulfill a very necessary role as a social media manager for businesses.

These days, both entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes need a solid social media presence. In fact, it’s a crucial tool for both marketing and customer service purposes.

Despite this, many business owners struggle with managing this aspect of their business. They either don’t know how to do it effectively, or they don’t have the time to do so themselves. That’s where you could shine.

As a social media manager from home, you could put together packages catered to business owners who don’t want to take care of this task themselves.

You’d likely be responsible for posting regularly on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, making sure the profile page is up-to-date, and regularly engaging with customers on all of these platforms.

It’s a big job, but you could easily manage this for several companies at a time. There are also a number of scheduling tools specially designed to make this task easier, and manageable for several businesses at once.

4 – Start a YouTube Channel

Don’t mind being in front of the camera? Have something important or meaningful to share? Why not start a YouTube channel?

You can definitely make $1000 per month on YouTube – plenty of people are – but keep in mind that this one takes a little while to pick up speed.

In order to be successful, you need to gain a substantial following and garner enough views before you see any money start to trickle in.

You won’t make $1000 right away, but if you know how to leverage the platform and are willing to put in the work, the earning potential is definitely there.

5 – Start a Blog

Like YouTube, starting a blog won’t make you $1000 right away, but it’s definitely a long-term strategy for bringing in over $1,000 per month. Many successful bloggers make thousands of dollars from their blogs each and every month.

How can you make money blogging? Here are a few ways:

  • Advertisements – Ever been on a webpage and noticed ads in the sidebar or along the footer? Those are ads, and the blog owner is getting paid by those ad companies just for your visit.
  • Affiliate marketing – If a blogger recommends a product and you click over and purchase that product, they might receive a commission for the sale.
  • Sponsored posts –  Bloggers will often work in conjunction with a major brand to write about that brand’s product in a blog post. In return, they get paid money or compensated another way, like through a trip or free product.
  • Sell personal products – Did you know you can earn money from a blog by selling your own personal products. If you create something that fulfills a need or solves a problem for your target customer, you could make a killing.

In order to be a successful blogger you need a lot of content on your site, so the best thing is to choose a topic you’re passionate about and just get started writing.

If you want a more detailed look at how to get started, check out this comprehensive post.

6 – Teach Online Music Lessons

woman playing the violin

Obviously this one only works if you’re musically inclined, but many moms automatically dismiss the idea of teaching music lessons because they think it’s impossible to fit it in around childcare complications. Think again!

With the power of a webcam, you don’t need to meet your students in person. You can do everything entirely online.

Sites like takelessons.com or livemusicinstructor.com are two good options when it comes to finding work.

7 – Become an Online Tutor

Music isn’t the only thing you can teach over the internet. You can also tutor students (or adults) who need extra help with their studies.

Online tutoring is a good work from home option if you have an academic background.

You could choose to advertise on online job boards and find clients on your own, but an easier option would probably be to sign up with a tutoring service. Tutor.com and Chegg Tutors both hire virtual tutors to teach online.

8 – Work from Home as a Transcriptionist

A transcriptionist takes audio files and turns them into written documents.

You often get paid per word, so the faster you can type, the more money you’ll make. There is some training involved, but there are a number of companies regularly hiring work-from-home transcribers.

Transcription involves a lot of careful listening and fast typing, but if you’re good at this sort of thing, this could be a great way to make an extra $1000 per month.

Read More: Remote Transcription Jobs From Home

9 – Sell on Etsy or Shopify

If you’re crafty or love creating unique and beautiful handmade items, share that gift with others and make a little money from your hobby. When you sell on online platforms like Etsy or Shopify, you could easily make $1000 or more per month.

While Etsy and Shopify are two of the biggest online marketplaces, there are actually a number of sites that allow you to sell your wares. You could even market your items locally and make more money at area craft fairs or bazaars.

Read More: Where to Sell Handmade Jewelry Online

10 Offer Consulting Services

Are you giving up a career in the professional world to be a stay at home mom?

If so, consider if you can tap into your working experience to act as a consultant instead.

As a work from home consultant, you’d use your expertise to offer advice to businesses who need someone with your level of experience. This could be as simple as jumping on a phone call once a week or taking a few hours to evaluate a business plan or proposal.

If you provide consulting work to several different companies, you could easily make $1000 per month without a lot of time commitment on your part.

11 – Work as a Search Engine Evaluator

When you perform a web search, you expect that the best results will automatically appear at the top of the page. That doesn’t happen by magic.

While there’s a lot that goes into search engine ranking, human review by search engine evaluators is an important component.

Search engine evaluators perform web searches according to specific instructions and then analyze and rank the results, providing feedback that may directly impact where something appears in a web search.

This is often steady work, and the pay is hourly. If you’re willing to commit to this job, you could make $1000 per month.

Lionbridge and Appen are two companies that regularly hire for this work from home position.

12 – Work as a Graphic Designer

If you’re artistic or have an eye for design (or are willing to learn!), you could become a graphic designer from home and easily earn $1000 per month.

