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Parents can make money from home

Updated on November 29, 2013
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If you are reading this you are probably looking for an answer to the question 'how can I make money as a stay at home parent?' Making the choice to stay at home with your children rather than returning to work can be a tough one, and by opting to go down this route there will naturally be an impact on the household income. The resulting situation means that your outgoings go up because you now have little person in your family to feed and clothe, yet your income goes down because you are no longer bringing any money into the household. This can cause immense worry and stress, causing friction with your partner (if you have one) and putting stress on your relationship as you frantically struggle to cut costs and save money.

I wrote this hub because I know that there are ways to make money from home, even if you are a busy parent. You might not make the equivalent of what you earned in a full time job, but you can certainly bring in enough money to make a noticeable difference to the household finances. Let's face it, even if you can't easily earn a full time living from home, bringing in enough to provide a few meals per week or cover the cost of the diapers/nappies is still worth doing. Maybe you will make more than this, it all depends how much time you are willing to spend using the methods I suggest here to top up your household income.

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Below is a list of methods I know of that are proven to make money from home. You can fit these in around parenting, and you can include your slightly older children in many of them as educational activities. All in all many of them can offer a 'win win' situation i.e. bringing in money and capturing your children's imaginations.

  • Growing mustard and cress at home to sell to local shops and restaurants. Trust me on this one as I have done it, (and it does earn money quickly.) Each crop is ready in around five to seven days, so you have a quick return for very little investment. All you need are a few sunny window ledges, some kitchen roll/paper towels, some mustard and cress seeds, and a number of trays or tubs to grow them in.
  • Growing Mung Beans (bean sprouts) is virtually exactly the same principle as above, although you will need jars or bean sprouters rather than trays to grow them in.
  • Write an eBook or write for a site like this one. It really is possible to make a good part time income from writing online if you persevere and don't give up in the first few months. If you want to join Hubpages and look at writing for this site click here.
  • Dog sitting can bring in a few extra pounds or dollars, and as long as you know the dog is good with children it can be the perfect opportunity to get your children used to pets from an early age. Many people go out to work and don't want to leave their beloved dog at home alone, and this is where you could provide a very helpful service.
  • School runs are another service you could offer to parents who work. As you are not under any pressure to hold down a job and raise a family at the same time, you could charge a small fee to take other parent's children to and from school for them.
  • If you get the recognised qualifications you could also set yourself up as child minder for toddlers and very young children who have not yet reached school age. This way you could take in several children a day as well as your own, and earn some extra money at the same time.

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  • Consider becoming a virtual receptionist/virtual assistant from home. There are organisations out there where you can be the answering service for multiple companies, and depending on which company's light illuminates on the phone, (or whichever system they choose to use), you answer with the appropriate greeting.
  • Start a wormery/worm farm. These can be kept in your garden/yard and fed on your kitchen scraps such as veggie peelings. Loads of fishing tackle shops and suppliers will be happy to buy your worms off you as fishing bait, plus you can sell the liquid the wormery produces as plant food because it can be hugely diluted, (so a little goes a very long way.)
  • Depending on your educational and writing skills, why not offer your services as a proof reader, either online or directly through a publisher.
  • Data entry is another job you can do from home, and you can do this all on your computer in your own living room.
  • Offer a writing service to people who need short pieces written which they can use for back links to their main articles.
  • Set up your own website on a topic you are knowledgeable on, because this way you can make 100% of any revenue you generate from Adsense adverts, Amazon adverts etc. Make sure you get an Adsense account and an Amazon Associates ID as quick as you can once you begin publishing, or the adverts you place on your site won't earn you anything.
  • Are you any good at bookkeeping? Well this is a service you can offer from home for a fee, and many small businesses will love the convenience of this.
  • Offer an ironing/clothes pressing service. You would be surprised how many people (mainly single men) who are in full time employment that are incredibly grateful to find someone that they can pay to iron and press their shirts etc. Quite often they will even deliver the clothes to you and collect them afterwards.
  • Make sandwiches. These can be used in a variety of ways, you can sell them privately as packed lunches for people you know, you could drive around with a supply of them and go to different companies and sell them to the employees, you could sell them to a local retail outlet, or you could use them for company buffets and add to your range with other savory nibbles such as homemade sausage rolls or sausage pinwheels. Be aware you may need to check out with your local authorities that your kitchen meets relevant local hygiene regulations prior to selling food items you have prepared at home.

