You’re a busy mum. Not only you, all the mums you know are busy, and in large part, it’s because of that pressure to somehow succeed at a traditional 9-5 job while also juggling the responsibilities of being the best mother ever. It was something that seemed doable when you planned it while pregnant, back when you somehow had time to sit on the couch with a glass of wine and watch your favorite movies, like People You May Know. But the minute the baby was born, you started thinking of ways to make your life a little easier–from installing AI-powered in-house tech like Angee to scrolling through Oberlo’s ultimate list of the most popular online business ideas.
Luckily, there’s a great solution out there for any mum who wants to stay at home with her kids while making some money: working from home. And there are plenty of ways, too:
1 Start a blog
Have something you love to write about? Business, maybe, if you were a businesswoman before quitting your job to take care of your kids almost-full time? Or maybe you’ve become an expert in yoga and exercise techniques, and the fact that exercising for only 20 minutes benefits your mood for the next 12 hours. Whatever your specialty is, you can blog about it–and make some money in the process.
It works like this: you write 2-3 blog posts a week, all in your niche, and slowly gain a following. You can make money from affiliate marketing at first, where you make a certain percentage (usually ten percent) of money from adverts on your site. Then, once you study up on SEO strategies and hone your writing voice, you’ll get enough of a following that you’ll be able to sell ebooks, products, and sell your writing to other outlets, including other blogs.
2 Get paid for being healthy
Many mums love to be healthy. Whether it’s to get back in shape after your pregnancy (though we know that you are beautiful, no matter what weight, because there is nothing more beautiful than a mother and the love she emanates) or because you’ve learned a lot about nutrition now that you’re raising a family, you’ve suddenly become passionate about health. And there’s an app out there that pays you for it: Achievement.
According to scottlanaturner.com, this app “gives you points for being healthy and doing things like walking, tracking your food, or taking health surveys. You earn points which can be redeemed for cash or Amazon Gift Cards. For every 10,000 points, you earn $10, and there is no limit on your earnings.” Considering that the average family week food shop is more than 53 pounds, you can save money by being healthier–and pay a little extra for those organic veggies.
3 Teach online
With the chance to make, on average, $15 to 20/ hour teaching English online, it’s one of the best ways to make money from home. As long as you’re a native English speaker, there are many companies, such as VIPKID (where you get to work with young children, too!) that will hire you. If you’ve additionally got a degree from university or a CELTA certification, there will be even more employers interested in hiring you.
Additionally, if you want to make an online business out of it, where you sell ebooks, personal lessons, and lesson plans, you can create a website for yourself–for example, using one of the beautiful templates from wix.com. If you have any other teaching experience, you can teach that too, whether it’s early childhood education or maths. Just remember to post content online with a blog that’s on the same site–like with running a blogging business, this is the best way to attract potential customers.
4 Get creative
If you’re a creative, then you’re in luck: there are many ways to make money online as a creative, whether that’s writing jingles as a musician and selling your services from your website, or selling your crafts on Etsy, the online world is your oyster. And if you’re an exceptionally skilled photographer, consider posting some of your pictures on Instagram to get attention. At the end of 2017, Instagram reached 800 million monthly active users, which means that you’ll get attention if you’re posting beautiful pics and using popular hashtags.
For more inspiration, check out this list of 65 ways to make money from your creative skills–because chances are, something on that list is going to be exactly what you’re good at, with a surprising way you can make money from it. Starving artist? Please, we aren’t in Paris in the 1920s; that’s as retro as taking selfies with duck faces.
As you can see, there are many ways to make money as a mum working from home. It’s all about harnessing the knowledge or a talent you have and using it creatively to make some money. Which you can do, all the while taking care of your children and having time for that yoga class, too (or a glass of rosé that takes twenty minutes to calmly appreciate during naptime).
Which of these strategies do you think will work best for you?