Inside: Realistic ways for moms to earn extra money online working from home.
When I decided to become a stay at home mom three years ago, our family had to make some BIG adjustments to our yearly budget.
6 Legit Ways for Moms to Earn Extra Money Online (Updated for 2017)
These are REAL ways that I use to earn extra money online, while still being there for my girls during the day.
I’ve also included a couple things here that people I know personally have done with great success, because I wanted to be sure to show a variety of ideas.
1. Start a Blog
I might be a little biased (because I’m a blogger of course!), but it’s hard to deny that blogging is one of the best ways to make money.
6 Reasons Blogging is an Awesome Side Hustle:
- Be your own boss
- Work anywhere, anytime
- No prior experience required
- Limitless income potential
- Minimal start-up investment
- It’s fun! (It’s honestly the only time I can ever say that I love my job)
I didn’t start my blog to make money. In fact, I laughed when my mom suggested that I look into monetization strategies. “How do you make money with a blog?!”
Well, I stand corrected because I am proof that not only can you earn extra money online blogging, but you can make a full time income!
If you enjoy writing and connecting with others online, blogging could be a perfect fit!
The first step is to choose a website name and set up web hosting. I started with Blue Host and I love them! I truly think they are the best value for the money, especially when you’re just starting.
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Want to know more about blogging to earn extra money online? Read this next: How to Start a Blog from the Ground Up in 10 Steps and How to Start Making Money Blogging (Even as a Beginner)
2. Referral/Affiliate Programs
Is there a particular product or service that you can’t live without? Do you find yourself gushing about it to friends and family and encouraging them to try it too?
You should get paid for that right?!
Well in many cases, you can!
There are so many ways to become an affiliate, from a huge company like Amazon, to an author that wants help selling their book.
My favorite example is the Ibotta app, which allows you to earn legit cash rebates on groceries, home goods, clothes, and more.
A few of my readers encouraged me to check Ibotta a couple years ago, so I signed up and gave it a try. I loved it and started telling everyone I knew about how I was getting rebates straight to my PayPal account. Each time one of my friends or family signed up, I got a small referral fee and they got a sign-up bonus!
How much can you make with Ibotta? It depends on what you buy and how many referrals you send, but I’m usually able to pay at least our cable bill each month. Definitely worth it!
Want to try Ibotta too? Sign-up here and get a $10 bonus! (limited time only)
I only do this for things that I genuinely love and use regularly because when you recommend something, it needs to be authentic or it’s going to come off like a sales pitch. And you don’t want to be “that guy” (or gal!)
3. Write an Ebook
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was a kid. Growing up, I spent countless hours typing away on my home computer drafting plays, chapter books, and I even drew picture books for my younger siblings. That passion never went away, even though I took a hiatus from writing while I was working full time (sometimes a bad job can drain your creative energy).
However, when I quit my job last year, I decided I was going to finally do it — I was going to write a book! It took almost a full year to figure out exactly what I was called to write about first, but I recently published my first Ebook, “Secrets to a Successful Single Income Budget.”
It’s easier than you would think (well, the technical part, that is!) Thanks to the internet, self-publishing has become easy, affordable, and legitimate! I used the iBooks Author app for Mac: it’s free(!), has plenty of templates to get you started, and publishes to multiple formats.
The best part about writing an ebook is that once it is done, it’s done! You can submit it to Amazon, the iTunes store, or even sell it yourself on your website or social media and it can make money without you having to lift another finger.
I personally know some ebook authors who make hundreds or even thousands of dollars every month with their work. Ebooks are a way for anyone to earn extra money online!
4. Work as a Virtual Assistant
Do you have a knack for social media? Are you experienced in bookkeeping, administrative work, or graphic design?
These are just a few of the opportunities to work remotely from home!
Companies both large and small are hiring Virtual Assistants (VA) because they can pay for just the hours of work needed, while the VA gets to work from home on their own schedule. It’s a win-win for both parties!
How do I know? Because I hire virtual assistants to help me manage my growing workload!
Ways to set yourself up as a virtual assistant:
- Make sure you have an active social media presence and/or a website where people can find and contact you
- Join a networking group dedicated to VAs, like the International Virtual Assistants Association
- For a more direct approach, you can also set yourself up on a site like Fiverr, allowing customers to purchase your services a la carte
- Let friends and family know what you’re doing — word of mouth is one of the best ways to find work as a virtual assistant!
5. Take Surveys Online
Online survey companies have gotten a bit of a bad rap, but it’s a legit way to earn extra money online. And it’s easy!
One of the most popular ways to earn extra money online with surveys is Swagbucks — essentially you complete tasks and earn “swagbucks” to redeem for rewards. These rewards range from gift cards to PayPal cash. (Cha-Ching!)
Sign-up with Swagbucks here, and you’ll be on your way to making extra cash in seconds (literally!)
PS- Start with the very first survey listed (should take about 3 min). Once you complete this, it should open up a LOT more offers!
6. Create an Online Store
The possibilities are endless! Here are just a few ideas:
- Open an Etsy shop — If you have a talent for making crafts, home decor items, printables, jewelry, etc. this allows you to put those skills to use and earn extra income online!
- Create an online boutique — Spoiling Chloe and Ladyfish Boutique are two of my favorites that were founded by regular moms with a dream.
- Design T-shirts and custom merchandise online — Amazon Merch and Tee Originals are a couple popular options that handle the order-taking, production, and shipping for you! All you do is create fabulous designs!
To Earn Extra Money Online You Need These Three Things:
It takes time to build a home-based business or simply earn extra money online, so don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen instantly.
Some income streams like surveys allow you to earn extra money online pretty quickly, others require time to set up and build a following.
However, the above ways to earn extra money online really do WORK if you’re willing to put in the effort.
But remember the benefits!
Working from home allows you to spend more time with your family and have a more flexible schedule than traditional employment.
And that makes all the hard work worth it for me!
What I hope you take away from this…
With a little creativity and some hustle, you CAN earn extra money online (all while working from the comfort of your couch!)
These are just a few of the ways you could get started, and ones that I have tried or personally seen work for someone close to me.
Do you have any other ways that you’ve been making money at home? Share your tips below!
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