3 Ways Moms Can Make Extra Money from Home

Planning & Saving
on April 11, 2013

There’s no need for mom to put the kids in daycare and head off to a part time job. You can earn extra money from home while the kids play in the same room. All of the opportunities featured below can be scaled to earn as much or as little income as you’d like to make – the biggest deciding factor on your income will be how much time you’re willing to devote to making money.

Freelance Writing

If you’re a momma that has a strong grasp on spelling and grammar, freelance writing may be just the opportunity to bring in extra income from home. Some freelance writers earn as little as $100 per month simply writing when the mood strikes. Others earn as much as several thousand dollars per month for fulltime work. The beauty of freelance writing is that you can work whenever you please, and as much or as little as you’d like. Breaking into freelance writing can be done relatively easily at the lower end of the pay scale by applying to content companies that are always looking for writers. These companies tend to hire entry-level writers and typically pay between $5 and $10 per article. The pay is low, but these types of companies often offer unlimited work. If you’re looking for a more lucrative venture, seek out private clients on job forums and by cold-calling. Private clients tend to pay $50 or more per article.

Start a Mommy Blog

Building a following is the key to success in blogging; without a following of loyal readers, you’ll have very few paid opportunities available to you. For this reason, most bloggers don’t begin to earn an income for the first six month of their blogging career. When your blog begins to receive a considerable amount of traffic, there are plenty of ways to monetize your blog. Some of the most lucrative blog monetization strategies are hosting paid giveaways, paid reviews, sidebar advertising, text-link ads, using an ad network to automatically generate ads and earning affiliate commissions. Contrary to common belief, blogging isn’t exactly easy and stress-free. It requires a very organized person that can juggle content creation, comment moderation, ad management and consistent marketing efforts. However, ambitious moms can earn several hundred dollars per month in the first year or so, and thousands during the later years.

Sell Handmade Goods

Sell your handmade goods and join the ranks of crafty moms across the country that have turned their hobbies into an income. Whether you like making handmade soap, sewing aprons, making stuffed animals or building furniture – there’s a market that’s willing to pay for your handmade goods. Many moms start by selling their goods on Etsy.com and Artfire.com and later move on to their own website and selling at Farmers markets once they’ve enjoyed a small stream of success. Selling handmade goods is the ideal opportunity for moms that were previously in the marketing field, as those skills will become valuable when trying to attract new customers. This is probably the most ambitious way moms can make money from home, but it has the most potential to turn into a fulltime business is given enough attention.

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