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26 wildly-profitable (and real) stay at home mom jobs/ side hustles

Wake up, drop the kids off at daycare, head to work for eight hours, pick the kids up, cook dinner, tell Little Johnny to please eat the last green bean, clean the house, do laundry, help Little Suzie find her paci, bath time, wash towels from a soaked bathroom floor at bath time, get the kids to sleep — how is it already 9 p.m. !? — finish up your nighttime routine, drag yourself to bed, and repeat.

Sometimes, it’s just too much.

The truth is this: if you’re able to be a stay-at-home mom, you have more time to do these things without that strict 8-5 job, plus the commute there and back. But what if you could generate a little income as well? Check out the 26 jobs on this list that you could do from your couch during nap time; on your back porch with a cup of coffee while the kids play on the swingset; or even from the kitchen counter as the kids have snack time at the table!

1. Proofreader/Editor

This can be a great choice for those of you who have great English and grammar skills and can easily spot mistakes or badly phrased sentences.

The average proofreader salary is $21.77 per hour and the job can be done completely online! You can even become a freelance proofreader on marketplaces such as Fiverr, Legiit, or Upwork.

Once you master it, you can begin charging more, especially if you’re proofing writing for sales pages.

2.Transcriptionist/Transcriber

In this job, you’ll either take note of what you hear or read out what’s written in front of you. It’s a fairly simple job that can be learned quickly and easily. 

The pay is around $14 per hour, so it could be a nice little side-hustle.

3. Virtual Assistant

As the name suggests, in this job you’ll be assisting whoever hires you, virtually.

The tasks vary from job to job, but here are some examples of tasks you may perform:

  • Monitor/write emails
  • Schedule meetings
  • Organize calendars
  • Make phone calls
  1. Matchmaker

If you’ve tried your hand at matching your friends with their partners and succeeded, you should consider this. Believe it or not, a matchmaker is a real job — and a good one at that.

While this surely isn’t for every mom out there, it could be perfect for some. The average salary is $38,000, and if you become an expert, you can potentially charge upwards of $5K, $10K or even $25K per client!

Now, I haven’t been a matchmaker myself, but I imagine it could be fun, so why not add it to the list?

5. Graphic Designer

Becoming increasingly popular among moms, a graphic designer position can give you a good amount of creative freedom. You truly have the ability to design anything, as long as there’s a market for what you’re designing.

Clothes, logos, e-book covers, and banners are just a few of the many, many opportunities available. You can definitely pick up freelancing to start gaining experience as well!

6. Freelance Writer

Have you always been a good writer and have a passion for it? Write articles, emails, sales pages, books, or any other type of written work!

According to the Balance MB, most freelance writers will be able to earn at least $35,000 their first year — and that’s the minimum for full-time work.

I’ve read a lot of freelance writing success stories from stay-at-home moms on mediums, and considering that’s only the first year salary, I’d argue that this is one of the best options on this list.

7. English Teacher

If teaching and helping to change someone’s life excites you, think about this one.

In fact, you don’t even have to be perfect at writing English yourself; lots of students and professionals coming into the American economy from other countries need to learn basic English and pay good money to do so!

8. Bookkeeper

Maybe English just isn’t your thing. What about numbers?

If that’s the case, you can become a bookkeeper and keep track of financial data for a company, while also completing accounting tasks. The average bookkeeper salary in the U.S. is $43,669 — a great thing to hear if you’re mathematically inclined!

  1. Resume Writing

This may sound unique, but there’s actually quite a demand for professional resume writers. If being able to land jobs is a breeze for you, or maybe you’ve been great at helping your kids get their jobs by writing their resumes, this is an excellent job to look at!

If you’re up for it, you can even start your own resume writing agency, which has a lot of potential. As you’ll know, the more serious the job of the client, the more you’ll usually be paid. 

10. Become an Affiliate Marketer

In affiliate marketing, the affiliate (you) can sign up for affiliate programs for different products. You’ll then promote those products and with each sale you make, you earn a commission. Usually, this is done through a tracking link so you can promote the products on social media platforms, your blog, and other places of the sort.

The growth and development potential is unlimited here. But it’s important to understand that there’s no guaranteed pay, so this won’t be a good option for those of you looking to have a steady job. Though it can be pretty slow in the beginning while you’re learning, everyone has to start somewhere!

11. Customer Service Representative

If you’re a people person, and you’re looking for something more basic, you may like this idea.

Everything is online these days, which makes customer service even more enticing; to be able to complete this job from the comfort of your home.

Help solve problems, answer customer questions, provide clear communication, and have patience and empathy. If you don’t have a thick skin, this may not be a good fit for you.

