Sources of Money Online for Stay at Home Moms and Dads

Work at Home Mom Obviously with Baby (Photo courtesy by Raving Rabbit from Flickr)
Work at Home Mom Obviously with Baby (Photo courtesy by Raving Rabbit from Flickr)
Work at Home Mom -- and Kid (Photo courtesy by AGeekMom from Flickr)
Work at Home Mom -- and Kid (Photo courtesy by AGeekMom from Flickr)

Find Opportunities Online

(This hub is requested by a mom with a small baby who wants to learn how to make money online while without leaving home - but the content created is intended for all eyeballs. Also the options for opportunities are a bit narrowed to make things simpler and more specific.)

There are more than a thousand sources of money online for moms at home; but there are also many scams lurking in all corners of the Internet so beware. Just keep in mind that you're browsing these websites to find ways to earn money - not spend it. However, not all sites charging some fees are scammers. You just have to try the free sites first.

Obviously, you have to have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet. (This is assuming you have a computer with Internet connection at home, of course.) Don't worry if you're a bit ignorant because it is very easy to learn. In fact, the Internet is quite educating. You will find more information by browsing different websites and visiting forums.

It is also addictive so you must learn how to manage your time, especially when projects start pouring in. Believe it or not, online jobs can be the worst slave drivers on earth.

So You Want to Be a Work-at-Home Mom (Photo courtesy by Brandon Hill from Flickr)
So You Want to Be a Work-at-Home Mom (Photo courtesy by Brandon Hill from Flickr)

The Many Ways to Make Money Online

Here are some of the few ways to earn money thru Internet:

  • Direct selling
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Multi-level marketing
  • eCommerce
  • Mystery shopping
  • Auction selling
  • Paid surveys
  • GPT programs (get-paid-to)
  • Virtual office workers
  • Telemarketers
  • Freelance jobs (data entry/web design/programming)
  • Blogging

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Mom at Work with Sleeping Baby (Photo courtesy by snapscot from Flickr)

Habit #1 to acquire: check your emails regularly. Do not neglect your inbox for more than 24 hours. And always reply to important messages as soon as you can, especially those related to your projects.

Be Honest with Yourself When You Assess Your Skills

Do not attempt to know everything or even pretend to be anything that you're not. If you planned to build an online career, you must find the right job or business that you will enjoy doing for long. Examine each of the options listed. Keep in mind that not all opportunities are for you. You cannot serve two masters so choose one or, at least two ways to earn that will perfectly go hand in hand - without cramping your style.

It doesn't matter if you're not a techie or geeky type of person. So what if last week was your first time to surf the Internet? You just have to be enthusiastic and optimistic.

Can you type? Can you write? Do you like writing? Do you enjoy sharing and discussing hot topics and favorite issues? Then, blogging is obviously one for you. This may also be the easiest and the most enjoyable way of making money. However, you have to invest some time for your blogs to start seeing some earnings. Read the Google Adsense to understand how you will earn money from blogging. Important: Make sure you have created an adsense account and that you have linked your blogs to it.

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Mommy Earns Money Online (Photo courtesy by Blogging Women from Flickr)

UPDATES

Good news!

  • Elance and oDesk have merged to offer better services for freelancers.
  • Guru has new awesome features for online workers.
  • Freelancer is getting better and better.

Places to Look for Freelance Jobs

There are many websites where you can get hired for online jobs that will fit your field of expertise. Some charge minimal fee and some are absolutely free.

Here are some examples of websites that you can join without shedding a few dollars (in alphabetical order):

Note: Actually, the list offer paid membership upgrades.

Wondering how you'd get paid for jobs done? Look for payment methods that the website offers. Here are common methods available: bank transfer, wire transfer, cheque, atm/debit card, and Paypal/Skril.


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Habit #2: Switch on your computer every afternoon even if your official ‘working' schedule started at 9 pm in the evening. This way, you'll hear whenever a message comes in. Browse around money-making websites while the kids are taking a nap or playing.

