During my research for The Chill Mom: How to go from anxious expectant mother to relaxed, confident mom book, I posted a question on an expecting moms Facebook group.
I asked them: What are your biggest worries?
I was surprised to hear that besides the fear of labour pain and health-related issues, many soon-to-be mothers expressed worries over finances. Many are planning to stay at home with their babies but they would also like to contribute financially to their families.
Do you feel the same way? Or are you currently working full-time but ideally, you like to work from home so you can spend more time with your children?
Is it possible to have the best of both worlds? I say yes!
Whatever your reason is for wanting to earn an income from home, here is a list of ways to contribute to or provide for your family as a stay-at-home mom.
Setting up shops and selling things online couldn't be easier these days. You can set up your own website or use platforms like Shopify or even sell on a marketplace like Etsy. The hard part is figuring out what to sell and how to differentiate your offering from others. Elaine Ang-Giraud from Celebrate With Love, an online shop that specialises in bespoke gift sets spends about 40 to 50 hours a week on her business as well as her other social enterprise project which helps children from a disadvantaged background. Each bespoke set is crafted from scratch, takes about 6 hours from conceptualisation, selection of baby goods, making it and photoshoot along the way (for marketing purpose). She gets about 10 orders per month.
Besides selling your own products, you can also consider reselling products. If you are the type to buy loads of things at garage sales or during online sales, then reselling those items would be a great way to make some extra cash.
If you can attract a regular readership for your blog, there’s good money to be made from sponsorships and other digital product offerings. I've been blogging for more than 7 years now and I make between $10k to $20k per month. Decide on the message and direction of your blog early on and don't blog for the sake of making money.
Good content is what makes readers coming back for more. If you’re interested monetising your blog, here’s a free cheat sheet I’ve created. This is MY own step-by-step plan to bring the content and income generated from my blog to another level. Let’s do this together! Just type in your details below to download it.
For those who love to bake, why not start a baking business? You can start off baking for friends and family and be sure to take lots of lovely photos. Marketing your biz couldn't be simpler these days. I've purchased many cakes from mothers whom I found through Instagram and Facebook pages.
Depending on your experience, you can start by doing something simple on the side like making rustic cookies before heading on to offer exquisite artisanal fare.
With growing startups, established brands, and even notable influencers needing to establish and grow their brands, professional writers who can serve up compelling content enjoy a huge demand for their services.
And, since brands will always need high-quality content to bring in new customers to their businesses/websites, your skills will always remain an asset to invest in.
According to the Salesforce 2016 State of Marketing report, social media advertising is one of the top two priorities for marketers this year. In fact, 80% of marketers say they plan to increase spending in this area in 2016.
So if you have an aptitude for writing a short engaging copy, graphic design (especially useful on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest) and an understanding of how to utilise social ads to take advantage of online word-of-mouth marketing and to scale brands' organic social media effects, this could be something you could do from home.
From my research, freelancers on Upwork are charging between $15 to $60 per hour for this position.
Kayla Curry who's now a fiction author and entrepreneur started out as a virtual assistant making about USD8000 per year, working only 8 hours a week which was enough to give her family some 'fun money'.
If you know how to mend clothes, then you have a growing market of budget-conscious and personalisation-obsessed customers readily available.
Firstly, get your hands on a commercial-grade sewing machine. Next, offer to partner with your local dry-cleaning and laundry services in exchange for referral fees every time they send you a new customer.
After that, all you have to do is do a good job and hopefully grow your at-home business via word of mouth!
If you love parties and have a good pair of hands at putting things together, being a party decorator could just be your thing. Jacqualine Chan from Hello Lobang does about 5 events on average per month, which brings in about SGD500. Being her own boss, she chooses to have a balanced work/home life over more events. So she keeps it to a comfortable number of jobs she can handle.
25-year-old Liz Eswein for example, who charges a fee to brands for taking the photos she posts on her account @NewYorkCity, and an additional $1 per like on top of that. Not bad, considering most of her photos get between 10,000 to 20,000 likes.
In the past, I have joined direct sales/network marketing companies and failed miserably. But with the internet and your ability to grow online audiences around a product or service that you truly believe in, direct sales could be a viable option.
Access to self-publishing tools and marketplaces is so easy and affordable these days, anyone can publish their own book. While some ebooks never sell more than a dozen copies; when marketed correctly, you can earn a good recurring passive income from ebooks.
Abby from A Girl and Her Blog makes a comfortable five figures income from 3 of her ebooks each month.
Florinda Tay, an Independent Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay earns up to five figures monthly by providing skincare/makeup consultations, personal customer service, and coaching people who'd like to realise their dream by becoming a Mary Kay products distributor. Not bad for someone who works an average 20 hours per week on flexible timing.
A former remisier, Jenn Lee now trades stocks, indices, commodities and invest in real estate. Her goal is to a have a fully paid-up shelter over her heads, to have at least one fully paid-up property for rental so that she can safely retire, and to have one investment property set aside for her son.
Over the last 7 years, her annual income and capital gain range from S$50,000 to $200,000 - not bad for a stay-at-home-mum.
Creators of The Blog Help, tech support (including WordPress transfers) service for bloggers, are husband and wife team - Forrest and Katie Clark. Katie, stay at home mother of one, is self-taught with most of her SEO, tech support, and blogging skills.
Do you take great photographs? You could sell your photographs directly to customers or you could sell to a stock photography website like Shutterstock.
