Do you want to become a stay-at-home mom, but don’t think you’ll be able to manage it financially? Are you having a difficult time being away from your little one all day and you’ll do anything to be able to stay at home with her?

I was just like you. I returned to work full-time for four dreadful months after maternity leave. They said it’d get easier, but it didn’t. It got harder….and I loved my job.

I just couldn’t bare to be away from my baby girl anymore. My mental health was suffering, and I wanted to be the one there for her. The one to raise her. So, my husband and I sat down and discussed how we could manage it financially.

I’ve dabbled in quite a few side gigs since then and have found the ones that work for me. There are many other options that I haven’t tried, but I know other stay-at-home moms that have had great success with them.

In this post, you will learn 7 different ways that you can make money as a stay-at-home mom. With just one or two of these ideas, you’ll be able to be home with your little while maintaining your finances.

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1.  Start an In-Home DayCare

Even watching just one other child could help your family out financially. I know many moms that have in-home daycares, and they love it. They love the children they watch just like their own, and it provides excellent socialization for all the kids.

If you do decide to start an in-home daycare, be sure to get state certified, so you can be reimbursed for meals. It’s also nice if you can have a separate space designated towards daycare, that way the rest of your home and items won’t get so much wear and tear.

Don’t make it too stressful or overwhelming for yourself either. Be sure not to take on too many kids, and be sure to take time off to spend quality time with just your kiddos.

2. Join a MLM

There are lots of reasons why MLM companies are great for moms in particular. The hours are flexible, you can save money on products that you already love, and it provides some extra income for your family. Some moms are even able to do all of their business solely through social media.

However, Multi-Level Marketing definitely isn’t for everyone; it certainly wasn’t my cup of tea. But many people are actually very successful at it. Just like with any other business, you have to truly believe in and be passionate about what you’re selling to be successful. It also takes a lot more time and effort than most people realize.

There are so many companies out there right now, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that you’ll love selling. Some great MLMs for moms out there right now are Usborne Books, Norwex Cleaning Products, ItWorks,  and AdvoCare. Pampered Chef is even making a comeback.

3. Start a Blog

Blogging is a great way to make money as a stay-at-home mom, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work, passion, and dedication to get to this point. Blogging isn’t an immediate answer to your money problems, but with the right strategies in place, you could be raking in the dough in 6-9 months. $

Bloggers make money through affiliate marketing, ads, and creating their own products and services. Ebooks, webinars, and online courses are huge right now.

There are many steps that go into creating a blog, like choosing a hosting site and domain name, creating a logo, writing content, driving traffic, growing your email list, and then of course monetizing your blog. Elna Cain over at Twins Mommy has a Ready Set Blog for Traffic course that can help you create valuable content and explode your blog’s traffic (which is really the key to making money with blogging). 

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4. Become a Freelance Writer

There are hundreds of thousands of writing jobs out there. If you have the passion for writing, good communication skills, and self discipline, then freelance writing may be the right fit for you.

With just a little bit of ground work, you could be bringing in money from writing blog posts, magazine articles, marketing brochures, medical transcripts, online courses, or how-to manuals. As a freelance writer, you could also assist with mobile app development, graphic design, video production, or logo design. and Fiverr are both great places for finding beginner freelance work. You can also send cold pitches to newspapers, magazines, and other major publications.

I was able to land a freelance job after applying to just TWO jobs. I landed a job and made over $200 in just a few short weeks. Freelance writing has been a staple for my family’s finances, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of the Successful Freelance Mom. She has some amazing, straightforward tips on how to become a freelance writer and how moms can find the time to be successful and bring in money for their family.

5. Watch the Neighborhood Dogs

If you’ve worked in the animal field before, this would be right up your alley. It may not be ideal to run to people’s houses if your baby is still really young, but is definitely do-able once your baby is a little older. Invest in a good baby carrier, and you’ll be walking all the neighborhood dogs in no time. You could also offer in-home services if you have the space and set up for it.

If you have grooming experience, you could offer those services as well. If you are having trouble finding clients, try using or to help you land some jobs.

6. Become a Virtual Assistant

You may be asking “what in the heck is a virtual assistant?” A virtual assistant (VA) is someone that provides businesses with administrative, technical, and/or creative services. As a VA, you may help business owners with online research, bookkeeping, managing email, creating graphics, social media posts, scheduling, and more. The best part is you work as an independent contractor remotely from your own home.

Don’t worry mama, you can become a virtual assistant even with little to no experience. Pretty soon, you’ll be editing posts for bloggers, marketing open houses for a realtor, or writing product descriptions for an online store.

7. Sell Your Crafts

Do you like to sew or make jewelry? Or maybe you can knit or crochet. Or maybe you’re an amazing woodworker and make the cutest home decor. There are a ton of different crafts you could sell on sites, such as Etsy, eBay, Amazon Handmade, or MadeItMyself. Local Facebook buy/sell groups are another good tool for marketing your handmade items. You could also do local craft fairs if you have the time.


There you have it; 7 ways to make money as a stay-at-home mom. Investing in just one or two of these paths will give you the financial freedom to be able to stay at home and raise your babies.

How do you make money as a stay-at-home mom?  Comment below and tell us what side jobs have worked for you and your family. And, of course please feel free to share this post with all your mom friends that are looking for ways to stay at home with their littles.

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  1. Lee on August 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    This is some fantastic info! I’ve done several of these and it has been serving me well for almost 3 years

  2. Emily on August 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Great post! I’m Wth usborne have a mom Blog and an Etsy Shop! It’s fun!

  3. Stephanie Lane on August 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Well I’ve already started a blog. I might try freelance writing. I could always use the practice for my blog.

    • Messy Mom Nicolle on August 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      I’ve found it great practice for blogging. Definitely helps you improve your writing skills!

  4. Jiya B on August 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

    thanks for the awsome post I am sure many SHAM will get benefits. The Ideas you shared here to make money are brilliant and I must say I tried 4 of them. Thanks for sharing

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