9 Ways for Busy Moms to Make Money–Perfect for Stay at Home Moms

Okay Mama, Are You Ready to Make Money?

Being a mom is a job in itself, but sometimes families just need (or want) some extra income. Some mothers do better at working a regular job, while their child’s with a sitter, which is good for them– I’m sure there are tons of benefits, such as keeping your sanity, and having adult interaction. But I myself could not bring myself to leave my daughter in daycare while I went to work. I’m just a tad bit paranoid, and I really don’t want to miss out on the short amount of time that I get to spend with her while she’s little. So here are some ways I’ve researched about, and/or taken part in to earn some extra money, and still be a full time mommy to my child. Now let’s make money.

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This is a quick and easy money maker, if you’re not afraid of needles! I enjoy doing this because it’s fast, after your first initial appointment. It takes about an hour, sometimes a little less. The Biolife center I go to also has a daycare which is awesome! Different centers offer different compensation. My center offers $20 for your first donation in the week, and $40 for your second donation in the same week. So you can make $240/month. Also, if you decide to do this, make sure you see if they offer coupons or promotions. My center offered $250 for your first five donations in thirty days. Which is $50 per donation. It’s pretty good income for an hour of “work”.

Work in a Daycare

This is such a great way to make money as a mother, without leaving your babies. I currently work part time in the daycare at the gym I go to. I don’t necessarily need the money, but I love it because it gets me out of the house, and I get a free gym membership. It also allows my daughter to have some socialization with other children, and I get to talk to some other AMAZING mothers as well. I love everyone I work with, and it’s such a fun job.

Babysitting/In Home Childcare

This is a great source of income for moms, but it does have its downfalls. I prefer the daycare over babysitting from my own home because it’s so important for my sanity to leave the house everyday, and have adult interaction. If you don’t mind the isolation, and cleaning your house all day, this is good income! I made A LOT more money watching children from my home than I do working in a daycare, but I’m definitely a lot happier and less overwhelmed now.

Start a Blog

Blogging has been my dream career for a very long time. I’ve always loved to research, and learn new things. And I found myself repeating the phrase “Did you know…” WAY too many times a day. I love to share all of the great stuff I learn and know, and I love to write! So blogging just made sense. I’ve met and read about a lot of bloggers who make really, really good money. But, blogging takes A LOT of work. It takes commitment, and sacrifice… but if you get to the point where you’re making $10K or more a month form home, eventually only spending an hour or so a day… It’s worth it! And those aren’t unrealistic numbers… I see it everyday! If you are interested in starting a blog, I suggest bluehost for a hosting account. And as far as training, I purchased a course on how to make your Pinterest successful, and it was amazing! It is a little pricey, but it was a great investment! I learned so many things that would’ve been awful trying to figure out on my own. Pinterest is where the majority of bloggers make all their money, so it’s totally necessary that you are using Pinterest correctly. To learn more about starting a blog, go on Pinterest and read some articles. There’s a TON of info on there! Go check out how so many moms make money from home by blogging! I know I was surprised when I saw how popular of a career it is.  

Make and Sell Items–Start an Etsy Shop

This is a fun job if you enjoy being crafty. I know a few people who love to make their own products and sell them online. A really good place for this is Etsy.com. Some popular items are baby accessories such as headbands, clothes, pacifier clips, hair bows, etc. Women’s accessories are also pretty popular. I have a friend who is into graphic design, and she offers business cards, logo design, and a ton of templates. Crafts are also super common, such as watercolor paintings, home décor, and much more! There’s something for everyone. If I had any more time in my day I would love to have an Etsy shop!

DIY and Flipping

This has started to become a very popular way of making money. There are so many consignment stores now that are flooding with things that can be flipped. Lots of people make money refinishing furniture, or making some unique home décor. I’ve even known people who go find name brand clothing at consignment stores and sell it online to make a profit. Walk through any Walmart, I bet you will find so many things that you look at and think, “I could make that, heck I could make something better than that!” If you’re crafty and patient, this is a good way to make some money with a small investment.

