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No matter how hard you work, sometimes your income just doesn’t make the cut. Maybe you need extra money to save for a large purchase or the kids are begging to partake in extracurricular activities.
Whatever the reasons are, there are so many ways moms can earn extra money from home.
Here are a few jobs you can work in your spare time!
Start a blog
Uh, yea, of course, this was going first!
I started my first blog thinking that it was just going to be a way to keep myself entertained. If I could get my writing fix and help people in the process, then it was a win-win situation for me. It didn’t take me long to discover that this “hobby” could be very lucrative.
Bloggers are leaving their jobs every single day to do what they love. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents is bringing in over $100,000 a MONTH, and while I’m definitely not anywhere close to that, it’s still an amazing source of passive income.
The best thing is that starting a blog is pretty darn cheap. Like $3.95 a month cheap, and you can get started right now!
Set up your own online store
If you love to create, why not set up an online store to sell your own products?
I know so many talented people that are selling themselves short because they’re creating an abundance of items without promotion.
Waiting for your family and friends to help get the word out is just not going to cut it. I learned that the painful way.
When you opt to sell online, your products are put in front of thousands of potential buyers every single day! You can make money in your sleep without ever having to step a foot outdoors.
Sites like Shopify make it easy to create your online store and check your sales/stats. The hard parts, like marketing and the whole check-out process, is handled for you so you can focus on your actual products.
Become a virtual assistant
If you’re a social media fanatic then you’re in luck. There are people willing to pay you for your obsession.
A virtual assistant works remote and on a self-employed basis. Small business owners, bloggers, etc. will assign tasks to a VA when they’re needing extra help.
Assigned tasks may include:
• Managing emails
• Making travel arrangements
• Creating social media posts/images
If you have great administrative and time-management skills then this could be the perfect side hustle for you.
Don’t let the writing part cause you to chicken out from applying for these opportunities. I have a writing degree, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no grammatical genius! Apps, like Grammarly, proofread your writing for you and are free to use.
Where can I find these opportunities?
Flexjobs. Flexjobs allows you to work the best remote jobs. This means that as long as you have internet, you can work from wherever!
All jobs are screened for legitimacy and with over 50 career categories this site is perfect for anyone looking for super flexible opportunities.
Regular job boards. Jobs are posted on job board sites like Indeed.com.
Fiverr. Fiverr is one of the largest freelancing websites that offer employees the opportunity to showcase their skills. Assignments include graphic design, music and audio, writing and translation, and more.
Freelancer. This is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace where employers hire freelancers to complete projects.
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Flip old items
I’m addicted to the DIY Network TV show First Time Flippers. It’s crazy that people (who don’t know what the heck they’re doing) can take something old and ugly, and flip it to make a huge profit.
Now I’m not saying go out and flip a home, but you can flip items at your nearest flea markets or thrift stores and make a nice sum of money.
Let’s say you find an old dresser for $15 and after some lovin’, you resell it for $50. Boom, you just made $35.
The Flea Market Flipper family took their flea market flipping from a side hustle to a full-time job! Check out how they made $5600 selling on eBay while on a trip, and how you can too!
Become a freelance writer
If you’re pretty good at writing and editing, looking into freelancing opportunities. You’ll work remote and on a self-employed basis.
I freelanced for a site called Writer4hire.org and made up to $400 a month in extra income! Whenever I had some downtime, I would pick a few assignments and use the money to pay down debt or treat myself.
Where can I find these opportunities?
Writer4hire.org. I’m still an active writer for this site. You can pick up assignments as your schedule allows, and earn up to $15 per page!
Upwork. Upwork allows freelancers to get hired by clients and work remotely.
Craigslist. Local small business owners often post jobs looking for freelancers to assist with projects/services.
Freelancer.com. (see VA section above)
Give your opinion
During your downtime at work or at home, you can get paid to watch videos and give your honest opinions.
Survey sites are always looking for new participants, and although this isn’t the most lucrative side hustle, you can still earn a decent amount of money if you’re consistent.
Survey sites to check out:
Become an affiliate
Have you ever looked at that ‘Refer a friend and earn $__’ link but never thought twice about it? I didn’t either until I learned about affiliate marketing!
To sum it up, affiliate marketing is when you have a product/service that you love so you recommend it to others. When someone signs up using your link you get paid. It’s that dang simple!
What many don’t know is that you don’t have to have a blog to do this. Pretty much anyone can promote a product or service, but it may take some time to develop a good strategy.
Before I read How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours I wasn’t earning much of anything, and I couldn’t understand why. I was making affiliate marketing way harder than it should have been.
Elise from House of Brazen shows you how to make passive income just by promoting what you love on Pinterest or other social media accounts. Her step-by-step guide is incredibly simple so if you’re a newbie I highly recommend you check out her eBook.
I didn’t make my first sale in a day (more like a week) but hey, it worked!
Start a YouTube channel
YouTube is where it’s at right now! People are making thousands per month simply by creating videos. Seriously, you can film yourself going about your day and make money…that’s the world we live in now.
Contrary to belief, you don’t have to have a million subscribers to make an income. Engagement and your niche also play a major role.
My cousin’s girlfriend is amazing with nails, and with less than 60K subscribers she was making passive income from selling her own products and working with brands! She turned her passion into a business so why not be next?
Ways to monetize your channel:
Ads. Get paid by enabling ads on your videos.
Sponsors. Depending on your niche and subscriber count, brands will reach out to YouTubers to put their products in front of their audience. You may get free products to review/recommend or get paid for placing products in your videos.
Selling products/merchandise. Once you’ve established a loyal fan base, you can sell your own products.
Fan funding. This is when your audience supports your work through donations.
Sell your old junk
If you have old items that aren’t being used, why not make extra money by selling them?
People will buy anything nowadays, so nothing is really ‘junk’. I’ve posted items for sale that I thought were useless, and I was always shocked when I got a bid or a notification that they had sold!
I like to sell my things on eBay, but you can also post your items on sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
Items to consider selling:
- Old jewelry
- Unwanted gifts
Just like flipping old items, you can make extra money by reselling clothes. Buy quality items for dirt cheap from secondhand stores or online consignment sales, and resell them at a higher price.
When I was needing extra cash, I would buy name brand clothing from Goodwill and resell them on eBay.
Places to buy cheap clothes:
thredUP. I LOVE thredUP. Now I was a little nervous to order from them since I couldn’t see the clothes in person, but it’s honestly hard to believe that they were previously owned.
I saved 77% off retail price ($491) on my first order which is insane! You can also sell your unwanted clothes on this site as well. Here’s $10 for your first order.
Swap. Swap is one of the largest online consignment and thrift stores. It’s really similar to thredUP, and you can find items for as low as $4! Here’s 20% off your first order!
Consignment sales/shop. Consignments allow you to purchase items at a heavy discount while also selling your own unwanted items. I buy my children’s clothing from a local consignment sale and save up to 70% off retail price.
Goodwill. Goodwill has amazing name brand items for dirt cheap!
Thrift stores. You can find unique and vintage clothing at thrift stores that people are paying hundreds of dollars for in order to get ‘the look’. Celebrities make crazy look cool so imagine how much your items could sell for!
We all live busy lives and physically clocking in at a second job isn’t always possible. Today, there are so many ways moms can earn extra money from home on their own time!
If you’re looking for more ways to make more money, my eBook Money. Boss. Hustles includes 20 of the most flexible and profitable side hustles. You’ll get:
-A “how to get started” section for each hustle
-Where to find opportunities
-A monthly side hustle workbook with a 4-week calendar, goals sheet, and distribution sheet!