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Did you Google “Sources of Income for Stay-at-Home Moms” that’s why you are here? I hope this post can give you insights into the work or business you can start at home.
You’re a stay-at-home mom for a few years and you are thinking of getting back into the workforce. But with Covid, rising gas prices, and no help at home, transitioning to a work-from-home-mom is an option.
Whether it was a mutual decision between you and your husband to stay at home after having children or not, you both know that a single-income household will affect you. Unless your husband’s income is enough that you can afford to stay at home. Or you are married to a millionaire. Either way, sana all.
Here are some sources of income for you as a stay-at-home-mom:
Work as a Virtual Assistant
A Virtual Assistant or VA handles administrative tasks for their employer. This includes setting up meetings, updating the employer’s calendar, booking travel arrangements, and responding to emails and inquiries. Some VAs also work as Social Media managers and/or content writers depending on the scope stipulated in the contract.
According to PayScale, the average hourly base rate of VAs is 179.74 pesos for those with less than a year of experience. There are a lot of paid and free VA training courses available. These will give you the basics and (some) will help you land your first job as a VA. You need patience in training, sending your application, and getting hired.
Get into Direct Sales
If you are an 80s child, your mom probably held a Tupperware party at your home. What she and her friends did was introduce Tupperware products to the guests to get a sale. Direct sales is a business of selling the products directly to the customer without retail stores. There are a lot of legitimate companies, both local and abroad, that have been in the direct selling business for a long time.
If you fancy meeting new people and doing online and offline presentations, then start a direct sales business at home. It is a legitimate business, actually. You manage your own time and you control how much you will earn. This is an excellent source of income for stay-at-home moms like you and me. Read more on the Direct Sales business model at The Business Model Analyst.
However, beware of get-rich-quick-schemes or businesses that promise too-good-to-be-true results. Direct sales is still a business. Hard work and perseverance will help you achieve your desired income goal.
Sell your Work
When the need arises, the creativity in moms kicks in. And we’ve seen this flourish in the pandemic. Product posts from mompreneurs flooded my newsfeed.
Plant growers and sellers sprouted (no pun intended) in 2020. I did not know plants cost a fortune and that there are buyers too. Growing and selling plants can be an income source. Another source of income for stay-at-home moms is selling homemade food products. You can recreate heirloom recipes or try your hand at baking and start selling.
Do you enjoy creating handmade products like soaps, candles, or bags? Are you a passionate needleworker? You can turn your hobbies into a profit. You can create a few items for inventory. But also be ready for commission work. Handmade products are expensive. Knowledgeable clients know they are paying for your time and creativity. So get your work area ready and start creating!
If you are an artsy mom, you can create and sell digital products online too. Even before Canva became a household name, I was using Canva for my social media posts. Canva gives me endless possibilities without having the artistic ability of a Michaelangelo. I love its versatility and ease of use. If you dabbled in graphic design, create a Canva account and start digitizing your work.
Do Freelance Writing
Writing is one of the sources of income for stay-at-home moms that is close to my heart. This niche covers copywriting, blogging, editing and proofreading, ghostwriting, technical writing, and authorship. Before I became a freelance writer, I was a medical transcriptionist. It was my first home-based job as a young mom.
My background in dentistry helped when I took a medical transcription course. Later on, I delved into blogging. This paved the way for me to get paid to write. I worked as a ghostwriter, technical writer, and content writer. Until today, I accept freelance writing gigs because I get paid and hone my writing skills at the same time.
If you have a knack for writing, you can apply as a writer. It helps if you take short courses on English grammar, SEO, and social media marketing. There are many job postings on Upwork, LinkedIn, and OnlineJobs.ph. You need patience and perseverance in applying for these jobs.
The demand for ESL teachers skyrocketed in the last 10 years. More teachers and non-teachers opted to teach Korean and Japanese students online. Creating connections with foreign students and their families adds to the experience.
If you have a teaching background, you can also start an online tutoring business. Parents will hire you to help their children in math, science, English, and history. Online learning is here to stay, so more parents would opt to do online tutoring rather than have the teacher come over to their home. You can also create special online classes in art and music if you are a specialized teacher. Homeschooling families are always looking for MAPEH classes to enroll their children.
Reboot your IT career
Were you an IT geek before you were a stay-at-home mom? It’s time to rekindle that career and start earning from home. We have a friend who works as a computer programmer. He has never set foot in their physical office. In very rare instances, he would travel to Europe to report to their headquarters. Well, isn’t that neat?
One perk of working in the IT industry is the ability to work anywhere. Even before work from home was a fad, these IT peeps are enjoying this kind of flexibility. Here are some IT-related works you can do from home:
Social media manager/community manager
Website builder and developer
This is not an exhaustive list of sources of income for stay-at-home moms. I can go on and on. You just need to find where your skills fit in. If you are considering remote work, discuss it first with your husband. We don’t want conflict in the home because of your additional work. Second, pray for the type of work or business you can start. Ask also the Lord for His leading and opportunities that would best fit your family setup.
Are you looking to start a career at home? What other sources of income can you recommend for stay-at-home moms?