Tips on How to Get Online Jobs

  • Treat your online career seriously. Of course, the family remains first priority but you must set aside constant amount of time for your work. With or without projects, sit in front of the computer during this time: 7 to 11 pm or 9 to 12 pm every night.
  • Create a nice profile by taking online skill tests, which are typically offered within the job market websites. Your passing grades will serve as proof that you have working knowledge of particular skills. Read the job description for each project posted.
  • You must understand what the job entails before sending in your application letter. Always check your grammar and spelling to impress future employers.
  • Do not apply to more than 3 job offers a day. When you're hired on a project, minimize your job application to only 1 per day. If the project you have requires full-time, stop applying until the current work is through. Otherwise, your reputation will suffer because the unsatisfied client can leave negative feedback against you.
  • Always try to finish projects before the deadline. Your client will be happy and most probably leave a glowing praise for you. You will be building a nice and reliable reputation as a virtual worker - and you will be able to get more projects within short periods of time.

Blog What You Love, The Money Will Follow (Photo courtesy by gumption from Flickr)
Blog What You Love, The Money Will Follow (Photo courtesy by gumption from Flickr)

Good News!

HubPages is now focused to help all writers from all corners of the web.

Write Quality Content to Make Money Online

There are lots of people writing these days. You will have an edge when you make sure that your blogs have no grammatical and typographical errors. Readers like a good read every time they visit a blog page. Make them remember you as a writer worthy of their browsing time.

Avoid copying other people's works. Don't ever think that cheating will not be discovered on the Internet. Once you're found out, your blogging career is kaput.

Learn the ropes of optimization. Use tags, keywords, and other tools available to optimize your page.

Here are some websites that you can join to publish your writings (this is a hub so HubPages is understandably first on the list):

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Habit #3: Visit the social websites that you joined for at least thrice a week. This way, you'll be able to develop warm and friendly relationship with people from different parts of the world.

First Step on How to Promote Your Blogs -- Promote Yourself

You have to spread the word so that other people will know about your blogs. Start with your family and friends. Send a link to them through email every time you publish latest work.

Widen your horizon bit by bit. Join social websites to meet a lot of people and make new friends. You will also learn a lot of things from them through sharing ideas and thoughts. Don't forget to put links of your works anywhere on these websites.

Read other people's blogs and go to forum sites. Create relevant comments to topics that you like. Avoid leaving more than 2 comments in a row or you'll look like spam. Create a web presence through constant communication with friends. Twit everyday. Post not just links. Engage in true and real-time conversations.

Here are some social websites that you can join:

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BirteEdwards 7 years ago

Some good advice here. You seem to know what you are talking about.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Thank you again, kind sir. Moms always know how to take care of the family while earning extra money :)


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Nash Dadameah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

amazing article with exciting use of videos, polls, pictures and links!

all i can say is WOW! you've made a standard topic looks very attractive to read.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Thank you for the very nice comment, Nash Dadameah. :)


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wittywriter 7 years ago from Concord New Hampshire

Thanks for this great hub. You did a lot of research.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hello, wittywriter! Thank you for the appreciation. I'm glad you like it. Some parts of the hub are from experience. :)


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

nice information, although I am not Mom. But I still interesting with money program in internet. thanks for great article.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

I'm glad you like the hub, prasetio30. Hope the info here can help you, too. :)


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great hub!!


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hi, Chris Eddy111! Thank you for dropping by :) I'm glad to meet you.


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Isela 7 years ago

Hi, I´m a work at home mom too, right know I have a load of laundry in the washer, a load in the dryer, and zero inspiration for the 30/30 Hub Challenge. But, being home for my kids AND still be working is a great example for my kids on discipline and perseverance.


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braincandy 7 years ago

Well written article. Thanks for the information. Question: How do I create a link on a social network site? Is this difficult?


