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10 Side Hustles for Stay-at-Home Moms That I’ve Actually Tried

Want to make money from home? Read about the 10 side hustles for stay-at-home moms that I’ve actually tried.

As a 24-year-old woman with an entrepreneurial spirit, I have tried a LOT of side hustles and attempted to start NUMEROUS businesses. I may be a stay-at-home mom, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have the skills to work and profit from it! Whether you want to earn a little shopping money or grow a second full-time income, here are 10 side hustles for stay-at-home moms that I’ve actually tried.

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Side Hustles for Stay-at-Home Moms

Finding a side gig as a stay-at-home mom is a great idea! Being a homemaker doesn’t mean you have to give up all work or time to yourself, but you do have to be creative and optimize the little time you do have!

Not sure if you’re ready to be a stay-at-home mom yet? Read about how to financially prepare to be a stay-at-home mom.

Etsy Shop Seller

If you can make something, you can sell it. The first Etsy shop I ever started was to sell coffee mugs with my college roommate. We never successfully opened for business.

My second shop sold clay keychains, which I did open and promoted to friends, family, and social media only to NOT make any sales.

It was that shop that made me realize that I’m not a crafty person, so the third Etsy shop I created is my current Etsy shop where I sell budget templates! This has actually provided a decent little income since launching it on my original site a couple months ago. It’s nice to see even an extra $20 hit my bank account.

I highly recommend selling a digital product of some sort if you don’t have the skills to make a physical item! It’s way less complicated because you can make the product once and create a passive form of income. You never have to deal with shipping costs, and your revenue is mostly profit. If you have a physical product in mind, that is great, too! Just keep in mind that you will have to invest more time and money into your shop.

Bookkeeper

Offering bookkeeping services is a great side hustle for you if you have any background in accounting, data entry, finance, administration, etc. You don’t need a degree to become a bookkeeper, so almost anyone can do it. This job is for you if you are detail-oriented, into numbers, and love to organize and create systems. This also means working with clients, so you need some level of communication skills.

I started my bookkeeping business while studying accounting in college, but if you don’t have any experience or education in this field, there are several ways to learn for cheap! Although you may have to invest a little into this business to get started, it is a reliable and safe choice because bookkeeping has been around for thousands of years and it will continue to be needed as long as businesses exist. You can do this for a a few hours a month or grow it into a full-time business!

House Cleaner

Do you enjoy cleaning and want a side gig that gets you out of the house a little? This is a flexible side hustle. You could bring your little ones with you to clean during the day or just clean for a few hours on the weekend. Try offering your cleaning services to family and friends on Facebook, and see if you can get started that way. As soon as you find one person to clean for, have them spread the word, and soon you will have so many people asking you to clean their houses.

I have had a couple different custodial positions before, one being at my church, which led to being asked by a congregation member if I could clean her house and her work place. I did a few different cleaning jobs when I was in high school, and I regret not marketing my services more and trying to grow a business out of it! 

Delivery Driver

Want to sit in the comfort of your car and listen to podcasts while earning a little extra money? Being a delivery driver might work for you! In the past, I had a great experience working for Instacart, which is a grocery shopping and delivery service. I once made about $100 in a good day’s work, which is decent when you’re not even working constantly throughout the day. You could also try DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, etc. It is nice working on your own schedule, but it is still a job with the pressure of pleasing the customer so you can get a good tip. I find that type of work stressful, and it is a bit difficult to do with kids.

YouTuber

If you enjoy creating videos and have something to teach or share with an audience, you should create a YouTube channel! Although you shouldn’t expect to “blow up” and make big bucks from YouTube, you have a real chance at becoming monetized if you are consistent and provide quality! I started my channel almost three years ago, and I still haven’t reached monetization yet, so I can tell you just how hard it is. However, I am finally learning how to really grow on YouTube, and I am so close to reaching the requirements of monetization. I truly believe anyone can make money from YouTube if they stick with it.

Blogger

This is a new one for me!! Just like you can make money from YouTube, you can make money from a blog! YouTube is basically a search engine for videos, while Google is a search engine for blogs. Also, Google owns YouTube, so if you have a YouTube channel, you should have a blog as well because they will help each other out! On a blog, you have so many options to make money. You can earn ad revenue, use affiliate marketing, sell products or services, do sponsorships, and a million more ideas. Blogging is a nice side hustle for stay-at-home moms because you can contribute to it whenever you have time. Even just an hour a day will help you get a blog started.

Reseller

Do you like thrifting and repurposing things? Reselling things for extra money is a great side hustle for stay-at-home moms! Some people can make full-time incomes from this gig. Scour garage sales, resale shops, Facebook Marketplace, and the side of the road for things that you can try selling for a higher price! Or do a major declutter in your home and sell everything you can.

When I first got married, I sold my fair share of things on Facebook Marketplace, including most of our wedding decorations! We have mostly run out of things to sell around our house, but I always keep it in mind when we do have something of value to get rid of. I’m personally not that interested in repurposing thrifted things because like I said earlier, I’m not that crafty. But some people really enjoy doing this!

Child-Care Provider

If you already take care of kids all day, what’s one or two more? Try offering child care for friends or family, or even consider opening up your own daycare! As an adult, you don’t really babysit anymore, but you can offer to watch other children along with your own. I don’t watch other kids often anymore, but I have younger siblings that are not much older than my own kids, so occasionally, I take care of them for a few days. In all honesty, though, I find watching extra kids extremely overwhelming, so make sure you could realistically handle it before pursing it!

Freelancer

There are so many different ways to freelance out there. You can build websites, write blog posts, edit videos, do graphic design, be a virtual assistant, and more! I’ve used a website called UpWork to find freelancing opportunities before. You can even use websites like UpWork or Fiverr to find bookkeeping work. This side hustle requires you to dust off the old resume and learn how to market yourself as more than a stay-at-home mom, but that isn’t a bad thing!

Freelancing is less about being your own boss, though, and more about finding opportunities for cheap pay. This is a good option if you are starting out in a field and want to gain experience! 

Influencer (Affiliate Marketing)

If you have some sort of platform or audience, you can use affiliate marketing to earn extra income. Affiliate marketing is a way to make money by influencing your followers to purchase certain products or services. You can become an affiliate of several different websites, especially as your audience grows. I haven’t been successful with this route much, but I have used affiliate marketing on my YouTube channel, blog, and Instagram account before. You really need to have a strong platform to make any decent money from this, but in this day and age, it isn’t that hard to build a platform up. Just be authentic and only share products that you really like and think your audience would benefit from buying.

Side Hustles for Stay-at-Home Moms

So there are the 10 side hustles for stay-at-home moms that I’ve actually tried! As you could probably tell, I’m not making much money online yet. Many of these side hustles I’ve tried since becoming a mom two and a half years ago, and I’m finally starting to see some breakthrough just now!

How many of these have you tried or which one do you want to try? The biggest hurdle is not deciding which side hustle you want to try, but to have the confidence to go out there and make it work. Most of my business ideas have failed because I faced imposter syndrome or lost focus. No one completely knows what they’re doing when they start a new job, so stop researching and start earning!

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