You could also set-up a photography business like Theresa Olesen and take pictures at special events like birthday parties, celebrations, weddings and more. This option requires you to actually get out of the house, though.
Janice Wong of Rhapnroll Diapercakes turns her hobby of crafting into a business from home. This mother of two under five years old makes her 'cakes' bit by bit each night after the kids have gone to sleep. It takes about 2 hours to complete each order.
She gets about two to four orders per month. Her marketing effort includes postings on Facebook, Instagram, and Carousell. The rest of her business comes from word of mouth.
With the increasing usage of the internet, it’s no wonder the popularity of doing freelance web designing as a side job is growing rapidly. There are always new websites popping up that need web designers to create a good and value-driven experience for web users or app users. If this sounds like a job you can do, then go for it!
If you have something you are skilled at and really passionate about, you can turn that into one-on-one online coaching.
Imagine doing what you love and spreading that knowledge to others who want to learn what you know!
Besides the skill and experience components to being a successful online coach, this business idea is all about building a community around the help you are offering and building rapport with members.
Also, your community members will learn from each other during their journey. Creating the space for that community can be as simple as setting up a private Facebook group such as what I have done for my MomBoss Academy #MomBoss Goal Mentorship Program!
If you can create a regular audience or have an existing audience from your blog to listen to your podcast on a specific topic, this is a great way to get sponsors and fund this side business idea.
It helps if you already have an audience, but even if you don’t, you can still be one of the many people who have successfully turned their side businesses into podcasts such as Neil Patel.
Many startups seek part-time and commission-only sales-people, especially when they have just been established. If you enjoy connecting with people and willing to take on some risk, then this could be a good side home-based business idea.
You could earn a lot if you are pitching a solid product or when the startup succeeds. You can also utilise your selling skills to sell your own products in the future.
If you already own a website that’s driving in a targeted audience, this is a great way to make some passive income.
Rakuten and Clickbank are a few of the best affiliate networks and tools that can help you make money from the content you already produce, thus amplifying your income from your website or blog.
It’s not the sort of side business idea that screams creativity, but someone needs to make sure all the numbers add up at the end of the year.
Every business and most individuals need someone with the domain expertise to help prepare tax returns, especially time or resource-strapped small business owners. That’s when you, a freelance tax preparer can step in.
If you are comfortable with Google and know about paid internet advertising, signing a freelance contract to manage a company’s Google Ad Campaigns can earn you some extra income.
Make sure you know all the right business lingo and industry terms used in the online marketing world before you dive into this freelance job.
How many of us have given up on their faulty laptops, mobile phones or cameras without looking into the real cause of their malfunctions?
Sometimes repairing at the stores are even more expensive than buying a new one! If you have the skills to fix them, consider pursuing this side business idea of refurbishing and reselling used electronics in your free time.
Very often, you will see people in their yoga pants carrying their mats around with them. Yoga is getting ever more popular, which means yoga instructors are more in demand than ever. This is one of the most physically rewarding business ideas since you get to make money, work out and keep your mind healthy at the same time!
Link up with a local yoga studio to teach classes or offer personalised yoga in-home lessons at a higher rate.
Kathryn Budig started out as a yoga instructor as a side job to support her classes but has now become well-known internationally as a yoga teacher.
Yes, if you are really focused and committed, spending time on YouTube can honestly be a legitimate business idea. By creating value-driven and entertaining videos, you can grow your subscriber base to a few thousand subscribers.
Your videos can then begin generating quite a substantial amount of money from the advertisements on your videos. YouTube users can earn a lot and many of them even make millions each year! With the right content, audience, skills, connections, and timing, this business has a lot of potential.
Remember that when starting a YouTube channel, you might want to do some research first and read up on tips to quickly grow your channel.
Have you mastered more than one language? If your mastery of another language is good enough to speak and write fluently, then translating can be a good side business idea that helps you to continue improving your language skills.
Make use of your bilingual or multilingual skills and pick up some remote translator jobs online. Browse through remote job websites to find the right opportunities for yourself such as Flexjobs that has literally hundreds of freelance, remote translator jobs available.
If you have a talent for helping people look their best and know how to use cosmetics to make heads turn, consider using your beauty skills to pursue this easily profitable side business idea.
You need to invest money into buying the necessary equipment and products before starting your own makeup artist business. This lays the foundation of profitable business through referrals and word-of-mouth from your happy customers.
Valentine’s day, birthdays, weddings, you name it! Throughout the year, there are tons of occasions when people need to order pretty bouquets of flowers thus making this a good side venture.
The costs can stay relatively low if you know where to source your flowers and materials, especially after gaining more experience. Check out this stunning floral designer, Sara Tedford of Ladybird Poppy to learn about how her floral design company started out as a side business idea of doing weddings and events for her friends and family.
You don't have to decide on one way to make an income from home.
The more streams of income you have, the more financially secure you are.
For example, my maternity concierge business alone has many ways of giving me a return, not to mention my blog, social media accounts, my virtual kitchen, and MomBoss Academy.
I'm always looking for more ways to complement what I'm already doing. Go for it. And good luck with deciding!
P.S. I don't want your aspiration to end here, join us in our #MomBossGoal Mentorship Program where I help mothers who are really serious about making an income from home.
Whether you are struggling with a business idea or you already have something going on and looking to grow your business, I will walk you through each aspect of building your profitable stay-at-home business.
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