Utilize a Skill you can turn into a Work from Home Career

A lot of women went to schooling before having children, and they can take advantage of that now that they have children. A huge industry that’s done out of the home is Cosmetology. A lot of people do hair, nails, eyelashes, and eyebrows out of their home now. This is a little harder with younger children, unless you have your husband or older children to help you. Another really popular way of working from home is a program called VIP KID. https://t.vipkid.com.cn/ The job consists of teaching English to Chinese children. No, you don’t have to know Chinese. This pays very well, but it does require a Bachelor’s degree. I have some friends that do this in the morning before their children even wake up, and make an extra $1,000 or so a month doing this.

Youtube Channel

There are a lot of Youtubers and Vloggers that make some really good money! If you have a particular skill, or an interesting life, start recording! This is a slow moving way to make an income, but it can pay off so well! Videos are so popular now, it’s so much easier to watch a video, than it is to read an article, so you’re likely to be seen if you promote yourself right!

MLM/Network Marketing

This one is my FAVORITE! Please read all of this, because you will learn a lot! (Make sure to watch the video at the end.) An MLM, also known as Network Marketing, has a negative connotation. Why? Because everyone pictures an MLM as signing up under someone, and then buying a bunch of products to resell. But what people don’t realize is that there are sooo many different types of Network Marketing companies out there, and there is something for everyone. Now, I think working in the Network Marketing Industry is GENIUS! The tax benefits alone are well worth the investment. Say you have to pay a start up fee of $100, then at the end of the year you get to write off $1,000– totally worth it! The IRS takes all of this extra money from you each paycheck, that you could be using to pay your bills, buy a house, or just simply save for later. They give you (part of it) in the form of a return, which you usually end up blowing, or using to reduce your debt that you might not have created if you had the extra couple hundred dollars a month in the first place! If you can save yourself that money by having write offs, or by utilizing the tax benefits when you take part in an MLM, why would you not?! Now, if you really wanted to work hard at it, there’s so much potential for making loads of money! Network Marketing is not for everyone, it’s for people who want to be their own boss, work form home, and have the desire to stay motivated. But let me tell you, all of that is quite easy once you’ve found the company that is right for YOU. I’ve created a list of some popular Network Marketing companies, along with testimonies from people I personally know who work with each company, and links that can help you get more information if you have questions.

-Younique

Jennifer says, “Younique is an international cosmetics and skincare company that is based in the United States. We offer products that are mineral-based, cruelty-free, & hypoallergenic. Younique’s mission is to uplift, empower, validate, and ultimately build self-esteem in women around the world. We are the first direct sales company to market and sell almost exclusively through the use of social media. I LOVE this company for so many reasons… but the biggest is that I get to do something for myself. I have gained confidence back in myself, and I get to stay at home and raise my babies while working from my phone! Best job in the world!!” To learn more information, or  to contact Jennifer directly, click here! 

*As a customer, I can personally vouch for their products. I currently use younique products and they are awesome. Jennifer is who I go to, and she does so well at promoting her business. So if you decide you want to try this, she’s your girl!

-Isagenix

This companies goal is to help people become and feel healthier. They specialize in cleanses, and products to help with losing weight, boosting energy, and developing an overall healthy lifestyle. Connie says. “We believe that you have divine gifts to share and an impact to make in your world. We believe that you deserve to live life on your terms. We believe that you deserve to be the healthiest and happiest person you know. We know you – we are you. Today will be the last day that you will say ‘I will matter tomorrow’”. This is a great industry because our world is starting to realize just how unhealthy the things we are consuming really are. If you would like to learn more about Isagenix, click here! 

-Senegence International

Trista says, “This company offers a full line of skin care and cosmetic products which mostly contain the Pa-tend anti-aging ingredient in them, even the eyeshadow! The most popular product is called ‘LipSense’. It is a water-proof, smudge-proof, kiss-proof liquid lipstick that has up to 18 hour staying power, coming in multiple color and gloss varieties. Not only are the products the best on the market, but the company itself is incredible. The sisterhood and life long friendships that I have built have been life changing. The compensation plan is seriously the best out there, who else can say they earn 50% commission? I have been so blessed to have found this company when I did. It showed up right after I had my youngest child and now I am a stay at home mommy of two and am still able to earn money by sharing these products amazing products. I have loved watching these women become more confident, and watching them evolve into the best version of themselves. That has been the best gift of all. I can speak for myself, and even my husband can tell you how this amazing opportunity has given me what I needed to break out of my shell and become the best version of myself.”

