Congrats! You’ve made the decision to create a side hustle. Side hustles for stay at home moms are especially tricky because they have to be flexible enough to fit into an already busy schedule taking care of kids.
They most certainly can be done and countless stay at home moms who hustle hard.
Side Hustles for Stay at Moms Have To Be Flexible
Being a stay at home mom has a unique challenge because you need a side hustle that is flexible enough to work around your children’s schedules.
I remember working from home when my daughter was a baby and trying to schedule phone calls and meetings around her naps.
On days when she wouldn’t take a nap as scheduled, my entire schedule was turned upside down.
When she dropped her second nap altogether, I had to make other arrangements, because there was no way I could work regular office hours with a baby at home.
Flexible side hustles for stay at home moms (that actually make money)
Wouldn’t it be great if there were side hustles for stay at home moms that were flexible enough that you could work around your children’s schedules?
There are! Here are a few possible options to work from home:
1. Rent out Baby/Kids stuff
Those of us who have travelled with kids know what a pain it is to find things like highchairs and playpens on vacation.
Like most families, I bet you have a ton of baby gear that your kids have outgrown (I’m looking at a baby swing that’s used as a storage as I write this).
Put that baby gear to work by renting it out. This isn’t just a great side hustle for stay at home moms, it’s essentially passive income because other than keeping your baby gear in good shape, there isn’t really much else in terms of effort.
By listing your baby gear on goBaby, you can make as much as $600 a month just from renting out baby gear.
2. Teach English Online from Home
I know quite teachers turned stay at home moms. What better way to make money as a stay at home mom than to do the very thing you love. Teach!
If you have experience as a teacher and want to make money working from home, VIPKID is a great option! You would be teaching English online to students in China. You can work as little as 7.5 hours a week and make $14 – $22 an hour from home.
3. Become a Virtual Assistant
I can’t tell you how many small business owners (especially those with online businesses) rely heavily on their virtual assistants. All you need to make money as a virtual assistant is a computer and a willingness to help.
You can find clients on UpWork.
If you can’t think of what you would like to do as a virtual assistant, here are some ideas:
- Email Management
- Blog / Website Management
- Administrative Support (scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, formatting documents, etc.)
- Customer Service
- Events Planning
4. Create an After School Child Care Service
Of all the side hustles for stay at home moms, I think starting an after school child care service is especially a option since you’re already caring for your own children. Adding another one or two for a few hours really won’t change your schedule too much.
Keep in mind, this side hustle is only a good idea if your own kids are on a schedule (this isn’t an ideal side hustle idea if you have a newborn at home).
An after school child care service is a great way to offer short-term care to parents who need child care for just a few hours.
It’s also a great way to make money as a stay-at-home mom AND have other kids to play with your own!
5. Make an online income by Blogging
Making money online by blogging isn’t easy, but it’s certainly possible.
In fact, there are quite a few stay at home moms who make a pretty decent monthly income blogging.
Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean that you have to start a mom blog either. Here are just a few tips to making money blogging:
- Pick a Niche that you’re really passionate about – You won’t be able to write much about something that you know nothing about.
- Stay consistent – It’s easy to start a blog, ghost for a while and then come back with vengeance out of the blue, but you won’t be able to build a community that way. Stay consistent whether it’s writing once a week or more.
- Think of a monetization strategy early in the game – This way you have a clear goal that you will be actively working towards.
6. Start a Resume Writing Business
If you’re a good writer and know how to market others’ skills on paper starting a resume writing business may be the perfect side hustle.
You can start off doing a little research on what the going rate for resume writing is in your area and advertise on Kijiji to get started. You’ll have to think about what your turnaround time will be.
I actually had a resume writing business as a side hustle years ago and initially offered a 2-day turnaround, which was great… until I got busy and it started feeling like a full time gig.
Starting a resume writing business is a great way to make money from home around hours that work for you and your family. I used to do all my writing in the evenings.
Just get started
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in planning the perfect side hustle, that you don’t actually get started on starting a business.
Before you know it, you become a professional planner, but don’t actually make a cent.
The world is your oyster. Get started and hustle hard!