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hello, Isela! We're the same. I'm thinking of washing clothes or sitting in front of my computer right now. Obviously the pc won :) I just washed a basketful of clothes the other night so we still have lots of clean clothes to wear. I've been a work at home mom for the last 20 years -- the entire years that I've been married to a loving husband. So even when the flow of cash -- at my end -- is somewhat erratic, I never regret that I stayed at home with my babies. About the 30/30, I am still trying to chug along even though my score is only 4/30 :D

Hi, Braincandy! Thank you for dropping by. Social sites have different sets of rules. But basically, members can stick their links in their profile pages. Currently, I am using Twitter, Facebook, Mybloglog, and Bebo. They can be interconnected (or integrated) to each other so what you posted in one will also get posted in others. Friendfeed, Del.icio.us, and Tumblr are my next prospects but there are many other social websites you can use. Just find one that will fit your taste :D


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Uriah Fable 7 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

Excellent! Although not a Mom, I am a Stay-At-Home-Dad, (yes, I too have baskets of laundry waiting as well as a sink full of dishes to wash)and in the last few weeks I've researched numerous ways to make an income through the internet. I decided on Blogging to start. Seemed easiest for me to acclimate to, and I already am involved in several social network thingies. Just wanted to say this Hub is inspirational, not only is the content extremely helpful, but its a great example of how a blog can look! Great job!

p.s. Thanks for the follow on Twitter, without I would never have found this, peace


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hi, Uriah Fable! Thank you for the very nice comment. Good thing, you're already involved in social sites because that's the first important step -- to get connected. See, we met through Twitter :D I will be your first fan here in HubPages so... I'll be looking forward to many, many hubs from you. Come and join the 30/30 hubchallenge! It's never too late :)


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greek girl 7 years ago

Wow great hub!This is so helpful!!Also, thanks for being my fan!


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping by, greek girl! Hope you'll be my 100th fan :)


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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

Really useful Hub. I signed up with ODesk and went through the whole process, but then I had other work and didn't do much with them. I'm still signed up, though. Not long ago they were among companies featured on the news, as companies offering work from home. (It made me feel as if they were recognized as being "legitimate".)


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jeffrubman7 7 years ago from Coral Springs, Florida

There are alot of scams out there. I have worked for corp america for 15 years and never felt secure, then I owned my own mortgage company for 10 years and I had to close my doors. I am back in corp america but My wife and I now know the only way to feel secure is to develop a real needs based business and have an residul income stream. The other very important thing that the company has to be long standing.. we found just that company 24 years in business and it is not an MLM... We are so thrilled.

Jeff Rubman

coral springs fl


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hello, Lisa HW :) Thank you for the nice words. I'm glad you find this hub useful.

Hello, jeffrubman7! Thank you for coming back. Sorry, I had to do what I have with your last comment. Hope to see more hubs from you :)


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

Hi, thanks for posting this. I have ben ghostwriting for over a year now; and I also write for helium, AC, and Triond. But I still am not earning much from these sites, so I cannot give up my ghostwriting yet.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hello, Melody Lagrimas. Thanks for dropping by. Don't give up. That's the spirit :)


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Julie McM 7 years ago from Southern California

Great advice and resources for moms who need to make money from home. Thanks for writing.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hi, Julie McM! Thank you for dropping by :)


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Camping Dan 7 years ago

GetAFreelancer is not what it used to be. There are so many on that site who are out of the country and willing to work so cheap it makes it not worth the time for many.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Yes, I agree. That's also the situation in other job market sites. However, there are still a lot of buyers who values quality and expertise above low fees (more often than not, cheap rates are equivalent to bad attitudes and performance). It's a try-and-try-until-you-succeed kind of thing nowadays :) Thanks for dropping by, Camping Dan. I'll be your fan, that's for sure :D


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pcdriverupdate 7 years ago from VA

Lots of good info here. Great hub.