To see just how Trista promotes her business, and to talk to her directly, visit her facebook page.

To learn more about the company, and about signing up click here! (use this ID number if prompted: 294806)

-Usborne Books

Kelsie says, “I have always wanted to build a library for my son but haven’t known where to start. When I learned about ‘Usborne Books & More’ and saw how interactive and educational their books were, I knew I wanted to get a ton of them for my son. The easiest way to do that was by becoming a consultant. I love working for Usborne because I can choose the hours I work. This allows me to spend time raising my son in addition to earning my family supplemental income. I have loved being able to share my love of books with others. To contact Kelsie, and to learn more about Usborne books, click here!

-LuLaRoe

Crissa says, “LuLaRoe is a company where through fashion we create freedom, serve others and strengthen families. The clothes provide comfort, fashion, and confidence. With LuLaRoe you will find skirts, dresses, tops, sweaters, kimonos, vests, and leggings in size ranges from 2T-26 and come in an ever-charging variety of colors, patterns, and material. LuLaRoe carries holiday themed apparel and just recently announced a collaboration with Disney!! One great thing about the business side of LuLaRoe is unlike most network marketing companies, you can have a very successful business and earn incentives, such as a free cruise, without building a team. Of course having a team and helping others provide for their families is great, but not a must to thrive.” If you are interested in seeing how Crissa promotes her business, visit her on Facebook. To learn more about joining the business, click here!

-ItWorks

Kassi says, ”Hey, I am Kassi Sanderson! I am a full time wrap girl and I absolutely LOVE it!!!! It Works is the BEST health and wellness business that focuses on helping people live healthier and happier, and also becoming debt free! Our products are absolutely incredible and life changing (I can’t brag about them enough, the wraps are hands down my favorite!). I run my own business advertising on social media on my own time from my cell phone (which is really helpful as a young college wife). I have no set hours and am my own boss, it’s a really sweet gig! I really enjoy that I am making money from the time that I would have normally spent on social media anyway, if anything, owning my own It Works business has helped me become more efficient with my time management. I took a leap with this company because I knew I wanted a career that 1. Allowed me to help people with their health 2. FLEXIBLE schedule so when we have kids I can be a stay at home wife/momma (all I have ever wanted to be is a mom, I don’t want to miss out on them growing up!) 3. Extremely great pay!!! I especially love the unlimited amount of fast start bonuses ($100 Friday pay outs we can earn). We have 4 ways to generate income, which is great to suit any age or personality. What I love most about It Works is how it is centered on making life better in every aspect. Wanting to help people start loving themselves in their own skin by using our products to become more confident and living healthier lifestyles, increasing financial stability by getting people out of debt and living their dreams. I also love the multiple way to succeed and grow your residual income. It’s not crazy difficult to get clients or new team members because almost everyone you meet has 1 of 2 goals: to become healthier or to make more money, It Works offers both! We have 40+ products, therefore we have at least one product that would be beneficial or desirable to anyone. We are not just selling 1 product that only women buy, there is a product for everyone no matter their age or gender, which really allows you to build your business quickly and efficiently. We have a very straightforward and simple steps to success plan, and AMAZING leadership! You are never left on this journey alone, you have people rooting for you the whole way!” For more info, visit Kassi’s website.

*I have only had the chance to try one of their products, and that was the stretch mark cream, but it worked very well! I’m excited to try more.

-Norwex

Norwex is a company that sells cleaning products. They’re known for their microfiber cleaning cloths. It’s used with only water, to replace the use of dangerous chemicals in the home. Ashley says “I love that it is safe for my family, especially my micro-preemie. My kids love helping me clean and it is so nice not worrying. I also love that buying Norwex helps others moms save lots of money. Our products replace cleaning supplies that you spend hundreds of dollars on. And with our 2 year warranty it helps you feel better about buying our products. We are also one of the highest paying distributors at 35%. I love how much we get paid and have amazing rewards from a very supportive company”. To learn more, or contact Ashley directly, click here! 

