Here are 6 ways for stay at home moms and dads to make money, from the comfort of your home.
These are legit ways to make money from home that do not involve MLM or Network marketing.
There are people who claim to make money from MLM schemes, and there is a review of one such company elsewhere in this blog. However, I am not going to include MLM in this post.
With up to 25% of working Americans making money from side gigs such as Uber, AirB&B etc; the returns on these may not be as great as the media makes them out to be.
Often the damage bill or clean up will take the cream off any profits. Plus there is a lot of regulation coming into the mix as governments are starting to meddle in this sphere.
Making Ends Meet.
Although I have heard from many individuals thriving from network marketing and much is written on these topics. I want to focus on how you can have a cheque this week, or next, not next year or the year after.
Like many people, I also found it difficult to make ends meet, with young children, the cost of daycare alone certainly wiped out a large percentage of my disposable income.
If ( like me), you have more than 2 children, then add up all the costs associated with having a job (travel, lunch, uniform or wardrobe), add in day care, you may find that it more lucrative to be a stay at home mom or dad.
More importantly, your baby needs you! They will not be little forever, so cherishing the time that you have with them is a no brainer. With my two oldest children, I rushed back to work after 12 weeks.
For some it is a great relief to be able to spend time with adults, but for me it was torture. The first days back to work all I could think of is my little baby. How was she? Was she safe? Did she miss me? I was miserable.
Working from home jobs
In this new age of technology, there are many work from home jobs that you can take. Alorica and Sitel, are two work from home jobs that I have worked in the last two months. With every job there are some downfalls.
For me, working for Alorica was very rigid in their script and if you veer off the script then you get penalized. It was awkward asking for all of the up-sells that were in the script.
Working for Sitel was a bit more flexible; you were given more freedom, but learning the systems proved difficult for me. The training’s move very fast, so if you miss one step, you will be behind the entire time of training
Do you have a story to tell? E books and workbooks are the wave of the future! Don’t get caught up in the length of the book. So long as your book is a complete thought you will be well on your way.
You can upload or publish your book on amazon or have a website done. Not quite ready to write a book? You can work as a freelance worker on websites like Upwork or Fiverr These are bread and butter for many writers who are also working on expanding their own business’s.
Both have a cost to become involved, and may not be suitable to many people because of this. There are more Ideas here. Remember there are pros and cons with every idea.
You may need a police clearence and have to comply with some beaucratic red tape, maybe even build and extension on your home, and undertake first aid training (depending where you live). But this is another way that you can earn money from home.
Babysitting other children is an excellent way for you to make money and as an added bonus, you can keep your little ones busy with company. Get in Canva and make a flyer. Post in the local mom and dad groups on Facebook or ask around.
Cricut or Silouhette
You may feel that the market is oversaturated, but honestly there is enough money for all of us out here. Purchasing a vinyl cutting machine has been one of my regular go to’s for making money from the comfort of my own home . Create an Etsy account and you can start selling things online.
Posh-mark or Ebay
Most of the time, you have loads of unused stuff lying around anyways, why not turn a profit? If you are a mom of a toddler there is definitely some baby equipment that you are no longer using you can sell them in the facebook yard sale groups or at consignment stores such as Once Upon a Child
You would need some understanding of health foods and how to blend them, but if you have this knowledge then starting your own health food business is not to hard. Initally you would need some packaging equipment, and design a label.
There are many Bio – Chemists who can determine the products ingredients and chemical make up for your labeling.
For product the making of the product there are numerous community centers who will hire out their kitchens for a nominal fee, so you comply with food manufacturing requirements that specifiy the use of stainless steel in food making.
You could sell these at weekend markets to start, and if you want to expand, then there are numerous health food manufactures’s who can produce your product for you, without the expense of large product runs.
Many will give you a dedicated sales assistant to help you get your product to a larger market, they also have Bio-Chemists and a full compliment of qualified staff to assist every step of the way.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of ideas. But something that could be a starting point if your thinking about being a stay at home Mom or Dad. It is a big decision to make, so starting with small steps is one way to keep minimal pressure on your financial outgoings.
Eventually you will find a happy medium and if you return to the mainstream work force then you have new skills to market and you may end up in a much better position than you otherwise might have.
There is a way to make money from home so do not be discouraged! You will have to get creative when finding ways to make money but it’s so worth it to make sure that you don’t miss out on your child’s precious moments.
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