Guest post contributed by Tracey Clayton
When kids come, they become your top priority and you need to devote them all your time and attention during the first years. This often means that regular employment is out of the question, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t contribute to the family income. Nowadays there are plenty of opportunities for you to make money without leaving the house. Here are some easy ways for stay-at-home moms to earn money and still enjoy every precious moment with their kids.
If you’re good with words, then this is the perfect way for you to make some money online. Bloggers find it difficult to come up with new content every day so they frequently hire guest contributors to write something for their website. You can expect to be paid up to $45 for articles of 2,000 words. The good thing about this job is that you don’t need to have prior experience. You will most likely get a topic or a headline that you can research and use the references to write an article. It isn’t time-consuming and you can start earning money immediately provided that you find a site to write for.
Arts and crafts
If you’re crafty, you can design and sell items on platforms like Etsy. You can sell anything from gift cards to hair accessories and jewelry, depending on your talent. This is a great way to express your creativity and get paid for it without having to leave your house. You can work while your kids are taking a nap or in the evening when you put them to sleep. It can be hard to jumpstart the selling of your items on Etsy, but you can prevent this by putting in a little effort in advertising your product first. One way to spread the word out is to search online for bloggers who write about the type of product you design. Once you’ve found them, take a few of your items and send them to these people via mail as free samples. They can write about your product in their posts and once the word gets around and people become familiar with your design, your sales may increase. It’s worth a shot.
Educate yourself about child care
First-time parents can be quite overwhelmed when the baby arrives and constantly worried about whether they are doing a good job. You can use your free time to educate yourself more about child care by attending an early childhood training course. People who complete these courses can either get a job in child care center or start their own day care. These courses provide you with extensive knowledge about child care in the early years which every new parent will benefit from.
A pet sitter
If you love being around animals, turn your affection into an easy way to earn some money. Many pet owners are frequently away on business or simply want to travel on their vacation, but aren’t allowed to bring their pets with them, so they need an effective and reliable solution – enter pet sitters. As a pet sitter, you can go to the owner’s house and take care of their pet while they’re away. The average pay per night is $30. It’s a great way to contribute to the family income without too much effort, plus you get to hang out with your favorite furry friends.
Use your talent for photography
If you love playing with the camera, you can use your hobby to earn some money while staying at home with your kids. Sell your photos to websites that stock images, like Shutterstock and if they are accepted you can earn up to $120 every time someone downloads your photo.
Every parent wants to spend as much time as possible with their children, and these jobs enable you to work from home and make money while still fully devoting yourself to your kids.
Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”