-doTERRA

Cassi says, “doTERRA is a health and wellness company with the highest quality essential oils and natural health products in the world. They take such care to ensure that every oil is not only pure, but has the right natural chemistry so that I can feel certain my family will get the results we need. I love the care they have for everyone that is part of the creative process, from the customers and distributors all the way down to the farmers all over the world. The products and the company practices are important to me, because I want to live and love what I market. It is so natural for me to share doTERRA with everyone I know, because of the impact it has had on my life. Not only do I feel healthier and happier than I have in years, but I get paid to help others do the same!” To learn more about the business, click here!

-Paparazzi $5 Accessories

Laura says, “Paparazzi $5 Accessories is a fantastic company that offers cute jewelry and accessories for only $5! What?! Yes, only $5! Plus, everything is lead & nickel free, which is perfect for sensitive ears! For only $5, Paparazzi offers necklaces, (with free coordinated earrings) lanyards, 8 different styles of bracelets, headbands, hippie headbands, clips and rings. Along with an amazing deal on trendy accessories, Paparazzi is a great company to work with. As a wholesaler for Paparazzi, you will make 45% IMMEDIATE profits on your $5 accessories! There are no catalogs to purchase and no monthly minimum sales. You receive a FREE WEBSITE & APP that your customers can purchase directly from. New inventory is released everyday (Monday-Friday). Because of the frequent new inventory releases, no two consultants have the same inventory! You can get started as a wholesaler by purchasing an initial inventory of 35 pieces of jewelry. You will also receive a jewelry display, sales bags, peg board hooks, and a 3 ring binder chock full of information to run a successful $5 Accessory Business.” To learn more about the business visit Laura at her facebook page, or her website.

**This video outlines some of the benefits of owning your own business, or partaking in an MLM**

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16 Comments

  1. Kristen Kelsch

    May 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    If you’d like a testimony from Mary Kay skin care and cosmetics, if love to give you one to add! It’s an amazing company! 😍

    1. McKayla B.

      May 22, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      I’ve heard good things about Mary Kay! I’m trying not too have too many from each category, and I already have two cosmetics companies listed. If I decide to add more I will let you know! Thanks for reading!

  2. Christina

    May 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    These are some out of the box ideas! I had no clue you could even donate plasma so often, let alone be paid for it.
    Great post!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Yes I tried to go for things people didn’t know about, and yes plasma can be done twice a week! They return your red blood cells each time, so it’s not dangerous (:

  3. TINA H

    May 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    These are really great tips! I’m not a mother but I do know some young moms out there that are struggling to work and taking care of kids at the same time so these information are very helpful. Thanks for sharing!
    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart
    http://www.tinasweetheart.com

    1. McKayla B.

      May 24, 2017 at 4:29 am

      Yes! Being a mom is hard work, let alone trying to do that AND make money! Luckily there are ways to do it!

  4. Riann

    May 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    lots of good advice – you could also add virtual assistant and digital concierge services to that list.

    1. McKayla B.

      May 24, 2017 at 4:29 am

      Great ideas! I will have to add those!

  5. Bianca Karina

    May 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Working at a gym daycare is probably the most ingenious trick yet! Child care while you work, plus a gym membership? Heck ya!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 25, 2017 at 2:34 am

      It is seriously awesome! And I love everyone I work with. I got lucky with this one!

  6. Lynn Woods

    May 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I’m not a Mom, but I’ll be sharing these with a couple of friends.

    1. McKayla B.

      May 25, 2017 at 2:34 am

      Thank you for sharing! (:

  7. Olivia

    May 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    These are some great ideas! And your main photo of you and your baby is absolutely precious. I really need to start leveraging pinterest on my blog! And I tried an etsy shop for my travel photography but I haven’t really built it out yet. Thanks again for sharing your tips. They’ve inspired me!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 25, 2017 at 2:38 am

      I’m so glad! Yes etsy shops take time, I wish i could invest time into one because they are so fun! And thank you! I was blessed with a photogenic baby (:

  8. Kaitlin

    May 24, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Soooo I’m currently a stay at home mom with no kids LOL – I quit my job because I hated it (and I plan on getting pregnant soon and am high risk) so this is coming at a perfect time! Bookmarking this!

    1. McKayla B.

      May 25, 2017 at 2:41 am

      Awesome! I’m excited for you! I quit the job I had while I was pregnant, it was too stressful! But using these things have really helped me maintain an income! (:

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