10 Ways to Make Money if You Are a Stay at Home Parent

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Living on a single income can be tough, however there are ways to make money if you’re a stay at home parent. Find out 10 ways you can do that now. ways to make money

Ways to make money

Are you a stay at home parent looking to add money to your family’s income while maintaining your stay at home status?  Check out this great list of 10 ways to make money if you are a stay at home parent and see how you can earn extra money for your family.


Become a Tutor

Do you have an academic strong suit?  You may want to consider becoming a tutor.  Tutors can work online or you can meet in person for your tutoring lessons.  You can set your own hourly rates, but it is probably wise to check out Craigslist and other local sites to see what is common for your area.

Daycare / Babysitting

 Offering a babysitting or daycare service is a great way to be able to stay home with your kids, while earning an income.  Many babysitters earn $10+ per hour watching kids.

Online Surveys

Are you just looking for a way to pay for your weekly coffee trips?   Online surveys are a great choice for you.  You won’t end up making a lot of money, but it does have the ability to put some cash in your pocket.  Many people who take sign up for survey programs earn between $20 and $100 per month.

Freelance Writing

Websites such as Textbroker and Upwork can help you break into the freelance writing business and will pay $0.01 – $0.04 per word, while writing articles for bloggers can pay upwards of $50 per article..

Sell Your Creations on Etsy

  Are you a crafty person?  If you have received compliments on your arts and crafts, you might consider selling your items on Etsy. Not a crafty person? Why not find ways to unlock your inner crafty self with these cricut projects for beginners. There’s a lot of great ones that will help get your creative juices going in order to help you come up with some great crafts that will definitley make you money. 

Ways to make money


Blogging is a fun way to make money!  If you feel like you have something to say, you can start a blog and build an audience.  You likely won’t start making money for a while, but with enough effort and work, it can happen.  There are some very high paid bloggers out there to learn from.

Thrift Store Flipping

  Do you like to shop at thrift stores?  There is a lot of opportunity available to buy and sell thrift store goods.  Just take your time in seeking out good, valuable items at a low price and then place them up for sale on Craigslist, Ebay and other similar sites.

Become an Amazon Seller

  Did you know that you can sell items on Amazon?  If you find a great markdown or clearance price on an item (or lot of items) you can buy them and send them into Amazon FBA.  They will list the items and ship them out when they sell and they will take their commission and send you the money. There is a fee for this service, but it cuts down on the work that you have to put into it.

Clean out your Closets

 Most of us have closets and storage rooms full of stuff we never use.  Get that stuff out and put it up for sale.  You might be surprised to learn that you have hundreds of dollars (or more) worth of stuff just waiting there.

Be a Virtual Assistant

 Do you have office experience?  Did you know that people will pay you to type, transcribe, make phone calls and sending and delete emails?


Bonus Idea:

Use Cashback programs when doing your everyday shopping. Programs like Ebates will allow you to get cash back on all your purchases it deposits it into your paypal account. Ibotta is another way. Just download this app and scan your receipts after shopping. Go through the coupons for various stores and you get money back! 


Have you earned money with any of these tricks?  What are your thoughts on them?

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  • Reply Cathy Jarolin

    The list you posted is very useful. I will pin it so I can go back to it when needed! I am all for selling items. I am not sure which tip to use. I definitely could use the Extra Money for myself! Lol! Thank You for Sharing!!

    June 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Danielle D

    I really appreciate this list, I have thought of many options and I really the Etsy ideas. 🙂

    January 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Meghan k

    Thank you for the tips. I have done the babysitting thing and selling toys & clothes. I would love to work from home doing something that makes a good income since I had two little ones. These tips are great.

    January 3, 2017 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Richard Hicks

    Some interesting ideas here to make a little extra cash

    January 2, 2017 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    These are some great tips for how to make money as a Stay At Home Parent! I became a SAHM 5 years ago but before then I was an extremely independent and hard worker, it has been hard to adjust! Of course I am always looking for ways to make some extra money for my family. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    January 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Shannon Radilla

    thank you all of this is so helpful, I am a stay at home mom and need all the help i can get..

    January 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Lynne B

    Thanks for providing a variety of options! These would be helpful for SAHMs and college students!

    January 2, 2017 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Sarh S

    These are all wonderful and legit ideas for stay at home moms. I’ve done blogging, etsy, ebay/flipping, etc. Okay the only ones I haven’t done on your list are 8 and 10.

    January 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm
  • Reply Mia

    Some very clever suggestions for moms who would like to make some money but want to stay home with kids.

    January 1, 2017 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Amy Hall

    I’ve done a few of these things but the main things I’ve done to make money while being able to stay home and homeschool my kids is teach piano lessons (I know, not something everyone can do) and be a transcriptionist. I quit teaching last year because I couldn’t keep up with it anymore with my littles but the transcription I still do, usually after they all go to bed. So add that to the list. 🙂

    December 31, 2016 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Great ideas. Would love to make some extra money to help out the family finances. Plus it would be better than spending the time on useless things like social media.

    December 31, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply judy calloway

    Great tips ! I have done some of these. Great review. Thank you for sharing!

    December 31, 2016 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    I’ve done a few of these, but some of them I’ve never though of! I have wanted to start a blog for a few years now, but haven’t yet. I guess I’m better at following other blogs, but don’t really know how to get started on my own.

    December 30, 2016 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    These are great tips. I do like to answer surveys to make money.

    December 30, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Stoessel

    This is a very good list. I do surveys and other free offers through a site and earn small gift cards though them. I have thought about getting into blogging,just right now really not sure what to write about. I certainly have enough stuff to get rid of.

    December 30, 2016 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Cheryl Everitt

    These are great tips for making money. I have had good luck entering surveys.

    December 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    So many great ideas!! I think Im going to try my hand at blogging in the new year 😉 We shall see how that goes!!

    December 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply janie vezina

    so many ideas thank you..

    December 30, 2016 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Angela Lombardi

    These are great tips!!! Lots of ways to make money from home!!!

    December 30, 2016 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    I like the virtual assistant option. I wouldn’t know where to start though. It would be perfect for me because of my disability.

    December 30, 2016 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Calvin F.

    Great list, lots of ways to make money online. You listed the main good ones!

    December 30, 2016 at 2:13 am
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