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Ten Great Jobs for Stay at Home Moms

Updated on November 30, 2014

Jobs for Stay at Home Moms

You want to stay home and be there for your kids-- that's great! Ãâà It is true-- if you got paid for all the hours you work and the time you spent, you'd deserve six figures for all that effort. However, just because you're not in a traditional nine-to-five kind of office situation, that doesn't mean you can't find some perfectly interesting and well-paying things to do during naptime or while the kids are at school. Ãâà Part time work is not only good for your family's budget-- it's good for your brain!

Jobs You Can Do At Home

Here is a list of things you can absolutely do in between your main and (of course) most important job-- stay at home mom.   I am just here to give you some viable ways to supplement your income while you're doing that!

1. Graphic designer/ virtual assistant/ PowerPoint maker/ a variety of other jobs. If you had an administrative-type job in an office or you're one of those super-organized types, a VA job could be a great fit for you. There are still business owners who don't want to outsource assistant jobs overseas. Basically you register with Elance, then you get the chance to look at proposals from business owners who need everything from writers to V.A.'s to social media managers to part-time accountants and everything in between.  

2. Freelance Writer

If you have any talent at all for writing, definitely sign up to be a content provider at Suite101 and You will have to "claim" jobs on each network, but depending on your area of expertise), this can not only be a great source of income, but a chance to use your brain for something other than endless conversations with three year olds and analyzing the deeper meaning behind the Yo Gabba Gabba song "I Love Flowers." This just in: she loves flowers.

Here are some places you can sign up:

3. Affiliate marketer (also known as "Internet Marketer). Internet marketing is a useful skill no matter what you use it for, and once you're familiar with the concepts of doing keyword research and setting up Wordpress sites, it's fun to continue learning new things as you promote people's products (which can certainly earn you a full time income). So that you don't become overwhelmed with the concepts, I would recommend taking a course-of the affordable ones I have tried, I would recommend Chris Farrell's courses. Chris is smart and funny, his courses are packed with information, he has an inexpensive trial, and you can leave anytime. Remember, once you build your internet marketing skills, you can certainly put those to use for businesses in your area, for your own business, for your husband's business, or really, for anything you want. The internet is constantly changing, and having the skill to build and market websites is simply invaluable. The Website Course is where I would start if I were coming to internet marketing brand new.

4. Mystery Shopper (also known as "Secret Shopper"). Secret shopper is actually a job that stores need, because it gives them valuable feedback on how their employees/ stores are doing and alerts them to things they need to change. This is a job that myself and several of my friends do, because it can make errands pay for themselves and because it's fun and interesting. Basically, you sign up over at this site, get alerted to jobs in your area, accept them, and go! Â You'll need strong writing and organizational skills (and probably a camera), but it's interesting work and you'll never have the same day twice. Â Try it! Personally, I once reviewed a grocery store, a bank, and a fancy watch store all in the same day, just because I was in the area.

5. Public Sector Jobs With recent economic stimulus packages going into effect, the public sector (government) is opening up as a viable option for part-time work, some of which may be done at home. If you had a job like this before you made the move to stay at home mom, definitely check out this site. You might be able to transition back to part time work with benefits!

6. Photographer. With the hundreds of photos you've taken of your kids, you've actually learned a little bit about photography and gotten good at it, right? Honestly, digital photography is a real skill that people need-from real estate agents to other moms who want family portraits done to pet photographers to people who need nice photos of their cars for their CraigsList listing. Here is a site where you can find a guide to starting a home-based photography business, since you are probably already doing this for your child, his or her friends, and their soccer team.

7. Medical transportation. This is especially appropriate for you if you are already caring for an elderly relative, taking them back and forth to appointments. Did you know that with one vehicle, you can start a small business doing "medical transportation" for elderly people, and the government will reimburse you for this? It's true. Obviously if you have a small car (or no car at all) or are busy at home all day this might not be for you, but if you have a big car, your kids are in school during the day, and you know your way around town, this is definitely something you should look into.

8. Designer. Enter (and hopefully win!) web design "contests". is a site where anyone can participate in design "contests." The good news: everyone is different, so no matter what kind of designer you are, you will probably be able to find a customer who is receptive to this, plus once you win the contest, chances are that person will not only stay your client, but refer you to their friends. Visit or to sign up and get started. Creative Market is also a great place to sell your designs/ photographs.

9. Facebook Expert/ Consultant. Beyond a "Social Media Manager," a Facebook expert/ consultant specializes in this one platform, setting up fan pages for businesses, designing applications, and architecting a business strategy that includes this important , ever-growing, and ever-changing tool. Did you know that Facebook has more members than there are people in the United States of America?

