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Being a stay-at-home mom is a blessing – at least it has been for me. I love how I’m always home when my kids come back from school.
If you’re a stay at home mom who wants to take advantage of the opportunities that the internet offers, as well as contribute to the income of your home, then check out these 14 stay-at-home mom jobs for 2020 and beyond. I’m pretty sure something is going to click!
A popular online job for moms is transcription. Transcription is simply the conversion of audio to text. You can convert sermons, podcasts, lectures, etc to text.
Among the skills you will need is a good ear, excellent English and listening skills, and good comprehension skills. Of course, you need to type relatively fast.
In terms of tools, you’ll need headphones, internet connection and a PC. Here are other tools that will come in handy if you want to become a professional transcriber.
What I love about being a transcriber is that one learns a lot of stuff. One day you might be transcribing a video on how to cook Chinese food and the next day you might be transcribing an audio, talking about the pyramids in the Sudan!
Need transcription training before starting your transcription journey? Get this Free 7-Lesson Transcription Mini Course from Janet Shaugnessy! Janet has been a professional transcriptionist for more than a decade. Her free e-course will teach you the ins and outs of general transcription.
There are plenty of jobs for would be transcribers. Sites where you can find transcription jobs include:
- TranscribeMe (review)
- Daily Transcription (review)
- 3Play Media (review)
- Verbal Ink
- Rev (review)
2. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is still hot and there are plenty of freelance writing opportunities.
Apart from Fiverr and Upwork, you can also find writing opportunities on ProBlogger, FreelanceWritingGigs, TextBroker, Verblio, or directly pitch to an editor of one of the countless websites on the net.
How much can you earn as a freelance writer? The pay ranges from a mere $10 to write a 1000 word article to $200 for the same.
Two people I like recommending when it comes to freelance writing are: Gina Horkey and Holly Johnson.
These two stay-at-home moms have been around the block and understand the ins and out of online writing.
Gina started earning $4000 per month after six months of starting her online writing business, while Holly found awesome techniques to build herself a six-figure business.
Holly shares some of those tips in her ‘how to build a six-figure writing career‘ free workshop.
And Gina has a course: 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.
3. Online Proofreading
If you’ve ever read an article online or offline, that was full of spelling and grammatical mistakes, then you must have realized that the writer did not take the time to proofread the article.
Proofreading is vital to ensure that there aren’t any grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.
Of course, in these days of tech, we have an app like Grammarly (which you can simply install as a Chrome extension – for FREE) but you can never underestimate the power of the human eye.
There is a demand for freelance proofreaders nowadays, given that there’s lots of writing going on. Ebooks, blog posts, Kindle books are being put out daily and they need to look just right.
Some of the sites that hire proofreaders are proofreadingservices.com, proofreadingpal, wordvice, proofread now, among others.
A work-at-home mom I like mentioning when it comes to proofreading is Caitlin Pyle. Caitlin is a six-figure proofreader and founder of ProofreadAnywhere. She helps beginners to decide if proofreading is the career path for them through her FREE proofreading workshop.
4. Teach English Online
If you are a Native English Speaker, have a Bachelor’s Degree in any field, have some ESL teaching experience and enjoy working with kids, you can teach Chinese children English and earn up to $22 per hour working at VIPKid.
5. Become a VA (Virtual Assistant)
I see you mama – you who believes that multi-tasking is your second name.
If you want to stretch yourself even further, then you might want to consider virtual assistant jobs.
A virtual assistant is someone who helps their client with their tasks, such as writing, data entry, graphic design, social media work and more.
They are sort of like a Personal assistant, except they assist their clients remotely.
That means that you may be a virtual assistant based in the UK, doing some social media work for a client residing in Australia.
It is recommended that virtual assistants pick a niche, rather than becoming a virtual assistant who handles everything.
For example, there are plenty of VAs’ who have chosen to be Pinterest Virtual Assistants.
Some of the services that you can offer as a Pinterest VA is:
- Create attractive and well keyworded Pins.
- Create boards for your client’s Pinterest accounts.
- Write well keyworded descriptions.
- Pin the images using a scheduler like Tailwind.
- Check Pinterest analytics regularly to report back how the client’s account is doing.
If you like getting out of your comfort zone, then Virtual Assistant jobs may be right up your alley, as you may be asked to do tasks that you are not familiar with from time to time.