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Ms._Info 7 years ago from New Jersey

Great hub and great tips for assessing skills. I think this is a step a lot of people fail to take.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hello, pcdriverupdate! Thank you for coming here :)

Hi, Ms._Info! I'm glad you like the tips :)


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Artfulmama 7 years ago from HAWAII

Aloha Queen Cleopatra!!! TOTALLY LOVE IT... Excellent info... you have really given me a leg up !!! So glad that HubPages got a strong vote on making money at home... this would be a total dream job... if I can really make it work.. just signed up today ...and am getting ready to start my first hub... would love to start my own topic "Life&Humor" cause life already has enough negative... doom and gloom .. let me know if you have any tips or advice for a newbie on HubPages.. look for me Artfulmama from Hawaii


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Great work - another tip would be to give your hubpages or other postings time. Usually, I earn more a week or two (or more) after initial publication. Research keywords and tags, and use original content, as you suggest. This is helpful!


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hello, Artfulmama! I'm glad you like the info here. Writing about things you love is a very good start. Focusing your attention to HubPages is a very good idea. Explore around, read tips from hubs created by other hubbers will guide you towards success. That's what I did and still do :)

Hi, stephhicks68! Thank you for visiting and adding valuable tips of your own. Cheers!


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lyls 7 years ago

Thanks for the approval of you.Doing good job, keep it so.Best regards my dear!


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I'm very wary of anything which asks for money up front, I'd say most if not all are total scams and the only one they make money for is themselves.

I also do not like the types of rates "cents" if you please, but there must be some which pay resonably, surely.


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

Hi, katyzzz! We're on the same boat. I don't like to be exploited. And yes, you're right. There are job offers that pay well -- you just have to be patient and diligent on finding them.


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Yasmina 7 years ago

Hi and Thanks for all the tips! I'm really impressed of it! I am in the situation were I really need earning money at my own home. I'll read it all over again and pick up what will be best for my situation. Thanks again!


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queen cleopatra 7 years ago Author

At last! Hello, Yasmina. I've been waiting for you. This hub is especially for you. Thank you for the great idea. :)


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Yasmina 7 years ago

Thank You! It was Very Kind of you! Big Hug!


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joslower 7 years ago

I guess I M a drown, I think you have good ideas!


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02SmithA 7 years ago from Ohio

Nice stuff... very detailed and thorough!


notorious_HAI 7 years ago

awesome hub. I've bookmarked and shared it.


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christianrogers 7 years ago from South East

Very cool hub. You have some awesome information and if people can't find a way to make some extra cash with your tips..then that's their fault.


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Earthscribe 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Very thorough, articulate presentation! I'm linking this in an email to my ex :)


Melinda L. Fisher 6 years ago

Very nice hub. I am definitely going to put this knowledge to use. I had heard a few of these ideas before, but I thought they were a scam. I am glad to know that there is a real market for stay at home moms after all! You are a very detailed writer. I love the simple tips and easy to follow directions for those of us who have no idea what we are doing,but wish to earn a career online. Thanks for the read.


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queen cleopatra 6 years ago Author

Hello again, Melinda! I wrote this hub for moms (and dads) who chose to stay at home and take care of the family needs. Glad you like it :D


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stasis 6 years ago from US

Online work definitely is a slave driver! I have gone up to 16 hours at a time glued to the computer =P


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queen cleopatra 6 years ago Author

Yes, you're right lol... Sometimes, you don't own your time at all. I guess, you just have to control the number of online jobs to accept. Thanks for reading, statis :)


iluvceleb 6 years ago

I only wish that I could do telemarketing and online training :D Anyway, it seems that you have found better way to make money online. Thanks and good luck


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queen cleopatra 6 years ago Author

Thanks for reading, iluvceleb :)


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Johnny Parker 5 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

fantastic blog masses of information - good for dad's at home too ;-)

Johnny


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queen cleopatra 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Johnny Parker. I'm pleased to know that I gave helpful info :D


Miss Rhei 5 years ago

you do know how to write lengthy and informative posts... keep up and more power!


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jamterrell 5 years ago

Very good hub, this is helpful.

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