The Part Time Job Conundrum

So-- once the kids are in school, what can you do? Many moms say they need a part time job to fill this time, but they a) have been out of the workforce, or b) need flexible hours.

I have had several friends solve this dilemma by getting a part-time job in a retail or office setting. This can be especially lucrative during the holidays, plus you get out of the house, PLUS (and this is a big advantage) you get the store's discount even when you're not working, which can lower your entire monthly spend.

If there is a Kohl's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, or Macy's in your area (for instance), this is definitely something to consider. At least start a search! Need an hourly job? Search over 250,000 part-time and full-time hourly positions on Snagajob.

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      pitlock 4 years ago

      nice job, lots of information!

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      IreneL11 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information.

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      CharMarie 4 years ago

      Love your lens! Thanks so much for the info! Still looking for my "place" in this world!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @malindakaykirby: Great Lens, for anyone willing to invest a little money there are great mlm companies out there that basically let you become your own boss

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      sarahkrug 4 years ago

      Great info - I'm a stay at home mom who recently left the commuting world and now works from home too. It is wonderful to be making a great income at home so I can be with my children while they're still little.

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      malindakaykirby 4 years ago

      @mcajaclyn: Hi, I'd like to know the job you have we need extra income pretty fast if you don't mind could you let me know what job you have and how I could get one?

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      mcajaclyn 4 years ago

      Nice lens...I am a stay at home mom who works from home and i would not have it any other way:)

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      OMGDan 4 years ago

      great tips for starting a business from home

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      startyourcareer 5 years ago

      An interesting lens.This post would help in making money from home for moms.Thanks for posting.

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      xscottbx 5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. Great information for stay at home moms. It's nice that people can make money from home.

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      A great lens. It is full of important information on getting a job as a stay at home moms. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really great ideas! I'll bet a lot of the stay-at-home DADS are going "Yeah! I can do this!" :)

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      Informative. Surely going to be helpful for those moms who are starting to work from home.

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      Resident-Nerd 5 years ago

      Great lens, I know many moms will benefit from this information.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      Great lens. You are helping stay at home moms here.

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      marketingnaukri 5 years ago

      If you want to stay at home, look after you family or your newborn baby, yet at the same time make some money from the comfort your home, you can always do that. The advent of the Internet has enabled such jobs. Some of the jobs that one can do from home comprises graphic designer jobs, virtual assistant jobs, Freelancer Jobs and so on. There are several websites that hire freelance writers, assign them projects and pay them on regular basis. Such jobs are always welcome especially for stay-at-home-moms and those who want to work from the comfort of their homes and according to their own sweet will.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      This is a great lens full of wonderful ideas for stay at home moms like myself. I am always looking for new ways to make money from home. I currently write for squidoo, blog, wrote a book published through Amazon, and am looking into affiliate programs. Thank you for sharing!

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      TheFreeLife 5 years ago

      LOVE this lens! It's nice to see a solid list of ways to earn a good income online. For anyone who does affiliate marketing I recommend checking out Bring The Fresh. I'm a member there and it will skyrocket your internet knowledge and progress. I also recommend this course called "build an online business from scratch." It's an actual course with a teacher that walks you through step by step how to generate a large list of ideas, to product creation, building a sales page, to advanced product launching techniques..... Hope those help this already informative lens!!!

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      labruyere 5 years ago

      thanks for the post lorinyc which I have shared round several of my friends here in the UK who are looking for such opportunities...

      I also have a technical query, if you don't mind..! how do you embed your hyperlinks into your lens text? I couldn't find any help within Squidoo on this, so am impressed and intrigued how you achieved this

      care to share?

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      JobSearchGuru 5 years ago

      Nice collection of work from home ideas for stay at home moms. It's hard to find good work.

      My Squidoo

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      thegrowlinggour 5 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      paidsocialmediajobs 5 years ago

      Very good ideas! I think Facebook has a lot of potential for businesses.

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      bakeritservices 6 years ago

      I like the fact that you have Social Media Manager on there as it is a viable job these days... One that until about 3 years ago did not really exist... It is now though one of the most in demand jobs out there! Another one you may be interested in may be freelance programmer or creating your own outsourcing company. Check out my lens for a more in depth explanation of the Social Media managers position... ==>

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      nettravelease 6 years ago

      These are awesome options! Thank You for this info, another good one is to be a travel agent from home! Just make sure you do not get into an MLM

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      blabbermouth lm 6 years ago

      this is really great for those moms who just can't leave home because they still need to take care of their children

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      amandahobbs 7 years ago

      This is a very good lens actually. Moreover there are many other options as well for SAHM.

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      ksrpraj 7 years ago

      Good number of work from home jobs for work from home moms, cool lens