12. Online Stylist

Are you a stylish, creative, and fashion-forward mom?

Well, if you are, you should look into this one, big time. According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary is over $44K per year. Not too shabby!

Plus, if styling is something you’re passionate about, you’d probably enjoy this one and be able to have fun with it too.

13. Coach

This one is considerably broad, given all the different ways you can coach someone through certain aspects of their life. In short, it’s helping people get from one point to another in a specific field.

It could be anything. If you can help people get to where they want to be, in whatever area that may be, they’ll pay you for it!

14. Content Marketer

The tasks here can vary from project to project, but usually, content marketing includes any of the following tasks:

  • Blogging
  • YouTube
  • Social media
  • Email marketing

Of course, you won’t have to do them all; you could just specialize in some of them. In the U.S., the average salary of a content marketer is $65,539.

15. Sales Representative

If you’re a confident and extroverted mom, and you’ve got the charm to sell something, this one could be perfect for you!

Sales reps earn an average salary of over $61,522 in the U.S. These jobs usually have a lot of commission-based structures, meaning there’s always the potential to earn more. 

16. Home Daycare

If you’re up to opening your home to a couple more kiddos and get paid for being a great mom in return, give this a shot.

The bigger advantage here is that you’ll be able to take care of your own kids at the same time — while also providing them with new friends!

Kindergarten costs are rising, so using third-party daycares is increasing in popularity — making this a perfect option on this list.

17. Photographer

OK, this one can’t be done completely from home, but some tasks like editing photos could be. With that being said, it does have a lot of freedom attached to it, and there’s always a market for a variety of photos.

Weddings, beaches, graduation, maternity, wildlife — you name it, there’s a photography job for it!

18. Consultant

Companies and individuals alike are always looking for people with the right knowledge to assist them in a specific field. Marketing, social media, relationships, or something totally random — whatever it is you’re good at can help someone in some way!

Take a minute to look at the experience you’ve gained and the skills you’ve picked up from previous jobs. How can what you’ve learned be beneficial to others?

19. Etsy Seller

Etsy is a marketplace for handmade items. If you’re a crafty soul who loves knitting, painting, ceramics, making jewelry, or even woodworking, consider selling your creations on Etsy!

20. Social Media Manager

If you’re like most of us, you probably enjoy being on social media… so why not get paid for it?

Brands and businesses are always needing someone to manage their social media. According to PayScale, the average social media manager in the U.S. earns $50,952.

Your tasks would involve creating and scheduling posts on various social media platforms, replying to messages, and more. Plus, you could potentially earn more as you get better at what you do!

This is a great opportunity to gain social media marketing experience as well, which would be useful if you ever wanted to start your own business in the future.

21.Test Apps & Websites

Companies are often on the search for people who can test their apps or websites and give feedback to help improve their user experience. Why? Because the better the user experience, the more likely their customers will stay with them and recommend the product(s) to their friends.

Your task here will be to test usability and take note of any comments and critiques you may have, positive or negative.

If you’re interested, sites such as UserTesting are good places to start. 

22. Web Designer

While this may sound like an enormous task, most modern ways to build websites don’t require much coding at all. This job is often just using drag and drop software to build a cohesive and attractive site.

This could be fun, and if you come to really enjoy it, you could use this experience to build your own agency business.

23. Event Planner

You’d need to be well-organized and have problem solving and interpersonal skills to handle this one! As the name suggests, you’ll plan and structure events, determine everything is running smoothly, and ensure that everyone in attendance is having a great time.

Common responsibilities include choosing locations, planning schedules, hiring suited personnel for various tasks, and so on. The average salary of an event planner in the U.S. is $40,884.

24. Travel Consultant

If you’ve always been good at geography, have a lot of general travel knowledge, or even have a never-ending list of tips and tricks based on your own travels near and far, you should definitely read up on this one!

As a travel consultant, you’ll help customers choose destinations for trips and vacations, create travel plans, book tours, arrange for insurance and accommodations, and so on. The average travel consultant in the U.S. makes $47,423 per year. 

25. Data Entry Specialist

The idea of this job is pretty simple: take data from physical records and enter it into an electronic data system. Different businesses require different data, so what you’d be entering varies.

Some common examples are:

  • Checks
  • Bills
  • Reports

26. Start a Dropshipping Store

Say you’re selling products through an online store. With dropshipping, when a customer purchases something, you make the order with a third-party supplier for a lower cost. The product is then shipped directly from your supplier to your customer. Your profit is the difference between the two price points.

Shopify is the most popular platform used to create dropshipping stores. Once you get up and running, you can use social media and other promotional methods to advertise your store.

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