As a stay at home mom, I’m always looking for work to supplement my family’s income. I’ve poured over the comprehensive lists of 100 plus stay at home jobs. There are fabulous comprehensive resources for stay at home moms! But who has time to investigate each of those opportunities? I’ve curated a short list of jobs that actually work for me. You don’t need a hundred stay at home jobs, you just need one good one. These are my income sources that produce at least $1,000 per month! If your schedule is anything like mine, you can’t afford to waste your day on the computer and only have a few pennies to show for it. I want to be in on the action, building with blocks and catching bugs with my little guy! These are jobs I can complete during nap time (thanks to my nap time ninja powers) so that the rest of my day is free to spend with my son! Read on to get your work at home mojo flowing…
Host a Shop on Etsy
Etsy is the leading source for handmade and vintage gifts and items on the internet. I started with Etsy years ago selling custom canvas art and paintings. These days I team up with my mom at The Hymn Shoppe. We sell hymn sheet music, custom stained for a vintage look and mounted to canvas board.
How should you start your Etsy shop? Take a look around your house. Is there an item you love that you handmade? Do you have a collection of a certain vintage item? Etsy is a community driven by relationships and enhanced by personal passions. Choose something you love and help others to love it too! One of the things I adore about Etsy is that they make advertising so easy. As long as you enter strong keywords and tags, your target market can easily search for your items and click to buy. You can also keep on top of the market by purchasing featured listings and making the most of their seller tools.
Looking for Etsy inspiration? Take a look at a few of my favorite shops:
Work at Appen Global
Appen is a company that hires for work from home jobs based on a crowdsourcing business model. They have lots of opportunities, such as social media evaluators, web search evaluators, and crowdsourcing jobs. When I was hired by Appen, I signed a non-disclosure agreement that limits what I can share about Appen. Here’s what I can tell you, straight from Appen’s website: (source)
What Appen needs from you:
•Able to follow instructions, work independently and meet time conditions of the project.
•Ability to clearly express thoughts and feelings in English, both verbally and in writing.
What technology is required from you:
•A computer less than three years old
•Microsoft Windows (Vista or above) or Mac operating system (not a tablet)
•A high-speed Internet connection
•Basic aptitude for installing applications, and troubleshooting and addressing software issues with limited support.
In my book that’s pretty good for an independent contractor position I can do from my couch! Check out Appen for a stay at home job that will pay you more than pennies.
Read more about how you can become a stay at home mom here!
Freelance Your Skills at UpWork
UpWork is a great site for freelancers in a variety of fields. Have you ever completed a profile at a work at home site just to find that there are three jobs available with thousands of qualified applicants ready to beat you to the punch? Switch to UpWork! They post hundreds of new jobs each day, and you won’t feel like a small fish in the big sea. There is also a handy mobile app you can use to catch jobs first, which means your name will be on the top of the employers list. I recently worked as a freelancer at UpWork to write a guest post for a family fitness blog. UpWork makes it easy to promote your specific skills, search for jobs tagged with your skill, and get paid!
If you’re ready to get paid real money at home and you refuse to be glued to your screen all day, check out these stay at home opportunities! Jobs for stay at home moms can work for your wallet and your schedule. Maybe one of my favorites is right for you too!
Tell me, what stay at home jobs are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi Julie, thanks for another excellent article! These suggestions look great. I live in South Africa so I don’t think Etsy would be an option for me. Do Appen and Upwork pay via PayPal?
Appen pays though direct deposit or check. UpWork pays via PayPal.
Thanks. Will give Upwork a try. 🙂