You can find virtual assistant jobs on Fancy Hands, 99 Dollar Social, Virtual Gal Friday, and a couple more.
Gina Horkey, the freelance writer also has a virtual assistant business and she created 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistance Success to help out beginner virtual assistants.
6. Do small and easy gigs like
Paid Online Surveys
It can be very tempting to watch those cute cat videos all day – or rather, after your kiddos have taken a nap.
But rather than watch those cute videos, you can help companies understand consumers better by sharing your opinion, in other words, take surveys.
There are so many survey companies out there – some that only have a couple of surveys a month, others that pay way too little and others that take forever to pay you.
However, some survey companies will be worth your time. They are:
Swagbucks – where you can get paid to take surveys, watch videos, play games and even shop. Get a free $5 when you sign up!
Survey Junkie – Surveys pay between $1 to $3. Minimum amount to cash out is $10.
OneOpinion – Sign up on this survey that pays its members between $1 to $5 per survey – depending on the length.
Opinion Outpost – Here’s a survey site that has a relatively high pay compared to other surveys site and fewer chances of being disqualified from surveys.
Vindale Research that pays up to $75 per survey. Register and get a free $1 sign up bonus – Share your unique opinion and get paid for it! Product developers are willing to pay reviewers between $5 and $75 per completed survey.
If you’re living in Canada, here’s the sign up link for Vindale Research.
Here’s a list of more survey companies that pay cash.
You can also join Field Agent, Easy Shift, OneSpace and GigWalk where you can do short tasks such as taking photos of a product for a client, double checking prices in a store, data entry, writing or transcription tasks.
You can also join Lime and get paid from $5 to charge electric scooters from home.
This other list of stay-at-home mom jobs aren’t exactly jobs but more like online BUSINESSES.
The earning potential, of course, is way higher. As a stay at home mom, you can:
7. Start a blog
Blogging is a serious home business and many moms have set up successful blogs where they share tips and info on various topics such as home decor, parenting, frugal living and more.
In fact, you can take a look at 20 successful mom bloggers who are making serious money in different niches.
Once you start your blog, you can make money by:
- promoting other people’s products and getting a commission, also called affiliate marketing.
- placing ads on your blog. Leading ad companies are Google Adsense, Media.net, Mediavine and AdThrive.
- selling your own products, such as a course or an ebook, on your blog.
We have many mom bloggers who are earning a full-time income via their parenting, DIY or food blogs and loving it!
And it doesn’t have to be in one of those big niches. There are moms who are making a living, blogging about sewing and crocheting.
They then sell their products on their blog – such as selling crotchet patterns, or they teach other moms how to sew or crotchet.
Starting your blog is as easy as following this tutorial that I wrote just for you! I recommend Bluehost as it is reasonably priced, has good customer service and get this, most pro-bloggers use it as well. There must be something to that.
8. Start an Online Store With Shopify
If you are a stay at home who has a thing with selling, you may want to look into starting an online store with Shopify, otherwise called starting an e-commerce business.
With e-commerce, you will simply be conducting transactions over the Internet – selling either a product or a service and collecting payment online.
Starting your online store with Shopify is as simple as:
- Deciding what you want to sell. That may be kids apparel, jewelry, footwear, pet accessories, etc.
- Deciding where to source your products from. Most Shopify store owners purchase their products from AliExpress.
- Setting up your store on Shopify – choosing a domain name, adding the products and setting up your site.
- Promoting your online store – This can be done via Google and FB Ads or on Instagram.
The income potential for a Shopify online store is tremendous.
We have moms who are selling stuff such as swimwear and earning as much as $12,000 per month, all the while enjoying the freedom of being their own boss.
Truth be told, it will take time, energy and money (especially when it comes to promotion of your store)
But with a good dose of persistence and grit, you can do this.
Check out this article that covers the most common Shopify problems that almost all beginners face.
And, here is another great article about moms selling on Shopify to keep you motivated!
9. Sell stuff on Etsy
Crafty moms have an opportunity to make money with their giftings by starting an Etsy store!
Etsy, for a long while, has been the marketplace where customers can find creative and beautiful items.
Etsy has nearly 20 million ACTIVE buyers and if you happen to be a passionate person full of drive, then Etsy can help you build an awesome home business.