You don’t need any special training to do this, apart from knowledge of design platforms like Photoshop.

If you’re worried about getting clients, make up some samples for a portfolio and pitch your services to local business owners.

You might stand a good chance of finding customers among small businesses who need graphic design services for things like logos, brochures, flyers, and business cards.

Read More: How to Become a Freelance Graphic Designer

13 – Become a Pinterest Manager

Pinterest is another platform that a lot of bloggers and entrepreneurs want to be on, but it’s a completely different ballgame than the other forms of social media.

In fact, it’s more like a search engine than it is a social platform.

For that reason, there are specific strategies in place that Pinterest moguls use to drive traffic to their websites.

As a Pinterest manager, you would do the following:

  • Design and optimize pins
  • Optimize the Pinterest profile
  • Pin according to a strategic schedule
  • Monitor the account and tweak as needed

This is a job you can easily offer to multiple clients at once. On average, Pinterest managers can make as much as $500 per month with each client.

14 – Teach English Online

Teaching English online is a job that many stay at home moms enjoy. When you do this, you’ll usually work as an independent contractor with a company that connects tutors with children or adults worldwide who want to learn English.

Popular companies include VIPKid and Teach Away, but there are a number that hire English teachers from home.

In most cases, you will have to have some kind of educational background. For some companies, this could be as simple as coaching your son’s soccer team or volunteering as a Sunday school teacher.

When you teach English from home, you can work on your own time and usually expect steady, set work. and regularly make an average of $18 to $22 per hour.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English From Home

15 – Become a Facebook Ad Manager

Facebook ad campaigns are an important marketing tool for many businesses. While they’re extremely effective, there are business owners out there who might be missing out on this important marketing strategy, simply because they don’t know how best to manage these types of ads.

As a Facebook ad manager, you can help.

Create a package where you run and manage Facebook ad campaigns for business owners who can’t do it themselves. This might be another service where your ideal clients are local business owners.

16 – Work as a Voice-Over Artist from Home

Use your voice to make money without ever stepping foot in a studio. As a remote voice-over artist, you can be the voice behind any number of things, from commercials to audiobook readings.

When you make money from home with this job, you will need to invest in some supplies, like a high-quality microphone and any necessary editing software, but you can stand to make good money with this kind of job.

Read More: Voice Over Jobs From Home

17 – Offer Freelance Bookkeeping Services

Bookkeeping is a necessary task for just about every business, but many small business owners struggle with figuring out how to handle it. It isn’t always a full-time job, so it doesn’t necessarily warrant hiring someone for an in-house position.

This makes it the perfect part-time work from home job.

You don’t need to have an accounting background in order to offer freelance bookkeeping services, but you do need to be meticulous to detail and highly organized.

As a bookkeeper, you’ll primarily be responsible for overseeing things like accounts receivable, accounts payable, and any payroll duties.

If you’re organized enough, you could do this job for several companies at once and pull in well over $1000 per month.

18 – Become an Online Fitness Coach

Do you love working out? Let your enthusiasm and love of the gym work make you money as an online fitness coach.

Believe it or not, this is a good work from home job for moms because you can do everything virtually, from coaching clients through workout sessions to providing nutritional plans and online support.

You could even cater your business to moms like yourself who are struggling to find the time to workout while caring for young kids at home.

19 – Become an Online Travel Agent

Yes, travel agents are still a thing – and they’re really helpful!

This is an especially great job if you love working with people. Working from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to interact with others if you don’t want to.

You can do all of your travel agent work online and still get the pleasure of helping people work out all of the details in planning a vacation.

In order to do well with this job you’ll have to be highly organized, know where to look to get the best deals, and not mind the stressful parts of planning reservations and itineraries.

20 – Become a Proofreader or an Editor

There are a lot of writing jobs out there, which means that editing jobs are equally as important.

As an editor or proofreader, you’ll be responsible for fine-tuning ebooks, articles, blog posts, and other documents, serving as the final set of eyes before something is published.

There is actually a bit of a difference between editing and proofreading, so you could tailor this job to exactly what you’re good at.

If finding typos is your thing, you could thrive with this type of work.

Read More: Editing and Proofreading Jobs from Home

21 – Become a Remote Customer Service Rep

You don’t need to work in-house at a business in order to be a customer service rep.

Many companies now hire remote customer service agents to provide customer assistance, especially after hours.

This is a job you could do either over the phone or online, depending on the company.

This isn’t a work from home job for everybody. You must be able to work set hours and have a pleasant demeanor, even when dealing with unpleasant people. On the flip side, this can be a very steady and stable work from home job.

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Hi, I’m Bridget Sielicki. 

I’m a freelance writer and a mom of four. For the past 10 years, I’ve been working from home as a freelance writer, creating content for major brands like Hertz Car Rental, Bankrate.com, and Credit Sesame.

Working from home has been a dream come true for me. Now I want to share my expertise with you, so you can make money while you’re home with your own kids. Learn more here.

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