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REAL Money Making Jobs for Stay-At-Home Moms

Updated on June 26, 2012

Congratulations on making the decision to become a stay-at-home mom! This is a truly rewarding choice for your family. So, now you're looking to fill your extra time during naps or make extra money. There are no magic "stuff envelopes" or "product assembly" jobs (well, if there are, I've never seen them). But don't despair, there are great career options that you can do from the comfort of your own home.

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Telecommute as a Customer Service Representative

Many companies are now looking for customer service representatives to work from home (or telecommute) to provide service to their customers over the phone or online. In order to become a CSR, you will have to undergo training and obtain all of the technical equipment required to work. Click here for a detailed list of things you will need to get started and companies who offer telecommuting.

Freelance Writing

There are many, many companies and individuals who are looking for writers, bloggers, copywriters, transcribers to create content online. Many employers will assign a task and a dollar amount that they will pay you complete each task. If you are able to write quickly, you can make great money. Check out these companies for writing projects that pay:


Do you have a passion? An interest? A hobby? Blog about it and make cash! Blogging is a very simple way to make money on the internet via affiliates and advertising. Affiliates are companies who will pay you to sell their products, like Amazon, Sign up with an affiliate network like Commission Junction to become an affiliate. You can also monetize from your blog by using Google Adsense - advertisements that you place on your site, which is automatically updated by Google. Or try selling your own products like eBooks, music, or handmade items. There are so many ways to make money with just have to jump in!

Become a Virtual Assistant

With the economy crunch, many employers are now looking to virtual assistants to fill positions within their company. A virtual assistant is someone who is off site (like your home) who can help with a number of tasks like email handling, word processing, accounting, customer service, and other general administrative tasks. Where do you find these jobs? There are many freelance job sites online to help pair employers and employees. You create a profile, list your experience, search for freelance jobs, then place bids on projects. You decide how much you're willing to work for and how long it will take to complete the task. Here are some great freelance job websites:

Read more about becoming a freelancer on oDesk here.

Party Consultants

Like to party? Love to shop? Why not make money while you do both? There are a number of different party consultant companies all around the world. Long ago are the days of just selling Avon and Mary Kay. There is a wide range of products to choose from, depending on your skills and interests. Here are a few great examples:

You can either choose to sell at hosted parties or develop your customer base by networking with people you know. Being a mom opens a huge network of women who are willing to host theme parties, great for selling your exciting new products!

Sell Handmade Items

If you're handy with a sewing machine, knitting needles or glue gun, then why not take a stab at selling your creations online? Most people are familiar with Etsy, but there is a whole range of other handmade marketplaces for you to sell your crafty goods. Take a look at this list for details on handmade marketplaces online. If your products are popular enough, you may never need another day job again! Learn how to open your own Etsy Shop here.

Teach a Language

Wherever you are in the world, there is someone always looking to learn your language. If you are fluent in English, why not teach it to someone who is looking to improve their language skills? This could be ESL children, a business person, or even students online. Do you also speak another language? Great! Post on community forums, Craigslist, or Kijiji to advertise your language classes. This is a great option as it will allow you to meet new and exciting people, which is sometimes hard when being a stay-at-home mom.

If you would like to help teach online and make money, check out Stutors. You can answer questions on a variety of subjects and get paid for each answer that is accepted.

Child Minding & Babysitting

While you're at home looking after your little one, why not offer to help another family with child minding? This is a great way to earn extra cash from home, as well as being a rewarding career choice. Laws and policies are in place for official child minding, so make sure to read up on what is required in your jurisdiction. For example, you can read about child minding in the UK here.

Just like any job, stay-at-home jobs need persistence and dedication for you to see the results. Take it seriously and you'll see the money roll in!

How do you feel about being a stay-at-home mom?

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      4 years ago

      i read Real Money jobs advertisement at chinese newspaper and send them $100 deposit for package fee. as i read the statement, " I can start to work within 24 hours after the money received...." However, after 5 days, I didn't receive any message from them and so I feel very upset. please be careful while looking for any jobs.

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      Icyents 5 years ago from Michigan

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      steve 5 years ago

      Hey I am a stay at home dad, and to get some sort of income to feel some sense of pride I looked everywhere. I was scammed time and time again. Eventually I figured it out, and would like to connect others to this awesome resource, That really helped me. Dont be afraid to try new things and earn an income. My girlfriend is happy now, I take care of my son, and bring in quite a bit of cash. If you are interested go to:

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      craftybird 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      lady-that-lives-n-a-shoe, I would definitely recommend becoming a virtual assistant or applying to a job with Arise or Contract Xchange. These are routes that will definitely generate income for you.

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      lady-that-lives-n-a-shoe 5 years ago

      yes it is good to stay at home i have been wanting to have a stay at home job for a long time but how do you know which jobs are real or scams. i can't afford to lose money.

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      Jenna 6 years ago

      I have worked from home for 40 plus years. We have had a blog and do many of our own hand made items.

      First none of the above is easy work and if you think you will make a ton of money at any of the above right off you are wrong.

      Second you are one person and there for you are constrained by how much you can do and by that will also be constrained by how many dollars come in.

      Blogging and advertising is the exception however, Rome was not built in a day and you will find neither is traffic. Most stay at home Mom's need to earn about $1000 to $1,500 per month short of the babysitting I did not see anything on the list that will earn this kind of cash right away (as many folks can not wait years for things to get up to speed) Be aware Babysitting requires certificates and approvals by agencies and laws must be followed. Also keep in mind contracts are a good idea unless your not worried at all about people suing you and taking everything you own for not taking proper care of little johnny or susie.

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      Hayley Lee 7 years ago

      Being a work from home mum gives me lots of flexibility, I can put as much or as little time as I want and lots of companies are starting to realise how valuable we are and what a contribution we can make.

      I took a sales agent package selling real nappies with Harrys Cot and I have not looked back. I have great fun, and I bring my little girl Isobel with me to nappocinos. I have made lots of new friends.

      I would strongly recommend to any mum to consider starting a small business working from home.

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      Sharon Gregory 7 years ago

      I love being a stay at home mum. By working from home, I get the best of both worlds - spending all my time with my funny little girl and working when she naps / evenings / when my husband is at home.

      I opted for the party plan route and sell beautiful greeting cards. It's so flexible, if you're not confident enough to sell at a hosted party then it's just as effective to sell to friends / colleagues / craft fairs / charity events...the list is endless!