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These are just a few of many suggestions that can allow you to make money as a stay at home Mom or a stay at home Dad. In fact whichever stay at home parent you are you can probably generate at least a decent part time income, (and if you are really determined who knows what you can achieve.) If you check out the first site I link to below I believe you will find it a valuable resource of current jobs for stay at home parents.

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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Glad to be of help torrilynn, I hope she does find something that she will enjoy doing amongst these suggestions.

    • torrilynn profile image


      5 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I think my mom will really enjoy the job choices that you mentioned above. Voted up. Thanks.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks seanorjohn, both of those work out very profitable, and the ideas work equally well for children needing pocket money quickly.

    • seanorjohn profile image


      6 years ago

      Some great ideas. Love the wormery and cress producing. Not combined of course. Voted up and tweeted.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Go for it Brittanie2216, you might be pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be to generate some extra income using these methods :)

    • Brittanie2216 profile image

      Brittanie Pervier 

      6 years ago from Seattle WA

      I love these ideas especially the gardening ones I have never heard of anything quite like that and I would love to try it.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I have denied your comment enrich2k9, I think you know why, but in case you don't 'SPAMMING is not allowed'.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks incomeguru, actually I suggested proof reading in the article already, therefore covered it.

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      Oyewole Folarin 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      A lot of great ideas here! If they're very good correcting grammars and spellings, then they can also make money at home proofreading.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Cardisa, glad you liked the ideas. Like you said, there are loads of things that can be done to earn money from home, and this article just touches on the tip of the iceberg.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Kelly, love the ginger root idea, although I guess that could be harder if your children were babies in arms. A good pocket money job for children though, and feasible for stay at home parents with slightly older children. Thanks for explaining what you do from home too, as it just goes to show others that it is very possible to work from home even with children.

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks ThePracticalMommy, perhaps your son could do it to earn some extra pocket money instead. LOL, worm farming is at least a low effort job, writing on HP is much harder work :)

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Bob, glad you liked this, and thanks for the other excellent ideas. I didn't include eBay because recently I have heard reports that say eBay are making it increasingly more difficult and less financially viable for small individual sellers to be profitable on there. That combined with many more items being 'Buy it Now' prices and the 'Bid Now' format becoming less popular. I agree that you can pick up loads of stuff free though and re-sell it in all sorts of places. One man's rubbish is often another man's treasure.

      With regards to HP, I guess everyone's experiences are different, as I have been making a god part time living off HP since about October 2011, i.e. several hundred pounds plus a month. Right now my traffic is down, but I am hoping the next Google tweak will put it up again. I am still on track to be making a few hundred pounds this month, but not sure how next month will pan out.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Some great ideas you have here Misty. There are so many things that can be done at home to make money.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Misty some fabulous ideas. I work from home and have for 7 years. I do research reports for lending institufions, banks, foreclosure companies, lawyers, etc. I do have to run to the courts at times but it's when I want to go...lots of stuff I can do right from my computer but not always.

      I also know someone who used to go around hunting for ginger root - and things like that and he's sell it for a nice profit!

    • ThePracticalMommy profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Hmm. I'd skip the wormery too! ;) My son would love it, but I'd rather do something that doesn't involve dirt and slimy beings, like writing on HP.

      These are great tips for SAHMs and SAHDs! Voted up and sharing!

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      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Just the sort of hub we can expect from someone who hasn't had it easy all her life. Well done! Some good ideas.

      Re HP, I have been writing on here for 3 years and made about 180 quid!

      Better than nothing I suppose and I didn't need the money (but would have enjoyed some)

      Did you mention ebay? You can make good money there if you are diligent; it's a lot of mucking about. A fun way to do it is buy mixed lots at auction which sometimes contain treasures.

      Plain old buying and selling (on or off market sites) can be good. People just give good stuff away just to get rid of it.


    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      LOL Brian, she clearly isn't the 'tomboy' I am as I have no problems handling worms at all :)

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      This is a great resource Cindy although I did burst out laughing imagening my wife with a wormery!.

      Voted up and shared :)

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for commenting Thundermama. I wanted to make sure this included some ideas other sites may not have suggested before. Glad you liked it :)

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      Catherine Taylor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Wow, some unusual ideas here. Way to think outside of the box!


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