1. START A BLOG
I may be a bit biased, but this is my favorite way to earn an income as a stay-at-home Mom.
This blog has brought me so much joy and has been a great creative outlet that allows me to connect with so many wonderful people on a daily basis. It is my happy place and spending time blogging is my “me time” that I enjoy so very much.
In addition to loving the time I spend working on my blog, it has also started to create a nice amount of income that helps me to support my family.
Last month, I earned $1,500 from my blog (you can read my October 2015 income reporthere) and it has been such a huge blessing to be able to make that kind of money by doing something I’m passionate about while also getting to be at home with my daughter.
If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial to walk you through exactly how to start a profitable blog in 4 easy steps.
2. BECOME A FREELANCE WRITER
I’ve been a freelance writer for almost three years now, and absolutely adore it!
If you love to write, becoming a freelance writer might be a good fit for you. Be sure to read my full post on How to Get Started as a Freelance Writer – I include my top three tips for how you can become a freelance writer too!
3. SELL ITEMS ON EBAY
This post on the Work at Home Wife has 7 awesome tips for how to make a living on eBay. If you’re looking for a more in-depth resource, I have a friend who sells on eBay and she swears by the eBay Business All-in-One For Dummies book in helping her to get started.
4. BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Doing work as a virtual assistant was actually some of the first freelance work I ever did when I started working from home in January 2013! It can be really fun, as the types of tasks you complete will vary depending on your clients.
Services a virtual assistant may offer include: responding to emails, scheduling appointments, coordinating presentations, and making travel arrangements.
I also found that several writing and marketing-type services can be fulfilled by a virtual assistant too. These tasks include services such as: creating email campaigns, managing websites or blogs, scheduling social media, and writing or proofreading articles.
My best advice to you would be to start off with creating a website to showcase your service offerings to potential clients. (you can use this tutorial I put together for how to create a blog, just skip step #1). You will appear so much more professional and legitimate to potential clients by having a website for your business – I promise this makes a hugedifference in their likelihood in hiring you.
I’ve also developed relationships with quite a few virtual assistants the past three years, and I would say about 90% of them have said The Bootstrap VA book was a game-changer for their virtual assistant (VA) business. It’s the go-getter’s guide to becoming a virtual assistant and getting and keeping clients. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re serious about becoming a VA!
5. OPEN AN ETSY SHOP
Do you have a certain type of handmade item that you really enjoy making? Perhaps you love to make candles, knit scarves, or create custom home decor items.
Turn that hobby into a profitable business by opening up an Etsy shop to sell the items you make! I know several stay-at-home Moms who sell products they’ve made themselves in their Etsy shops, and a few of them even earn a full-time income from doing it.
If you’re stumped on where to begin in creating a profitable Etsy shop, Etsy-preneurship is a popular and information-packed book that can walk you through everything you need you know to successfully sell on Etsy and turn your handmade hobby into a thriving business.
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