Some of the items that you can sell on Etsy include handmade items, such as jewelry and leather goods; vintage items such as antique dishes; home decorative items; clothing such as creative bags and belts, and much more.
Starting your Etsy shop is as easy as:
- Deciding what you will sell (do research)
- Picking a name for your shop.
- Creating and stocking your shop.
- Making sure you take quality photos of your products.
- Marketing your shop. Social media is a great platform for this.
- Research different packaging and shipping options as well to ensure that your customers get their products on time.
There’s a great tool called Etsy Rank that helps you follow the most successful Etsy store owners.
It provides for a great way to see what your competitors are doing right and therefore helps you to fine-tune your strategy.
10. Graphic Design Jobs
In this increasingly visual world, one digital job that is still very popular is graphic design.
Clients all over the world need logos, e-book covers, infographics and virtual business cards created.
In short, freelance graphic designers are in high demand!
You can find graphic design jobs on sites such as Upwork and Fiverr. The latter especially, is a site that most clients visit as it is renowned for freelance graphic designers.
11. Translation Jobs
The world is increasingly becoming multilingual – tri-lingual even, and this provides an opportunity for many stay at home moms who are multilingual to work from home as translators.
Translation services are needed by the finance and banking sector, the IT industry, the entertainment industry, travel and tourism industry and more.
All these industries use language translation services to make their products or services more familiar to their customers, especially given that more companies are going global.
Here’s an interesting fact: There’s a lack of Arabic content, even though the language is spoken in 22 countries and in two continents. You can already see that there’s potential in this industry.
If you are looking for websites that hire freelance translators, take a look at this list.
12. Test Websites
No client wants his web visitors to hit the back button on their PC due to having a poor experience while visiting their site.
For that reason, there are a number of companies that hire people to test websites.
Typically, you will visit a website, click a couple of tabs here and there, and talk about your experience aloud.
For example, how easy was it accessing the shop and adding things to cart? Did you feel that the website load speed was fast enough? What do you think about that pink background color?
The tests on many of the user testing sites take between 10-20 minutes each and you get paid $10 per test.
Check out some of the sites that hire user testers here.
13. Got a skill? Sell a course on Teachable
If you have any sort of skill – be it photography, writing, graphic design, make up, sewing, baking – you can teach that skill to other people.
“But to who?” You may ask. You may feel that you’re not exactly a guru but there are plenty of people who know much less than you. That’s your customer base.
You may also feel that there already is lots of free information online.
That may be true but people much prefer to get a structured online course rather than spend a lot of time jumping from one forum to another, or one YouTube video to another.
Unlike a physical product, there is no hustle with shipping when you’re dealing with digital products.
It’s as simple as creating a course that is super helpful for people, using a platform such as Teachable, and selling the course over and over and over.
It’s a fantastic home business for stay at home moms that requires little effort.
Although, to be honest, when you’re initially creating the course, it will take time and effort. But once you have the content ready, you’ll simply upload it to Teachable, market it and sell it to your eager students.
Don’t forget that you may need to update the course from time to time.
If you do choose Teachable as your go-to platform, you will be able to decide how your students will pay, i.e whether it will be a one-time payment or a payment spread out across several months.
Teachable also has easy to understand analytics to help you follow how well your students are progressing.
Got a burning course idea in your head? Sign up on Teachable and thank me later!
14. Start a YouTube Channel
So you’ve been thinking of starting a YouTube channel because your itching to share your passion?
That is most definitely not a bad idea.
YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google and the third most visited site after Google and Facebook.
Not only that but there are 400 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every single minute, while people watch over 1 billion hours of YouTube videos everyday.
If that doesn’t convince you that there’s a ready audience on YouTube, I don’t know what will.
Some of the popular YouTube channels that you can make money in are:
- Tech Reviews
- Hair Care
It’s important to pick one niche if you want to have a loyal following. Don’t make one video today about how to cook a turkey, and another tomorrow about the latest cosmic discovery.
Successful YouTubers who are making good money have had to be patient and persistent, just like other online businesses.
When it comes to making money with your YouTube channel, you can do so via these ways:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Ads – AdSense
- Asking for your viewers to support you via PayPal
As you can see, stay at home moms can contribute significantly to the home income.
No need to scratch your head wondering what to do in 2019. I believe I’ve got you covered!