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5 Easy and Unique Money-Making Ideas For Stay At Home Moms

Updated on July 28, 2013
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We all know how tough the economy is right now. Jobs are few and far between and many companies are only hiring part-time workers. Bringing in some extra income to help tide you and your family over may not be as difficult as you think. With some ingenuity, creativity, marketing and ambition you could find yourself discovering your true calling, while making some extra cash.

Face Painting

If you’re a mom with small children it seems there’s always another birthday invitation in your child’s backpack. People usually don’t mind spending money on children's parties and that’s where you come in. Snazaroo makes a huge variety of affordable face painting kits, stamps and stencils that are suitable for boys or girls and for just about any themed party imaginable. They’re a UK based company, but they ship anywhere. Amazon sells a great basic Snazaroo kit for under $10. Using stencils and/or stamps with the face paint makes the process almost fool-proof.

Face painters are always in demand at birthday parties, fairs, charitable events and grand openings. Contact local businesses and organizations to let them know about your face painting services.

Setting up a face painting table at a garage sale is a great way to allow parents with children time to shop uninterrupted. Be sure to have flyers to hand out to parents.

Tea Party Planner

Moms are always looking for sweet, unique birthday party ideas for their little girls. What little girl doesn’t love playing dress up and having a tea party? If you don’t have an area in your house suitable for hosting tea parties don’t worry. You can offer to go to the party girl’s home.

A lightweight trunk (the kind college students use) is perfect for storing and transporting frilly dresses, hats, gloves, high heels, costume jewelry and satin gloves. Scour second hand shops for these items plus vintage table clothes, napkins and other table wear.

You can also consider approaching a children’s clothing shop to ask if they’d be interested in having you host tea parties in a backroom. I personally know of one woman who does this in my town and she’s always booked months ahead of time.

Fashion Jewelry Parties

There are companies that will help you host fashion jewelry parties, but there are often certain restrictions and issues associated with them. A quick internet search will result in many quality fashion jewelry wholesalers. Many of these companies require no more than a $50 minimum purchase. You don’t have to invest in a huge inventory for your party. Simply purchase a few sample pieces and ask the company for some catalogs. Then take orders at your party. Try timing your party around Mother’s Day, graduations, proms, June wedding season and at Christmas time.

Invite all your friends and family to your upcoming party and tell them to be sure to bring a friend. Create an event on Facebook to announce your fashion jewelry party.

Social Media Management

There’s no denying that social media has greatly impacted businesses, celebrities, charitable organizations and other entities. Most business owners could benefit from utilizing social media as a marketing tool, but finding the time to do so can be difficult. That’s where social media managers come in.

You can go as big or small as you like. You could offer to set up a Facebook fan page for clients, and create Facebook and Twitter posts and answer comments. Consider setting up a blog for your customers, write posts and share them on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, and Reddit. Don’t forget about Pinterest – more and more people are using this social media platform as well.

Book Reviewer

eBook readers have made it possible for just about anyone to become an instant author. Self-publishing is free for DIY authors on Amazon Kindle. That means there’s an abundance of eBooks available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble and many other online places. This can make it very difficult for a new writer to get their book noticed. A well-written, positive book review can be a huge boost to book sales. The average online book reviewer commands $100 or more for quality book reviews.

Begin by offering to write a few free book reviews for acquaintances to build up your portfolio. Then advertise your services on Craigslist, in local newspapers and on eBay’s classifieds.

Regardless of which part-time gig you choose, business cards are great investment. Vistaprint offers 250 quality business cards for just $10 and shipping is included. Create and print flyers for hanging in local grocery stores, libraries and community centers. You can invest as much or as little time as you like. Some of these ideas also have the potential of bringing in a full-time income.

**Are you a writer? HubPages is an excellent writing community with the potential for high earnings. I encourage everyone to sign up for a HubPages account here.


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    • lovesleftovers profile image

      lovesleftovers 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Ronna! I love face painting too :)

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      Ronna Pennington 5 years ago from Arkansas

      LOVE face painting! What a fun idea...and a creative outlet too!

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      lovesleftovers 5 years ago from Texas

      Rebeccamealey, thanks so much for your comment and compliments! Book reviewers are very much in demand right now. There are so many self-publishers just on Kindle alone who could definitely use a good book review to stimulate sales. It's a great way for freelancers to make a nice income. Thanks again for your comment!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow, what neat ideas! I love the book reviewer idea. You are right about lots of self published work needing quality reviews!

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      lovesleftovers 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Heather! Yes, little girls (and their moms) really do love it! Thanks so much for the comment.